Trading falls sharply for Jamaican stocks

Trading ended mixed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Friday, with main market stocks gaining and Junior Market stocks mostly falling as trading levels fell from Thursday’s levels.
The market closed with the JSE Combined Index climbing 1,890.52 points to 400,219.74 while the All Jamaican Composite Index added 2,638.98 points to end at 442875.20, the JSE Main Index gained 2,141.50 points to 386,327.32, the Junior Market index slipped 12.41 points to 4,337.03 and the JSE USD market index rose 2.44 points to close at 214.09.
Investors exchanged 21,788,058 shares in all markets, with the value traded in the Main and Junior Markets ending at just $96 million and in the JSE USD market, US$14,539.
The market’s PE ratio ended at 24 based on 2021-22 earnings and 13.2 times those for 2022-23 at the close of trading.
Investors need pertinent information to successfully navigate many investment choices, in the local stock market. The PE ratio chart and the more detailed daily report charts provide investors with regularly updated information to help decision-making.
Investors should use the chart to help make rational investment decisions by investing in stocks close to the average for the sector and not going too far from it unless there are compelling reasons to do so. This approach helps to remove emotions from investment decisions and put in on fundamentals while at the same time not being too far from the majority of investors. Investors who buy when the price of a stock is close to the average will find that they are not inclined to overpay for a stock.
The PE Ratio chart covers all ordinary shares on the Jamaica Stock Exchange. It shows companies grouped on an industry basis, allowing easy comparisons between the same sector companies and the overall market.
The net asset value of each company is reported as a guide to assess the value of stocks based on this measure quickly. The chart also shows daily changes in stock prices and the percentage year to date price movement based on the last traded prices. Dividends payable and yields for each company are shown in the Main and Junior Markets’ daily report charts that show the closing volume for the bids and offers.
The EPS & PE ratios are based on 2021 and 2022 actual or projected earnings, excluding major one off items. The PE Ratio is the most popular measure used to determine the value of stocks.

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