JSE main market drops – Wednesday

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market got a big dent at the close of trading on Wednesday, with advancing stocks outpacing declining ones.
The market ended, with 35 securities trading in the main and US dollar markets, leading to 13 securities advancing, 10 declining and 12 trading firm, compared to 40 securities trading on Tuesday.
At the close of trading, the All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 3,636.12 points to 527,279.98, the JSE Index lost 3,636.12 points to end at 527,279.98 and the JSE Financial Index eased 0.95 points to end at 143.90.
Shares totaling 44,288,838 units valued at $313,609,087 crossed the main market on Wednesday, compared to 46,422,862 units valued at $317,831,700 changing hands on Tuesday. Wigton Windfarm was the leading trade with 21 million units accounting for 47 percent of total volume, Sagicor Select Fund followed with 18 million shares accounting for 41 percent of the day’s trade and PanJam Investment with 1.7 million shares for 4 percent of the main market’s volume.
Trading closed with an average of 1,302,613 units valued at an average of $9,223,797 for each security traded. In contrast to 1,289,524 units for an average of $8,828,658 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 2,066,282 units valued at $12,994,084 and previously, 2,066,282 units valued at $12,994,084. July closed with an average of 1,297,718 shares at $17,985,644 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 12  stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with a lower offer.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments declined $12 to settle at $75 in exchanging 23,629 shares, after the stocks went ex-rights at the close of Tuesday. Caribbean Cement lost $7 in trading 24,222 shares to close at $77.50, Grace Kennedy fell 99 cents in trading of 33,484 units at $70.01, Jamaica Producers gained $2.29 to end at $29, trading 2,800 shares. Jamaica Stock Exchange ended with a loss of $1 at $30 with 383,429 stock units changing hands, Mayberry Jamaican Equities gained $1 to end at $13 with 44,650 stock units trading, MPC Caribbean closed with a loss of $4 to close at 52 weeks’ low of $126 in swapping of 500 shares, NCB Financial gained $7 to end at $215 in trading 83,555 shares. Proven Investments dropped $5 in trading of 27,436 units to settle at $ 35, Proven Investments decline 5 cents in trading of 27,436 units at $ 35. Sagicor Real climbed $1 to settle at $12 with 101,700 shares changing hands, Scotia Group declined $1.99 cents in trading of 24,845 units to close at $55 and Seprod ended with a loss of $1 at $50.01 with 43,825 stock units changing hands.
Trading in the US securities market resulted in 50,000 units valued at $13,000 changing hands. Proven Investments closed at 26 US cents with an exchange of 50,000 shares, leading the JSE USD Equities Index to rise 1.70 points to close at 193.17.

Sales & profit drop in Knutsford’s Q4

One of Knutsford Express buses.

Jamaica’s cross-country luxury bus operators, Knutsford Express, saw strong growth in revenues up to February this year coming to a screeching halt with a decline of 13 percent in the final fiscal quarter ending May.
For the nine months to February, revenues were up a strong 46 percent even with the February quarter showing a more moderate but healthy increase of 23 percent. Revenues fell from $349 million in the 2018 May quarter to end at $304 million, while revenues for the February quarter rose from $232 million to $286 million and for the full year it rose 24 percent from $926 million to $1.15 billion.
Profit rose just 6 percent from $178 million for the full year to $188 million or earnings per share of 38 cents. Resulting from the fall in revenues profit in the final quarter fell from $50 million in the 2018 May quarter, to $30 million in the same period this year. The company generated income of J$21 million and incurred a loss of J$25 million in the new Florida operation that commenced in the February quarter. Knutsford does not break out direct operational expenses, making it difficult to determine the gross

Knutsford’s New Kingston depot

profit generated by the company. In addition, the absence of that critical data makes it impossible for investors to measure the efficiency of the operations. Data extracted suggest it could be in the region of 40 percent. Overall expenses rose 28 percent to $963 million for the year with fuel rising 28 percent and labour cost 30 percent.
The company benefitted from the hub at Sangster Airport resulting in more foreign arrivals utilising the services, especially those journeying to and from Negril, the company reported.
Fixed assets grew to $733 million with additions of $406 million during the year, cash and short-term investments ended at $355 million with borrowings at $215 million and shareholders’ equity of $780 million.
Knutsford trades on the Junior Market and closed at $11.10 on Tuesday, with a PE of 29 based on historical earnings, the fall in profits in the last quarter creates uncertainty about what to expect in the current year at this time.

JSE main market pulls back – Tuesday

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market pulled back from the big gains on Monday, with declining stocks crushing advancers 5 to 2.
The market ended, with 40 securities trading in the main and US dollar markets, leading to 8 securities advancing, 20 declining and 12 trading firm, compared to 38 securities trading on Monday.
At the close of trading, the All Jamaican Composite Index dipping 416.40 points to 583,146.86, the JSE Index falling 378.40 points to end at 530,916.10 and the JSE Financial Index eased 0.01 point to end at 144.85.
Shares totaling 46,422,862 units valued at $317,831,700 crossed the main market on Tuesday, compared to 62,418,753 units valued at $201,661,918 changing hands on Monday. Sagicor Select Fund was the leading trade with 24.7 million units accounting for 53 percent of total volume, Wigton Windfarm followed with 15.2 million shares accounting for 33 percent of the day’s trade and Carreras with 1.1 million shares for 2.4 percent of the main market’s volume.
Trading closed with an average of 1,289,524 units valued at an average of $8,828,658 for each security traded, in contrast to 1,642,599 units valued at $5,306,893 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 2,066,282 units valued at $12,994,084 and previously, 2,131,616 units valued at $13,376,623. July closed with an average of 1,297,718 shares at $17,985,644 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8  stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with a lower offer.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments dropped $2.90 to end at $87 with 12,289 stock units changing hands, Caribbean Cement gained $4.50 trading 6,400 units to end at $84.50, Grace Kennedy lost 95 cents trading 322,997 shares and ended at $71, Jamaica Broilers fell $1 to close at $34, with 312,672 stock units changing hands. Jamaica Producers lost $1.29 ended trading with 79,503 shares, at $26.71. Kingston Wharves rose $2.59 in ending trading of 963,108 shares, to end at $69, Mayberry Investments lost 84 cents in exchanging 2,500 shares to close at $9.15, Mayberry Jamaican Equities lost $1 trading 60,300 shares to close at $12. NCB Financial dropped $7 trading 220,273 shares to close at $208. Portland JSX rose 35 cents in trading 4,500 stock units at $7.88, Sagicor Group traded 37,004 shares and declined $1 to end at $75, Salada Foods fell $1 to close at $33 with just 400 units trading, Scotia Group added $1.99 to end at $56.99 with 101,771 shares changing hands. Seprod traded 1,022,951 stock units but fell 79 cents to close at $51.01, Stanley Motta rose 40 cents in closing at $6 while swapping 1,200 stock units, Supreme Ventures lost 50 cents to settle at $27.50 with 235,920 shares changing hands and Sygnus Credit Investments lost 53 cents trading 28,633 units to close at $23.48.
Trading in the US securities market resulted in 95,066 units valued at $18,066 changing hands. JMMB Group 6% preference share traded 2,000 units at US$1, Proven Investments lost 1 cent to close at 26 US cents with an exchange of 55,645 shares, Sterling Investments concluded trading 5,500 stock units at 3.5 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments traded 96,539 shares to close at 13 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index lost 2.07 points to close at 194.39.

Big rise in Junior Market index – Tuesday

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The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange jumped 40.27 points to close at 3,599.01 on Tuesday, as the prices of 12 securities rose and 17 declined while 3 closed unchanged.
At the close of trading, 32 securities changed hands and resulted in an exchange of 5,874,926 units valued at $26,569,201. compared to 3,862,662 units valued at $14,411,672 on Monday from an exchange of 30 securities.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 2 stocks closing with higher bids than their last selling prices and 2 that closed with lower offers.
Trading ended with an average of 183,591 units for an average of $830,288 in contrast to 128,755 units for an average of $480,389 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 284,096 units valued at $1,245,996 and previously 293,080 units valued at $1,283,154 for each security traded. July ended with an average of 138,412 units at $563,215 for each security traded.
Stocks ending with price changes| Access Financial gained $2 to end at $42 in trading 474 stock units, AMG Packaging fell 28 cents in trading of 155,000 units at $2.01, Blue Power ended trading with 34,911 shares, after rising 35 cents to end at $11.30, Caribbean Cream lost 59 cents in trading 241,833 shares to close at $4.70. Caribbean Flavours shed 24 cents in trading of 1,557 units at $18.75, Cargo Handlers gained $1 to end at $11 with 100 stock units trading, Caribbean Producers ended market activity exchanging 100,137 shares to close at $4.61 after falling 4 cents, Consolidated Bakeries ended trading with 64,895 shares, after rising 9 cents to end at $1.90. Express Catering closed trading of 473,595 units and gained 10 cents to end at $6.50, Everything Fresh declined 8 cents in exchanging 22,260 units in ending at $1.37, Elite Diagnostic ended trading with 173,867 shares, after rising 1 cent to end at $7. Fosrich closed 70 cents higher at $5.50, with an exchange of 33,246 stock units, Fontana lost 48 cents in trading 118,978 shares to close at $8. General Accident dipped 71 cents in trading of 107,220 units to close at $5.19, GWest Corporation closed 5 cents higher at $1.40, with 2,800 stock units trading, Honey Bun closed trading of 338,726 units and gained 65 cents to end at $7.15, iCreate lost 2 cents in trading of 68,475 units to close at 90 cents. Indies Pharma closed trading of 525,248 units and gained 5 cents to end at $3.45, Jamaican Teas lost 10 cents trading 237,066 units at $5.90. Jetcon Corporation closed 20 cents higher at $1.90, trading 74,860 stock units, Knutsford Express shed 5 cents trading 5,032 units to close at $11.10. KLE Group lost 29 cents trading 15,000 units at $2.01, Limners and Bards dipped 10 cents in trading of 1,928,642 units to end at $3.20, Lasco Distributors ended with a loss of 1 cent at 3.29 with 86,497 stock units changing hands, Lasco Financial lost 20 cents in trading 44,624 shares to close at $5. Lasco Manufacturing declined by 20 cents to settle at $5.30 in trading 936,497 shares. Main Event ended trading with 21,500 shares, after rising 35 cents to end at $6.85, Stationery and Office Supplies declined by 25 cents trading 15,920 units to close at $14.50 and tTech shed 5 cents in trading 100 units at $7.30.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Pressure on Jetcon’s sales easing

Jetcon sales are bouncing back since June after a sharp fall between January and May.

The current year that ends December, is proving to be a tough one for used car dealer Jetcon Corporation with falling revenues and profit for the first half of the year.
In its recent report on second-quarter results, management reported another challenging period following a sharp fall in sales and profit for the first quarter. Revenues fell 26 percent and profits by 75 percent and for the half-year, revenues declined by 23 percent and profit by 70 percent.
The first half performance reverses three years of solid growth for the company. “We are pleased to report that we are now seeing positive developments since June, with sales up 10 percent ahead of 2018, in both June and July. Orders for August, suggest that we will enjoy a much better sales than in 2018. Sales in August last year were below the historical pattern. Our projection calls for higher sales than 2018 in the second half of the financial year,” the company’s management stated in the report accompanying the results.
Revenues fell to $221 million from $300 million in the June 2018 quarter with a fall in gross margin, from 18 percent to 16.5 percent and a decline in pretax profit, to $9 million versus $35 million in 2018. Earnings per share ended at 1.5 cents versus 6 cents in 2018.

Attentive shareholders at Jetcon’s AGM

Year to date, revenues declined to $467 million from $607 million in the similar period in 2018. Gross profit margin declined from 20 percent to 17 percent. Pretax profit decreased from $81 million to $24 million. Earnings per share ended the period at 4 cents versus 14 cents in 2018.
“We reduced prices in some areas to move inventories in the first half of the year and this negatively affected our gross margin. We expect that the discounting will ease as the year progresses,” the management report stated.
Jetcon shares traded on the Junior Market of the Stock Exchange at a 52 weeks’ low of $1.58 on Friday but bounced to $1.70 on Monday.
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Big surge in JSE main market – Monday

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market made big gains at the close on Monday, with the All Jamaican Composite Index surging 10,406.91 points to 583,563.26 and the JSE Index jumping 9,457.20 points to end at 531,294.50.
At the close of trading, the JSE Financial Index rose 1.82 points to end at 144.86.
Shares totaling 62,418,753 units valued at $201,661,918 crossed the main market on Monday, compared to 187,828,591 units valued $1,490,463,769 changing hands on Friday.
Wigton Windfarm was the leading trade with 35.6 million units accounting for 57 percent of total volume. Sagicor Select Fund followed with 22.4 million shares accounting for 36 percent of the day’s trade and Mayberry Jamaican Equities with 1.7 million shares for 3 percent of the main market’s volume.
The market ended, with 40 securities trading in the main and US dollar markets, leading to 18 securities advancing, 13 declining and 9 trading firm, compared to 38 securities trading on Friday.
Trading closed with an average of 1,642,599 units valued at $5,306,893 for each security traded, in contrast to 5,366,531 units valued at $42,584,679 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 2,131,616 units valued at $13,376,623 and previously, 2,179,264 units valued at $14,242,866. July closed with an average of 1,297,718 shares at $17,985,644 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 3  stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with a lower offer.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments gained $1.90 to end at $89.90 with 12,263 stock units changing hands, Caribbean Cement gained $2.50 trading 95,327 units to end at $80, Grace Kennedy climbed $2.95 trading 6,571 shares and ended at $71.95, Jamaica Broilers rose $1 to close at $35, with 2,564,812 stock units changing hands. Jamaica Producers gained $1.35 ended trading with 6,148 shares, at $28, Jamaica Stock Exchange had 117,542 shares changing hands with a gain of $1.10 in ending at  $30.90, JMMB Group gained $2.50 to end at $52.50 with  382,537 stock units trading, Kingston Properties rose 50 cents trading 1,500 shares to close at $7.50. Kingston Wharves ended trading with 10,163 shares, after declining by $2.59 to end at $66.41, Mayberry Investments rose $1.18 and exchanged 12,661 shares to close at $9.99, Mayberry Jamaican Equities added 90 cents in exchanging 1,660,033 shares to close at $13. NCB Financial climbed $7 trading 166,193 shares to close at $215. Proven Investments fell $1 in trading 650 stock units at $40, Scotia Group shed $1 to end at $55 with 85,932 shares changing hands, Stanley Motta lost 55 cents in closing at $5.60 while swapping 13,000 stock units. Sygnus Credit Investments gained $1.01 trading 66,285 units to close at $24.01 and Wisynco Group lost $1.50 to settle at $24 with 195,523 shares changing hands.
Trading in the US securities market resulted in 95,066 units valued at $18,066 changing hands. Proven Investments inched just 0.01 cent higher, to close at 27 US cents, with an exchange of 42,576 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments traded 52,490 shares to close at a 52 weeks’ high of 13 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index lost 2.07 points to close at 194.39.

Junior Market index drops again – Monday

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange dropped for the third consecutive day on Monday with a decline of 30.58 points to close at 3,558.74, with a total fall of 104.20 points since peaking at 3,662.94 on August 14.
At the close of trading, 30 securities changed hands, resulting in an exchange of 3,862,662 units valued at $14,411,672 compared to 47,537,916 units valued at $199,478,180 on Friday from an exchange of 35 securities. The market closed with a rise of 14 securities and a decline of 14 with 7 left unchanged.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 2 stocks closing with higher bids than their last selling prices and none closing with a lower offer.
Trading ended with an average of 128,755 units for an average of $480,389 in contrast to 1,358,226 units for an average of $5,699,377 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 293,080 units valued at $1,283,154 and previously 308,109 units valued at $1,356,578 for each security traded. July ended with an average of 138,412 units at $563,215 for each security traded.
Stocks ending with price changes| Access Financial lost $2.50 in trading 661 shares to close at $40, AMG Packaging closed trading of 5,197 units and gained 7 cents to end at $2.29, Blue Power climbed $1.45 to settle at $10.95 with 56,371 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream closed 69 cents higher at $5.29, with 22,325 stock units trading. Caribbean Flavours close with a loss of $1.01 cents at $18.99,I exchanging 443 shares, Cargo Handlers ended market activity exchanging 17,900 shares to close at $10 after falling $1.40, Caribbean Producers lost 5 cents in trading 130,098 units at $4.65, Consolidated Bakeries lost 9 cents in trading of 14,000 units at $1.81. Derrimon Trading closed with a loss of 6 cents at $2.90, in swapping of 19,663 shares, Everything Fresh gained 1 cent to end at $1.45, trading 145,979 shares, Elite Diagnostic closed trading of 24,426 units and gained 24 cents to end at $6.99, Fosrich ended trading of 45,983 shares, after rising 10 cents to end at $4.80. Fontana ended 8 cents higher at $8.48, with the trading of 205,144 stock units, GWest Corporation closed 14 cents higher at $1.35, with 4,000 stock units trading, Honey Bun closed trading of 14,170 units and gained 29 cents to end at $6.50, iCreate closed trading of 326,610 units and gained 12 cents to end at 92 cents. Iron Rock Insurance lost 50 cents in trading of 9,419 units at $4, Jetcon Corporation climbed 12 cents and exchanged 242,483 shares at $1.70, Limners and Bards closed 15 cents higher at $3.30, with 1,833,785 stock units trading. Lasco Distributors shed 17 cents in trading of 17,466 units at $3.30, Lasco Financial closed trading of 86,947 units and gained 46 cents to end at $5.20. Medical Disposables ended trading with 2,356 shares, after rising 20 cents to end at $7.50, Main Event fell 50 cents in trading of 32,699 units at $6.50, Stationery and Office Supplies fell 25 cents in trading of 4,090 units at $14.75 and tTech ended trading with 100 shares, after rising 80 cents to end at $7.35.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Heavy trading hits Junior Market on Friday

Junior Market stock trading.

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange saw a major jump in the volume and value of securities traded on Friday as 35 securities changed hands and 47,537,916 units valued $199,478,180 traded.
Some special one-off trades executed by Sagicor Investments boosted the volume traded on Friday’s by more than 700 percent, up from 5,865,706 units valued at $32,690,340 clearing the market from 32 stocks trading on Thursday.
At the close, The Junior Market Index declined 22.76 points to close at 3,589.32 following the rise of 14 securities and declined of 14 with 7 left unchanged.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 3 stocks closing with higher bids than their last selling prices and 3 ending with lower offers.
Trading ended with an average of 1,358,226 units for $5,699,377 for each security traded, in contrast to 183,303 units for an average of $1,021,573 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 308,109 units valued at $1,356,578 and previously 182,669 units valued at $837,814 for each security traded. July ended with an average of 138,412 units at $563,215 for each security traded.
Stocks ending with price changes| Access Financial lost 50 cents in trading 480 shares to close at $42.50, AMG Packaging traded 1,000 shares, after rising 14 cents to end at $2.22, Blue Power climbed 50 cents and exchanged 52,410 shares at $9.50. CAC 2000 ended trading with 100 shares, after rising 15 cents to close at $15.15, Caribbean Flavours exchanged 4,867 shares, after rising 10 cents to end at $20. Consolidated Bakeries closed with a loss of 48 cents swapping 5,000 shares to settle at $1.90, Derrimon Trading closed 6 cents higher at $2.96, with 9,602,973 stock units changing hands, Express Catering climbed 3 cents in exchanging 27,600 shares to close at $6.40. Everything Fresh dipped 19 cents in trading of 20,216 units at $1.44, Elite Diagnostic shed 27 cents in trading of 93,833 units and ended at $6.75. Fosrich lost 10 cents trading of 175,196 units to close at $4.70, Fontana climbed 15 cents and exchanged 165,350 shares at $8.40, General Accident closed 89 cents higher at $5.90, with 1,027,500 stock units trading, Honey Bun fell 29 cents and ended market activity exchanging 1,560,020 shares to close at $6.21. iCreate climbed 5 cents and exchanged 50,000 shares at 80 cents, Indies Pharma dipped 10 cents in trading of 5,827,287 units at $3.40. Iron Rock Insurance ended trading with 5,000,300 shares, after rising 40 cents to end at $4.50, ISP Finance closed with a loss of $2 at $19, in exchanging 5,202 shares, Jamaican Teas closed trading of 366,635 units and gained 40 cents to end at $6. Jetcon Corporation lost 22 cents in trading 315,384 shares to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $1.58, Knutsford Express climbed 5 cents and exchanged 1,000 shares at $11.15, Limners and Bards shed 5 cents in trading of 312,043 units at $3.15, Lasco Distributors ended trading with 7,326,848 shares, after rising 17 cents to end at $3.47. Lasco Financial closed with a loss of 76 cents at $4.74, as 602,100 shares changed hands, Medical Disposables ended market activity exchanging 42,151 shares to close at $7.30 after falling 16 cents. Main Event exchanged 28,570 units and gained 90 cents to end at $7, Stationery and Office Supplies fell 50 cents, trading 69,105 units to close at $15 and tTech dropped $1.44 in trading of 22,730 units to finish at $6.55.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Trading jumps on JSE main market

Wigton closed at anew high of $1

Wigton closed at anew high of $1 on Friday.

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange pulled back at the close on Friday as several one-off trades pushed the volume and value traded sharply higher than on Thursday.
Shares totaling 187,828,591 units valued $1,490,463,769 traded in the main market compared to 104,310,618 units valued $281,870,824 changing hands on Thursday.
Wigton Windfarm was the leading trade with 107.65 million units accounting for 57 percent of total volume. Sagicor Select Fund followed with 31 million shares accounting for 17 percent of the day’s trade and Carreras with 22 million shares for 12 percent of the volume with Wisynco Group trading 8.2 million units for 4 percent of total volume and Carribean Cement traded 7.3 million units for 4 percent to main market’s volume.
At the close of trading, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 3,248.84 points to 575,196.79, the JSE Index dived 2,952.36 points to close at 523,691.53 and the JSE Financial Index rose 0.38 points to end at 143.79.
Trading ended with 38 securities trading in the main and US dollar markets, leading to 17 securities advancing, 14 declining and 7 closing with prices unchanged, compared to 37 securities trading on Friday.
At the close of trading, Wigton Windfarm ended trading at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $1 and Stanley Motta at $6.15.
The market closed with an average of 5,366,531 units valued at $42,584,679 for each security traded, in contrast to of 3,160,928 units valued at $8,541,540 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 2,179,264 units valued at $14,242,866 and previously, 1,865,027 units valued at $11,133,262. July closed with an average of 1,297,718 shares at $17,985,644 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 9  stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 1 with a lower offer.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments lost $1 to end at $88 with 54,976 stock units changing hands, Caribbean Cement gained 50 cents trading 7,299,853 units to end at $77.50, Grace Kennedy lost $1 trading 133,845 shares and ended at $69, Jamaica Broilers rose $1 to close at $35, with 2,564,812 stock units changing hands. Jamaica Producers ended trading with 2,571,345 shares, but fell $1.71 to end at $26.65, JMMB Group gained 30 cents to end at $50 with 567,353 stock units trading, Kingston Wharves ended trading with 65,508 shares, after rising $2 to end at $69. NCB Financial lost $2 trading 92,431 shares to close at $208, Palace Amusement exchanged 129 shares but fell $400 to close at $2,100, PanJam Investment rose 99 cents to close at $105.99 with 192,765 stock units changing hands, Portland JSX ended trading with 5,800 shares and rose 35 cents to end at $7.55. Proven Investments rose $1 in trading 7,230 at $41, Sagicor Group jumped $2.20 in trading 392,582 shares to close at $76, Scotia Group climbed $1.99 to $56 with 25,966 shares changing hands, Seprod lost 39 cents in trading  1,562,565 shares at $51.60, Stanley Motta gained 65 cents in closing at an all-time high of $6.15 while swapping 242,427 stock units. Supreme Ventures rose $1 to close at $28 with an exchange of 250,878 shares, Sygnus Credit Investments fell $1 in trading 130,773 units to close at $23 and Wisynco Group climbed 50 cents to settle at $25.50 with 8,210,330 shares changing hands.
Trading in the US securities market resulted in 660,824 units valued US$86,326 changing hands. JMMB Group 6% preference shares rose one cent in exchanging 3,474 units to close US$1, Proven Investments inched just 0.49 cent higher to close at 26.99 US cents with an exchange of 1,000 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments traded 656,350 shares and rose 1 cent to close at 13 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index advanced 1.64 points to close at 196.46.

Big drop in Junior Market index – Thursday

At the close on Thursday, the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market pulled back from the record high reached on Wednesday and indications at the close suggest more declines are likely on Friday.
The market index dropped 50.86 points to close at 3,612.08, but the fall is not a sign that the market is heading to 4,300 points before moving on to 5,000 that technical indicators point to.
Securities trading on the Junior Market dipped to 32 from 31 on Wednesday, as prices of 13 rose, 16 declined and 3 remained unchanged. For the second trading session, the IC bid-offer indicator was flashing negative signs for the Market for the following trading day.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 3 stocks closing with higher bids than their last selling prices and 7 closed with lower offers.
Market activities resulted in an exchange of 5,865,706 units valued at $32,690,340 compared to 5,851,203 units valued at $22,568,503 trading on Wednesday.
The average trade for the day was 183,303 units for an average of $1,021,573 in contrast to 188,748 units for an average of $728,016 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 182,669 units valued at $837,814 and previously 182,591 units valued at $815,284 for each security traded. July ended with an average of 138,412 units at $563,215 for each security traded.
Stocks ending with price changes| Access Financial lost 20 cents in trading of 5,621 units at $43, AMG Packaging declined by 17 cents in trading 71,500 units to close at $2.08, Blue Power closed trading of 69,292 units and gained 82 cents to end at $9, Caribbean Cream fell 60 cents in trading of 13,435 units at $4.60. Caribbean Producers closed trading of 10,448 units and gained 15 cents to end at $4.70, Express Catering closed with a loss of 12 cents at $6.37, in swapping 55,653 shares, Everything Fresh shed 7 cents in trading 14,800 units at $1.63, Elite Diagnostic fell 33 cents in trading of 113,448 units at $7.02. Fontana lost 25 cents in trading of 1,169,703 units in closing at $8.25, General Accident lost 58 cents in exchanging 1,036,720 units to end at $5.01, GWest Corporation closed 10 cents higher at $1.21, with 12,119 stock units trading, Honey Bun exchanged 119,616 shares, after rising 74 cents to end at $6.50. iCreate closed with a loss of 5 cents at 75 cents in swapping 82,674 shares, Indies Pharma shed 45 cents in trading of 78,680 units to settle at $3.50. ISP Finance jumped $5 to end at $21, trading 1,500 shares, Jamaican Teas exchanged 66,384 shares to close at $5.60 after falling 22 cents. Jetcon Corporation dipped 20 cents in trading of 75,436 units at $1.80, Knutsford Express fell 10 cents in trading of 500 units at $11.10. Limners and Bards traded 803,097 shares, after rising 10 cents to end at $3.20, Lasco Financial fell 50 cents in trading of 1,244,222 units at $5.50 after the company posted slightly lower first quarter profits, Lasco Manufacturing ended with a loss of 1 cent at $5.50 with 179,107 stock units changing hands. Stationery and Office Supplies fell 25 cents in trading of 17,150 units at $15.50 and tTech Limited climbed 49 cents in exchanging 166,068 shares at $7.99.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.