Many more stocks rose than fell Tuesday

More than 56 percent of stocks trading on Tuesday rose, beating out those declining by a wide margin, but did not prevent the market indices from slipping at the close of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, with the volume of stocks traded rising 19 percent and the value up 37 percent over Monday.
Trading ended with 57 securities compared to 56 on Monday, with 32 rising, 20 declining and five ending unchanged.
The All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 1,610.72 points to 454,926.70, the JSE Main Index 1,340.20 points to close at 396,480.50 and the JSE Financial Index fell 0.81 points to  93.91.
The PE Ratio, a formula for computing appropriate stock values, averages 15. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed using earnings forecasted by’s for companies with financial years ending up to August 2023.
Overall, 16,623,237 shares were exchanged for $309,172,008 versus 13,950,999 units at $225,110,985 on Monday. Trading averages 291,636 units at $5,424,070, compared to 249,125 shares at $4,019,839 on Monday and month to date, an average of 242,711 units at $4,381,084, compared to 238,191 units at $4,284,731 on the previous trading day. April closed with an average of 532,209 units at $5,709,319.
Sagicor Select Financial Fund led trading with 3.38 million shares for 20.3 percent of total volume, followed by JMMB Group with 2.86 million units for 17.2 percent of the day’s trade, Transjamaican Highway traded 1.58 million units for 9.5 percent of market share. Sagicor Group chipped in with 1.32 million units for 7.9 percent market, Wigton Windfarm with 1.24 million units for 7.5 percent share and Carreras with 1.09 million units for 6.5 percent of the day’s trade.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows nine stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments rose 86 cents to $89.90 after exchanging 22,699 shares, Caribbean Cement fell $2.20 to close at $64.80 after trading 102,605 stocks, Caribbean Producers shed $1.53 to $15.44, with an exchange of 332,609 stock units. Eppley advanced $2.10 to end at $48, trading 1,874 units, GraceKennedy popped 50 cents in closing at $109, with 128,518 shares changing hands, Guardian Holdings gained $2.50 to close at $515 with the swapping of 19,135 units. Jamaica Broilers climbed 60 cents to $28.40 in trading 14,231 stocks, Jamaica Producers gained 50 cents to $23.10 after exchanging 34,059 stock units, Jamaica Stock Exchange declined $1.30 to $20.70, with 131,470 stock units crossing the market. JMMB Group dropped $2 to end at $46 in an exchange of 2,858,891 shares, Kingston Properties lost 38 cents at $8.30 in switching ownership of 16,369 units, Kingston Wharves declined 40 cents in closing at $39.05, with 1,152 stocks clearing the market. Massy Holdings fell $2.50 to $94 with an exchange of 3,851 shares, Mayberry Investments shed $1.30 to close at $11.50, with 590,935 stocks changing hands, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy rallied $13.99 to end at $109 while exchanging 34 stock units. NCB Financial lost $2.15 in closing at $109.11 after 27,271 units crossed the market, Palace Amusement dropped $164.02 to $955 in exchanging 764 units, PanJam Investment fell 50 cents to  $66 after an exchange of 24,981 stock units. Sagicor Group shed 70 cents to end at $55 in switching ownership of 1,316,087 stocks, Seprod increased 51 cents to $72 while exchanging 8,283 shares and Supreme Ventures rallied $2.20 in closing at $31.50 after trading 156,869 shares.

Sygnus Real Estate Finance lost $1.70 to $15.10 after 5,150 units changed hands and Wisynco Group declined 45 cents to $22.50 in trading 654,361 stocks.
In the preference segmentEppley 7.50% preference share popped 82 cents to end at $7.02 with the swapping of 44 stock units, Jamaica Public Service 9.5% advanced $500 to close at $3100 in trading 50 shares and Productive Business Solutions 9.75% preference share gained $5.99 to $114.24 in an exchange of 6 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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