More gains for Main Market

Stocks rose on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Friday, with the volume of stocks trading declining 64 percent, with 97 percent lower value than on Thursday as rising stocks exceeded those declining, but the market closed with the IC bid-offer Indicator flashing short term negative signals.
The All Jamaican Composite Index gained 2,638.98 points to settle at 442,875.20, the JSE Main Index climbed 2,141.50 to 386,327.32 and the JSE Financial Index added 0.11 points to settle at 91.51.
Trading ended with 53 securities compared to 55 on Thursday, with 24 rising, 17 declining and 12 ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 15 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed based on ICInsider.com’s forecasted earnings for companies with financial years, ending up to the close of August 2023.
Overall, 13,174,872 shares were exchanged for $66,091,370 versus 36,352,680 units at $2,054,073,702 on Thursday. Trading averages 248,582 units at $1,247,007, compared to 660,958 shares at $37,346,795 on Thursday. June closed with an average of 281,913 units at $5,309,050.
Ciboney Group led trading with 2.89 million shares for 22 percent of total volume, followed by Radio Jamaica with 2.70 million units for 20.5 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 2.59 million units for 19.7 percent market share.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows nine stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 11 stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints added 70 cents in ending at $12.20, with 337 shares crossing the market, Caribbean Cement lost $2.50 to end at $64.50, with 20,215 stocks changing hands, Eppley fell 50 cents in closing at $44.50 after trading 175 stock units. First Rock Capital declined $1.55 to close at $11.75 while exchanging 5,681 units, Guardian Holdings rallied $16.99 to $519.99, with 1,654 shares crossing the exchange,  Jamaica Producers advanced 45 cents to $22.45 trading 2,595 units. JMMB Group climbed $1.90 to close at $43.65 closed at 59,098 stock units, Key Insurance dropped 52 cents to end at $3.38 with the swapping of 2,005 stocks, Massy Holdings gained $1.30 after ending at $93 in exchanging 55,872 stocks. Mayberry Jamaican Equities popped 85 cents in closing at $13.85 with an exchange of 602 shares, Palace Amusement rose $45 to $945 with 23 stock units clearing the market, PanJam Investment climbed 98 cents in closing at $65.98 in an exchange of 138,936 units. Proven Investments rose $1.27 to close at $37.29 after exchanging 22,727 units, Radio Jamaica rallied 50 cents in ending at $2.90 after 2,700,500 stock units were exchanged, Scotia Group rose 45 cents to $36.50 in switching ownership of 1,039 shares. Seprod shed 70 cents in closing at $71.25, with 4,408 stocks crossing the exchange, Supreme Ventures increased 75 cents to close at $31.45 after exchanging 327,481 units and Sygnus Real Estate Finance recovered from the sharp fall on Thursday by gaining $1.26 to end at $12.51 in switching ownership of 501 shares.
In the preference segmentEppley 7.25% preference share popped $1.94 to $21.99 after trading 2 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market falters at July’s open

Trading closed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market Friday, with the declining stocks being the highlight of the day as the volume of stocks trading fell 50 percent and the value down 52 percent on Thursday 43 securities trading versus 44 on Thursday with just 12 rising, 21 declining and ten closing unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index dipped 12.41 points to settle at 4,337.03.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.9. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial year ends that fall between November this year and August 2023.
A total of 8,527,780 shares traded for $29,915,284 versus 17,139,568 units at $62,526,703 on the Thursday. Trading averaged 198,320 shares at $695,704 in contrast to 389,536 shares at $1,421,061 on Thursday. June closed with an average of 429,016 units at $1,630,104.
SSL Venture led trading with 1.95 million shares for 22.8 percent of total volume, followed by iCreate with 1.06 million units for 12.4 percent of the day’s trade and Dolla Financial with 897,135 units for 10.5 percent market share.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two stocks with lower offers.
Access Financial lost $2.49 to $21.01 in an exchange of a mere three shares, Cargo Handlers rallied $1.53 to close at $12.65, trading just six stocks, Caribbean Cream fell 44 cents in closing at a 52 weeks’ low of $4.01, with 5,889 units clearing the market. Dolphin Cove declined 59 cents to end at $16.91 with an exchange of 50,551 stock units, EduFocal gained 11 cents to end at $2.76 after trading 470,904 shares, Express Catering climbed 20 cents in closing at $5.70 while exchanging 5,878 stocks. Fosrich increased 10 cents to $32.60 in switching ownership of 54,317 units, iCreate dropped 49 cents to close at $4 after trading 1,056,092 stock units, Indies Pharma popped 15 cents to end at $3.30, with 42,077 units crossing the market. Lasco Manufacturing shed 15 cents to end at $4.60 with the swapping of 87,373 stock units, Lumber Depot lost 11 cents in closing at $3.09 with 468,686 shares changing hands, Mailpac Group fell 11 cents to end at $2.85 after 533,854 stocks crossed the exchange. Medical Disposables shed 30 cents to close at $7.11, with 100 stocks changing hands, Paramount Trading advanced 28 cents to $1.98 after exchanging 20 stock units, Spur Tree Spices declined 15 cents after ending at $4 in trading 120,119 shares. Stationery and Office Supplies dipped 14 cents in, ending at $13 after exchanging 15,230 units and tTech shed 51 cents to $3.23, with 321,665 stocks crossing the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Barita JSE lead trade at month end

Barita Investments was the most prominent trade on Thursday, with 21.49 million shares for 59.1 percent of total volume as trading closed out the half year. The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market was constrained within a narrow consolidation range it has been in for several months.
The volume of stocks trading on Thursday rose 117 percent with 590 percent greater value than on Wednesday, with an exchange of 36,352,680 shares with a value of  $2,054,073,702, up from 16,776,950 units at $297,498,943 on Wednesday. Trading averages 660,958 units at $37,346,795, up from 310,684 shares at $5,509,240 on Wednesday and month to date, an average of 281,913 units at $5,309,050, compared to 263,593 units at $3,760,655 onthe previous trading day. May closed with an average of 238,645 units at $3,561,016.
Pulse Investments traded the second highest volume with 4.49 million units for 12.3 percent of the day’s trade and Ciboney Group 3.25 million units for 8.9 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 1,350.07 points to 440,236.22, the JSE Main Index rose 1,152.41 points to 384,185.82 and the JSE Financial Index declined 0.03 points to settle at 91.40 as trading ended with 55 securities compared to 54 on Wednesday, with 25 rising, 19 declining and 11 ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.9 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed based on ICInsider.com’s forecasted earnings for companies with financial years ending up to the close of August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 15 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments popped $1.02 to $88.02 in exchanging 21,487,543 shares, Berger Paints declined 75 cents in ending at $11.50 while exchanging 1,300 stock units, Caribbean Cement rose $3.40 in closing at $67 after trading 223,055 units. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund advanced $3.04 to end at $47 in an exchange of 60,745 stocks, First Rock Capital increased 73 cents to close at $13.30 in switching ownership of 79,859 units, GraceKennedy gained $1 to end at $103, with 416,560 stocks crossing the exchange. Guardian Holdings fell $20.98 in closing at $503 with the swapping of 51 stock units, Jamaica Broilers rallied 97 cents to close at $28, with 228,065 shares crossing the market, Jamaica Producers climbed $1 to $22, with 19,825 stocks changing hands. Jamaica Stock Exchange rallied 50 cents to $20 after 15,667 shares crossed the market, Kingston Properties increased 95 cents to close at $8.95, trading 140,927 units, Kingston Wharves popped $1 to $39.50 after exchanging 18,966 stock units. Massy Holdings dropped 30 cents in ending at $91.70 after exchanging 1,693 stocks, Mayberry Investments shed 40 cents in closing at $10 in trading 230,013 shares, NCB Financial slipped $1 to $101 with 36,536 stock units clearing the market. PanJam Investment lost $1 to end at $65 with an exchange of 19,380 units, Proven Investments shed $1.48 to close at $36.02 after 29,816 stocks changed hands, Pulse Investments gained 54 cents to close at $4.42 after exchanging 4,485,406 stock units. Sagicor Group fell 50 cents in closing at $55.49 in an exchange of 90,240 shares, Salada Foods advanced 30 cents in ending at $5.80 after just two units traded, Scotia Group declined $1.64 in closing at $36.05 with an exchange of 89,692 shares. Seprod rose 70 cents to end at $71.95 with the swapping of 65,213 stocks, Stanley Motta climbed 50 cents to $5.50, with 42,111 units crossing the market, Supreme Ventures increased 71 cents to $30.70 in an exchange of 236,568 stock units and Sygnus Real Estate Finance dropped $3.75 to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $11.25, with 10,000 shares crossing the market.
In the preference segmentJamaica Public Service 9.5% gained $200 to close at $3000 after an exchange of a mere three units and 138 Student Living preference share climbed $1.76 to $19.40 in trading 15 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market up 27% at midyear

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The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed trading on Thursday and for the first half of the year, with the market index rising 38.91 points to 4,349.44 and recorded a 26.9 percent gain for the six months and moderately up from the 4,223.33 points close of the first quarter.
Trading jumped, with the volume of stocks rising 67 percent and the value 50 percent more than on Wednesday, with 17,139,568 shares trading at $62,526,703, up from 10,259,748 units at $41,673,742 on Wednesday. Trading averaged 389,536 shares at $1,421,061 in contrast to 233,176 shares at $947,130 on Wednesday with the month to date, averaging 429,016 units at $1,630,104 compared to 431,004 units at $1,640,627 on Wednesday the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 376,907 units at $1,638,631.
Dolla Financial led trading with 4.93 million shares for 28.8 percent of total volume, followed by Mailpac Group with 2.87 million units for 16.7 percent of the day’s trade, Spur Tree Spices ended with 1.96 million units for 11.5 percent market share and Future Energy Source with 1.62 million units for 9.5 percent of stocks changing hands.
A total of 44 securities traded on Wednesday and Thursday, with 25 rising, 13 declining and six unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a measure in computing appropriate stock values, averages 13. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial year end that falls between November this year and August of the following year.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial rose 50 cents after ending at $23.50 and trading 6,424 shares, Blue Power advanced 10 cents in closing at $3.70 in switching ownership of 102 stocks, CAC 2000 popped $1.73 to close at $10.23, with 502 stock units changing hands. Caribbean Cream shed 14 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $4.45, with 53,433 units crossing the market, Dolphin Cove gained 48 cents to end at $17.50 in an exchange of 8,000 shares, EduFocal declined 15 cents to $2.65 after exchanging 167,290 stock units. Elite Diagnostic rallied 12 cents to $3.54 while exchanging 7,633 units, Everything Fresh climbed 10 cents to $1.45, with 12,172 stocks clearing the market, Express Catering lost 47 cents in closing at $5.50 in an exchange of 94,319 shares. Fontana increased 55 cents to $10.55 in exchanging 166,718 stocks, Fosrich popped 50 cents to $32.50 with 79,205 units changing hands, GWest Corporation rallied 10 cents to end at $1.20 in trading 89,879 stock units. Honey Bun increased 41 cents in ending at $9 after trading 4,776 stock units, Iron Rock Insurance rose 34 cents to close at $3.29 after an exchange of 800 stocks, Mailpac Group climbed 21 cents in closing at $2.96, with 2,866,787 shares crossing the market. Main Event advanced 90 cents in closing at $7.50 after exchanging 3,528 units, Medical Disposables gained 12 cents ending at $7.41 with the swapping of 60 stocks, Spur Tree Spices rose 50 cents to $4.15 in switching ownership of 1,962,620 shares and SSL Venture climbed 18 cents to end at $3.05, with 174,096 stock units crossing the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Winning stocks dominated JSE Main Market

Winning stocks had the upper hand in trading on Wednesday, exceeding those declining by a 3 to 2 ratio, as the volume of stocks traded rose 76 percent with a 60 percent greater value than on Tuesday at the close of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market.
Trading ended with 54 securities compared to 56 on Tuesday, with 24 rising, 15 declining and 15 ending unchanged.
Overall, 16,776,950 shares were traded for $297,498,943, up from 9,556,775 units at $186,056,204 on Tuesday. Trading averages 310,684 units at $5,509,240, versus 170,657 shares at $3,322,432 on Tuesday and month to date, an average of 263,593 units at $3,760,653, compared to 261,247 units at $3,673,549 on the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 238,645 units at $3,561,016.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 6.97 million shares for 41.6 percent of total volume, followed by Transjamaican Highway with 2.34 million units for 14 percent of the day’s trades, Barita Investments chipped in with 1.42 million units for 8.4 percent of market share, Pulse Investments traded 1.12 million units for 6.7 percent of total volume and Massy Holdings with 1.0 million units for 6 percent of the market volume.
The All Jamaican Composite Index increased 1,951.68 points to 438,886.15, the JSE Main Index rose 1,324.62 point to 383,033.41 and the JSE Financial Index rallied 0.32 points to close at 91.43.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 14.3 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed based on ICInsider.com’s forecasted earnings for companies with financial years ending up to the close of August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows nine stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments increased 46 cents in closing at $87 after trading 1,417,306 shares, Caribbean Cement declined 40 cents to $63.60, crossing the market 3,962 stocks, Eppley climbed $6.50 to $45 and finished trading 980 units. First Rock Capital popped 82 cents in, ending at $12.57, with 18,200 stock units changing hands, GraceKennedy lost $2 to close at $102 in an exchange of 275,338 stock units, Guardian Holdings rallied $22.98 in closing at $523.98 after exchanging 65 stocks. Jamaica Stock Exchange advanced $1.01 to close at $19.50 and closing with an exchange of 10 shares, NCB Financial shed $1.50 to $102 in trading 77,614 units, PanJam Investment rose 99 cents in ending at $66 with 123,286 shares crossing the exchange. Proven Investments gained $1 to end at $37.50 while exchanging 12,419 stocks, Pulse Investments climbed 38 cents to $3.88 in switching ownership of 1,116,423 units, Sagicor Group rallied 99 cents in closing at $55.99, trading 34,169 stock units. Supreme Ventures fell 75 cents to close at $29.99 with 103,993 shares changing hands and Sygnus Credit Investments popped 70 cents in, ending at $15, with 331,231 units clearing the market.
In the preference segment138 Student Living preference share dropped $2.36 to end at $17.64 with the swapping of 698 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Gains for Junior Market

Trading closed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market Wednesday, with the volume and value of stocks traded declining with 43 percent fewer shares changing hands with the value 28 percent lower than on Tuesday.
A total of 44 securities traded similar to Tuesday, with 15 rising, 22 declining and seven closing unchanged. The Junior Market Index popped 26.55 points to settle at 4,310.53. A total of 10,259,748 shares traded for $41,673,742 compared to 18,129,942 units at $57,975,106 on the Tuesday. Trading averaged  233,176 shares at $947,130 in contrast to 412,044 shares at $1,317,616 on Tuesday with month to date, averaging 431,004 units at $1,640,627 compared to 441,491 units at $1,677,391 on the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 376,907 units at $1,638,631.
Dolla Financial led trading with 3.19 million shares for 31.1 percent of total volume, followed by iCreate with 2.73 million units for 26.6 percent of the day’s trade and Future Energy Source with 530,433 units for 5.2 percent market share.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.9. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial year end that falls between November this year and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial climbed 50 cents to $23 after exchanging 12,717 shares, AMG Packaging popped 61 cents to close at $4.79 in trading 26,338 stock units, Blue Power increased 22 cents in ending at $3.60 with 400 units changing hands. CAC 2000 dropped $1.72 to end at $8.50 in trading 5,142 stocks, Cargo Handlers fell $1.78 to $11.12 after 3,427 stock units crossed the exchange, Caribbean Assurance Brokers shed 13 cents to $2.20 in swapping 41,830 units. Caribbean Cream lost 30 cents to close at $4.59 with 232,886 stocks crossing the market, Dolphin Cove advanced 12 cents in ending at $17.02 with 31,728 shares clearing the market, Fosrich rose 60 cents to $32 after trading of 19,260 shares. Honey Bun declined 41 cents to end at $8.59 in an exchange of 2,815 units, iCreate gained 45 cents to a record closing high of $4.55, with 2,730,584 stocks crossing the market, Indies Pharma rallied 14 cents to $3.15 in trading 80,339 stock units. Iron Rock Insurance fell 34 cents in closing at $2.95 with an exchange of 3,010 stock units, KLE Group gained 28 cents to $2.28 while exchanging 2,858 units, Lasco Manufacturing climbed 22 cents to end at $4.72, with 4,678 shares changing hands. Limners and Bards lost 10 cents to close at $2.70 with the swapping of 162,141 stocks, Main Event dropped 20 cents in closing at $6.60 while trading 17,127 units, Paramount Trading shed 27 cents in ending at $1.68 with 43,485 stock units clearing the market. Spur Tree Spices declined 14 cents to $3.65 with an exchange of 355,901 stocks, SSL Venture rallied 37 cents to end at $2.87 in trading 71,277 shares and Stationery and Office Supplies popped 71 cents to 52 weeks’ high of $13.15 trading 268,154 stock units.
In the preference segmentCAC 2000 9.5% preference share declined 13 cents to $1.05 in exchanging 11,486 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE Main Market falters

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market pulled back on Tuesday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 31 percent, with a 154 percent greater than on Monday as rising stocks were marginally less than those falling.
Overall, 9,556,775 shares were exchanged for $186,056,204 versus 13,814,659 units at $73,312,672 on Monday. Trading averages 170,657 units at $3,322,432, compared to 260,654 shares at $1,383,258 on Monday and month to date, an average of 261,247 units at $3,673,549, compared to 266,182 units at $3,692,676 on the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 238,645 units at $3,561,016.
PanJam Investment led trading with 1.90 million shares for 19.8 percent of total volume, followed by Transjamaican Highway with 1.54 million units for 16.1 percent of the day’s trade, Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.05 million units for 11 percent market share and Wigton Windfarm with 1.04 million units for 10.9 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index declined 883.90 points to 436,934.47, the JSE Main Index fell 816.45 to 381708.79 and the JSE Financial Index slipped 0.12 points to settle at 91.11.
Trading ended with 56 securities up from 53 on Monday, with 22 rising, 23 declining and 11 ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 14.3 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed based on ICInsider.com’s forecasted earnings for companies with financial years ending up to the close of August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 11 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and six stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints increased 80 cents in closing at $12, with  930 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement fell $1 to $64 and closed after trading 56,189 units, Carreras rose 48 cents to $9.98, with 88,008 stock units changing hands. Eppley shed $5.50 to close at $38.50 trading 2,338 stocks, GraceKennedy lost 99 cents to end at $104 in trading 4,907 stock units, Guardian Holdings dropped $3 to end at $501 in switching ownership of 3,563 units. JMMB Group rallied 50 cents in ending at $42 while exchanging 238,705 shares, Margaritaville declined $1.77 in closing at $16.50, with an exchange of 270 stocks, Mayberry Jamaican Equities shed 41 cents to close at $12.99 after trading 43,396 stocks. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy gained $10.50 to close at $106.50, with 482 shares crossing the market, NCB Financial popped $1.50 to $103.50 with the swapping of 14,369 stock units, 138 Student Living advanced 31 cents to end at $5.10 with an exchange of 622 units. Palace Amusement fell $85.99, in ending at $900, with 38 shares clearing the market, Proven Investments dropped $1.45 to close at $36.50 after exchanging 4,114 units, Sagicor Group declined 90 cents in closing at $55 with an exchange of 16,581 stocks.

Scotia Group climbed $1.79 to $37.79 with 2,215 stock units changing hands, Stanley Motta lost 49 cents to end at $5 in exchanging 42,770 shares, Sygnus Credit Investments declined 65 cents to close at $14.30 in an exchange of 18,158 stock units and Sygnus Real Estate Finance climbed $1 in ending at $15 , with an exchange of 300 units.
In the preference segment138 Student Living preference share fell 75 cents in closing at $20 in exchanging 14 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Dolla price may have hit bottom

Dolla Financial was the most visible stock trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market on Tuesday, accounting for the leading volume of stocks trading over 50 percent of the day’s volume after the price recovered after hitting a low at $2.62 to end at $2.92 and may have bottomed out.  
As was the case on Monday, 44 securities traded, with 18 rising, 22 falling and four closing unchanged and leading the Junior Market Index to decline 58.21 points to 4,283.98.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.8. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial year end that falls between November this year and August 2023.
Overall, 18,129,942 shares traded for $57,975,106 compared to 16,869,220 units at $60,784,346 on the Monday. Trading averaged 412,044 shares at $1,317,616 in contrast to 383,391 shares at $1,381,462 on Monday with the month to date, averaging 441,491 units at $1,677,391 compared to 443,139 units at $1,697,531 on the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 376,907 units at $1,638,631.
Dolla Financial led trading with 9.13 million shares for 50.4 percent of total volume, followed by Mailpac Group with 2.28 million units for 12.6 percent of the day’s trade and iCreate with 1.66 million units for 9.1 percent market share.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
At the close, Access Financial shed $1 in closing at $22.50, with 9,181 shares crossing the market, AMG Packaging declined 52 cents to end at $4.18 while exchanging 17,874 units, CAC 2000 increased 92 cents ending at $10.22 after an exchange of 1,592 stock units. Dolla Financial rose 19 cents to $2.92 after trading 9,132,047 stocks, Dolphin Cove fell $1 to close at $16.90 after finishing trading 108,294 stock units, Fontana lost 58 cents in ending at $10 after exchanging 65,517 units. Fosrich dropped 60 cents to end at $31.40 in exchanging 39,133 stocks, Honey Bun advanced 29 cents in closing at $9 with 8,037 shares changing hands, iCreate popped 60 cents to close at $4.10 in switching ownership of 1,655,947 shares. Iron Rock Insurance rallied 24 cents to $3.29 with the swapping of 14,726 stocks, ISP Finance declined $3.38 in closing at $19.12 after exchanging 1,997 units, Jamaican Teas gained 11 cents to $3.09, with 254,717 stock units crossing the market. Knutsford Express climbed 94 cents to close at $7.95 with an exchange of 1,895 shares, Lasco Distributors fell 15 cents to end at $3.10, with 210,327 units clearing the market, Main Event dropped $1.20 to $6.80 in trading 5,700 stocks. Medical Disposables popped 19 cents to close at $7.29 in an exchange of 7,000 stock units, SSL Venture lost 52 cents ending at $2.50, with 60,146 shares changing hands, Tropical Battery shed 11 cents to end at $2.85 after finishing with 603,680 stocks trading and tTech increased 28 cents to $3.80 with the swapping of 1,239 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Gains for JSE Main Market

Trading ended on Monday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market, with the volume of stocks traded declining 18 percent, with a 50 percent lower value than on Friday as declining stocks exceeded those rising.
At the close, 13,814,659 shares were traded for $73,312,672 versus 16,870,075 units at $147,178,606 on Friday. Trading averaged 260,654 units at $1,383,258, compared to 306,729 shares at $2,675,975 on Friday and month to date, an average of 266,182 units at $3,692,676, compared to 266,483 units at $3,818,213 on the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 238,645 units at $3,561,016.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 4.94 million shares for 35.7 percent of total volume, followed by Transjamaican Highway with 3.10 million units for 22.5 percent of the day’s trade, Sagicor Select Financial Fund followed with 1.38 million units for 10 percent market share and Ciboney Group with 1.34 million units for 9.7 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 1,833.86 points to settle at 437,818.37, the JSE Main Index rose 1,338.41 points to 382,525.24 and the JSE Financial Index declined 0.05 points to settle at 91.23.
Trading ended with 53 securities compared to 55 on Friday, with 12 rising, 22 declining and 19 ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 14.4 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed based on ICInsider.com’s forecasted earnings for companies with financial years ending up to the close of August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 12 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints lost 98 cents to end at $11.20 after exchanging 7,001 shares, Caribbean Cement dropped $1.85 to $65 with an exchange of 90,431 stocks, Carreras declined 33 cents to $9.50 with 73,731 units changing hands. Eppley gained $3 to $44 in switching ownership of 2,000 stock units, GraceKennedy rallied $1.46 to $104.99 in an exchange of 73,715 stock units, Guardian Holdings climbed $3 to end at $504 after 307 shares crossed the market. Jamaica Stock Exchange rose 77 cents to close at $18.27 while exchanging 3,592 units, JMMB Group fell 50 cents to $41.50 after exchanging 160,223 stocks, Kingston Wharves shed 54 cents in closing at $38.46, trading 3,302 shares. Margaritaville dropped $3.23 in ending at $18.27 after an exchange of 50 stocks, Mayberry Investments shed 72 cents to close at $10.24, with 69,055 stock units changing hands, NCB Financial declined $1 to end at $102 with the swapping of 19,227 units. Proven Investments advanced 37 cents in closing at $37.95 in trading 11,734 units, Sagicor Group popped 90 cents to $55.90, with 140,160 stocks crossing the exchange and Scotia Group fell $1.31 in ending at $36 after exchanging 244,968 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Access climbs Juniors slip

Access Financial stood out in trading closed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market on Monday, the price jumping $3.50 to be the best mover for the day, following the release of full year results, with a 65 percent rise in profits. Recently listed, Dolla Financial was the volume leader, cornering 41 percent of stocks trading for the day. 
A total of 16,869,220 shares traded for $60,784,346 down from 19,072,409 units at $61,479,940 on the Friday. Trading averaged 383,391 shares at $1,381,462 versus 443,544 shares at $1,429,766 on Friday, with the month to date, averaging 443,139 units at $1,697,531 compared to 446,682 units at $1,716,274 on the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 376,907 units at $1,638,631.
Nearly all stocks in the market traded by the close, with 44 securities changing hands versus 43 on Friday, with 17 rising, 20 declining and seven closing unchanged. The Junior Market Index dropped 47.28 points to close at 4,342.19.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 13. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial year end that falls between November this year and August 2023
Dolla Financial led trading with 6.86 million shares for 40.6 percent of total volume, followed by AMG Packaging with 2.95 million units for 17.5 percent of the day’s trade and Lumber Depot with 812,256 units for 4.8 percent market share.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
At the close, Access Financial rallied $3.50 to end at $23.50, with 41,875 shares crossing the exchange, Blue Power shed 17 cents to close at $3.38 in trading 93,634 stocks, Caribbean Cream declined 60 cents in closing at $4.90 after trading 69,735 stock units. Dolphin Cove popped 70 cents to $17.90 in trading 70,544 units, Elite Diagnostic climbed 15 cents in ending at to $3.47, with 17,702 stocks crossing the market, Fontana advanced 18 cents to close at $10.58 with 256,595 shares clearing the market. Fosrich lost 20 cents to close at $32 in exchanging 44,041 stock units, General Accident rose 21 cents to end at $6 after trading 163,937 units, Honey Bun dropped 28 cents in closing at $8.71 after 110,816 shares crossed the market. iCreate increased 20 cents to $3.50, with 460,035 stock units changing hands, Indies Pharma fell 25 cents after finishing at $3 with an exchange of 186,302 stocks, Jamaican Teas shed 28 cents in closing at $2.98 while exchanging 483,297 units. Knutsford Express lost 94 cents to close at $7.01 in switching ownership of 15,841 stocks, Lasco Manufacturing declined 37 cents to $4.50 in exchanging 61,505 units, Main Event gained $1 to end at $8 trading 66,555 shares. Medical Disposables dropped 34 cents in closing at $7.10 in an exchange of 6,234 stock units, Spur Tree Spices fell 22 cents to close at $3.70 with the swapping of 379,655 shares, SSL Venture dropped 48 cents to end at $3.02, with 438,535 units crossing the market and tTech gained 32 cents to $3.52 in an exchange of 3,100 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.