JSE starts November with a big fall

Having risen strongly on the last trading day for October, the Jamaica Stock Exchange slipped back to normal on Thursday with stocks giving back most of the gains of the previous day, in keeping with patterns seen at month ends and openings, going back several years.
Trading closed with 29 active securities in the main and US dollar markets, on Thursday compared to 33 on Wednesday. Prices of 8 securities rose, 16 declined, while 5 remained unchanged. At the end of market activity, the All Jamaica Composite Index dropped 3,848.34 points to close at 396,907.46 and the JSE Index dived 3,506.27 points to end at 361,627.62.
Trading closed with 53,515,060 units valued $119,025,805 compared with 36 6,766,220 units valued at $113,213,380 changing hands, on Wednesday.
Main market trading closed with 1834 Investments leading with 50,001,500 units trading, or 93.4 percent of the day’s volume, Mayberry Jamaican Equities with 1,029,435 units and 1.9 percent of volume traded and Ciboney with 764,000 units with 1.4 percent of the day’s volume.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 4 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 4 closing with lower offers.
Trading resulted in an average of 1,911,252 units valued at over $4,250,922, in contrast to 225,541 shares valued at $3,773,779 on Wednesday. October closed, with an average of 290,851 shares, valued $5,213,901, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments gained $1 to close at $20, with 6,375 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement gave up $2.79 trading 7,157 shares to close at $41.21, Grace Kennedy lost $1 and ended trading with 45,770 shares at $55, Jamaica Broilers traded 28,064 stock units, at $30 after falling $1, Jamaica Producers dropped $2.99 and finished trading 26,432 units, at $24.51, Jamaica Stock Exchange jumped $1.50 to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $11.50, exchanging 73,099 shares, JMMB Group fell $1.78 and ended at $32.02, trading 127,582 shares, Kingston Wharves gained 95 cents and finished at $75.95 with 24,474 stock units trading, NCB Financial Group added 80 cents and ended trading 160,771 shares to close at $126.80, PanJam Investment closed with a loss of $2.01 to end at $61.99, trading 14,135 stock units, Sagicor Group settled at $45 after falling $1.85, with 7,156 shares traded, Sagicor Real Estate Fund lost 57 cents to settle at $11.43, exchanging 239,704 shares, Salada Foods ended trading just 258 stock units and dropped $3.70 to end at $21.10, Scotia Group fell $1.97 to $51.03, trading 122,623 units and Supreme Ventures dropped $2.26 to close at $17.54 with 197,166 shares changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with Margaritaville being the only stock trading to end with a mere 100 units changing hands at 24 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index remained unchanged at 163.30.

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