Gains for JSE Main Market

Trading ended on Monday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market, with the volume of stocks traded declining 18 percent, with a 50 percent lower value than on Friday as declining stocks exceeded those rising.
At the close, 13,814,659 shares were traded for $73,312,672 versus 16,870,075 units at $147,178,606 on Friday. Trading averaged 260,654 units at $1,383,258, compared to 306,729 shares at $2,675,975 on Friday and month to date, an average of 266,182 units at $3,692,676, compared to 266,483 units at $3,818,213 on the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 238,645 units at $3,561,016.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 4.94 million shares for 35.7 percent of total volume, followed by Transjamaican Highway with 3.10 million units for 22.5 percent of the day’s trade, Sagicor Select Financial Fund followed with 1.38 million units for 10 percent market share and Ciboney Group with 1.34 million units for 9.7 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 1,833.86 points to settle at 437,818.37, the JSE Main Index rose 1,338.41 points to 382,525.24 and the JSE Financial Index declined 0.05 points to settle at 91.23.
Trading ended with 53 securities compared to 55 on Friday, with 12 rising, 22 declining and 19 ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 14.4 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed based on’s forecasted earnings for companies with financial years ending up to the close of August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 12 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints lost 98 cents to end at $11.20 after exchanging 7,001 shares, Caribbean Cement dropped $1.85 to $65 with an exchange of 90,431 stocks, Carreras declined 33 cents to $9.50 with 73,731 units changing hands. Eppley gained $3 to $44 in switching ownership of 2,000 stock units, GraceKennedy rallied $1.46 to $104.99 in an exchange of 73,715 stock units, Guardian Holdings climbed $3 to end at $504 after 307 shares crossed the market. Jamaica Stock Exchange rose 77 cents to close at $18.27 while exchanging 3,592 units, JMMB Group fell 50 cents to $41.50 after exchanging 160,223 stocks, Kingston Wharves shed 54 cents in closing at $38.46, trading 3,302 shares. Margaritaville dropped $3.23 in ending at $18.27 after an exchange of 50 stocks, Mayberry Investments shed 72 cents to close at $10.24, with 69,055 stock units changing hands, NCB Financial declined $1 to end at $102 with the swapping of 19,227 units. Proven Investments advanced 37 cents in closing at $37.95 in trading 11,734 units, Sagicor Group popped 90 cents to $55.90, with 140,160 stocks crossing the exchange and Scotia Group fell $1.31 in ending at $36 after exchanging 244,968 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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