JSE majors steady on low volume

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market inched higher on higher volume but lower value than on Wednesday with the market appearing to find support at current levels after falling more than 6 percent from the peak in the first week in August.
At the close the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index added just 104.29 points to close at 548,200.49, the JSE Index gained 189.56 points to 499,194.62 and the JSE Financial Index rose 0.15 points to 135.75.
Trading ended with 39 securities changing hands in the main and US dollar markets with 12 stocks advancing, 15 declining and 12 trading firm. Main market activity ended with 38 securities trading, resulting in 22,536,647 units valued at a mere $48,207,025, in contrast to 13,077,566 units valued at $68,716,819 from 37 securities trading on Wednesday.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 10.6 million units for 47 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Funds with 10.2 million shares for 45 percent of the market’s trade and QWI Investments with 656,908 accounting for 3 percent of the day’s trade.
The market closed with an average of 593,070 units valued at $1,268,606 for each security traded, in contrast to 353,448 units for an average of $1,857,211 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 924,365 shares at a value of $15,990,179 for each security traded and previously 951,792 shares at $17,309,566 for each stock traded. The market closed September with an average of 1,585,081 units valued at $14,071,562 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer reading shows 5 securities ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 16.6 with the main market ending at 17.3 times 2019 current year’s earnings.
In main market activity, Eppley rose 75 cents to close at $16.85 with a mere 220 shares changing hands, Grace Kennedy added $2.80 to close at $69.60 trading 8,315 shares, Jamaica Producers lost 67 cents with 5,209 shares changing hands in closing at $24.70, JMMB Group gained $1.89 to end at $42.99 in swapping 40,735 shares. Kingston Wharves dropped 99 cents to settle at $60 in trading 2,756 shares, Mayberry Investments lost 37 cents to close at $8.33 with 12,292 shares changing hands, Mayberry Jamaican Equities closed 35 cents lower at $10.80 with 7,244 shares crossing the exchange. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy traded just 100 shares, in gaining $36.94 to close at a record high of $190, NCB Financial advanced $3.93 with an exchange of 14,302 shares to close at $203.99, PanJam Investment declined by $1 and closed at $100 after trading 3,608 shares, Sagicor Group added 50 cents, after 35,923 shares changed hands to settle at $67.50.Scotia Group closed $3.50 lower at $56, after swapping 27,482 shares, Seprod lost 40 cents to settle at $50.60 trading 14,505 shares and Stanley Motta closed 40 cents lower to $5.60 with 126,539 shares changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with Proven Investments being the sole stock trading 9,717 units valued at $2,622 to close at 26.98 US cents with the market index gaining 0.08 points to 196.74.


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