Barita JSE lead trade at month end

Barita Investments was the most prominent trade on Thursday, with 21.49 million shares for 59.1 percent of total volume as trading closed out the half year. The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market was constrained within a narrow consolidation range it has been in for several months.
The volume of stocks trading on Thursday rose 117 percent with 590 percent greater value than on Wednesday, with an exchange of 36,352,680 shares with a value of  $2,054,073,702, up from 16,776,950 units at $297,498,943 on Wednesday. Trading averages 660,958 units at $37,346,795, up from 310,684 shares at $5,509,240 on Wednesday and month to date, an average of 281,913 units at $5,309,050, compared to 263,593 units at $3,760,655 onthe previous trading day. May closed with an average of 238,645 units at $3,561,016.
Pulse Investments traded the second highest volume with 4.49 million units for 12.3 percent of the day’s trade and Ciboney Group 3.25 million units for 8.9 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 1,350.07 points to 440,236.22, the JSE Main Index rose 1,152.41 points to 384,185.82 and the JSE Financial Index declined 0.03 points to settle at 91.40 as trading ended with 55 securities compared to 54 on Wednesday, with 25 rising, 19 declining and 11 ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.9 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed based on ICInsider.com’s forecasted earnings for companies with financial years ending up to the close of August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 15 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments popped $1.02 to $88.02 in exchanging 21,487,543 shares, Berger Paints declined 75 cents in ending at $11.50 while exchanging 1,300 stock units, Caribbean Cement rose $3.40 in closing at $67 after trading 223,055 units. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund advanced $3.04 to end at $47 in an exchange of 60,745 stocks, First Rock Capital increased 73 cents to close at $13.30 in switching ownership of 79,859 units, GraceKennedy gained $1 to end at $103, with 416,560 stocks crossing the exchange. Guardian Holdings fell $20.98 in closing at $503 with the swapping of 51 stock units, Jamaica Broilers rallied 97 cents to close at $28, with 228,065 shares crossing the market, Jamaica Producers climbed $1 to $22, with 19,825 stocks changing hands. Jamaica Stock Exchange rallied 50 cents to $20 after 15,667 shares crossed the market, Kingston Properties increased 95 cents to close at $8.95, trading 140,927 units, Kingston Wharves popped $1 to $39.50 after exchanging 18,966 stock units. Massy Holdings dropped 30 cents in ending at $91.70 after exchanging 1,693 stocks, Mayberry Investments shed 40 cents in closing at $10 in trading 230,013 shares, NCB Financial slipped $1 to $101 with 36,536 stock units clearing the market. PanJam Investment lost $1 to end at $65 with an exchange of 19,380 units, Proven Investments shed $1.48 to close at $36.02 after 29,816 stocks changed hands, Pulse Investments gained 54 cents to close at $4.42 after exchanging 4,485,406 stock units. Sagicor Group fell 50 cents in closing at $55.49 in an exchange of 90,240 shares, Salada Foods advanced 30 cents in ending at $5.80 after just two units traded, Scotia Group declined $1.64 in closing at $36.05 with an exchange of 89,692 shares. Seprod rose 70 cents to end at $71.95 with the swapping of 65,213 stocks, Stanley Motta climbed 50 cents to $5.50, with 42,111 units crossing the market, Supreme Ventures increased 71 cents to $30.70 in an exchange of 236,568 stock units and Sygnus Real Estate Finance dropped $3.75 to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $11.25, with 10,000 shares crossing the market.
In the preference segmentJamaica Public Service 9.5% gained $200 to close at $3000 after an exchange of a mere three units and 138 Student Living preference share climbed $1.76 to $19.40 in trading 15 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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