Slight slip in JSE Main Market

Market activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended on Thursday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 16 percent and the value falling 70 percent from that of Wednesday, as rising stocks exceeded those declining.
The All Jamaican Composite Index shed 432.05 points to end at 458,389.92, the JSE Main Index fell 920.97 points to close at 400,504.59 and the JSE Financial Index fell 0.62 points to settle at 93.42.
Trading ended with 58 securities the same as  Wednesday, with 24 rising, 22 declining and 12 ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula for computing appropriate stock values, averages 15.3. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed based on’s forecasted earnings for companies with financial years ending up to the close of August 2023.
Overall, 9,854,877 shares traded for $117,634,469 versus 11,782,128 units at $388,157,374 on Wednesday. Transjamaican Highway led trading with 1.63 million shares for 16.6 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 1.52 million units for 15.4 percent of the day’s trade, Wisynco Group ended with 1.21 million units for 12.3 percent of market share and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.05 million units for 10.7 percent market share.
Trading averages 169,912 units at $2,028,180, compared to 203,140 shares at $6,692,369 on Wednesday and month to date, an average of 223,359 units at $4,225,558, compared to 241,597 units at $4,975,252 on the previous trading day. April closed with an average of 532,209 units at $5,709,319.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows seven stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and seven with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints rose 50 cents to end at $10.50, with 6,364 shares crossing the market, Eppley gained $1.95 to close at $42.10 after exchanging 545 stock units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund lost $3.50 in ending at $45 after trading 553 stocks. First Rock Capital climbed $1.58 in closing at $13.23 while exchanging 15,054 units, GraceKennedy dropped 50 cents to $110.50, with 192,130 shares changing hands, Guardian Holdings increased $15.15 in closing at $531 in exchanging 1,874 units. Jamaica Broilers shed 90 cents to end at $28.10 with the swapping of 27,361 stock units, Jamaica Stock Exchange advanced $1.70 to close at $23.95 with an exchange of 125,272 stocks, Margaritaville popped 90 cents to $21 after exchanging 2,000 stock units. Mayberry Investments fell 43 cents after finishing at $8.82 with 8,303 shares changing hands, Mayberry Jamaican Equities rallied 79 cents to end at $12.19 after 157,430 units crossed the market, NCB Financial advanced $2.10 to $108.50 in trading 31,069 stocks. PanJam Investment declined $1.55 to close at $64.50 with the swapping of 73,167 stock units, Portland JSX shed $1 in closing at $11, with 675 shares crossing the exchange, Proven Investments lost 49 cents in ending at $37.50 after switching ownership of 37,192 units. Salada Foods gained 70 cents to $6.50, with 5,865 stocks clearing the market, Scotia Group rallied 45 cents to $35.45 in an exchange of 8,941 stock units, Seprod rose $10.05 to end at $73.05 after exchanging 124,121 stocks up to a 52 weeks’ intraday high of S80.57. Supreme Ventures dropped 50 cents in closing at $29.50, trading 229,819 shares and Wisynco Group climbed $1.80 to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $26 with 1,210,656 units changing hands.
In the preference segmentEppley 7.50% preference share fell $1.70 in closing at $6 while exchanging 55,741 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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