Rising stocks beat decliners 2 to 1

Prices mostly rose on Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Thursday with slightly fewer shares trading than on Wednesday but with the value plunging 45 percent with fewer securities trading than the prior day.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index slipped just 210.35 points to 432,122.32, the Main Index eased 230.64 points to 394,215.74 and the JSE Financial Index edged 0.02 points lower to 103.42.
Trading ended with 38 securities changing hands compared to 42 on Wednesday and closed with the prices of 21 stocks rising 10 declining and seven remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio ended at 15.9 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Trading closed with 12,009,747 shares changing hands for $182,824,365 compared to 12,512,087 units at $330,562,424 on Wednesday. Sagicor Select Financial Fund led trading with 27.7 percent of total volume, after exchanging 3.32 million shares, followed by Sagicor Group with 18.1 percent of the day’s trade for 2.17 million units, Transjamaican Highway with 16.3 percent market share for 1.96 million units and Wisynco Group accounted for 14.6 percent with 1.75 million units changing hands.
Trading ended with an average of 316,046 units changing hands at $4,811,167 for each security, compared to an average of 297,907 shares at $7,870,534 on Wednesday. Month to date average ends at 382,145 units for $6,945,430, in contrast to 385,494 units at $7,053,566 on Tuesday. October averaged 398,200 units at $4,622,532. 
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows eight stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments lost 45 cents to end at $84.05, after trading 9,128 shares, Caribbean Cement dropped 50 cents to $59 after exchanging 5,685 units, Jamaica Broilers gained 85 cents in closing at $27.93, with 208,150 shares changing hands. Jamaica Stock Exchange finished at $18.62, after losing 38 cents and trading 232,575 shares, JMMB Group rose 65 cents to $33 in exchanging 54,100 units, Key Insurance lost 30 cents to end at $8.60 after transferring 12,009 stock units. Kingston Wharves climbed $2.75 to $48.45, with 1,375 shares changing hands, Mayberry Jamaican Equities closed 36 cents higher at $8.15 in exchanging 12,000 stock units, NCB Financial climbed $2.50 to $148.50, with a transfer of 58,915 shares. Palace Amusement jumped $100 to $1,200 after an exchange of 34 units, PanJam Investment gained $1.05 to close at $68.15, trading 31,652 stock units, Proven Investments fell by $1.88 to $36.80 after switching ownership of 9,831 shares. Sagicor Group rose 89 cents to $51, with 2,172,115 shares changing hands and Supreme Ventures gained $1.52 to close at $18 trading 45,204 shares.

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

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