Bullish open fades on the JSE Main Market

Stocks raced 3,011 points ahead of the 425,748.98 close on Friday within 12 minutes of the market’s opening and pushed the All Jamaican Composite Index to 428,759.90 on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Monday, but the market ended the day with a modest rise after more stocks gained than fell.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index rose 204.81 points to 425,953.79, the Main Index advanced by 284.47 points to 388,747.9 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.31 points to settle at 102.82.
Trading ended with 41 securities changing hands compared to 36 on Friday and closed with the prices of 21 stocks rising, nine declining and 11 remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio ended at 15.8 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 38 percent fewer shares than on Friday, after 27,815,530 shares traded for $166,571,949 compared to 44,980,918 units at $1,341,663,306 on Friday. Sagicor Select Financial Fund led trading with 53.9 percent of total volume, after exchanging 14.98 million shares followed by Wigton Windfarm with 13.5 percent for 3.76 million units. Transjamaican Highway controlled a 12.7 percent market share with 3.54 million units and Sagicor Select Manufacturing & Distribution Fund accounted for 3.6 percent of the day’s trade in closing with one million units changing hands.
The average trade was 678,428 units for $4,062,730, compared to an average of 1,249,470 shares at  $37,268,425 on Friday. The average trade for the month to date ends at 346,635 units at $7,073,555 for each security, in contrast to 324,765 units at $7,272,017. October averaged 398,200 units at $4,622,532.
The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows nine stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the market closing, Barita Investments gained 50 cents in closing at $84.50, after 11,863 shares cleared the market, Caribbean Cement advanced $1.33 to $58 in trading 2,631 units, Eppley gained $4.98 to $25, with 28,065 stock units changing hands. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund rose 75 cents to $41.50, with 1,350 units crossing the exchange, First Rock Capital gained 30 cents to end at $13 after an exchange of 19,470 stocks, Jamaica Broilers shed 60 cents to settle at $6.40 in trading 6,876 units. Jamaica Producers ended at $20.06, with gains of 36 cents after exchanging 1,067 stock units, Jamaica Stock Exchange rose 87 cents to $19.87, with investors swapping 12,561 shares, Key Insurance jumped $1.81 to $9.11, trading 42,172 units. Mayberry Jamaican Equities shed 80 cents to settle at $7, after transferring 3,098 units, NCB Financial declined $1.48 to$148.50, in crossing the exchange with 714,826 shares, Palace Amusement climbed $34.99 to $1,300, with 2 units changing hands. Salada Foods fell $2.50 to $25, with 5,139 stock units crossing the market, Scotia Group rose 85 cents to end at $46.85, exchanging 10,778 shares and Seprod gained $1 to close at $63 trading 19,472 stock units.

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

Main Market back at Mid-April close

Market indices bounced for the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Friday to sit a fraction below the April 17 close, but is still 24 percent lower than the start of the year, but closed with 362 percent more shares traded than Thursday but with more than twice the number of stocks declining as advancing.

Main Market index displaying bullish formation

The market continues to maintain the bullish mood that has been slowly building since the summer months as the market, closing, as the All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 1,286.30 points to 425,748.98, the Main Index rose 1,154.92 points to 388,463.43, but the JSE Financial Index lost 0.12 points to settle at 102.51.
Trading ended with 36 securities changing hands compared to 37 on Thursday and closed with the prices of nine rising, 19 declining and eight remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio ended at 15.6 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 44,980,918 shares for $1,341,663,306  compared to 9,736,055 units at $369,213,753 on Thursday.
Sagicor Manufacturing & Distribution Fund led trading with 33.4 percent of total volume, after exchanging 15 million shares followed by QWI Investments with 32.7 percent for 14.7 million units, NCB Financial with 18.9 percent for 8.5 million units. Transjamaican Highway controlled 4 percent market share, with 1.78 million units Sagicor Select Financial Fund accounted for 3.7 percent with 1.65 million units and Wigton Windfarm controlled 3.5 percent of the market with 1.57 million units.
The average traded was 1,249,470 units at $37,268,425 for each security, compared to an average of 263,137 shares at  $9,978,750 on Thursday. The average trade for the month to date ends at 324,765 units at $7,272,017 for each security, in contrast to 267,957 unit at $5,429,235. October averaged 398,200 units at $4,622,532.
At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows 10 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close of the market, Berger Paints gained 30 cents to close at $11.85 exchanging 33,440 shares, Caribbean Cement declined by $3.32 to end at $56.67, in trading 2,579 stock units, Jamaica Broilers shed 50 cents to settle at $27, after crossing the market with 4,824 units. Jamaica Producers fell $2.05 to $19.70, with 7,450 stock units changing hands, Key Insurance shed 85 cents to close at $7.30, trading 2,602 units, Kingston Wharves climbed $3.90 to settle at $48.90, with investors swapping 1,662 stock units. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy dropped $7.01 in closing at $138 trading 836 units, Pan Jam Investment closed at $65, with gains of $1.76, trading 147,995 shares, Proven Investments shed 50 cents in closing at $38, with 10,286 stock units changing hands. Sagicor Group finished at $48, after losing 50 cents exchanging 151,507 shares and Scotia Group rose 80 cents to settle at $46 trading 5,512 units.

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

Slippage for JSE Main Market

NCB Financial dominated the market on Thursday as prices of more stocks rose at the close of trading than those declining, but big losses in a number of stocks pressured the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market and pushed the market indices down.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 2,741.60 points to 424,462.68, the Main Index fell by 2,536.99 points to 387,308.51 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.60 points to settle at 102.63.
Trading ended with 37 securities changing hands compared to 44 on Wednesday and closed with prices of 15 stocks rising,  12 declining and 10 remaining unchanged. The average PE ends at 15.6 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Trading ended with 40 percent fewer shares than Wednesday with a 49 percent decline in the value of stocks changing hands. At the close 9,736,055 shares traded for $369,213,753 compared to 16,137,399 units at $724,067,008 on Wednesday. NCB Financial led trading with 22.8 percent after exchanging 2.22 million shares, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 19.6 percent for 1.91 million units, Transjamaican Highway with 16.1 percent market share for 1.57 million units and Wigton Windfarm closed with 12.9 percent market share with 1.26 million units changing hands.
Trading averaged 263,137 units changing hands at $9,978,750 for each security, compared to 366,759 shares at $16,456,068 on Wednesday. Month to date average trade ends at 267,957 units at $5,429,235 in contrast to 268,282 units at $5,122,619 on Wednesday. Trading for October averaged 398,200 units at $4,622,532.
At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows eight stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments shed 50 cents to end at $84, in an exchange of 3,848 shares, Berger Paints lost 30 cents to settle at $11.55 trading 7,643 stock units, Caribbean Cement climbed $5.99 to $59.99, after exchanging 13,531 stock units. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund fell $3.05 to $40.75, with a transfer of 8,110 stock units, First Rock Capital gained 89 cents to $12.89, with 1,081 units changing hands, Jamaica Broilers advanced $1.20 to $27.50, in trading 102 units. Jamaica Stock Exchange rose 68 cents to settle at $19, with investors switching ownership of 36,204 shares, Kingston Wharves dropped $3.90 to $45 in trading 55,000 shares, Palace Amusement dived $34.99 to $1,265.01, in an exchange of 42 units. Pan Jam Investment shed 76 cents to end at $63.24 after trading 5,898 units, Proven Investments settled at $38.50, with gains of $1.64, in clearing the market with 2,642 units, Sagicor Group gained 40 cents to close at $48.50, with 38,536 shares crossing the exchange. Seprod ended at $62, with a loss of 50 cents trading 5,503 units and Supreme Ventures rose 55 cents to $15.90, with an exchange of 26,291 stock units.

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

Record profits at Barita

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Barita Investments recorded the highest profit in its history, with the group delivering an impressive $2.7 billion profit after tax for the year ended in September. The company was bettering by 59.4 percent, the profit of $1.7 billion, a then-record for 2019 and continuing a stunning transformation of a former sleepy little family dominated company that few investors paid attention to.

Barita public stock offer pulled money away from other JSE stocks.

Those sterile days seem to be behind it as the company posted another quarter of strong results to September, with after tax profit jumping 158 percent to $727 million from $285 million in 2019. Earnings per share for the quarter ended at 88 cents and $3.29 for the year.
For the latest quarter, revenues climbed 17 percent from $1.16 billion to $1.36 billion and rose a solid 29 percent from $3.98 billion to $5.14 billion for the full year. There were major shifts in the lines of income generated during the year. Net Interest income rose a robust 35.5 percent from $650 million to $881 million for the year, while Fees and Commission Income more than doubled to $1.84 billion from $847 million. Foreign exchange trading brought in $978 million versus just $199 million in the prior year. Investment activity suffered from a fall, with $1.36 billion generated in 2020 versus $1.94 billion in 2019. September quarter Investment activity revenues declined even more than for the year with an income of $701 million in 2019 versus just $251 million this year.
While the revenues were growing attractively, expenses grew modestly in the final quarter by two percent, moving from $697 million to $710 million, but climbed a more robust 32 percent for the year from $1.53 billion in 2019 to $2 billion. Tax liability dropped sharply from $742 million in 2019 to $393 million, despite the rise in pretax profit.
The group’s rapid transformation has some investors stunned, wondering if the surge in profit for the past two years is real and lasting. Oblivious of those concerns, local and overseas’ based investors piled into a public issue of shares in September, priced around $50 each and invested $13.5 billion of fresh capital in the company after the issue was heavily oversubscribed. In September 2018,

Shareholders at Barita Investments AGM.

shareholders’ equity was just $3.3 billion that has now jumped to $27.7 billion with the recent capital raised, helping to double the amount shareholders have invested in the company.
There is more growth to come with the new capital placing them in a much stronger financial position. The group has not yet taken full control of the enormous potential for growth from their pool of managed funds. The expanded capital base places them in a good spot to become even more aggressive to undertake business deals or acquire other businesses to merge with existing ones.
The company now has $70.5 billion assets comprising, amongst others assets, Cash funds of $5.7 billion, marketable securities of $8.5 billion, other investments of $48 billion, and loans of $1.7 billion. On the liability side, repurchase agreements amount to $34 billion.
The stock trades on the Jamaica Stock Exchange at $84.50 with a PE of 25.5 based on 2020 earnings, that multiple should fall with the 2021 results that will start being released with the first quarter due late January.

7 month JSE Main Market high

Stocks closed at a seven month high at the close of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market trading on Wednesday with the market rising higher than Tuesday, with NCB Financial fueling the gain with a rise of $8 price as the All Jamaica Composite Index ended just below the April 16 close of 427,779.79 points.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index surged 7,042.47 points to 427,204.28, the Main Index jumped 6,294.46 points to 389,845.50 and the JSE Financial Index added 2.61 points to settle at 103.23.
Trading ended with 44 securities changing hands compared to 42 on Tuesday and closed with the prices of 14 stocks rising, 17 declining and 13 remaining unchanged. The average PE ratio ended at 15.7 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed after an exchange of 16 percent more shares than on Tuesday, resulting in 16,137,399 shares trading for $724,067,008 compared to 13,931,581 units at $189,778,108 on Tuesday.
Grace Kennedy led trading with 29.6 percent of total volume after exchanging 4.77 million shares, followed by Transjamaican Highway with 21.9 percent for 3.53 million units. NCB Financial ended with 17.1 percent of the overall volume after trading 2.76 million units, with a value of $414 million and accounted for 57 percent of the market’s value and Sagicor Select Financial Fund closing with 5.6 percent of the volume as 1.4 million units traded.The average trade amounts to 366,759 units at $16,456,068 for each security, compared to an average of 331,704 shares at $4,518,526 on Tuesday. The average trade for the month to date ended at 268,282 units at $5,122,619 for each security, in contrast to 259,701 units at $4,135,150 on Tuesday. Trading for October averaged 398,200 units at $4,622,532 .
The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows 10 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments shed 30 cents to close at $84.50, in an exchange of 4,450 shares, Caribbean Cement dropped $5 to end at  $54 trading 23,334 stock units, Eppley gained 50 cents to close at $20, after clearing the market with 29,227 units. First Rock Capital lost 50 cents, closing at $12, with 27,582 shares passing through the market, Jamaica Broilers Group fell $1.60 to $26.30, in exchanging 2,557 units, Key Insurance gained 95 cents to end at $8.15, after trading just one stock. Kingston Properties fell 48 cents to $7, with a transfer of 550 units, Kingston Wharves rose $1.90 to $48.90, in crossing the exchange with 255 units, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy declined by $4.99 to $145.01, with an exchange of 59 units. NCB Financial climbed $8 to  $150, with 2,760,546 shares changing hands, Pan Jam Investment advanced by $2.84 to $64 after exchanging 11,719 units, Proven Investments declined by $2.14 in closing at $36.86, in trading 2,900 units. Salada Foods shed 79 cents to end at $27.50, with an exchange of 260 units, Scotia Group fell by $2.89 in closing at $45.06, with 172,829 shares changing hands and Supreme Ventures lost 65 cents to end at $15.35, after 27,135 stock units passed through the market.

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

JSE Main market in bull territory

In continuation of the early stage of a bull market, the All Jamaica Composite Index of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market jumped 4,847.95 points to close 420,161.81 on Tuesday, the highest close since the end of June when the index then closed at 420,735.55 points.

JSE all jamaica Composite index with bullish formation.

The move higher was telegraphed from September by one technical indicator and helped by some companies reporting attractive profits, for the September quarter.
In trading on Tuesday, rising stocks beat out falling ones by nearly five to one after an exchange of 96 percent more shares changing hands than on Monday, with a 46 percent increase in value.
At the close, the Main Index climbed 4,655.78 points to 383,551.04 and the JSE Financial Index rose 1.59 points to settle at 100.62.
Trading ended with 42 securities changing hands compared to 45 on Monday and closed with the prices of 23 stocks rising, five declining and 14 remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio ended at 16 based on ICInsider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Trading resulted in 13,931,581 shares for $189,778,108 changing hands up from 7,088,457 units at $129,315,419 on Monday. Wigton Windfarm led trading with 42.1 percent of total volume after exchanging 5.86 million shares, followed by Carreras with 13.2 percent for 1.83 million units, Transjamaican Highway with 12.4 percent of the day’s trade for 1.73 million units and Grace Kennedy closing with 9.1 percent of the day’s volume after 1.27 million units changed hands.
Trading ended with an average of 331,704 units changing hands at $4,518,526 for each security compared to an average of 157,521 shares at $2,873,676 on Monday. The average trade for the month to date ended at 259,701 units at $4,135,150 for each security,in contrast to 253,170 units at $4,100,373. Trading month to date compares adversely to October’s average of 398,200 units at $4,622,532.
At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows five stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments rose to $84.80, with gains of 80 cents after trading 6,022 stock units, Caribbean Cement advanced by $1.01 to $59, in exchanging 9,327 stock units. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund climbed $4.80 to $43.80, with 380 units changing hands, First Rock Capital gained 50 cents to settle at $12.50, with 1,864 units crossing the market, JMMB Group rose 39 cents to $31.89, trading 60,673 shares. Key Insurance declined $1 to close at $7.20, after exchanging 270,373 shares, Kingston Wharves fell $1.50 to $47, with an exchange of 758 units, Margaritaville advanced by $7.33 to close at a record $56.23 with 10 units changing hands. Mayberry Jamaican Equities gained 93 cents with 9,000 stock units passing through the market to end at $7.93, NCB Financial climbed $3.50 to $142 after 462,307 units changed hands, 138 Student Living declined by $1.38 to $3.51, with the swapping of one stock unit, Proven Investments shed 80 cents to end at $39 after trading 3,894 stocks. Scotia Group rose by $1.23 to $47.95 with 254 units changed hands, Seprod ended at $62.50, with gains of $1.75 after investors switched ownership of 19,669 stock units, Supreme Ventures finished 50 cents higher at $16, in trading 43,509 shares and Victoria Mutual Investments gained 30 cents to settle at $5.40, with 84,799 shares changing hands.

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

Another rising day for JSE Main Market

The stock market indices continue to move higher at the end of trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Monday after an exchange of 42 percent fewer shares with 36 percent less value than on Friday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index advanced by 1,062.24 points to 415,313.86, the Main Index climbed 1,066.43 points to 378,895.26 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.34 points to settle at 99.03.
Trading ended with 45 securities changing hands compared to 41 on Friday and closed with the prices of 15 stocks rising, 20 declining and 10 remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio ended at 15.5 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Investors traded 7,088,457 shares for $129,315,419 versus 12,184,860 units at $359,160,713 on Friday.
Sagicor Select Financial Fund led trading with 22.9 percent of total volume after trading 1.62 million shares, followed by Transjamaican Highway with 15.2 percent for 1.08 million units and Wigton Windfarm with 9.2 percent for 654,201 shares.
Trading ends with an average of 157,521 units at $2,873,676 for each security, in comparison to an average of 297,192 shares at $8,760,017 on Friday. The average trade for the month to date ended at 253,170 units at $4,100,373 for each security, in contrast to 263,467 units at $4,232,434. Trading month to date compares adversely to October’s average of 398,200 units at $4,622,532.
At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows 12 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments declined by $1.30 to end at $84, after crossing the market with 12,863 shares, Caribbean Cement climbed $4.98 to $57.99, exchanging 19,673 stock units, Eppley rose 53 cents to $19.50, in trading 3,208 units. First Rock Capital fell $1.25 to $12 after an exchange of 27,995 stock units, Jamaica Broilers rose $1.79 to $27.80, with 4,586 units passing through the market, Kingston Properties gained 48 cents to end at $7.48, in clearing the market with 857 units. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy climbed $15 to $150, after crossing the exchange with 10 units, NCB Financial climbed $4.50 to settle at $138.50, in trading 605,762 shares, Palace Amusement jumped $199.99 to $1,300 after trading 20 units. Sagicor Group closed at $48, with a loss of $1 with 20,399 stock units changing hands, Scotia Group carved out a loss of $1.43, in ending at $46.72, after 726 units cleared the market, Seprod declined $3.25 to $60.75 after exchanging 11,015 units. Stanley Motta gained 45 cents to close at $5.60, with 380 units changing hands, Supreme Ventures lost 47 cents to close at $15.50 after exchanging 99,556 shares and Victoria Mutual Investments shed 58 cents in closing at $5.10, with 487,968 shares crossing the exchange.

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

More money chased JSE Main Market stocks

Investors expended 56 percent more money from a moderately lower volume of stocks than Thursday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market trading on Friday. The market declining after prices of 13 stocks rose, 18 declined and 10 remained unchanged.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index shed 1,633.76 points to 414,251.62, the Main Index declined by 1,510.85 points to 377,828.83 and the JSE Financial Index slipped just 0.01 point to settle at 99.37. The average PE Ratio ended at 15.4 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed, with 41 securities changing hands compared to 40 on Thursday, resulting in an exchange of 12,184,860 shares for $359,160,713 compared to 12,814,652 units at $230,585,736 on Thursday. JMMB Group led trading with 25.1 percent of total volume after an exchange of 3.06 million shares, followed by Kingston Wharves with 24.6 percent or 3 million units, Wigton Windfarm with 12 percent for 1.46 million units and Grace Kennedy with 11.9 percent after closing with 1.44 million shares changing hands.
Trading ended with an average of 297,192 units changing hands at $8,760,017 for each security, versus an average of 320,366 shares at $5,764,643 on Thursday. The average trade for the month to date ended at 263,467 units at $4,232,434 for each security, in contrast to 259,799 units at $3,740,044 on Thursday. Trading month to date compares adversely to October’s average of 398,200 units at $4,622,532.
At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows six stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments gained $1.30 in closing at $85.30, in exchanging 42,500 shares, First Rock Capital rose 85 cents to end at $13.25, with the trading of 1,602 units, Jamaica Broilers fell $1.94 to close at $26.01, after the trading of 14,758 stock units. Kingston Wharves lost 35 cents to end at $48.40, with 3,002,991 shares changing hands, Mayberry Investments closed 59 cents lower at $5.50 after trading 10,311 units, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy dropped $5 in closing at $135 after clearing the market with 3,413 units. Palace Amusement declined $145.12 to end at $1,100.01, with 20 units crossing the exchange, Pan Jam Investment shed 51 cents to settle at $61 while trading 7,280 units, Portland JSX finished at $8, with a loss of 99 cents and 1,813 units trading. Proven Investments climbed $3.39 to $39.89 and finishing with an exchange of 38,609 shares, Sagicor Group fell $1 to $49 after 35,711 shares crossed the market, Scotia Group gained 40 cents to close at $48.15 trading 312,940 shares and Seprod ended 50 cents higher at $64, with an exchange of 12,704 stock units.

 

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

JSE Main Market continues to climb

The rally that started on Monday continues on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday, with gains in the market’s major indices with an exchange of 48 percent fewer shares, JSE Main Market continues to climb valued eight percent more than on Wednesday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index advanced 2,871.01 points to 415,885.38, the Main Index climbed 2,587.62 points to 379,339.68 and the JSE Financial Index added 1.05 points to settle at 99.38.
Trading ended with 40 securities changing hands compared to 43 on Wednesday and closed with the prices of 13 stocks rising, 16 declining and 11 remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio ended at 15.6 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 12,814,652 shares for $230,585,736 compared to 24,745,227 units at $212,755,395 on Wednesday. Grace Kennedy led trading with 26.3 percent of total volume after 3.36 million shares traded, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 24.9 percent as 3.19 million units changed hands and Wigton Windfarm with 21.1 percent for 2.70 million shares.
The average traded was 320,366 units changing hands at $5,764,643 for each security, compared to 575,470 shares at $4,947,800 on Wednesday. The average trade for the month to date ends at 259,799 units at $3,740,044 for each security, in contrast to 252,610 units at $3,499,735 on Wednesday. Trading month to date compares adversely to October’s average of 398,200 units at $4,622,532.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows seven stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments advanced $1.53 to settle at $84, with 4,384 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement fell $1.94 to end at $53, with an exchange of 11,206 stock units, Jamaica Broilers climbed $2.80 to $27.95, after trading 15,190 units. Key Insurance lost 30 cents to close at  $8.10, with investors swapping 7,100 shares, Kingston Properties shed 49 cents and ended at $6.98, after exchanging 100 stocks, Mayberry Jamaican Equities finished 50 cents lower at $7 trading 3,130 units. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy fell $2 to $140, in clearing the market with 2,589 shares, Palace Amusement climbed $245.13 to $1,245.13 after trading of 20 units, Pan Jam Investment declined $2.48 to $61.51, with 43,886 shares changing hands. Proven Investments gained 43 cents to end at $36.50, in exchanging 750 units, Sagicor Group climbed $2 to $50, with investors swapping 11,448 stock units, Salada Foods advanced $1.90 to $28.29, with 5 stocks changing hands. Scotia Group rose $1.75 to $47.75, after trading 80,862 shares, Seprod closed $1.50 higher at $63.50, with investors switching ownership of 29,826 stock units, Sygnus Credit Investments gained 80 cents to end at $17.80, in exchanging 554,552 units. Victoria Mutual Investments rose 38 cents to end at $5.79, with 99,884 shares changing hands and Wisynco Group gained 32 cents to close at $15.26 after 119,591 stocks passed through the market.

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

Modest fall for JSE Main Market

Price changes were mostly lower at the end of trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market at the close on Wednesday, resulting in the market slipping after an exchange of 216 percent more shares than on Tuesday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index lost 18.27 points and closed at 413,014.37, the Main Index shed 21.33 points to 376,752.06, but the JSE Financial Index gained 0.17 points to settle at 98.33.
A total of 43 securities traded compared to 39 on Tuesday, with 14 stocks rising, 20 declining and nine remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio ended at 15.4 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 24,745,227 shares for $212,755,395 compared to 7,825,111 units at $108,303,727 on Tuesday. Wigton Windfarm led trading with 75.5 percent of total volume for 18.68 million shares, followed by Grace Kennedy 9.8 percent, with 2.41 million units and Transjamaican Highway with 3.8 percent or 929,276 shares.
Trading ended with an average of 575,470 units changing hands at $4,947,800 for each security, compared to 200,644 shares at $2,777,019 on Tuesday. The average trade for the month to date ends at 252,610 units at $3,499,735 for each security, in contrast to 205,389 units at $3,287,944. Trading month to date continues to compare adversely to October’s average of 398,200 units at $4,622,532.
The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows ten stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments fell $2.53 to $82.47 in trading 239,086 shares, Caribbean Cement advanced $1.94 to $54.94, with an exchange of 8,748 units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund shed 50 cents to close at $39, after trading 420 stock units. Jamaica Broilers ended at $25.15, after losing $2.79 with 107,363 shares crossing the market, Kingston Properties gained 49 cents to close at $7.47, with investors trading 100 units, Kingston Wharves rose $2.25 to $48.95 after clearing the market with 3,837 units. Mayberry Jamaican Equities gained 42 cents to close at $7.50, with 77,364 shares changing hands, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy dipped $8, in ending at $142 with the trading of 382 units, Pan Jam Investment gained 99 cents to close at $63.99, in trading 3,719 units. Proven Investments declined $2.43 to $36.07, with 4,000 units crossing the exchange, Salada Foods fell $1.90 to $26.39, after an exchange of just one tock unit, Scotia Group advanced $1.39 to $46, with the swapping of 159,766 shares. Seprod dropped $2 to $62 in exchanging 9,908 stock units, Supreme Ventures rose 44 cents to close at $15.89 trading 38,592 stock units and Sygnus Credit Investments lost 45 cents in closing at $17, with a transfer of 42,707 shares.

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