Modest gains for JSE majors

Stocks closed mixed on Friday, in trading on the Main Market of the Jamaican Stock Exchange with an even number of prices rising as falling, leading to a modest rise in the market indices.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index carved out a gain of 832.41 points to end at 415,049.61, the Main Index added 722.07 points to finish at 378,603.79 and the JSE Financial Index eked out a rise of 0.45 points to 98.31. The average PE Ratio of the Main Market ended at 15.4 based on IC’s forecasted 2020-21 earnings.
Trading ended with 41 securities changing hands with the prices of 15 stocks rising, 15 declining and 11 closing unchanged. The market closed with an exchange of 11,919,474 shares accounting for $95,504,967 compared to 25,342,527 units for $172,663,218 on Thursday.
Sagicor Select Financial Fund led trading with 2.92 million shares for 24.5 percent of total volume followed by Wigton Windfarm with 2.55 million units for 21.4 percent of the day’s trade and Carreras with 1.85 million units for 15.5 percent market share. Other stocks trading a million shares or more are Pulse Investments was the only, closing the day’s trade with 1.5 million units and Victoria Mutual Investments, with 1.15 million units.
An average of 290,719 units traded on Friday at $2,329,389 for each security changing hands in contrast to an average of 589,361 shares at $4,015,424 on Thursday. The average trade for the month to date amounts to 666,101 units at $3,860,643, in contrast to 525,872 units at $2,737,055 on Thursday. June ended with an average of 818,748 units at $7,498,308 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the Main market shows 10 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments dropped $4 to settle at $55 with investors exchanging 5,940 units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund closed 95 cents lower at $43, in the trading of 5,210 units, First Rock Capital gained 99 cents transferring 3,676 units to end at $13. Grace Kennedy shed 99 cents to end at $57, with 29,597 shares changing hands, Kingston Properties picked up 30 cents in transferring 250 units at $7.30, NCB Financial Group lost $1.60 to end at $135.90, with 158,628 shares crossing the market. 138 Student Living lost 50 cents to settle at $6.30, in trading 39 units, Palace Amusement sustained a loss of $50 to close at $1,800, with an exchange of 41 units, Proven Investments closed at $34.49, after losing 51 cents in transferring 20,487 stock units. Pulse Investments shed 40 cents to close at $3.70, with an exchange of 1,546,204 shares, Scotia Group jumped $2.25 to $47.25 in trading 608,394 shares, Supreme Ventures picked up 38 cents to end at $15.39 as investors transferred 37,543 stock units and Wisynco Group lost 68 cents in trading  86,232 shares at $18.12.

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

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