Rising JSE Main Market

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended trading on Tuesday with the market rising marginally after an exchange of 19 percent fewer shares, costing 57 percent less than on Monday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index rose 389.54 points to 405,818.23, the Main Index gained 542.73 points to 370,220.61 and the JSE Financial Index added 0.73 points to settle at 97.70.
Trading ended with 45 securities changing hands compared to 43 on Monday and closed with the prices of 19 stocks rising, 16 declining and 10 remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 15.3 based on the IC Insider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 14,290,519 shares for $77,620,091 compared to 17,736,805 units at $180,133,973 on Monday. Carreras led trading with 34 percent of total volume trading 4.86 million shares, followed by Transjamaican Highway with 22.7 percent for 3.24 million units, QWI Investments with 15 percent or 2.14 million units and Wigton Windfarm, with 10.8 percent for 1.54 million shares.
Trading ended with an average of 317,567 units changing hands at $1,724,891 for each security, in comparison to an average of 412,484 shares at  $4,189,162 on Monday. The average trade for the month to date ended at 268,164  units at $1,925,358 for each security, in contrast to 261,644 units at $1,951,813. Trading month to date compares well to September’s average of 265,170 units at  $3,271,625.
At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows eight stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Berger Paints fell by $1.38 to end at $11.11, with investors switching ownership of 552 shares, Caribbean Cement rose $1 to $45, with 1,708 units crossing the exchange, Eppley climbed $3.25 to $21.50, with investors swapping 3,785 shares. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund advanced by $6 to $48, clearing the market with 31 stock units, First Rock Capital gained 30 cents to end at $12.45, trading 1,744 units. Jamaica Producers lost 30 cents to settle at $19.20 trading 34,916 shares, Kingston Wharves declined $5.98 in closing at $40.02, in an exchange of 20,483 stock units, Mayberry Jamaican Equities lost 45 cents to settle at $7.70, with a transfer of 2,000 units. NCB Financial advanced by $4.50 to $135 after 35,370 shares crossed the market, PanJam Investment rose $1.99 in exchanging 105 units at $70. Proven Investments closed at $40.20, after rising $2.19 with a transfer of 1,038 stock units, Salada Foods ended at $25.10, after losing $2.89 trading a mere 6 shares and Scotia Group fell $2.06 to settle at $46.74, in exchanging 9,318 stock units.
In the preference segmentEppley 8.75% preference share advanced $1 to $7.70, with investors switching ownership of 3,173 stock units and Productive Business Solutions 9.75% preference shares dropped $4 to end at $102 after exchanging 3 units.

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

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