Trading value triples on JSE on Friday

The volume of stocks trading on Friday declined sharply from that on Thursday, with the value almost tripling as the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended trading for the week with the Main Market rising and closing higher than for the previous week, while the Junior and JSE US dollar market declined to close the week, with the Junior Market ended at the same level as the previous week, but the USD market closed moderately lower.
At the close, the Combined Market Index put on 1,779.21 points to 350,885.04. The JSE Main Index popped 1,999.87 points to 338,060.45 while the All Jamaica Composite Index climbed 1,783.90 points to close at 381,652.90, the Junior Market dipped 9.82 points to 3,870.24 and the JSE US dollar market shed 5.38 points to end at 224.06.
Trading ended, with 9,674,872 shares changing hands, for a mere $150.4 million, versus $56.9 million, with 24,836,022 shares traded in all markets on the previous day. The JSE USD market ended with the value of stocks traded amounting to US$20,385 from US$18,048 Thursday.
The market’s PE ratio ended at 22.8 based on 2021-22 earnings and 12.4 times those for 2022-23 at the close of trading.
Investors need pertinent information to successfully navigate many investment options in the local stock market. The PE ratio chart and the more detailed daily report charts provide investors with regularly updated information to help decision-making.
Investors should use the chart to help make rational investment decisions by investing in stocks close to the average for the sector and not going too far from it unless there are compelling reasons to do so. This approach helps to remove emotions from investment decisions and put in on fundamentals while at the same time not being too far from the majority of investors. Investors who buy when the price of a stock is close to the average will find that they are not inclined to overpay for a stock.
The PE Ratio chart covers all ordinary shares on the Jamaica Stock Exchange. It shows companies grouped on an industry basis, allowing easy comparisons between the same sector companies and the overall market.
The net asset value of each company is reported as a guide to assess the value of stocks based on this measure quickly. The chart also shows daily changes in stock prices and the percentage year to date price movement based on the last traded prices. Dividends payable and yields for each company are shown in the Main and Junior Markets’ daily report charts that show the closing volume for the bids and offers.
The EPS & PE ratios are based on 2021 and 2022 actual or projected earnings, excluding major one off items. The PE Ratio is the most popular measure used to determine the value of stocks.


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