More declines for JSE majors

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market declined for a second consecutive day at the close on Tuesday with less than half the volume traded on Monday but with Barita Investments with a big 8 million units trade for $649 million following 6 million units valued $487 million on Monday.
Trading ended with 39 securities changing hands in the main and US dollar markets with 10 advancing, 19 declining and 10 trading firm. The market closed with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 421.45 points to close at 560,406.97. The JSE Index was down 387.75 points to 510,011.86 and the JSE Financial Index slipped 0.08 points to close at 139.21.
Main market activity ended with 36 securities trading resulting in 44,023,689 units valued at $758,570,804 in contrast to 98,349,184 units valued at $1,160,920,073 from 35 securities trading on Monday.
JMMB Group 7.5% preference share led trading with 22 million units for 50 percent of total volume, followed by Barita Investments with 8 million units accounting for 18 percent of the day’s trade and Wigton Windfarm with 7 million shares for 16 percent of the market’s trade. Also trading more than a million shares, were, Sagicor Select Funds with 2 million shares changing hands and QWI Investments with 1.5 million units and closing at an all-time low of $1.19.
The Market closed with an average of 1,222,880 units valued at an average of $21,071,411 for each security traded, in contrast to 2,809,977 units for an average of $33,169,145 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 1,147,595 shares at $11,637,677 for each security traded and previously 1,360,410 units valued at $9,708,050 for each stock traded. The market closed out September with an average of 1,585,081 units valued at $14,071,562 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 11 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments gained 36 cents to settle at $79.86 with an exchange of 8,128,881 shares, Berger Paints lost 40 cents to close at $18.60 with 3,835 units trading, Carib Cement closed 64 cents lower after 14,950 shares changed hands to end at $79.36. Jamaica Broilers ended with a loss of $1.99, closing at $36.01 as 145,234 shares traded, Jamaica Stock Exchange lost 40 cents, after exchanging 36,003 shares to settle at $29, JMMB Group closed 99 cents lower at $45, with 30,369 shares changing hands. Kingston Wharves jumped $3 to settle at $60, after trading 1,642 shares, NCB Financial slid $1 to close at $204 while exchanging 41,451 units, PanJam Investment closed $2 lower in swapping 39,968 shares to end at $103. Portland JSX gained 50 cents in trading 5,200 shares to close at $8.50, Scotia Group dropped $3 to $58 with 9,900 shares changing hands, Seprod declined by $2.50 to end at $51 with an exchange of 101,439 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments gained 69 cents, after exchanging 101,048 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 259,948 units valued US$81,583 with the market index rising 0.29 points to close at 198.91. Proven Investments exchanged 230.020 shares, to close at 27 US cents and JMMB Group 6% preference share traded 17,865 units, losing 1 US cent to end at 99 US cents.

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