Business confidence rises

Perception of Present and Future Business Conditions rose in the December 2019 a survey, conducted on behalf of Bank of Jamaica reveals.
According to a report from Jamaica’s central bank, the Present Business Conditions Index increased to 115.8 from 111.3 recorded in the previous survey done in November. The Future Business Conditions Index rose to 127.6 from 123.6 in the November survey.
The advance in the Present Business Conditions Index reflected an increase in the number of respondents of the view that conditions are “better.” The outturn for the Future Business Conditions Index mainly reflected an increase in the proportion of respondents who believe that conditions will be “better.”
The latest report, although up is still below the 128.9 recorded for present conditions in March 2019 while future business conditions, peaked at 155.1 in December 2016 and is still well ahead of the December 2019 count and the recent peak of 153.5 in March 2019 is way ahead of the 2019 year-end result.
IC Insider.com observations are that the scores are heavily influenced by the rate of exchange of the local currency versus the United States dollar, resulting in sentiments falling when the Jamaican dollar comes under pressure and reverses when it appreciates or stays relatively stable.

More gains for Main Market

The Jamaica Stock Exchange closed with slightly more stocks rising than falling, leading to gains in the Main Market indices at the close on Friday as more investment dollars entered the market than on Thursday.
At the close of trading, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index advanced 2,205.30 points to close at 533,532.74, the JSE Market Index added 2,005.08 points to 485,872.96 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.85 points to 132.17.
The market closed with 44 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with the prices of 16 advancing, 15 declining and 13 trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 41 securities changing hands accounting for 25,935,878 units valued at $106,383,024 in contrast to 32,214,496 units valued at $74,997,715 from 42 securities on Thursday.
Wigton Windfarm ended trading with 10.3 million shares for 40 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 9.2 million units for 36 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Manufacturing and Distribution with 2.2 million shares for 8 percent of the market’s volume. QWI Investments was the only other stock trading more than one million units, ending the day’s trade with 1.1 million units.
The Market closed with an average of 632,582 units valued at an average of $2,594,708 for each security traded, in contrast to 805,362 units valued at an average of $1,874,943 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amount to 684,825 units valued at $2,563,408 for each security changing hands compared to 690,207 units valued at $2,559,814 for each security traded. Trading in January resulted in an average of 626,134 units valued at $3,511,981 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows eight stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two closing with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 19.6, while the Main Market ended at 18.8 times the 2019 earnings.
In the Main Market, Caribbean Cement added 75 cents to settle at $70.75, with 1,950 shares changing hands, Jamaica Producers closed $2 higher at $26 in trading 15,145 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange lost 96 cents transferring 24,516 shares and ended at $30.03. Kingston Wharves dropped to $57, with a loss of $4.85 in swapping just 887 units, Mayberry Investments closed 60 cents lower at $7.50, in exchanging 2,991 shares, Mayberry Jamaican Equities traded 4,200 shares at $9, after losing $1.05. NCB Financial gained 50 cents to settle at $185, in transferring 153,378 shares, PanJam Investment lost 97 cents to close at $99.03, with an exchange of 9,603 shares, Proven Investments ended at $47.25, with a loss of $1.25 with 13,725 shares changing hands. Pulse Investments climbed $2.12 to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $12.10, in transferring 435,669 shares, Sagicor Group declined $1.23 to $67.52 while trading 22,052 shares, Salada Foods gained $3 to end at $35, in an exchange of 144 units, Seprod closed 49 cents lower to $46.50, with 78,103 shares changing hands. Stanley Motta swapped 269,383 shares at $5.75, after gaining 75 cents, Sygnus Credit Investments added 50 cents to close at $24.50, in transferring 10,080 shares and Wisynco Group ended 50 cents lower at $22.50, with an exchange of 180,962 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 228,960 units valued US$67,649. The market index dipped 1.11 points to close at 228.90. Proven Investments lost half of 1 cent to close at 30.50 US cents in exchanging 213,980 units, Sygnus Credit Investments transferred 14,557 units at 16 US cents and Sterling Investments gained 0.3 cents after trading 423 units to settle at 2.7 US cents.

Prices of securities trading are those at which the last trade took place.

Sharp rebound for Junior Market

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended trading on Friday with a sharp 75.10 points rebound in the market index to close at 2,962.20 as 36 securities changing hands up from 30 on Thursday.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 13 securities advanced, 15 declined and 8 remained unchanged, as 3,086,816 units traded for $7,108,119 compared to 1,829,296 units at $5,404,058 on Thursday.
Trading ended with an average of 85,745 units at $197,448 for each security traded, in contrast to 60,977 units for an average of $180,135 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 129,380 valued at $711,226 and previously 135,445 units valued at $395,381. In contrast, January closed with an average of 137,619 units valued at $521,935 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer. The average PE ratio for the Junior Market ended at 13.4 based on 2019 earnings.
At the close of the market, Access Financial lost 3 cents in trading 232 shares at $28.97, AMG Packaging closed with a loss of 8 cents at $1.90, after swapping of 29,885 shares, Caribbean Producers climbed 30 cents and exchanged 13,364 shares at $4.8, Derrimon Trading closed with 414,288 units changing hands and gaining 17 cents to end at $2.05. Elite Diagnostic fell by 2 cents trading 91,879 units to end at $4, Everything Fresh dipped 4 cents with 389,084 units crossing the exchange at a new low of 91 cents, Express Catering lost 30 cents to close at $5.50, after exchanging 12,570 units. Fontana shed 1 cent to close at $6.54, with 126,314 stock units changing hands, Fosrich fell 12 cents, trading of 6,149 units to settle at $3.84. General Accident closed 20 cents higher at $6.20, with 1,599 stock units trading, Honey Bun lost 4 cents with 15,847 units crossing the market to end at $7.15, Indies Pharma traded 2,214 stock units and closed 25 cents higher at $2.70. Jamaican Teas closed at $6.10, with a loss of 17 cents after swapping 40,926 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended at $1.39, after rising 17 cents and exchanging 4,000 stock units, Key Insurance closed trading of 10,000 units at $3.20, after gaining 30 cents, Knutsford Express climbed 15 cents to $9.45 and exchanged 400 shares. Lasco Financial closed trading of 400 units and gained 65 cents to end at $3.75, Lasco Manufacturing climbed 8 cents to $4.28, with a mere 200 units traded, Limners and Bards declined by 2 cents in trading 37,504 units at $2.67, Lumber Depot ended trading with 21,598 shares, after rising 3 cents to $1.50. Mailpac Group rose 12 cents to $2.10, with an exchange of 1,431,635 shares, Medical Disposables slid $1.40 to $5 in trading of 10,000 units, Paramount Trading closed with a loss of 3 cents at $1.47, in swapping of 19,000 shares. SSL Venture ended trading with 14,700 shares at $1.10, after rising 5 cents and Stationery and Office Supplies ended with a loss of $1 to settle at $8, with 7,376 stock units changing hands.
In the junior market preference segment, CAC 2000 ended with an exchange of 15,400 shares to close at 90 cents after falling 13 cents and Paramount Trading shed 5 cents to end at $2, trading 250,000 units.
Prices of securities trading are those at which the last trade took place.

First Citizens hits TTSE indices hard – Friday

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The Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange indices closed sharply lower on Friday with First Citizens trading down to $47.50 before bouncing by the close.  In the end, the T&T Composite Index lost 8.85 points to close at 1,503.10. The All T&T Index dived 20.08 points to 1,911.03, while the Cross Listed Index closed with a gain of 0.35 points to end at 148.37.
The market ended with 14 securities changing hands versus 16 on Thursday and leading to the prices of four gaining, two declining and the prices of eight remaining unchanged.
Trading resulted in an exchange of 159,258 shares for $3,092,226, compared to 187,825 shares for $4,035,174 on Thursday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the bids of seven stocks higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers
Gains| CinemaOne rose 75 cents to close at $6.50 with an exchange of 800 shares, First Citizens Bank exchanged 6,005 stock units and gained $1.01 to settle at $53 after trading at a low for the day of $47.50. Guardian Holdings had 2,259 units crossing the exchange with a rise of 20 cents to close at $22 and NCB Financial added 5 cents and closed with 1,583 shares trading at $11.30,
Losses| Clico Investment lost 2 cents to close at $28.46, with 72,954 units crossing the exchange and Trinidad & Tobago NGL slipped 1 cent transferring 3,980 shares to close at $20.89.
Firm Trades| Agostini’s traded 496 shares at $25.45, First Caribbean International Bank exchanged 7,789 units at $7.89, JMMB Group lost one cent and ended at $2.70, with investors trading 7,826 stock units. Massy Holdings exchanged 599 shares to close at $62.05, National Flour exchanged 49,743 shares and closed at $1.49, Republic Holdings closed trading with 134 shares at $143, Scotiabank ended trading with 5,163 units to close at $62 and West Indian Tobacco closed at $38.50 in transferring 727 stock units.

Prices of securities trading are those at which the last trade took place.

Main Market breaks losing streak decisively

Stock prices bounced at the close of trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index surging 4,721.23 points to 531,327.44, the JSE Market Index climbed 4,335.34 points to 483,867.88 and the JSE Financial Index rose just 0.70 points to end at 131.32.
Thursday’s gains were only the second day since February started that the Main Market indices recorded gains. The market closed with 42 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with the prices of 18 advancing, 17 declining and 7 trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 40 securities accounting for 32,214,496 units valued at $74,997,715 in contrast to 47,859,089 units valued at $86,800,194 from 42 securities on Wednesday.
Wigton Windfarm dominated trading with 14.4 million shares for 45 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 12.7 million units for 39 percent of the day’s trade and QWI Investments with 1.7 million shares for 5 percent of the market’s volume.
 The Market closed with an average of 805,362 units valued at an average of $1,874,943 for each security traded, in contrast to 1,139,502 units valued at an average of $2,066,671 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amount to 690,207 units valued $2,559,814 for each security changing hands compared to 677,341 units valued at $2,646,233 for each security traded. Trading in January resulted in an average of 626,134 units valued at $3,511,981 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows nine stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three closing with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 19.5, while the Main Market ended at 18.7 times the 2019 earnings.
In the prime market, Barita Investments closed $1 lower to $69, with an exchange of 8,842 shares, Caribbean Cement climbed $2.91 to $70, after trading 28,342 shares, Eppley lost 50 cents to end at $13.50, in transferring 1,845 units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund advanced to $42, with gains of $5 after exchanging 6,791 shares. Grace Kennedy lost 50 cents and closed at $68, with 9,357 units changing hands, Jamaica Broilers ended at $33.80, with a loss of 60 cents trading 33,073 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange rose $1.99 to settle at $30.99 in transferring 26,431 shares. JMMB Group lost $1 to close at $43.50, with 156,628 units trading. Kingston Wharves advanced by $6.85 to $61.85, with a mere 150 units traded, Mayberry Investments gained 92 cents to end at $8.10, in exchanging 75,325 shares, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy tumbled by $14.50 to $180, after swapping 298 units. NCB Financial settled at $184.50, with a loss of 50 cents transferring 49,078 shares, Pulse Investments ended $1.08 higher to $9.98, with 285,756 shares changing hands, Sagicor Group closed at $68.75, losing $1.25 in trading 46,397 shares. Scotia Group gained 50 cents to end at $54, in transferring 86,072 units, Seprod closed 99 cents higher to $46.99, with 12,565 shares traded, Supreme Ventures ended at $21.70, after losing 30 cents exchanging 90,508 units. Sygnus Credit Investments gained 78 cents trading 24,120 units in closing at $24 and Wisynco Group ended the day’s trade 40 cents higher at $23, with 197,788 units changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 24,037 units valued at over US$6,341. The market index soared 13.22 points to close at 230.01. Proven Investments gained 4 cents to close at 31 US cents in trading 16,635 units and Sygnus Credit Investments lost 1 cent to end at 16 US cents, with an exchange of 7,402 units.

Junior Market at 2 year low

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange finished on Thursday with the index declining by 34.22 points to close at 2,887.10, the lowest level since March 2018, The IC bid-offer Indicator suggests that the market could enjoy a bounce on Friday.
Market activity resulted in 30 securities changing hands, in an exchange of 1,829,296 units valued at $5,404,058 compared to 2,930,240 units valued at $10,568,242 from 33 securities trading on Wednesday.
At the close, the prices of 10 securities advanced, 13 declined and 7 remained unchanged. The Junior Market average PE ratio ended at 13 times 2019 earnings.
Trading ended with an average of 60,977 units for an average of $180,135 in contrast to 88,795 units for an average of $320,250 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 135,408 units valued at $395,381 and previously 145,201 units valued at $423,579. In contrast, January closed with an average of 137,619 units valued at $521,935 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows eight stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close of the market, Access Financial recovered $3.02 of its recent loss, to end at $29, trading 5,335 shares, CAC 2000 declined 50 cents in trading 900 units at $12.50, Caribbean Cream lost 14 cents to settle at $3.35 exchanging 1,781 units, Caribbean Producers gained 1 cent to end at $4.50 trading 76,200 shares. Consolidated Bakeries closed 10 cents higher at $1.75, with 1,572 stock units trading,  Derrimon Trading closed with a loss of 5 cents at $1.88, in switching ownership of 168,100 shares, Elite Diagnostic exchanged 6,579 units and gained 1 cent to end at $4.02. Express Catering ended 80 cents higher at $5.80, with 4,937 stock units changing hands, Fosrich closed 51 cents higher at $3.96, with 2,000 stock units trading, iCreate lost 2 cents to close at 73 cents, in swapping 70,262 shares. Indies Pharma declined by 15 cents to settle at a 52 weeks’ low of $2.45 after trading 359,866 shares, Jamaican Teas climbed 27 cents and exchanged 115,340 shares at $6.27, Jetcon Corporation ended market activity trading 44,900 shares to close at $1.22 after falling 3 cents. Knutsford Express traded 15,215 shares at $9.30, after rising 28 cents, Lasco Financial shed 40 cents in trading of 79,147 units at 52 weeks’ low of $3.10, Lasco Manufacturing ended with 49,002 shares, after rising 25 cents to $4.20, Limners and Bards closed with a loss of 3 cents at $2.69, in swapping of 17,553 shares. Lumber Depot declined by 3 cents to settle at $1.47, with 362,084 shares changing hands, MailPac closed with a loss of 2 cents at $1.98, after swapping 131,878 shares, Main Event ended trading with 18,133 shares, after rising 15 cents to $5.95. Paramount Trading exchanged 62,262 shares to close at $1.50 after falling 21 cents, Stationery and Office Supplies fell 15 cents in trading of 49,581 units at $9 and tTech closed with a loss of 50 cents at $5, in swapping of 9,589 shares.

Prices of securities trading are those at which the last trade took place.

Falling TTSE stocks beat advancers – Thursday

The Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange closed higher at the end of trading on Thursday with the 16 securities changing hands versus 17 on Wednesday, with much lower volume and value than on Wednesday.
Trading resulted in an exchange of 187,825 shares for $4,035,174, compared to 593,235 shares for $10,578,281 on Wednesday.
The market ended with four gaining, seven declining and the prices of five remaining unchanged.  The T&T Composite Index rose 0.72 points to close at 1,511.95. The All T&T Index advanced 3.93 points to 1,931.11, while the Cross Listed Index closed with a loss of 0.35 points to end at 148.02.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the bids of five stocks higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
Gains| Ansa McAl jumped $1.70 and settled at $57, with 137 units changing hands, Clico Investment rose 1 cent to close at $28.48, with 17,795 units crossing the exchange. One Caribbean Media rose 5 cents to close at $8 with a transfer of 9,745 shares and Scotiabank ended trading with 7,383 units with a rise of 51 cents to close at $62.
Losses| Angostura Holding traded 5,940 shares and lost 4 cents to close at $16.30, First Citizens Bank exchanged 16,718 shares and fell $1.01 to settle at $51.99, Guardian Holdings had 5,596 units crossing the exchange with a fall of 21 cents to close at $21.80. Massy Holdings exchanged 6,291 shares and lost 57 cents to close at $62.05, NCB Financial shed 5 cents and closed with 4,278 units crossing the exchange at $11.25, Trinidad & Tobago NGL lost 10 cents in transferred 31,746 shares to close at $20.90 and West Indian Tobacco fell 10 cents to close at $38.50 while trading 5,403 stock units.
Firm Trades| Endeavour Holdings traded 200 shares at $12.65, First Caribbean International Bank exchanged 12,200 units at $7.89, JMMB Group lost one cent and ended at $2.70, with investors trading 48,123 stock units. National Enterprises closed trading with 187 shares at $5.50 and Unilever Caribbean exchanged 8,314 shares and closed at $$21.50.

Prices of securities trading are those at which the last trade took place.

JSE volume rises index down

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main market on Wednesday closed with, high volume but the value was low at 42 percent below the average level for January
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index fell 624.98 points to close at 526,606.21, the JSE Market Index lost 565.71 points to 479,532.54 and the JSE Financial Index was unchanged at 130.62.
The market, closed with 44 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with the prices of 16 advancing, 19 declining and 9 trading firm. The market ended with 138 Student Living preference share closing at a 52 weeks’ low while Sagicor Select Financial Fund traded at an intraday low of 80 cents. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 42 securities accounting for 47,859,089 units valued at $86,800,194 in contrast to 27,628,819 units valued at $81,726,949 from 38 securities on Tuesday.
 Wigton Windfarm dominated trading with 28.7 million shares for 60 percent of total volume. Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 13.3 million units for 28 percent of the day’s trade followed and Sagicor Select Manufacturing and Distribution with 2.7 million shares, for 6 percent of the market’s volume. QWI Investments with 1.6 million shares changing hands was the only other stock trading more than one million units.
 The Market closed with an average of 1,139,502 units for $2,066,671 for each security traded, in contrast to 727,074 units valued at an average of $2,150,709 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amount to 677,341 units valued at $2,646,233 for each security changing hands, compared to 615,914 units valued at $2,734,748 for each security traded. Trading in January resulted in an average of 626,134 units valued at $3,511,981 for each security.
 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows eleven stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four closing with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 19.1, while the Main Market ended at 18.3 times 2019 earnings.
In the Main Market, Barita Investments added $1.49 to end at $70 with 39,642 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement closed 71 cents lower at $67.09, in swapping 9,907 units, Grace Kennedy gained $1.50 and rose to $68.50 in transferring 17,588 stock units. Jamaica Broilers ended at $34.40, with gains of 60 cents in exchanging 6,287 shares, Jamaica Producers lost 49 cents to settle at $24.01 trading 4,073 shares, JMMB Group closed $1.40 higher to $44.50, in swapping 81,036 units. Kingston Properties gained $1.13 to close at $6, with an exchange of 8,734 stock units, Kingston Wharves dropped $5 to settle at $55 after transferring 10,641 units. NCB Financial rose $2.99  to $185, with 44,515 crossing the exchange, PanJam Investment ended at $100, with gains of $1.50 after trading 1,480 units. Proven Investments climbed $2.60 to $48.60, with 8,092 shares changing hands, Pulse Investments slid $1.10 to settle at $8.90 while transferring 62,885 shares, Sagicor Group gained $1 and advanced to $70, trading 121,142 stock units. Sagicor Real Estate Fund closed 30 cents higher at $9, in transferring 18,931 units, Stanley Motta dipped 50 cents to $5, with 29,253 shares traded. Supreme Ventures ended at $22, after gaining 45 cents and exchanging 32,493 units and Sygnus Credit Investments lost 94 cents exchanging 44,599 units and ending the day’s trade at $23.22. 138 Student Living preference share, lost 50 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $5 while trading just 236 units.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 30,458 units for US$8,252. The market index declined 12.14 points to close at 216.79. Proven Investments lost 4 cents to close at 27 US cents trading 30,332 units and Sygnus Credit Investments gained 1.6 cents to end at 17 US cents, with an exchange of 126 units.

One year highs for 4 TTSE stocks – Wednesday

The Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange closed higher at the end of trading on Wednesday with the 17 securities changing hands up from 16 on Tuesday, with four securities closing at 52 weeks’ high and one at a 52 weeks’ low.
The market closed with a much higher volume and value than on Tuesday and ended with six gaining, two declining and the prices of nine remaining unchanged.
The T&T Composite Index rose 2.39 points to close at 1,511.23. The All T&T Index advanced by 4.76 points to 1,927.18, while the Cross Listed Index closed unchanged at 148.37.
Trading resulted in an exchange of 593,235 shares for $10,578,281, compared to 182,050 stock units atr $2,454,654 on Tuesday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the bids of four stocks higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
Gains| First Citizens Bank exchanged 10,014 shares and climbed $1.50 to settle at a 52 weeks’ high of $53, Guardian Holdings had 4,187 units crossing the exchange with a rise of 1 cent to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $22.01. Massy Holdings exchanged just 14 shares and rose 62 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $62.62, Prestige Holdings rose 9 cents and settled at $8.99, with 50 units changing hands. Republic Financial gained 92 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $143, after exchanging 6,140 shares and Scotiabank ended trading with 2,234 units, with a rise of 9 cents to close at $61.49.
Losses| Clico Investment lost 3 cents to close at $28.47, with 258,070 units crossing the exchange and JMMB Group lost one cent and ended at $2.70, with investors trading 34,477 stock units.
Firm Trades| Agostini’s traded 75 shares to close at $25.45, First Caribbean International Bank exchanged 165 units at $7.89, Grace Kennedy had 122 shares changing hands, to close at $3.95, National Enterprises closed trading with 100 shares at $5.50. National Enterprises swapped 100 units at $5.50, National Flour closed with 43,837 units crossing the exchange at $1.49, Point Lisas traded 194,174 shares to land at $3.75, Trinidad & Tobago NGL transferred 31,746 shares to close at $21. LJ Williams B share traded 6,144 units at $1.60 and Unilever Caribbean exchanged 1,686 shares and closed at $21.50 after hitting a 52 weeks intraday low of $21.10.

Prices of securities trading are those at which the last trade took place.

JSE Junior Market at 20 months’ low

With the value of the units traded down 52 percent from Tuesday’s level, the Junior Market Index declined by another 30.51 points to close at 2,921.32, the lowest point since May 2018 and is down 20 percent from the peak in Mid-August last year as three securities close at 52 weeks’ lows.
At the close of market activities on Wednesday, the prices of 9 securities advanced, 19 declined and 5 remained unchanged as 33 securities changed hands, resulting in an exchange of 2,930,240 units valued at $10,568,242 compared to 7,793,044 units valued at $20,336,108 from 29 securities trading on Tuesday.
Trading ended with an average of 88,795 units at $320,250 for each security traded in contrast to 268,726 units at $701,245 for each security traded on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 145,201 units valued at $423,579 and previously 154,689 units valued at $440,976. In contrast, January closed with 137,619 units valued at $521,935 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows six stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers. The average PE ratio of the market ended at 13 times 2019 earnings.
At the close of the market, Access Financial gained 98 cents to end at $25.98 with an exchange of 7,140 shares, Blue Power closed trading of 20,835 units and gained 1 cent to end at $4, Caribbean Cream swapped 15,100 shares, after rising 14 cents to end at $3.49. CAC 2000 ended at $13 after losing 50 cents with 16,949 shares traded, Derrimon Trading closed 5 cents higher at $1.93 with 109,232 stock units changed hands, Dolphin Cove ended with a loss of 30 cents at $10, in swapping 9,720 shares. Everything Fresh closed market activity exchanging 23,026 shares to close at 95 cents after falling 9 cents, Express Catering declined by 80 cents in trading of 93,252 units to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $5. Fontana ended the day with 441,319 shares exchanged, after rising 5 cents to $6.55, Fosrich closed with a loss of 52 cents at $3.45, in the transferring 112,257 shares. GWest Corporation traded 20,108 shares and declined by 9 cents to settle at $1, Honey Bun ended with a loss of 1 cent at $7.19 with 32,058 stock units changing hands, iCreate closed trading of 11,500 units and gained 2 cents to end at 75 cents. Indies Pharma fell 27 cents to settle at a 52 weeks’ low of $2.60 with an exchange of 49,568 shares, Iron Rock Insurance lost 5 cents trading 37,309 shares to close at $3.35, Jamaican Teas swapped 83,624 shares at $6 after shedding 28 cents. Jetcon Corporation closed trading of 89,849 units and gained 4 cents to end at $1.25, Key Insurance shed 24 cents in exchanging 23,150 units at $2.90, Knutsford Express lost 88 cents to end at $9.02 with 7,450 units traded. Lasco Distributors closed trading of 85,482 units and gained 5 cents to end at $3.10, Lasco Financial fell 6 cents to settle at 52 weeks’ low of $3.50 with 182,375 units changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing lost 35 cents trading 121,500 units at $3.95. Limners and Bards lost 16 cents in exchanging 57,010 shares to close at $2.72, MailPac closed 2 cents higher at $2 with 417,777 stock units changing hands, Main Event lost 60 cents trading 2,093 shares to close at $5.80. Medical Disposables dipped 5 cents to $6.40 with 114,924 units changing hands, SSL Venture dropped 5 cents swapping 11,530 units at $1.05, Stationery and Office Supplies closed with a loss of 15 cents at $9.15 with 18,614 shares crossing the exchange.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.