Trading jumps on JSE Main Market

Market activity surged on Tuesday leading to the volume of shares trading, 319 percent higher than on Monday as funds passing through the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market climbed 262 percent and led to rising stocks exceeding those declining.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rose 401.94 points to 439,684.36, the JSE Main Index advanced 1,224.58 points to 398,238.41 and the JSE Financial Index popped 0.14 points to settle at 98.59.
Trading ended with 55 securities compared to 54 on Monday, with 22 rising, 17 declining and 16 ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 16.3. The PE ratio for the JSE Main and USD Markets closing quotes uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with the financial year ending up to August 2022.
Overall, 30,430,391 shares were exchanged for $253,596,547 versus 7,262,470 units at $70,112,586 on Monday. Stanley Motta led trading with 33.2 percent of total volume after exchanging 10.10 million shares followed by Wigton Windfarm, 20.8 percent, with 6.32 million units, Community & Workers Credit Union, controlled 10.8 percent, with 3.29 million units, Transjamaican Highway contributed 9.5 percent in trading 2.9 million units, Sagicor Select Financial Fund held 6.4 percent, with 1.93 million units and QWI Investments accounted for 4.5 percent with a transfer of 1.37 million units.
Trading averages 553,280 units at $4,610,846, on Tuesday, compared to 134,490 shares at $1,298,381 on Monday and month to date, an average of 194,064 units at $1,751,240, versus 170,766 units at $1,565,770 on the previous day. December closed with an average of 479,143 units at $6,686,322.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows nine stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments shed $1.01 in closing at $93.40 in trading 12,221 shares, Berger Paints gained 47 cents to close at $12.99 with an exchange of 17,798 stock units, Caribbean Producers popped 45 cents to end at $16.95 with 258,740 units clearing the market. Eppley declined $1.50 to $35 after exchanging 2,768 stocks, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund declined $4.20 after ending at $37.80 with 364 stock units crossing the market,  GraceKennedy advanced $4.20 to close at $102 in an exchange of 1,212,428 shares. Guardian Holdings climbed $18 to $548 with the swapping of 7,203 units, Jamaica Broilers fell 85 cents to $27 in switching ownership of 79,848 shares, Jamaica Producers rose $1 after ending at $23 with 6,401 stocks clearing the market. Jamaica Stock Exchange rallied 75 cents in closing at $17.50 with 2,515 stock units changing hands, JMMB Group gained 35 cents after ending at $39.10 in trading 117,087 shares, Kingston Wharves popped $2.29 to $41.60 with the swapping of 157,619 units. Margaritaville advanced $3 to $25 with a transfer of 100 stocks, NCB Financial rallied $4 to close at $132 in switching ownership of 88,589 stock units, Palace Amusement lost 55 cents to end at $945 after crossing the exchange with 15 shares. PanJam Investment fell $1.70 to close at $63 in transferring 229,652 stock units, Sagicor Group shed $1.60 in ending at $52.40 after exchanging 16,237 shares, Scotia Group fell $1.10 to $34.50 with the swapping of 90,700 units. Seprod lost $1 to end at $61 with 17,617 stocks changing hands and Stanley Motta lost 34 cents in closing at $5.50 after trading 10,097,550 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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