JSE majors end 2018 up 31.7%

Stocks surged on the last day of the year on the Jamaica Stock Exchange with the main market ending 2018 with a gain of 31.7 percent after rising over 10,000 points on Monday. Four stocks with gains of more than 100 percent contributed to the year’s performance.
The main market’s 2018 performance, fueled primarily by a 50 percent climb in the price of heavily weighted NCB Financial, fell below that of 2017, when the index rose 50.7 percent.
At the close of trading on Monday, the market rose sharply. The All Jamaican Composite Index surged 11,006.58 points to close at 416,842.73 and the JSE Index jumped 10,028.24 points to 379,790.86. Trading ended with 4,522,721 units valued at $121,494,950, compared to 38,390,816 units valued at $962,896,660 changing hands on Friday.
Sagicor Real Estate Fund led trading with 2,286,480 units and accounted for 50.6 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Jamaica Stock Exchange with 427,320 units or 9.5 percent of the volume changing hands and PanJam Investment with 413,486 units and 9 percent of the day’s volume.
The main and US dollar markets, had 31 securities changing hands with prices of 15 rising, 6 declining with 10 remaining unchanged, compared to 32 securities trading on Friday. Trading in the main market included Eppley ordinary share that has migrated from the Junior Market. Barita Investments moved to another record high, with the price moving to $56 but pulling back by the close to a record closing high of $52.
An average of 161,526 units valued at $4,339,105, in contrast to 1,279,694 shares valued at $32,096,555 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 835,037 units with a value of $25,906,477, compared to 871,027 units with a value of $27,121,540, previously. November closed, with an average of 405,528 valued at $7,755,942, for each security traded.
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In main market activity, Barita Investments rose $2 and ended at an all-time closing high of $52, with an exchange of 14,240 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange rose $1 to close at $10.50 in trading 427,320 units, JMMB Group jumped $4.30 and ended at $32.56, with 71,004 shares trading. Kingston Wharves declined by $1 and finished trading of 1,147 stock units at $76.50, NCB Financial Group gained $2 as 42,537 shares changed hands, to close at $150. PanJam Investment closed with 413,486 units trading with a gain of $2 to finish at $74, Sagicor Group lost $1 to end at $39, trading 48,381 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose $4.23 after trading 2,286,480 shares to end at $15.70. Seprod traded 41,618 shares and rose $1.49 to close at $31, Supreme Ventures rose $2 and closed at $18 trading 103,314 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments rose 60 cents and ended at $11 with 77,195 shares changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 111,418 units valued at $ $71,730. Eppley 5% preference share closed at $1 trading 1,374 shares, JMMB Group rose 6 cents and ended at US$2.06 with 5,244 shares changing hands and Productivity Business traded 104,800 stock units and increased 1 cent to 59 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 0.12 points to close at 159.61.

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