JSE Main Market in turbulent zone

Just below 460,000 points is proving to be a turbulent area for the Main Market on Tuesday after coming close during the morning session at 459,212 points the index of locally based Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market stocks pulled back sharply at the close. In today’s trading, the market moved up to 456,129 points but again failed to hold onto early gains and closed with the market index slipping from Tuesday close.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index declined 2,953.62 points to close tab 451,445.11, the Main Index shed 2,482.03 points to 421,843.46 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.98 points to settle at 104.40.
Trading ended with 47 securities, down from 52 on Tuesday, with 20 stocks rising, 22 declining and five remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings averages 16.
The market closed with 8,440,224 shares trading for $102,931,227 versus 11,779,992 units at $110,710,765 on Tuesday. Transjamaican Highway led trading with 18.5 percent of total volume for an exchange of 1.56 million shares followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund 17 percent, with 1.43 million units and Pulse Investments with 15.7 percent after trading 1.33 million units.
Trading averaged 179,579 units at $2,190,026, compared to 226,538 shares at $2,129,053 on Tuesday. Trading month to date averages 307,218 units at $3,282,804, in contrast to 317,134 units at $3,367,698 on Tuesday. April averaged 234,200 units at $1,772,561.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has eight stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments declined $2 in closing at $84 after clearing the market of 2,835 shares, Berger Paints advanced $1.15 to finish at a 52 weeks’ high of $16.65 in switching ownership of 7,557 shares, Caribbean Cement rose 77 cents to $87.99 with an exchange of 56,552 units. Eppley shed 70 cents to close at $33 with the swapping of 30,020 stock units, Grace Kennedy ended 99 cents lower at $87.01, with 96,486 units crossing the exchange, Jamaica Broilers declined $1 to $35 in exchanging 36,579 shares. Jamaica Producers shed $1 to close at $23.50 in transferring 18,462 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange gained 25 cents in closing at $18 with 17,670 shares changing hands, JMMB Group advanced $1 to $33 in switching ownership of 188,002 stock units. Key Insurance shed 32 cents to end at $5.01 after an exchange of 321,258 shares, NCB Financial advanced $2.10 to $141 in trading 22,667 units. 138 Student Living lost 86 cents to close at $4.54, with 12,305 stock units clearing the market, Palace Amusement climbed $41 to $955 after exchanging 123 stock units, Pan Jam Investment jumped $6.90 to $71.90 with the swapping of 1,737 units, Portland JSX fell $2.40 to $7.10 with the transfer of 51,289 shares. Proven Investments lost 80 cents to close at $37.15, with 18,599 stock units crossing the market, Sagicor Group fell $1.50 to $51 with 905,925 shares changing hands. Scotia Group shed 80 cents in ending at $40 in exchanging 41,900 stocks. Seprod advanced $2.90 to $75.90 with 13,000 units crossing the market, Stanley Motta gained 24 cents in closing at $6.24 with the swapping of 2,707 stock units, Supreme Ventures picked up 20 cents to settle at a 52 weeks’ high of $20 after clearing the market with 82,366 stocks and Sygnus Credit Investments lost 40 cents in closing at $15.10, after trading 175,692 units.
In the preference segment, JMMB Group 7.25% lost 40 cents to close at $2 after trading 300 units and JMMB Group 7.50% fell 8 cents to 77 cents with the swapping of 4,493 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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