Stocks fall but hang on to 2021 gains

Stocks ended on Friday after almost half declined in trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market, with a 20 percent fall in the volume of shares exchanged but with a much higher value of 83 percent than on Thursday.
The market indices just held above the negative zone for the year at the close, with the All Jamaican Composite Index declining 1,211.78 points to 433,954.68. The JSE Main Index fell 1,096.63 to 395,736.54 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.38 points to settle at 99.52.
Investors traded 45 securities, down from 47 on Thursday with 15 rising, 21 declining and nine remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio averages 19.2 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Traders exchanged 9,088,136 shares for $177,253,367 from 11,391,248 units at $97,106,816 on Thursday. Transjamaican Highway led trading with 23.1 percent of total volume, after an exchange of 2.10 million shares followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 13.6 percent for 1.24 million units and Grace Kennedy with 11.8 percent after 1.07 million units changed hands.
Trading for the day averaged 201,959 units at $3,938,964 for each security, compared to 242,367 shares at $2,066,102 on Thursday. Month to date trading averaged 303,713 units at $2,203,520, in contrast to 328,734 units at $1,776,771 on Thursday. February closed with an average of 419,015 units at $2,509,660.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows nine stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints fell $1.10 to end at $13, with 13,205 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement shed 67 cents to $66.33 after exchanging 24,863 shares. Eppley rose $1.50 to $28, with 84,840 stock units crossing the market, Grace Kennedy declined $1.50 to $88.50 trading 1,068,419 shares, Jamaica Broilers advanced $2.60 to $31 with 383,672 stock units clearing the market, Jamaica Producers rose 30 cents to $20 in trading 25,553 units. Jamaica Stock Exchange rose 86 cents to $18.86 in the transferring of 12,754 stocks, JMMB Group lost 20 cents to finish at $32.80 after an exchange of 110,555 shares, Kingston Properties lost 50 cents in closing at $6.75 trading 4,959 units. Mayberry Investments gained 29 cents to $5.80 after 2,100 stocks crossed the exchange, Mayberry Jamaican Equities climbed 99 cents to $8 in switching ownership of 22,821 stock units, NCB Financial declined $3.21 to $141 after trading 55,701 units. 138 Student Living lost 40 cents to close at $5.60 in an exchange of 100 units, Palace Amusement dropped $83.28 to close at $801.72, after exchanging 73 units, PanJam Investment rose $2 to $68 with the swapping of 19,468 stock units, Proven Investments climbed 71 cents to $33.91 trading 84,673 units. Sagicor Group shed 60 cents to $50.50 in switching ownership of 131,285 stock units. Salada Foods fell 50 cents to $44 with an exchange of 1,700 stocks, Scotia Group climbed $2.99 to $43 trading 565,293 shares, Supreme Ventures lost 64 cents to close at $15.31 in exchanging 11,850 units and Wisynco Group fell 33 cents to $15.90 and finishing trading of  133,175 stock units.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Gains for JSE main market

Stocks moved mostly higher at the close of trading on Thursday as funds chasing stocks climbed 64 percent over Wednesday and leading the main indices higher after 30 percent fewer shares were exchanged than on Wednesday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rose 1,755.38 points to 435,166.46, the Main Index gained 1,609.90 points to 396,833.17, but the JSE Financial Index lost 0.17 points to settle at 99.90.
Investors traded 47 securities, up from 40 on Wednesday and closed with 20 rising, 17 declining and 10 remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio averages 19.2 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Traders exchanged 11,391,248 shares for $97,106,816 versus 16,449,582 units at $59,313,530 on Wednesday. Wigton Windfarm led trading with 28.8 percent of total volume, after exchanging 3.28 million shares followed by Transjamaican Highway with 25.2 percent for 2.88 million units, Sterling Investments 14.4 percent. with 1.64 million units and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 12.5 percent for an exchange of 1.42 million units.
Trading for the day averaged 242,367 units at $2,066,102, compared to 411,240 shares at $1,482,838 on Wednesday. Month to date trading averaged 328,734 units at $1,776,771, in contrast to 358,582 units at $1,676,782 on Wednesday. February closed with an average of 419,015 units at $2,509,660.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows twelve stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints rose 65 cents to $14.10 trading 200 shares, Caribbean Cement lost 20 cents to $67 after exchanging 39,426 units, Carreras gained 27 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $8, with a transfer of 105,183 stock units. Eppley fell $1.70 to $26.50, with the swapping of 19,020 units, First Rock Capital finished 75 cents higher at $16, with 55,350 units crossing the market, Grace Kennedy slipped 98 cents to $90 trading 25,817 stocks. Jamaica Broilers fell 34 cents to $28.40 with 199,980 shares clearing the market, Jamaica Producers slipped 30 cents to $19.70, after an exchange of 51,994 units. Mayberry Investments gained 22 cents to $5.51, with 54,469 shares changing hands. Mayberry Jamaican Equities declined 99 cents to $7.01 after switching ownership of 4,300 stocks, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy climbed $4 to $154 after exchanging 21 shares, NCB Financial advanced $3.21 to $144.21 transferring 231,896 units. 138 Student Living gained 40 cents to end at $6, with 52 shares changing hands, PanJam Investment rose $1.90 to $66 in exchanging 31,927 stock units, Proven Investments dropped $5.80 to $33.20 trading 24,484 shares. Sagicor Group shed 80 cents to $51.10 with the swapping of 74,129 stock units, Salada Foods rose $5.99 to $44.50 in an exchange of 38 units. Scotia Group fell $2.49 to end at $40.01 trading 40,887 shares, Seprod declined $1.77 to $68.23 in a transfer of 74,108 stock units, Sterling Investments lost 23 cents to end at $2.77 in exchanging 1,643,311 units. Supreme Ventures rose 95 cents to $15.95 trading 36,943 shares and Wisynco Group gained 23 cents to $16.23, with 25,585 units changing hands.
In the preference segment, 138 Student Living preference share shed 90 cents in closing at $4.20 trading 800 shares.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Market takes a breather in the move higher

After moving aggressively on Monday, stocks gave back some of Monday’s gains at the close of trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Tuesday, with just over half the stocks traded declining with 34 percent fewer funds changing 21 percent fewer shares than on Monday.
The All Jamaican Composite Index declined 1,342.33 points to 435,612.37, the Main Index shed 1,189.08 points to 397,180.49, and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.23 points to settle at 100.58.
Investors traded 47 securities changing hands, down from 49 on Monday and closed with 10 stocks rising, 25 declining and 12 remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio averages 19.1 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Traders moved 14,255,372 shares for $66,739,337 down from 18,062,183 units at $101,989,445 on Monday. Wigton Windfarm led trading with 52.3 percent of total volume after exchanging 7.45 million shares, followed by Pulse Investments with 12.4 percent for 1.76 million units and Transjamaican Highway with 8.1 percent of the day’s trade for 1.16 million units.
Trading for the day averaged 303,306 units at $1,419,986, compared to 368,616 shares at $2,081,417 on Monday. The month to date averaged 336,641 units at $1,757,591 to February with an average of 419,015 units at $2,509,660.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has nine stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
At the close, Barita Investments dropped $1.17 to $80 to finish with a transfer at 25,533 shares. Berger Paints shed 99 cents to $13.21, with 3,567 shares crossing the exchange. Caribbean Cement fell 50 cents to $69.50 trading 17,782 stocks, Jamaica Producers fell 50 cents to $19.95, with 13,179 stocks changing hands. Jamaica Stock Exchange ended $1.50 lower at $18 after 80,328 stock units crossed the exchange, Kingston Wharves shed 60 cents to settle at $45.60 trading 18,334 units, Mayberry Investments slipped 40 cents to $5.29 trading 8,864 stock units, Mayberry Jamaican Equities advanced $1.03 to $8 in switching ownership of 216,359 stock units. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy climbed $5 to $150 after exchanging 73 shares, NCB Financial Group declined $1.33 in closing at $142, with 148,747 stock units changing hands, 138 Student Living rose 30 cents to $5.60, exchanging 20,286 stocks, Palace Amusement climbed $151.03 to $952.03 trading 30 shares. Portland JSX shed $1.40 to close at $7.10 in transferring 6,500 stocks, Proven Investments fell $2.15 to $37.25, after an exchange of 26,284 units, Sagicor Group advanced $1.90 to $52, with 20,712 stocks clearing the market. Sagicor Real Estate Fund fell $1.07 to $7.92 in a transfer of 379 stocks, Salada Foods rose 50 cents to $41.50 after trading 9,418 stocks. Scotia Group climbed $1.50 to $42.50, with 34,379 shares changing hands, Seprod gained 50 cents to end at $70 in trading 9,783 stocks and Stanley Motta shed 34 cents to $5.01, with 16,000 stock units crossing the market.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE majors now new year positive

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Stocks rising and declining share the honours with 20 each, at the close of trading on Monday leaving to the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market to close above Friday’s close with the volume of shares traded falling 51 percent and values down 9 percent to Friday.
Several stocks posted strong gains leading the market into positive for the year to date, for only the second time since the start of the year, with January 5th being the only other day the market recorded gains over the 2020 close. The All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 4,304.98 points to 436,954.70 at the close, the Main Index advanced 3,840.76 points to 398,369.57, but the JSE Financial Index slipped 037 points to 100.35.
Investors traded 49 Securities, up from 47 on Friday and closed with 20 rising, 20 declining and 9 remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio averages 19.4 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Traders exchanged 18,062,183 shares for $101,989,445 compared to 35,675,257 units at $112,526,954 on Friday. Wigton Windfarm led trading with 45 percent of total volume, after an exchange of 8.12 million shares followed by Pulse Investments with 21.4 percent for 3.86 million units, Sagicor Select Financial Fund 7.9 percent for 1.42 million units and Transjamaican Highway with 6.1 percent market share for 1.11 million units.

JSE Main Market recorded gains in 2021 for only the second time for the year when the market closed on Monday.

Trading for the day averaged 368,616 units at $2,081,417, compared to 759,048 shares at $2,394,191 on Friday. February closed with an average of 419,015 units at $2,509,660.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows eight stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments slipped 33 cents to $81.17, after exchanging 26,461 shares, Berger Paints closed 30 cents higher at $14.20, with 17,723 units changing hands. Caribbean Cement advanced $5 to $70, after the stock surged to $75 in early trading, with the switching of 125,524 stocks, Ciboney Group lost 22 cents to finish at $1.22, with 38,183 shares clearing the market, Eppley advanced $3.40 to $28.40, with the swapping of 24,498 units. First Rock Jamaica lost 30 cents to end at $15 trading 3,126 stocks, Grace Kennedy climbed $4.50 to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $89, with 194,627 shares changing hands. The stock traded upto $95 in response to a strong rise in profit, the company reported for 2020, Jamaica Broilers lost 26 cents to close at $28.74, with an exchange of 24,329 units. Jamaica Producers gained 25 cents to end at $20.45 in swapping 196,833 stocks, Key Insurance rose 76 cents to $4.77 trading 154,642 stock units, Kingston Properties rose $1.41 to $7.25, with 700 units crossing the exchange. Mayberry Investments ended 40 cents higher at $5.69, transferring 7,352 shares, NCB Financial fell 67 cents to $143.33 with an exchanging of 88,291 stock units, 1834 Investments fell 25 cents to 95 cents trading 2,120 units, 138 Student Living shed 70 cents to end at $5.30 while exchanging 1,700 stock units. Palace Amusement dropped $49 to $801, with 683 shares crossing the market, PanJam Investments rose $1 to $65, in an exchange of 13,660 stocks, Portland JSX ended $1.40 higher at $8.50, with the swapping of 2,000 units, Proven Investments climbed $3.40 to $39.40 trading 361 stock units. Sagicor Group declined $2 to finish at $50.10, in switching ownership of 81,964 units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund gained 69 cents to close at $8.99 after 7,200 shares crossed the market, Salada Foods fell $3 to $41 in exchanging 6,514 stocks. Scotia Group declined $1.50 to $41 trading 271,291 units, Seprod gained 50 cents to close at $69.50, with the swapping of 34,072 shares, Supreme Ventures lost 50 cents to finish at $16.40 in switching ownership of 13,711 units and Wisynco Group lost 29 cents to close at $16, in transferring 134,237 stock units.

 Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

February ends on a high note

Trading climbed on Friday with an exchange of 124 percent more shares valued 77 percent more than on Thursday as more stocks rose than declined on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market and ending with the market indices closing higher than the January close, almost wiping out the loss suffered since the start of the year.
The market should move higher during the coming week following record breaking results by Grace Kennedy with earnings of $6.26 that suggests the price should climb to over $100 and Caribbean Cement with record earnings of $3.76 and a likely price of $75. Technical indicators are also pointing to a run in the market to 437,000 points on the All Jamaica Composite Index in the short term.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index advanced 2,408.76 points to 432,649.72, the Main Index climbed 2,126.52 points to 394,528.81 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.78 points to settle at 100.72.
Trading ended with 47 active securities, the same as on Thursday and closed with prices of 21 rising, 15 declining and 11 remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio averages 17.1 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Traders exchanged 35,675,257 shares for $112,526,954 compared to 15,923,380 units at $63,507,779 on Thursday. Wigton Windfarm led trading with 63.1 percent of total volume, after 22.50 million shares changed hands following comments from the company’s Managing Director, Earl Barrett, that the rate to be paid for energy produced by their phase two wind turbine will fall from 13 US cents to 5.6 us cents per Kilowatt hour effective April.  Sagicor Select Financial Fund followed with 12.9 percent for 4.60 million units, Pulse Investments 8.1 percent, with 2.88 million units, Ciboney Group chipped in for 3.7 percent with 1.32 million units and Key Insurance 3.4 percent trading 1.23 million units.
Trading for the day averaged 759,048 units at $2,394,191, Thursday ended with an average of 338,795 shares at $1,351,229. Trading month to date averaged 419,015 units at $2,509,660 for each security, in contrast to 399,667 units at $2,516,231 on Thursday. January closed with an average of 311,275 units at $1,432,133.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has nine stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close of trading, Barita Investments gained 36 cents to end at $81.50, after trading 10,772 shares, Caribbean Cement climbed $2.51 to $65, with the swapping of 60,748 stocks. Carreras lost 34 cents in closing at $7.41, in a transfer of 97,841 units, Ciboney Group dropped 36 cents to $1.44, with 1,316,248 shares crossing the exchange, Eppley fell $2.10 to $25, with the swapping of 21,424 units. Grace Kennedy advanced $3.50 to a 52 weeks’ high of $84.50, with 30,224 shares clearing the market, Jamaica Broilers gained 20 cents to close at $29, with 235,232 stock units changing hands, Jamaica Stock Exchange climbed $1.60 to $19.60, after the swapping of 61,828 stocks. Key Insurance shed 79 cents to $4.01, trading 1,226,874 stock units, Kingston Properties declined $1.33 to $5.84 in 5,835 units crossing the exchange. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy dropped $10 to $145 after exchanging 260 stocks, NCB Financial climbed $3 to close at $144, transferring 78,611 shares, 138 Student Living rose 90 cents to $6 exchanging 3,210 stock units, Sagicor Group rose 50 cents to $52.10, in switching ownership of 468,195 stock units. Sagicor Real Estate Fund picked up 48 cents to close at $8.30, after 155,883 shares crossed the market, Salada Foods climbed $3.50 to $44, exchanging 97 stocks. Scotia Group lost 50 cents in ending at $42.50 trading 34,852 units, Seprod shed 54 cents to $69, with the swapping of 8,011 shares, Stanley Motta gained 35 cents to settle at $5.35, with 50 units clearing the market. Sterling Investments ended 36 cents higher at $3 in an exchange of 33,207 stock units and Supreme Ventures climbed $1.60 to $16.90 with 138,316 units changing hands.
In the preference segment, Eppley 8.75% preference shares rose 55 cents to end at $7.40, in exchanging 153 stocks.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Ciboney drops 15% on Thursday

Ciboney Group price retreated after trading more than 2.5 million shares with the price falling 15 percent from Wednesday’s level on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Thursday with the total volume of stocks trading fell 46 percent from Wednesday’s quantity as the value dropped 60 percent.
The All Jamaican Composite Index inched 3.97 points up to 430,240.96 the Main Index rose 15.10 points to 392,402.29, and the JSE Financial Index rose 0.14 points to settle at 99.94.
Trading ended with 47 securities changing hands, the same as on Wednesday and closed with prices of 14 stocks rising, 24 declining and nine ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio averages 16.6 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Investorss exchanged 15,923,380 shares for $63,507,779 compared to 29,447,608 units at $158,590,501 on Wednesday. Transjamaican Highway led trading with 18.3 percent of total volume, after an exchange of 2.91 million shares followed by QWI Investments controlled 16.9 percent with 2.69 million units, Ciboney Group chipped in 16.1 percent with 2.56 million units. Pulse Investments controlled 11.9 percent of market share for 1.89 million units, Wigton Windfarm with 11.1 percent for 1.77 million units and Key Insurance with 9.4 percent for 1.50 million units.
Trading for the day averaged 338,795 units at $1,351,229, compared to an average of 626,545 shares at $3,374,266 on Wednesday. Trading month to date averages 399,667 units at $2,516,231, versus 403,340 units at $2,586,520 on Wednesday. Trading in January averaged 311,275 units at $1,432,133.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has 10 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close oftrading, Barita Investments fell 36 cents to $81.14, with an exchange of 3,965 shares, Ciboney Group fell 32 cents to $1.80, with 2,562,764 shares crossing the market, Eppley shed 90 cents to end at $27.10, with 345 stocks changing hands, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund closed $1 lower at $40 in exchanging 3,408 units. First Rock Capital advanced 29 cents to $15.29 trading 8,954 shares, Grace Kennedy rose $1 to $81, with the swapping of 29,366 stocks, Jamaica Stock Exchange fell 80 cents to $18 in switching ownership of 52,808 units. Key Insurance declined 20 cents in closing at $4.80, after an exchange of 1,500,426 shares, NCB Financial dipped 40 cents to close at $141 and clearing the market with 66,981 units, Palace Amusement climbed $50 to $850 after exchanging 354 stock units, PanJam Investment fell $1 to $64, with 11,540 stock units changing hands. Portland JSX declined $1.20 to $7.10 in trading 8,000 stocks, Proven Investments closed $1.20 lower at $36 after exchanging 4,285 units, Sagicor Group gained 29 cents to close at $51.60, with the swapping of 4,089 shares. Salada Foods dropped $1 to $40.50 with a transfer of 2,182 shares, Scotia Group gained 50 cents to end at $43, with 15,411 stock units crossing the exchange. Sterling Investments shed 36 cents to $2.64 in exchanging 62,320 stocks, Supreme Ventures dropped 60 cents to close at $15.30, after a transfer of 527,323 units and Sygnus Credit Investments lost 54 cents to close at $14.95 in trading 14,288 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Ciboney stunning rise clocks gains of 783%

Ciboney continues to create waves in the Jamaican financial market. The price closed at a fresh new multi-year high not seen since 1993. In Wednesday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market, the stock last traded at $2.13 with year to date gain of 783 percent.

New record high for the JSE Junior Market.

Trading on Wednesday with the market rising modestly, with 47 securities changing hands, down from 46 on Tuesday and closed with 18 rising, 16 declining and 13 remaining unchanged.
The All Jamaican Composite Index advanced 173.69 points to 430,236.99, the Main Index rose 148.82 points to 392,387.19 and the JSE Financial Index shed 0.33 points to close at 99.80.
The PE Ratio averages 16.9 based on ICInsider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Some 45 percent more shares traded with a 17 percent dip in value than on Tuesday as 29,447,608 shares traded for $158,590,501 compared to 20,247,118 units at $191,400,586 on Tuesday. Pulse Investments led trading with 47.5 percent of total volume, after 13.98 million shares changed hands, followed by Sagicor Select Manufacturing & Distribution Fund 17.9 percent with 5.27 million, Transjamaican Highway accounted for 13.8 percent with 4.06 million units, Ciboney Group chipped in 5.1 percent for 1.52 million units and Sagicor Select Financial Fund 4.2 percent with 1.25 million units.
Trading for the day averaged 626,545 units at $3,374,266, compared to 440,155 shares at $4,160,882 on Tuesday. Trading month to date averaged 403,340 units at $2,586,520 for each security, in contrast to 389,008 units at $2,535,940 on the prior trading day. Trading in January closed with an average of 311,275 units at $1,432,133.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has eleven stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of trading, Caribbean Cement lost 50 cents to finish at $62.50 in transferring 51,901 shares, Carreras rose 39 cents to $7.70, with the swapping of 211,134 stock units, Ciboney Group closed 41 cents higher at a 36 years record of $2.12, with 1,515,402 units crossing the market. Eppley climbed $3 to $28, with an exchange of 9,867 stock units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund fell 52 cents to $41, with 8,710 stock units crossing the market, Grace Kennedy advanced $3.50 to $80, with 530,278 units changing hands. JMMB Group gained 44 cents to end at $33, in trading 50,399 shares, Key Insurance ended 39 cents lower at $5, after exchanging 74,836 stock units, Kingston Wharves dipped 30 cents to $46.20, with a transfer of 11,753 stocks. Mayberry Investments lost 21 cents to end at $5.29, after an exchange of 42,700 stock units, Mayberry Jamaican Equities slipped 23 cents to $7, in an exchange of 7,762 shares, 138 Student Living fell $1.40 to $5.10 in exchanging two shares. Palace Amusement fell $199.90 to a 52 weeks’ low of $800, with 380 stocks crossing the market, Sagicor Group gained 31 cents to end at $51.31, in an exchange of 12,316 stocks, Salada Foods rose $1.51 to $41.50, with the swapping of 4,036 shares. Scotia Group closed 75 cents higher at $42.50, with 267,313 stock units crossing the exchange, Seprod advanced $1.54 to $69.54 trading 26,590 shares, Stanley Motta lost 35 cents to close at $5 in exchanging 31,207 units. Sygnus Credit Investments advanced 99 cents to $15.49 after transferring 70,560 stock units and Wisynco Group rose 90 cents to $16.45, with investors switching ownership of 73,639 shares.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Ciboney stunning 613% two months’ gain

Ciboney Group continued its extraordinary run by climbing 31 cents to finish at a new multi-year high of $1.71 on Tuesday with trading 1,438,112 units being bought by stock market investors as they pushed the gains for the year to date to 613 percent, with the stock being the leading winner of on the market so far in 2021.
Trading ended with stocks playing hopscotch, one day up one day down, on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market, with the market declining after almost the same number of stocks rose as fell. The value of trading climbed 202 percent, with only 23 percent more shares exchanged than on Monday.
The All Jamaican Composite Index lost 513.21 points to end at 430,063.30, the Main Index shed 464.43 points to 392,238.37 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.33 points to settle at 100.13.
Trading ended with 46 securities changing hands, down from 47 on Monday and closed with 19 stocks rising, 20 declining and seven remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio averages 17 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Traders swapped 20,247,118 shares for $191,400,586 up from 16,438,991 units at $63,472,730 on Monday. Transjamaican Highway led trading with 24.1 percent of total volume, after an exchange of 4.88 million shares followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund 16.9 percent with 3.41 million units, Wigton Windfarm 11.3 percent for 2.29 million units. QWI Investments ended with 9.8 percent of the day’s trade for 1.99 million units, Ciboney Group 7.1 percent for 1.44 million units, Sagicor Manufacturing & Distribution Fund with 6 percent for 1.22 million units and Grace Kennedy with 5.2 percent market share for 1.05 million units.
Trading for the day averaged 440,155 units at $4,160,882, versus 349,766 shares at $1,350,484 on Monday. Trading month to date averaged 389,008 units at $2,535,940, in contrast to 385,578 units at $2,426,979 on the prior trading day. Trading in January closed with an average of 311,275 units at $1,432,133.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows nine stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Eppley finished 90 cents higher at $25 in trading 30,782 shares. Grace Kennedy shed 50 cents to $76.50, after clearing the market with 1,052,007 stocks. Jamaica Producers gained 20 cents in closing at $20.20, with 2,209 stocks changing hands. Jamaica Stock Exchange advanced $1.15 to $18.86, with 17,936 units crossing the exchange, JMMB Group ended 44 cents lower at $32.56 after transferring 44,530 shares, Kingston Wharves climbed $1.50 to $46.50 after an exchange of 2,500 stocks. 138 Student Living rose 45 cents to $6.50 after exchanging 8,916 units, PanJam Investment shed 50 cents to end at $65, in switching ownership of 43,014 shares, Proven Investments lost 33 cents to $37.20 trading 11,441 stock units, Sagicor Group fell 70 cents to $51 with 20,215 stocks clearing the market. Salada Foods advanced $2.99 to $39.99, with the swapping of 40,380 units, Scotia Group declined by $1.25 to $41.75, after exchanging 132,995 shares, Seprod shed $1 in closing at $68 with 3,164 stock units changing hands. Sygnus Credit Investments fell $1.10 to $14.50, in exchanging 51,037 units and Wisynco Group shed 95 cents to close at $15.55, with 94,561 shares changing hands.
In the preference segment, Eppley 8.75% preference share shed 55 cents in closing at $6.85, with 634 units crossing the market.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE majors enjoy market index rise

Stocks ended a mixed day of trading with the market indices climbing at the close of trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended trading on Monday even after more stocks declined than rose, with 46 percent more shares trading than on Friday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index gained 1,612.03 points to 430,576.51, the Main Index climbed 1,458.81 points to 392,702.80 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.87 points to settle at 100.46.
Trading ended with 47 active securities, up from 46 on Friday, with 13 rising, 20 declining and 14 remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio closed with an average of 17.1 based on IC Insider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Traders exchanged 16,438,991 shares for $63,472,730 compared to 11,266,697 units at $57,405,399 on Friday. Transjamaican Highway led trading with 26.1 percent of total volume, after 4.29 million shares changed hands followed by Wigton Windfarm with 16.1 percent for 2.64 million units. Sagicor Select Financial Fund accounted for 13.5 percent market share with 2.23 million units, Ciboney Group 11.2 percent with 1.84 million units, Sagicor Select Manufacturing & Distribution Fund 8.2 percent for 1.34 million units and QWI Investments with 6.3 percent of the day’s trade for 1.04 million units.
Trading for the day averaged 349,766 units at $1,350,484, compared to 244,928 shares at $1,247,943 on Friday. Trading month to date averaged 385,578 units at $2,426,979, versus 388,213 units at $2,506,158 on Friday. Trading in January averaged 311,275 units at $1,432,133.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows nine stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At close of trading, Berger Paints rose 57 cents to $13.88, with 180 shares changing hands, Ciboney Group increased 7 cents to a new multi-year high of $1.40 with an exchange of 1,842,996 stock units, First Rock Capital dropped $1 to $15, trading 1,594 stock units, Jamaica Producers lost 32 cents at $20, with the swapping of 36,429 stocks. Jamaica Stock Exchange shed $1.29 to close at $17.71 after trading 26,436 units, JMMB Group rose 50 cents to $33, with a transfer of 36,696 shares, Key Insurance closed 30 cents lower at $5.20, with an exchange of 48,232 units. Kingston Wharves lost 55 cents to end at $45, with 5,651 shares crossing the market, Palace Amusement climbed $92.99 to $999.99 after exchanging 52 stock units. 138 Student Living fell $1.95 to $6.05 in exchanging 82,943 shares, PanJam Investment dipped 52 cents to $65.50, in an exchange of 25,618 units, Proven Investments shed 46 cents to $37.53 with 2,000 shares changing hands. Sagicor Group rose $1.60 to $51.70, with 13,166 stocks crossing the exchange, Salada Foods declined by $3 to $37, with the swapping of 23,788 shares, Scotia Group advanced by $2 to $43 after exchanging 54,147 units. Seprod climbed $2.15 to $69, with 16,385 stock units changing hands, Stanley Motta lost 25 cents in closing at $5.20 trading 418 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments rose $1.17 to $15.60, in transferring 69,924 stocks.
In the preference segment, JMMB Group 7.25% rose 35 cents to $1.60 trading 7,856 shares.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Up 454% for 2021

Ciboney Group added 30 cents to close at a multi-year high of $1.33 after trading 1,395,212 stocks following 3.8 million units that traded on Thursday, as the stocks post a stunning gain of 454 percent for the year to date to be the best performing Jamaica Stock Exchange-listed stock.  
ICInsider.com gleans that the rationale for the rise of the stock for a company with no earnings and very little assets could be the prospect of its use in a reverse takeover vehicle into which profitable assets can be placed to benefit from a company that is already listed on the exchange.
The market closed Friday with the All Jamaican Composite Index dipping 929.42 points to 428,964.48, the Main Index falling 912.47 points to 391,243.99 and the JSE Financial Index losing 0.56 points to settle at 99.59.
Trading ended with 46 securities changing hands, down from 49 on Thursday and closed with prices of 18 stocks rising, 18 declining and 10 remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio closed at 17 based on ICInsider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Traders exchanged 11,266,697 shares for $57,405,399 compared to 11,779,247 units at $46,765,256 on Thursday. Transjamaican Highway led trading with 37.3 percent of total volume, after 4.20 million shares changed hands, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 14.7 percent for 1.65 million units and Ciboney Group with 12.4 percent market share for 1.40 million units.
Trading averaged 244,928 units at $1,247,943, compared to 240,393 shares at $954,393 on Thursday. The month to date averaged 388,213 units at $2,506,158 in contrast to 399,327 units at $2,608,760 on Thursday. Trading in January averaged 311,275 units at $1,432,133.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has ten stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Berger Paints gained 30 cents ending at $13.31, with the swapping of 14,049 units, Caribbean Cement rose $1.50 to $63, in trading 5,650 stock units. Eppley shed 60 cents to settle at $24.10 after transferring 23,295 shares, First Rock Capital gained 50 cents to close at $16 after 4,822 units crossed the exchange. Jamaica Producers picked up 31 cents to end at $20.32, with 7,800 stocks changing hands, JMMB Group slid 70 cents to close at $32.50, with 42,418 shares clearing the market, Kingston Wharves fell $2.45 to $45.55 in swapping 11,272 stocks. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy shed $1 to $155 trading just two stock units, NCB Financial rose $1.40 to $141.40, with 113,331 shares crossing the market, 138 Student Living climbed $2.95 to $8 with 42,000 shares changing hands, PanJam Investment finished 82 cents higher at $66.02 trading 31,451 stock units. Scotia Group dropped $1 to $41 after exchanging 88,740 units, Seprod declined $2.15 to $66.85, with the swapping of 20,321 shares, Sygnus Credit Investments lost 47 cents to end at $14.43, with 26,619 stock units crossing the exchange. Victoria Mutual Investments closed 50 cents lower at $5.30, with 325,640 stocks changing hands.
In the preference segment, Eppley 8.75% preference share rose 40 cents to end at $7.40, in switching ownership of 1,000 units.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.