Prices up index dips on JSE USD market

The US dollar market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed trading on Tuesday with very low volume after 98 percent fewer shares changed hands compared to Friday at 35 percent less value.
At the close of the market, trading ended with six securities changing hands compared to four on Friday and closed with the prices of three stocks rising, one declining and two remaining unchanged.
The JSE USD Equities Index lost 0.26 points to settle at 192.46 and the average PE Ratio ended at 12.9 based on the IC Insider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 16,817 shares, accounting for US$12,542 compared to 694,986 units at US$19,235 on Friday. The average trade for the day amounted to 2,803 units changing hands at US$2,090, in contrast to an average of 173,747 shares at US$4,809  on Friday. Trading ended with an average of 1,122,430 units for the month to date at US$18,924, in contrast to 1,278,657 units atUS$21,273. By comparison, September ended with an average of 84,017 units for US$10,590.
At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows three stocks ending with bids higher than its last selling prices and none with lower offers.
At the close, First Rock Capital Investment added four-tenths of a cent to close at 8.9 US of cents, with investors swapping 1,204 stock units, Margaritaville gained 1 US cent in closing at 15 US cents, after an exchange of 125 units, Proven Investments was unchanged at 27 US cents trading 9,679 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments lost 1 US cent to end at 13.5 US cents, with a transfer of 1,016 units.
In the preference segment, Equityline Mortgage Investment preference share closed at US$1.96, with an exchange of 50 units and JMMB Group 5.75% C share climbed 4 US cents to settle at US$2.05, in trading 4,743 shares.

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

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