Trading drops on the JSE Main Market

Market activity ended on Monday with the volume of shares trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ending 53 percent less and the value 82 percent lower than on Friday, leading to mild gains in the market indices.
The All Jamaican Composite Index popped 24.71 points to close at 439,282.42, the JSE Main Index advanced 872.48 points to 397,013.83 and the JSE Financial Index rallied 0.83 points to close at 98.45.
Trading ended with 54 securities compared to 53 on Friday, with 16 rising, 21 declining and 17 ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula for computing appropriate stock values, averages 16.4. The PE ratio for the JSE Main and USD Market closing quotes are based on ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending up to August 2022.
Overall, 7,262,470 shares were exchanged for $70,112,586 versus 15,537,794 units at $392,213,675 on Friday. Transjamaican Highway led trading with 22.8 percent of total volume in transferring 1.66 million shares followed by QWI Investments, 14.3 percent with 1.04 million units and Sagicor Select Manufacturing & Distribution Fund with 9.7 percent after trading 704,301 units.
Trading averages 134,490 units at $1,298,381, compared to 293,166 shares at $7,400,258 on Friday and month to date, an average of 170,766 units at $1,565,770, compared to 173,233 units at $1,583,955 on the prior trading day. December closed with an average of 479,143 units at $6,686,322.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 12 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments gained 56 cents to end at $94.41 with 7,429 shares clearing the market, Berger Paints lost 48 cents in closing at $12.52 in exchanging 500 units, Caribbean Cement shed 80 cents to end at $69.50 with a transfer of 13,739 stock units. Eppley rose 75 cents to $36.50 trading 433 stocks, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund rallied 42 cents to $42 after 1,306 shares crossed the market, First Rock Capital advanced 66 cents to $10.91 with the swapping of 5,750 stocks. Guardian Holdings popped $9 to $530 after an exchange of 1,207 units, Jamaica Producers shed $1 to end at $22 in switching ownership of 2,917 stock units, Jamaica Stock Exchange fell $1.05 to finish at $16.75 after trading 13,768 units. JMMB Group shed 75 cents in closing at $38.75 with 21,460 stocks changing hands, Kingston Wharves declined $2.69 to $39.31 with the swapping of 5,000 shares, Margaritaville advanced $1.80 to $22 in trading 99 units. Mayberry Investments gained 30 cents to close at $7.90 with a transfer of 3,396 stocks, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy declined $3 to end at $97 in an exchange of 335 stock units, Palace Amusement dropped $4.45 in closing at $945.55 with 62 shares clearing the market. PanJam Investment fell $1.30 to close at $64.70 after 501,222 units crossed the market, Salada Foods lost 33 cents to settle at $6.60 in switching ownership of 20,250 stock units, Scotia Group rose 60 cents to end at $35.60 in an exchange of 18,244 units and Supreme Ventures shed 60 cents to end at $17.20 in trading 59,053 stocks.
In the preference segmentJMMB Group 7.25% gained 30 cents in closing at $3.08 with an exchange of 7,070 shares.

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

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