Gains for JSE Main Market on Friday

On Friday, investors bought more shares on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market but exchanged slightly less funds than on Thursday, resulting in rising stocks being edged out by stocks declining.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rallied 726.82 points to settle at 459,116.74, the JSE Main Index added 1,210.82 points to end at 401,715.42 and the JSE Financial Index dipped 0.09  points to settle at 93.33.
A total of 56 securities traded down from 58 on Thursday, with 23 rising, 25 declining and eight ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula for computing appropriate stock values, averages 15.5. 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 August 2023.
Overall, 10,706,458 shares were traded for $108,028,666 versus 9,854,877 units at $117,634,469 on Thursday. Wigton Windfarm led trading with 2.29 million shares for 21.4 percent of total volume, followed by Transjamaican Highway with 1.96 million units for 18.3 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Financial Fund 1.26 million units for 11.8 percent market share.
Trading averages 191,187 units at $1,929,083, compared to 169,912 shares at $2,028,180 on Thursday and month to date, an average of 217,015 units at $3,772,732, down from 223,359 units at $4,225,558 on the previous trading day. April closed with an average of 532,209 units at $5,709,319.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows nine stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints rose $1.45 to end at $11.95, with 52,121 shares crossing the exchange, Caribbean Cement lost $1 in closing at $69, trading 10,358 stock units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund jumped $4 to $49, with 13,702 units crossing the market. GraceKennedy rallied 50 cents to close at $111, with 127,161 stocks changing hands, Guardian Holdings fell $11 in ending at $520 after exchanging 2,194 shares, Jamaica Broilers popped 60 cents in closing at $28.70 after trading 16,277 stock units. Jamaica Producers dropped $1.70 to $22.25 in exchanging 7,694 stocks, Jamaica Stock Exchange shed 96 cents to $22.99 with the swapping of 554,842 units, JMMB Group declined 79 cents to close at $47 after trading 360,914 shares. Key Insurance lost 33 cents to end at $4.37, with 70,828 units clearing the market, Kingston Wharves declined 70 cents in closing at $39.25 while exchanging 5,099 stocks, Mayberry Jamaican Equities climbed $2.11 to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $14.30 in an exchange of 69,072 stock units. NCB Financial shed $2 to $106.50 in switching ownership of 41,032 stocks, Palace Amusement advanced $99.95 to end at $1100 after trading 58 shares, PanJam Investment gained $2.50 in ending at $67 with 47,723 units changing hands. Proven Investments popped 50 cents in closing at $38 in exchanging 30,451 stock units, Sagicor Group fell $2 to $55 with an exchange of 16,409 shares, Scotia Group dropped 44 cents to close at $35.01 after 20,087 stocks crossed the market. Supreme Ventures rose 46 cents to end at $29.96 in exchanging 233,006 units, Sygnus Credit Investments climbed 37 cents to $17 in switching ownership of 90,454 stock units and Wisynco Group fell $1 to $25 with an exchange of 704,723 units.
In the preference segmentEppley 7.50% preference share advanced 60 cents to $6.60, trading 2,687 stock units, JMMB Group 7.25% preference share gained 35 cents to end at a 52 weeks’ high of $3.84 while exchanging 1,011 stocks and Productive Business Solutions 9.75% preference share declined $1.26 to $106.99 with the swapping of 510 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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