Subdued trading for JSE Main Market

Market activity ended on Tuesday with the volume of shares trading declining 55 percent, but with the value holding close to Monday’s level at the close of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market as rising stocks were less than those declining.
The All Jamaican Composite Index shed 1,680.06 points to end at 440,256.45, the JSE Main Index dipped 2,598.25 points to finish at 397,355.47 and the JSE Financial Index fell 0.66 points to close at 97.92.
A total of 53 securities traded compared to 51 on Monday, with 20 rising, 24 declining and nine ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 16.2. The PE ratio for the JSE Main and USD Market closing quotes are based on earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending up to August 2022.
Overall, 4,998,746 shares traded for $36,379,818 versus 11,148,306 units at $36,249,301 on Monday. Sagicor Select Financial Fund led trading with 22.1 percent of total volume transferring 1.11 million shares followed by Sagicor Select Manufacturing & Distribution Fund, 17.1 percent, with 856,909 units and Transjamaican Highway accounting for 15.9 percent trading 793,717 units.
Trading averaged 94,316 units at $686,412, compared to 218,594 shares at $710,771 on Monday and month to date, an average of 144,586 units at $1,137,476, compared to 152,965 units at $1,212,654 on Monday. December ended with an average of 479,143 units at $6,686,322.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows nine stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, Barita Investments popped 90 cents to end at $95.90 with the swapping of 10,281 shares, Berger Paints rallied 49 cents to close at $12.99 in exchanging 608 stocks, Caribbean Cement shed $1 in closing at $71 after switching ownership of 25,329 units. Eppley gained 50 cents to finish at $36 after exchanging 1,105 stock units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund advanced $2.30 after ending at $42.30 in trading 700 stocks, First Rock Capital rose 70 cents to close at $10.85, with 6,146 stock units clearing the market. Guardian Holdings declined $10 after ending at $540 with 1,535 shares changing hands, Jamaica Producers lost 52 cents to close at $22 with a transfer of 76,000 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange shed 85 cents to $16.65 with 675 stocks crossing the market. JMMB Group fell 75 cents in closing at $38.15 with the swapping of 145,580 shares, Kingston Wharves lost 45 cents to end at $43 n trading 20,566 stock units, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy declined $10 to $100 with investors exchanging 158 shares. Palace Amusement advanced $10 to end at $890 in transferring 46 stocks, PanJam Investment shed $1.50 after ending at $66 with 53,482 units crossing the market, Proven Investments dipped 48 cents in closing at $32.49 with 13,577 shares changing hands. Scotia Group gained 50 cents to finish at $36 in switching ownership of 61,922 stock units, Seprod shed $2.49 to end at $62.50 in an exchange of 2,778 shares, Stanley Motta popped 30 cents in closing at $5.50 after trading 7,000 stock units and Supreme Ventures rose 60 cents to end at $17.80 in an exchange of 55,675 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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