JSE USD stocks post 13% gain for 2021

Trading ended with the volume of stocks trading jumping 265 percent on Thursday over Wednesday’s level, leading the JSE USD Equity Index in gaining 5.87 points to end 210.27, to be up 12.9 percent for the year to date, at the close of the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market, on the first day of the new quarter, ahead of the Easter break.
Seven securities changing hands, compared to five on Wednesday, with prices of four rising, one declining and two remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio ends at 13.8 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Traders exchanged 149,937 shares for US$15,185, up from 41,079 units at US$7,818 on Wednesday. Trading averaged 21,420 units at US$2,169, versus 8,216 shares at US$1,564 on Wednesday. March averaged 68,746 units for US$13,137. 
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows no stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices nor with lower offers.
At the close, First Rock Capital fell 0.19 of a cent to 8.71 US cents with an exchange of 8,700 shares, Margaritaville settled at 11 US cents trading 11,200 stock units, Proven Investments climbed 1.44 cents to 25.45 US cents with an exchange of 21,353 shares. Sterling Investments rose 0.02 of a cent to 2 US cents in trading 81,196 shares, Sygnus Credit Investments carved out a gain of 0.98 of a cent in closing at 14.99 US cents and exchanging 25,100 units and Transjamaican Highway increased 0.06 of a cent in closing at 0.94 of a US cent, with 1,200 stock units changing hands.
In the preference segment, JMMB Group 5.75% traded 1,188 shares at US$2.05.

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

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