JSE Main Market bounces

Market activity ended on Tuesday, with the stock volume slipping mildly after the value declined 22 percent from Monday’s trade on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market as falling stocks exceeded those gaining, but the market index rose.
The All Jamaican Composite Index gained 2,354.48 points to settle at 460,431.50, the JSE Main Index added 1,043.96 points to end at 401,688.56 and the JSE Financial Index popped 0.93 points to settle at 94.32.
Trading ended with 53 securities compared to 59 on Monday, with 23 rising, 25 declining and five ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula for computing appropriate stock values, averages 14.8. 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 the close of August 2023.
Overall, 13,994,073 shares were exchanged for $299,292,536 versus 14,230,271 units at $381,343,934 on Monday. Transjamaican Highway led trading with 2.10 million shares for 15 percent of total volume followed by QWI Investments with 2.07 million units for 14.8 percent of the day’s trade, Sagicor Select Financial Fund chipped in with 1.98 million units for 14.1 percent market share and GraceKennedy, 1.83 million units for 13.1 percent market share.
Trading averages 264,039 units at $5,647,029, compared to 241,191 shares at $6,463,457 on Monday and month to date, an average of 226,911 units at $4,424,476, compared to 221,174 units at $4,235,568 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 12 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and eight stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Caribbean Cement dropped $1.50 ending at $66.50 in switching ownership of 46,616 shares, Eppley fell $1.96 in closing at $50.50 after 326 stock units were traded, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund shed $8.99 to close at $40 in an exchange of 320 units. GraceKennedy advanced $4 to end at $114 after exchanging 1,834,021 stocks, Guardian Holdings dipped $9.99 to $510.01 in exchanging 1,285 stocks, Jamaica Broilers lost 30 cents in closing at $28.50 after clearing the market with 3,910 shares. Jamaica Producers shed $1.25 to $22.60, trading 882 stock units, JMMB Group rallied 49 cents to end at $47.49 after 190,395 units passed through the market, Massy Holdings dropped 93 cents ending to $98.05 with the swapping of 10,146 shares. Mayberry Jamaican Equities declined 98 cents to close at $15.01 in trading 55,035 stocks, NCB Financial popped $10.25 to $116.90, with 122,398 stock units changing hands, 138 Student Living increased $1.20 to close at $5.25 in trading 97,496 units. Palace Amusement rose $10 in closing at $960 with an exchange of 156 units,PanJam Investment lost 50 cents to end at $66, with 44,331 stock units crossing the exchange, Proven Investments gained 43 cents to end at $37.98 after 80,732 stocks crossed the market. Sagicor Group climbed $2 in closing at $57 while exchanging 1,433 shares, Seprod fell 80 cents to end at $73 in an exchange of 55,933 stock units, Supreme Ventures lost 49 cents in ending at $31 while exchanging 88,113 stocks. Sygnus Credit Investments fell 30 cents to close at $16.50 with the swapping of 94,926 shares, Sygnus Real Estate Finance shed $1.64 to $15.16 after finishing trading of 5,398 units and Wisynco Group declined 80 cents to end at $23 after exchanging 628,146 shares.
In the preference segmentEppley 7.50% preference share climbed 60 cents to $6.62, with 150 stock units crossing the market and JMMB Group 7.25% preference share dropped 99 cents to close at $2.85 in trading 1,554 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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