JSE USD stocks mostly fall

Trading picked up with a 231 percent rise in the volume of shares on Monday than on Friday, on the US dollar market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulting in more stocks falling than rising, but the market index still manages to squeeze out a narrow gain.
Trading ended with six securities changing hands, compared to five on Friday with prices of two stocks rising, four declining and none remaining unchanged.
The JSE USD Equity Index gained 1.25 points to end at 208.65. The average PE Ratio based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings, ended at 12.7.
Overall, 345,477 shares traded, for US$9,126 compared to 104,433 units at US$1,085 on Friday.
Trading averaged 57,580 units at US$1,521, in contrast to 20,887 shares at US$217 on Friday. Trading month to date averages 51,657 units at US$2,054 versus 50,431 units at US$2,165 on Friday. March ended with an average of 68,746 units for US$13,137.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows one stock ended with the bid higher than the last selling price and one with a lower offer.
At the close, First Rock Capital gained 0.05 of a cent to close at 8.9 US cents in switching ownership of 839 shares, Margaritaville fell 1 cent to 9 US cents after trading 3,975 units, Proven Investments declined by 0.4 of a cent to end at 25.1 US cents, with 9,555 stock units changing hands. Sterling Investments lost 0.01 of a cent in ending at 2.29 US cents with an exchange of 2,348 units, Sygnus Credit Investments rose 0.05 of a cent to 15 US cents after trading 23,723 shares and Transjamaican Highway lost 0.1 of a cent in closing at 0.85 US cents after exchanging 305,037 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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