JSE main market rises 14% rise to a record

New record high for the JSE main market.

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended trading for the 6th straight record close on Friday and the 15th record close for the year as the market rose 14 percent in 2019.
The main market ended with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index increased 1,187.44 points to 475,290.51 and the JSE Index advanced by 1,079.07 points to 432,902.95.
At the close of trading on the main and US markets, the prices of 8 securities advanced, 12 declined and 11 traded firm as 35 securities traded, up from 37 on Thursday.
 Wigton Windfarm dominated trading with 139.6 million shares and 95 percent of total trades, followed by Sagicor Real Estate Fund with 5 million shares accounting for 3.4 percent and NCB Financial Group with 788,652 units amounting to 0.54 percent of the day’s volume.
The main market ended with, 146,738,895 units valued $319,460,370 trading compared to 215,299,937 units valued $719,088,970 changing hands on Thursday.
Trading ended with an average of 4,585,590 units valued $9,983,137, in contrast to 6,728,123 shares valued at $22,471,530 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts 2,248,261 units valued $12,751,529 and previously, 2,138,107 units valued $12,895,109. Trading for April resulted in an average of 157,923 shares at $3,718,919, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with 9 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments climbed $1.25 in trading 42,376 shares to close at $45.50, Caribbean Cement closed with a fall of $1 at $78 while trading 69,448 shares, Jamaica Producers gained $2.50 to close at $25.50, trading 4,321 shares. Kingston Wharves settled at $71, with 7,850 units trading after gaining by $1. Mayberry Investments rose 45 cents and ended trading of just 608 shares at $9, Mayberry Jamaica Equities climbed $1.15 to end at $11.89, while exchanging 2,625 shares, NCB Financial Group jumped $3.98 trading 788,652 shares to end at $164.98. Proven Investments rose $1 to close at $35 with an exchange of 4,770 shares, Salada Foods added $5.25 and ended trading at $35.25, with an exchange of a mere 100 stock units. Scotia Group declined by 50 cents to close at $51.50, with 21,344 shares changing hands, Seprod fell 55 cents, trading 18,546 shares to close at $47.45 and Supreme Ventures finished with a rise of 36 cents to close at $31.86, with an exchange of 59,411 units.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 125,090 units valued US$37,435. JMMB Group 5.75% closed at $2 while trading 7,500 units, JMMB Group 6% settle at $1.06 while trading 10,000 units and Sygnus Credit Investments traded 107,590 units to close at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed unchanged at 193.62.

5 straight record close for JSE main market

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended trading for the 5th straight record close on Thursday and the 14th record close for the year.
The main market ended with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index increased by 1,724.82 points to a new closing high of 474,103.07 and the JSE Index advanced 1,567.41 points to a record 431,823.88.
At the close of trading on the main and US markets, the prices of 8 securities advanced, 12 declined and 11 traded firm as 35 securities traded, up from 37 on Wednesday.
 Wigton Windfarm dominated trading with 194 million shares and 90 percent of total trades, followed by Wisynco Group with 10.7 million shares accounting for 5 percent and JMMB Group with 6.66 million units amounting to 3 percent of the day’s volume.
The main market ended with, 215,299,937 units valued $719,088,970 trading compared to 251,755,951 units valued at $252,195,249 changing hands on Wednesday.
Trading ended with an average of 6,728,123 units valued at an average of $22,471,530 for each security traded. In contrast to 7,628,968 units for an average of $7,642,280 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts 2,138,107 units valued $12,895,109 and previously, 1,911,089 units valued $11,710,668. Trading for April resulted in an average of 157,923 shares at $3,718,919, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with 8 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments lost 74 cents in trading 2,164 shares to close at $44.25, Caribbean Cement closed with a fall of $1 at $79 while trading 7,764 shares, Grace Kennedy gained 50 cents trading at $61.50, with 143,255 shares. Jamaica Broilers rose 95 cents in trading 6,442 units to close at $32.95, Jamaica Producers dropped $2 to close at $23, in trading 1,044,714 shares. Kingston Wharves settled at $70, with 3,899 units trading after gaining by $1, NCB Financial Group lost $2 trading 416,899 shares to end at $161. PanJam Investment dropped $1.40 and ended at $95.50, with 18,515 units trading, Pulse Investments finished at $2.55, with 45,001 shares, Proven Investments rose 50 cents to close at $34 with an exchange of 300 shares, Sagicor Group added $1.48 and ended trading at $49.98, with an exchange of 470,884 stock units and Seprod added $2.05 in trading 123,705 shares to close at $48.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 38,836 units valued US$11,353. JMMB Group 6% settle at $1.06 while trading 7,608 units, Sterling Investments finished trading 2,028 units and lost 0.03 cent to close with a at 37 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments traded 29,200 units to close at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 0.40 points to close at 193.62.

Junior Market inched higher- Thursday

The Junior Market index advanced 9.59 points to close at 3,036.03 on Thursday, but with advancing stocks lagging those declining as the dollar value of trading jumping sharply by 235 percent and volume by 357 percent.
At the close of market activities, 32 securities changed hands, compared to 27 on Wednesday, resulting in prices of 9 rising, 12 declining and 11 remaining unchanged.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 3 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
Market activity led to an exchange of 1,878,043 units valued $7,197,867, compared to 7,161,365 units valued at $22,779,368 on Wednesday. The average trade for the day amounts to 58,689 units for an average of $224,933 in contrast to 265,236 units for an average of $843,680 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 80,150 units for an average of $304,282 and previously, 81,483 units for an average of $309,080. In contrast, April closed with an average of 87,963 units valued $317,267 for each security traded.
At the close of the market, Access Financial closed at $45, with an exchange of 2,500 shares, AMG Packaging gained 1 cent in closing at $2.01, with 15,780 stock units traded, Blue Power rose 10 cents trading 1,100 units, at $4.50, Cargo Handlers settled at $9.25, with an exchange of 3,584 shares. Caribbean Flavours lost 75 cents in trading 1,355 stock units at $16, Caribbean Producers finished trading with a loss of 5 cents at $4.30, with 47,500 units, Consolidated Bakeries closed at $1.80, with 102,100 shares changing hands, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 9 cents at $2.81, with an exchange of 86,885 shares. Dolphin Cove concluded trading of 21,000 shares at $12.05, Everything Fresh finished at $1.47, trading 102,681 stock units, Elite Diagnostic ended trading 35 cents higher at $3.70, with an exchange of 435,585 shares, Express Catering traded 86,077 shares at $7. FosRich Group traded 23,905 shares, with a loss of 15 cents at $4.80, Fontana closed 5 cents higher at $4.20, exchanging 186,752 stock units, General Accident ended 20 cents higher at $4.20, with 30,000 units changing hands, GWest Corporation concluded trading of 45,500 shares at $1.31. Honey Bun finished with a loss of 1 cent at $4.99, with 111,782 shares crossing the exchange, iCreate settled 6 cents higher at 80 cents, with 37,682 shares passing through the exchange, Indies Pharma ended trading of 31,201 stock units for 3 cents higher to close at $3.10, Iron Rock traded 35,612 units at $3.50. Jamaican Teas closed with a loss of 25 cents at $4.30, with 3,739 shares trading, Jetcon Corporation ended with a loss of 10 cents at $1.90, with an exchange of 60,888 shares, Knutsford Express dived $1.40 to close at $10.90, trading 500 shares, Lasco Distributors ended trading 260,827 shares at $3.70. Lasco Financial traded 17,682 shares and garnered 14 cents to close at $5, Lasco Manufacturing fell by 25 cents to end at $3.25, with an exchange of 17,700 stock units, Main Event closed 14 cents higher at $5.35, with 20,965 units changing hands, Medical Disposables ended with a loss of $1.35 at $5.50, with 25,000 shares trading. Paramount Trading concluded trading with 13,746 shares, at $2.10, SSL Venture Capital finished at $1.61, with an exchange of 5,215 shares, Stationery and Office settled with a loss of 46 cents at $9.04, with 21,200 stock units changing hands and tTech traded 22,000 shares with a loss of 2 cents to close at $5.71.

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

Junior Market inched higher- Wednesday

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Junior Market stock trading.

The Junior Market index advanced by just 4.77 points to close at 3,026.44 on Wednesday, but with advancing stocks lagging those declining as the dollar value of trading jumping sharply by 235 percent and volume by 357 percent.
At the close of market activities, 27 securities changed hands, compared to 26 on Tuesday, resulting in prices of 6 rising, 9 declining and 12 remaining unchanged.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 7 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
Market activity led to an exchange of 7,161,365 units valued at $22,779,368, compared to 1,566,017 units valued at $6,798,081 on Tuesday. The average trade for the day amounts to 265,236 units for an average of $843,680, in contrast to 60,231 units for an average of $261,465 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 81,483 units for an average of $309,080 and previously, 71,717 units for an average of $280,666. In contrast, April closed with an average of 87,963 units valued $317,267 for each security traded.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging ended at $2, with an exchange of 3,000 stock units, CAC 2000 dropped $1.55 to $10.45, with 1,700 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream ended trading of 500 shares, with a loss of 5 cents at $5.95, Caribbean Producers finished the trading of 10,576 units, with a loss of 5 cents at $4.35. Consolidated Bakeries closed with a loss of 20 cents at $1.80, with 53,450 shares changing hands, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 10 cents at $2.90, with an exchange of 5,012,015 shares, Dolphin Cove concluded trading with 123,000 shares, at $12.05, Everything Fresh settled at $1.47, with 61,384 units changing hands. Elite Diagnostic ended trading with 1,200 shares, at $3.35, Express Catering traded 1,000 shares at $7, FosRich Group finished at $4.95, while trading 908 shares, Fontana closed 10 cents higher at $4.15, with an exchange of 84,348 stock units. General Accident ended with a loss of 47 cents at $4, with 202,000 units crossing the exchange, GWest Corporation concluded trading of 4,288 shares, at $1.31, Honey Bun closed at $5, with 20,314 shares changing hands, iCreate settled with a loss of 1 cent at $0.74, with 56,500 shares trading. Indies Pharma ended trading 1,104,248 stock units, with a loss of 2 cents in closing at $3.07, Jamaican Teas closed at $4.55, with 6,695 shares crossing the exchange exchanging, Jetcon Corporation ended 15 cents higher at $2, with an exchange of 8,565 shares, Key Insurance concluded trading with 5,000 stock units at $3.35. Knutsford Express settled at $12.30, with an exchange of 105 shares, Lasco Distributors ended trading of 158,443 shares with a loss of 10 cents in closing at $3.70, Lasco Financial exchanged 10,500 shares and rose 1 cent to $4.86, Lasco Manufacturing concluded trading of 110,603 stock units and rose 45 cents to close at $3.50. Main Event closed at $5.21, with 6,836 units trading, Stationery and Office added 42 cents in closing at $9.50, with an exchange of 75,974 stock units and tTech traded 38,213 shares after rising 2 cents to end at $5.73.

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

13 record close for JSE main market

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange just about eked out another new record close on Wednesday with the 13th record close for the year.
The main market ended on Wednesday with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index rose 392.18 points to another record close of 472,378.25 and the JSE Index advanced by 356.39 points to a record close of 430,256.47.
At the close of trading on the main and US markets, the prices of 15 securities advanced, 12 declined and 10 traded firm as 37 securities traded, up from 36 on Tuesday.
Wigton Windfarm dominated trading with 247 million shares and 98 percent of total trades, followed by Victoria Mutual Investments with 1.7 million JMMB Group 7.5% with 650,000 units.
The main market ended with, 251,755,951 units valued at $252,195,249 trading compared to 159,340,927 units valued $195,304,339 changing hands on Tuesday.
Trading ended with an average of 7,628,968 units valued $7,642,280, in contrast to 4,686,498 shares valued at $5,744,245 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts 1,911,089 units valued $11,710,668 and previously, 1,603,777 units valued $11,940,167. Trading for April resulted in an average of 157,923 shares at $3,718,919, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with 7 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 1 closing with a lower offer.
In main market activity, Berger Paints lost 70 cents in trading 64,745 shares at $18.30, Caribbean Cement closed with a fall of 90 cents at $80 while trading 43,056 shares, Jamaica Broilers lost $1 in trading 1,482 units to close at $32, with, Jamaica Producers gained 49 cents to close at $25, in trading 19,200 shares. Jamaica Stock Exchange traded 53,803 shares after gaining 99 cents to close at $20, Kingston Wharves settled at $69, with 9,021 units trading after falling by $2. Mayberry Investments fell 44 cents and ended trading at $8.56, with 49,770 shares, NCB Financial Group gained $3 trading 47,580 shares to end at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $163. Sagicor Group added 49 cents and ended trading at $48.50, with an exchange of 52,438 stock units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose 45 cents and finished trading 450 stock units at $9.95, Salada Foods dropped $4.65 to $31 in trading 9,982 stock units. Scotia Group gained 60 cents to close at $52, with 94,766 shares trading, Seprod added $1.95 in trading 60,251 shares to close at $45.95 and Stanley Motta gained 30 cents and ended at $5 trading 16,52 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 2,103,867 units valued $455,660. JMMB Group 6% lost 1 cent to settle at $1.06 while trading 207,500 units and JMMB Group 5.75% closed at $2 with 10,000 shares changing hands, Proven Investments shed 2 cents to close at 25 US cents with an exchange of 103,195 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments traded 1,783,172 units and added 1 cent to close at 10 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index declined by 1.18 points to close at 193.22.

More declines for Junior Market – Tuesday

The Junior Market index declined 17.43 points to close at 3,021.67 on Tuesday, but with advancing stocks beating out decliners by a ratio of three to two.
At the close of market activities, 26 securities changed hands, compared to 29 on Monday, resulting in prices of 11 rising, 8 declining and 7 remaining unchanged.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 3 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
Market activity led to an exchange of just 1,566,017 units valued at $6,798,081 compared to 2,066,861 units valued $9,518,360 on Monday. The average trade for the day amounts to 60,231 units for an average of $261,465 in contrast to 71,271 units for an average of $328,219 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 71,717 units for an average of $280,666 and previously, 72,337 units for an average of $281,702. In contrast, April closed with an average of 87,963 units valued $317,267 for each security traded.
At the close of the market, Access Financial closed at $45, with an exchange of 178 shares, AMG Packaging ended 5 cents higher at $2, with 24,000 stock units changing hands, Caribbean Flavours traded 290 stock units with a loss of 25 cents to close at $16.75, Caribbean Producers gained 10 cents to end at $4.40, trading 6,161 units. Consolidated Bakeries closed at $2, with 64,000 shares crossing the exchange, Derrimon Trading ended at $3, with an exchange of 142,000 shares, Everything Fresh settled with a loss of 10 cents at $1.47, with 111,000 units changing hands, Elite Diagnostic ended trading of 24,676 shares with a loss of 25 cents to close at $3.35. Express Catering gained 50 cents to end at $7, with 402,213 shares trading, FosRich Group ended trading with 6,674 shares and rose 5 cents higher to $4.95, Fontana closed with a loss of 30 cents at $4.05, while exchanging 168,622 stock units, General Accident ended with a loss of 3 cents at $4.47, with an exchange of 23,132 units. GWest Corporation concluded trading of 74,230 shares, at $1.31, Honey Bun finished at $5, in exchanging 1,962 stock units, iCreate settled 4 cents higher at 75 cents, with 43,174 shares changing hands, Indies Pharma ended trading 3 cents higher at $3.09, with 50,326 stock units crossing the exchange. Jamaican Teas closed at $4.55, with 5,471 shares traded, Jetcon Corporation  ended with a loss of 8 cents at $1.85, in trading 8,199 shares, Knutsford Express  settled 40 cents higher at $12.30, with an exchange of 4,434 shares, Lasco Distributors  ended trading 41,367 shares at $3.80. Lasco Financial  traded 327,301 shares after rising 15 cents to close at $4.85,  Lasco Manufacturing  closed 5 cents higher at $3.05, with 6,014 stock units crossing the exchange, Main Event  closed 11 cents higher at $5.21, with an exchange of 8,278 units. SSL Venture Capital  finished with a loss of 9 cents at $1.61, with an exchange of 16,350 shares,  Stationery and Office settled 4 cents higher at $9.08, while trading 3,000 stock units and tTech finished $5.71 higher at $5.71, with 2,965 shares changing hands.

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

Muddled interest rate policy

The Bank of Jamaica’s website shows their inflation target for the 2019 to 2020 fiscal year ranging from four to 6 percent and they expect that such high levels of inflation should be achieved by 2020/21.
While the central bank announced these targets, the government just reopened their 2029 bonds that was originally had a fixed interest rate of 5.679 percent. Investors placed bids to buy $12.9 billion although only $4 billion were offered for sale. The average yield came out at 5.195 percent. Some investors placed bids as high as 9 percent but were unsuccessful.
To tie up money for 10 years when the central banks is targeting inflation above the yield of the bond on the surface is puzzling. That of course is one conclusion. The more probable one is that those who invested in these bonds are betting that the central bank will not see inflation anywhere close to the levels that are targeting. This publication is of the view that the latter is the correct position.
Something is clearly wrong with the monetary policy.

BOJ interest rate & cash reserves cut will help push demand in the economy.

Changes in interest rates should start having an impact on the economy within six months, experts say. At this stage based on the reduction in rates over the past year or more, economic growth should be picking up sharply. That is not happening and its crawling along around 2 percent pace according to the PIOJ, worse, a lot of the growth is coming from export of goods and services, not from pick up in local production of goods or services.
At the start of 2018, BOJ policy rate was at 3 percent today it at a mere 0.75 percent. That is a very sharp reduction within just over a year. The central bank has also in recent times cut the cash reserves levels thus creating more liquidity in the system.
With all of those moves, lending rates remain relatively high, with the only noticeable change, being rates on motor car loans. The worse signal of this is that credit card rates remain at nearly 50 percent per annum without a single point move. Mortgage rates remain unchanged or largely so, with one or two institutions offering new borrowers lower rates. The 225 percentage points cut in overnight rates (ON) should have induced an across the board reduction in lending rates under normal circumstances but that is not happening and is clearly showing that something is wrong with the policy.

National Commercial Bank pays very low savings rates

Some of the impediments to lower lending rates, are caught up in the very measure BOJ is pushing. Banks have a large pool of very low cost deposits and current account balances that pay zero interest rates. When rates are low, it is much more difficult to cut a rate that is just a fraction of a percent. Put another way, if banks are paying 0.5 percent or less savings accounts, how do they pass the BOJ rate cut onto savers, the ones that will bear the cost?
A visit to NCB website sets out the likely interest rates they pay on deposits. Up to $99,999, a saver would get a mere 0.05 percent, at $1m one would get 0.55 percent and 0.70 percent would be the payment for $5 million and over. These rates were at April 2018. This is the clearest sign why the BOJ policy has not worked and will not work. Since last year April, the overnight policy rate is down by 200 basis points. With rates on deposits at almost zero the banks have limited options to cut rates and if they did, it would not be anywhere close to the extent of the ON rate cut.
Reducing the cash reserves is a far better tool to cut lending rates. Banks with the large amount of profits reported and in many cases lousy service, are not the friends of a large cross section of Jamaicans. Like them or hate them they still provide a useful service. Companies generally, do not absorb cost, they pass them on to consumers. When governments place taxes on banks and other financial institutions with the mistaken view that they are taxing those entities, they are making a huge error. What taxes do is increase the cost of banks providing service to customers. That is one reason why some in the system want government to move and curtail bank charges. When banks were first slapped with the asset tax, they turned to fees for added revenues, to offset the increased tax.
Government, if they are serious about stimulating the economy by lower lending rates must bell the cat. First, they must accept that the cutting interest rates on deposits will not work as those rates are already close to zero. Keeping savings rate artificially low will also encourage more persons to revert to savings in US dollar and place pressure on the Jamaican dollar. At best, banks may cut a few points here or there off lending rates but it will make little difference.
Government must sit with the financial institutions and arrive at an agreement to cut taxes in exchange for reduced interest rate on loans and credit cards. That is the only way to effect serious loan rate reduction to stimulate the economy in the shortest possible time.
To continue with a low savings rate policy that is not sustainable is going to lead to a bubble in the segments of the economy and when the inevitable reversal starts, there will be pain, as asset values adjust to the increasing value of money.

JSE main market 11th 2019 record close

NCB Financial helped JSE to the 11th record close for 2019.

NCB Group traded as high as $164 but closed at $155 while Scotia Group traded at $53 and Kingston Wharves jumped to $71 to help push the main market indices to the eleventh record close for 2019.
Recently listed Wigton Windfarm closed trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Monday at 79 cents down from 83 cents on Friday.
At the end of trading, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index surged 12,174.61 points to a record 470,840.00 and the JSE Index jumped 11,063.52 points to a record close of 428,858.60.
The market ended with, trading 201,967,708 units valued $347,243,860 down from 480,565,591 units valued $877,072,543 changing hands, on Friday.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 197.5 million shares accounting for 98 percent of total main market volume, followed by Sagicor Group with 2.95 million units and 1.5 percent of the day’s trades and Wisynco Group with 291,863 units for 0.14 percent of volume traded.
Trading ended with an average of 6,515,087 units valued at $11,201,415, in contrast to 16,018,853 shares valued at $29,235,751 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts 1,423,065 units valued $12,322,493 but traded as high as $164 and previously, 1,135,538 to units valued $12,389,326. Trading for April resulted in an average of 157,923 shares at $3,718,919, for each security traded.
At the close market activity, the main and US markets traded 34 securities, compared to 31 on Monday leading to 13 advancing, 14 declining and 7 closing unchanged.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with 9 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments fell $1.39 in closing at $44.11, trading 24,043 shares, Jamaica Broilers gained $1.90 to $33 with 5,584 shares trading, Jamaica Producers rose $1.50 to close at $25, in trading 4,000 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange shed 76 cents to end at $19, with 178,284. Kingston Properties lost $1 and concluded trading of 100 shares at $6, Kingston Wharves traded 232 shares and rose $3 to close at $71, Mayberry Jamaican Equities declined by 65 cents and ended trading of 15,700 shares at $10.85. NCB Financial Group gained $2.01 trading 48,712 shares at $155.01. PanJam Investment jumped $8 with 21,500 shares changing hands, to close at $98, Pulse Investments climbed 68 cents to finish at $2.98, with an exchange of 11,750 shares, Sagicor Group rose 50 cents and ended trading at $48.50, with an exchange of 2,950,094 stock units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund lost 50 cents trading 3,500 shares at $9.50. Salada Foods declined $2 to $30 in trading 1,000 stock units. Scotia Group climbed $2.50 to $53, with 271,656 shares trading, Seprod shed $1.30 trading 315,880 shares to close at $43, Stanley Motta lost 30 cents and ended at $5 trading 30,000 shares and Supreme Ventures lost 75 cents to finish at $31, with 44,425 units changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 469,200 units valued $112,901. JMMB Group 6% preference share closed with 1,500 units trading after falling 2 cents to close at US$1.07, Proven Investments lost 3 cents to close at 24 US cents with an exchange of 450,000 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments traded 17,700 units and closed at 10 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index declined by 9.91 points to close at 184.35.

Junior Market in big drop on Monday

The Junior Market index suffered a big drop of 99.56 points to close at 3,039.10 on Monday with the prices of Cargo Handlers, Caribbean Producers, Express Catering and Lasco Manufacturing ending with sizeable declines.
At the close of market activities, 29 securities changed hands, compared to 25 on Friday, resulting in prices of 8 rising, 13 declining and 8 remaining unchanged.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 2 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
Market activity led to an exchange of just 2,066,861 units valued $9,518,360 compared to of just 274,584 units valued $1,040,256 on Friday. The average trade for the day amounts to 71,271 units for an average of $328,219 in contrast to 10,983 units for an average of $41,610 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 72,337 units for an average of $281,702 and previously, 72,405 units for an average of $278,724. In contrast, April closed with an average of 87,963 units valued $317,267 for each security traded.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging ended with a loss of 15 cents at $1.95 with an exchange of 18,000 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading of 1,200 units at $4.40, Cargo Handlers dropped 75 cents to end at a 52 weeks’ low of $9.25, while trading 3,000 shares. Caribbean Flavours traded 156 stock units and gained 90 cents in closing at $17, Caribbean Producers finished trading 27,080 units with a loss of 50 cents to close at $4.30, Consolidated Bakeries closed at $2, trading 1,660 shares, Derrimon Trading ended at $3, with 67,370 shares changing hands. Dolphin Cove concluded trading of 50,350 shares 5 cents higher at $12.05, Everything Fresh lost 1 cent to close at $1.57, with an exchange of 235,520 stock units, Elite Diagnostic ended trading 85,125 shares and rose 10 cents to close at $3.60, Express Catering exchanged 383,103 shares but lost $1.48 in closing at $6.50. FosRich Group finished trading 6,000 shares and rose 15 cents to $4.90, Fontana closed with a loss of 2 cents at $4.35, trading 107,414 stock units, GWest Corporation concluded trading with 180,350 shares at $1.31. Honey Bun finished with a loss of 1 cent at $5, with 31,389 shares crossing the exchange after it traded at 52 weeks’ intraday high of $5.33, iCreate settled at 71 cents after falling 9 cents in trading 271,400 shares. Indies Pharma ended trading 49,106 stock units with a loss of 2 cents at $3.06, Jamaican Teas closed with a loss of 14 cents at $4.55, with 1,895 shares changing hands, Jetcon Corporation  ended with a loss of 2 cents at $1.93, exchanging 34,000 shares. KLE Group finished with a loss of 40 cents at a 52 weeks’ low of $2, trading 3,500 units, Knutsford Express  settled at $11.90, trading 7,214 shares, Lasco Distributors  ended trading 17,678 shares, at $3.80,  Lasco Financial  traded 12,311 shares and gained 1 cent to close at $4.70. Lasco Manufacturing  finished trading 32,050 stock units with a loss of 43 cents to end at $3, Main Event closed at $5.10, with 74,133 units changing hands, Paramount Trading  concluded trading of 2,400 shares at $2.10. SSL Venture Capital  closed at $1.70, with 700 shares traded, Stationery and Office settled 3 cents higher at $9.04, with 362,457 stock units trading and tTech rose 1 cent to $6.09, with an exchange of 300 shares.

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JSE wants to double share ownership

The JCSD now has 154,500 shareholders on its registry with the near 12,000 new ones this month.

There are nearly 155 thousand investors listed as shareholders in the Jamaica Central Security Deposit but the Jamaican Stock Exchange (JSE) is planning to double that number in five years.
The number of local share ownership got a big boost from the 11,772 new investors who applied for shares in Jamaica’s recent IPO, Wigton Windfarms recently.
The addition of new investors pulled in by the new stock offer, brings the total to 5.5 percent of the country’s population. According to Marlene Street Forrest, Managing Director of the JSE, “the number based on the adult population is 12 percent. The aim is to get to 20 to 25 percent of the adult population in five years.” The numbers may not sound great deal but Jamaica ranks pretty high globally.
Data gleaned by IC Insider.com shows that just 12.3 percent of UK overall population own shares in public listed companies, stock ownership in India is not more than 2.5-3 percent of the total population. In 2011, Austria had 7 percent rate and Germany was around that of Jamaica at 5.6 percent while France was at 14.5 percent. The data is clearly saying that the world have not done a good job of educating the population about stock ownership.

NCB pulled in more shareholders in 1987 than any other listing on the JSE

The JSE will be using a variety of means to get the numbers up in Jamaica. Government’s divestments have the most telling impact in increasing the numbers of new investors. The major reason is the need for aggressive marketing of IPOs, of government entities, to get full take up of the shares.
According to an article written by Emma Simon of the British Telegraph newspaper, in April 2013,
“One of the lasting legacies of Margaret Thatcher’s administration was to enable and encourage millions of ordinary people to invest in the stock market. In 1979 just 3 million people owned shares, 7pc of the adult population. By the end of the Eighties one in four people – 12 million adults – owned shares. The boom was fuelled by a wave of privatisations in which many state-owned industries were sold to private investors.” The situation was similar in Jamaica, where the number of shareholders, estimated at around 10,000, but National Commercial Bank, Now known as NCB Financial Group, the first government divestment attracted more than 32,000 investors, more than tripling the number of shareholders.