Majors pull back for first time in 2017

Prices of stocks, on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, pulled sharply on Thursday, as the market closed with 42 securities changing hands of which 15 gained while 15 declined in the overall market, including 7 stocks rising and 5 falling, in the junior market.
At the close the All Jamaica Composite Index fell sharply 2,014.74 points, to close at 210,401.76. The JSE Market Index dropped 1,801.53 points to finish at 192,511.16. The JSE combined index pulled back 1,327.76 points to close at 205,435.54.
At the close with 2,993,596 units valued at $27,027,397 changed hands, compared to 3,784,854 units valued at $25,405,860 changing hands on Thursday. Of the stocks traded, the junior market accounted for 2,710,965 units changing hands, valued at $12,580,140.
The average trade for the day in the main market ended at 84,869 shares compared to an average of 70,171 units traded on Wednesday. The average for the month to date is 132,234 units and December ended with an average of 549,379 units.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 21 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
In market activity, Barita Investments slipped 50 cents while trading 19,334 shares to close at $6, Cable & Wireless gained 3 cents to close at 85 cents with 268,474 units trading, Caribbean Cement ended with a $1 loss while trading 1,259 shares at $33. Carreras closed at $66 with 6,348 shares changing hands, Investors traded 219,390 shares of 1834 Investments to close with a fall of 2 cents at $1.20, Grace Kennedy fell 9 cents to close at $40.40 with 167,066 shares changing hands. Jamaica Broilers gained 10 cents and closed at $14.6 with 19,700 shares changing hands, Jamaica Producers shed 10 cents to end at $9.40 with 4,490 units trading, Jamaica Stock Exchange gained 4 cents in trading 14,215 shares, to end at $5.56. JMMB Group traded 52,800 units and added 10 cents to end at $14.70, Kingston Wharves slipped $2 and traded 42,898 shares at $20, Mayberry Investments gained 5 cents to end at $4.80 with 1,721 shares changing hands. National Commercial Bank traded 6,836 shares with a gain of $1.25 to close at $51.50. The closest offer for NCB is at $54.80 to sell 18,500 units, PANJAM Investment traded 35,107 shares and shed $1 to close at $26.50. Portland JSX gained 5 cents in trading 45,400 units at $11, Pulse Investments traded 19,715 shares at $4, Radio Jamaica lost 2 cents to close at $1.26 after 388,684 shares changed hands, Sagicor Group closed with 227,944 shares changing hands at $29.04. Sagicor X Fund ended with 250,230 units trading, with a gain of 30 cents to close at $10.50. Scotia Group with 16,835 shares changing hands and closed with a fall of $3.30 at $35, Scotia Investments lost $1.50 with 13,874 units trading, to end at $28, Proven Investments ordinary share traded 74,000 units at 22 US cents and JMMB Group 7.5 percent preference share traded 300,000 units $1.08.

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