BOJ FX auction rate drops $1 to $132.75

The average rate for the sale of the US$10 auction sale by Bank of Jamaica in its regular B-FXITT Standard Intervention on Wednesday, fell by $1 to $132.74 this week from $133.75, in the previous week’s auction.
The central bank offered US$10 million to eligible bidders that attracted 31 bids amounting to $21.5 million, 17 bids were accepted and resulted in an average rate of $132.74. the out turn suggest that rates in the spot market for foreign exchange could decline in the next series of trading.
Interestingly, the highest bid was priced at $133.90 and the lowest at $130.83. The lowest bid that was successful was at $132.30 and received just 16.3 percent of the amount applied for.
The final scheduled auction for October will be on the 17th when US$10 million will be auctioned.
In trading on the foreign exchange market on Tuesday, dealers bought $46.28 million in US dollar currency at an average of $132.39, slightly below the rate in today’s auction. Dealers sold US$46.94 million at an average rate of $133.34 overall, trading of all currency amounted to just over $55.3 million for both selling and buying. In trading on Monday, US dollars purchase amounted to just US$20 million at an average rate of $131.11 and sale of US$34 million at $133.99.
On Monday overall, trading of all currencies, amounted to just over $25 million and US$36.74 million, buying and selling respectively.

All Jamaica hits record 418,000

Jamaica Stock Exchange All Jamaica Composite index hit the 418,000 mark in trading on Monday, as it gained 1,044.42 points to reach a record 418,000.53. The JSE Main Index rose 951.59 to a record 380,845.80 with 14 minutes of trading elapsing.
The Junior Market has moved modestly by 8.44 to 3,423.64.
The main market pulled back slightly with 22 minutes of trading passing, with the All Jamaica Composite Index at 417,968.53 and the JSE Main Index at 380,816.64 in a relatively quiet trading session so far.

Jamaican$ plunges below $134 to US$1

In another day of buoyant foreign exchange trading, the Jamaican dollar pushed below the $134 mark for one US dollar at the close of the market on Friday.
Dealers bought US$48.8 million at an average rate of $132.914 and sold US$46 million at $133.80 bettering the closing rate on Thursday of $134.02 for the $40.32 million sold and a bit higher than the $132.88 for the US$30.92 Million bought by dealers.
Overall the market had US$56.6 million of inflows of all currencies and US$53.17 million of sales on Friday compared to the buying of US$45.26 and the selling of US$44.58 million of all currencies.
Friday’s rate is the lowest since July 24, when it averaged $134.05 with July 23 just below at $133.39. The local dollar slipped to its lowest level ever on August 23, this year at $137.96

All Jamaica pass 415,000 Points

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Gains in Grace Kennedy, Scotia Group, Seprod and NCB Financial were mostly responsible in pushing Jamaica Stock Exchange main market to a new record high in early trading on Friday.
The All Jamaica Composite Index jumped 7,892.89 points to a record 415,112.65 and the JSE Index surged by 7,191.32 points to a record of 378,214.61 points after 41 minutes of opening of the market.
The Junior Market has not participated in the bullishness and slipped 3.76 points to 3,397.17.

J$ rate could make more gains

The rate of exchange for the Jamaican dollar versus the US dollar could fall below the J$134 mark at the close of trading on Thursday for the first time since the early summer.
At mid-day on Thursday, the average rate for selling US dollar, declined to J$133.999 for one US dollar, down from $134.25 on Wednesday, $134.43 on Tuesday and $134.51 on Monday.
In Thursday trading, at mid-day, dealers bought $14 million in United States dollars and sold $12 million while they bought Can$ 15 million and sold just $4 million. That compares with Can$ 5 million being purchased on Wednesday and selling of Can$11 million.
The softening in the rate for the US dollar comes from the Bank of Jamaica’s weekly intervention into the market, by a scheduled sale of US$10 million on Wednesday.
BOJ next scheduled sale is US$10 million each on 10th and 17th of October with none planned on October 24.

Fall in Scotia pushed market down

Scotia Group dropped to $56 from $61 close of Wednesday, Grace Kennedy fell to $61 from $63 and from a trade at $75 in early trading and Jamaica Broilers fell to $28 from $31 and pulled the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange under water, with 45 minutes of trading left for the day.
All the gains earlier in the morning that pushed the market into record territory was given up with the All Jamaica Composite Index pulling back 1,892.60 points from Wednesday’s close, to trade at 406,560 and the JSE Index fell 1,724.38 points to 370,422.16.
Earlier, the All Jamaica Composite Index on Wednesday moved higher by 3,093.31 points to a record 411,545.91.

All Jamaica claims 411,546 – Thursday

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange broke through 410,000 mark based on movement of the All Jamaica Composite Index in early trading on Wednesday and moved higher by 3,093.31 points to a record 411,545.91.
The JSE Index that jumped to a record 374,251.61 in early trading moved on to 374,964.90 with gains of 2,818.36, The Junior Market rose 19.93 points to 3,401.72. Grace Kennedy raced to an all-time high of $75, NCB Financial moved up to a record of $131, Supreme Ventures climbed to $21.70, JMMB Group jumped to $35 and Mayberry Jamaican Equities traded at $12.
The main market broke through all resistance points, with the last being 400,000 points with the next big one being 510,000 points region. If it got there in 2018, would represent a gain of 24 percent from current levels and lift the gains for the year to 60 percent.

All Jamaica breaks 410,000

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange continue to surge forward on Wednesday, with the All Jamaica Composite Index climbing 2,310.44 points to a record 410,763.04 after Grace Kennedy raced to an all-time high of $75.
The JSE Index gained 2,105.07 points to a record 374,251.61, The Junior Market rose 9.81 points to 3,391.60.
The main market has broken through all resistance points with the last being around 400,000 points and the next big one is at 510,000 points, which would represent a gain of 24 percent and lift the gains for the year to 60 percent.
The Junior Market sits just below a short term resistance that is holding it back from moving higher in the short term. Positive news is required for a number of the companies to move that market forward and that may be coming with new set of quarterly results that should start coming in a few days.

All Jamaica pushes pass 405,000

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange continued to push higher in trading on Tuesday with the All Jamaica Composite Index hitting a high of 405,667.18 having risen by 2,566.89 points at 5 minutes past 10 am.
The market has since pulled back. The All Jamaica Composite Indextrades just over the 405,000 mark at 405,149.64 and the JSE Index at 369,137.17 and is up 1,867.19 after it hit a high for the day at 369,608.70 after rising 2,338.72 at 10.06 am. At the same time the Junior Market is just holding on to positive with a gain of 1.48 at 3,398.48.
Subsequent to the earlier trading, the main market has pulled back with the indices now in decline with AJI down 520.91 points to 402,579.38 and the JSE Index off 474.61 at 366,795.37.

All Jamaica trades just 42 points shy of 405,000

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange continued where it left off on Monday, hitting new highs just after opening at the start of trading on Tuesday.
With just limited trading, the All Jamaica Composite Indexrose 1,672.05 points to a record 404,772.34, beating yesterday’s high of 404,050.65 and the JSE Index gained 1,523.42 points to a record 368,793.40, bettering Monday’s high of 368,135.86. The Junior Market rose 8.90 points at the opening to 3,405.90.
With just 16 minutes of trading, both markets inched higher with the All Jamaica Composite Index rising to a record 404,958.30 and the JSE Index gained 1,523.42 points to a record 368,851.17 while the Junior Market moved up to 3406.05.