Mixed fortune for JSE Main market

Market activity ended on Wednesday with mixed results after an exchange of 15 percent fewer shares, with a 131 percent greater value than on Tuesday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market leaving the market indices with mixed results at the close.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rose 170.16 points to 461,596.19, the JSE Main Index shed 189.24 points to end at 421,657.62 and the JSE Financial Index dipped 0.18 points to 103.56.
Trading ended with 46 securities down from 52 on Tuesday, with 16 stocks rising, 15 declining and 15 ending unchanged. The PE Ratio, a measure that computes an appropriate stock value averages 16.5 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
The market closed with 6,341,667 shares trading for $102,594,305 versus 7,489,347 units at $44,473,648 on Tuesday. Scotia Group led trading with 21.6 percent of total volume for an exchange of 1.37 million shares followed by Transjamaican Highway 18 percent with 1.14 million units and Wigton Windfarm 16.1 percent with 1.02 million units.
Trading averaged 137,862 units at $2,230,311, compared to 144,026 shares at $855,262 on Tuesday. Trading month to date averages 141,133 units at $1,500,693. July ended with an average of 322,932 units at $15,201,099.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has ten stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Caribbean Cement rallied $1 to $93 in exchanging 2,758 shares, Eppley spiked $1.70 to $40 in switching ownership of 521 units, First Rock Capital rose 93 cents to $14.38 with 688 stock units changing hands, GraceKennedy climbed $4 to $102 in trading 30,011 units. Guardian Holdings dropped $20 to a 52 weeks’ low of $630 with the swapping of 29,390 stock units, JMMB Group slipped 40 cents to $37 in an exchange of 92,682 shares, Kingston Properties popped $1.29 to $9.79 with the transfer of 1,290 units. Mayberry Jamaican Equities lost 30 cents in closing at $8.70 in trading 3,500 stock units, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy spiked $7 to $137 in exchanging 1 share, NCB Financial fell $1.10 to $138.50 in exchanging 18,337 stocks. Proven Investments rose 38 cents to $35.29, with 6,916 units crossing the market, Pulse Investments picked up 21 cents to end at $4.01 in switching ownership of 435,468 stock units, Sagicor Group spiked $1 to $57 with 11,682 units crossing the exchange. Scotia Group popped $1 to $42 in trading 1,366,726 shares, Seprod fell $1 to $71 in an exchange of 3,804 stocks, Supreme Ventures gained 30 cents in closing at $20.50 with a transfer of 113,365 stock units. Sygnus Credit Investments popped 58 cents to $14.80 after exchanging 63,362 shares but after trading at a 52 weeks’ intraday low of $13.99 and Wisynco Group lost 22 cents to settle at $15.65 with 362,752 stocks crossing the market.
In the preference segment, Eppley 8.25% shed 40 cents to close at $6.10 in an exchange of 5,544 shares and JMMB Group 7.25% lost 20 cents in ending at $1.30 after ownership of 13,508 units was switched.
In the corporate Bond segment, Guardian Holdings 6.5% due 2025 rose 35 cents to close at 4103.51 after 5 million units were exchanged.

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

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