Juniors rise as others fall

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed over the 3,800 mark for the first time since March 13, but the other markets declined at the close of trading on Wednesday, with the volume of stocks trading declining as the value rose moderately above Tuesday’s level.
At the close of trading, the JSE Combined Market Index fell 2,224.20 points to 346,165.48, the All Jamaican Composite Index declined 2,652.86 points to close at 368,523.48, the JSE Main Index shed  2,552.97 points to close at 333,631.41, the Junior Market Index rose 17.25 points to end at 3,808.69 and the JSE USD Market Index dipped 11.81 points to close at 229.59.
The preference share that is not in the Main Market TOP10 graphs is Jamaica Public Service 7% which rallied $11.88 in closing at $78.60.
At the close, investors exchanged 9,796,640 shares in all three markets, down from 12,241,458 units on Tuesday, with the value of stocks trading amounting to $58.16 million, down from $56 million on Tuesday. Trading on the JSE USD market resulted in investors exchanging 757,348 shares for US$10,500 compared to 26,137 units at US$3,700 on Tuesday.
The market’s PE ratio ended at 18.4 on 2022-23 earnings and 11.3 times those for 2023-24 at the close of trading.
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