JSE Main Market slides

Market activity ended on Monday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market, with the volume of stocks traded rising 33 percent and the value jumping 253 percent over Friday as the market pulled back at the close with falling stocks having the upper hand.
The All Jamaican Composite Index fell 1,039.72 points to settle at 458,077.02, the JSE Main Index fell 1,070.82 points to 400,644.60 and the JSE Financial Index added 0.06 points to settle at 93.39.
Trading ended with 59 securities compared to 56 on Friday, with 18 rising, 25 declining and 16 ending unchanged. Three stocks ended at 52 weeks’ closing highs, with Eppley closing at $52.46, followed by Jamaica Stock Exchange at $24.20 and Mayberry Jamaican Equities at $15.99.
The PE Ratio, a formula for computing appropriate stock values, averages 15.2. 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 August 2023.
Overall, 14,230,271 shares were exchanged for $381,343,934 versus 10,706,458 units at $108,028,666 on Friday. Productive Business Solutions 9.75% Preference share led trading with 2.88 million shares for 20.2 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 2.83 million units for 19.9 percent of the day’s trade, Transjamaican Highway with 1.70 million units for 11.9 percent market share and Sagicor Select Manufacturing & Distribution Fund with 1.35 million units for 9.5 percent market share.
Trading averaged 241,191 units at $6,463,457, up from 191,187 shares at $1,929,083 on Friday and month to date, an average of 221,174 units at $4,235,568, compared to 217,015 units at $3,772,732 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 four with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints increased 30 cents in closing at $12.25 while exchanging 6,586 shares, Caribbean Cement lost $1 to $68 in trading 10,764 stocks, Eppley surged $10.41 to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $52.46, with 10,495 stock units crossing the exchange. GraceKennedy fell $1 to $110 in an exchange of 11,870 units, Jamaica Producers rose $1.60 to end at $23.85, with 36,096 stocks changing hands, Jamaica Stock Exchange popped $1.21 to end at a 52 weeks’ high of $24.20 after 84,268 shares cleared the market. Kingston Wharves rallied 74 cents in closing at $39.99 with the swapping of 40,010 units, Margaritaville climbed $2.50 to $23.50 in exchanging 50 stock units, Mayberry Jamaican Equities advanced $1.69 to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $15.99 with 83,932 shares changing hands. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy declined $9 in ending at $92 trading 19 stocks, 138 Student Living dropped $1.10 to close at $4.05 after exchanging 8,363 units, Palace Amusement shed $150 to end at $950 in switching ownership of 13 stock units. PanJam Investment declined 50 cents to $66.50, with 35,124 stock units crossing the market, Proven Investments fell 45 cents to close at $37.55 with an exchange of 27,947 stocks, Salada Foods lost 38 cents to close at $5.92 after an exchange of 26,538 units. Seprod popped 69 cents to $73.80, trading 51,696 shares, Supreme Ventures rallied $1.53 in closing at $31.49 after exchanging 208,360 units, Sygnus Real Estate Finance climbed $1.20 to $16.80 after exchanging 102 stocks and Wisynco Group shed $1.20 to close at $23.80 in trading 330,285 shares.
In the preference segmentEppley 7.50% preference share dropped 58 cents to end at $6.02 in an exchange of 2,500 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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