Trading climbs but T&T market falters

Market activity picked on Tuesday and resulted in 54 percent more shares trading, with 148 percent higher value than on Monday, on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange, but trading ended with the market indices slipping at the close. 
The number of securities traded remained at 19 similar to trading on Monday and ended with four rising, five slipping and 10 unchanged.
The Composite Index fell 7.93 points to 1,532.16, the All T&T Index shed 4.14 points to close at 2,151.82 and the Cross-Listed Index shed 1.68 points to settle at 121.81.
Overall, 796,016 shares traded for $9,919,652 versus 516,896 units at $4,004,944 on Monday. An average of 41,896 units traded at $522,087 compared to 27,205 shares at $210,787 on the previous day, with trading month to date averaging 44,341 units at $361,051 versus 44,500 units at $350,629. The average trade for December amounts to 21,703 units at $306,768.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Angostura Holdings remained at $19.99 with 270 shares changing hands, Clico Investment Fund increased 99 cents to close at $29.50 with an exchange of 29,992 stock units, First Citizens Group lost 50 cents in ending at $65.50 after trading 652 units. FirstCaribbean International Bank finished at $6.14 in an exchange of 1,971 stocks, GraceKennedy ended unchanged at $6.20 after 11,125 shares changed hands, Guardian Holdings rose 18 cents to $30.20 with 1,711 stocks passing through the market. JMMB Group declined 31 cents to end at $2.24 in trading 202,436 stock units, L.J Williams B share fell 4 cents to close at $1.80 while exchanging 823 units, Massy Holdings ended at $106, with 43,163 units crossing the exchange. National Enterprises remained at $3.25 with the swapping of 120,000 shares, National Flour Mills finished at $1.92 in exchanging 1,372 stock units, NCB Financial Group remained at $8.01 after trading 321,694 stocks. One Caribbean Media advanced 10 cents to end at $4.20 in an exchange of 50,000 units, Republic Financial Holdings ended at $143, with 3,081 shares crossing the market, Scotiabank shed $2.97 to close at $72.01 trading 563 stock units. Trinidad & Tobago NGL finished at $20 as investors exchanged 1,083 stocks, Trinidad Cement rallied 4 cents to $3.80, with 316 stock units clearing the market, Unilever Caribbean dropped 25 cents to $15.75 while exchanging 1,306 stocks and West Indian Tobacco ended unchanged at $27.99, with 4,458 shares changing hands.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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