Majors failed to hold early gains – Monday

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, surged 3,247 points on Friday, cooled its heels on Monday as it failed to hang to decent gains at the start of trading of more than 1,000 points.
The early gains gradually melted away, as trading aged during the day to close down.
At the close the All Jamaica Composite Index , slipped 416.58 points to close at 213,231.99. The JSE Market Index fell 372.49 points to finish at 195,041.89. Thanks to strong gains in the junior market the JSE combined index climbed 490.49 points to close at new record close of 208,674.85.
The market closed with 45 securities changing hands. 22 stocks gained and 11 declined in the overall market, including 13 stocks rising and 3 falling, in the junior market.
At the close with 2,566,885 units valued at just $17,585,399 changed hands, compared to 10,710,157 units valued at $359,865,498 changing hands on Friday. Of the stocks traded, the junior market accounted for 728,143 units changing hands, valued at $4,409,716.
The average trade for the day in the main market ended at 76,614 shares compared to an average of 378,453 units traded on Thursday. The average for the month to date, is 165,979 versus 235,343 units on the previous trading day, well below the average of 549,379 units, December ended with.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
In market activity, Berger Paints ended trading 19,503 shares to close at $6, Cable & Wireless fell 4 cents to close at 85 cents with 861,983 units trading, Caribbean Cement ended with a fall of $3.50 while trading just 55,850 shares to close at $30.50. Carreras closed at $66.75 with 8,460 shares changing hands, Ciboney traded 100,000 units to end at 20 cents, Investors traded 30,000 shares of 1834 Investments to close at $1.26 after rising 6 cents. Grace Kennedy had just 5,576 units trading with the price falling 49 cents to close at $40.50. Jamaica Broilers gained 10 cents and closed at $14.60 with 235,468 shares changing hands, Jamaica Producers lost 15 cents to end trading at $9.70 with 63,005 units changing hands, Jamaica Stock Exchange gained 4 cents in trading 20,973 shares, to end at $5.60. JMMB Group traded 60,705 units and added 45 cents to end at $15.45, Kingston Wharves jumped by $3.18 in trading 67,970 shares at a 52 closing high of $24.99, National Commercial Bank traded 14,858 shares with a fall of 80 cents to close at $50.21. Pan Jam Investment traded 13,614 shares at $26.50, Pulse Investments gained 30 cents in trading 43,803 shares at $4, Radio Jamaica fell 13 cents to close at $1.22 after 177,017 shares changed hands, Sagicor Group closed with 9,282 shares changing hands at $29.04. Sagicor X Fund ended with 9,981 units trading at $10.21 lost 29 cents, Scotia Group with 23,409 shares changing hands and closed with a fall of 1 cent at $38, Scotia Investments gained 3 cents with 4,906 units trading, to end at $31.05. Seprod closed at $30 with 4,642 units changing hands and Proven Investments ordinary share traded 6,555 units at 21.97 US cents.

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