Sleepy JSE Main market trading

In a sedate trading session on Thursday, the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed with modest activity, with 15 percent fewer shares changing hands than on Wednesday and ended with modest changes in the market index rising after more stocks advanced than declined.  
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index dipped 55.38 points to 426,012.48, the Main Index gained 128.37 points to 388,746.14 and the JSE Financial Index slipped 0.08 points to settle at 100.17.
Trading ended with 43 securities changing hands compared to 42 on Wednesday and closed with prices of 19 stocks rising, 14 declining and 10 remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio closed with an average of 16.9 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Traders exchanged 12,956,415 shares for $60,027,692 compared to 15,177,464 units at $53,121,465 on Wednesday. Wigton Windfarm led trading with 35.2 percent of total volume for 4.56 million shares, followed by Pulse Investments with 21.9 percent for 2.83 million units, Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 9.9 percent for 1.28 million units, Eppley 8.9 percent for 1.16 million units and QWI Investments with 1.11 million units for 8.6 percent market share.
Trading for the day averaged 301,312 units at $1,395,993 for each security compared to an average of 361,368 shares at $1,264,797 on Wednesday. Trading month to date averaged 346,427 units at $1,133,366, in contrast to 351,891 units at $1,101,554 on the prior trading day. Trading in December averaged 455,206 units at $7,774,631.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has five stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and six with lower offers.
At the close of business, Berger Paints shed 57 cents to settle at $13.50 after trading 35,788 shares, Caribbean Cement rose $3.35 to $63.50, with 2,890 stock units crossing the market, Eppley dropped $2.21 to $19.43, after exchanging 1,156,045 stock units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund climbed $7 to close at $48, in trading 2,439 units. Jamaica Broilers rose 49 cents to $28 after crossing the market with 3,423 shares. Jamaica Producers gained 23 cents to end at $20, with an exchange of 6,713 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange shed 35 cents to settle at $18.95, trading 1,166 stock units, JMMB Group shed 49 cents in closing at $32.51, with 127,806 shares changing hands. Kingston Properties rose 50 cents to $7.25, in exchanging 1,000 units, Kingston Wharves gained 35 cents to $47.50 in exchanging 1,100 shares. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy dropped $7.47 to $150 after transferring 250 units, NCB Financial rose 50 cents to $140, trading 12,328 stocks. Pan Jam Investment advanced $5.84 to $71.94, with 270 units changing hands, Scotia Group gained 50 cents to close at $43 after exchanging 7,800 stock units and Seprod climbed $2.20 to $64.20, in trading 13,586 shares.

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

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