More slippage for JSE Main Market

Trading picked up on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Tuesday with a tripling of the number of shares changing hands at nearly three times the value, but the market index dipped by the close.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 1,754.44 points to 406,841.32, the JSE Market Index sank 1,536.62 points to 371,224.80 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.09 points to 96.35. The average PE Ratio of the Main Market closed at 15 based on IC Insider.com forecasted 2020-21 earnings.
Trading ended with 41 securities changing hands with the prices of 18 stocks rising, 19 declining and four unchanged. The market closed with an exchange of 16,335,306 shares accounting for $134,380,830 compared to 5,526,846 units at $49,678,898 on Monday. Transjamaican Highway led trading with 6.10 million shares for 37.4 percent of total volume followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 4.81 million units for 29.5 percent of the day’s trade and Wigton Windfarm with 1.61 million units for 9.9 percent market share.
The average trade for the day ended at 398,422 units at $3,277,581 in contrast to an average of 128,531 valued at $1,155,323 on Monday. An average of 373,718 units traded for the month to date for $4,445,101 in contrast to 367,724 units at $1,363,982. The average volume and value for June was 818,748 units at $7,498,303.
 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the Main market shows 11 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments gained $1.52 to settle at $59 after exchanging 830 units, Berger Paints closed 99 cents higher at $13.99, in trading 5,037 stock units, Caribbean Cement fell to $47.90, with a loss of 60 cents in the transfer of 313,005 shares. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund climbed $1 to $44, with an exchange of 6,240 shares, First Rock Capital shed 95 cents trading 12,623 stock units and closed at $13.05, Grace Kennedy shed $1 to finish at $55, after trading 420,726 shares. Jamaica Producers ended at $22.50, having lost $1 in transferring 39,348 units, JMMB Group jumped $1.48 to $31.99, with 67,277 shares crossing the market, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy advanced $4 to close at $172 after trading just 100 units. NCB Financial Group declined $1.40 to $134.10 with an exchange of 393,783 shares, Palace Amusement sustained a loss of $10 to finish at $1,790, after swapping 20 units, PanJam Investment dropped $1 in trading 10,829 stock units and settled at $73. Proven Investments ended with a loss of 44 cents at $33.95, with 1,637 units changing hands and Wisynco Group shed 30 cents to finish at $17.70, in transferring 34,252 shares.

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

JSE Main market stocks tumble

Stocks mostly pulled back on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Monday as investors engaged in moderate trading and sent the market indices into a dive, at the close, and adding to sizeable losses on the first two days of July.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaica Composite Index declined by 6,453.85 points to 408,595.76, the JSE Market Index dropped 5,842.37 points to 372,761.42 and the JSE Financial Index lost 2.05 points to end at 96.26. The average PE Ratio of the Main Market closed at 15.3 based on IC Insider.com forecasted 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with 43 securities changing hands with the prices of seven stocks rising, 24 declining and 11 trading firm. The market closed with an exchange of 5,526,846 shares accounting for $49,678,898 compared to 11,919,474 units at $95,504,967 on Friday.
Transjamaican Highway led trading with 1.43 million shares for 26 percent of total volume followed by Wigton Windfarm with 853,642 units for 15.5 percent of the day’s trade and Pulse Investments with 822,283 units for 15 percent market share.
The average trade for the day ended at 128,531 units at $1,155,323 in contrast to an average of 290,719 valued at $2,329,389 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 367,724 units valued at $1,363,982 in contrast to 666,101 units at $3,860,643 on Friday. In Contrast, trading in June resulted in an average of 818,748 units for $7,498,308 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the Main market shows 11 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and six with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments climbed $2.48 to settle at $57.48 trading 2,719 shares, Caribbean Cement declined by $1.50 and ending at $48.50 with investors exchanging 4,361 units, First Rock Capital closed $1 higher at $14, with a transfer of 8,800 stock units. Grace Kennedy dropped by $1 to $56 after trading 25,625, Jamaica Broilers ended 66 cents lower at $28.01, with 13,498 shares changing hands, Jamaica Producers lost 59 cents in ending at $23.50, with the transfer of 10,245 units. JMMB Group shed 99 cents to finish at $30.51 with 219,422 shares crossing the market, Kingston Wharves gained 36 cents and closed at $53.36 in trading 3,673 units, NCB Financial Group declined by 40 cents to end at $135.50 after exchanging 163,040 shares. Portland JSX rose 55 cents to end at $7.90 and trading 20,187 stock units, Sagicor Group declined by $3.89 to $46.10 with a transfer of 23,410 units. Sagicor Real Estate Fund jumped 54 cents to $8.29 with investors trading 69,628 stock units, Salada Foods dropped $3.40 to close at $25 after exchanging 3,775 units, Scotia Group declined by $2.25 to end at $45, in transferring 34,944 stock units and Seprod shed $2.79 to settle at $50.20 with 19,161 units changing hands.
In the preference segment, Productive Business Solutions 9.75% preference share declined by $3 to $104, after investors traded a mere one unit.

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

NCB is back IC Top 10

NCB Financial Group is back IC Insider.com Main Market TOP 10 stocks as the price slipped slightly by the end of the week to $135.90. There were no changes to the Junior Market TOP 10 lists.
This week’s focus:  NCB shares have been under selling pressure, with the group reporting lower second-quarter profit than the prior year and concerns about losses that can occur from their loan portfolio. They announced measures to continue their focus on cost-cutting, with a proposed restructuring of the insurance arms that will lead to lower costs. In addition, they announced the cutting of 121 staff members that will lower operating costs, going forward. Investors can expect more adjustments in the group that will flow from the acquisition of the majority shareholding of the Guardian group.
The top three Junior Market stocks this week, with the potential to gain between 260 to 695 percent by March 2021, are Caribbean Producers, followed by Lasco Financial, while Caribbean Cream and Lumber Depot share the third position. In the Main Market, the top three stocks continue to be Radio Jamaica continues to lead, followed by Berger Paints and JMMB Group with expected gains of 186 to 208 percent.
The targeted average PE ratio of the market is 20 based on profits of companies reporting full year’s results for the financial year ending after the second quarter of 2020, up to the second quarter in 2021. Both the Junior and Main markets are currently trading well below this level. The JSE Main Market ended the week, with an overall PE of 15.2 and the Junior Market at just 10.7, based on IC Insider.com’s projected 2020-21 earnings. The PE ratio for the Junior Market Top 10 stocks averages a mere 5.7 at just 53 percent to the average of the overall Junior Market. The Main Market TOP 10 stocks trade at 8.6 or 57 percent of the PE of the overall market.
The average projected gain for the IC TOP 10 stocks is 284 percent, for the Junior Market and 141 percent for the JSE Main Market, based on 2020-21 earnings, an indication that there is the potential to make greater gains in the Junior Market than in the Main Market.
IC TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns up to March 2021. The expected gain for each stock is based on earnings and PE ratios for the current fiscal year. The ranking of stocks is done in order of likely increases. The highest-ranked stock is the most attractive. The ranking of stocks is in order of likely increases, with the highest-ranked, being the most attractive. Expected values will change as stock prices fluctuate and will result in movements of the selection in and out of the lists for most weeks. Revisions to earnings per share are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

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Big drop for JSE Main Market

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The Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange declined for the second day in a row as falling stock prices outpaced advancing ones, with trading levels rising well above that on Wednesday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index carved out a drop of 4,902.61 points to 414,217.20, the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Index dived 4,332.39 points to close at 377,881.72 and the JSE Financial Index shed 1.18 points to end at 97.86. The average PE Ratio of the Main Market ended at 15.2 based on IC Insider.com’s forecasted 2020-21 earnings.
Trading ended with 43 securities changing hands with the prices of 13 stocks rising, 17 declining and 13 closing unchanged. The market closed with an exchange of 25,342,527 shares accounting for $172,663,218 compared to 19,356,583 units at $59,986,491 on Wednesday. Pulse Investments led trading with 9.34 million shares for 37 percent of total volume followed by   Transjamaican Highway with 4.88 million units for 19 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 3.79 million units for 15 percent of market share. Other trades over a million units are Wigton Windfarm 2.7 million shares and Jamaica Broilers with 2 million shares.
The average trade for Thursday ended at 589,361 units for $4,015,424  in contrast to an average of 460,871 at $1,428,250 on Wednesday. The average trade for the month to date is 525,872 for $2,737,055, in contrast to 460,871 units at $1,428,250 for each security. In contrast, June ended with an average of 818,748 units at $7,498,308 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the Main market shows 12 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments declined by $3 to $59, in trading 4,711 stock units, Caribbean Cement closed $1 higher at $50 after exchanging 25,101 stock units, Eppley gained 89 cents to end at $17.39, with a transfer of 100 units. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund climbed $1.02 to $43.95, with 11,357 stock units changing hands, First Rock Capital fell $1.99 to $12.01 trading 4,300 units, Jamaica Broilers Group rose 68 cents to end at $28.67, with 2,083,164 shares changing hands.  Jamaica Stock Exchange lost 44 cents to finish at $21.50, with an exchange of 31,009 stock units, JMMB Group picked up 50 cents transferring 35,000 stock units to settle at $31.50, Kingston Wharves declined to $53, with a loss of $4 exchanging 6,580 units. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy climbed $8 to $168, in trading 501 units, NCB Financial Group gained 80 cents to finish at $137.50 with 120,381 shares changing hands, PanJam Investment fell $1 to finish at $74 with the trading of 104,975 shares.  Sagicor Group climbed $3.90 to close at $50.15  as 110,812 shares crossed the market,  Scotia Group closed 90 cents higher at $45, in trading 348,793 shares and Sygnus Credit  Investments lost 50 cents to end at $16, with a transfer of 5,043 stock units.

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

JSE Main Market pulls back

Following substantial gains to close out June, the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market pulled back some of those gains as prices of several stocks gave up some of the increases of the previous day. Beating the negative trend were Barita Investments and Pulse Investments as they continued to move higher.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index declined 1,615.74  points to 419,119.81. The Main Index dropped 1,541.69 points to 382,214.11 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.67 points to 99.04. The average PE Ratio of Main Market ended at 15.1 based on IC Insider.com’s forecasted 2020-21 earnings.
Trading ended with 42 securities changing hands with the prices of 12 stocks rising, 24 declining and 6 remained unchanged. The market closed with an exchange of 19,356,583 shares accounting for $59,986,491 compared to 68,236,614 units at $488,624,865 on Tuesday.
TransJamaican Highway led trading with 5.95 million shares for 30.8 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 4.94 million units for 25.5 percent of the day’s trades and Pulse Investments with 4.26 million units for 22 percent market share. Carreras was the only other stock trading over a million shares, ending with 1.53 million units changing hands.
The average trade for Wednesday ended at 460,871 units at $1,428,250 in contrast to an average of 1,586,898 valued at $11,363,369 on Tuesday. June closed with an average of 818,748 units at $7,498,308 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the Main 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 gained $1 to settle at $62, after swapping 4,526 units, Berger Paints dropped $1 to close at $13, in trading 847 shares, Caribbean Cement lost 50 cents to end at $49 exchanging 2,301 stock units. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund ended 93 cents higher at $42.93, with investors transferring 2,100 units, First Rock Capital shed 50 cents to finish at $14, with an exchange of 500 shares, Jamaica Broilers fell $1.01 to settle at $27.99, with 7,572 units changing hands. Jamaica Producers lost 75 cents to end at $24.15 exchanging 7,026 stock units, JMMB Group closed $1.30 lower at $31, after investors swapped 72,183 shares, Kingston Properties ended at $7, with a loss of 50 cents trading 400 units. Mayberry Jamaican Equities dropped 50 cents to close at $9.50, in the transfer of 500 units, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy declined by $9 to $160, after exchanging 400 units, NCB Financial gained 70 cents to settle at $136.70 in trading 37,711 stock units. PanJam Investment jumped $5 to $75, with an exchange of 1,372 units, Portland JSX slid 55 cents to $7.35, after exchanging 200 units, Proven Investments shed 50 cents to close at $35 trading 833 units. Pulse Investments gained 75 cents trading 4,255,782 shares to finish at $4.17, Sagicor Group declined by $4.75 to $46.25, after 726 units crossed the exchange, Salada Foods closed $1.45 lower to end at $28.45, with an exchange of 3,942 units. Scotia Group fell by $1.30 to $44.10, with 79,077 shares changing hands, Sygnus Credit Investments lost 49 cents to settle at $16.50 trading 6,400 stock units and Wisynco Group traded 28,698 stock units and fell 99 cents to $18.51.

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

JSE Main Market jumps 8,500 points

Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed sharply higher on Tuesday following the significant fall on Monday as investors traded six times the number of shares that traded on Monday, leading the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index (AJI) to jump 8,491.49 points to 420,735.55.
The market enjoyed a sharp rise in the prices of Barita Investments, up by $3.70, Jamaica Broilers rising $2.10, Kingston Wharves climbing $4.20, Palace Amusement gaining $10, Sagicor Group added $4.97 and Wisynco Group with a rise of $1.98. NCB Financial lost $2.90, PanJam Investments shed $5 and Scotia Group lost $1.60.
The AJI closed the month just over 100 points lower than at the close in May, the Main Index rose 7,767.06 points to 383,755.80 and the JSE Financial Index rose 2.30 points to settle at 99.71. The average PE Ratio of the Main Market ended at 15.6 based on IC Insider.com forecasted 2020-21 earnings.
Trading ended with 43 securities changing hands with the prices of 23 stocks rising, 11 declining and three closing unchanged. The market closed with an exchange of 68,236,614 shares accounting for $488,624,865 compared to 11,612,843 units at $70,094,309 on Monday.
At the close, Mayberry Jamaican Equities surge to the top of the market, with 50 million shares trading for 73 percent of total volume followed by Pulse Investments with 10.3 million units for 15 percent of the day’s trade and Transjamaican Highway with 2.6 million units for 3.8 percent market share.  Other securities trading a million units or more are Carreras with 1.1 million units and Wigton Windfarm with 1 million shares.
The average trade for Tuesday ended at 1,586,898 units at $11,363,369 in contrast to an average of 263,928 valued at $1,593,052 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 818,748 units valued at $7,498,308 in contrast to 782,169, units at $7,295,380. May closed with an average of 475,543 shares at $3,077,280 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the Main market shows 12 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments gained $3.70 to end at $61 in trading 33,061 shares, Eppley rose 60 cents in ending at $16.50, with investor swapping 15,000 stock units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund dropped $1 ending at $42 trading 17,030 units. Jamaica Broilers Group advanced by $2.10 to $29, with 45,706 shares changing hands, JMMB Group added 30 cents to settle at $32.30, with 20,404 stock unit crossing the market, Kingston Properties climbed 50 cents closing at $7.50 trading 786 units. Kingston Wharves gained $4.20 in closing at $57.20 in an exchange of 7,286 shares, Mayberry Investments gained 35 cents to settle at $6, after investors transferred 10,171 stock units, Mayberry Jamaican Equities picked up 40 cents, in ending at $10 with an exchange of 50,040,562 shares. NCB Financial Group declined by $2.90 to close at $136, with 42,866 shares changing hands, Palace Amusement advanced by $10, to $1,850 with an exchange of just two units, PanJam Investment declined by $5 to settle at $70 having 11,901 units crossing the exchange. Proven Investments rose $1 to end at $35.50 with a transfer of 8,998 stock units, Sagicor Group climbed $4.97 to close at $51, after exchanging 111,028 shares. Scotia Group shed $1.60 to close at $45.40 trading 43,845 shares and Wisynco Group jumped $1.98 to close at $19.50 with 475,698 units passing through the market.
Productive Business Solutions 9.75% Preference shares increased $6.99 to close at $107, having swapped just one stock unit.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Sharp fall ahead of month-end

Investors pushed the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange down one day ahead of the month-end with the trading levels being less than half of Friday’s volume, with just 11,614,743 shares trading for $70,135,159 compared to 27,345,784 units at $96,729,414 on Friday.
At the close of market activities on Monday, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 4,523.57 points to 412,244.06, the JSE Market Index dived 4,167.69 to end at 375,988.74 and the JSE Financial Index slipped 0.97 points to settle at 97.41.
Trading in the Main Market ended with 44 securities changing hands with the prices of 14 stocks rising, 23 declining and seven closing unchanged and the average PE Ratio of the Market ended at 15.4 based on IC Insider.com’s forecasted 2020-21 earnings.
Pulse Investments led trading with 3.27 million shares for 28 percent of total volume followed by Transjamaican Highway with 2.5 million units for 21.6 percent of the day’s trade and Wigton Windfarm with 1.44 million units for 12.4 percent market share. Sagicor Select Financial Fund was the only other stock to trade more than a million shares and ended with 1.4 million units changing hands.
The average trade on Monday ended at 263,928 units at 1,593,052 in contrast to an average of 701,174 at $2,480,241 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 782,169, units at $7,295,380 in contrast to 808,713 units at $7,227,394 previously. May closed with an average of 475,543 shares at $3,077,280 for each security traded. IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the Main market shows 14 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market,  Barita Investments jumped $3.45 to end at $57.30 in the transfer of 179,856 shares, Berger climbed 60 cents to finish at $14, exchanging 6,500 units. Eppley declined by $2.06 to end at $15.90 with 3,150 shares changing hands, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund rose 45 cents to close at $43 with a transfer of 2,669 stock units, First Rock Capital lost  60 cents to settle at $14.50 in trading 6,459 units. Jamaica Broilers declined by $2.10 to finish at $26.90 after the exchange of 17,607 stock units, Jamaica Stock Exchange advanced $1.58 to close at $21.88 with investors swapping 145,804 stock units, JMMB Group shed 99 cents to close at $32 while exchanging 160,743 shares. Kingston Properties advanced 30 cents to end at $7 with investors having transferred 1,582 shares, Kingston Wharves dropped $3 to close at $53 in trading 18,622 shares, Mayberry Investments declined 34 cents to $5.65 with 59,529 units changing hands. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy dropped $1 to settle at $169, trading 200 units, NCB Financial Group lost $1.09 to close at $138.90 in the transfer of 119,505 shares, 138 Student Living climbed 42 cents to settle at $6.72 in trading just one stock unit, Palace Amusement jumped $240 to settle at $1,840 with an exchange of 25 units. PanJam Investment climbed $2 in ending at $75 with 6,582 stock units traded, Proven Investments increased $1.50 to $34.50 in the exchange of  560 stock units, Sagicor Group shed 97 cents to settle at $46.03 with the transfer of  66,782 units. Salada Foods rose 90 cents to end at $29.90, exchanging 20 shares, Scotia Group eased by 35 cents in closing at $47 in trading 10,164 stock units and Wisynco Group shed $1.18 to end at $17.52 with 130,643 shares crossing the exchange.

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

Steady going for IC Top 10 stocks

The Main Market put in a positive performance this past week, with the market index rising over 5,000 points, at the same time, the Junior Market bob and weaved its way to a minor loss for the week, resulting in changes to the TOP 10 lists.
The market move resulted in just two changes to the IC Insider.com TOP 10 weekly lists as the Main Market recovered almost all of the losses in the previous two weeks of 3,784 points a week ago and just under 2,000 points in the week before.
For the Junior Market TOP 10, Medical Disposables returns to the ten, after just a week’s absence, replacing General Accident that rose in the week.
This week’s focus:  General Accident enjoyed increased buying interest this past week, following the announcement from the company that they acquired an additional ten percent of the issued shares of MotorOne insurance company in Trinidad, taking their holdings to 65 percent. Also, the brokerage house, Mayberry Investments, upgraded the company’s earnings to 70 cents per share for this year, from 60 cents, previously and have a buy recommendation on the stock. IC Insider.com’s forecast is 85 cents per share for the current year. The stock closed on Friday at $6, up from $5.51 last week and traded over $8, last year, October. It now sits just below the Top 10 stocks, with the potential to reach $15 within the next nine months.
The top three Junior Market stocks, this week, with the potential to gain between 305 to 712 percent by March 2021 are Caribbean Producers, followed by Lasco Financial and Caribbean Cream, with the price dropping from $2.85 to $2.47. In the Main Market, the top three stocks continue to be Radio Jamaica continues to lead, followed by Berger Paints and JMMB Group with expected gains of 173 to 205 percent.
The targeted average PE ratio of the market is 20 based on profits of companies reporting full year’s results for the financial year ending after the second quarter of 2020, up to the second quarter in 2021. Both the Junior and Main markets are currently trading well below this level. The JSE Main Market ended the week, with an overall PE of 15.2 and the Junior Market at just 10.6, based on 2020-21 earnings. The PE ratio for the Junior Market Top 10 stocks averages a mere 5.6 at 53 percent to the average of the overall Junior Market. The Main Market TOP 10 stocks trade at 8.8 or 58 percent of the PE of the overall market.
The average projected gain for the IC TOP 10 stocks is 291 percent, for the Junior Market and 136 percent for the JSE Main Market, based on 2020-21 earnings, an indication that there is the potential to make greater gains in the Junior Market than in the Main Market.
IC TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver some of the best returns up to March 2021. Gains for each company are based on the earnings and PE ratios for the current fiscal year.
The ranking of stocks is in order of likely increases, with the highest-ranked, being the most attractive. The classification of the securities is in order of likely increases, with the most attractive highest ranked first. Expected values will change as stock prices fluctuate and will result in movements of the selection in and out of the lists for most weeks. Revisions to earnings per share are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

Persons who compiled this report may have an interest in securities commented on in this report.

Main Market ends week with gains

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market was below normal levels, on Friday, with investors pushing several stock prices higher, leading the market indices to carve out modest gains, with the All Jamaican Composite Index climbing 5,100 points for the week and recovered the 4,100 points loss of the previous week.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 1,009.48 points to 416,767.63 and the Main Market Index advanced 912.88 points to 380,156.43. The JSE Financial Index closed unchanged at 98.38 points.
Trading ended with 39 securities changing hands, compared to 42 on Thursday and the market closed, with the prices of 24 stocks rising, seven declining and eight closing unchanged. The market closed, with an exchange of 27,345,784 shares accounting for $96,729,414 compared to 13,491,484 units at $103,617,587 on Thursday.
The leading trades for the day were, Transjamaican Highway, with 16.10 million shares for 59 percent of total volume followed by Wigton Windfarm with 4.32 million units for 16 percent of the day’s tradings and Pulse Investments with 3.52 million units for 13 percent market share. Supreme Ventures was the only other stock trading, to exceed a million units, and it ended with 1.3 million units changing hands.
The average trade for the day ended at 701,174 units at $2,480,241 in contrast to an average of 321,226 units valued at $2,467,085 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 808,713 units valued at $7,227,394, in contrast to 813,827 units at $7,200,572.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the Main market shows 14 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers. The average PE ratio of the Main Market ended at 15.4 based on IC Insider.com’s forecasted 2020-21 earnings.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments climbed $2.35 to end at $53.85, with the swapping of 51,334 units, Berger Paints rose $1.20 to settle at $13.40 in trading 5,101 units, First Rock Capital gained 30 cents in closing at $15.10 with 6,450 stock units crossing the exchange. GraceKennedy climbed 49 cents after closing at $57.99 and trading 3,773 stock units, Jamaica Broilers rose $1 to $29 with a transfer of 870 shares, Jamaica Producers gained $1 to settle at $25 in trading 36,130 units. Mayberry Investments advanced 34 cents to $5.99 with 10,090 stock units changing hands, Mayberry Jamaican Equities shed 50 cents to settle at $9.50 in exchanging 427 shares, NCB Financial lost $1.20 to end at $139.99 in trading 33,259 stock units. Scotia Group climbed $3.70 to end at $47.35 in the swapping of 3,767 units, Seprod rose $1.80 in ending at $53 and exchanging 26,888 stock units, Victoria Mutual Investments declined 45 cents to settle at $7.45 with 296,346 stock units changing hands and Wisynco Group advanced by 47 cents to end at $18.70 with 52,410 units crossing the market.

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

JSE Main Market squeezes out gains

Investors pushed the majority of stocks trading on the Main Market Jamaica Stock Exchange, down on Thursday with the market indices squeezing out meager gains at the close on a day when trading volume declined sharply from Wednesday’s high volume trading.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index advanced 219.97 points to 415,758.15, the JSE Market Index rose 199.13 points to 379,243.55 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.17 points to close at 98.38. The PE ratio of the market ended at 15, while the Main Market ended at 15.5 times ICInsider.com projected 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with 47 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with prices of 12 stocks advancing, 23 declining and 12 securities trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 42 securities accounting for 13,491,484 units at $103,617,587, in contrast to 359,330,187 units for $1,020,073,564 from 43 securities on Wednesday.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 4.4 million shares for 32.5 percent of total volume followed by Trans Jamaican Highway with 3.5 million units for 26.3 percent of the day’s trade and JMMB Group with 1.1 million units for 8.3 percent market share.
An average of 321,225 shares traded at $2,467,085, for each security on Thursday, in contrast to 8,356,516 units at an average of $23,722,641 on Wednesday. The average volume for the month to date ended at 813,827 units at $7,465,362 for each security changing hands, compared to 840,420 units with an average value of $7,750,590. Trading in May resulted in an average of 475,543 units valued at $3,077,280 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator│ At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows fifteen stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and five stocks closing with lower offers.
In the Main Market, Barita Investments advanced $1.10 to close at $51.50, in exchanging 165,319  shares, Berger Paints fell by $1.30 to end at $12.20, having swapped 3,936 units, Caribbean Cement dropped $1.47 to $49.50 trading 13,761 stock units. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund declined $1.42 and ending at $42.55 exchanging 100 shares, Grace Kennedy shed 50 cents to close at $57.50, with the transfer of 54,856 shares, Jamaica Broilers declined by $1.74 to $28 in the swapping of 28,443 stock units. Jamaica Stock Exchange ended at $20.10, having lost $1.87 and trading 10,420 units, JMMB Group shed 32 cents to settle at $33.01, with 1,082,918 shares changing hands, Key Insurance gained 45 cents after closing at $4.95 in swapping 20,000 shares, Kingston Wharves fell $1.48 to finish at $56.01 trading 5,353 units. Mayberry Investments closed 35 cents lower at $5.65 exchanging 220 units, Mayberry Jamaican Equities settled at $10, with a loss of 50 cents in transferring 104,953 shares. NCB Financial Group ended at $141.19, after losing $1.81 and exchanging 34,458 stock units, 138 Student Living lost 41 cents to close at $6.31, with 503 units changing hands. Pan Jam Investment  declined by $2.20 to end at $73, having swapped 9,414 stock units, Sagicor Group climbed $1 to $47, with 133,260 shares crossing the market, Salada Foods fell by $1 to settle at $29, after 2,216 units crossed the exchange. Scotia Group  finished $3.85 lower at $43.65, with a transfer of 53,399 shares, Seprod dropped $1.80 trading7,154 units and closed at  $51.20,  Victoria Mutual Investments gained 30 cents, ending at $7.90 with an exchange of 219,564 shares and Wisynco Group picked up 66 cents trading940,749 shares to end at $18.23.

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