Barita tops market with 28.5m trade

Barita Investments traded 28.5 million shares valued at $2.25 billion on the Jamaica Stock Exchange main market on Monday on a day when the market lost more grounds as it continues its short term correction.
The big Barita trade follows four days last week when it traded more than 2 million shares crossed the exchange on each occasion and well above the normal daily trading levels. On October 7th a total of 6.1 million shares traded, followed by 8.1 million shares the following day, to be followed by 2.67 million units on the 9th and 2 million on the 11th for a total of more than 18.8 million
The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market suffered another decline with a higher volume and significantly higher value than on Friday as the main market goes through a mild correction of 5 percent.  Trading ended with 36 securities changing hands in the main and US dollar markets with 13 stocks advancing, 13 declining and 10 stocks trading firm. The market closed with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index dropping 2,638.63 points to close at 550,155.79. The JSE Index declined 2,375.23 points to 500,852.68 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.66 points to close at 136.68.
Main market activity ended with 32 securities trading resulting in 41,631,061 units valued at $2,360,959,252, in contrast to 11,554,366 units valued at $237,158,383 from 37 securities trading on Friday.
The big Barita Investments trade accounted for 68 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 6 million shares for 14 percent of the market’s trade and recently listed QWI Investments with 1.8 million units accounting for 4 percent of the day’s volume. Stocks trading more than a million units were Jamaica Producers with 1.2 million shares, Radio Jamaica with 1.2 million stock units and Sagicor Select Funds with 1.3 million units.
The Market closed with an average of 1,300,971 units valued at $73,779,977 for each security traded, in contrast to 312,280 units for an average of $6,409,686 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 992,746 shares for $15,672,223 for each security traded and previously 964,884 shares at $9,843,232 for each stock traded. The market closed out September with an average of 1,585,081 units valued at $14,071,562 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 11 securities ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 16.5 with the main market ending at 17.1 times 2019 current year’s earnings.
In main market activity, Barita lost 82 cents to close at $78.98 as 28,491,102 shares crossed the exchange, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund closed $1 higher, after exchanging 1,761 shares, to close at $40, Eppley traded 14,790 shares gaining 85 cents to settle at $16, Grace Kennedy dived $3.50 exchanging 172,807 shares to settle at $66. Jamaica Broilers slid 99 cents in swapping 49,937 shares to end at $34, Jamaica Producers closed $1.39 lower at $21.20 after 1,175,660 shares changed hands. Jamaica Stock Exchange slid 84 cents in closing at $28.15 with 32,266 shares traded, PanJam Investment lost $1.10 and ended at $101, after 61,151 shares crossed the exchange. Portland JSX gained 50 cents to settle at $9 with an exchange of 7,318 shares, Pulse Investments climbed 75 cents trading 183,873 shares to end at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $4.55. Sagicor Group traded 95,638 shares in gaining $1.10 to settle at $69, Seprod added $1 to end at $53 with an exchange of 14,062 shares and Supreme Ventures gained 40 cents, closing at $27.40 with 17,778 shares crossing the exchange.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 122,125 units valued at $38,361 and the market index dipped 1.32 points to close at 195.15. Proven Investments gained 0.4 of a US cent to close at 26.90 US cents with 113,428 shares changing hands, Sterling Investments fell 0.3 of a cent and exchanged 4,555 shares, to close at 3 US cents, JMMB Group 5.5% preference share traded 2,000 units to end at US$2 and JMMB Group 5.75% preference share traded 2,142 units to end at US$2.

Big Junior Market fall – Monday

The Junior Market Index dropped 41.96 points on Monday to close at 3,362.83 as 32 securities changed hands versus 26 trading on Friday and ending with 14 securities rising, 11 declining and 7 remaining unchanged.
Investors exchanged 2,585,531 units valued at $13,192,368 compared to 3,253,708 units valued at $20,983,345 on Friday. Trading ended with an average of 80,798 units for an average of $412,262 in contrast to 125,143 units for an average of $807,052 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 91837 units at $481,109 compared to 93,190 units at $489,550 previously, in contrast, September closed with an average of 954,574 units valued at $2,612,695 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial closed 10 cents higher at $35.10, with 12,203 stock units changing hands, Blue Power climbed 20 cents and exchanged 9,000 shares at $7.50, Caribbean Cream lost 3 cents in trading 45,000 units to close at $4.52, Caribbean Flavours closed 49 cents higher at $13.50, with 11,158 stock units crossing the exchange. Caribbean Producers fell 20 cents in trading 44,515 units at $4.50. Express Catering lost 20 cents in exchanging 1,145 units at $5.80, Everything Fresh ended with 45,877 shares crossing the exchange, after rising 8 cents to end at $1.25, Elite Diagnostic closed 15 cents higher at $6.15, with 3,839 stock units trading, Fosrich gained 1 cent to end at $4.91 in trading 13,860 shares. Fontana declined by 5 cents to settle at $7.95 trading 270,568 shares. General Accident ended with 153,275 shares changing hands, after rising 15 cents to end at $7, Honey Bun closed trading of 22,640 units and gained 34 cents to end at $6.84, Iron Rock Insurance climbed 1 cent and exchanged 150,095 shares at $4, Jamaican Teas ended trading with 61,625 shares, after rising 10 cents to end at $6.30. Jetcon Corporation lost 9 cents trading 12,455 units at $1.90, Knutsford Express shed 50 cents in swapping 3,640 units to end at $10, Lasco Distributors closed trading of 249,546 units and gained 10 cents to end at $4, Lasco Financial closed with a loss of 10 cents at $4.70, after swapping 646,062 shares. Lasco Manufacturing fell 16 cents in trading of 165,919 units at $4.94, Limners and Bards lost 3 cents in exchanging 59,039 units at $2.69, Medical Disposables shed 81 cents in trading 4,959 units at $6.19. Main Event fell 25 cents in trading 174,015 units at $5.50, Stationery and Office Supplies gained $1 to end at $12, trading 5,544 shares, SSL Venture added 1 cent and exchanged 179,949 shares at $1.10 and tTech closed trading of 21,266 units after climbing 79 cents to end at $6.79.

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

Indies Pharma Q3 sales jump 45%

The financial news out of Indies Pharma for its third quarter to July were mixed at best as sale revenues jumped a strong 45 percent to $215 million from $148 million in the 2018 period but profit inched just 9 percent higher to $34 million from $31 million in 2018.
Sale revenues for the nine months to July increased 28 percent to $576 million from $449 million in 2018 but profit soared 41 percent to $113 million from $80 million after-tax liability of $24 million in the similar 2018 period but profit before tax, rose just 8 percent. While many investors are guided by the bottom-line growth, others see great virtue in the growth of the business hence the strong sales increase is viewed as a positive indicator for future hikes in profit.
The less than spectacular growth in profits started in the second quarter ending April when the company posted $33 million before tax after tax compared to $38 million in the same quarter of 2018.
Gross profit margin in the third quarter declined to 63 percent from 68 percent in the 2018 period, but for the year to date, gross profit margin improved to 67 percent from 64 percent in the nine-month period in 2018. Cost of sales rose 68 percent to $79 million from $47 million for the quarter and increased by 18 percent to $189 million from $161 million in 2018 for the year to date. The effect, operating profit fell just 3 percent in the quarter from $35 million from $34 million but increased 4 percent year to date to $113 million from $109 million in 2018.
Administrative expenses rose stunning 51 percent to $104 million in the quarter from $69 million in 2018 and increased 52 percent in the nine months period to $276 million compared to $181 million in 2018.

Vishnu Muppuri – Executive director of Indies.

The spike in administrative expenses resulted from “significant increases incurred for rent, lease and set-up costs for the new facility in Montego Bay Freeport”, Vishnu Muppuri the company’s Executive director, reported. Finance cost declined in the quarter to $85,000 from $3 million in 2018 and from $4 million in 2018 to $281,000 for the nine-month period.
Gross cash flow from operating activities brought in $126 million but changes in working capital including increases to directors and related companies reduced the net inflows to $98 million, after paying dividends of $107 million in February, cash funds ended up at $71 million, down from $101 million at the start of the financial year. Net current assets ended the period at $660 million inclusive of receivables of $197 million, related parties and directors’ receivables of $201 million. Current liabilities stood at just $62 million. The company has no debt as all loans were retired in the 2018 fiscal year. At the end of July, shareholders’ equity stood at $680 million.
The stock traded at $3.25 on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange. Earnings per share came out at 3 cents for the quarter and 9 cents for the nine months and should end around 12 cents for the full year for PE of 27 times earnings. While the stock appears over-priced, the strong growth in revenues for 2019, if it continues, should see 2020 earnings hitting 25 cents per share that would reduce the PE to 13 times in the new fiscal year that starts in November.

One week of declines for JSE Majors

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The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market suffered another declined for a fifth consecutive day on Friday, with reduced volume but with a much higher value than on Thursday as the main market goes through a mild correction of 5 percent.  
Trading ended with 40 securities changing hands in the main and US dollar markets with 10 stocks advancing, 22 declining and 8 stocks trading firm. The market closed with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index falling 3,525.47 points to close at 552,794.42. The JSE Index dropped 3,108.66 points to 506,336.57 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.95 points to close at 137.34.
Main market activity ended with 37 securities trading resulting in 11,554,366 units valued at $237,158,383, in contrast to 15,417,353 units valued at $67,593,610 from 36 securities trading on Thursday.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 5.2 million units for 45 percent of total volume, followed by Barita Investments with 2 million shares for 17 percent of the market’s trade and QWI Investments with 1.6 million units accounting for 14 percent of the day’s trade. The only other stock trading more than a million units was Sagicor Select Funds with 1.1 million shares.
The Market closed with an average of 312,280 units valued at $6,409,686 for each security traded, in contrast to 453,452 units for an average of $1,988,047 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 964,884 shares for $9,843,232 for each security traded and previously 1,041,055 shares at $10,293,733 for each stock traded. The market closed out September with an average of 1,585,081 units valued at $14,071,562 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 securities ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 16.4 with the main market ending at 17 times 2019 current year’s earnings.
In main market activity, Berger lost 50 cents to close at $18.10, in the swapping of 1,600 shares, Caribbean Cement closed 69 cents lower after 7,462 shares changed hands to end at $76.81, Eppley Caribbean Fund jumped $4, after exchanging 2,448 shares, to close at $39. Jamaica Stock Exchange slid 99 cents in closing at $28.99 as 23,121 shares changed hands, JMMB Group traded 74,042 shares gaining 90 cents to end at $43, Kingston Wharves closed $2.59 higher to settle at $60, after exchanging a mere 500 shares. Mayberry Equities lost 35 cents to close at $11.15 with 6,700 shares traded, NCB Financial plummeted $5.50 to close at $202 while exchanging 142,640 units, PanJam Investment lost 90 cents and ended at $102.10 after 67,595 shares crossed the exchange. Sagicor Group traded 37,028 shares in losing $1.10 to close at $67.90, Scotia Group closed $2.98 lower in exchanging 231,475 shares to end at $57.01, Seprod gained $1.50 to end at $52 with an exchange of 23,087 shares and Supreme Ventures lost 50 cents to settle at $27 with 74,136 shares trading.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 157,383 units valued at $40,043 and the market index fell by 3.04 points to close at 196.47. Margaritaville lost 3 cents and closed at 25 US cents with 3,856 shares changing hands, Proven Investments fell half a cent and exchanged 139,727 shares, to close at 26.51 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments traded 13,800 units to inched higher from 13.9 US cents to end at 13.91 US cents.

Slight Junior Market slippage on Friday

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market index slipped just 1.72 points to close at 3,404.79 in trading on Thursday as volumes rose 66 percent and value up 95 percent over Thursday’s levels
At the close of market activities, 26 securities changed hands versus 27 companies trading on Thursday with the prices of 9 securities rising, 7 declining and 10 remaining unchanged.
Market activities, resulted in an exchange of 3,253,708 units valued at $20,983,345 up from 1,961,441 units valued at $10,776,646 changing hands on Thursday.
Trading ended with an average of 125,143 units for an average of $807,052 in contrast to 72,646 units for an average of $399,135 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 93,190 units at $489,550 compared to 89,655 units at $454,422 previously, in contrast, September closed with an average of 954,574 units valued at $2,612,695 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Blue Power lost 45 cents in trading 29,379 shares to close at $7.30, CAC 2000 climbed 40 cents and exchanged 620 shares at $13.50, Caribbean Producers shed 10 cents in trading 46,000 units at $4.70, Elite Diagnostic closed trading of 23,426 units and gained 45 cents to end at $6. General Accident fell 10 cents swapping 1,267,447 units at $6.85, GWest Corporation climbed 2 cents and exchanged 30,513 shares at $1.04, iCreate declined 2 cents in trading of 5,500 units at 71 cents, Jamaican Teas closed with 10,865 units changing hands and gained 10 cents to end at $6.20, Knutsford Express climbed 25 cents in exchanging 6,000 shares at $10.50. Lasco Financial fell 20 cents in trading of 14,363 units at $4.80, Lasco Manufacturing lost 10 cents with 67,212 units changing hands at $5.10, Limners and Bards climbed 14 cents and exchanged 9,719 shares at $2.72, Main Event closed 5 cents higher at $5.75, with 19,900 stock units trading. Iron Rock Insurance closed trading of 78,000 units and gained 4 cents to end at $3.99, Stationery and Office Supplies exchanged 526,755 shares to close at $11 after falling 50 cents and tTech ended trading with 2,660 shares, after rising 50 cents to end at $6.

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

4th day of decline for JSE majors

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market declined for a fourth consecutive day on Thursday with less volume and value traded dropping sharply from Wednesday’s levels.  
Trading ended with 36 securities changing hands in the main and US dollar markets with 19 advancing, 9 declining and 8 trading firm. The market closed with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index declining 1,369.89 points to close at 556,319.89. The JSE Index dropped 1,210.28 points to 506,336.57 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.23 points to close at 138.29.
Main market activity ended with 34 securities trading resulting in 15,417,353 units valued at $67,593,610, in contrast to 31,141,186 units valued at $368,051,491 from 36 securities trading on Wednesday.
QWI Investments led trading with 4.8 million units for 31 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Funds with 4.5 million shares for 29 percent of the market’s trade and Wigton Windfarm with 4 million units accounting for 26 percent of the day’s trade. No other stock traded more than a million units.
The Market closed with an average of 453,452 units valued at  $1,988,047 for each security traded. In contrast to 865,033 units for an average of $10,223,653 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 1,041,055 shares for $10,293,733 for each security traded and previously 1,111,651 shares at $11,432,416 for each stock traded. The market closed out September with an average of 1,585,081 units valued at $14,071,562 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 10 securities ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
In main market activity, Barita Investments rose 39 cents at $80, 4,491 in the swapping of shares, Caribbean Cement rose 68 cents after 8,547 shares changed hands to end at $77.50, Eppley gained $1.85, after exchanging 7,430 shares, to close at $16.85. Grace Kennedy rose 75 cents to $69.75 with 12,284 shares traded, Jamaica Broilers rose $1 in closing at $35 as 29,564 shares changed hands. Jamaica Producers traded 4,000 shares and gained 58 cents to end at $22.59, JMMB Group lost 90 cents to close at $42.10 after trading 20,062 shares, Kingston Wharves dropped $4.59 to settle at $57.41, after exchanging 18,100 shares. Mayberry Equities recovered the 47 cents it lost on Wednesday to close at $11.50 with 508 shares traded, NCB Financial surged $5.50 to close at $207.50 while exchanging 33,212 units, Scotia Group closed $1.19 higher in swapping 153,105 shares to end at $59.99 and Seprod dropped $3.50 to end at $50.50 with an exchange of 12,792 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 13,100 units valued at $2,828 and the market index advanced by 1.05 points to close at 199.51. Proven Investments exchanged 7,700 shares, to close at 26.98 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments slipped a fraction of a cent to trading 5,400 units to end at 13.9 US cents.

Junior Market breaks fall

Junior Market trades

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market index advanced 8.80 points to close at 3,406.51 in trading on Thursday and breaking the 87 points fall over the previous two trading days.
At the close of market activities, 27 securities changed hands versus 29 trading on Wednesday with the prices of 8 securities rising, 13 declining and 6 remaining unchanged.
Market activities, resulted in an exchange of 1,961,441 units valued at $10,776,646 down from 3,632,177 units valued at $18,080,990 changing hands on Wednesday.
Trading ended with an average of 72,646 units for an average of $399,135 in contrast to 125,247 units for an average of $623,482 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 89,655 units at $454,422 compared to 91,863 units at $461,599 previously, in contrast, September closed with an average of 954,574 units valued at $2,612,695 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 one with a lower offer.
At the close of the market, Access Financial gained $1 to end at $35, trading just 100 shares, Blue Power fell 75 cents trading of 37,629 units to end at $7.75, Caribbean Cream closed 3 cents higher at $4.55, with 4,400 stock units trading, Caribbean Flavours exchanged 996 units and gained 1 cent to end at $13.01. Caribbean Producers traded 25,710 shares, after rising 9 cents to end at $4.80, Consolidated Bakeries closed with a loss of 11 cents at $1.65, in swapping of 256,598 shares, Derrimon Trading dipped 2 cents trading 11,166 units at $2.55. Express Catering declined 15 cents with 2,685 units changing hands at $6, Everything Fresh shed 13 cents with an exchange of 32,000 units at $1.17, Elite Diagnostic fell 15 cents in trading 18,274 units at $5.55, Fontana closed with 208,472 shares crossing the exchange, after rising 15 cents to end at $8. General Accident closed trading of 16,286 units in gaining 10 cents to end at $6.95, Honey Bun dipped 4 cents in swapping 2,902 units at $6.50, iCreate ended trading with 3,570 shares, after rising 3 cents to end at 73 cents, Indies Pharma lost 10 cents trading 33,638 shares to close at $3.20. Jamaican Teas fell 15 cents exchanging 20,250 units at $6.10, Jetcon Corporation ended with a loss of 1 cent at $1.99 with 42,100 stock units changing hands. Lasco Financial closed 24 cents higher at $5, with 1,366 stock units trading, Lasco Manufacturing lost 15 cents to end at $5.20 in swapping 60,998 shares, Limners and Bards lost 12 cents trading 275,900 shares to close at $2.58 and Paramount Trading declined by 4 cents to settle at $2.20 after exchanging 7,132 shares.

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

Q1 profit falls 13% at JBG

Profit at Jamaica Broilers Group fell 13 percent in the July quarter to $361 million from $413 million in 2018 but IC Insider.com computations point to strong gains in profit for the year that ends in April 2020 as revenues rise and costs are contained below inflation.
At the same time, profit attributable to shareholders dropped 8 percent to $368 million from $399 million in 2018 even as gross profit increased slightly over 2018 from $3.18 billion to $3.32 billion as sale revenues rose 9 percent to $13 billion, from $12 billion in the corresponding quarter in 2018.
Cost of sales increased 11 percent for the quarter, to $10 billion from $9 billion in 2018 resulting in gross profit margin in the quarter declining to 25 percent from 26 percent in 2018. Distribution cost rose just 2 percent to $445 million from $436 million in the corresponding quarter in 2018. Operating profit increased by 2 percent to $679 million from $665 million in 2018. Finance income fell sharply by 88 percent to $36 million from $300 million in the corresponding period in 2018.

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Administrative expenses remained flat at $2.3 billion, but Finance cost, declined by 7 percent to $299 million from $324 million in 2018 and corporate taxes fell a sharp 76 percent to $55 million.
The group’s segment results were mixed, with foreign exchange losses and political and economic volatility in Haiti negatively impacting the results. The Jamaica segment produced $8.4 billion in revenues, but just slightly above the $8.24 billion generated in 2018 profit resulting in a 9 percent fall in segment profit of $764 million. Operations in Haiti produced $19 million in profit compared to $60 million in the previous year from a fall in revenues from $595 million down to $530 million. Profit from the US operations climbed by 11 percent to $333 million from $ 300 million in 2018 as revenues climbed to $4.34 billion from $3.3 billion in 2018.
Gross cash flows from brought in $650 million but after a dividend payment in the quarter amounted to $212 million and other long term liabilities of $720 million, cash inflows ended at $316 million and that pushed cash and equivalent to $3.65 billion. At the end of July, shareholders’ equity stood at $15 billion with borrowings at just $7 billion. Current assets ended the period at $22 billion inclusive of receivables of $4 billion and inventories of $7 billion, cash and bank balances of $4 billion and current liabilities of $13 billion.
Earnings per share came out at 35.81 cents for the quarter. IC Insider.com is forecasting $3.50 per share for PE of 10 times the current year’s earnings and earnings of $5 for the 2021 fiscal year.

Third day of declines for JSE majors

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market declined for a third consecutive day at the close on Wednesday with less volume and value traded on Tuesday.  
Trading ended with 39 securities changing hands in the main and US dollar markets with 10 advancing, 19 declining and 10 trading firm. The market closed with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index declining 2,717.19 points to close at 557,689.78. The JSE Index dropped 2,465.01 points to 507,546.85 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.69 points to close at 138.52.
Main market activity ended with 36 securities trading resulting in 31,141,186 units valued at $368,051,491 in contrast to 44,023,689 units valued at $758,570,804 from 36 securities trading on Tuesday.
Stanley Motta led trading with 13 million units for 42 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 6 million units accounting for 19 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Funds with 4 million shares for 13 percent of the market’s trade. Other stocks trading more than a million shares were QWI Investments with 3 million units after trading at the lowest level of $1.15 since listing and Barita Investments with 2.7 million shares.
The Market closed with an average of 865,033 units valued at an average of $10,223,653 for each security traded, in contrast to 1,222,880 units for an average of $21,071,411 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 1,111,651 shares at $11,432,416 for each security traded and previously 1,147,595 units valued at $11,637,677 for each stock traded. The market closed out September with an average of 1,585,081 units valued at $14,071,562 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 11 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
In main market activity, Carib Cement closed $2.54 lower after 13,753 shares changed hands to end at $76.82. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund lost $1 trading 6,280 shares to settle at $35, Eppley gained 80 cents, after exchanging 21,211 shares, to close at $1. Grace Kennedy closed $1 lower to $69 with 14,245 shares traded, Jamaica Broilers ended with a loss of $2.01, closing at $34 as 22,233 shares changed hands. Jamaica Stock Exchange gained 99 cents, after exchanging 11,378 shares to settle at $29.99, JMMB Group dropped $2, closing at $43 after trading 114,321 shares, Kingston Wharves added $2 to settle at $62, after exchanging 18,100 shares. Mayberry Equities lost 47 cents to close at $11.03 with 11,364 shares traded, NCB Financial declined by $2 to close at $202 while exchanging 65,660 units, Sagicor Group closed $1.19 lower in swapping 11,515 shares to end at $68.80. Salada Foods dropped $3 to $29 with 15,000 shares changing hands, Seprod advanced $3 to end at $54 with an exchange of 6,291 shares and Supreme Ventures gained 49 cents to close at $27.49 with 208,741 shares traded.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 28,241 units valued US$17,055 with the market index falling 0.45 points to close at 198.46. Proven Investments exchanged 13,756 shares, to close at 27 US cents, after slipping a fraction of a cent, JMMB Group 6% preference share traded 13,485 units, to end at 99 US cents and Sterling Investments rose 0.3 cents and closed at 3.3 US cents with 1,000 units changing hands.

Junior Market drops again

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange dropped 15.61 points to close at 3,397.71 in trading on Wednesday as 29 securities traded, similar to Tuesday and ended with 10 securities advancing, 9 falling and 10 remaining unchanged.
Market activities, resulted in an exchange of 3,632,177 units valued at $18,080,990 compared to 2,395,994 units valued at $16,463,282 changing hands on Tuesday.
Trading ended with an average of 125,247 units for an average of $623,482 in contrast to 85,571 units for an average of $587,974 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 91,863 units at $461,599 compared to 86,454 units at $435,372 previously, in contrast, September closed with an average of 954,574 units valued at $2,612,695 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 6 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close of the market, Access Financial ended with a loss of $1 at $34 with 15,389 stock units changing hands, Blue Power closed trading of 33,015 units and gained 90 cents to end at $8.50, Caribbean Cream ended market activity exchanging 1,610 shares to close at $4.52 after falling 8 cents. Caribbean Flavours ended with a loss of 1 cent at $13 with 11,711 stock units changing hands. Caribbean Producers declined by 9 cents to settle at $4.71 while trading 27,688, Elite Diagnostic ended trading with 5,100 shares, after rising 25 cents to end at $5.70, Everything Fresh ended trading 58,745 shares, after rising 9 cents to end at $1.30. Fontana closed trading of 328,282 units and gained 30 cents to end at $7.85, General Accident closed 22 cents higher at $6.85, with 23,687 stock units changing, Jamaican Teas ended trading with 25,890 shares, after rising 15 cents to end at $6.25. Knutsford Express declined 74 cents in trading of 2,457 units to end at $10.25, Lasco Financial shed 4 cents to settle at $4.76 with 6,120 shares crossing the exchange, Lasco Manufacturing fell 5 cents in trading of 2,368 units at $5.35. Main Event closed trading of 14,260 units and gained 10 cents to end at $5.70, Medical Disposables lost 5 cents trading 24,390 shares to close at $7, Limners and Bards closed trading of 141,969 units and gained 8 cents to end at $2.70. Stationery and Office Supplies closed 50 cents higher at $11.50, with 33,000 stock units trading, SSL Venture climbed 8 cents and exchanged 1,900 shares at $1.09 and Ttech shed 50 cents in trading of 95,045 units at $5.50.

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