Scotia pushes JSE to record close – Monday

The Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended trading at record close on Monday with Scotia Group climbing to $57 being the main factor behind the rally along with several others that rose.
Scotia Group rise follows the release of first quarter results showing increased profit flowing mainly from gains from sale of CrediScotia operations and major savings from reduced loan loss provision.
At the close of trading, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 2,831.01 points to a record close of 324,564.99 and the JSE Index shot up by 2,579.37 points to 295,715.40. Trading on Friday closed with 28 securities changing hands, leading to 11 advancing, 10 declining and 6 trading firm, in the main and US dollar markets. There was a big $3 rise in Scotia Group, Barita Investments rose 90 cents to close at $9, ScotiaGroup closed with a rise of $3 to $57 & pushed the JSE a record close.

Trading resulted in only a few securities with the large price changes at the close.

Grace Kennedy gained 70 cents to $45.50 and Supreme Ventures closed with a rise of 60 cents to $12.50.
Main market activity ended with 5,874,620 units valued at over $102,596,766 changing hands, versus 6,404,825 units valued at $87,957,828 on Friday. Wisynco Group closed with 1,470,306 units accounting for 25.03 percent of the day’s trades with 1,362,000 units and 21.27 percent of shares traded, followed by Jamaica Broilers with 976,153 shares with 14.9 percent of traded shares and Victoria Mutual Investments with 640,453 units for 10.9 percent of volume traded on Monday.
Trading results in an average of 267,028 shares valued at 4,663,489 for each security traded, compared to 237,216 shares valued at 3,257,697 on Friday. For the month to date an average of 747,070 units with an average value at $10,075,319 traded, compared to 796,886 units with an average value at $10,718,888 traded on the previous trading day.In contrast, February closed with average of 213,336 units valued at $3,392,475 for each security traded.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with Proven Investments concluded trading with a rise of 0.10 cents at 22 US cents with 2,900 units changing hands and JMMB Group 6% USD preference shares close with 900 units trading resulting in 3,800 units valued at $1,524, as the market index rose 2.47 points to close at 167.86.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 7 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with a lower offer.

For more details of market activities see – JSE erases October record close – Monday.

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