Stocks gained on the JSE Main Market

More stocks rose than fell on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market when trading ended on Friday, with the market rising after an exchange of 49 percent more shares, costing just 13 percent more than on Thursday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index advanced by 738.24 points to 412,694.72. The Main Index rose 489.74 points to 376,431.65 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.54 points to settle at 99.48.
Trading ended with 47 securities changing hands compared to 48 on Thursday and closed with the prices of 18 stocks rising, 19 declining and 10 remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio ended at 15.6 based on the forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 53,049,972 shares for $75,272,612 compared to 35,657,782 units at $66,458,232 on Thursday. Wigton Windfarm led trading with 56.7 percent of total volume with 30.06 million shares, followed by Radio Jamaica with 37.7 percent accounting for 20.03 million units and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 2.2 percent or 1.19 million shares.
Trading ended with an average of 1,128,723 units changing hands at $1,601,545 for each security, in comparison to an average of 742,870 shares at $1,384,547 on Thursday. The average trade for the month to date ended at 427,526 units at $5,067,972 for each security,in contrast to 376,667 units at $5,319,395. Trading for the month to date is well above 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 8 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Caribbean Cement climbed $3.46 to close at $45.96, trading 3,358 shares, Eppley shed 51 cents to end at $17.50, with 35,000 stock units changing hands, First Rock Capital closed at $12.34, with a loss of 55 cents after investors swapped 6,343 stock units. Key Insurance lost $1 to settle at $7.50, trading 272,882 shares, Kingston Wharves declined by $3.39 to close at $44.60, with 664 units crossing the exchange, Mayberry Investments shed 58 cents in exchanging 15,208 stock units and closed at $5.42. Mayberry Jamaican Equities ended at $7.60, with gains of $1.10 trading 35,292 shares, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy fell $24 to $145, in an exchange of 96 units, NCB Financial gained 47 cents to settle at $136.50, after the transfer of 19,767 shares. Palace Amusement climbed $10 to $1,480 in trading just one unit, Portland JSX gained 80 cents to close at $9, with 602 stock units crossing the market, Proven Investments lost 62 cents in the exchange of 3,811 units to finish at $38. Sagicor Group closed $2.35 higher at $46.40, with 10,789 stock units changing hands, Salada Foods dropped $6 to $20, trading 5 units, Scotia Group climbed $2.43 to close at $48.44, with an exchange of 1,242 units. Seprod dipped $1.48 to $58.50 in trading 89,547 shares and Sterling Investments gained 47 cents to end at $3.80 in trading 1,000 units.

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

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