Big price gains for JSE stocks – Thursday

Barita stock price gained 53% in a week.

Barita Investments jumped $12 to a new record high, to lead a pack of stocks that jumped sharply on the Jamaica Stock Exchange at the close on Thursday, with the market ending with an overall gain.
Barita gained 53 percent since a week ago since the company announced that they were considering a rights issue and announced blockbuster profits. The move drove supply out of the market leaving only three offers at the close, with 230 units at $74, 2,800 shares at $85 and 2 million at $90. Other stocks with sharp gains are Eppley rising $2.49, Grace Kennedy up $5.97 to end at a closing record high, JMMB Group rising $5 to end at a closing all-time high, Kingston Wharves with a gain of $5.16 and NCB Financial pushed higher by $5 to end at a closing all-time high and Wigton Windfarm traded at a new all-time high.
Trading ended with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index advanced by 2,296.18 points to close at 530,417.87 and the JSE Index rose 2,086.63 points to close of 482,999.58. The JSE Financial Index added 0.52 points in closing at 129.53 points.
Market activity resulted in 36 securities trading in the main and US dollar markets and leading to 14 securities advancing, 13 declining and 9 trading firm, this compares to 38 securities on Wednesday.  Trading ended with 40,555,987 units valued at $630,491,986 compared to 73,123,480 units valued at $311,695,529 changing hands.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 27.4 million shares for 68 percent of total main market volume, as the stock traded at a new intraday high of $1.01. Sagicor Group ended with 8 million stock units for 20 percent of total volume and Jamaica Broilers with 3.4 million shares for 8 percent of the day’s volume.
The market closed with average of 1,228,969 units valued at $19,105,818 for each security traded, in contrast to 2,089,242 units valued at an average of $8,905,587 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 1,262,144 shares valued at $10,775,760 changing hands, compared 1,265,757 shares valued at $9,768,829 for each securities traded. June closed with an average of 1,608,485 units valued at $19,605,318 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 9 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments surged $12 to end at a 52 weeks’ high of $69, with 16,658 stock units trading, Berger Paints lost 60 cents in the trading of 3,436 shares to close at $18.35, Caribbean Cement gained $1 to end trading of 2,561 shares at $79, Eppley climbed $2.49 to $15.49, in exchanging 4,000 stock units. Grace Kennedy jumped $5.97 trading 63,206 units to end at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $73.97. Jamaica Producers rose 40 cents in trading 20,340 shares to close at $27, JMMB Group leaped $5 to end at a record close of $54, with 327,606 shares trading, Kingston Wharves jumped $5.16 and ended trading 18,850 shares at $71, Mayberry Jamaican Equities lost 40 cents to close at $11.20 with 105,483 shares changing hands. NCB Financial rose $5 trading 45,909 shares to end at a record closing high at $205, PanJam Investment lost 32 cents and ended trading with 13,455 stock units at $98.50, Sagicor Group lost $1.04 trading 8,078,497 stock units to end at $54.76. Sagicor Real Fund fell 73 cents to end trading with 17,697 units at $10.02, Seprod lost 95 cents and settled at $47 in exchanging 20,450 shares, Supreme Ventures rose 49 cents and ended trading of 28,030 shares to close at $28 and Wisynco Group gained 41 cents to settle at $19.50, with 200,051 stock units changing hands.
Trading in the US securities market resulted in 361,148 units valued US$59,364 changing hands. Market activity ended with JMMB Group 5.75% preference share with 11,248 units trading to end at US$2, Proven Investments lost 0.7 cent trading 5,600 shares to close at 25.01 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments rose 0.03 cent to 10.3 US cents, in trading 344,300 units. The JSE USD Equities Index inched 0.34 points higher to 187.49.

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