Main market stocks face major resistance

Main Market indices spiked on Thursday on reduced trading to close at the highest level since March 11 last year, with the All Jamaican Composite Index rocketed up 6,361.57 points to 458,032.39 and bettering the March 11 close of 556,092.64, still below the previous day’s 460,418.78 points close.

The parallel black lines form a channel for the JSE All jamaica Composite Index with the index now touching the top line. (Resistance).

The JSE Main Index spiked 5,470.02 points  425,630.09, just ahead of March 10, 2020, close, but below that of March 9 at 436,435.40 and the JSE Financial Index rose 1.42 points to settle at 105.90. The market is trading right up on the upper level of resistance of an upward sloping channel and could face major challenges in breaking through, in the short term.
A total of 48 securities traded against 47 on Wednesday, with 24 stocks rising, 14 declining and 10 closing unchanged. The PE Ratio, a measure that determines an appropriate relative value of each stock, averages 16.3 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
The market closed with the volume and value traded declining 30 percent and 75 percent, respectively compared to Wednesday as 8,415,642 shares changed hands for $105,241,816 versus 12,077,813 units at $416,350,090 on Wednesday. Wigton Windfarm led trading with 32.6 percent of total volume for 2.74 million shares, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 19.3 percent for 1.63 million units and Pulse Investments with 9.1 percent after 768,244 units changed hands.
Trading averaged 175,326 units at $2,192,538, compared to 256,975 shares at $8,858,513 on Wednesday. Trading month to date averages 193,705 units at $4,990,781, in contrast to 202,991 units at $6,404,631 on Wednesday. May closed with an average of 439,937 units at $4,698,961.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has 14 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints dived $2.26 to $13.79 in an exchange of 4,220 shares, Caribbean Cement popped $4.29 to $90 after a transfer of 5,060 stock units, Eppley spiked $4.25 higher at $36.25 with 2 units changing hands. Grace Kennedy shed 47 cents to end at $89.45 in trading 19,101 stock units, Guardian Holdings climbed $15 to close at $760 after clearing the market with 70,560 shares. Jamaica Producers dropped $1.50 to $23 in trading 73,386 stocks, Kingston Properties gained 39 cents to close at $8.46 in switching ownership of 3,915 stock units, Kingston Wharves lost 30 cents to end at $46.20 with the swapping of 951 units. Mayberry Investments rallied 89 cents to $6.39 in exchanging 455 shares, NCB Financial ended 89 cents higher at $143.89 after 30,479 stocks crossed the market, Palace Amusement dropped $34.80 to $985.20 in an exchange of 28 units. Proven Investments climbed $1.49 to $37 with a transfer of 31,764 stocks. Sagicor Group rallied 75 cents to $52.75 in trading 19,901 shares. Sagicor Real Estate Fund hammered out a 64 cents gain to end at $8.99 with 435 shares changing hands. Seprod rose $1.02 to $74.02 in switching ownership of 9,931 units, Supreme Ventures lost 45 cents in ending at $19.55 with 8,939 stocks crossing the exchange. Sygnus Credit Investments gained 30 cents to settle at $15.30 in trading 25,434 stock units, Victoria Mutual Investments slipped 39 cents to $6.11 in the transfer of 185,406 shares and Wisynco Group popped 60 cents to $15.80 with the swapping of 130,777 stocks.
In the preference segment, Eppley 7.5% preference share spiked $2.31 to close at 52 weeks’ high of $9.50, trading 100 units and JMMB Group 7.15% – 2028 gained 43 cents ending at $3.25 with 59,930 stocks crossing the exchange.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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