JSE majors 5,000 point short of record high

New ecord high is in sight for the JSE main market.

Trading on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Friday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index increased 3,586.83 points to 428,450.86, to within 4,857 points of a new record close.
The JSE Index advanced 3,259.38 points to 390,338.01, within 4,453.88 points, of the record close reached in November, last year. The newly created Financial Index closed up 0.53 points to 100.53.
At the close market activity, the main and US markets traded 35 securities, compared to 38 securities trading on Thursday as 8 advanced, 18 declined and 9 traded without changes in prices.
Supreme Ventures traded at an at a 52 weeks’ high of $25 before retreating to close at $22 and the Jamaica Stock Exchange traded at a record high of $18.22 but ended lower at the close.
Main market activity ended with 17,063,678 units valued $60,010,887 compared to 6,800,119 units valued at $107,742,633, changing hands, on Thursday.
Sagicor Bank led trading with 15 million shares for 88 percent of the day’s volume, Mayberry Jamaican Equities was next with 475,175 units, accounting for 3 percent of the total main market volume changing hands and Radio Jamaica ended with 366,987 shares, for 2 percent of the day’s volume.
Market activity ended with an average 533,240 units valued at $1,875,340, in contrast to 206,064 shares valued at $3,264,928 on Thursday. Trading for February resulted in an average of 281,016 shares with a value of $11,715,160, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 9 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments closed at $48.01, with the trading of 6,279 shares, Berger Paints lost 49 cents and ended at $19.51, with an exchange of 4,897 stock units, Caribbean Cement closed with a gain of $1 to finish at $55, with 42,613 shares changing hands, Grace Kennedy gained 53 cents trading 89,379 stock units at $59.37. Jamaica Broilers finished trading 28,707 shares after falling $1.84 to close at $32.56, JMMB Group concluded trading 44,055 shares with a loss of $1 to close at $32, Jamaica Stock Exchange lost $1 and ended at $17, with 360,982 shares changing hands, Kingston Wharves dropped $3.50 and settled at $71.50, with an exchange of 3,346 units. Mayberry Equities rose 90 cents and ended trading of 475,175 shares at $10,  NCB Financial Group  traded 96,803 shares but fell 50 cents to end at $144.50,  PanJam Investment  gained 55 cents to end at $80, trading 4,986 units. Sagicor Group added 95 cents in trading 5,281 shares to close at $41, Salada Foods shed $2 trading 5,018 units to close at $29.50, Scotia Group  lost 40 cents trading 24,927 stock units at $53, Seprod lost $1.88 and closed at $42.52, trading 9,628 shares. Supreme Ventures jumped $2 to finish at $22 with 118,409 units changing hands and Wisynco Group lost 45 cents and ended trading of 80,089 shares at $11.50.
Trading in the US dollar market resulted in 141,624 units valued at over $91,276 changing hands. JMMB Group 5.75% preference share closed at $2 trading 2,500 shares, Margaritaville ended trading of 2,505 shares at 24 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments exchanged of 4,554 shares at 11 US. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 0.06 points to close at 175.18.

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