JSE Main market bounces back

Market activity ended on Thursday, with the market recovering almost all of the losses of the previous two days after advancing stocks edged out declining ones, with the overall traded volume and value climbing 211 percent and 357 percent respectively compared to Wednesday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market.
The All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 3,237.08 points to 454,682.19, the Main Index advanced 2,716.72 points to 424,560.18, and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.97 points to settle at 105.37.
Trading ended with 50 securities compared to 47 on Wednesday, with 18 stocks rising, 16 declining and 16 remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio, based on ICInsider.com’s 2021-22 forecast of earnings, is 16.1.

At the close 26,264,484 shares traded for $470,763,094 versus 8,440,224 units at $102,931,227 on Wednesday. JMMB Group 7.25% led trading with 33.9 percent of total volume for 8.91 million shares followed by Sagicor Group with 27.6 percent in trading 7.25 million units, Sagicor Select Financial Fund 13.6 percent, with 3.58 million units, Pulse Investments with 5.2 percent for 1.37 million units and Transjamaican Highway with 3.9 percent for an exchange of 1.04 million shares.
Trading averaged 505,086 units at $9,053,136, compared to 179,579 shares at $2,190,026 on Wednesday. Trading month to date averages 321,833 units at $3,709,022, compared to 307,218 units at $3,282,804 on Wednesday. April averaged 234,200 units at $1,772,561.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has nine stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments advanced $1.98 to $85.98 with 70 shares changing hands, Berger Paints rose $1.35 to end at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $18 with 14,433 stocks crossing the market, Carreras gained 90 cents to close at end at 52 weeks’ closing high of $10.90 in switching ownership of 519,508 shares, Grace Kennedy ended 99 cents higher at $88 in exchanging 14,115 units, Jamaica Broilers gained 50 cents to close at $35.50 in trading 21,359 stocks. Jamaica Stock Exchange lost 20 cents to settle at $17.80 in switching ownership of 6,010 units, JMMB Group declined $1 to $32 with a transfer of 76,488 stock units, Key Insurance gained 34 cents to end at $5.35 in trading 295,925 stocks. Kingston Wharves fell $1 in closing at $46 with the swapping of 11,543 shares, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy dropped $24 to end at 52 weeks’ closing low of $100 after exchanging 21 stock units, NCB Financial Group shed $2 to finish at $139 while exchanging 78,790 shares. 138 Student Living rose 85 cents to close at $5.39 in switching ownership of 13,853 stock units, Palace Amusement dropped $29 to end at $926 in swapping 111 stocks, PanJam Investment declined $5.85 to finish at $66.05 with 26,162 shares clearing the market, Proven Investments closed 75 cents higher at $37.90, with 5,272 units crossing the market, Sagicor Group climbed $2 to end at $53 trading 7,248,980 shares, Seprod slipped 90 cents to $75 after exchanging 41,954 units. Stanley Motta lost 34 cents in ending at $5.90 in switching ownership of 6,907 stock units, Supreme Ventures gained 20 cents to end at 52 weeks’ closing high of $20.20 in trading 193,925 shares and Wisynco Group ended 45 cents lower at $15.45 in switching ownership of 153,549 stock units.

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

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