Guardian dominates JSE trading

Guardian Holdings dominated market activity after trading 713,248 shares, with a value of just over $549 million, after a drop in the price by $19.50 to a new low of $770 on Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Wednesday, with the market losing ground for a second consecutive day after advancing stocks beat out declining ones 3 to 2 with an exchange of 116 percent more shares valued 348 percent higher than on Tuesday.

Guardian Holdings hit a 52 weeks’ high of $30 on Tuesday.

The All Jamaican Composite Index fell 1,023.18 points to 452,448.35, the JSE Main Index declined 1,934.22 points to 421,497.16 and the JSE Financial Index shed 0.86 points to settle at 104.35.
Trading ended with 48 securities down from 49 on Tuesday, with 24 rising, 17 declining and seven remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio averages 16.1 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
The market closed with 27,181,743 shares trading for $767,234,675 versus 12,559,445 units at $171,180,809 on Tuesday. Sagicor Select Financial Fund led trading with 69.9 percent of total volume for an exchange of 18.99 million shares, followed by Pulse Investments with 6.4 percent for 1.74 million units, Wigton Windfarm chipped in with 5.1 percent for 1.37 million units and NCB Financial Group with 4.2 percent for 1.15 million units changing hands.
Trading averaged 566,286 units at $15,984,056, compared to 256,315 shares at $3,493,486 on Tuesday. Trading month to date averages 330,401 units at $4,291,851, in contrast to 316,230 units at $3,589,441 on Tuesday. April closed with an average of 234,200 units at $1,772,561.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 16 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints rose $1.39 to $16.39 in exchanging 2,654 stock units, Caribbean Cement closed $1.98 higher at $89.48 with a transfer of 1,089 stocks. Carreras gained 25 cents to finish at $10.50 with 85,097 shares clearing the market, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund declined $2.99 to $42 with 115 units changing hands, First Rock Capital shed 50 cents to $15.90 with 10,162 stocks clearing the market. Grace Kennedy rose 30 cents to close at $88 in trading 49,741 stock units, Jamaica Broilers climbed $1.40 to $34 with the swapping of 13,768 units. Jamaica Producers shed $1.40 to end at $23.10 in trading 26,348 shares, JMMB Group finished 91 cents higher at $32.91 with 125,312 stocks clearing the market. Margaritaville rose 75 cents to $15 in switching ownership of 200 stock units, Mayberry Investments gained 38 cents to close at $5.65 in transferring 72,379 shares. Mayberry Jamaican Equities picked up 27 cents to settle at $7.81 after crossing the exchange with 143,942 units, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy climbed $18.19 to $120 with 244 stocks changing hands, NCB Financial Group advanced $2.50 to $140 trading 1,149,802 shares. Palace Amusement dropped $20 to $910 in switching ownership of 219 stocks, Pan Jam Investment advanced $2.95 to $67.95 after trading 1,139 units, Scotia Group gained 20 cents in ending at $40 with 133,171 stocks crossing the market, Seprod lost 59 cents to finish at $73 in exchanging 10,376 stock units. Stanley Motta gained 24 cents in closing at $6.24 after exchanging 17,000 units, Sterling Investments
shed 23 cents to $3.10 with a transfer of 182,875 stock units, Supreme Ventures dipped 49 cents to $20.01 after exchanging 196,302 shares and Victoria Mutual Investments increased 4 cents to close at $7 after trading 110,475 stocks.
In the preference segment, Eppley 8.25% fell 62 cents to close at $6.37 with 5,127 shares crossing the exchange.

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

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