JSE Main market up 5% in May

The Main Market of the Jamaica Stock exchange closed out May on a high note with the market prime indices rising appreciably to close out the month with a gain of five percent but closed with a loss of 25 percent for the year to date.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 4,018.59 points to 420,847.85, the JSE Market Index advanced 3,762.78 points to 383,649.98 and the JSE Financial Index gained 1.12 points to 100.80. The PE ratio of the market ended at 14.5, while the Main Market ended at 14.8 times 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with 49 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with prices of 22 stocks advancing, 16 declining and 11 securities trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 45 securities accounting for 109,379,530 units valued at $203,610,322, in contrast to 21,505,791 units valued at $167,719,708 from 40 securities on Thursday.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 80 million shares for 73 percent of total volume followed by Trans Jamaican Highway with 24 million units for 22 percent of the day’s trade and QWI Investments with 1.5 million units for 1.4 percent market share. Also, trading over a million units was Sagicor Select Financial Fund, with 1.15 million units.
The average trade for the day was 2,430,656 units at $4,524,674 for each security traded, in contrast to 537,645 units at an average of $4,192,993 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date ended at 475,543 units at $3,077,280 for each security changing hands, compared to 369,670 units with an average of $2,994,834. Trading in April resulted in an average of 1,077,021 units valued at $3,829,201 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows seventeen stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three stocks closing with lower offers.
In the Main Market, Barita Investments shed 60 cents to end at $50.40, with a transfer of 171,676 shares, Caribbean Cement gained $1 exchanging 34,628 stock units and closed at $52, Eppley ended $1 higher at $17.99, with 35,848 stock units changing hands. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund jumped $5 to $38 after swapping a mere one unit, First Rock Capital shed 40 cents to settle at $12.60, in transferring 2,741 units, Jamaica Producers closed 70 cents lower at $20.10 trading 423,052 shares. Jamaica Stock Exchange gained $1.57 and ended at $22.57, exchanging 105,212 shares, Kingston Properties dropped $1.50 to finish at $4.80, after swapping 40,000 stock units, Kingston Wharves climbed $2.99 to $57.99 transferring 9,590 units. Mayberry Investments lost 40 cents to end at $5.60 trading 14,908 units, Palace Amusement shed another $100 to close at $1,100, in an exchange of 83 units, Salada Foods gained 50 cents swapping 191,208 shares and closed at $29. Scotia Group advanced by $1 to $46, with 17,902 stock units changing hands, Stanley Motta picked up 80 cents to settle at $5.50, after transferring 31,500 stock units, Supreme Ventures gained 30 cents exchanging 40,864 stock units and closed at $14.80 and Sygnus Credit Investments ended trading at $17.32, after rising 36 cents and swapping 7,512 units.

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

Junior Market rises 9% in May

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended Friday with modest gains in the market index to close out May, up 9 percent for the month but is still 21.4 percent adrift of the start of the year.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 13 securities advanced, 10 declined and eight remained unchanged. The Junior Market Index advanced by 4.54 points to close at 2,632.97 and the average PE ratio of the market ended at 9.5 times 2020-21 earnings.
Trading resulted in 31 securities changing hands and an exchange of 4,090,696 units at $13,986,259 compared to 4,251,896 units at $11,083,038 on Thursday.
The average trade for the day was 131,958 units for $451,170 in contrast to 146,617 units for an average of $382,174 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 150,274 units valued at $491,077 and previously 151,266 units valued at $93,240. In contrast, April closed with an average of 447,863 units valued at $1,028,076 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial added 49 cents to end at $23 and traded 1,314 shares, AMG Packaging rose 5 cents and exchanged 500 shares at $1.55, Blue Power shed 15 cents in trading of 5,000 units at $3.60. Caribbean Cream closed 7 cents higher at $2.80, with 167,826 stock units trading, Caribbean Producers gained 1 cent to end at $2.36, trading 301,257 shares, Consolidated Bakeries ended market activity exchanging 145,650 shares to close at $1.64 after falling 6 cents. Elite Diagnostic closed trading of 32,398 units and gained 10 cents to end at $3.50, Everything Fresh ended with a loss of 1 cent at 73 cents with 133,453 stock units changing hands, Express Catering closed 44 cents higher at $4.45, with 91,687 stock units trading. Fontana closed trading of 259,958 units and gained 24 cents to end at $5.94, General Accident closed 25 cents higher at $6.25, with 118,999 stock units trading, Honey Bun declined 29 cents in trading of 15,596 units at $5.12. Indies Pharma closed with a loss of 4cents at $2.25 in swapping 66,561shares, ISP Finance ended lost $1 at $13 with 50 units changing hands, Jetcon Corporation closed trading of 30 units and gained 10 cents to end at 90 cents. Knutsford Express ended at $8.95, after rising $1.45 and trading 20,792 shares, Lasco Distributors closed with a loss of 20 cents at $2.95 after swapping 92,095 shares, Lasco Manufacturing closed trading of 1,186,538 shares and gained 40 cents to end at $4.90 (See note at the foot of this story). Limners and Bards rose 2 cents and exchanged 34,476 shares at $1.84. Mailpac Group closed with a loss of 2 cents at $1.86while trading 792,156 shares, Medical Disposables ended market activity, exchanging 4,114 stock units to settle at $6.90 after falling 10 cents and Stationery and Office Supplies lost 6 cents in trading 97,229 shares at $6.21.

NB The JSE trading sheet posted on the exchange website shows Lasco Manufacturing trading 1,186,538 shares, but the trading platform used for trading had just 221,121 shares traded, its unclear which is correct at the time of going to publishing. The trading sheet also has Eppley as trading in the Junior Market. The stock migrated to the main market for several months.

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

JSE US market closes May up

Jamaica Stock Exchange, US dollar market, closed upon the final trading day of May but lost just over three percent for the month and 16 percent for the year to date.
The US dollar market activity resulted in four securities changing hands, down from six on Thursday and ended with one declining and three stock closing unchanged. Investors traded 105,523 units at US$10,755, in contrast to 232,148 units for US$6,140 on Thursday.
At the close, the market index rose 1.03 points to 190.29 and the PE ratio of the market closed with an average of 13.2 times 2020 earnings.
In trading, Productive Business Solutions fell 2 cents and closed at 75 US cents, after exchanging just one unit, Proven Investments traded 21,691 shares at 22.5 US cents. Sygnus Credit Investments closed at 13 US cents in transferring 42,000 stock units and Trans Jamaican ended at 0.99 US cents, with 41,831 shares changing hands.

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

TTSE ends month positively

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Trading on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange ended May on a slightly positive note with the market index closing moderately higher on Friday but ending the months with a rise of nearly 65 points or 3.9 percent above April’s close.

Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange Head Quarters

The T&T Composite Index advanced by 2.60 points to 1,289.18. The All T&T Index gained 0.16 points to 1,736.11, while the Cross Listed Index rose 0.69 points to close at 113.85. The market closed year to the end of May, with a loss of 7 percent for Trinidad based companies and 21 percent for cross listed stocks.
The market closed with fourteen securities changing hands, resulting in prices of six stocks rising, two declining and six closing unchanged. Trading accounted for 1,393,703 shares valued at $4,290,531 compared to 858,534 shares for $5,695,210 on Thursday from 15 securities.
IC bid-offer Indicator The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the bids of five stocks higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
Gainers│ Clico Investments gained 49 cents to end at $25.50, exchanging 5,698 stock units, Grace Kennedy picked up 10 cents trading 32,115 shares and closed at $3.10, JMMB Group finished 5 cents higher at $1.95, with 15,052 stock units crossing the market. Point Lisas rose 15 cents to $3.45 in transferring 571 units, Scotiabank advanced 24 cents to $54.99, in swapping 2,178 units and Trinidad and Tobago NGL ended 15 cents higher at $16.25, with an exchange of 6,082 stock units.
Losers│ Massy Holdings shed 99 cents to close at $57.99 as 33 units changed hands and One Caribbean Media finished at a 52 weeks’ low of $5.25, with a loss of 25 cents after exchanging 20,855 stock units.
Firm TradesAngostura Holdings closed at $14.40 trading 475 units, Guardian Holdings exchanged 1,000 units at $18.15, National Enterprises ended at $4.25, with a transfer 400 units. National Flour traded 1,130,409 shares at $2, NCB Financial swapped 172,897 shares at $7.50 and Unilever Caribbean closed at $16.99, with 5,938 stock units changing hands.

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

More retreating for JSE Main Market

Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market activity ended with the market index declining for a second day, just ahead of the final trading day for May as investors exchanged more shares than on Wednesday.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index declined by 1,262.37 points to 416,829.26, the JSE Market Index fell 1,326.12 points to 379,887.20 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.90 points to 99.68. The PE ratio of the market ended at 14.4, while the Main Market ended at 14.6 times 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with 46 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with prices of 14 stocks advancing, 16 declining and 16 securities trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 40 securities accounting for 21,505,791 units valued at $167,719,708, in contrast to 18,437,961 units valued at $158,788,476 from 44 securities on Wednesday.
Trans Jamaican Highway led trading with 7.3 million shares for 34 percent of the total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 6.5 million units for 30.4 percent of the day’s trade and Supreme Ventures with 1.7 million units for 7.8 percent market share. Other stocks trading over 1 million units were Sagicor Select Financial Fund and Wisynco Group, with 1.15 million units and 1.1 million units, respectively.
The average trade for the day was 537,645 units at $4,192,993 each, in contrast to 419,045 units for $3,608,829 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amount to 369,670 units valued at $2,994,834 for each security changing hands, compared to 361,176 units with an average value of $2,930,932. Trading in April resulted in an average of 1,077,021 units valued at $3,829,201 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows twelve stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two stocks closing with lower offers.
In the Main Market, Barita Investments gained 60 cents to close at $51 in trading 3,456 units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund dropped $4 to $33, with an exchange of 2,310 units, First Rock Capital ended $1.75 lower at $13 after transferring 3,153 units. Jamaica Broilers shed 39 cents exchanging 13,765 stock units to settle at $26.11, Jamaica Producers slipped 50 cents to $20.80, in transferring 229,065 shares. Jamaica Stock Exchange dropped $1.90 to finish at $21, with 40,537 stock units changing hands. Mayberry Jamaican Equities closed 40 cents lower at $9.80, in switching ownership of 22,088 stock units, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy tumbled $16 to $160 trading 1,501 units, NCB Financial Group climbed $1.01 to end at $148, with 476,923 shares changing hands. 138 Student Living gained 81 cents and transferred 71,160 stock units in closing at $7.50, Palace Amusement dived $100 to end at $1,200 trading 144 units, Sagicor Group rose 39 cents to $46.40 exchanging 34,761 stock units. Sagicor Real Estate Fund added 84 cents to finish at $7.94, with 600 units changing hands, Seprod climbed $1.39 to close at $54.95, in trading 141,419 shares and Supreme Ventures slid $1.20 transferring 1,674,041 shares and closed at $14.50.

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

Junior Market close to April’s high

The Junior Market made more gains on Thursday Index advanced by 47.99 points to close at 2,628.43, to be 21.5 percent down from the January opening. The market is close April’s high point of 2,689 and takes it back close to the March 5 close of 2,656.41.  
At the end of market activities on Thursday, 29 securities changing hands, with the prices of 12 securities advanced, 12 declined and five remained unchanged. The PE ratio of the market ended at 9.3 times 2020-21 earnings.
Trading settled with resulted in 4,251,896 units valued $11,083,038 changing hands, compared to 4,137,638 units at $10,997,880 from 32 securities on Wednesday.
The average trade for the day was 146,617 units at $382,174, in contrast to 393,489 units at $1,786,797 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 151,266 units valued at $493,240 and previously 151,514 units valued at $499,172. In comparison, April closed with an average of 447,863 units valued at $1,028,076 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial shed 49 cents in trading of 1,000 units to settle at $22.51, AMG Packaging declined by 25 cents to $1.50 with 2,200 units changing hands, Caribbean Assurance Brokers fell 3 cents to $2.27 with an exchange of 17,695 units. Caribbean Cream added 1 cent in swapping 52,300 shares to close at $2.73, Caribbean Producers dipped 5 cents trading 206,917 units to finish at $2.35, Derrimon Trading rise 10 cents to end at $2.60 with an exchange of 1,000 shares. Elite Diagnostic closed 5 cents higher at $3.40, with 500 stock units crossing the exchange, Everything Fresh ended with a loss of 1 cent at 74 cents with 24,265 stock units changing hands, Express Catering shed 50 cents in trading 8,500 units to settle at $4. Fontana closed at $5.70 after dropping 25 cents in the swapping of 24,236 units, Fosrich exchanged 80,263 shares, after rising 15 cents to $4, General Accident declined by 22 cents to settle at $6 with 472,257 units changing hands. Honey Bun closed trading of 103,484 stock units and gained 33 cents to end at $5.41, Jamaican Teas rose 20 cents to end at $4.70 with an exchange of 30,055 shares, Jetcon Corporation fell 9 cents and closed at 80 cents after swapping 50,000 shares. Knutsford Express dropped $1.48 to close at $7.50 in the trading of 22,762 shares, Lasco Distributors climbed 42 cents exchanging 141,402 shares to settle at $3.15, Lasco Financial closed 5 cents higher at $2.70 with 3,234 shares crossing through the market. Lasco Manufacturing jumped 49 cents and exchanged 45,634 shares to end at $4.50, Limners and Bards fell 13 cents to $1.82 with 16,945 units changing hands, Lumber Depot inched 1 cent higher to $1.14 with 140,862 shares traded. MailPac Group ended the day with 2,321,013 shares being exchanged after rising 3 cents to $1.88, Paramount Trading slipped 1 cent to $1.99 in the swapping of 295,500 stock units and tTech climbed 29 cents to $4.70 with a mere five shares crossing the exchange.

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

Low trading on JSE US$ market

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market remains subdued on Thursday, even as the number of active securities rose over that on Wednesday as the market continues to consolidate.
At the close of market activity, six securities changed hands, down from five on Wednesday. Trading ended with the prices of two stocks rising, one declining and three remaining unchanged. Just 232,148 shares changed hands at US$6,140, in contrast to 253,911 units for US$25,811 on Wednesday.
At the close, the market lost 0.92 points to 189.26 and the PE ratio of the market closed with an average of 13.2 times 2020 earnings.
In trading activity, First Rock Capital gained 1 cent and closed at 9 US cents, with 8,584 units changing hands, Margaritaville traded 700 units at 18 US cents, Proven Investments ended at 22.5 US cents, after picking up half a cent after exchanging 13,792 stock units. Sygnus Credit Investments closed at 13 US cents with 857 units crossing the exchange and Trans Jamaican ended at 0.99 US cents after transferring 208,169 shares.
In the preference segment, JMMB Group 6% shed 6 cents to close at $1 with an exchange of a mere 46 units.

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

Big gains in 2 stock push TTSE market up

Investors pushed First Citizens Bank up nearly 8 percent and West Indian Tobacco 15 percent in trading on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange on Thursday, helping to drive the indices higher and continuing the recent recovery of the market.

TTSE recovering from the sharp sell-off recently.

The market closed with fifteen securities trading with five rising, five declining and stocks five remaining unchanged,  with trading in 858,534 shares valued at $5,695,210 compared to 1,221,503 units for $7,269,983 on Wednesday.
The T&T Composite Index climbed 4.61 points to 1,286.58. The All T&T Index advanced 11.14 points to 1,735.95, while the Cross Listed Index lost 0.27 points to close at 113.16.
IC bid-offer Indicator The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the bids of four stocks higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
Gainers│ First Citizens Bank climbed $3.50 to $48, in exchanging 5,687 units, National Flour gained 5 cents to close at a 52-weeks’ high of $2 trading 607,896 shares, Trinidad Cement picked up 5 cents to end at $1.95 in transferring 22,426 stock units. Trinidad & Tobago NGL closed 10 cents higher at $16.10, in swapping 4,147 units and West Indian Tobacco jumped by $4.68 to $35.88, with 50,473 shares changing hands.
Losers│ Clico Investments shed 29 cents to close at $25.01, with an exchange of 500 units, Guardian Holdings lost 10 cents trading 1,500 units to end at $18.15, JMMB Group closed 5 cents lower at $1.90, after swapping 92,390 shares. Massy Holdings fell $1.02 to $58.98, with a transfer of 2,207 units and Scotiabank closed at $54.75, with a loss of 24 cents in exchanging 500 units.
Firm TradersFirst Caribbean International Bank transferred 500 units at $7.50, National Enterprises traded 44,127 shares at $4.25, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy traded 46 units at $1. One Caribbean Media held firm at $5.50, with an exchange of 12,106 stock units and Republic Financial Holdings swapped 14,029 stock units at $132.73.

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

The big Junior Market rally ahead

Investors can trade shares either by using fundamental analysis, the more common method, or technical analysis. Both have their place, but technical analysis informs investors ahead of significant market moves and thus reduces the time one has to buy or sell a stock.

The triangular formation is shown by the black and golden lines.


The Junior Market suffered a sizable fall from its peak of 3,436 points in September last year to Mid-March and bounced sharply in the first two weeks in April, then retreated until-Mid May from which it started a rebound.
The market was recently in a triangular formation and is breaking higher as the formation suggests. Ascending triangle patterns are bullish, meaning that they indicate that a security’s price is likely to climb higher as the pattern completes itself. Two trendlines form the pattern, the first is flat along the top of the triangle and acts as a resistance point which—after price successfully breaks above it—signals the resumption or beginning of an uptrend. The second the bottom trendline of the triangle that shows price support—is a line of ascension formed by a series of higher lows. It is this configuration, formed by higher lows that forms the triangle and gives it a bullish characterization as each time sellers attempt to push prices lower, they are increasingly less successful.
The Junior Market has broken to the upside of the triangle, an indication of the rising market ahead. A critical factor behind this is the low PE ratio for Junior Market stocks at 9.3 versus Main market stocks of 15 as well as the fact that the average PE of Junior Market stocks had reached 15 times 2019 earnings.

Heavy trading in Lasco Manufacturing

Lasco Manufacturing dominated trading on the Junior Market on Wednesday, with for 47 percent of the units traded, with Jamaican Teas and Caribbean Cream rounding out the volume leaders on Wednesday as investors exchanged 12,985,144 shares at $58,964,309 from 33 securities.

Lasco Manufacturing dominated Junior Market trading with 6 million shares.

Wednesday’s trading contrast with Tuesday’s 4,137,638 units valued at $10,997,880 as 32 securities changed hands. The Junior Market index made further gains in its rebound, by adding19.32 points to close at 2,580.44 after it crossed over the 2,620 points level in the morning session. At the close of the market, prices of 14 securities advanced, 13 declined and six remained unchanged. The average PE ratio of the market ended at 9.3 times 2020-21 earnings.
Trading closed with an average of 393,489 units at $1,786,797 for each security traded in contrast to 129,301 units at $343,684 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 151,514 units valued at $499,172 and previously 135,857 valued at $415,855. In comparison, April closed with an average of 447,863 units valued at $1,028,076 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows two stocks ended with bids higher than its last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial shed 25 cents in the exchange of 47,605 units to end at $23, Caribbean Assurance Brokers fell 15 cents to $2.30 with 5,834 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream slipped 3 cents and traded 4,900 shares to close at $2.72. Caribbean Flavours ended 2 cents lower at $10 in an exchange of 1,276,041 stock units, Derrimon Trading declined by 22 cents and exchanged 211,000 shares to settle at $2.50, Dolphin Cove rose by 25 cents to $7.25 in swapping 1,545 units. Elite Diagnostic ended at $3.35 after falling 5 cents and trading 24,942 shares, Everything Fresh declined by 5 cents in the swapping of 116,123 stock units to close at 75 cents, Express Catering leaped 99 cents to $4.51 in the exchange of 29,558 shares. Fontana closed at $5.95 after climbing 35 cents and trading 507,948 stock units, Fosrich fell 15 cents in the trade of 11,795 units to close at $3.85, General Accident finished 28 cents lower at $6.22 with 207,819 units changing hands. iCreate added 3 cents after switching ownership of 41,481 shares to close at 55 cents, Indies Pharma closed 7 cents higher at $2.29 with an exchange of 101,552 units, Iron Rock Insurance rose 5 cents in the swapping of 64,572 shares to finish at $3.85. Jamaican Teas exchanged 1,939,702 units and gained 15 cents to settle at $4.50, Jetcon added 9 cents to close at 89 cents with 8,229 shares traded, Knutsford Express jumped 28 cents to $8.98 with 36,752 units changing hands. Lasco Distributors dropped 17 cents to $2.73, with 34,238 shares crossing the exchange, Lasco Financial slipped 5 cents and exchanged 198,900 shares to end at $2.65, Lasco Manufacturing traded a volume leading 6,099,978 units to close at $4.01 after inching 1 cent higher. Limners and Bards increased by 20 cents in swapping 410,000 units to end at $1.95, Lumber Depot finished 1 cent lower at $1.13 with 88,045 shares changing hands, MailPac Group slipped 3 cents in the exchange of 644,976 units to settle at $1.85. Main Event closed 42 cents higher at $4.50 with 31,379 shares traded, Medical Disposables shed 30 cents and swapped 1,740 shares to end at $7 and Stationery and Office Supplies rose 2 cents higher to $6.27 with 11,154 units crossing the exchange.
In the junior market preference segment, CAC 2000 9.5% preference share rose 20 cents to $1 after trading 4,392 units.

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