Rising stocks bettered by decliners

Declining stocks outnumbered those rising at the close of market activity on Thursday, but the market rose after 75.4 percent more shares valued 86 percent higher than on Wednesday changed hands at the close of trading on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange.
Overall, 17 securities traded versus 16 on Wednesday and ended with five stocks rising, seven declining, while five ended unchanged. The Composite Index advanced 0.81 points to 1,337.41, the All T&T Index rose 3.95 points to 1,785.37, but the Cross-Listed Index fell 0.32 points to 120.30.
At the close, 121,724 shares changed hands at $7,589,179, compared to 69,397 units at $4,069,853 on Wednesday.
An average of 7,160 units traded at $446,422, compared with 4,337 shares at $254,366 on Wednesday. For the month to date, trading averaged 8,748 units at $300,372, up from 9,257 units at $253,524. The average trade for March amounted to 12,610 units at $342,338.
The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Angostura Holdings fell 3 cents to $15.42 trading 981 shares, Ansa Mcal advanced $2 to end at a 52 weeks’ high of $56, with an exchange of 2,421 units, Clico Investment Fund fell 11 cents to $25, with 35,831 stock units crossing the exchange. First Citizens Bank shed 25 cents in ending at $46.50, with 590 stock units changing hands, FirstCaribbean International Bank shed 1 cent to $6.94 in an exchange of 359 units, Grace Kennedy slipped 10 cents to $4.80 with an exchange of 1,490 shares, Guardian Holdings ended at $26 in trading 7,696 stock units. National Enterprises gained 5 cents to close at $3 with the swapping of 3,010 units, National Flour closed at $2.20 in switching ownership of 10 shares, NCB Financial Group remained at $8.21, crossing the market 2,225 stock units. One Caribbean Media gained one cent to close at $4.90 with an exchange of 13,000 stock units, Prestige Holdings carved out a gain of 1 cent in closing at $7.50, with 779 shares clearing the market, Republic Financial Holdings declined 1 cent to close at $132 with 45,677 units changing hands. Scotiabank stayed at $54 in switching the ownership of 1,463 shares, Trinidad Cement ended at $3, with 10 stock units crossing the exchange, Unilever Caribbean climbed 13 cents in closing at $16.33, after 6,132 shares crossed the market and West Indian Tobacco dipped 1 cent to $32.99 in switching ownership of 50 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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