More decline for JSE main market – Wednesday

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market closed down on Wednesday, with advancing outpaced by declining stocks for the second consecutive day as some investors seek cash to buy into a new IPO that is on offer in the market.
The market ended, with 36 securities trading in the main and US dollar markets, leading to 11 advancing, 15 declining and 10 trading to close with no price change, compared to 35 securities trading on Tuesday.
The All Jamaican Composite Index declined by 560.38 points to close at 568,175.92, the JSE Index shed 594.41 points to 517,224.50 and the JSE Financial Index rose 0.24 points to end at 141.83.
Market activity led to 50,725,660 units valued at $109,446,038 changing hands, in contrast to 25,607,960 units valued at $336,490,907 crossing the main market on Tuesday.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 30.8 million shares for 61 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Fund with 10.4 million units accounting for 21 percent of the day’s trade and JMMB Group 7.5% preference share with 6.7 million shares for 12 percent of the main market’s volume.
Trading closed with an average of 1,449,305 units valued at an average of $3,127,030 for each security traded. In contrast to 800,249 units valued at an average of $10,515,341 on Tuesday, for each security traded on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 81,431 shares valued at $7,254,739 for every security traded, compared to 696,737 shares valued at $7,854,199 for each security traded. The market closed out August with an average of 1,743,431 units valued at $9,907,963 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 12 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
In main Market activity, Berger Paints lost 50 cents to settle at $18.50 with 19,976 shares crossing the exchange, Caribbean Cement dived $1.01 to settle at $79 with 94,318 shares changing hands, Eppley lost $2 to settle at $14 with 702 shares changing hands, Eppley Caribbean Property traded 450 shares and lost $3 to close at a low of $43. Grace Kennedy rose $1.75 to end at $69.75 trading 72,257 shares, Jamaica Producers gained 49 cents to settle at $24 trading 4,353 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange gained $1 to settle at $26 with 15,234 shares changing hands. JMMB Group added $1.45 to settle at $49.45 with an exchange of 39,868 units, NCB Financial slipped $1.95 to end at $212.05, with an exchange of 65,234 stock units, Pulse Investments lost 50 cents to close at $2.90 while just 2,400 shares were exchanged, Sagicor Group exchanged 21,005 shares after declining by 35 cents to end at $72.50, Sygnus Credit Investments gained 40 cents in trading 67,351 shares at $22 and Wisynco traded 290,312 shares but lost $2.501 to close at $22.
Trading in the US securities market resulted in 1,000,000 units valued at US$150,000 changing hands with Sygnus Credit Investments being the sole stock trading to close at 15 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 0.09 points to end at 194.45.

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