JSE main market indices fall – Monday

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange resulted in further declines in the market indices but by less than the approximate 2,000 points decline on Friday, even as advancing stocks outnumbered declining ones.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index declined by 736.94 points to 345,989.59 and the JSE Index lost 671.43 points to 315,235.59. Market activities resulted in 30 securities trading including 4 in the US dollar market compared to 31 securities trading on Friday.
At the end of trading, the prices of 13 stocks rose, 8 declined and 9 traded unchanged. Trading in the main market ended with 3,337,734 units valued at over $77,717,624, compared to 12,389,267 units valued $54,066,117 on Friday.
Trading resulted in an average of 128,374 units valued at an average of $2,989,139 for each security traded. In contrast to 442,474 units for an average of $1,930,933 on Friday. For the month to date an average of 223,710 shares valued at an average of $4,528,884 versus 231,530 shares valued at an average of $4,665,985 on Friday. July closed with an average of 169,022 units valued at $3,514,756, for each security traded.
The day’s volume was led by, Grace Kennedy with 825,425 units 24.73 percent of the traded volume followed by Victoria Mutual Investments with 500,675 units 15 percent of the day’s volume and Ciboney Group with 360,084 units and 10.79 percent of the main market volume.
Stocks with major price changes| Berger Paints jumped $2 and ended at $20, in trading 30,655 stock units, Caribbean Cement fell 40 cents and finished at $47.10, trading 59,491 shares, Grace Kennedy fell 40 cents and ended trading 825,425 shares to close at $59.10, Jamaica Producers finished trading 19,719 units at $18 with a rise of 80 cents, JMMB Group lost 70 cents and ended at $28.30, exchanging 71,075 shares, Kingston Wharves added 40 cents to finish at $53, trading 8,522 stock units, Mayberry Investments lost 44 cents to settle at $7.45, trading 72,824 units,  Mayberry Jamaica Euities jumped $1 to settle at an all-time closing high of $10, trading 349,204 units, PanJam Investment gained 40 cents and concluded trading 985 shares and closed at $52, Sagicor Real Estate Fund jumped $1.50 to $13.50, with 28,511 shares, Salada Foods shed 25 cents to close at $16.75, in exchanging 1,200 units, Scotia Group shed $1 in traded 83,372 shares to close at $52, Sygnus Credit Investments rose 40 cent to close at $10.50 in trading 11,629 shares and Wisynco Group rose 34 cents and finished trading 211,342 shares to end at $9.39.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 18,035 units valued at over $31,181, as JMMB Group 6 % preference share gained 2 cents and completed trading at $1.06 with 510 stock units, JMMB Group 5.75% preference share lost 14 cents in concluding of 15,000 shares at $2.01. Margaritaville traded 1,075 shares and ended at 18 US cents Proven Investments trading 1,450 shares and closed at 19.01 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index advanced by 0.32 points to close at 159.56.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 4 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 closing with lower offers.

JSE lost altitude – Monday

Carib Cement jumped $7.99 to end at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $50.

In moderate trading, the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed down on Monday after the All Jamaica Composite Index hit a new high of 347,919.92 points in early trading.
At the close trading,  advancing stocks were the same as stocks, leading to the All Jamaican Composite Index to decline by 880.86 points to 346,120.15 and the JSE Index in shedding 802.56 points to end at a record close of 315,354.54.
Trading in the main market ended with 4,879,200 units valued at over $45,250,338 compared to 11,481,249 units valued $123,719,859 on Friday.
Market activities resulted in 29 securities trading including 2 in the US dollar market compared to 26 securities trading on Friday. At the end of trading, the prices of 9 stocks rose, 9 declined and 11 traded unchanged, including
Caribbean Cement traded at an all-time closing high of $50 with very low volume while the Jamaica Stock Exchange traded at a 52 weeks’ high of $8.50 but pulled back at the close to $8.
The day’s volume was led by, Mayberry Jamaican Equities with 2,626,900 units and 53.84 percent of the main market volume, followed by Jamaica Stock Exchange with 822,926 units and Victoria Mutual Investments with 298,913 units.
Stocks with major price changes| Barita Investments lost 50 cents and ended at $9, trading 7,186 stock units, Caribbean Cement jumped $7.99 to a 52 weeks’ closing high of $50 exchanging a mere 610 shares, but ended with the being offered at $45 Jamaica Broilers traded 27,922 stock units and added $1.90 to end at $24, Mayberry Investments lost 25 cents to end at $8 trading just 18,821 shares, Kingston Wharves lost 75 cents to end at $51.50, after trading 2,500 stock units, NCB Financial Group lost 50 cents and ended trading at $103.50, exchanging 42,838 shares, Scotia Group traded 9,910 units and shed 80 cents to end at $52, Supreme Ventures fell 29 cents in trading 81,921 at $15.51 and Wisynco Group fell 25 cents to close at $9.25 after trading 197,432 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 35,200 units valued at US$65,830 as JMMB Group 5.75% preference share rose 12 cents and closed at US$2.15 trading 35,200 shares and Margaritaville rose 1 cent in trading 5,000 shares at 18 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 0.47 points to 159.31.
Trading resulted in an average of 180,711 units valued at over $1,675,938, in contrast to 478,385 shares valued at $5,154,994 on Friday. For the month to date an average of 196,186 shares valued at an average of $4,035,512 versus 198,469 shares valued at an average of $4,438,731 on Monday. July closed with an average of 169,022 units valued at $3,514,756, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 10 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 closing with lower offers.

Investors shun Junior stocks for the oldsters

Black Panther mash up Palace bottom-line with a huge increase in profit that pushed to stock to no 1 for 2018 in the main market.

Investors shunned Junior Market stocks in 2018 for the older more established Main market stocks. At least that is what the data from the exchange is showing.
According to the Jamaica Stock Exchange report of trading to the end of July, volume and value on the main market is up while that on the junior market is well down on 2017 figures, even as the gains in the overall market shows juniors up 14 percent for the year to the end of July and 9 percent for the main market.
Junior Market volume is down year to July by a stunning 69 percent to 571 million units while the value fell 64 percent to $2.69 billion, less than half of the $6.6 billion traded for all of 2017. In contrast main market stocks traded 1.57 billion units, up 28.5 percent over 2017, for a total value of $32 billion, a strong 79.4 percent increase over 2017 and just shy of the $35.7 million traded for all of 2017.
The big winners for the year to July are, Palace with an increase of 154 percent, that was helped by the huge success of the Black Panther film that ran for several months, Pulse Investments up 67 percent, Kingston Wharves 60 percent, Jamaica Broilers 45 percent and Salada Foods 41 percent, as investors responded to improved profit. In the Junior Market, C2W Music and Derrimon Trading beat all others by huge margins, rising 233 percent after it announced a 10 to 1 stock split and 197 percent respectively. Express Catering climbed 86 percent, Stationery and Office Supplies up 65 percent and CAC 2000 up 51 percent.
The big losers in the main market are, Ciboney, having sold off the property it owned and paid out most of the proceeds as a dividend is down 68 percent, 138 Student Living fell 35 percent, Kingston Properties 31 percent, Wisynco Group 24 percent, Portland JSX 20 percent and in the Junior Market, GWEST Corporation down 36 percent, AMG Packaging 33 percent, tTech 23 percent, Knutsford Express 23 percent and Eppley 17 percent.

JSE in sharp fall on Monday

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The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange dropped sharply on Monday falling more than 3,350 points, as the market pulled back sharply from the recent record high, but advance decline ratio was even.
Trading in the main market ended with 4,603,500 units valued $97,930,099 compared to 2,441,530 units valued $54,632,965 on Friday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index dived 3,687.52 points to close at 335,467.60 and the JSE Index declined by 3,359.74 to 305,648.85.
Market activities resulted in 29 securities trading including 1 in the US dollar market compared to 26 securities trading on Friday. At the end of trading, the prices of 12 stocks advanced, 12 declined and 5 closed unchanged and JMMB Group traded at an intraday all-time high of $31 but fell back to $30.02 at the close.
The day’s volume was led by, Carreras for the second in a row with 28.13 percent of trading in an exchange of 1,294,964 shares, followed by Scotia Group with 775,144 shares and 16.84 percent of the day’s volume and Ciboney Group with 707,000 units, accounting for 15.36 percent of the day’s volume.
Stocks with major price changes are, Carreras lost 50 cents to finish at $9, Grace Kennedy dropped 99 cents to $52.01, with 21,707 stock units trading, Kingston Wharves rose 35 cents and ended at $50.35, trading 2,100 shares, NCB Financial jumped $2 to $97 trading 63,512 units. Portland JSX fell $1 to $8, in trading 900 units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund dropped 45 cents and closed at $14.05, exchanging 20,468 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments declined 50 cents to $12.50 trading 153,800 units.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 45,000 units valued at US$7,426 as Proven Investments was the only stock trading with the price rising 1.04 cents to 16.05 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 5.86 points up to 146.90.
Trading resulted in an average of 164,411 units valued at an average of $3,497,504 for each security traded. In contrast to 90,427 units for an average of $2,023,443 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts 148,084 units valued at $2,927,889 compared to 146,947 units valued at $2,885,584 on Friday. June closed with an average of 250,168 shares with a value of $5,895,281, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 9 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.

JSE retreats from Friday’s record high

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange surged to new record high during trading in the morning sessions hitting a high of 340, 893.72 points on the all Jamaica Index while the JSE index rose to a record high of 310,624.04 but the market pulled back to close just below the record closing high reached on Thursday last week.
Trading in the main market ended with 2,441,530 units valued $54,632,965 compared to 2,808,119 units valued $38,691,449 on Thursday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index advanced by 878.93 points to 339,155.12, sitting just 692.75 points below the record close on last week Thursday and the JSE Index climbed 800.80 points to 309,008.59, just 631.20 points away from the record close reached last week.
Market activities resulted in 27 securities trading in the main market, compared to 26 securities trading on Thursday in the main and US dollar markets. At the end of trading, the prices of 7 stocks advanced, 10 declined and 10 closed unchanged.
The day’s volume was led by, Carreras with 25.27 percent of trading in an exchange of 616,888 shares, followed by Ciboney Group with 548,381 units, accounting for 22.46 percent of the day’s volume and NCB Financial Group with 276,402 shares and 11.32 percent of the day’s volume.
Stocks with major price changes are, Berger Paints fell 74 cents to $18.76 with 16,154 trading, Caribbean Cement gained $2 to finish at $42, exchanging 5,050 shares, Jamaica Broilers dropped $1.08 to $25.42, with 65,410 stock units trading, Kingston Wharves fell 85 cents and ended at $50, trading 14,127 shares, NCB Financial dropped $2.99 to $95 trading 276,402 units. Pulse Investments fell 40 cents and settled at $3, in trading 29,611 units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose 40 cents and closed at $14.50, exchanging 5,200 shares and Scotia Group declined 90 cents to $50.10, with 248,215 units.
Trading resulted in an average of 90,427 units valued at an average of $2,023,443 for each security traded. In contrast to 122,092 units for an average of $1,682,237 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts 146,947 units valued at $2,885,584 compared to 151,016 units valued at $2,952,092 on Thursday. June closed with an average of 250,168 shares with a value of $5,895,281, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 6 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.

JSE jumped on Thursday

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange recovered the losses of the previous two days and added more to the indices in the process on Thursday as trading remains subdued with less than half the value traded on Wednesday.
Trading in the main market ended with 2,808,119 units valued $38,691,449 compared to 2,665,607 units valued $71,318,160 on Wednesday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 1,768.07 points to 338,276.19. and the JSE Index climbed 1,610.91 points to 308,207.79.
Activities in the main market and US dollar market resulted in 24 securities trading including 2 from the US dollar market, compared to 26 securities trading on Wednesday. At the end of trading, the prices of 8 stocks advanced, 9 declined and 7 closed unchanged.
The day’s volume was led by, JMMB Group with 25.3 percent of trading in an exchange of 711,490 shares, followed by Ciboney Group with 687,852 units accounting for 24.5 percent of the day’s volume and JMMB Group 7.5% preference share with 500,000 shares or just under 18 percent.
Stocks with major price changes are, Caribbean Cement gained 99 cents to finish at $40, exchanging 66,139 shares, Jamaica Broilers jumped $2.54 to $26.50, with 50,891 stock units trading, JMMB Group gained 44 cents and ended at $30, trading 711,490 shares, Jamaica Producers shed 50 cents to $17 trading 30,582 units. Mayberry Investments fell 49 cents and settled at $6.50, with 53,128 units, Proven Investments lost 50 cents trading 750 shares in the Jamaican market to close at $26.50, Sagicor Real Estate Fund lost 90 cents and closed at $14.10, exchanging 10,100 shares, Pulse Investments rose 45 cents trading 98,245 shares to close at $3.40, Scotia Group rose 50 cents to $51, with 1,830 units.
Trading resulted in an average of 122,092 units valued at over $1,682,237, in contrast to 111,067 shares valued at $2,971,590 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts 151,016 units valued at $2,952,092 compared to 152,906 units valued at $3,041,409 on Wednesday. June closed with an average of 250,168 shares with a value of $5,895,281, for each security traded.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 10,150 units valued at $1,252. Sygnus Credit was the only stock trading in the US market, the price rose 1.47 cents to 12.48 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 1.39 points up to 141.04.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 5 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.

Another record close for JSE majors -Tuesday

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed at a new record high on Tuesday to break into the 338,000 mark, for the first time, with the All Jamaican Composite Index climbing 820.63 points to a record 338,079.54 and the JSE Index rising 747.69 points to a record 308,028.64.
Activities in the main and US dollar markets resulted in 30 securities trading including 5 from the US dollar market, compared to 31 securities trading on Monday. At the close, the prices of 9 stocks advanced, 16 declined and 6 closed unchanged.
Trading activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed with an exchange of 7,061,151 shares valued at $104,913,847 compared to 7,903,876 units valued at $168,386,017 on Monday.
The day’s volume was led by Wisynco Group with 3,436,668 units accounting for 48.67 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Jamaica Broilers  with 1,004,631 units and 14.23 percent of the day’s volume and Ciboney with 1,004,631 units accounting for 14.23 percent of the volume traded.
Stocks with major price changes are, Grace Kennedy dropped $2.48 to $51.52, Jamaica Broilers up $2 to end at $26, JMMB Group rising $1 to $29.50, NCB Financial jumping $2.93 to $98, Sagicor Group rose 75 cents to $38.75, Scotia Group gained 50 cents to $51.50, Supreme Ventures slipped 60 cents to $15 and Sygnus Credit Investments rose 54 cents in closing at $13.55. 138 Student Living traded with a loss of 25 cents to end at a 52 weeks’ low of $3.85 and Pulse Investments traded at an intraday high of $3.50 but end trading at $3.
Trading resulted in an average of 252,184 units valued at an average of $3,746,923 for each security traded, in contrast to 303,995 units for an average of $6,476,385 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts 175,865 units valued at $3,072,419 compared to 163,654 units valued at $2,946,511, on Monday. June closed with an average of 250,168 shares with a value of $5,895,281, for each security traded.
In the US dollar market, 122,190 units valued at $31,374, as JMMB Group 6% preference share rose 1.5 cents and ended trading at US$1.025 with 11,100 stock units changing hands and Proven Investments rose 1 cent and closed at 18 US cents with 111,090 units changing hands. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 2.02 points up to 152.41.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 4 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 closing with lower offers.

JSE majors 300 points from record

Jamaica Stock Exchange main market continues its slow upward climb as it eyes new highs ahead.

At the close of the trading on Friday, the All Jamaican Composite Index sits just 300 points and the JSE Index just 276 points from the record high reach on June 13, after rising over 1,200 points on Friday.
The All Jamaican Composite Index climbs 1,332.76 points to close at 336,390.30 while the JSE Index advanced by 1,214.30 points to close at 306,489.55.
Trading activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Friday remained low, with an exchange of just 2,029,215 units valued at $42,587,552 compared to 4,036,088 units valued at $49,293,055 on Thursday.
Activities in the main and US dollar markets resulted in 25 securities trading including 3 from the US dollar market, compared to 27 securities trading on Thursday. At the close, the prices of 11 stocks advanced, 6 declined and 8 closed unchanged.
Thursday’s volume was led by Mayberry Investments that settled at $6.52, with 501,000 units trading, Scotia Group traded at $50.12, with 447,178 units and Sygnus Credit Investments traded 378,850 shares at $13.71.
Stocks with major price changes are, Berger Paints that rose 71 cents to $22, Grace Kennedy climbing $1.39 to $53. Jamaica Broilers lost 50 cents to end at $23, JMMB Group declined 40 cents to $29.50, Kingston Wharves lost 70 cents to end at $46.55 and Supreme ventures lost 40 cents in closing at $14.10.
In the US dollar market, 22,095 units valued at $2,546 as with Margaritaville traded 500 shares at 18 US cents, Proven Investments closed at 18 US cents with just 245 units changing hands and Sygnus Credit Investments ended trading 21,350 shares after rising 0.7 cent to 12 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index inched 0.05 points up to 153.20.
Trading resulted in an average of 92,237 units valued at an average of $1,935,798 for each security traded. In contrast to 161,444 units for an average of $1,971,722 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts 167,222 units valued at $2,763,542 compared to 183,396 units valued at $2,264,736, on Thursday. June closed with an average of 250,168 shares with a value of $5,895,281, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 4 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 closing with lower offers.

JSE main market falters on low volume

Grace Kennedy traded at an intra-day high of $56 on Thursday.

Trading activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday remained low, with an exchange of 4,036,088 units valued at $49,293,055 versus 3,503,975 units valued at $50,822,952 on Wednesday.
Trading levels fell below that of the Junior Market, a rare occurrence as two companies in that market dominated trading. Activities in the main and US dollar markets resulted in 27 securities trading including 2 from the US dollar market compared to 28 securities trading on Wednesday. At the close, the prices of 13 stocks advanced, 9 declined and 5 closed unchanged.
At the close of the market, the All Jamaican Composite Index fell 169.56 points to close at 335,057.54 while the JSE Index declined by 154.49 points to 305,275.25.
Wednesday’s volume was led by Ciboney with 1,075,072 units at 10 cents, accounting for 26.6 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Jamaica Broilers traded 798,007 stock units at $23.50, Mayberry Investments settled at $6.50, with 613,468 units and Pulse Investments jumping $1 to $3, with 460,835 shares.
Stocks with major price changes are, Caribbean Cement that dropped $2.57 to $42.43, Jamaica Broilers gaining 50 cents to end at $23.50, JMMB Group gaining 90 cents to $29.90, Kingston Wharves rising 85 cents to end at $47.25, NCB Financial dropping $2.50 to $95, Sagicor Group losing 75 cents to close at $38.25. Scotia Group fell 40 cents to close at $50.10, Seprod jumped $2.25 to $35.50, Supreme ventures lost 50 cents in closing at $14.50 and Productive Business Solution rose $2 to $105. Grace Kennedy traded at an intraday high of $56 but last traded at $51.61.
In the US dollar market, 8,800 units traded valued at $1,520 as Sterling Investments ended trading 800 shares at after rising 0.8 cent to 10 US cents and Proven Investments lost 0.5 cent to 18 US cents with 8,000 units changing hands. The JSE USD Equities Index declined 2.86 points to 153.15.
Trading resulted in an average of 161,444 units valued at an average of $1,971,722 for each security traded. In contrast to 134,768 units for an average of $1,954,729 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts 183,396 units valued at $2,264,736 compared to 190,523 units at a cost of $2,359,871, on Wednesday. June closed with an average of 250,168 shares with a value of $5,895,281, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 3 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.

JSE main market climbs on low volume

Caribbean Cement ended at a new closing high of $45 on Wednesday.

The volume traded on the Jamaica Stock Exchange declined on Wednesday to 3,503,975 units valued at $50,822,952 compared to 8,102,862 units valued $101,385,351 on Tuesday.
Market activities in the main and US dollar markets resulted in 28 securities trading including just 1 from the US dollar market. At the close, the prices of 14 stocks advanced, 8 declined and 6 closed unchanged, compared to 27 securities trading on Tuesday.
At the close of the market, the All Jamaican Composite Index rose 1,170.17 points to 335,227.10 while the JSE Index advanced by 1,066.16 points to close at 305,429.74.
Tuesday’s volume was led by Ciboney with 1,230,196 units accounting for 35 percent of the day’s volume, followed by JMMB Group 7.25% preference share with 850,000 units or 24 percent of the day’s volume and PanJam Investment with 326,719 units.
Stocks with major price changes are, Caribbean Cement rising $1.50 to an all-time closing high of $45, Jamaica Broilers lost the $1 it added on Tuesday to end at $23, Kingston Wharves gained 43 cents to end at $46.40, NCB Financial rallied 50 cents to $97.50, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose $1.45 to close at $15.45, Scotia Group was up 40 cents to close at $50.50 and Seprod jumped $1.65 to $33.25.
In the US dollar market, 5,704 units traded valued at $921 as Proven Investments rose 1 cent to 18.50 with 3,704 units changing hands and Sygnus Credit trading 2,000 shares, with the price slipping 0.25 cent to end at 11.25 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 1.30 points to 156.01.
Trading resulted in an average of 134,768 units valued at an average of $1,954,729 for each security traded. In contrast to 311,649 units for an average of $3,899,437 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 190,523 units at a cost of $2,359,871, compared to 218,947 units valued at $2,566,413 on Tuesday. June closed with an average of 250,168 shares with a value of $5,895,281, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 6 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 6 closing with lower offers.