JSE majors rise on diminished volume

Trading volume slumped sharply on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Tuesday with an exchange of 87 percent fewer shares than on Friday, after the value declined by 74 percent.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index advanced by 600.10 points to 414,851.29, the Main Index rose 487 points to 378,285.93 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.02 points to settle at 99.97.
Trading ended with 42 securities, similar to Friday and closed with the prices of 17 stocks rising, 16 declining and nine remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 15.4 based on the ICInsider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of just 4,197,312 shares for a mere $35,206,443 compared to 31,504,153 units at $135,860,726 on Friday. Pulse Investments led trading with 25.8 percent of total volume amounting to 1.08 million shares, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 18.8 percent or 789,387 units and Carreras with 11 percent market share, for 459,648 units.
Trading ended with an average of 99,936 units changing hands at $838,249 for each security, compared to an average of 750,099 shares at  $3,234,779 on Friday. The average trade for the month to date ended at 332,969 units at $5,537,233 for each security, in contrast to 352,010 units at $5,921,197. Trading month to date compares well to September’s average of 265,170 units at 3,271,625.
At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows eight stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Caribbean Cement declined by $3.29 to settle at $45.01 after trading 993 units, Eppley shed $1.31 in ending at $18, with 1,609 units passing through the market, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund dipped 67 cents to close at $45 while trading 11,529 stock units. First Rock Capital lost 32 cents to finish at $12.18, with investors exchanging 1,500 units, Grace Kennedy settled at $57.34, with a loss of 41 cents after 48,341 shares crossed the exchange, Kingston Wharves climbed $1.15 to $48, in an exchange of 149 units. NCB Financial rose $1 to $138 and cleared the market with 36,414 shares, Palace Amusement gained $339 to $1,489, with only 2 units passing through the market, Proven Investments ended $1.05 higher at $41.25, in exchanging 15,697 stock units. Seprod lost 50 cents after a transfer of 7,249 stock units to end at $58.50 and Sygnus Credit Investments closed at $18.50 after losing 40 cents with 3,393 units crossing the exchange.

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

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