Gains for Main market stocks

Trading dropped sharply on Friday, with an exchange of 93 percent fewer shares at 86 percent less value than on Thursday, but the market indices rose after marginally more stocks advanced than declined at the close of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market.
The All Jamaican Composite Index advanced 2,733.33 points to 433,426.84, the Main Index rose 2,535.44 points to 395,153.87 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.82 points to settle at 99.46.
Trading ended with 45 securities, down from 48 on Thursday and closed with prices of 18 stocks rising, 17 declining and 10 remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio averages 19.9 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with 7,739,040 shares trading for $45,618,469 compared to 108,504,798 units at $315,828,525 on Thursday. Transjamaican Highway led trading with 32.8 percent of total volume for 2.53 million shares, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 17.6 percent for 1.36 million units and Wigton Windfarm with 17.1 percent of the day’s trade for 1.32 million units.
Trading for the day averaged 171,979 units at $1,013,744, compared to an average of 2,260,517 shares at $6,579,761 on Thursday. Month to date trading averaged 341,423 units at $2,407,074, in contrast to 350,058 units at $2,478,082 on Thursday. February closed with an average of 419,015 units at $2,509,660.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has ten stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments shed 20 cents to $83.80 with an exchange of 54,584 shares, Berger Paints gained 39 cents in ending at $13.50 and trading 2,000 stocks, Caribbean Cement fell 55 cents to $64.95, with 6,150 stock units clearing the market. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund rose $2.18 to $45.67 with 4,108 units changing hands, Grace Kennedy gained 25 cents to close at $88.50 in trading 3,205 stocks, Jamaica Producers advanced $2.22 to $23.22 with the trading of 440 shares. JMMB Group shed $1.40 in closing at $31.50 after the transferring of 29,763 units, Key Insurance rose 30 cents to $5.28 with the swapping of 69,521 shares, NCB Financial Group climbed $2.48 to close at $140 trading 16,238 stocks. Palace Amusement fell $19 to $680, with 443 units crossing the exchange, Proven Investments shed 60 cents in ending at $34.90 with 19,845 stock units clearing the market, Sagicor Group gained 23 cents to finish at $49.98 in transferring 321,790 units. Salada Foods rose $1.50 to $44.50 with the swapping of 10,915 shares, Scotia Group closed 74 cents higher at $41.25 with an exchange of 8,767 stock, Seprod dropped $4 to $69 in trading 94,793 units and Supreme Ventures finished 20 cents higher at $15.30 in switching ownership of 37,927 stock units.

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

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