Rising stocks clobber those falling

Investors traded 51 securities compared to 53 on Wednesday, with rising stocks overwhelming those declining after prices of 30 rose, with nine declining and 12 ending unchanged as three times the volume of stocks were exchanged on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Thursday after the volume traded climbed 227 percent over Wednesday, with values declining 30 percent lower.
A total of 19,677,897 shares were exchanged for $39,419,138 versus 6,016,425 units at $56,503,512 on Wednesday.
Trading for the day averaged 385,841 units at $772,924 versus 113,517 shares at $1,066,104 on Wednesday and month to date, an average of 209,330 stock units at $1,450,722 compared to 199,577 units at $1,488.174 on the previous day. October closed with an average of 231,243 units at $1,464,224.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 14.51 million shares for 73.7 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.35 million units for 6.9 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Manufacturing & Distribution Fund with 1.12 million units for 5.7 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index fell 1,154.03 points to 379,869.00, the JSE Main Index rose 428.14 points to 336,060.58 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.52 points to settle at 80.52.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.6 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios incorporate earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending between November and August 2023.
The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows seven stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments rose $1.95 after ending at $87 with the swapping of 10,515 shares, Caribbean Cement advanced 50 cents in closing at $57.50 with an exchange of 127,191 stocks, Eppley dipped $2 to $33 in trading 3,704 stock units. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund advanced $2.59 to close at $39.99 in switching ownership of 124 units, Guardian Holdings climbed $60 to end at $560 with 323 stock units changing hands, Jamaica Broilers fell 65 cents to $26.85 in transferring 6,640 units. Jamaica Producers declined 78 cents to close at $22.22 with an exchange of 34,293 stocks, Jamaica Stock Exchange dropped $1 to $15 with 23,974 shares crossing the market, Kingston Properties rose 61 cents to $6.62 with the swapping of 6,958 shares. Kingston Wharves rallied $1.14 to end at $34.99 after exchanging 86,935 stock units, Massy Holdings popped $2.48 to $80.50 after 4,734 stocks were traded, PanJam Investment climbed $1 to $58 in an exchange of 5,336 units. Seprod advanced 50 cents to end at $69 after a transfer of 192 shares, Supreme Ventures rose 84 cents in closing at $25.25 with 15,251 units changing hands, Sygnus Credit Investments gained 42 cents to close at $12.92 after 8,699 stock units cleared the market and Sygnus Real Estate Finance rallied 85 cents to finish at $9.90 in trading 11,598 stocks.

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

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