IPO jitters continue to hit Jamaican stocks

Investors put pressure on the prices of Jamaica Stock Exchange stocks on Friday as they seek funds to enter the latest IPO to hit the market, leading to an across the board decline in all three of the exchanges operated by the Jamaica Stock Exchange. The extent of the pullback shows up in the Combined Market index that is down 3,742.91 points in closing at 348,394.02.  
At the close, the JSE Main Index dropped 3,408.56 points in closing at 335,377.18, the Junior Market Index dropped 61.65 points to 3,871.96 while the All Jamaica Composite Index shed 2,975.20 points to 380,361.84 and the JSE US dollar market surged 29.58 points to end at 227.27.  
Trading ended, with 18,045,996 shares changing hands, for $116.96 million, versus $261.96 million, with 46,225,825 shares traded in all markets on the previous day. The JSE USD market ended with the value of stocks traded amounting to US$22,001 from US$6,828 Thursday.
The market’s PE ratio ended at 22.3 based on 2021-22 earnings and 12.2 times those for 2022-23 at the close of trading.
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