Declining stocks control on Tuesday

Declining stocks were the dominant feature of trading activity on Tuesday, with the market indices falling for a second consecutive day after almost twice the number of stocks declined than those gaining, with the volume of shares traded climbing 78 percent and the value rising 34 percent above Monday levels, at the close of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market.
The All Jamaican Composite Index declined by 1,098.23 points to 455,660.38, the JSE Main Index dropped 1,177.18 points to end at 417,326.17 and the JSE Financial Index shed 0.31 points to close at 102.46.
Trading ended with 50 securities down from 51 on Monday, with the prices of 16 rising, 26 declining and eight remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio, a measure that determines the appropriate value stocks, averages 16.4 based on’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
The market closed with 13,712,829 shares trading for $174,075,107, up from 7,709,340 units at $130,066,476 on Monday. Wigton Windfarm led trading with 15.7 percent of total volume for 2.15 million shares followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund 12.5 percent, with 1.72 million units, Wisynco Group 12.5 percent, with 1.71 million units, Radio Jamaica 12.4 percent, after trading 1.70 million units and Transjamaican Highway 7.7 percent after exchanging 1.06 million units.
Trading averaged 274,257 units at $3,481,502, compared to 151,164 shares at $2,550,323 on Monday. Trading month to date averages 327,152 units at $17,042,482, in contrast to 330,103 units at $17,799,233 on Monday. June ended with an average of 249,610 units at $3,877,606.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 13 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments rose $1.20 to $84.70 with the swapping of 5,696 shares, Berger Paints shed $1.73 to finish at $13.10 after an exchange of 5,700 units, Caribbean Cement gained 50 cents to close at $93 in trading 22,003 stocks. Caribbean Producers lost 45 cents to settle at $4.55 in switching ownership of 408,848 stock units, Eppley declined $3.40 to end at $36.10 in transferring 787 units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund climbed $1 to end at $43 with 3,368 stock units changing hands. First Rock Capital fell $1.04 to finish at $13.50 in an exchange of 65,704 shares, Grace Kennedy shed 22 cents in closing at $99 with the swapping of 565,520 units, Guardian Holdings dropped $7 to $641 in trading 4,495 stock units. Jamaica Broilers lost 50 cents at $36 in switching ownership of 618,309 stocks, Jamaica Stock Exchange rallied 33 cents to $17.83 with the swapping of 39,371 units, JMMB Group slipped 43 cents to $38.25 after clearing the market of 168,439 shares. Key Insurance picked up 29 cents to close at $4.80 with 162,141 stock units changing hands, Kingston Wharves shed 99 cents to $48 with a transfer of 68 units, Mayberry Jamaican Equities lost 38 cents to finish at $8.67 with an exchange of 2,242 shares. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy jumped $18.51 to $138 after 64 units cleared the market, NCB Financial spiked $2.50 to $141.50 in trading 31,831 stock units, Palace Amusement bolted $41 to $1,021 with the swapping of 4 stocks. Proven Investments popped 89 cents to $34.99 with 33,406 units clearing the market, Sagicor Group rose $2.08 to $56 with 20,997 shares crossing the exchange, Scotia Group spiked 29 cents to $38.99, with 58,593 stocks trading. Seprod popped 50 cents to $70.50 in transferring 404,614 units, Sterling Investments shed 20 cents to end at $2.80 with the swapping of 350,000 stock units and Wisynco Group gained 29 cents to finish at $15.99 in switching ownership of 1,714,772 shares.
In the preference segment, Eppley 7.50% preference shares fell $1.91 to end at $12.89, with 1,900 units crossing the exchange.

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

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