Strong JSE month end rise

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended October on the up but is down a significant 23,316.22 points for the month and 7 percent below the peak reached in early August.  
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 3,949.97 points to close at 543,754.31, the JSE Index advanced 3,577.89 points to 495,187.93 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.33 points to close at 133.41.
Trading closed with 44 securities changing hands in the main and US dollar markets with 21 stocks advancing, 11 declining and 12 traded firm. Main market activity ended with 40 securities trading 38,125,741 units valued at $101,388,568, in contrast to 29,380,399 units valued at $238,224,184 on Tuesday with 38 securities trading.
Wigton Windfarm dominated trading with 30 million shares for 80 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Funds with 3.25 million units accounting for 9 percent of the day’s trade and Carreras with 1.2 million shares for 3 percent of the market’s trade.
The market closed with an average of 953,144 units valued at $2,534,714 for each security traded, in contrast to 773,168 units valued at an average of $6,269,057 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 957,274 units valued at $13,330,997 and previously an average of 957,488 units valued at $13,947,047 for each security traded. The market closed out September with an average of 1,585,081 units valued at $14,071,562 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 19 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and just 1 with a lower offer. The PE ratio of the market ended at 17.1 with the main market ending at 17.9 times 2019 current year’s earnings.
In main market activity, Barita Investments lost $1 to settle at $70 trading 33,922 shares, Caribbean Cement ended at $77, after gaining 50 cents in exchanging 7,900 shares, Carreras ended with 1,216,915 shares trading and gained 90 cents to close at $8.80. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund added $2 and closed at $34 with 1,000 shares changing hands, Eppley gained 50 cents to close at $16, in swapping 100 shares, Grace Kennedy jumped $1.32 while exchanging 17,906 shares, to end at $67.49. Jamaica Broilers closed 85 cents higher at $34 with 13,729 shares changing hands, Jamaica Stock Exchange rose 58 cents to $29.50 in trading of 104,408 shares, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy rose to another record high with a gain of $5 to close at $260, after trading of 500 shares. Investors in the stock were responding to the 3 for 1 rights issue scheduled for November at $140 per share. NCB Financial declined to $203, after losing $2 in exchanging 27,999 shares, 138 Student Living closed 50 cents higher to end at $4 with 100 shares changing hands, PanJam Investment closed at $100, after rising $2.05 with an exchange of 20,250 shares. Proven Investments traded 515 shares and jumped $5 to end at $45, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose 29 cents to $11.89 with an exchange of 30,100 shares, Salada Foods added 30 cents to settle at $29.30 after 2,832 shares crossed the exchange. Scotia Group gained $1.70 to close at $55 as investors swapped 22,215 shares, Seprod jumped $2.32 to close at $54, trading 47,960 units, Stanley Motta closed at $5.74 with a rise of 34 cents, after exchanging 46,937 shares. Sygnus Credit Investments closed 24 cents lower to end at $21.26 after trading 54,201 shares and Wisynco Group rose $1 exchanging 1,044,580 shares to close at $22 before the company reported a 53 percent rise in profit for the September quarter.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 26,512 units valued at US$6,713 with the market index rising 9.18 points to close at 202.56. Productive Business Solution increased 2.5 cents and completed trading at 60 US cents exchanging 6,800 shares, Proven Investments lost 0.9 US cent trading 7,692 units to close at 27 US cents, Sterling Investments lost half a cent and closed at 2.2 cents US after trading 10,000 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments exchanged 2,020 shares to end at 14 US cents.

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