Bounce for JSE main market

Market activity ended on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Thursday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 19 percent and the value diving 63 percent lower than on Wednesday, leading to declining stocks outstripping rising ones.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rose 1,595.11 points to 451,352.52, the JSE Main Index popped 1,037.82 points to 392,606.23 and the JSE Financial Index inched 0.72 points higher to 94.15.
Trading ended with 51 securities compared to 53 on Wednesday, with 20 rising, 25 declining and six ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula for computing appropriate stock values, averages 14.9. 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.
Overall, 9,880,109 shares were traded for $124,533,581 versus 12,251,051 units at $339,534,037 on Wednesday. Trading averages 193,728 units at $2,441,835, compared to 231,152 shares at $6,406,303 on Wednesday and month to date, an average of 238,407 units at $4,386,460, compared to 241,537 units at $4,522,691 on the previous trading day. April closed with an average of 532,209 units at $5,709,319.
QWI Investments led trading with 1.65 million shares for 16.7 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm, with 993,729 units for 10.1 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 957,413 units for 9.7 percent market share.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows nine stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments advanced 70 cents in ending at $90, trading 305,102 shares, Caribbean Cement popped $1.50 in closing at $63 while exchanging 29,073 stock units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund declined $7 to $43 after 648 stocks changed hands. GraceKennedy climbed $3.27 to end at $110.80 after 165,524 units were exchanged, Guardian Holdings rallied $9 to $524 in an exchange of one stock unit, JMMB Group lost 53 cents in closing at $45.50, with 205,307 shares crossing the market. Kingston Wharves shed 79 cents to end at $38.20 after finishing trading 1,140 stocks, Massy Holdings dropped $2.50 to close at $90 after exchanging 110,208 units, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy gained $13.99 to $109 with the swapping of 66 stocks. PanJam Investment rose 50 cents to $62.50 after exchanging 42,524 stock units, Proven Investments gained 50 cents in ending at $38.50, with 114,273 units crossing the market, Sagicor Group fell 50 cents to $54.50 while trading 8,291 shares.  Salada Foods gained 44 cents in closing at $6 with an exchange of 70 shares, Scotia Group increased $1.69 to end at $36.94 in switching ownership of 116,990 stock units, Seprod declined 48 cents to $71.50 in exchanging 7,509 stocks. Stanley Motta rallied 46 cents to end at $5.50, with 22,900 units crossing the exchange, Supreme Ventures dropped $1 to $29, with 129,116 units changing hands, Sygnus Credit Investments lost 37 cents to close at $16.52 while exchanging 20,767 stocks and Wisynco Group shed $2.50 in ending at $20 and trading 374,190 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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