Another record close for Jamaican stocks

Rose Hall hotel a  Sagicor Real Estate Fund, property. The stock closed at a new high on Wednesday.

The Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange finished at another new record close of 304,331.28 for the all Jamaica Composite Index on Wednesday. The main and US dollar markets closed with 27 securities changing hands, of which 12 advanced and 5 declined.
In the main activity, Barita Investments closed at $8, with 720 units changing hands, Berger Paints settled 10 cents higher at $11.60, with 72,142 shares, Caribbean Cement finished at $27.50, with 700 units, Carreras settled with a loss of 40 cents at $11.50, with 456,367 stock units, Ciboney Group ended with a loss of 1 cent at $0.18, with 9,835 shares traded. Grace Kennedy ended 50 cents higher at $42.50, with 7,396 units, Jamaica Broilers closed trading 50 cents higher at $18.50, with 18,060 stock units, Jamaica Producers gained 40 cents to end at $16, with 13,000 shares traded, Jamaica Stock Exchange ended trading with a loss of 5 cents at $7.20, with 4,000 units, JMMB Group finished trading at $27, with 180,823 units. Mayberry Investments finished trading 11 cents higher at $4.21, with 200 stock units, 1834 Investments concluded trading 10 cents higher at $1.35, with 3,110 units, PanJam Investment finished 60 cents higher at $38.60, with 485 shares, Portland JSX settled 25 cents higher at $9, with 4,760 units, Radio Jamaica ended trading at $1.15, with 688,353 stock units changing hands. Sagicor Group closed with a loss of $1.50 at $38.50, with 385,734 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund closed 75 cents higher at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $14, with 35,500 units, Scotia Group settled $1 higher at $53, trading 35,890 shares, Seprod exchanged 24,500 stock units at $30 nd Supreme Ventures ended trading at $12, with 33,492 stock units. In the main market preference segment, JMMB Group finished trading at $1.15, with 262,000 stock units, Sagicor Bank A preference share traded 1,350 units at $1.05 and the B share saw 9,000 units trading at $1.
In the US dollar market segment, JMMB Group 6% preference share finished at $1.10, with 10,000 shares Productivity Business traded 550 shares at 60 US cents, Proven Investments closed with 483,576 units trading at 23.5 US cents and Sterling Investments traded just 100 shares at a 52 weeks’ high of 12 US cents after rising 1 cent.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Banks push JSE to new high – Friday

Stocks surged higher, at the close of trading on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Friday with the market ending at record closing levels as JMMB Group NCB Financial and Scotia Group record strong gains, pushing the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index to a record close of 300,363.16.
Trading on the main market ended with 22 securities changing hands, 7 advanced, 6 declined and 11 traded firm with 4,504,312 units valued at $68,391,852 compared to 94,545,441 units valued at $1,119,081,050 on Thursday. In the US dollar market 425,898 units traded for a value of US$102,239 for two securities.
In market activity, volumes are those trades for the day and the closing prices are those at which the last trade took place. At the close on market activity, Barita Investments ended trading with a loss of $1 at $8, with 40,452 stock units trading, Cable & Wireless finished at $1.10, with 42,361 units, Caribbean Cement settled 54 cents higher at $26.55, with 3,000 shares, Carreras closed at $12, after 462,635 stock units changed hands, Grace Kennedy closed with a loss of 5 cents at $42.75, with 12,005 shares. Jamaica Broilers ended with a loss of 5 cents at $17.95, with 1,858 units, Jamaica Producers ended trading at $16, with 2,278 stock units, Jamaica Stock Exchange concluded trading $1.20 higher at $7.20, with 1,064,940 shares switching owners, JMMB Group finished $3 higher at $26, after trading 21,667 units, Mayberry Investments ended trading with a loss of 40 cents at $4.10, with 15,378 shares. PanJam Investment ended with a loss of $3.48 to $38.52, with 9,732 units, Portland JSX ended trading after falling 50 cents to an all-time low of $8.50, with 50,000 stock units after the company reported a loss for the six months to August of US$221,251. Radio Jamaica settled at $1.15, trading 10,100 shares, Sagicor Group traded with a loss of $1.49 cents at $38.51, with 7,700 units changing hands, Sagicor Real Estate Fund finished trading 4 cents higher at $13.25, with 19,700 stock units, after it traded at an all-time high of $15. Salada Foods closed at $8.50, with 350,000 shares, Scotia Group ended $3.08 higher at $50.98, with 414,399 stock units, Seprod traded 339 units at $30 and Supreme Ventures finished 37 cents higher at $11.85, with 130,790 shares.
In the main market preference segment, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.5%, ended trading 700,000 shares at $2 and JMMB Group 7.5% ended 1 cent higher at $1.15, with 870,000 stock units changing hands.
In the US dollar market segment, Productivity Business traded 5,898 shares at 57.5 US cents and Proven Investments closed with 420,000 units trading at 23.5 US cents.

JSE closes 1,000 points shy of 300,000

The market made another run at the 300,000 mark on the All Jamaican Composite Index on Monday, but fell just under 1,000 points shy, with the index ending at 299,091.16 points as the investors continued their bullish attack on a limited set of stocks.
The Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended with 23 securities changing hands, 9 advanced, 12 declined and 2 traded firm with 310,999,356 units valued at $2,974,897,171 as Supreme Ventures accounted for 307 million units. One stock traded in the US market resulting in the price rising on small volume.
In market activity, volumes are those trades for the day and the closing prices are those at which the last trade took place. In the main activity, Barita Investments concluded trading 24 cents higher at $8, with 10,673 units changing hands, Cable & Wireless rose 2 cents to $1.02, with 126,398 shares, Caribbean Cement ended at $28, with just 144 units, Carreras ended trading with a loss of 2 cents at $13.48, with 252,898 stock units changing hands, Grace Kennedy finished with a loss of 40 cents at $43, in trading 38,318 units. Jamaica Broilers settled with a loss of 50 cents at $18, while exchanging 8,266 stock units, Jamaica Producers concluded trading with a loss of 80 cents at $15.20, with 6,459 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange finished 10 cents higher at $7.70, with 27,315 units, JMMB Group traded 89 cents higher at $26, with 36,897 stock units, Kingston Properties settled with a loss of 5 cents at $7.15, with 2,000 units, Kingston Wharves finished 75 cents higher at $30.75, with 20,539 shares. Mayberry Investments exchanged 9,218 stock units at $4.50, property company, 138 Student Living finished 1 cent higher at $5.41, with 2,700 shares, PanJam Investment shed $1 to end at $43, with 11,244 stock units, Pulse Investments traded with a loss of 2 cents at $1.80, trading 69,750 shares, Radio Jamaica settled with a loss of 9 cents at $1.11, with 87,688 units. Sagicor Group jumped $4.99 to a record $39.99, with 52,394 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund closed with a loss of 8 cents at $13, after trading 3,100,000 units, Scotia Group fell 96 cents to $50, with 91,270 stock units, Seprod settled with a loss of $1.50 at $28.50, with 8,160 shares and Supreme Ventures finished with a loss of 60 cents at $9.50, with 306,999,685 stock units changing hands. In the main market preference segment, JMMB Group closed at $1.15, with 600 units and in the US dollar market Productive Business Solution rose 0.25 US cents in trading 2,300 units to close at 60 US cents.

Recovery continues on JSE – Wednesday

JMMB Group traded at an intraday 52 weeks’ high of $23.70.

Activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange was tepid on Wednesday, with only $21 million of trade taking place. At the close of trading, 20 securities changed hands in the main market with 2 trading in the US dollar market.
Trading closed with the prices of 10 stocks advancing and 5 declining in the main and US dollar markets leading to the third consecutive days of increase after the main market plunged sharply on Friday. Carreras fresh from a 10 for 1 stock split, traded at a new 52 weeks’ high of $12 at the close, while JMMB Group hit an intraday 52 weeks’ high of $23.70, before pulling back to $22 by the close, as supply to sell is very limited and should pave the way for an upward push in the price, in the days or weeks ahead.
The All Jamaica Composite Index advanced 510.79 points to close at 289,132.17, to sit just below resistance at 290,000 points. The JSE Market Index gained 465.38 points to 263,432.11 and the JSE US dollar market index closed unchanged at 191.75.
The main market ended with 1,826,710 units valued at $21,069,859 changing hands compared to 5,755,768 units valued at $88,334,159 at the close on Tuesday. Trading in the US dollar market accounted for 937 units valued at US$446 bringing the total of all trades to only J$21,128,316.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading is slightly biased to the upside, suggesting that rising prices should have the upper hand over declining ones on Thursday, with 9 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 1 with a lower offer.
The main market ended trading with an average of 91,336 units for an average of $1,053,493 in contrast to 230,231 units for an average of $3,533,366. The average volume and value for the month to date ended at $324,839 units with an average value of $3,144,679 compared with an average of 342,801 units with an average value of $3,294,050 on the previous trading day. The average volume and value for August ended at 184,094 units with an average value of $4,336,090.

JSE main market pulls back from record

The Jamaica Stock Exchange pulled back from the record close on Friday with the market indices declining with the volume and value traded rising above Friday’s levels.
The All Jamaica Composite Index declined 452.43 points to close at 278,307.75, the JSE Market Index declined 412.22 points to 253,569.88 and the JSE US dollar market index fell 6.51 points to 177.52.
At the close of trading, 24 securities changed hands in the main market with 1 trading in the US dollar market, leading to 9 stocks advancing and 10 declining. The main market ended with 3,602,298 units valued at $94,690,959 changing hands compared to 2,197,630 units valued at $56,139,038 at the close on Friday. Trading in the US dollar market accounted for 174,932 units valued at US$40,234 bringing the total of all trades to J$99,840,958.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 4 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 1 with a lower offer.
The main market ended trading with an average of 150,096 units valued at $3,945,457 for each security traded compared to an average of 84,254 units valued at $2,159,194. The average volume and value for the month to date ended at $185,421 units with an average value of $3,984,939 compared with an average of 187,499 units with an average value of $3,987,261 on the previous trading day. The average volume and value for July ended at 160,668 units with an average value of $2,691,438.
At the close of the market, the last traded prices of securities and volume changing hands are, Barita Investments with a loss of 51 cents in closing at $10.49 with 2,449 shares, Berger Paints closed at $16, after gaining 25 cents with 500 shares, Cable and Wireless lost 5 cents to close at $1.10 with 299,771 shares, Caribbean Cement climbed $2.50 and ended at $30 with 76,723 shares, Carreras inched 1 cent higher to close at $108 with 473,898 shares, Grace Kennedy traded 206,942 shares at $41.50. Jamaica Broilers with gains of 14 cents, closed at $17.75 with 4,965 shares, Jamaica Producers dropped $1.52 to $14.98 with 1,053,204 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange closed at $5.70, with a loss of 30 cents trading 1,645 shares, JMMB Group lost 10 cents to close at $20.90 with 301,858 shares. Kingston Properties closed at $8 with 4,184 units, Kingston Wharves rose 6 cents and closed at $30.85 with 5,743 shares, NCB Financial Group closed at $87.99, having lost $1 with 5,571 stock units, PanJam Investment gained 5 cents to $33 with 39,433 shares, Portland JSX traded 5 cents lower to $9.25 with 10,000 shares. Pulse Investments ended with a loss of 5 cents at $2 with 16,600 shares, Sagicor Group added 50 cents, closing at $32 with 19,990 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund gained 2 cents to close at $12 trading 490,652 shares, Scotia Group closed 40 cents higher at $45.50 with 1,651 shares, Sterling Investments exchanged 2,000 shares at $14, Supreme Ventures closed at $9.51, losing 49 cents with 74,519 shares. Proven Investments US ordinary shares lost 1 cent US and closed at 23 US cents with 174,932 units, 138 Student Living variable rate preference share traded 500 units at $5.68, Jamaica Money market Brokers 7.5% preference share closed at $1.85 with 61,500 units being exchanged and JMMB Group 7.5% preference share closed with 448,000 shares at $1.15.

 

Main market stocks at record close – Friday

Supreme Ventures closed at record high of $10 on Friday.

Shares of Jamaica’s gaming company, Supreme Ventures hit a new high of $10 at the close of trading on Friday and helped push Jamaica Stock Exchange main market to a new high on Friday, following Thursday’s record close.
At the close of trading on Friday, the All Jamaica Composite Index advanced 106.76 points to end at a record close at 278,760.18, the JSE Market Index rose 97.27 points to a record close of
and the JSE US dollar market index ended 3.84 points higher to 184.03.
At the close of trading, 26 securities changed hands in the main market with 2 trading in the US dollar market, leading to 11 stocks advancing and 13 declining. The main market ended with 2,197,630 units valued at $56,139,038 changing hands compared to 4,236,294 units valued at $109,212,854 at the close on Thursday. Trading in the US dollar market accounted for 82,203 units valued at US$31,069 bringing the total of all trades to J $60,115,919.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading ended at 8 to 1.
The main market ended trading with an average of 84,524 units valued at $2,159,194 for each security traded compared to an average of 184,187 units valued at $4,748,385. The average volume and value for the month to date ended at $187,499 units with an average value of $3,987,261 compared with an average of $193,935 units with an average value of $4,101,515 on the previous trading day. The average volume and value for July ended at 160,668 units with an average value of $2,691,438.
At the close of the market, the last traded prices of securities and volume changing hands are, Barita Investments with a loss of 10 cents, to close at $11 with 900 shares, Berger Paints ending at $15.75, after falling 40 cents with 7,041 shares, Cable and Wireless added 1 cent to $1.15 with 14,200 shares, Caribbean Cement dropping $2.50 to $27.50 with 2,589 shares, Carreras slipping 39 cents, to close at $107.99 with 8,582 shares, Grace Kennedy traded 50 cents higher to $41.50 with 33,114 shares. Jamaica Broilers with gains of 56 cents, ended at $17.61 with 210,036 shares, Jamaica Producers fell 50 cents to close at $16.50 with 18,317 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange closing at $6, with a loss of 19 cents trading 4,905 shares, JMMB Group lost 50 cents to close at $21 with 523,305 shares. Kingston Properties closed at $8 with 3,014 shares, Kingston Wharves finished 71 cents lower to $30.79 with 1,000 shares, Mayberry Investments closed at $4.50 with 162,111 shares, NCB Financial Group climbed $1 to $88.99, with 242,433 shares, 1834 Investments inched higher by 5 cents to $1.40, trading 12,717 shares, PanJam Investment concluded trading at $32.95, falling 5 cents with 11,536 shares. Pulse Investments climbed 25 cents to $2.05 with 100 shares, Radio Jamaica lost 10 cents to end at $1.20 with 285,000 shares, Sagicor Group climbed 50 cents, to $31.50 with 109,676 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund dropped 8 cents to $11.98 trading 6,028 shares, Scotia Group closed $1.85 lower to $45.10 with 235,195 shares, Seprod traded 27,869 shares at $29.75, Supreme Ventures climbed to a record high of $10, gaining $1.20 with 30,246 shares. Proven Investments US ordinary shares gained 1 cent US and closed at 24 US cents with 69,200 units, JMMB Group US 6% preference share traded 2 US cents higher to US$1.12 with 13,003 units, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.5% preference share declined 14 cents to $1.85 with 142,500 units, JMMB Group 7.25% preference share closed at $1.50, losing 10 cents with 239 units and JMMB Group 7.5% preference share closed with 104,977 shares at $1.15.

JSE prices drop sharply – Wednesday

The main market indices of the Jamaica Stock Exchange dropped sharply on Wednesday. The All Jamaica Composite Index dived 4,980.99 points to 272,185.53, the JSE Market Index dropped 4,538.24 points to 247,991.85 while the JSE US dollar market index rose 6.51 points to 184.03.
At the close of trading, 27 securities changed hands in the main market with 1 trading in the US dollar market, leading to 10 stocks advancing and 7 declining. The main market ended with 12,794,782 units valued at $308,295,023 changing hands compared to 1,806,656 units valued at $31,094,257 at the close on Tuesday. Trading in the US dollar market accounted for 300,000 units valued at US$71,995.17 bringing the total of all trades to J$317,510,404.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 7 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
The main market ended trading with an average of 473,881 units valued at $11,418,334 for each security traded compared to an average of 82,121 units valued at $1,413,375. The average volume and value for the month to date ended at $194,585 units with an average value of $4,058,391 compared with an average of $174,635 units with an average value of $3,532,680 on the previous trading day. The average volume and value for July ended at 160,668 units with an average value of $2,691,438.
At the close of the market, the last traded prices of securities and volume traded are: Barita Investments with 8,593 shares closing at $11.10, Cable and Wireless falling 5 cents to close at $1.15 with 360,547 shares, Caribbean Cement with a loss of 46 cents to end at $28.49 with 41,516 units. Carreras held firm at $108 with 361,378 shares, Grace Kennedy traded $1.49 lower to $40.50 with 1,509,528 shares, Jamaica Broilers rose 50 cents to $17.50 with 1,513,181 stock units, Jamaica Producers jumped $2 to $16 with 1,572,555 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange closed at $5.70 with a loss of 77 cents trading 874,717 shares, JMMB Group fell 20 cents to $21 with 782,429 stock units. Kingston Properties gained 80 cents to close at $8 with 5,729 shares, Kingston Wharves ended at $29.50 with 2,000 shares, Mayberry Investments inched up by 9 cents to $4.18 with 4,000 units, NCB Financial Group dropped $3 to $86 with 1,026,736 shares, 1834 Investments closed with a 1 cent gain at $1.35, trading 5,500 shares, PanJam Investment closed at $33 with 9,606 shares, Portland JSX added 11 cents to finish at $9.41 with 789,000 shares. Pulse Investments gained 25 cents to $2.20 with 1,000 shares, Radio Jamaica closed with a loss of 5 cents at $1.30 with 17,096 shares, Sagicor Group added 10 cents in closing at $31.60 with 103,700 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund lost 1 cent to conclude trading at $12.05 while exchanging 3,995 units, Salada Foods closed at $10 with 2,000 shares, Scotia Group gained 50 cents and closed at $46.50 with 169,559 shares, Seprod remained at $30 with 15,925 shares, Sterling Investments traded at $14 with 7,000 shares, Supreme Ventures held firm at $8.80 with 3,589,118 shares. Proven Investments US ordinary shares gained US 1 cent and closed at 24 US cents with 300,000 units, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.5% preference share closed at $1.99 with 13,791 shares and JMMB Group 7.5% preference share lost 1 cent to close at $1.15 with 4,583 shares.

JMMB pretax profit up 16%

JMMB Group profits up 16% before tax to June.

JMMB Group posted a 16 percent increase in pretax profit, for the June 2017 quarter over 2016, but increased taxation left shareholders with a much smaller 4 percent increase to $617 million, as taxes climbed from $264 million to $381 million.
Net revenues jumped 19.4 percent to $4.1 billion from $3.44 billion in 2016, operating expenses rose even faster at 20.5 percent to $3.1 billion. Net interest income improved noticeably, moving from $1.55 to $1.9 billion as interest income grew to $1.96 billion, from $3.62 billion and cost fell modestly to $2.04 billion. Gains from securities trading rose to $1.54 billion from $1.1 billion but with revaluation of the Jamaican dollar, the group earned $238 million in the quarter, down from $443 million as the group also benefited from one off gains in 2016.
The Jamaican operations contributed 23 percent to growth in operating revenues, putting it at 75 percent of overall group revenues while Trinidad with its economic challenges, remained flat with just a one percent increase and Dominican Republic generated an increase of 18 percent.
Growth in managing pension funds, unit trust and money market funds, with assets under management moving from $89.5 billion in June 2016 to $114.75 billion helped in moving fee income up from $298 million to $364 million over the same period.
The group gained commercial banking license approval in Jamaica, in the September quarter, started to convert some branches to accommodate the new thrust and were also preparing for the roll out of their pension fund management in the Dominican Republic.
Total assets grew from $252 billion to $268 billion between March this year and June, shareholders’ equity moved from $25.9 billion to $26.8 billion including $2 billion in investment revaluation reserves at June this year, lending was almost static at $48 billion versus $47 at March. Investment in resale agreements stood at $173.8 billion versus March’s $172.5 billion. Customers’ deposits rose to $50.87 billion from $49 billion in March, while securities sold under repurchase agreements stood at $169.5 billion, up from $156.6 billion as of March, representing a fairly significant increase of $14 billion in just one quarter.
On Monday, JMMB Group closed at $21.50 on the Jamaica Stock Exchange and TT$1.20 (J$22.80) in Trinidad on Monday. IC Insider.com projects earnings of $3 for 2017 up from $2.03 as of March this year, putting the PE at 7 times the March 2018 earnings. The stock continues to be IC Insider.com BUY RATED.

Supreme Ventures hits new high – Monday

Supreme Ventures closed at a new all-time high of $9.

Stocks rose modestly on the Jamaica Stock Exchange leading the market indices rising around 100 point continuing the much bigger rise on Friday even as Supreme Ventures closed at an all-time high of $9, after climbing 45 cents in trading 12,960 shares.
Investors were responding to strong increase in profit for the six months to June, moving from $649 million to $918 million.
The All Jamaica Composite Index advanced 101.60 points to close at 276,135.72, the JSE Market Index gained 92.57 points to 251,590.92 and the JSE US dollar market index declined 6.86 points to 178.50.
At the close of trading, 26 securities changed hands in the main market with 3 trading in the US dollar market, leading to 10 stocks advancing and 10 declining. The main market ended with 2,163,104 units valued at $46,639,859 changing hands compared to 7,943,772 units valued at $101,876,271 at the close on Friday. Trading in the US dollar market accounted for 6,508 units valued at US$1,904 bringing the total of all trades to J$46,883,517.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading was 7 to 1 with 7 stocks closed with bids higher than their last selling prices and 1 with a lower offer.
The main market ended trading with an average of 83,196 units valued at $1,793,841 for each security traded compared to an average of 294,214 units valued at $3,773,195. The average volume and value for the month to date ended at 181,752 units with an average value of $3,695,704 compared with an average of 187,965 units with an average value of $3,854,192 on the previous trading day. The average volume and value for July ended at 160,668 units with an average value of $2,691,438.
At the close of the market, the last traded prices and the volume of securities changing hands are: Barita Investments with a loss of 35 cents, to end at $11.25 with 767 shares, Berger Paints closing $2.45 higher to $16.95 with 19,700 shares, Cable and Wireless gaining 7 cents to $1.27 with 549,196 shares, Caribbean Cement with gains of 45 cents, ended at $28.95 with 16,055 shares, Carreras held firm at $108 with 41,241 shares, Grace Kennedy falling $2.04 to $39.01 with 262,645 shares. Jamaica Broilers rising $1.29, to $17.50 with 247,206 shares, Jamaica Producers climbing $1.23, to $14.98 with 47,619 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange closing at $6.47 with 28,865 shares. JMMB Group continues inn strong demand following the 604,000 shares traded on Friday with an exchange of 332,817 shares to finish at $21.50. In other main market activity, Kingston Wharves closed at $29.50, losing 50 cents with 123,007 shares trading, Mayberry Investments fell 11 cents, to $4.06 with 3,117 shares, NCB Financial Group declined $1.85 to $89.10 with 54,845 shares, 1834 Investments closed at $1.34 with 30,000 shares, PanJam Investment closed at $31.60, losing $1.40 with 2,100 shares and Portland JSX gained 5 cents, to end at $9.30 with 1,200 shares. Pulse Investments rose 1 cent, to $1.95 with 33,620 shares, Radio Jamaica lost 5 cents to $1.30 with 14,702 shares, Sagicor Group traded 75 cents lower, to $31 with 81,938 shares, Sagicor Real Estate fund closed at $12.05, losing 1 cent in trading 10,525 shares, Salada Foods gained 50 cents to close at $10 with 250 shares, Scotia Group declined $1.96 to $45.03 with 130,119 shares, Scotia Investments traded 50 cents higher to $35.51 with 4,500 shares, Seprod gained 9 cents to close at $29.84 with 6,210 shares. Proven Investments US ordinary share gained 1 US cent to end at 24 US cents with 5,663 units, Margaritaville Turks US ordinary share lost 3 US cents, to 30 US cents with 421 units, JMMB Group US 6% preference share closed at US$1.10 with 424 units and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.5% preference share closed at $1.99 with 107,900 units.

Big price gains in Scotia & NCB – Friday

NCB jumped $3.85 on Friday

A big $3.85 jump in the price of NCB and $2.99 for Scotia Group followed by $2 gain in Caribbean Cement and $2.05 for Grace Kennedy, pushed the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange sharply upwards on Friday.
At the close of trading, 27 securities changed hands in the main market with 2 trading in the US dollar market, leading to 10 stocks advancing and 10 declining. The All Jamaica Composite Index advanced 3,084.30 points to close at 276,034.12, the JSE Market Index climbed 2,810.15 points to 251,498.35 and the JSE US dollar market index gained 6.31 points to 185.36.
The main market ended with 7,943,772 units valued at $101,876,271 changing hands compared to 11,248,931 units valued at $225,049,422 at the close on Thursday. Trading in the US dollar market accounted for 118,113 units valued at US$28,984 bringing the total of all trades to J$105,586,231.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
The main market ended trading with an average of 294,214 units valued at $3,773,195 for each security traded compared to an average of 468,705 units valued at $9,377,059. The average volume and value for the month to date ended at 189,965 units with an average value of $3,854,192 compared with an average of 180,487 units with an average value of $3,861,556 on the previous trading day. The average volume and value for July ended at 160,668 units with an average value of $2,691,438.
At the close of market activity, Barita Investments lost 40 cents and closed at $11.60 with 1,098 shares changing hands, Berger Paints gained 50 cents to close at $14.50 with 1,200 shares, Cable and Wireless traded 446,329 shares at $1.20 at the close, Caribbean Cement traded $2 higher to close at $28.50 with 895 shares,Carreras held firm at $108 with 64,088 shares, Grace Kennedy closed $2.05 higher to $41.05 with 3,430 shares. Jamaica Broilers ended with gains of 21 cents, at $16.21 with 218,929 shares, Jamaica Producers declined $1.25, to $13.75 with 604,110 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange lost 2 cents to close at $6.47 with 2,500 shares, JMMB Group ended with gains of 50 cents, in closing at the last traded price of $21.50 with 782,460 shares, after it traded at $23 in the morning session as supply totally dried up at one stage when only a small volume was available at $29. At the close less than 240,000 units were offered for sales, with most at $22.50. Kingston Wharves closed at $30, rising 48 cents with 6,247 shares, Mayberry Investments gained 17 cents to end at $4.17 with 20,000 shares, NCB Financial Group jumped $3.85 to $90.95 with 194,935 shares, PanJam Investment closed at $33 with 171,350 shares, Portland JSX lost 5 cents, closing at $9.25 with 18,400 shares. Proven Investments lost 1 cent to close at $25.01 with 100,000 shares, Pulse Investments eased 1 cent, to $1.94 with 1,780 shares, Radio Jamaica closed at $1.35 with 29,950 shares, Sagicor Group traded 24 cents lower, closing at $31.75 with 10,292 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund closed at $12.06 with 500,400 shares, Scotia Group climbed $2.99 to $46.99 with 440,247 shares, Seprod lost 25 cents to close at $29.75 with 143,605 shares, Sterling Investments closed at $13.30 with 160,000 shares, Supreme Ventures closed at a 52 weeks’ high of $8.55 with 5,000 shares after gaining 50 cents. Proven Investments US ordinary shares lost 0.99 US cent and closed at 23.01 US cents with 117,203 units, JMMB Group US 6% preference share closed at US$1.10 with 910 units, Proven Investments 8.25% preference share closed at $5 with 14,527 units, Jamaica Public Service 9.5% preference share closed at $1,302 with 2,000 units and JMMB Group 7.5% preference share lost 1 cent to close at $1.16 with 4,000,000 units.