Scotia & Sagicor big drop hits JSE hard

Scotia Group dived $7.64, Caribbean Cement shed $5 and Sagicor Group dropped $2.90 to inflict significant damage to the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange as the leading indices nosedived on Friday.
At the close of trading, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index tumbled 7,438.02 points to close at 552,660.28, the JSE Market Index declined 6,748.39 points to 503,336.51 and the JSE Financial Index dropped 1.70 points to 136.03.
The market closed with 41 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with the prices of 11 stocks advancing, 18 declining and 15 trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 38 securities accounting for 28,514,298 units valued at $143,131,830 in contrast to 23,950,566 units valued at $50,135,329 from 42 securities on Thursday.
Wigton Windfarm dominated trading with 17.8 million shares for 62 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 4.6 million units for 16 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Manufacturing & Distribution with 1.5 million shares for 5 percent of the market’s volume. Other stocks trading more than one million units were Wisynco Group with 1.14 million and Scotia Group with 1.03 million.
The market closed with an average of 750,376 units valued at an average of $3,766,627 for each security traded, in contrast to 570,252 units valued at an average of $1,193,698 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 457,502 units valued at $2,149,464 for each security changing hands, compared to 417,032 units valued at $1,887,966 for each security traded. Trading in December resulted in an average of 595,143 units valued at $9,344,514 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows ten stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two ending with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 19.7, while the Main Market ended at 19 times the 2019 earnings.
In the prime market, Barita Investments gained $1.49 to close at $73.85, exchanging 21,976 units, Berger Paints lost 90 cents to settle at $17 after trading 4,600 shares, Caribbean Cement closed $5 lower to $75, after swapping 17,799 shares. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund dropped 55 cents, ending at $40.50 with 4,190 shares changing hands, Jamaica Broilers settled at $39, after losing $1 and trading 54,968 shares. Jamaica Producers Group added $1.46, rising to $27.46 with an exchange of 25,359 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange lost 43 cents transferring 78,794 units to end at $27.95, Mayberry Investments gained 55 cents after swapping 1,216 units to end at $9. NCB Financial Group closed at $198.50, after declining 99 cents exchanging 9,368 shares. PanJam Investments fell by $1 in settling at $100 and trading 126,030 shares, Pulse Investments closed 80 cents lower at $6.45, with 179,044 units changing hands. Sagicor Group dropped $2.90 to end at $70 in swapping 63,645 shares, Salada Foods dropped to $30, with a loss of $5 in exchanging a mere 365 shares, Scotia Group dived $7.64 to $51.06 with 1,033,100 shares changing hands, Seprod gained 40 cents to close the day’s trade at $50.90, with 7,100 units changing hands. Sygnus Credit Investments ended 60 cents higher to settle at $27 after transferring 740 shares and Wisynco Group lost 75 cents to close at $22, with an exchange of 1,144,580 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 109,671 units valued at over US$31,294. The market index declined 6.12 points to close at 229.84. Margaritaville remained unchanged at 35 US cents, with 46 units changing hands, Proven Investments traded 87,660 units and lost 2 US cents to close at 35 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments exchanged 21,965 shares at 14 US cents.

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