Modest slippage for Main Market

Market activity ended on Monday with the volume of shares traded jumping 66 percent higher and the value rising 21 percent more than in trading on Friday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market as stocks rising were fewer than those declining.
The All Jamaican Composite Index shed 533.05 points to settle at 446,260.46, the Main Index declined 448.18 points to 406,502.58 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.20 points to end at 98.82.
Trading ended with 51 securities similar to Friday, with 15 stocks rising, 18 declining and 18 ending unchanged. The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 15.5 based on ICInsider.com.’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
The market closed with 6,587,765 shares trading for $59,809,086 versus 3,971,368 units at $49,614,466 on Friday. Wigton Windfarm led trading with 22 percent of total volume for an exchange of 1.45 million shares followed by Transjamaican Highway with 17.1 percent after trading 1.13 million units and Pulse Investments 9.3 percent with 609,373 units.
Trading averages 129,172 units at $1,172,727, compared to 77,870 shares at $972,833 on Friday and month to date, an average of 319,241 units at $3,702,393, compared to 334,040 units at $3,899,360 on Friday. August closed with an average of 480,039 units at $8,561,549.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 13 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and none ended with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints shed 61 cents after ending at $13.13 in trading 11,324 shares, Caribbean Cement rallied $1.03 to $102.03 with an exchange of 5,384 stocks, Guardian Holdings popped $2 to $592 after an exchange of 5 stock units. Jamaica Stock Exchange rose 75 cents to $17.75 in trading 57,723 units, JMMB Group shed 24 cents to close at $35.50, with 115,314 shares crossing the market, Kingston Wharves fell 49 cents to $46.51 with the swapping of 712 stocks, NCB Financial gained 49 cents after ending at $129 in an exchange of 14,188 shares. PanJam Investment spiked 50 cents to close at $62.50 in switching ownership of 9,994 stock units, Seprod advanced $1.99 to end at $66 with 15,237 units clearing the market, Supreme Ventures dropped 20 cents to $17.80 in trading 4,260 units, Victoria Mutual Investments rose 27 cents in closing at $5.65 after trading 95,734 stocks.
In the preference segment, Eppley 7.75% rose 50 cents to $20.50 with 400 stock units crossing the exchange.

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

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