JSE Main Market falters to start of week

Market activity ended with the market declining after an equal number of stocks gained and fell on Monday, with an exchange of 51 percent fewer shares valued 24 percent more than on Friday at the close of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market.
The All Jamaican Composite Index fell 1,091.39 points to 456,758.61, the JSE Main Index shed 853.02 points to end at 418,503.35 and the JSE Financial Index slipped 0.48 points to 102.77.
Trading ended with 51 securities compared to 49 on Friday, with 19 stocks rising, 19 declining and 13 remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio, a measure that determines an appropriate relative value of each stock, averages 16.6 based on ICInsider.com forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
The market closed with 7,709,340 shares trading for $130,066,476 versus 15,681,808 units at $104,944,658 on Friday and 5 million units of corporate bonds traded. Jamaica Broilers led trading with 30.5 percent of total volume for an exchange of 2.35 million shares followed by Transjamaican Highway with 13.9 percent for 1.07 million units for 13.9 percent of the day’s trade and QWI Investments with 7.7 percent for 594,882 units.
Trading averaged 151,164 units at $2,550,323, compared to 320,037 shares at $2,141,728 on Friday. Trading month to date averages 330,103 units at $17,799,233, in contrast to 340,903 units at $18,719,581 on Friday. June ended with an average of Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows ten stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints spiked $1.13 to $14.83 with 2,083 shares crossing the exchange, Eppley fell $3.50 to $39.50 in trading 367 stocks. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund shed 50 cents ending at $42 in exchange of 265 stock units, First Rock Capital lost 35 cents to finish at $14.54 with a transfer of 10,832 shares, Guardian Holdings fell $2 to $648 after exchanging 2,419 units. Jamaica Broilers rallied 48 cents to $36.50 with 2,353,116 shares crossing the market, JMMB Group pushed 36 cents higher to $38.68 in switching ownership of 74,727 stocks, Key Insurance shed 49 cents to $4.51, with 548,051 units clearing the market, Kingston Properties spiked $1.15 to $9.55 with 609 stock units changing hands. Kingston Wharves shed 95 cents to $48.99 in switching ownership of 3,600 stocks, Margaritaville slipped 77 cents to $14.50 with the swapping of 1,226 stock units, Mayberry Investments climbed 35 cents to $6.05 in exchanging 10 units, NCB Financial shed $1 to $139 after transferring 22,714 stocks, 138 Student Living lost 30 cents to close at $4.50 in exchanging 27,372 units, Pan Jam Investment fell $1 to $64 in switching ownership of 685 stocks. Portland JSX advanced $1.20 to $9.20 with the swapping of 541 units, Proven Investments fell 90 cents to $34.10 after exchanging 15,417 shares, Radio Jamaica spiked 11 cents to end trading at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $2.15, with 578,444 shares clearing the market. Sagicor Group dropped $1.83 to $53.92 with the transfer of 55,508 units and Seprod gained 90 cents to end at $70 in exchanging 83,359 stocks.

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

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