Trading jumps at JSE – Thursday  

Declining stocks beat out on advancing ones again on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange but market indices rose to halt the recent daily decline as the volume and value of stocks climbed sharply from Wednesday’s out turn.
The main market ended with 5,840,821 units valued at over $422,371,897 trading, compared with 1,635,588 units valued at $49,600,589 changing hands on Wednesday. A total of 29 securities changed hands in the main and US dollar markets, with prices of 10 rising, 12 declining and 7 remaining unchanged compared to 26 securities trading on Wednesday.
At the close of the market, the All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 1,139.10 points to close at 410,056.07 and the JSE Index advanced by 1,037.84 points to close at 373,607.46.
Trading resulted in an average of 224,647 units valued at $16,245,073, in contrast to 62,907 units valued at over $1,907,715 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 124,399 units with a value of $4,530,322, compared to 113,717 units with a value of $3,126,711, previously. November closed, with an average of 405,528 valued at $7,755,942, for each security traded.
NCB Financial led trading with 2,238,381 units in accounting for 38.32 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Jamaica Producers with 930,181 units or 15.93 percent of the overall volume and Seprod with 907,620 units and 15.54 percent of the day’s volume.
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In main market activity, Barita Investments shed 90 cents and closed at $32, with  an exchange of 11,570 shares, Berger Paints jumped $6.50 to close at a record high of $24.50, with just 1,000 stock units changing hands, Jamaica Broilers lost 50 cents in trading 65,646 stock units at $29, Jamaica Producers finished trading 930,181 units with a fall of $1.30 to close at $25.70,  JMMB Group fell $1.97 in trading 180,489 shares to close at $34.97. Mayberry Investments rose 50 cents and settled at $9.50, with 27,667 units changing hands, PanJam Investment rose 35 cents to close at $70, with an exchange of 213,004 stock units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund lost 79 cents to close at $10.20, with 1,000 shares changing hands, Scotia Group gained $1 trading 141,156 units to close at $56, Seprod traded 907,620 shares after declining by 50 cents to close at $31.50, Supreme Ventures rose 45 cents to $16, with 226,840 shares changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 14,830 units valued at over $15,692 as JMMB Group 5.75% percent preference share closed with just with 4,820 units trading but fell 10 cents to US$1,06, JMMB Group 6% preference share closed with just with 5,310 units trading but fell 10 cents to US$2 and Sygnus Credit Investments lost 1 cent and ended at 10 US cents with 4,700 shares changing hands. The JSE USD Equities Index declined by 1.06 points to close at 169.22.

Moderate JSE main market trading – Wednesday

Declining stocks had the upper hand on advancing ones on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange as the market indices fell for yet another day, as the volume and value of stocks trading declined from Tuesday’s out turn.
The main market ended with 1,635,588 units valued at $49,600,589 trading, compared with 4,528,396 units valued at $129,629,406 changing hands on Tuesday. A total of 29 securities changed hands in the main and US dollar markets, with prices of 10 rising, 12 declining and 7 remaining unchanged compared to 26 securities trading on Tuesday.
At the close of the market, the All Jamaican Composite Index lost 825.99 points to 408,916.97 and the JSE Index declined 752.57 points to close at 372,569.62.
Trading resulted in an average of 62,907 units valued at over $1,907,715, in contrast to 181,136 units valued at $5,185,176 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 113,717 units with a value of $3,126,711, compared to 119,777 units with a value of $3,292,648, previously. November closed, with an average of 405,528 valued at $7,755,942, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 5 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 4 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments gained 90 cents and closed at $32.90, with an exchange of 11,147 shares, Berger Paints ended $1 lower at $18, with 9,656 stock units changing hands, Caribbean Cement shed $2 and finished trading 21,766 shares at $44, Grace Kennedy added $1 and ended trading 40,681 shares at $60, Jamaica Producers finished trading of 13,376 units with a rise of $2 to close at $27, Jamaica Stock Exchange closed with a fall of 50 cents at $9.50, in trading  79,523 shares, JMMB Group jumped $2.45 and ended trading 114,693 shares at $34.97. Kingston Wharves closed at $76, with a rise of $1.80 in trading 16,745 stock units, Mayberry Investments lost 50 cents and settled at $9, with 105,050 units changing hands, NCB Financial Group dropped $1.99 to $145.01 in ending trading of 74,419 shares, PanJam Investment jumped $7.15 to close at $69.65, with an exchange of 215,881 stock units, Sagicor Group fell 70 cent in trading 42,406 shares at $42, Sagicor Real Estate Fund added 99 cents to close at $10.99, with 295,149 shares changing hands, Scotia Group gained 99 cents trading 35,316 units to close at $55, Seprod traded 31,423 shares after rising 60 cents to close at $32, Supreme Ventures lost 45 cents and ended at $15.55, with 88,058 shares changing hands, Sygnus Credit Investments rose 44 cents and ended at $10.50 with 5,696 shares changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 8,525 units valued at $2,059 as MMB Group 5.75% preference share closed with just with 180 units trading but fell 10 cents to US$2, Proven Investments traded 7,200 units at 22 US cents and  Sygnus Credit Investments lost 1 cent and ended at 10 US cents with 1,145 shares changing hands. The JSE USD Equities Index declined by 0.20 points to close at 170.27.

More decline for JSE main market – Tuesday

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange suffered further declines at the close of trading on Tuesday as declining stocks edged out advancing ones but with securities trading ending with slightly higher volume and value than on Monday.
The main market ended with 4,528,396 units valued at over $129,629,406 trading, compared with 4,388,637 units valued at $106,879,255 changing hands on Monday. A total of 26 securities changed hands in the main and US dollar markets, with prices of 9 rising, 10 declining and 14 remaining unchanged compared to 33 securities trading on Monday.
At the close of the market, the All Jamaican Composite Index lost 1,387.52 points to 409,742.96 and the JSE Index declined 1,264.19 points to close at 373,322.19.
The main market ended with Jamaica Broilers trading 2,226,854 units, accounting for just over 49 percent of the volume, followed by JMMB Group with 908,724 units, 20 percent of the day’s volume and JMMB Group 7.5% preference share with 386,688 units or just 8.5 percent of the day’s volume.
Trading resulted in an average of 181,136 units valued at $5,185,176, in contrast to 137,145 units valued at $3,339,977 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 119,777 units with a value of $3,292,648, compared to 111,829 units with a value of $3,007,628, previously. November closed, with an average of 405,528 valued at $7,755,942, for each security traded.
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In main market activity, Caribbean Cement gained $2.50 and finished trading 5,000 shares at $46, Grace Kennedy lost 50 cents and ended trading 80,913 shares at $59, Jamaica Producers finished trading of 13,659 units with a rise of $1 to close at $25, Jamaica Stock Exchange closed with a gain of 80 cents at $10, after trading 102,000 shares, JMMB Group lost $1.48 and ended trading 908,724 shares at $32.52. Kingston Wharves closed at $74.20, with a loss of 80 cents in trading 620 stock units, Mayberry Investments rose 40 cents and settled at $9.50, with 138,069 units changing hands, PanJam Investment lost $4.50 to close at $62.50, with an exchange of 23,764 stock units, Sagicor Group gained $2.54 to finish trading of 1,880 shares at $42.70, Sagicor Real Estate Fund fell 50 cents to settle at a 52 weeks’ low of $10, with 17,300 shares changing hands, Scotia Group fell 50 cents in trading 164,214 units to close at $54.01, Seprod traded 64,730 shares in dropping 45 cents to close at $31.40, Sterling Investments lost 35 cents and closed at $4.13, with 915 shares, Sygnus Credit Investments lost 44 cents and ended at $10.06 with 16,120 shares changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 4,700 units valued at $470 as Sygnus Credit Investments lost 1 cent and ended at 10 US cents with 4,700 shares changing hands. The JSE USD Equities Index declined by 1.05 points to close at 170.47.

Decline continues for JSE main market – Monday  

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NCB declined again on Monday.

The  Jamaica Stock Exchange All Jamaican Composite Index lost 1,361.35 points to close at 411,130.48 on Monday and the JSE Index declined by 1,240.34 points tot close at 374,586.38.

The market suffered from declines primarily in Caribbean Cement, Jamaica Producers, NCB Financial, Sagicor Group and Supreme Ventures but good gains mainly in Grace Kennedy and Panjam Investment helped to ease the fall.
At the end, 33 securities changed hands in the main and US dollar markets with prices of just 11 rising, 14 declining and 8 remaining unchanged compared to 28 securities trading on Friday.
The main market ended with 4,388,637 units valued at $106,879,255 trading, compared with 5,896,056 units valued at $161,797,148 changing hands on Friday.
The main market ended with JMMB Group trading 1,006,420 units, accounting for just over 23 percent of the volume, followed by Portland JSX with 840,399 units 19 percent of the day’s volume and Scotia Group with 471,694 units 10.75 percent of the day’s volume.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.
Trading resulted in an average of 137,145 units valued at over $3,339,977, in contrast to 226,771 shares valued at $6,222,967 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 111,829 units with a value of $3,007,628 compared to 128,316 units with a value of $3,599,881, previously. November closed, with an average of 405,528 valued at $7,755,942, for each security.
In main market activity, Barita Investments rose 89 cents to end at $32, with 35,028 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement dropped $5.50 and finished trading 40,130 shares at $43.50, Grace Kennedy rose 41.50 and ended trading 9.525 shares at $59.50, Jamaica Producers finished trading of 50,113 units with a fall of $1 to close at $24, NCB Financial Group lost $2.90 to end trading of 89,435 shares at $147, PanJam Investment gained $1.95 to close at $67, with an exchange of 27,500 stock units, Portland JSX closed trading with 840,399 units after rising by 50 cents to end at $9, Sagicor Group fell 84 cents to finish trading of 142,802 shares at $40.16, Sagicor Real Estate Fund fell 50 cents to settle at $10.50, with 331,702 shares changing hands, Seprod traded 22,517 shares and dropping 35 cents to close at $31.85, Stanley motta fell 60 cents in trading 30,338 shares at $4.60, Supreme Ventures lost 99 cents and ended at $16, with 94,982 shares exchanged.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 592,387 units valued at $130,626 as Proven Investments ended at 22 US cents with 592,387 shares changing hands. The JSE USD Equities Index closed with a rise of 0.20 points to close at 171.52.

Another big drop for JSE main market – Friday  

After the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange suffered one of its largest declines in its history, with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index having dived 10,996.27 points on Thursday, the index plunged another 9,551.77 points on Friday to close at 412,491.83 on a day of mostly falling prices.
The JSE Index dropped 8,702.74 points, following the fall of 10,018.84 on Thursday to close at 375,826.72 on Friday. The market got hit with the sharp pull back in the prices of some heavily weighted stocks with NCB Financial, Sagicor Group and Scotia Group leading the pack with the former pulling back from $159 to $149.90, the Sagicor declining from $47.50 to $41 and Scotia declining from $59 at the start of Thursday to $54.01 on Friday.
At the end, 28 securities changed hands in the main and US dollar markets with prices of just 6 rising, 16 declining and 6 remaining unchanged compared to 30 securities trading on Thursday.
The main market ended with 5,896,056 units valued at $161,797,148 trading, compared with 1,266,059 units valued at $39,894,741 changing hands on Thursday.
The main market ended with Mayberry Investments trading 1,715,395 units, accounting for just over 29 percent of the volume, followed by Sagicor Group with 1,388,644 units or 23.55 percent of the day’s volume and JMMB Group with 1,314,699 units and 22.30 percent of the day’s volume.
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Trading resulted in an average of 226,771 units valued at over $6,222,967, in contrast to 46,891 shares valued at $1,477,583 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 128,316 units with a value of $3,599,881 compared to 104,614 units valued at $2,135,092, previously. November closed, with an average of 405,528 valued at $7,755,942, for each security.
In main market activity, Barita Investments dropped $1.48 to end at $31.52, with 6,543 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement jumped $5.35 and finished trading 35,500 shares at $49, Grace Kennedy dropped 50 cents and ended trading 8,938 shares at $58. Jamaica Producers finished trading of 22,814 units with a gain of 49 cents to close at $25, JMMB Group jumped $1 and ended at $34 with 1,314,699 shares changing hands, Kingston Wharves fell 70 cents to $75, with 6,800 stock units changing hands. Mayberry Investments fell 50 cents trading 1,715,395 shares in closing at $9, Mayberry Equities fell 50 cents trading only 756 shares in closing at $9.50, NCB Financial Group dived $9.10 to end trading of 108,978 shares at $149.90, PanJam Investment lost 95 cents to close at $65.05, with an exchange of 9,904 stock units, Sagicor Group fell $3 to finish trading of 1,388,644 shares at $41, Seprod traded 68,880 shares, dropping 80 cents in the process to close at $32.20 Supreme Ventures rose 99 cents and ended at $16.99, with 149,695 shares exchanged.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 5,000,166 units valued at $550,037 as Proven Investments rose 1 cents and ended at 22 US cents with just 166 shares changing hands and Sygnus Credit Investments US dollar based ordinary share rose 1 cent trading 5 million units to end at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed with a rise of 4.95 points to close at 171.32.

Huge dive in JSE main market – Thursday

Barita climbs to a new high of $33 on Thursday.

After two days of modest gains the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, suffered one of its largest declines in its history, with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index plunging 10,996.27 points to 422,043.60 and the JSE Index nosediving 10,018.84 points to close at 384,529.46 on a day of modest volume.
At the end, 30 securities changed hands in the main and US dollar markets with prices of 11 stocks rising, 11 declining and 8 remaining unchanged compared to 28 securities trading on Wednesday.
Barita Investments ended trading at another record close of $33.
The main market ended with a mere 1,266,059 units valued at $39,894,741 changing hands, compared with 4,455,571 units valued at $87,653,782 that were exchanged on Wednesday.
The main market ended with Seprod leading with 342,787 units, accounting for 27 percent of the day’s trades, followed by JMMB Group with 168,541 units or 13 percent of the day’s volume.
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Trading resulted in an average of 46,891 units valued at an average of $1,477,583 for each security traded. In contrast to 171,368 units for an average of $3,371,299 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 104,614 units valued at $2,135,092 compared to 123,855 units with a value of $2,354,261, previously. November closed, with an average of 405,528 valued at $7,755,942, for each security.
In main market activity, Barita Investments jumped $1.99 to end at a record close of $$33, with 6,800 shares changing hands, Berger Paints gained 50 cents and ended at $18.50, with 5,130 stock units trading, Caribbean Cement dropped $6.35 and finished trading 8,895 shares at $43.65, Grace Kennedy rose 50 cents and ended trading 5,821 shares at $58.50. Jamaica Stock Exchange rose 61 cents to $9.01, trading 2,510 shares, JMMB Group dropped $1.99 ending at $33 with 168,541 shares changing hands, Kingston Wharves fell 70 cents to $75, with 6,800 stock units changing hands. Mayberry Equities fell 50 cents trading 85,414 shares in closing at $10, NCB Financial Group added $1.99 to end trading of 66,148 shares at $159, PanJam Investment added 90 cents to $66, with an exchange of 7,665 stock units, Sagicor Group fell $3.50 to finish trading of 77,462 shares at $44, Salada Foods ended trading with a rise of $1 to close at $30 trading 2,000 stock units, Scotia Group traded 4,641 shares and dropped $4.95 to close at $54.05 Supreme Ventures lost $1 and ended at $16, with 125,696 shares exchanged.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 107,117 units valued at $22,155 as JMMB 6% preference share rose 1 cent and ended trading at $1.06 with 800 stock units and Margaritaville ended at 24 US cents with 415 shares changing hands and Sygnus Credit Investments US dollar based ordinary share lost 1 cent trading 1,801,000 units to end at 10 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed with a rise of 1.11 points to close at 167.36.

Modest trading in JSE main market – Wednesday

Barita ended on the JSE at a record close of $31.01.

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, made modest gains at the close of trading on Wednesday resulting from the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index advancing 51.12 points to 433,039.87 and the JSE Index gaining 46.57 points to close at 394,548.30.
At the end, 28 securities changed hands in the main and US dollar markets with prices of 14 stocks rising, 11 declining and 6 remaining unchanged compared to 31 securities trading on Tuesday.
Barita Investments ended trading at a record close of $31.01.
The main market ended with 4,455,571 units valued at $87,653,782 changing hands, compared with just 4,732,702 units valued at $78,353,687 that were exchanged on Tuesday.
The main market ended with Victoria Mutual Investments leading with 1,246,476 units, accounting for 28 percent of the day’s trades, followed by JMMB Group 7.25% preference share with 989,957 units or 22 percent of the day’s volume and Wisynco Group with 447,047 units with 10 percent of the day’s trades.
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Trading resulted in an average of 171,368 units valued at over $3,371,299, in contrast to 157,757 shares valued at $2,611,790 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 123,855 units with a value of $2,354,261 compared to 101,394 units valued at $1,873,480, previously. November closed, with an average of 405,528 valued at $7,755,942, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Barita Investments jumped $2.01 to end at a record close of $$31.01, with 17,647 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement jumped $6 and finished trading 9,130 shares at $50, Jamaica Broilers fell 25 cents trading 26,439 stock units at $29.75.  Jamaica Stock Exchange dropped $1.60 to $8.40, trading 337,162 shares, Kingston Wharves fell $1.60 to $75.70, with 28,919 stock units changing hands. Mayberry Investments declined by 38 cents trading 50,012 shares in closing at $9.60, Mayberry Equities jumped $1.29 cents trading 50,012 shares in closing at $10.50, NCB Financial Group shed $2.49 to end trading of 185,214 shares at $157.01, PanJam Investment dropped $2.90 to $65.10, with an exchange of 342,886 stock units, Sagicor Group fell $1.05 to finish trading of 46,813 shares at $47.50, Scotia Group traded 8,700 shares and rose $1 to close at $59 and Seprod rose $1 in trading of 158,334 shares, to close at $33.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 107,117 units valued at $22,155 as Proven Investments ended trading 103,717 at 21 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments US dollar based ordinary share traded 3,400 units at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed with a rise of 1.11 points to close at 167.36.

JSE marked time in trading on Tuesday

Barita ended on the JSE at a record close of $29.

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, made gains at the close of trading on Tuesday resulting in the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index advancing by 116.66 points to close at 432,988.75 and the JSE index rising 106.29 points to 394,501.73. 
At the end, 31 securities cahnged hands in the main and US dollar markets with prices of 14 stocks rosing, 11 declining and 6 remaining unchanged. Barita Investments ended at a record close and Salada Foods traded at an intraday high at $30.The main market ended with 4,732,702 units valued at $78,353,687 changing hands, compared with just 843,989 units valued at $24,687,711 that were exchanged on Monday.
Wisynco Group lead trading with 2,609,218 units, accounting for 55 percent of the day’s trades, followed by Stanley Motta with 509,500 units or 10.8 percent of the day’s volume and Victoria Mutual Investments with 230,707 units with 4.9 percent of the day’s trades.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 6 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
Trading resulted in an average of 157,757 units valued at over $2,611,790, in contrast to 33,760 shares valued at $987,508 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 101,394 units valued at $1,873,480. November closed, with an average of 405,528 valued at $7,755,942, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Barita Investments rose $1.50 to end at a record close of $29, with 5,515 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement fell 95 cents and finished trading of 37,015 shares at $44, Grace Kennedy climbed $1.50 in trading of 93,277 shares at $58, Jamaica Broilers fell 55 cents trading 25,312 stock units at $30.  Jamaica Stock Exchange climbed $1 to $10, trading 142,593 shares, Kingston Wharves rose $4 to $77, with 4,216 stock units changing hands. Mayberry Investments rose 41 cents trading 171,927 shares in closing at $9.98, NCB Financial Group gained $2.50 to end trading of 96,175 shares at $159.50, PanJam Investment dropped $2 to $68, with an exchange of 57,080 stock units, Palace Amusement gained $150 to $1,450, with 100 shares trading, Portland JSX rose 49 cents and ended at $7.50, with 638 units changing hands, Sagicor Group fell 95 cents to finish trading of 97,063 shares at $48.55, Sagicor Real Estate Fund fell 75 cents and settled at $11.10, with 14,650 shares. Scotia Group traded 55,696 shares and rose $1 to close at $58, Seprod fell 40 cents in trading of 86,259 shares, to close at $32 and Sygnus Credit Investments fell 35 cents to close at $10.65 trading 53,395 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 72,343 units valued at $14,988 as Proven Investments ended trading at 21 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed with a fall of 2.30 points to close at 166.25.

JSE fails to hang on to record – Monday

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, surged to a new record high in early morning trading after just 7 minutes of the opening with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index rising 5,319.88 to a record 435,784.80 points and briefly moved higher to more than 435,900 points before pulling back, at the close the index put on 2,407.17 points to 432,872.09.
The JSE index climbed 4,847.01 points to a record of 397,049.24 after 7 minutes of trading pulled back at the close but still put on 2,589.66 points to close at 392,202.23.
Market activity resulted in 3 securities trading at record highs but ended with 2 securities closing at record highs and one closing at 52 weeks’ ow, as 26 securities in the main and US dollar markets changed hands, compared to a 31 on Friday. At the end, prices of just 6 stocks rose, 15 declined and 5 remained unchanged.
The main market ended with just 843,989 units valued at $24,687,711 changing hands, compared with 12,946,386 units valued at $522,988,358 that were exchanged on Friday.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 7 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
Trading resulted in an average of 33,760 units valued at over $987,508, in contrast to 446,427 shares valued at $18,034,081 on Friday. November closed, with an average of 405,528 valued at $7,755,942, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Barita Investments fell 50 cents to close of $27.50 after trading at new in  intraday record high of $31, with 19,020 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement climbed $1.45 and finished trading of 2,755 shares at $44.95, Carreras concluded trading of 103,177 units at $9.10 after falling 40 cents, Grace Kennedy dropped $1.50 in trading of 34,081 shares at $56.50, Jamaica Stock Exchange fell 63 cents and closed at $9, trading 19,650 shares, Kingston Wharves fell $2.79 to $73, with 6,817 stock units changing hands. Mayberry Jamaica Equities lost 85 cents trading 7,993 shares in closing at $9.15, NCB Financial Group declined by $2.05 to end trading of 66,427 shares at $157, PanJam Investment dropped $4 to  $70, with an exchange of 13,890 stock units, Sagicor Group fell 50 cents to finish trading of 57,553 shares at $49.50, Scotia Group traded 14,660 shares and rose $2 to close at $57, Seprod added $2.40 trading of 27,970 shares, to close at $32.40.

Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 40,224 units valued at over $8,569 as Proven Investments lost 1 cent and ended trading at 21 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed with a rise of 0.87 points to close at 168.55.

Carib Cement locks in $170M in FX gains

Carib Cement could earn $5.30 in 2019.

Caribbean Cement secured a Jamaican dollar denominated loan from National Commercial Bank amounting to J$3.076 billion and available in United States Dollars. The report from the company advised that Board of Directors approved the facility on November 30 the same day the facility was received.
The company advised that the proceeds from the revolving Loan Facility were received on November 30 and will be used to pay related party debt denominated in United States Dollars, diversifying the sources of funds for the company. Throughout its term, the Loan Facility will also be used for general corporate purposes, reports Caribbean Cement.
The facility is an unsecured revolving loan facility for five years at a fixed interest rate of 7.45 percent per annum.
Cement owed the parent company $11.09 billion plus $1 billion due short term as of September, the September interim results show. The amounts were contracted in US dollars and resulted in devaluation losses of $464 million. Since September, the exchange rate swung in favour of the Jamaican dollar by over J$7. Carib Cement will enjoy a big foreign exchange gain and a reduction in the amount due on the loan to around US$65 million as a result of the revaluation of the local dollar, once NCB facility fund is used to pay down the loan from the ultimate parent company. As of today, the exchange rate is JS$127.4623 to the US dollar and on September 30, the average rate was $134.6486, a gain of more than J$7. The amount received for the loan amounts to just over US$24 million and has cut J$174 million from the devaluation losses incurred in the September quarter. The revaluation of the Jamaican dollar to date have reversed another $470 million in losses incurred on the amount of the loan that will not be paid off, with the combined savings being $640 million.
The facility, will allow the company to pay down the overseas loan from cash flow from its operations in the order of J$4-5 billion per annum. By the end of 2019, the foreign loan exposure should be reduced sharply.