JSE starts November with a big fall

Having risen strongly on the last trading day for October, the Jamaica Stock Exchange slipped back to normal on Thursday with stocks giving back most of the gains of the previous day, in keeping with patterns seen at month ends and openings, going back several years.
Trading closed with 29 active securities in the main and US dollar markets, on Thursday compared to 33 on Wednesday. Prices of 8 securities rose, 16 declined, while 5 remained unchanged. At the end of market activity, the All Jamaica Composite Index dropped 3,848.34 points to close at 396,907.46 and the JSE Index dived 3,506.27 points to end at 361,627.62.
Trading closed with 53,515,060 units valued $119,025,805 compared with 36 6,766,220 units valued at $113,213,380 changing hands, on Wednesday.
Main market trading closed with 1834 Investments leading with 50,001,500 units trading, or 93.4 percent of the day’s volume, Mayberry Jamaican Equities with 1,029,435 units and 1.9 percent of volume traded and Ciboney with 764,000 units with 1.4 percent of the day’s volume.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 4 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 4 closing with lower offers.
Trading resulted in an average of 1,911,252 units valued at over $4,250,922, in contrast to 225,541 shares valued at $3,773,779 on Wednesday. October closed, with an average of 290,851 shares, valued $5,213,901, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments gained $1 to close at $20, with 6,375 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement gave up $2.79 trading 7,157 shares to close at $41.21, Grace Kennedy lost $1 and ended trading with 45,770 shares at $55, Jamaica Broilers traded 28,064 stock units, at $30 after falling $1, Jamaica Producers dropped $2.99 and finished trading 26,432 units, at $24.51, Jamaica Stock Exchange jumped $1.50 to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $11.50, exchanging 73,099 shares, JMMB Group fell $1.78 and ended at $32.02, trading 127,582 shares, Kingston Wharves gained 95 cents and finished at $75.95 with 24,474 stock units trading, NCB Financial Group added 80 cents and ended trading 160,771 shares to close at $126.80, PanJam Investment closed with a loss of $2.01 to end at $61.99, trading 14,135 stock units, Sagicor Group settled at $45 after falling $1.85, with 7,156 shares traded, Sagicor Real Estate Fund lost 57 cents to settle at $11.43, exchanging 239,704 shares, Salada Foods ended trading just 258 stock units and dropped $3.70 to end at $21.10, Scotia Group fell $1.97 to $51.03, trading 122,623 units and Supreme Ventures dropped $2.26 to close at $17.54 with 197,166 shares changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with Margaritaville being the only stock trading to end with a mere 100 units changing hands at 24 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index remained unchanged at 163.30.

More stocks less volume trade on JSE – Tuesday

The number of securities trading rose on Tuesday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange main and US markets to 36 up from 32 on Monday but with less volume of 2,431,671 units valued at $40,003,992 compared with 5,670,913 units valued at $98,003,071 changing hands, on Monday.
Trading closed with Ciboney leading with 1,039,900 units and 42.7 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Scotia Group trading 255,885 shares or 10.5 percent of the day’s volume and Carreras with 166,800 units and 7 percent of volume traded.
The market ended with the prices of 13 securities rising, 9 declining while 14 remained unchanged leading to the All Jamaica Composite Index in slipping 44.99 points to 399,117.95 and the JSE Index falling by 40.99 points to close at 363,641.63. During the morning session the market was up more than 6,000 points with NCB Financial trading up to $128.25.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 5 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 5 closing with lower offers, an indication that falling prices are likely to be dominant on Wednesday.
Trading resulted in an average of 78,441 units valued at over $1,290,451, in contrast to 189,030 shares valued at $3,266,769 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 321,423 shares, valued $5,766,429 and previously 337,978 shares, valued $6,091,383. September closed, with an average of 1,022,243 shares valued $15,752,876, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments lost $1.50 to close at $19.50, in exchanging 93,063 shares, Caribbean Cement rose 99 cents to finish at $47, trading 3,000 shares, Grace Kennedy rose $1 trading of 48,306 shares at $59, Jamaica Broilers climbed $1.50 in trading 110,010 stock units to close at $30, Jamaica Producers added $2.50 to close of $29.50 with 7,255 units changing hands, JMMB Group jumped $1 to $35 trading 30,191 shares, Mayberry Investments fell 50 cents to settle at $10.50, exchanging 11,450 units, Mayberry Jamaican Equities climbed $1.25 to $13 with 90,200 units trading, PanJam Investment gained $2 to end at $64, trading 18,055 shares, Proven Investments ended trading 18,819 shares in the Jamaican dollar based market to close at a record $30 after rising $3.60, Sagicor Group fell by $2 cent to $44, trading 17,852 shares, Scotia Group gained 50 cents in trading 255,885 units to close at $52.50, Seprod finished trading 2,968 shares, with a fall of $3.40 to close at $35.60, Stanley Motta added 25 cents, trading 15,800 units to close at $4.45 and Wisynco Group finished 25 cents down to $10, with 117,281 units trading.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 109,636 units valued at $134,951 changing hands as JMMB Group 5.75% preference share traded 44,490 units in closing at US$2.05, JMMB Group 6% preference share traded 44,490 units in closing at US$2.05, Margaritaville traded 1,000 shares at 25 US cents,Proven Investments ended trading 28,732 to close at 21 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments US dollar ordinary share traded 784 units to end at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed unchanged at 164.66.

Stocks dive again on JSE – Wednesday

The sharp fall in prices on the Jamaica Stock Exchange main market continued on Wednesday closed with 19 declining just 8 rising and 7 holding firm and making big dents into the market indices.
At the close, the All Jamaica Composite Index diving 5,114.14 points to 409,805.35 and the JSE Index declined by 4,659.56 points to close at 373,379.06.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 5 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 1 closing with a lower offer.
A total of 34 securities traded including 2 in the US dollar market, compared to 32 trading on Tuesday.
Trading ended with 3,255,602 units valued at $64,853,916 changing hands, compared with 3,865,461 units valued at $98,334,906 on Tuesday.
Trading closed with JMMB Group leading with 842,614 units and 25.9 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Carreras with 569,061 units and 17.5 percent of volume traded and Ciboney trading 500,000 units or 15.4 percent of the day’s volume.
Trading resulted in an average of 101,738 units valued at over $2,026,685, in contrast to 128,849 shares valued at $3,277,830 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 357,984 shares, valued $6,357,141 and previously, 382,244 shares, valued $6,804,156. September closed, with an average of 1,022,243 shares valued $15,752,876, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Grace Kennedy rose 69 cents and ended trading 6,606 shares at $59.30, Jamaica Producers dropped 50 cents to close of $29.50 with 50,226 units changing hands, JMMB Group dropped $3.50 and ended at $31.50, with 842,614 shares trading. Kingston Wharves fell 43 cents in exchanging 11,112 stock units, to close at $82.07, NCB Financial Group lost 60 cents and ended at $128.40, trading 73,778 shares, Pulse Investments shed 30 cents to $2.50 trading 1,000 shares, Sagicor Group dropped $4.47 to $42.03, trading 100,416 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund lost 50 cents to close at $14, trading 14,745 shares, Salada Foods lost 55 cents and ended trading at $24.95, with 7,800 stock units, Scotia Group dropped $2.99 trading 46,233 units to close at $56.01, Seprod lost $4.40 and finished trading at $35.60, with 15,764 shares changing hands, Stanley Motta lost 45 cents in closing at $4.55 trading 67,400 shares, Sterling Investments gained 80 cents and closed at $23.30, with 250 shares and Supreme Ventures fell $2.48 to end at $17.51, with 89,967 shares changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 32,239 units valued at US$4,310 changing hands as Proven Investments ended trading 7,639 to close at 21 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments US dollar ordinary share traded 24,600 units to end at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed unchanged at 167.78.

JSE in sharp drop on Wednesday

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The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market dropped sharply on Wednesday with increased market activity but with rising stocks outpacing falling ones by 80 percent.
At the end of trading, All Jamaica Composite Index dropped 3,927.81 points to 412,448.36 and the JSE Index declined by 3,578.68 points to close at 375,787.14.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 5 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers, suggesting a fairly even match, between rising and declining stocks on Thursday.
A total of 32 securities traded, including 3 in the US dollar market, compared to 31 trading on Tuesday with the prices of 14 securities rising, 8 declining and 10 holding firm.
Jamaica Producers traded at 52 weeks’ high during the day, of $33 and Jamaica Stock Exchange traded at an intraday high of $9.20, but both fell back by the close, while Mayberry Investments closed at an all-time high of $10. Barita Investments ended at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $19.50, Salada Foods closed at a 52 weeks’ high of $26 and Radio Jamaica traded at a 52 weeks’ intraday low of 80 cents.
Trading ended with major contraction in the value of trades in the main market, compared to Tuesday’s levels, with 16,795,459 units valued at $285,223,377 versus  9,264,518 units valued at $430,892,380 changing hands on Tuesday.
Trading closed with Wisynco Group leading with 10,860,918 units accounting for 64.67 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Grace Kennedy with 1,515,091 units or 9 percent of total volume traded and Supreme Ventures with 1,278,248 units and 7.6 percent of the day’s volume.
Trading resulted in an average of 559,849 units valued at $9,507,446, in contrast to 330,876 shares valued at $15,389,014 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 406,855 shares, valued $7,710,282 and previously, 386,273 shares, valued $7,433,795. September closed, with an average of 1,022,243 shares valued $15,752,876, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments rose 70 cents to end at a 52 weeks’ close at $19.50, trading 8,100 shares, Caribbean Cement rose 86 cents to finish at $49.95, in exchanging 34,400 shares, Grace Kennedy lost 55 cents and ended trading 1,515,091 shares at $60.95, Jamaica Broilers declined by 41 cents in trading 63,380 stock units to close at $32, JMMB Group rose $1 and ended at $37, with 395,580 shares, Kingston Wharves jumped $8 in exchanging 1,670 stock units, to close at $83, Mayberry Investments rose 80 cents to finish at a record $10, trading 101,446 stock units, NCB Financial Group lost $2 and settled at $128, with 159,788 units, 138 Student Living fell 40 cents and closed at $4.60, with 279 stock units trading, Salada Foods jumped $5.29 to a record close of $26 in trading just 200 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund fell 80 cents to end at $14.20, trading 155,029 shares, Sterling Investments dropped $4.30 and closed at $23.30 with 29,383 shares changing hands, Supreme Ventures dived $5.40 to end at $15.50, with 1,278,248 shares changing hands and Wisynco Group rose 40 cents to $10, trading 10,860,918 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 50,462 units valued at $10,394, changing hands, Proven Investments traded 45,387 shares to close at 22 US cents and Sygnus Credit 5,075 units and rose 0.5 cents to end at 11.5 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index lost 1.02 points to 170.72.

Declining stocks dominate JSE

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market ended with modest gains on Tuesday with increased market activity but with falling stocks distancing advancing ones by 25 percent.
At the end of trading, All Jamaica Composite Index gained 470.64 points to close at 416,376.17 and the JSE Index rose 428.81 points to 379,365.82.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 11 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers, suggesting mostly gains ahead for stocks on Wednesday.
A total of 31 securities traded including 3 in the US dollar market, compared to 27 trading on Monday with the prices of 12 securities rising, 15 declining and 4 holding firm.
Kingston Wharves traded at 52 weeks’ high during the day of $85 and Mayberry Equities traded at an intraday high of $13.25, but both fell back by the close, while Sterling Investments closed at a 52 weeks’ high of $27.60 and Radio Jamaica ended at a 52 weeks’ low of 85 cents.
Trading ended with major contraction in trading volume in the main market compared to Monday’s levels, with 9,264,518 units valued at $430,892,380 compared to 13,217,499 units valued at $228,334,356 changing hands on Monday.
Trading closed with Kingston Wharves led with 5,087,056 units and accounting for 54.91 percent of the day’s volume followed by Ciboney with 1,393,189 units or 15.04 percent of total volume traded and Carreras with 737,720 units and 7.96 percent of the day’s volume.
Trading resulted in an average of 330,876 units valued at over $15,389,014, in contrast to 528,700 shares valued at $9,133,374 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 386,273 shares, valued $7,433,795 and previously, 394,228 shares, valued $6,099,986. September closed, with an average of 1,022,243 shares valued $15,752,876, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Berger Paints rose 51 cents to end at $22.50, trading 8,578 stock units, Caribbean Cement shed 91 cents to finish at $49.09, in exchanging 23,096 shares, Grace Kennedy lost 50 cents and ended trading 19,357 shares at $61.50, Jamaica Broilers declined by $1 in trading 42,674 stock units stock units to close at $32, Jamaica Producers rose 50 cents and finished trading 17,843 units at $30, JMMB Group fell $1 and ended at $36, with 202,220 shares, Kingston Wharves dropped $7.99 in exchanging 5,087,056 stock units to closed at $75, Mayberry Investments lost 30 cents to finish at $9.20, trading 161,000 stock units, PanJam Investment grew 69 cents to $64.70,with 4,715 stock units trading, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose $1 to end at $15, trading 47,645 shares, Scotia Group declined $1 to close at $60, trading 167,808 units, Seprod jumped $1 trading 3,600 shares, to close at $50, Sterling Investments jumped $2.60 and closed at a 52 weeks’ high of $27.60 with a mere 300 shares changing hands, Supreme Ventures rose 40 cent to end at $20.90, with 39,955 shares changing hands and Wisynco Group rose 25 cents to $9.60, trading 452,414 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 5,608 units valued at $3,002, changing hands JMMB Group 6 percent preference share traded 2,035 units to end at US$1.07, Margaritaville traded 1,298 shares at 25 US cents after rising by 1 cent, Proven Investments lost 1 cent in trading 2,275 shares to close at 21 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index lost 3.53 points to 171.74.

JSE hits new record then drops

Bulls prowling around Jamaican stocks.

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market climbed to another record high on Thursday but pulled back towards the close, as the price of Scotia Group traded down to $56 and Grace Kennedy falling at the close.
The All Jamaica Composite Index peaked with gain of 3,093.31 points to a record 411,545.91. At the end of trading, All Jamaica Composite Index declined by 1,232.84 points to close at 407,219.76 and the JSE Index dipped 1,123.25 points to 371,023.29.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 11 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers, suggesting mostly gains ahead for stocks.
A total of 29 securities traded including 1 in the US dollar market, compared to 32 trading on Wednesday with the prices of 15 securities rising, 8 declining and 6 holding firm. There were 6 securities trading at 52 weeks’ highs during the day, with 3 ending at a 52 weeks’ closing highs.
The main market ended with 50,485,890 units valued at $464,344,297 compared to 2,630,637 units valued at over $70,273,331 changing hands on Wednesday.
Trading closed with Carreras trading 46,297,844 shares and 91.7 percent of the day’s volume with the price closing at $9.11 after falling 24 cents. JMMB Group accounted for 1,650,000 shares or 3.3 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Ciboney Group with 760,000 shares and 1.5 percent of the volume traded.
Trading resulted in an average of 1,803,068 units valued at over $16,583,725, in contrast to 132,745 shares valued at $3,474,891 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 533,195 shares, valued $6,208,222 and previously, 114,884 shares valued $2,790,409. September closed, with an average of 1,022,243 shares valued $15,752,876, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Grace Kennedy fell $2 in trading 73,275 shares, to close at $61, after the price hit a record $75 in early trading, Jamaica Broilers dropped $3 in trading 406,744 stock units at $28, JMMB Group climbed $2 and ended at a 52 weeks’ high of $35, trading 50,818 shares, Mayberry Equities rose 41 cents to finish at closing high of $12.01, trading 55,088 stock units, NCB Financial Group rose $2.50 ended trading with 19,709 shares at record close of $132.50, Portland JSX ended at $8.50, with 55,000 units trading after falling 50 cents, Sagicor Group rose 78 cents to end at $40, with 4,149 shares changing hands, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose 41 cents to $13.50, trading 122,940 shares, Scotia Group added $1 in trading 48,191 units to close at $62 after it fell to $56 in earlier trading, Seprod jumped $3.56 in trading 32,849 shares at $46.80, Sterling Investments declined by $1.99 and closed at $22.01, with 38,149 shares changing hands after trading at an all-time intraday high of $28 and Supreme Ventures rose 70 cents in trading 202,949 shares to end at $21.70 and Wisynco Group lost 25 cents to finish at $9.30, with 246,788 units trading.
Trading in the US dollar market closed Proven Investments being the sole trade with 134,200 shares to close at 23 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed unchanged at 174.64.

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

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.