JSE Main Market falls

The Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed with a moderate fall on Friday as declining stocks outnumbered advancing stocks by 36 percent.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index lost 1,023.16 points to close at 544,986.47, the JSE Market Index dropped 907.78 points to 496,361.33 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.69 points to 134.09.
The market closed with 45 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with the prices of 14 advancing, 19 declining and 12 trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 41 securities accounting 22,042,921 units valued at $194,024,950 in contrast to 22,654,582 units valued at $171,374,765 from 42 securities on Thursday.
Wigton Windfarm dominated trading with 8.4 million shares for 38 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 5.8 million units for 26 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Manufacturing and Distribution Fund with 2.4 million shares for 11 percent of the market’s volume. QWI Investments with 1.8 million shares or 8 percent of the market changing hands, was the only other security trading more than one million units.
 The Market closed with an average of 537,632 units valued at an average of $4,732,316 for each security traded, in contrast to 539,395 units valued at an average of $4,080,352 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 561,737 units valued at $3,152,220 for each security changing hands, compared to 563,186 units valued at $3,051,311 for each security traded. Trading in December resulted in an average of 595,143 units valued at $9,344,514 for each security.
 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows five stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two closing with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 19.9, while the Main Market ended at 19.1 times the 2019 earnings.
In the prime market, Barita Investments lost 65 cents trading 24,674 units in closing at $71.35, Caribbean Cement advanced $4.44 to $72, with 7,375 shares changing hands, Eppley closed 90 cents lower to $13.50 after transferring 3,605 stock units. Grace Kennedy lost $1.50 to end at $77.50, after swapping 12,295 shares, Jamaica Broilers gained $1.49 to settle at $35.49 after exchanging 39,326 stock units, Jamaica Producers Group added 66 cents to close at $26.50 with 12,462 shares changing hands. Jamaica Stock Exchange ended 95 cents lower at $34 in trading 29,089 shares. Kingston Wharves climbed $4 to $69, in swapping 4,763 units, NCB Financial Group gained $3 to settle at $193, with an exchange of 445,524 shares, PanJam Investment closed $1.50 higher to $102 in transferring 299,006 units. Portland JSX lost 57 cents, ending the day’s trade at $8.42 and 1,050 units traded, Proven Investments closed 50 cents lower at $49.50, in swapping 10,070 shares, Pulse Investments declined $1.17 to $5.70, with 349,702 shares changing hands. Sagicor Group advanced $5.25 to end at $70 after transferring 56,597 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund gained 35 cents to settle at $9.35 after trading 43,800 shares. Scotia Group declined $1.20 to $53.01, in swapping 133,078 stock units, Seprod lost 50 cents to end at $49 exchanging 3,160 units, Supreme Ventures dropped $1.20, to settle at $22, with an exchange of 35,688 shares. Victoria Mutual Investments gained 82 cents in trading 421,376 units and ended a 52 weeks’ high at $13.45 and Wisynco Group closed 50 cents lower to $22.50, after swapping 277,521 units.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 105,311 units valued at over US$19,063. The market index lost 1.39 points to close at 233.59. JMMB Group 6% lost 1 US to close at US$1.04, after exchanging 1,279 units, Proven Investments gained 1 US cents to close at 33 US cents trading 13,745 shares. Sterling Investments closed at 3 US cents, with 6,160 units changing hands and Sygnus Credit Investments lost half of 1 US cent to close at 17 US cents in transferring 84,127 shares.

JSE Main Market ekes out gain

Grace Kennedy ended at a 52 weeks’ closing high.

The Main Market on the Jamaica Stock Exchange posted modest gains at the close on Thursday even as declining stocks doubled advancing ones but with Grace Kennedy and Victoria Mutual investments hitting record highs.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index advanced 478.62 points to close at 546,009.63, the JSE Market Index gained 402.72 points to end at 497,269.11 while the JSE Financial Index rose 0.23 points to 133.40.
The market closed with 47 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with prices of 11 advancing, 22 declining and 14 remaining unchanged. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 42 securities accounting 22,654,582 units valued at $171,374,765 in contrast to 30,283,990 units valued at $380,332,800 from 39 securities on Wednesday.
 Sagicor Select Financial Fund dominated trading with 9.1 million shares for 40 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 6.6 million units for 29 percent of the day’s trade, and Sagicor Select Manufacturing and Distribution Fund with 2.4 million shares for 10.6 percent of the market’s volume. Sagicor Group with an exchange of 1.5 million shares, for 6.5 percent of the Main Market volume, was the only other stock trading more than one million units.
 The Market closed with an average of 539,395 units for $4,080,352 for each security traded, in contrast to 776,513 units valued at an average of $9,752,123 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 563,186 units at $3,051,311 for each security changing hands, compared to 564,747 units valued at $2,959,713 for each security traded. Trading in December resulted in an average of 595,143 units valued at $9,344,514 for each security.
 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows seven stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four closing with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 19.8, while the Main Market ended at 19.1 times the 2019 earnings.
In the prime market, Caribbean Cement dropped $4.45 to end at $67.56 after trading 108,571 shares, Eppley closed 60 cents lower to $14.40, with 3,543 stock units changing hands, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund lost 96 cents to settle at $38.04, after swapping 500 units. Grace Kennedy climbed $3.99 to end at a 52 weeks’ high of $79, with an exchange of 19,291 shares, Jamaica Broilers declined $1 to $34 in trading 36,873 shares, Jamaica Producers gained $2.61, rising to $25.84 in transferring 12,959 shares. Jamaica Stock Exchange closed $3.40 higher at $34.95, with 59,326 shares changing hands. JMMB Group dropped $2.30 to $45.20, in swapping 109,721 shares, Kingston Wharves plunged $6 to $65 while trading 17,841 units, Palace Amusement lost $1 to settle at $2,789, after an exchange of 70 units. Proven Investments dropped $4.95 to end at $50, with 52,655 shares traded, Sagicor Group declined $5.25 to $64.74 in transferring 1,478,177 shares, Seprod added 50 cents to settle at $49.50 exchanging 23,123 units. Stanley Motta ended at $5.50, after losing 30 cents, with 760,600 units changing hands and Supreme Ventures settled at $23.20, with a loss of 77 cents exchanging 56,451 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 188,960 units for US$61,283. The market index dropped 6.56 points to close at 234.98. JMMB Group 5.75% preference share gained 38 US cents to end at US$2.10, with 2,000 units changing hands, Margaritaville Turks lost 2.5 US cents to close at 31.5 US cents in exchanging 100 units. Proven Investments lost 2 US cents to close at 32 US cents trading 175,270 shares, Sterling Investments closed at 3 US cents in exchanging 3,000 units and Sygnus Credit Investments gained half of 1 US cent to close at 17.5 US cents after the transfer of 5,590 shares.

7000 points JSE Main Market drop

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market dived sharply on Wednesday with the All  Jamaica Composite Index tumbling 7,018.30 points to close at 545,531.01 and the JSE Market Index declining 6,328.36 points to 496,866.39.
The market closed with 42 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with the prices of 19 advancing, 12 declining and 11 trading firm as the JSE Financial Index lost 2.97 points to 133.17. The PE ratio of the market ended at 20.1, while the Main Market ended at 19.3 times 2019 earnings.
The value stocks trading tripled Tuesday’s level, but the volume was lower, as the market ended with 39 securities changing hands in the Main Market, accounting for 30,283,990 units, valued at $380,332,800, in contrast to 35,465,290 units valued at $125,645,204 from 41 securities on Tuesday.
Wigton Windfarm dominated trading with 9.2 million shares for 30 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 7.75 million units for 26 percent of the day’s trade and QWI Investments with 2.4 million shares for 8 percent of the market’s volume. Other stocks trading more than one million units were Caribbean Cement with 1 million units, Jamaica Broilers with 1.1 million shares, Jamaica Producers Group with 1.5 million shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange with 1.2 million, Sagicor Group with 1.14 million and Sagicor Select Manufacturing and Distribution Fund with 1.7 million units.
The Market closed with an average of 776,513 units at $9,752,123 for each security traded, in contrast to 865,007 units at an average of $2,778,194 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 564,747 units valued at $2,959,713 for each security changing hands, compared to 551,005 units valued at $2,487,513 for each security traded. Trading in December resulted in an average of 595,143 units valued at $9,344,514 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows six stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four closing with lower offers.
In the prime market, Barita Investments gained $1 to settle at $72 in trading 158,050 units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund rose to $39 after gaining 97 cents and exchanging 1,000 stock units, Grace Kennedy climbed $2.51 to end at $75.01, with 28,379 shares changing hands. Jamaica Broilers drifted $2 to $35, in swapping 1,115,542 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange lost $1.33 and ended at $31.55, in transferring 1,203,500 stock units, JMMB Group closed 80 cents lower to $47.50 after exchanging 35,156 shares. NCB Financial gained 50 cents to settle at $190, after swapping 142,993 units, PanJam Investment closed at $100.50, after losing 50 cents trading 14,560 shares, Portland JSX added 99 cents to close at $8.99, with 1,000 units changing hands. Proven Investments climbed $5.45 to end at $54.95, in trading 8,166 shares, Pulse Investments gained 44 cents to end at $6.94, in exchanging 43,234 shares, Radio Jamaica closed 36 cents higher to $1.77 after transferring 33,244 shares. Sagicor Group lost 90 cents to end at $70, with an exchange of 1,137,836 shares, Scotia Group dropped $3.50 to close at $54 trading 24,100 shares, Seprod closed $2 higher at $49 exchanging 284,322 units. Stanley Motta closed at $5.80, after gaining 30 cents in swapping 400 units, Supreme Ventures climbed $2.95 and settled at $23.97, after transferring 96,284 shares, Sygnus Credit Investments closed $1.30 higher to $26.90, with 29,288 shares changing hands. Victoria Mutual Investments added $1 to end at a record high of $12.50, in swapping 519,848 shares and in the preference segment, Eppley 8.25% lost 50 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ low of 5.50 after trading 16,000 stock units.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 8,264 units valued at over US$2,546. The market index lost 0.11 points to close at 241.54. JMMB Group 6% preference share exchanged 461 units at US$1.05, Proven Investments gained 1 US cent to close at 34 US cents trading 5,987 units and Sterling Investments closed at 3 US cents, with 1,816 units changing hands.

Sharp surge in JSE Main Market

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Kingston Wharves jumped $9.40 on Tuesday.

The major indices of the Jamaica Stock Exchange surged substantially at the close on Tuesday as Kingston Wharves led price movement with a gain of $9.40 and heavy weighted Scotia Group rose $1.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index soared 8,517.00 points to close at 552,549.31, the JSE Market Index surged 7,718.70 points to 503,194.75 and the JSE Financial Index rose 1.81 points to 136.17.
The market closed with 43 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with the prices of 15 advancing, 18 declining and 10 trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 41 securities accounting 35,465,290 units valued at $125,645,204 in contrast to 17,412,213 units valued at $219,477,578 from 42 securities on Monday.
Wigton Windfarm dominated trading with 22.2 million shares for 62 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 6.2 million units for 17 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Manufacturing and Distribution Fund with 2.24 million shares for 6 percent of market share. QWI Investments with 1.56 million units changing hands was the only other company trading more than one million shares.
The Market closed with an average of 865,007 units valued at an average of $3,064,517 for each security traded, in contrast to 414,576 units valued at an average of $5,225,657 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 551,005 units valued at $2,508,438 for each security changing hands, compared to 528,016 units valued at $2,464,544 for each security traded. Trading in December resulted in an average of 595,143 units valued at $9,344,514 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows nine stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three closing with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 19.8, while the Main Market ended at 19.1 times 2019 earnings.
In trading, Barita Investments closed $1 lower to $71, with an exchange of 8,804 units, Berger Paints lost 49 cents to end at $16.51, trading 14,350 shares, Caribbean Cement settled at $72, losing $1 in swapping 5,500 units. Carreras lost 31 cents to close at $7.98, with 364,936 shares changing hands, Grace Kennedy gained 50 cents after transferring 17,959 shares and ending at $72.50, Jamaica Broilers closed at $37, after losing $1 trading 77,652 shares. Jamaica Producers settled at $23, with a loss of $1.61 in swapping 132,056 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange added 88 cents and closed at $32.88, after exchanging 24,557 shares, JMMB Group gained 30 cents to close at $48.30 trading 77,725 shares. Kingston Wharves jumped $9.40 to $71, with 7,780 units changing hands, NCB Financial traded 39,634 units for a loss of 50 cents to settle at $189.50, PanJam Investment ended at $101, with a loss of $1 in trading 31,334 shares. Portland JSX closed 30 cents higher at $8, after swapping 1,500 units, Proven Investments added 50 cents to end at a record closing high of $49.50, with an exchange of 20,981 shares, Radio Jamaica lost 48 cents to settle at $1.41, with 246,227 shares changing hands. Sagicor Real Estate Fund ended 60 cents lower to close at $9 while trading 183,700 shares, Scotia Group added $1 to close at $57.50, after swapping 563,570 shares, Seprod dropped $2.95 to end at $47 while trading 11,255 units. Supreme Ventures tumbled to $21.02, after falling $3.98 and exchanging 56,530 shares, Sygnus Credit Investments closed $1.15 lower to $25.60, with 31,627 shares changing hands and Victoria Mutual Investments rose to a record high of $11.50, with a gain of 54 cents to end at $11.50, as 337,888 shares crossed the exchange.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 25,611 units valued at over US$4,730. The market index climbed 4.19 points to close at 241.65. Proven Investments gained 1.5 US cents to close at 33 US cents trading 2,218 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments ended 2 US cents higher to settle at 17 US cents with 23,393 units changing hands.

JSE Main Market loses ground – Monday

Activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market began the week with the major indices losing ground with rising stocks edging out declining ones.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index declined 2,332.11 points to close at 544,032.31, the JSE Market Index dropped 2,102.93 points to 495,476.05 and the JSE Financial Index lost 1.18 points to 134.33.
Grace Kennedy and Jamaica Producers lost $5 and $2.39, respectively, at the same time, Kingston Wharves jumped $5.57, Jamaica Stock Exchange climbed $3.14 and Caribbean Cement was up $2 to be some of the more significant movers at the close of trading.
The market closed with 46 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with the prices of 19 advancing, 16 declining and 11 trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 42 securities accounting 17,412,213 units valued at $219,477,578 in contrast to 18,625,847 units valued at $90,035,262 from 43 securities on Friday.
 Sagicor Select Financial Fund dominated trading with 5.65 million shares for 32 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 3.45 million units for 20 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Manufacturing and Distribution Fund with 2.64 million shares for 15 percent market share. Other stocks trading more than one million shares were Grace Kennedy with 1.25 million shares and QWI Investments with 1.44 million units.
The market closed with an average of 414,576 units valued at an average of $5,225,657 for each security traded, in contrast to 433,159 units valued at an average of $2,093,843 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 528,016 units valued at $2,464,594 for each security changing hands, compared to 537,214 units valued at $2,221,990 for each security traded. Trading in December resulted in an average of 595,143 units valued at $9,344,514 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows nine stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and one closing with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 19.9, while the Main Market ended at 19.2 times 2019 earnings.
In the prime market, Barita Investments lost 50 to close at $72 in trading 8,851 units, Berger Paints closed 85 cents lower to $17, with an exchange of 900 shares, Caribbean Cement gained $2 to settle at $73, with 7,203 stock units changing hands. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund rose 98 cents to $38, in swapping 3,200 shares, Grace Kennedy dropped $5 to end at $72, after transferring 1,248,922 shares, Jamaica Broilers closed at $38, after losing $1 in trading 2,849 shares. Jamaica Producers settled at $24.61, with a loss of $2.39 in swapping 21,511 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange advanced by $3.14 to $32, in exchanging 56,550 shares, JMMB Group lost 45 cents to close at $48, with 107,892 shares changing hands. Kingston Wharves climbed $5.57 to $61.60, in transferring 32,070 units, Mayberry Jamaican Equities ended 31 cents lower at $11.01, with an exchange of 22,155 shares, 138 Student Living gained 42 cents to settle at $4.22 trading 3,000 shares. PanJam Investment ended at $102, with a gain of $1 after exchanging 8,876 shares. Portland JSX lost $1.29 to end at $7.70, with 92,980 shares changing hands, Proven Investments gained $1 to $49, after transferring 29,275 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund ended 55 cents higher to close at $9.60 after trading 7,657 stock units. Scotia Group added 50 cents to settle at $56.50, with 91,557 shares changing hands, Supreme Ventures ended at $25, gaining $1 exchanging 54,697 shares, Victoria Mutual Investments closed 36 cents higher at $10.96, after swapping 334,266 shares and Wisynco Group rose $1 to $23, in trading 74,342 units.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 395,007 units value US$115,375. The market index plunged 10.07 points to close at 237.46. Margaritaville traded 251,150 shares and declined marginally from 34 US cents to 33.99 US cents, Proven Investments closed 2.5 US cents lower to 31.55 US cents, after swapping 13,933 shares. Sygnus Credit Investments lost 3 US cents in exchanging 126,766 units to close at 15 US cents, and JMMB Group 5.75% preference share remained unchanged at US$1.72, after trading 3,158 units.

Carreras & Medical Disposable lead TOP 10

The past week saw significant fluctuations in prices of several stocks, leading to notable declines in the market indices of the Junior and Main Market and resulting in some changes in the TOP 10 stocks.
The Junior Market lost General Accident and Lasco Distributors and welcomed back Jetcon Corporation and Dolphin Cove. In the JSE Main Market, the price of NCB Financial fell to $190, with the stock edging out Pulse Investments in the process.
The JSE Main Market ended the week, with an overall PE of 21.1 and the Junior Market 14.2, based on current 2019 earnings. The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks averages 9.2 with the Main Market at 11.1.
The targeted average PE ratio is 25, with several stocks trading at that level or just under, in 22 times region, currently. The TOP 10 shares now trade at a discount of 35 percent of the average for Junior Market and Main Market stocks trade at a discount of 47 percent to the overall market.
The average projected gain for the IC TOP 10 stocks is 177 percent for the Junior Market and 129 percent for the JSE Main Market, based mostly on 2019 earnings.
The top three Junior Market stocks are Medical Disposables with projected gains of 257 percent, followed by Main Event with 232 percent and Jamaican Teas is in the third spot with 187 percent likely capital gain, with the price pulling back from $7.40 at the start of the week to $6.98 at the close. During the week, Jamaican Teas announced a three for one stock split, subject to approval by shareholders.
During the week, Sygnus Credit Investments US dollar-based stock that surged to number one spot on the Jamaican Stock Exchange Main Market at the end of the prior week climbed to 18 US cents and moved to the sixth position. Carreras now leads the TOP 10 Main Market stocks with projected gains with 176 percent, followed by Radio Jamaica in the number two spot, with 166 percent and Berger Paints with 152 percent.
IC TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns to March this year. Forecasted earnings and PE ratio for the current fiscal year are in determining potential gains. The stocks are ranked in the 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. Earnings per share are revised on an ongoing basis as new information is received that can result in changes in and out of the list.

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

JSE majors drop 6,300 points this week

The Main Market indices on the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended the week on Friday, with another round of losses with the market closing down on Friday at the end of a volatile week.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 2,369.39 points to close at 546,364.42, with a drop of 6,296 points for the week. The JSE Market Index declined 2,098.74 points to 497,578.98, leading to a decline of 5,758 points for the week and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.81 points to 135.51.
The market closed with 50 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with the prices of 18 advancing, 20 declining and 12 trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 43 securities accounting 18,625,847 units valued at $90,035,262 in contrast to 28,467,668 units valued at $102,258,217 from 42 securities on Thursday. JMMB Group 7.25% preference share closed at a 52 weeks’ low of $1.45.
Wigton Windfarm dominated trading with 6.5 million shares for 35 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 5 million units for 27 percent of the day’s trade and QWI Investments with 2.2 million shares for 12 percent of the market’s volume. The only other stock trading more than one million shares was Sagicor Select Fund – Manufacturing and Distribution, with 1.2 million units.
The Market closed with an average of 433,159 units valued at an average of $2,093,843 for each security traded, in contrast to 662,039 units valued at an average of $2,378,098 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 537,214 units valued at $2,21,990 for each security changing hands, compared to 546,633 units valued at $2,234,657 for each security traded. Trading in December resulted in an average of 595,143 units valued at $9,344,514 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows eight stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two closing with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 19.7, while the Main Market ended at 18.8 times the 2019 earnings.
In the prime market, Barita Investments closed 50 cents lower to $72.50, with an exchange of 175,838 units, Berger Paints gained 85 cents to end at $17.85, with 3,139 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement dropped $2.45, settling at $71 in trading 4,824 shares. Eppley closed 60 cents higher at $15, after transferring 3,675 units, Grace Kennedy slipped $1 to close at $77, in swapping 107,380 shares, Jamaica Broilers closed $2.90 higher to $39 after exchanging 2,050 shares. Jamaica Producers Group gained $2.47 to end at $27 trading 200 units. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy advanced $16 to $231, with 100 units changing hands, NCB Financial Group lost $3 in transferring 72,880 shares to close at $190, after trading as low as $175.01, 138 Student Living lost 42 cents to settle at $3.80, in swapping 93,977 shares. PanJam Investment ended at $101, with a gain of 45 cents trading 1,772 shares, Proven Investments declined $1.95 to $48, after 19,016 units changed hands, Pulse Investments closed at $6.50, with a loss of 59 cents in transferring 235,665 shares. Sagicor Real Estate Fund lost 84 cents in swapping 22,301 shares, and ending at $9.05, Scotia Group added $1 to close at $56, with 145,825 shares changing hands, Seprod gained $1.99 and ended at $49.99, after trading 117,955 shares. Supreme Ventures gained $1 to end at 24.00 with 12,840 stock units trading, Sygnus Credit Investments slid to $26.50, after losing 50 cents and transferring 25,616 shares and Wisynco Group dropped $1.25 to end the day’s trade at $22, in swapping 134,384 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 316,904 units valued at over US$112,316. The market index advanced 12.02 points to close at 247.53. Margaritaville lost 1 US cent in an exchange of 125 units at 34 US cents, Proven Investments gained 2 US cents to close at 34 US cents, after exchanging 311,898 shares, Sygnus Credit Investments traded 1,625 units at 18 US cents, Sterling Investments closed at 3 US cents with 918 units changing hands,
In the preference section of the US dollar market, JMMB Group 5.75% swapped 1,030 units, gaining 2 US cents to end at US$1.52, JMMB Group 6% settled at US$1.05, after rising 5 US cents trading 866 shares and JMMB Group 5.75% lost 30 US cents to settle at US$1.72, after an exchange of 442 units.

JSE Main Market enjoys bounce

Grace Kennedy put on $7 to recover from a big drop on Wednesday, but Scotia Group dropped $2.95 and, along with sixteen other rising stocks, helped to push the JSE Main Market Index up 3,600 points.
Market activity resulted in the primary indices regaining almost half of the ground lost on Wednesday. At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 4,003.98 points to close at 548,733.81. The JSE Market Index climbed 3,628.22 points to 499,677.72 and the JSE Financial Index rose 1.55 points to 136.32.
The market closed with 47 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with the prices of 18 stocks advancing, 16 declining and 13 trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 42 securities accounting for 28,467,668 units valued at $102,258,217 in contrast to 49,953,294 units valued at $104,735,667 from 42 securities on Wednesday.
Wigton Windfarm dominated trading with 17.6 million shares for 62 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 6.3 million units for 22 percent of the day’s trade and QWI Investments with 1.1 million shares for 4 percent of the market’s volume.
The Market closed with an average of 662,039 units, valued at an average of $2,378,098 for each security traded, in contrast to 1,218,373 units valued at an average of $2,554,528 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 546,633 units valued at $2,234,657 for each security changing hands, compared to 535,146 units valued at $2,218,923 for each security traded. Trading in December resulted in an average of 595,143 units valued at $9,344,514 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows six stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and eight closing with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 19.5, while the Main Market ended at 18.7 times the 2019 earnings.
In the prime market, Barita Investments lost $1 to close at $73, with 3,100 shares changing hands, Berger Paints gained 50 cents to settle at $17 trading 884 units, Grace Kennedy jumped $7 to close at $78, after swapping 112,533 stock units. Jamaica Producers Group dropped 97 cents to end at $24.53, in exchanging 3,752 shares, JMMB Group closed $1.70 higher to $48.45 with an exchange of 196,144 units, Mayberry Jamaican Equities lost 55 cents to settle at $11.30 in trading 56,800 units. NCB Financial Group declined by 50 cents to close at $193, in an exchange of 74,576 shares, Sagicor Group climbed $1.80 to $70.80, in swapping 9,434 shares, Scotia Group ended $2.95 down at $55, with 34,209 shares changing hands, Seprod slipped 94 cents and closed at $48, in trading 35,213 shares. Supreme Ventures slid to $23, after a loss of $2 in transferring 147,830 shares, Victoria Mutual Investments closed 50 cents lower at $10.50, with an exchange of 297,116 shares and Wisynco Group gained $1.25 to end at $23.25, in swapping 188,582 shares. In the preference sector, JMMB Group 7.25% preference share lost 39 cents in closing at $1.59 with just 535 units changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 223,639 units valued at over US$55,813. The market index advanced 3.06 points to close at 235.51. Margaritaville Turks exchanged 122,500 shares at 35 US cents after rising a fraction of a cent. Sygnus Credit Investments gained 3.7 US cents trading 56,225 shares to end at 18 US cents, Sterling Investments closed at 3 US cents with 36,382 units changing hands. Productive Business Solution rose 5 US cents to 75 US cents, with a transfer of 123 units and Proven Investments lost half of a cent to end at 32 US cents while exchanging 8,409 shares.

JSE Main Market plunged – Wednesday

NCB Financial Montego Bay branch

Prices of Grace Kennedy and NCB Financial Group suffered sharp declines followed by Jamaica Broilers and Kingston Wharves and helped to knock several thousand points off the major indices of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Wednesday.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index plummeted 9,959.24 points to close at 544,729.83, the JSE Market Index plunged 9,002.01 points to 496,049.50 and the JSE Financial Index declined 2.42 points to 134.77.
The market closed with 46 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with the prices of 13 advancing, 21 declining and 12 trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 41 securities accounting for 49,953,294 units at $104,735,667 in contrast to 25,370,029 units valued at $66,307,015 from 36 securities on Tuesday.
Sagicor Select Financial Fund dominated trading with 36.3 million shares for 73 percent of total volume, followed by JMMB Group 7.5% with 5 million units for 10 percent of the day’s trade, and Wigton Windfarm with 2.9 million shares for 6 percent of the market’s volume. Other stocks trading more than one million units were Sagicor Select Manufacturing & Distribution Fund with 2.2 million shares and QWI Investments with 1.7 million units.
The Market closed with an average of 1,218,373 units valued at an average of $2,554,528 for each security traded, in contrast to 704,723 units for $1,841,862 on Tuesday for each security changing hands. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 535,146 units for $2,218,923 for each security crossing the exchange, compared to 463,503 units valued at $2,179,721 for each security traded. Trading in December resulted in an average of 595,143 units valued at $9,344,514 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows six stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two closing with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 18.7, while the Main Market ended at 19.4 times the 2019 earnings.
In the prime market, Barita Investments gained 50 cents to settle at $74 trading 4,241 units, Caribbean Cement climbed $4.45 to end at $73.45, with 29,398 shares changing hands, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund closed $1 higher to $37.02 after transferring 610 shares. Grace Kennedy dropped $5.01 to $71 in exchanging 20,194 shares, Jamaica Broilers closed $2.79 lower to $36.11, after swapping 10,149 shares. Jamaica Producers Group climbed $1.49 to settle at $25.50, in trading 2,247 shares, JMMB Group lost $1.25 to close at $46.75, with 95,804 units changing hands. Kingston Wharves ended at $56.02, after losing $2.48 in trading 1,501 shares, Mayberry Jamaican Equities gained 54 cents to close at $11.85, in swapping 9,302 units, NCB Financial Group tumbled to $193.50, with a loss of $4.50 after transferring 97,143 shares. PanJam Investment closed $1.50 lower to $100.50 while exchanging 2,500 units, Pulse Investments gained 55 cents to close at $7, with 22,670 units changing hands. Sagicor Group lost $1 to end at $69, in swapping 52,139 shares, Seprod closed $1.06 lower to $48.94 trading 12,584 shares, Sygnus Credit Investments gained 50 cents in transferring 38,791, to end at $27. Victoria Mutual Investments climbed $1 to a record $11, with an exchange of 341,192 shares and Wisynco Group closed 50 cents lower to $22 in swapping 319,531 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 220,522 units valued US$77,797. The market index lost 1.49 points to close at 232.45. Proven Investments traded 104,624 units, gaining half of 1 US cent to close at 0.325 US cents, Sterling Investments swapped 10,000 units at 3 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments lost 3.7 US cents in exchanging 73,431 shares to end at 14.3 US cents. JMMB Group 6% preference closed at US$1, after falling just under half of one US cent in trading 32,467 shares.

More Gains for JSE Main Market

Main Market activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange resulted in more gains for the major indices on Tuesday, but with declining stocks edging out advancing ones.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index advanced 1,603.82 points to close at 554,689.07, the JSE Market Index gained 1,368.73 points to 505,051.51 and the JSE Financial Index added 0.86 points to end at 137.19.
The market closed with 42 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with the prices of 16 stocks advancing, 18 declining and 8 trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 36 securities accounting for 25,370,029 units valued at $66,307,015 in contrast to 12,661,713 units valued at $111,971,239 from 47 securities on Monday.
 Sagicor Select Financial Fund dominated trading with 16.9 million shares for 67 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 4.1 million units for 16 percent of the day’s trade, and Sagicor Select Manufacturing & Distribution with 1.9 million shares for 7 percent of the market’s volume.
The Market closed with an average of 704,723 units valued $1,841,862 units for each security traded, in contrast to 301,469 units valued at an average of $2,665,982 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 463,503 units valued at $2,179,721 for each security changing hands, compared to 439,042 units valued at $2,218,333 for each security traded. Trading in December resulted in an average of 595,143 units valued at $9,344,514 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows ten stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two securities closing with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 19.4, while the Main Market ended at 18.7 times the 2019 earnings.
In the prime market, Caribbean Cement dropped $4.50 to end at $69, with an exchange of 21,839 shares, Eppley gained 60 cents to close at $14.40 trading 5,607 shares, Grace Kennedy lost 99 cents exchanging 28,130 shares to end at $76.01, Jamaica Broilers closed 50 cents lower to $38.90, after swapping 8,915 shares. Jamaica Producers dropped $2.39 to settle at $24.01, with an exchange of 14,000 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange climbed 90 cents transferring 150,186 units to end at $28.85, JMMB Group closed $2 higher to $48 in trading 106,771 units. Mayberry Investments ended at $8.50, after losing 50 cents with 21,947 shares changing hands, Mayberry Jamaican Equities closed 89 cents lower at $11.31, in swapping 4,158 units, NCB Financial Group gained $3 to settle at $198, after transferring 23,644 shares. PanJam Investment closed $2 higher at $102 after trading just 364 units, Pulse Investments lost 44 cents to close at $6.45, with 122,736 units changing hands. Sagicor Group gained 40 cents to end at $70 in swapping 50,866 shares, Scotia Group advanced $3 to $58 in exchanging 58,212 shares and Supreme Ventures closed with a loss of 50 cents to end at $25, in swapping 10,227 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 84,352 units valued at over US$42,656. The market index advanced 8.56 points to close at 238.40. Margaritaville closed at 34.99 US cents, with 425 units changing hands, Proven Investments traded 58,581 units, in losing 1 US cent to close at 32 US cents. Sygnus Credit Investments ended with 8,800 shares changing hands at 18 US cents, Sterling Investments closed at 3 US cents after exchanging 3,458 units. JMMB Group 5.75% preference share traded 8,731 units at US$2.02 and JMMB Group 6% preference share traded 4,357 units at US$1.04.