Main Market trading pops Wednesday

A mere 13 stocks recorded gains at the close of trading on Wednesday after investors drove down the prices of 23 stocks and left 11 unchanged, with 47 securities changing hands compared to 48 on Tuesday, with market activity resulted in the number of shares traded popping 68 percent and the value spiking 117 percent higher than on Tuesday on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
The All Jamaican Composite Index declined 994.79 points to 451,670.82, the JSE Main Index lost 199.45 points to end at 420,160.07 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.29 points to settle at 104.48.
The PE Ratio, a measure that determines an appropriate relative value of each stock, averages 16.2 based on’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
At the close, 12,077,813 shares traded for $416,350,090 versus 7,206,318 units at $192,089,830 on Tuesday. Wigton Windfarm led trading with 20.6 percent of total volume after an exchange of 2.49 million shares followed by NCB Financial Group with 14.9 percent from 1.80 million units, Pulse Investments with 13.5 percent after trading 1.64 million units, Sagicor Select Financial Fund accounted for 12.2 percent for 1.48 million units and Mayberry Investments traded 8.9 percent with 1.08 million units.
Trading close with an average of 256,975 units at $8,858,513, compared to 150,132 shares at $4,001,871 on Tuesday. Trading month to date averages 202,991 units at $6,404,631, in contrast to 150,132 units at $4,001,871 on Tuesday. 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, Barita Investments fell 34 cents to $85.25 with an exchange of 3,061 units, Caribbean Cement dropped $4.29 to $85.71 in exchanging 192,133 shares, Eppley declined $2 to $32 with 20,704 stock units crossing the market. Jamaica Broilers popped $1.50 to $35 in trading 70,249 shares, Jamaica Producers rallied 50 cents to $24.50 with 390,747 stocks changing hands, Margaritaville lost 25 cents to settle at $14 in trading 4,000 units, NCB Financial advanced $3 to $143 in switching ownership of 1,801,051 shares, Palace Amusement spiked $110 to $1,020 after an exchange of 271 units, PanJam Investment raced $3.96 higher to $69.96, with 46,517 stock units changing hands. Proven Investments climbed $1.01 to $35.51 in an exchange of 50,696 stocks, Sagicor Group slipped 33 cents to $52 with 64,684 shares crossing the exchange. Scotia Group rose $1.01 to $41 after trading 47,810 stocks, Seprod gained 20 cents to close at $73 with the swapping of 12,488 units, Stanley Motta shed 20 cents to close at $5.80 after exchanging 10,000 shares. Sterling Investments picked up 29 cents to finish at $3.29 in switching ownership of 1,000 units, Supreme Ventures rallied 20 cents to $20 in trading 61,340 shares and Wisynco Group shed 30 cents in ending at $15.20 after an exchange of 121,439 stock units.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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