Mixed trading on JSE main market

A 73 percent fall in the value of stocks trading on Wednesday compared to Tuesday was the most prominent feature of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market activity that ended, with the volume of stocks traded rising just 7 percent ahead of Tuesday trade as trading ended with falling more stocks than those gaining.
Trading ended with, 15,220,491 shares were exchanged for $125,757,308 compared to 14,229,124 units averaging $463,454,123 on Tuesday. Trading averages 281,861 units at $2,328,839, compared to 273,637 shares at $8,912,579 on Tuesday and month to date, an average of 260,351 units at $3,946,312, compared to 258,926 units at $4,053,482 on the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 238,645 units at $3,561,016.
Transjamaican Highway led trading with 8.23 million shares for 54 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 959,041 units for 6.3 percent of the day’s trade and Pulse Investments with 648,410 units for 4.3 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rallied 286.14 points to 436,199.16, the JSE Main Index fell 624.84 points to 380,985.16 and the JSE Financial Index dipped 0.38 points to settle at 90.93.
Trading ended with 54 securities compared to 52 on Tuesday, with 18 rising, 23 declining and 13 ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 14.2 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed based on ICInsider.com’s forecasted earnings for companies with financial years ending up to the close of August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 11 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Caribbean Cement fell $1 to close at 63.50, with 36,506 shares crossing the exchange, Eppley advanced $3.95 in closing at $43.95 with the swapping of 79 stocks, First Rock Capital fell 70 cents to close at $12.30 while exchanging 1,688 units. GraceKennedy declined $1.01 to $101.99, with 133,000 stock units changing hands, Guardian Holdings popped $2.50 to $500 and closed with trading in 1,748 stock units, Jamaica Producers increased 49 cents to close at $21 with an exchange of 11,644 units. Jamaica Stock Exchange gained 77 cents to end at $18.27 in switching ownership of 3,250 shares, Kingston Wharves dropped 65 cents to close at $36.35 after exchanging 8,957 stocks, Mayberry Investments shed 44 cents in closing at $10.06 after trading 97,096 stock units. Mayberry Jamaican Equities rose $1.04 in ending at $14.03, with 70,680 units crossing the market, NCB Financial rallied $1.30 to $102.50 after finishing trading 19,030 stocks, 138 Student Living lost 30 cents to close at $4.76 in trading 5,544 shares. Palace Amusement dropped $1.01 to end at $900 with 60 stocks clearing the market, Portland JSX climbed 50 cents in closing at $11.50 in exchanging 22,917 units, Proven Investments advanced $1.97 to $38 in an exchange of 8,308 shares. Sagicor Group declined $1.70 in, ending at $55 after 588,190 stock units crossed the market and Supreme Ventures rallied 28 cents to $29.91 after exchanging 497,456 shares.
In the preference segmentEppley 7.50% preference share climbed 63 cents to $7.23, with 550 stocks changing hands and JMMB Group 7.25% due 2024 preference share fell 30 cents in closing at $1.70 after trading 11,543 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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