JSE Main market up 5% in May

The Main Market of the Jamaica Stock exchange closed out May on a high note with the market prime indices rising appreciably to close out the month with a gain of five percent but closed with a loss of 25 percent for the year to date.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 4,018.59 points to 420,847.85, the JSE Market Index advanced 3,762.78 points to 383,649.98 and the JSE Financial Index gained 1.12 points to 100.80. The PE ratio of the market ended at 14.5, while the Main Market ended at 14.8 times 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with 49 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with prices of 22 stocks advancing, 16 declining and 11 securities trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 45 securities accounting for 109,379,530 units valued at $203,610,322, in contrast to 21,505,791 units valued at $167,719,708 from 40 securities on Thursday.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 80 million shares for 73 percent of total volume followed by Trans Jamaican Highway with 24 million units for 22 percent of the day’s trade and QWI Investments with 1.5 million units for 1.4 percent market share. Also, trading over a million units was Sagicor Select Financial Fund, with 1.15 million units.
The average trade for the day was 2,430,656 units at $4,524,674 for each security traded, in contrast to 537,645 units at an average of $4,192,993 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date ended at 475,543 units at $3,077,280 for each security changing hands, compared to 369,670 units with an average of $2,994,834. Trading in April resulted in an average of 1,077,021 units valued at $3,829,201 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows seventeen stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three stocks closing with lower offers.
In the Main Market, Barita Investments shed 60 cents to end at $50.40, with a transfer of 171,676 shares, Caribbean Cement gained $1 exchanging 34,628 stock units and closed at $52, Eppley ended $1 higher at $17.99, with 35,848 stock units changing hands. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund jumped $5 to $38 after swapping a mere one unit, First Rock Capital shed 40 cents to settle at $12.60, in transferring 2,741 units, Jamaica Producers closed 70 cents lower at $20.10 trading 423,052 shares. Jamaica Stock Exchange gained $1.57 and ended at $22.57, exchanging 105,212 shares, Kingston Properties dropped $1.50 to finish at $4.80, after swapping 40,000 stock units, Kingston Wharves climbed $2.99 to $57.99 transferring 9,590 units. Mayberry Investments lost 40 cents to end at $5.60 trading 14,908 units, Palace Amusement shed another $100 to close at $1,100, in an exchange of 83 units, Salada Foods gained 50 cents swapping 191,208 shares and closed at $29. Scotia Group advanced by $1 to $46, with 17,902 stock units changing hands, Stanley Motta picked up 80 cents to settle at $5.50, after transferring 31,500 stock units, Supreme Ventures gained 30 cents exchanging 40,864 stock units and closed at $14.80 and Sygnus Credit Investments ended trading at $17.32, after rising 36 cents and swapping 7,512 units.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market rises 9% in May

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended Friday with modest gains in the market index to close out May, up 9 percent for the month but is still 21.4 percent adrift of the start of the year.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 13 securities advanced, 10 declined and eight remained unchanged. The Junior Market Index advanced by 4.54 points to close at 2,632.97 and the average PE ratio of the market ended at 9.5 times 2020-21 earnings.
Trading resulted in 31 securities changing hands and an exchange of 4,090,696 units at $13,986,259 compared to 4,251,896 units at $11,083,038 on Thursday.
The average trade for the day was 131,958 units for $451,170 in contrast to 146,617 units for an average of $382,174 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 150,274 units valued at $491,077 and previously 151,266 units valued at $93,240. In contrast, April closed with an average of 447,863 units valued at $1,028,076 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 five with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial added 49 cents to end at $23 and traded 1,314 shares, AMG Packaging rose 5 cents and exchanged 500 shares at $1.55, Blue Power shed 15 cents in trading of 5,000 units at $3.60. Caribbean Cream closed 7 cents higher at $2.80, with 167,826 stock units trading, Caribbean Producers gained 1 cent to end at $2.36, trading 301,257 shares, Consolidated Bakeries ended market activity exchanging 145,650 shares to close at $1.64 after falling 6 cents. Elite Diagnostic closed trading of 32,398 units and gained 10 cents to end at $3.50, Everything Fresh ended with a loss of 1 cent at 73 cents with 133,453 stock units changing hands, Express Catering closed 44 cents higher at $4.45, with 91,687 stock units trading. Fontana closed trading of 259,958 units and gained 24 cents to end at $5.94, General Accident closed 25 cents higher at $6.25, with 118,999 stock units trading, Honey Bun declined 29 cents in trading of 15,596 units at $5.12. Indies Pharma closed with a loss of 4cents at $2.25 in swapping 66,561shares, ISP Finance ended lost $1 at $13 with 50 units changing hands, Jetcon Corporation closed trading of 30 units and gained 10 cents to end at 90 cents. Knutsford Express ended at $8.95, after rising $1.45 and trading 20,792 shares, Lasco Distributors closed with a loss of 20 cents at $2.95 after swapping 92,095 shares, Lasco Manufacturing closed trading of 1,186,538 shares and gained 40 cents to end at $4.90 (See note at the foot of this story). Limners and Bards rose 2 cents and exchanged 34,476 shares at $1.84. Mailpac Group closed with a loss of 2 cents at $1.86while trading 792,156 shares, Medical Disposables ended market activity, exchanging 4,114 stock units to settle at $6.90 after falling 10 cents and Stationery and Office Supplies lost 6 cents in trading 97,229 shares at $6.21.

NB The JSE trading sheet posted on the exchange website shows Lasco Manufacturing trading 1,186,538 shares, but the trading platform used for trading had just 221,121 shares traded, its unclear which is correct at the time of going to publishing. The trading sheet also has Eppley as trading in the Junior Market. The stock migrated to the main market for several months.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

More retreating for JSE Main Market

Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market activity ended with the market index declining for a second day, just ahead of the final trading day for May as investors exchanged more shares than on Wednesday.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index declined by 1,262.37 points to 416,829.26, the JSE Market Index fell 1,326.12 points to 379,887.20 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.90 points to 99.68. The PE ratio of the market ended at 14.4, while the Main Market ended at 14.6 times 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with 46 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with prices of 14 stocks advancing, 16 declining and 16 securities trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 40 securities accounting for 21,505,791 units valued at $167,719,708, in contrast to 18,437,961 units valued at $158,788,476 from 44 securities on Wednesday.
Trans Jamaican Highway led trading with 7.3 million shares for 34 percent of the total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 6.5 million units for 30.4 percent of the day’s trade and Supreme Ventures with 1.7 million units for 7.8 percent market share. Other stocks trading over 1 million units were Sagicor Select Financial Fund and Wisynco Group, with 1.15 million units and 1.1 million units, respectively.
The average trade for the day was 537,645 units at $4,192,993 each, in contrast to 419,045 units for $3,608,829 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amount to 369,670 units valued at $2,994,834 for each security changing hands, compared to 361,176 units with an average value of $2,930,932. Trading in April resulted in an average of 1,077,021 units valued at $3,829,201 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows twelve stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two stocks closing with lower offers.
In the Main Market, Barita Investments gained 60 cents to close at $51 in trading 3,456 units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund dropped $4 to $33, with an exchange of 2,310 units, First Rock Capital ended $1.75 lower at $13 after transferring 3,153 units. Jamaica Broilers shed 39 cents exchanging 13,765 stock units to settle at $26.11, Jamaica Producers slipped 50 cents to $20.80, in transferring 229,065 shares. Jamaica Stock Exchange dropped $1.90 to finish at $21, with 40,537 stock units changing hands. Mayberry Jamaican Equities closed 40 cents lower at $9.80, in switching ownership of 22,088 stock units, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy tumbled $16 to $160 trading 1,501 units, NCB Financial Group climbed $1.01 to end at $148, with 476,923 shares changing hands. 138 Student Living gained 81 cents and transferred 71,160 stock units in closing at $7.50, Palace Amusement dived $100 to end at $1,200 trading 144 units, Sagicor Group rose 39 cents to $46.40 exchanging 34,761 stock units. Sagicor Real Estate Fund added 84 cents to finish at $7.94, with 600 units changing hands, Seprod climbed $1.39 to close at $54.95, in trading 141,419 shares and Supreme Ventures slid $1.20 transferring 1,674,041 shares and closed at $14.50.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market close to April’s high

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The Junior Market made more gains on Thursday Index advanced by 47.99 points to close at 2,628.43, to be 21.5 percent down from the January opening. The market is close April’s high point of 2,689 and takes it back close to the March 5 close of 2,656.41.  
At the end of market activities on Thursday, 29 securities changing hands, with the prices of 12 securities advanced, 12 declined and five remained unchanged. The PE ratio of the market ended at 9.3 times 2020-21 earnings.
Trading settled with resulted in 4,251,896 units valued $11,083,038 changing hands, compared to 4,137,638 units at $10,997,880 from 32 securities on Wednesday.
The average trade for the day was 146,617 units at $382,174, in contrast to 393,489 units at $1,786,797 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 151,266 units valued at $493,240 and previously 151,514 units valued at $499,172. In comparison, April closed with an average of 447,863 units valued at $1,028,076 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial shed 49 cents in trading of 1,000 units to settle at $22.51, AMG Packaging declined by 25 cents to $1.50 with 2,200 units changing hands, Caribbean Assurance Brokers fell 3 cents to $2.27 with an exchange of 17,695 units. Caribbean Cream added 1 cent in swapping 52,300 shares to close at $2.73, Caribbean Producers dipped 5 cents trading 206,917 units to finish at $2.35, Derrimon Trading rise 10 cents to end at $2.60 with an exchange of 1,000 shares. Elite Diagnostic closed 5 cents higher at $3.40, with 500 stock units crossing the exchange, Everything Fresh ended with a loss of 1 cent at 74 cents with 24,265 stock units changing hands, Express Catering shed 50 cents in trading 8,500 units to settle at $4. Fontana closed at $5.70 after dropping 25 cents in the swapping of 24,236 units, Fosrich exchanged 80,263 shares, after rising 15 cents to $4, General Accident declined by 22 cents to settle at $6 with 472,257 units changing hands. Honey Bun closed trading of 103,484 stock units and gained 33 cents to end at $5.41, Jamaican Teas rose 20 cents to end at $4.70 with an exchange of 30,055 shares, Jetcon Corporation fell 9 cents and closed at 80 cents after swapping 50,000 shares. Knutsford Express dropped $1.48 to close at $7.50 in the trading of 22,762 shares, Lasco Distributors climbed 42 cents exchanging 141,402 shares to settle at $3.15, Lasco Financial closed 5 cents higher at $2.70 with 3,234 shares crossing through the market. Lasco Manufacturing jumped 49 cents and exchanged 45,634 shares to end at $4.50, Limners and Bards fell 13 cents to $1.82 with 16,945 units changing hands, Lumber Depot inched 1 cent higher to $1.14 with 140,862 shares traded. MailPac Group ended the day with 2,321,013 shares being exchanged after rising 3 cents to $1.88, Paramount Trading slipped 1 cent to $1.99 in the swapping of 295,500 stock units and tTech climbed 29 cents to $4.70 with a mere five shares crossing the exchange.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Heavy trading in Lasco Manufacturing

Lasco Manufacturing dominated trading on the Junior Market on Wednesday, with for 47 percent of the units traded, with Jamaican Teas and Caribbean Cream rounding out the volume leaders on Wednesday as investors exchanged 12,985,144 shares at $58,964,309 from 33 securities.

Lasco Manufacturing dominated Junior Market trading with 6 million shares.

Wednesday’s trading contrast with Tuesday’s 4,137,638 units valued at $10,997,880 as 32 securities changed hands. The Junior Market index made further gains in its rebound, by adding19.32 points to close at 2,580.44 after it crossed over the 2,620 points level in the morning session. At the close of the market, prices of 14 securities advanced, 13 declined and six remained unchanged. The average PE ratio of the market ended at 9.3 times 2020-21 earnings.
Trading closed with an average of 393,489 units at $1,786,797 for each security traded in contrast to 129,301 units at $343,684 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 151,514 units valued at $499,172 and previously 135,857 valued at $415,855. In comparison, April closed with an average of 447,863 units valued at $1,028,076 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows two stocks ended with bids higher than its last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial shed 25 cents in the exchange of 47,605 units to end at $23, Caribbean Assurance Brokers fell 15 cents to $2.30 with 5,834 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream slipped 3 cents and traded 4,900 shares to close at $2.72. Caribbean Flavours ended 2 cents lower at $10 in an exchange of 1,276,041 stock units, Derrimon Trading declined by 22 cents and exchanged 211,000 shares to settle at $2.50, Dolphin Cove rose by 25 cents to $7.25 in swapping 1,545 units. Elite Diagnostic ended at $3.35 after falling 5 cents and trading 24,942 shares, Everything Fresh declined by 5 cents in the swapping of 116,123 stock units to close at 75 cents, Express Catering leaped 99 cents to $4.51 in the exchange of 29,558 shares. Fontana closed at $5.95 after climbing 35 cents and trading 507,948 stock units, Fosrich fell 15 cents in the trade of 11,795 units to close at $3.85, General Accident finished 28 cents lower at $6.22 with 207,819 units changing hands. iCreate added 3 cents after switching ownership of 41,481 shares to close at 55 cents, Indies Pharma closed 7 cents higher at $2.29 with an exchange of 101,552 units, Iron Rock Insurance rose 5 cents in the swapping of 64,572 shares to finish at $3.85. Jamaican Teas exchanged 1,939,702 units and gained 15 cents to settle at $4.50, Jetcon added 9 cents to close at 89 cents with 8,229 shares traded, Knutsford Express jumped 28 cents to $8.98 with 36,752 units changing hands. Lasco Distributors dropped 17 cents to $2.73, with 34,238 shares crossing the exchange, Lasco Financial slipped 5 cents and exchanged 198,900 shares to end at $2.65, Lasco Manufacturing traded a volume leading 6,099,978 units to close at $4.01 after inching 1 cent higher. Limners and Bards increased by 20 cents in swapping 410,000 units to end at $1.95, Lumber Depot finished 1 cent lower at $1.13 with 88,045 shares changing hands, MailPac Group slipped 3 cents in the exchange of 644,976 units to settle at $1.85. Main Event closed 42 cents higher at $4.50 with 31,379 shares traded, Medical Disposables shed 30 cents and swapped 1,740 shares to end at $7 and Stationery and Office Supplies rose 2 cents higher to $6.27 with 11,154 units crossing the exchange.
In the junior market preference segment, CAC 2000 9.5% preference share rose 20 cents to $1 after trading 4,392 units.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE majors give up some gains

Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market gave back some of the solid gains enjoyed on Tuesday as declining stocks outpaced declining ones and the volume and value of stocks trading rose.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index declined by 2,732.71 points to 418,091.63, the JSE Market Index dropped 2,473.80 points to 381,213.32 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.29 points to 100.58.
The market closed with 49 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with prices of 16 stocks advancing, 21 declining and 12 securities trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 44 securities accounting for 18,437,961 units valued at $158,788,476, in contrast to 17,326,841 units valued at $105,645,502 from 45 securities on Tuesday.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 5.8 million shares for 31.4 percent of total volume followed by Trans Jamaican Highway with 5.1 million units for 27.7 percent of the day’s trade and Carreras with 1.1 million units for 5.8 percent market share. Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.06 million shares was the only other company trading over a million units.
The Market closed with an average of 419,045 units at $3,608,829 for each security traded, in contrast to 385,041 units valued at an average of $2,347,678 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amount to 361,176 units valued at $2,930,932 for each security changing hands, compared to 357,768 units with an average value of $2,888,684. Trading in April resulted in an average of 1,077,021 units valued at $3,829,201 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows twelve stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and eight stocks closing with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 14.6, while the Main Market ended at 14.9 times 2020/21 earnings.
In the Main Market trading, Barita Investments lost 60 cents to close at $50.40, after trading 14,026 stock units, Caribbean Cement fell by $1 to $51, with an exchange of 418,010 shares, First Rock Capital climbed $2.40 to $14.75 after 8,014 units crossed the exchange. Grace Kennedy closed 61 cents lower at $57.99, with 365,867 shares changing hands, Jamaica Broilers gained 40 cents after swapping 186,450 shares to end at $26.50, Jamaica Stock Exchange picked up 40 cents to settle at $22.90, after exchanging 13,248 stock units. Kingston Wharves closed 99 cents higher at $54.99, with a transfer of 10,560 stock units, NCB Financial Group slipped 50 cents to end at $146.99, after swapping 318,361 shares, Palace Amusement advanced $100 to end at $1,300 while trading 80 units. PanJam Investment closed at $75.01, with a loss of 74 cents after exchanging 34,676 stock units, Proven Investments fell 99 cents to finish at $35, in swapping 26,455 stock units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund ended 84 cents lower at $7.10, with 105,300 shares changing hands. Salada Foods declined $1.50 to $28.50 after 15,492 stock units changed hands, Seprod lost 44 cents to close at $53.56, in trading 51,316 stock units, Stanley Motta finished at $4.70, having lost 35 cents in swapping 12,264 units. Supreme Ventures ended at $15.70, with a rise of 70 cents in exchanging 645,967 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments gained 79 cents with 38,427 stock units crossing the exchange and closed at $16.99.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

More gains for Junior Market – Tuesday

The Junior Market made further gains at the close of trading on Tuesday after a break on Monday due to the long holiday weekend, gaining 14.43 points to end at 2,561.12 with prices of 11 securities rising, nine declining and 12 remained unchanged.
Investors traded 32 securities, resulting in an exchange of 4,137,638 units valued at $10,997,880 compared to 4,259,300 units valued at $14,475,328 from 35 securities on Friday. The average PE ratio of the Junior Market ended at 9.2 based on 2020-21 earnings.
Trading ended with an average of 129,301 units at $343,684 for each security traded in contrast to 121,694 units at $413,581 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 135,857 valued at $415,855 and previously 136,296 units valued at $420,686. In contrast, April closed with an average of 447,863 units valued at 1,028,076 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 its last selling price and three with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Cargo Handlers dropped 50 cents to $6.05 with 6,438 units traded, Caribbean Cream closed 6 cents higher at $2.75 with an exchange of 61,233 stock units, Caribbean Producers traded 1,418,225 shares and fell 12 cents to end at $2.40. Derrimon Trading jumped 22 cents in swapping of 28,295 shares to settle at $2.72, Dolphin Cove shed 23 cents to close at $7 with 5,709 units changing hands, Elite Diagnostic gained 11 cents and exchanged 92,470 shares to settle at $3.40. Express Catering inched 1 cent higher to finish at $3.52 with 33,230 units traded, Fontana dropped 30 cents to $5.60 with 220,601 units crossing the market, General Accident leaped 49 cents exchanging 30,026 stock units to close at $6.50. GWest lost 3 cents in the trading of 1,160 shares to close at 87 cents, Honey Bun declined by 37 cents to $5.08 with 131,812 shares changing hands, iCreate closed 3 cents lower at 52 cents with 87,177 stock units traded. Indies Pharma picked up 2 cents and exchanged 13,245 shares to settle at $2.22, Iron Rock Insurance ended the day 10 cents down, at $3.80 with an exchange of 10,000 shares, Jamaican Teas climbed 6 cents to settle at $4.35 with 158,546 units crossing the market. Limners and Bards dipped 7 cents to $1.75 with 103,494 shares traded, Lumber Depot swapped 136,889 shares to finish at $1.14 after gaining 2cents, Medical Disposables jumped 30 cents to $7.30 with an exchange of 21,814 units. Paramount Trading added 1 cent to finish at $2 after trading 12,300 shares and Stationery and Office Supplies closed 25 cents higher at $6.25, with 5,809 stock units crossing the exchange.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE Main Market surges to monthly high

After closing on Monday for the Labour day holiday, the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange roar back to life after falling on Friday, with the market indices jumping more than 6,000 points and wiping out Friday’s losses to close at the highest level since the April 22.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index advanced by 6,794.20 points to 420,824.34, the JSE Market Index climbed 6,322.58 points to 383,687.12 and the JSE Financial Index gained 1.80 points to 100.87.
The market closed with 48 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with prices of 15 stocks advancing, 13 declining and 20 securities trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 45 securities accounting for 17,326,841 units valued at $105,645,502, in contrast to 19,035,180 units valued at $127,444,585 from 40 securities on Friday.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 9.55 million shares for 55 percent of total volume followed by Trans Jamaican Highway with 2.9 million units for 17 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.1 million units for 6.3 percent market share.
The Market closed with an average of 385,041 units at $2,347,678 for each security trading, in contrast to 475,880 units valued at an average of $3,186,115 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amount to 357,768 units valued $2,888,684 for each security changing hands, compared to 356,019 units with an average of $2,925,515. Trading in April resulted in an average of 1,077,021 units valued at $3,829,201 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 seven stocks closing with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 14.7, while the Main Market ended at 15 times 2020-21 earnings.
In the Main Market, Caribbean Cement closed at $52, with gains of $3.60 trading 36,034 stock units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund closed 98 cents higher exchanging 101 units at $37, First Rock Capital gained $1.20 to close $12.35, in transferring 125,317 shares. Grace Kennedy picked up 60 cents to close at $58.60, after swapping 92,756 shares, Jamaica Broilers shed 40 cents trading 31,005 stock units to settle at $26.10, Jamaica Producers advanced $1.50 to $21.50, after swapping 3,786 units. Key Insurance ended 38 cents lower at $5, with an exchange of 10,592 units, Kingston Wharves fell by $3 to $54, in transferring 7,208 units, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy jumped $25 to $176 while trading 140 units. NCB Financial Group slipped to $147.49, with a loss of 51 cents with 321,990 shares changing hands, 138 Student Living closed 31 cents lower at $6.69, after exchanging 408 units, Palace Amusement declined by $100 to end at $1,200, with a transfer of just 10 units. Proven Investments closed 51 cents lower at $35.99, transferring 12,181 stock units, Sagicor Group rose 80 cents to $45.80, with 36,265 stock units changing hands, Salada Foods advanced by $4 to $30 trading only one unit. Scotia Group fell by $2.21 to $44.79, in transferring 40,568 stock units, Seprod gained $1 to end at $54, in exchanging 36,296 stock units and Supreme Ventures ended 95 cents lower at $15, with 572,803 shares crossing the exchange.
In the preference segment, 138 Student Living variable rate, stock, lost $1 to end at $5 with 216 shares trading

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE Main market drops

Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market declined at the close of trading on Friday, with an increased volume of stocks trading, but at a lower value than on Thursday.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index declined 2,739.44 points to 414,030.14, the JSE Market Index dropped 2,589.23 points to 377,364.54 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.66 points to 99.07.
The market closed with 47 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with prices of 20 stocks advancing, 16 declining and 11 securities trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 40 securities accounting for 19,035,180 units valued at $127,444,585, in contrast to 11,035,315 units valued $112,835,625 from 41 securities on Thursday.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 9.9 million shares for 52 percent of total volume followed by Trans Jamaican Highway with 4.6 million units for 24 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.4 million units for 7 percent market share.
The Market closed with an average of 475,880 units valued $3,186,115 for each security traded, in contrast to 269,154 units valued at an average of $2,752,088 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amount to 356,019 units valued at $2,925,515 for each security changing hands, compared to 348,777 units with an average of $2,908,729. Trading in April resulted in an average of 1,077,021 units valued at $3,829,201 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 six stocks closing with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 14.5, while the Main Market ended at 14.8 times 2020-21 earnings.
In the Main Market, Barita Investments gained 50 cents trading 7,900 units to end at $51, Caribbean Cement fell $1.10 to $48.40, in exchanging 31,502 stock units, First Rock Capital shed 35 cents transferring 3,450 units to settle at $11.15. Jamaica Stock Exchange closed 47 cents lower to finish at $22.50, with 12,637 units changing hands, Key Insurance picked up 88 cents to end at $5.38, after swapping 6,354 units, Kingston Wharves dropped $1.25 to close at $57, after swapping 12,168 units. Mayberry Investments gained 40 cents to close at $6 after exchanging 114,835 shares, Mayberry Jamaican Equities picked up 60 cents to end at $10, with a transfer of 3,252 units, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy declined by $19 trading 511 units and closed at $151. NCB Financial Group advanced $8 to $148, with 494,118 shares changing hands, 138 Student Living closed 75 cents lower at $7, after swapping 88,036 stock units, Palace Amusement clawed back $200 to advance to $1,300, after trading 88 units. Proven Investments climbed $2 to finish at $36.50, with 11,045 units crossing the exchange, Sagicor Group traded 39,346 stock units at $45, after gaining 40 cents, Scotia Group advanced by $3 to $47, in transferring 155,397 shares. Seprod climbed $2 to $53 exchanging 19,307 units and Wisynco Group ended the day’s trade 32 cents lower at $17.58, in swapping 38,239 stock units.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market climbs higher

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange moved higher on Friday, with the Junior Market Index advancing 20.68 points to close at 2,546.69 35 securities changing hands, with the prices of 13 securities rising, 15 declining and seven finishing unchanged.

Junior Market Index showing a bullish signal.

Market Activity, resulted in an exchange of 4,259,300 units valued at $14,475,328, down slightly to 3,217,184 units at $14,221,850 on Thursday.
Trading closed with an average of 121,694 units at $413,581 for each security changing hands, in contrast to 110,937 units for an average of $490,409 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 136,296 units valued at $420,686 and previously 152,184 units valued at $421,248. In contrast, April closed with an average of 447,863 units valued at 1,028,076 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows two stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling price and one with a lower offer.
At the close of the market, Access Financial dipped 75 cents in trading 416 units at $23.25, AMG Packaging ended with a loss of 1 cent at $1.75 with 750 stock units changing hands, Blue Power ended trading with 500 shares, after rising 5 cents to end at $3.75. Cargo Handlers closed 5 cents higher at $6.55, with 190 stock units trading, Caribbean Cream climbed 15 cents and exchanged 734 shares at $2.69, Caribbean Producers closed 11 cents higher at $2.52, with 477,643 stock units trading. Derrimon Trading closed 7 cents higher at $2.50, with 17,431 stock units traded, Elite Diagnostic declined by 59 cents in exchanging 9,360 units at $3.29, Express Catering climbed 16 cents and exchanged 18,269 shares at $3.51, Fosrich closed 30 cents higher after trading 99,267 stock units at $4. Fontana closed trading of 96,620 units and gained 34 cents to end at $5.90, General Accident closed 2 cents higher at $6.01, with 648,867 stock units trading. Honey Bun climbed 45 cents and exchanged 52,137 shares at $5.45, iCreate closed with 112,094 units passing through the market and gained 2 cents to end at 55 cents, Iron Rock Insurance declined by 9 cents to settle at $3.90, with 3,000 units changing hands. Jamaican Teas ended trading of 125,687 units with gains of 39 cents to end at $4.29, Jetcon Corporation closed with a loss of 8 cents at 80 cents swapping 28,000 shares, Knutsford Express closed trading of 500 units and gained 20 cents to end at $8.70. Lasco Distributors declined by 10 cents trading 630,500 units at $2.90, Lasco Manufacturing fell by 30 cents exchanging 797,613 units at $4, Limners and Bards dipped 8 cents trading 198,771 units at $1.82. Lumber Depot shed 2 cents trading 370,242 units at $1.12, MailPac Group closed with a loss of 3 cents at $1.88 swapping 251,508 shares, Medical Disposables shed 5 cents transferring 22,711 units at $7. Main Event lost 10 cents in trading of 18,000 units at $4.08, Stationery and Office Supplies lost 5 cents 20,757 units changing hands at $6. SSL Venture ended market activity while exchanging 18,400 shares to close at 75 cents, after falling 10 cents and tTech closed with a loss of 9 cents at $4.41 after swapping 42,269 shares.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.