JSE majors in late session fall

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended trading on Tuesday with the market declining after more stocks fell, with an exchange of 32 percent fewer shares than on Monday with the value plummeting 48 percent.

Ciboney traded at a new 52 weeks’ high of 17 cents.

At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index declined by 697.39 points to 403,175.20, after it posted gains for most of the day. The Main Index fell by 631.70 points to 368,017.75, but the JSE Financial Index inched 0.06 points higher to settle at 97.21.
The market closed on Tuesday with the same number of stocks changing hands on Monday, with 42 securities and closed with the prices of 13 stocks rising, 24 declining and five remaining unchanged as Ciboney closed at a 52 weeks’ high at 17 cents. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 15.3 based on IC Insider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with 4,987,272 shares trading for $39,141,028 compared to 7,365,263 units at $74,596,143  on Monday. Wigton Windfarm led trading with 42.4 percent of total volume, with 2.11 million shares followed by Transjamaican Highway with 10.6 percent or 528,278 units and Jamaica Stock Exchange with 8 percent and 398,445 units.
Trading ended with an average of 118,745 units at $931,929 for each security, in comparison to an average of 175,363 shares at  $1,776,099 on Monday. The average trade for the month to date ended at 218,043  units at $1,233,488 for each security, in contrast to 227,925 units at $1,263,501. Trading month to date compares adversely to August’s average of 497,441 units at $3,201,918.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows eight stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments lost 50 cents in closing at $57,  finishing with 2,363  units changing hands ahead of the closing day for their Additional Public offer. Caribbean Cement fell to $48.09, with a loss of $1.30 after exchanging 1,727  units, Eppley shed 95 cents to settle at $24, with investors switching ownership of 5,589  stock units. Grace Kennedy dropped $1.12 to end at $55.80 after 57,594 shares crossed the market, Jamaica Producers slid 90 cents to $20 trading 15,823 stock units, Jamaica Stock Exchange dropped $2.34, to $17.65 with an exchange of 398,445 shares. Kingston Wharves tumbled to $43, after losing $4.50 with 22,458 stock units changing hands, NCB Financial closed at $133.02, declining by $1.98 after investors swapped 15,856  stock units, Palace Amusement climbed a further  $110 after surging by $290 on Monday, to close at $1,700 in exchange for 201 units. Portland JSX  shed $1 to close at $7.50 with investors switching ownership of 95,828 shares, Proven Investments climbed $1.49 to $37.99, trading 2,303 units, Scotia Group fell to $48, shedding $2.99 with 79,136 shares crossing the exchange and Seprod declined by $1.50 to settle at $54 trading 11,908 stock units.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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