Record 521,000 points for All Jamaica

New record high for the JSE main market.

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange hit new record highs in mid-morning trading on Thursday with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index surpassing the 520,000 mark for the first time.
The JSE All Jamaican Composite Index (AJI) rose 6,011.90 points to a record 521,685.45  and the JSE Index climbed 5,463.24 points to a record 475,064.08 at 10.50 am. The rise to more than 521,000 points on the AJI is a major development. The market has broken through an important resistance level of 520,000 points that has it genesis from as far back as the 2004 and 2005 peak. Continuing rallies above current levels, would confirm a big upside for stocks.
The Junior Market Index climbed 27.55 points to 3,126.49.
In trading, Barita Investments traded 66,243 shares at $45.05,  JMMB Group is up to a record $49.95 with 15,329 shares changing hands, NCB Financial traded 106,754 units at $192. In the Junior Market, Fontana hit a new record of $6 trading 54,772 shares, the stock has gone on to trade at $6.50 with more than 164,00 share trading.

Huge growth ahead for JSE stocks

At the start of July last year, the Jamaica Stock Exchange main market PE ratio was just 12 times that year’s estimated earnings and it has climbed 29 percent to 15.5 currently.
The rise in main market PE is leading some investors to be concerned about the value of many stocks, but they need not be as the main market is priced well below the 45 percent fall in Government of Jamaica Treasury bill rates since June last year. Not only that, since interest rates peaked at 9.11 percent in 2014, Treasury bill rates declined 400 percent while the main market stocks are up 520 percent but PE ratio of the main market is up only 160 percent over the same period, an indication that the main factor driving stock prices is increased profit and that the fall in interest rates has played much lesser role than profits.
Profits have been rising and interest rates have dropped with the 92 days Treasury bill for last year June, yielding 2.656 percent and currently 1.836 percent, a sharp 45 percent fall.

Growth in profit is the main reason for JSE rise since 2014.

What this suggests is that the PE ratio of the main market far from overvalued, is set to rise to 18 to 20 times current year’s earnings by the end of the year. The market valuation is well below the fall in interest rates and therefore has a far way to go before topping out.
Interestingly, while the Jamaica Stock Exchange main market stocks surge higher, the Junior Market PE at 11 times last year’s earnings at mid-year is still around the same level currently and trailing by a wide margin the main market stocks. This has huge implications for increases to come from the Junior Market as investors eventually bid these stocks up to reflect the sharp fall in interest rates and rising profits.

JSE majors jump to new record – Friday

New record high for the JSE main market.

NCB Financial Group raced to $190.20 and Scotia Group to $59.60 to help the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index climb 4,775.33 points to a record of 497,884.46 while the JSE Index jumped 4,339.53 points to a new high of 453,435.24 with 90 minutes of trading left in the day.
While the main market was hitting new highs, the Junior Market struggles with a decline of 16.04 points to 3,113.94.
The big trades so far are Wigton with 15.7 million shares, NCB with 5 million units and in the Junior Market Lasco Finance with 1 million shares and Lasco Manufacturing 1.73 million shares. Subsequent to 11:30 am, NCB traded up to $193.

10 records in 10 days for JSE main market

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The Jamaica Stock Exchange chalked up its 10th consecutive session at record high as JMMB Group traded at a new high of $42.50, up from $39.61 at the close on Wednesday and NCB Financial Group trading at a record $184.50.
At 11.17 am, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 2,642.74 points to a record high of 483,354.79 and the JSE Index climbed 2,674.49 points to another record 440,231.57. The Junior Market rose 20.71 points to 3,128.48. The market moved on to higher levels as NCB traded at a new all-time high of $184.85 as the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index raced 6,813.16 points to a record high of 487,225.21 and the JSE Index surged 6,191.68 to 443,748.76 at mid-day.
If the market hold on to the gains, it would have broken through resistance at 480,000 points on the All Jamaica index and should be heading for the next level of resistance at 520,000 points.

Juniors drop 100 points AJI up 12,190 pts

With less than 15 minutes to the close of trading, the Junior Market index dropped 99.56 points 3,057.15 but the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 12,189.89 points to a record 470,855.28.

The JSE Index surged 11,077.42 points to a new record of 428,872.50 as Scotia Group traded at $53 and NCB Financial Group trades at $155 but was, up to $164 earlier in the day and PanJam Investment jumped $7.50 to $97.50.

Wigton Windfarm had less demand and traded 196 million shares and now trades at 69 cents.

Junior Market drops 82 points

Big fall in the price of Express Catering dropped to $6.70 from $7.98 and Caribbean Producers fell for $4.80 on Friday to $4.40 to do major damage to the Junior Market index that dropped 81.51 points to 3,057.15.
In the main market, NCB Financial Group traded up to $159.45, up from a close of $153 on Friday, PanJam jumped $7 to $97, Wisynco rose 20 cents to $15.95 and Caribbean Cement leaped from $73 to $79.98 helping to push the JSE main market to another record high at 10:50 am.
The JSE All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 6,557.71 points to a record 465,223.10 and the JSE Index climbed 5,959.24 points to a new record of 423,754.32. Wigton Windfarm traded 97 million shares were up to 80 cents.

JSE trades at new high – Monday

New record high for the JSE main market.

NCB Financial Group traded up to $158, up from a close of $153 on Friday, to help push the JSE main market to another record high at 10 am.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index gained 1,840.59 points to a record 460,505.98 and the JSE Index climbed 1,672.62 points to a new record of 419,467.70.
Wigton Windfarm traded 54 million shares were up to 83 cents. The Junior Market index dropped 34.72 points up at 3,103.94.

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.

JSE post record high but…

Wigton Windfarm traded at 65 cents, Scotia group climbed to $51 and Wisynco Group traded at a new high of $15.99 to push the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index up 6,219.13 points to a record 457,965.13 after 47 minutes of trading.
At the same time, the JSE Index jumped 5,651.57 points to a new record of 417,158.72. The main market indices may be overstated with Wigton shares exceeding the maximum of 65 cents permitted for the day.
The moves beat the intraday high reached on Friday when the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index rose 1,367.16 points to 456,944.87 after 51 minutes of trading and the JSE Index rose 1,242.38 points to a then new record of 416,231.54.
The market index has since pulled back the record high with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index now 2,587.10 points to 454,333.08 after 72 minutes of trading and the JSE Index is up 2,138.24.57 points to a new record of 413,754.53. Meanwhile the Junior Market index trades 23.87 points up at 3,122.36.

All Jamaica Index now 455,998

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange moved further ahead in early trading on Wednesday to record new records.
With more than half an hour before the afternoon session, the market hit 455,998.44 on the All Jamaican Composite Index (AJI) after rising by 2,858.98 points with NCB Financial trading as high as $151.50 and PanJamaican Investment at a record $100 after rising by $10 from Tuesday’s close of $90.
 The JSE Index climbed 2,598.04 points to be in record territory at 415,371.48.
The Junior Market index jumped 31.29 points to sit at 3,046.40 with Fontana trading at $4.49, General Accident at $4.45 and Lasco Manufacturing at $3.50.