New Elite branch now in black

Elite Diagnostics accounted for 31.7M of Wednesday’s Junior Market trading.

Elite Diagnostic lost money at the Liguanea branch in the first quarter of the 2019 fiscal year but the CEO Warren Chung told shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting held at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Wednesday, that October and November were two very good months at the branch.
The audited financial report on the fiscal year to June 2018 show revenues of $297 million compared to $263 million in 2017 resulting in profit of $45 million after tax credit of $9 million and $44 million in 2017 after tax expense of $15 million.
Liguanea has moved from a loss into profit and will not be a drag on profit from the original operation from now, the CEO confirmed.  Data for the first quarter shows profit before tax dipped sharply from $14 million to $1.8 million the direct result of a loss at the Liguanea branch as well some cost involved in the early purchase of MRI machine to be used in the St. Ann Bay branch to be set up in mid-2019.
While revenues rose, a number of categories climbed sharply partially due to the expansion into a new location on Hope Road. Big increases were experienced in legal and professional fees that moved from just $38,000 to $3 million due primarily to the IPO in 2017, rental expense more than doubled to hit $15.8 million from $7.9 million and Utilities moved from $7.3 million to $17.5 million partially as a result of the new branch as well as some cost for storing the MRI machine to be installed in St Ann Bay location.

Elite CEO Warren Chung with a shareholder at the company’s 2018 AGM.

Revenues in the first quarter to September moved to $85.4 million from $69.8 for an increase of 24 percent, due to the second branch that generated $23.7 million in revenues and a loss of approximately $7 million. Chung in response to IC Insider.com’s question, indicated that revenues at the original location is slightly lower than in the prior year due to some business shifting to Liguanea. The fall in revenues is almost $8 million at Holburn Road and resulted in a fall of approximately $5 million in profit. All MRI scanning for prostate are now being done at Liguanea with the stronger and more precise imagery, Chung stated. In addition, he stated that the Holburn Road branch was previously running above capacity with the location running over time and the new location has alleviated the excess.
Cost to set up St Ann Bay is put at $20-22 million plus U$375,000 for the MRI machine. The company bought the MRI equipment early because it became available locally, but it comes at a cost as it is being stored and incurring cost as it has to be stored in certain conditions resulting in the consumption of electricity along with rent. The MRI Machine for St Ann is being stored with rental cost being incurred as well as electricity cost to maintain it at a cool temperature.
While the company has 3 other MRI competitors in Kingston, there will be no immediate competitor within 50 miles in St Ann. Operating cost at this location will less than at Liguanea with the former being staffed by 7 employees versus a planned staffing of 4 or 5 for St Ann.
For the Liguanea location to move into profit would require revenues around $36 million per quarter or 50 percent above that of the first quarter and that would likely move the profit in the second quarter well above the $1.8 million earned in the first quarter.
Elite last traded on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange at $2.85.

Modest trading in JSE main market – Wednesday

Barita ended on the JSE at a record close of $31.01.

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, made modest gains at the close of trading on Wednesday resulting from the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index advancing 51.12 points to 433,039.87 and the JSE Index gaining 46.57 points to close at 394,548.30.
At the end, 28 securities changed hands in the main and US dollar markets with prices of 14 stocks rising, 11 declining and 6 remaining unchanged compared to 31 securities trading on Tuesday.
Barita Investments ended trading at a record close of $31.01.
The main market ended with 4,455,571 units valued at $87,653,782 changing hands, compared with just 4,732,702 units valued at $78,353,687 that were exchanged on Tuesday.
The main market ended with Victoria Mutual Investments leading with 1,246,476 units, accounting for 28 percent of the day’s trades, followed by JMMB Group 7.25% preference share with 989,957 units or 22 percent of the day’s volume and Wisynco Group with 447,047 units with 10 percent of the day’s trades.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 5 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 4 closing with lower offers.
Trading resulted in an average of 171,368 units valued at over $3,371,299, in contrast to 157,757 shares valued at $2,611,790 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 123,855 units with a value of $2,354,261 compared to 101,394 units valued at $1,873,480, previously. November closed, with an average of 405,528 valued at $7,755,942, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Barita Investments jumped $2.01 to end at a record close of $$31.01, with 17,647 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement jumped $6 and finished trading 9,130 shares at $50, Jamaica Broilers fell 25 cents trading 26,439 stock units at $29.75.  Jamaica Stock Exchange dropped $1.60 to $8.40, trading 337,162 shares, Kingston Wharves fell $1.60 to $75.70, with 28,919 stock units changing hands. Mayberry Investments declined by 38 cents trading 50,012 shares in closing at $9.60, Mayberry Equities jumped $1.29 cents trading 50,012 shares in closing at $10.50, NCB Financial Group shed $2.49 to end trading of 185,214 shares at $157.01, PanJam Investment dropped $2.90 to $65.10, with an exchange of 342,886 stock units, Sagicor Group fell $1.05 to finish trading of 46,813 shares at $47.50, Scotia Group traded 8,700 shares and rose $1 to close at $59 and Seprod rose $1 in trading of 158,334 shares, to close at $33.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 107,117 units valued at $22,155 as Proven Investments ended trading 103,717 at 21 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments US dollar based ordinary share traded 3,400 units at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed with a rise of 1.11 points to close at 167.36.

4 Junior Market stocks at 52 weeks’ lows – Wednesday

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Wednesday with a fall in the Index of 31.26 points to 3,165.76 after 6 securities advanced, 10 declined including 4 closing at 52 weeks lows, while 7 remained unchanged as 23 securities changing hands versus 26 on Tuesday.
Trading resulted in an exchange of 5,429,367 units valued at $18,378,072 compared to 2,263,347 units valued at $12,188,607 trading on Tuesday.
Trading ended with an average of 236,059 units for an average of $799,047 in contrast to 87,052 units for an average of $468,793 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 247,680 units $739,994, versus 253,366 units valued at $711,095, previously. November, ended with an average of 190,475 units valued at $653,358 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 5 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and just 4 with lower offers.
At the close of the market activity, Access Financial closed at $50.50, in exchanging 7,800 shares, AMG Packaging ended with a loss of 22 cents at a 52 weeks’ low of $1.60, with 456,962 stock units changing hands, Caribbean Producers finished trading 35,850 units, and rose 10 cents to $5.40, Consolidated Bakeries closed with a loss of 5 cents at $2.15, in exchanging 60,165 shares, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 5 cents at $2.65, with 149,161 shares trading. Eppley settled $9 higher at $9, with a swapping of 2,491 units, Everything Fresh traded 145,093 shares after declining 2 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $1.48, Express Catering ended trading with 14,090 shares and gained 30 cents to close at $7.80, FosRich Group traded 11,862 shares, with a loss of 7 cents in ending at $4, General Accident finished trading of 1,588,279 shares with a loss of 13 cents to close at $3.50. GWest Corporation closed at $1.45, with 3,000 stock units changing hands, Honey Bun climbed 42 cents higher at $3.52, with an exchange of 1,282,416 units, Indies Pharma traded 41,622 shares and gained 6 cents to close at $3.12, Jamaican Teas settled with a loss of 10 cents at $3.70, in trading 150,700 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended trading of 1,230 stock units with a loss of 90 cents at a 52 weeks’ low of $3. KLE Group finished trading with a loss of 50 cents at $3, in the swapping of 25,608 shares, Knutsford Express closed 12 cents higher at $11.63, trading 4,000 shares, Lasco Distributors ended at $4, with 71,830 shares changing hands, Lasco Financial concluded trading of 107,277 stock units with a loss of 20 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $3.80. Lasco Manufacturing finished trading of 1,214,100 units at $3.30, Main Event settled at $6.50, with 2,000 shares being exchanged, SSL Venture Capital traded 12,000 shares to end at $1.80 and Stationery and Office finished trading 41,831 stock units with a rise of $1.30 to $8.65.

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

Equityline the latest JSE IPO

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Equityline Mortgage Investment Corporation a Canadian company is the latest company offering shares to the public to take up. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy IPO to raise US$50 million is currently opened with a price per share of J$130 or US$1 in the Trinidad market.
Equityline is issuing up to 5 million Series A preferred shares to raise US$10 million at a price of US$2 per share. With the opening of the issue set from December 10, 2018 and scheduled to close on December 31.
If the Invitation is successful in raising at the minimum capital of 2,500,000 shares is met, the shares will be listed on the Jamaica stock exchange. If fully subscribed to, US$9.4 million of the proceeds will be used to acquire a portfolio of mortgages.
The Corporation has specifically targeted investments in mortgages where the yield and other fees generated will enable it to pay out a cumulative monthly dividend at a rate of 8% per annum on the shares. For each fiscal year ending December, the Corporation intends to pay a surplus special dividend equal to the taxable income for that fiscal year and capital gains dividends equal to the Corporation’s taxable capital gains for that fiscal year, less dividends previously paid.
The Corporation was incorporated in January 2018 under the Business Corporations Act (Ontario) with the intention of qualifying as a mortgage investment corporation under the Income Tax Act (Canada). The Corporation has not undertaken any commercial activity since incorporation.
The principals behind the Corporation have a history of operating in the mortgage lending business in Ontario. The Manager believes that it has a specialized skill set in this sector of the mortgage lending market, and therefore has established the Corporation for the purpose of bringing those business skills to the public. The Corporation focuses its investments primarily in urban markets and their surrounding areas, which the Corporation believes are typically more liquid and provide less volatile security for mortgage loans. The Corporation focuses its investment in Ontario, however, the Corporation’s Asset Allocation Model permits the Corporation to invest in mortgages across Canada if the Manager deems it to be advisable. The Corporation intends to further grow its portfolio by periodically raising capital through equity offerings and using the proceeds of such offerings to fund additional mortgages generated through the Manager or other sources. As a MIC, when calculating its income tax payable in Canada, the Corporation may deduct dividends that are paid from income to reduce corporate income tax. The Corporation intends to pay out all of its net income and net realized capital gains as dividends with the result that the Corporation will not pay any income tax. To reduce its tax owing to zero, the Corporation may pay surplus dividends, after payment of all dividends on any Preferred Shares, at the end of the fiscal year. Taxable dividends, other than capital gains dividends, are treated as interest income to Shareholders for Canadian tax purposes.
Both IPO offers are more aligned with persons looking for income than for capital appreciation, the same could also be true for other energy based entities to come that have no expansion plans that will be funded by internally generated or borrowed funds.

JSE marked time in trading on Tuesday

Barita ended on the JSE at a record close of $29.

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, made gains at the close of trading on Tuesday resulting in the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index advancing by 116.66 points to close at 432,988.75 and the JSE index rising 106.29 points to 394,501.73. 
At the end, 31 securities cahnged hands in the main and US dollar markets with prices of 14 stocks rosing, 11 declining and 6 remaining unchanged. Barita Investments ended at a record close and Salada Foods traded at an intraday high at $30.The main market ended with 4,732,702 units valued at $78,353,687 changing hands, compared with just 843,989 units valued at $24,687,711 that were exchanged on Monday.
Wisynco Group lead trading with 2,609,218 units, accounting for 55 percent of the day’s trades, followed by Stanley Motta with 509,500 units or 10.8 percent of the day’s volume and Victoria Mutual Investments with 230,707 units with 4.9 percent of the day’s trades.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 6 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
Trading resulted in an average of 157,757 units valued at over $2,611,790, in contrast to 33,760 shares valued at $987,508 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 101,394 units valued at $1,873,480. November closed, with an average of 405,528 valued at $7,755,942, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Barita Investments rose $1.50 to end at a record close of $29, with 5,515 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement fell 95 cents and finished trading of 37,015 shares at $44, Grace Kennedy climbed $1.50 in trading of 93,277 shares at $58, Jamaica Broilers fell 55 cents trading 25,312 stock units at $30.  Jamaica Stock Exchange climbed $1 to $10, trading 142,593 shares, Kingston Wharves rose $4 to $77, with 4,216 stock units changing hands. Mayberry Investments rose 41 cents trading 171,927 shares in closing at $9.98, NCB Financial Group gained $2.50 to end trading of 96,175 shares at $159.50, PanJam Investment dropped $2 to $68, with an exchange of 57,080 stock units, Palace Amusement gained $150 to $1,450, with 100 shares trading, Portland JSX rose 49 cents and ended at $7.50, with 638 units changing hands, Sagicor Group fell 95 cents to finish trading of 97,063 shares at $48.55, Sagicor Real Estate Fund fell 75 cents and settled at $11.10, with 14,650 shares. Scotia Group traded 55,696 shares and rose $1 to close at $58, Seprod fell 40 cents in trading of 86,259 shares, to close at $32 and Sygnus Credit Investments fell 35 cents to close at $10.65 trading 53,395 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 72,343 units valued at $14,988 as Proven Investments ended trading at 21 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed with a fall of 2.30 points to close at 166.25.

Barita profit jumps but 2019 to be big

Barita last traded on the JSE at $29.

Barita Investments reported profit of $374 million after tax for the year to September, a rise of 84 percent over the 2017 results but final quarter profit after tax surged 315 percent, to $193 million.
The September quarter benefited from strong increase in net interest income moving from $69 million to $117 million and from $287 million to $424 million for the full year, even as interest rates declined sharply during the year. Gains on foreign exchange swelled earnings in this category pushing it to $145 million in the quarter from just $12 million in 2017 and to $188 million from $45 million for the fiscal year. Gain on sale of investments came in well below the level in 2017 at $25 million for the quarter down from $62 million in the quarter and from $259 million it fell to $136 million for the fiscal year. Even as realized investment gains fell, unrealised gains rose by $362 million for the year, bringing unrealized gains to $1.1 billion and shareholders’ equity to $3.26 billion.
At the close of the quarter the company had 3.3 billion in marketable securities up from $2.49 billion in 2017. Since the end of the quarter, the exchange rate that was at JS$134.65 at the close of September and $130.39 at June, is now down to just over $127 and that could mean a big drop in the value of the US dollar-based portfolio. With the movement of stock prices particularly NCB Financial and a few others, gains in investments which will now all be reported through the regular profit and loss statement will most likely wipe out the FX losses and leave a nice surplus, unless changes for the worse were to occur in the next few weeks before the end of the calendar year.

NCB stock should add gains for Barita in 2019 fiscal year.

During this year, the majority shares switched hands with Cornerstone majority owners of Myer Fletcher Merchant Bank acquiring 75 percent ownership. Barita was founded by Rita Humphreys-Lewin and quietly built into a force to be reckoned with, within the investment banking arena. The brokerage house has been seen as conservative, but observers within the financial sector are of the view that those days are over, at least for now. As a result, investors have been piling into the company’s stock as they see swelling earnings ahead. The stock which was on the IC Insider.com buy rated list for a long time finally exited recently, but there seems to be a longer road ahead before the gains are over.
Barita has so much potential for growth but was being managed in a conservative manner. Margin accounts, a big source of added revenues was not being pushed, Unit Trust was marketed more as a take it or leave it manner, than a more aggressive approach to pull in many more customers. Not even the stock market, the company best known for, has the potential been fully taken advantage of. Hopefully, the new majority owners will take a more aggressive approach, especially in light of an improving economy and one that could lead to long term growth for the economy, stocks and unit trust investing. There are some hopeful signs. One is a more aggressive dividend policy that will enhance the value of the stock. A more aggressive staff recruitment is under way that will modify the culture and drive business going forward.
IC Insider.com understands that Barita is in the process of acquiring an investment portfolio with assets of more than $10 billion from a large financial institution that they have had a close relationship with for decades. More efficient management of some resources is likely to add significant income to the operations in a full year, estimated by IC Insider.com to be around $100 million per year, not to mention the added income from the investment funds being acquired, that should contribute around $75 million in net revenues per year. But there is more, Cornerstone successfully closed a $5 billion bond issue last week at 7.25 percent per annum. Word is that the vast majority of the proceeds is slated to be used by Barita and will most likely to be invested across a wide spectrum of the investments within Barita and this could add a great deal of income and profit to the operations. With the chnage in accounting policy relating to how investment gains or losses are reported and the added income from the various changes and expansion being undertaken 2019 profit should exceed $1 billion, the first time that this nbenchmark would be acheived.
When all is said and done, the fixed income portfolio is the bread and butter earner but in this environment of a bullish stock market, it is ability of the management to take advantage of the opportunities that the market will throw up that will be the real driver of the company’s stock price in the short to medium term.
Some investors are speculating that the company could be going after a rights issue soon which could absorb much of the inflows from the just concluded bond issue. IC Insider.com had reported previously that the stocks is an ideal candidate for a split. With the current price now at $29 and the prospects looking very bright, a split seems very likely in 2019.

Persons or entities associated with IC Insider hold shares in Barita Investments.

8 Junior Market stocks rise 11 fall – Tuesday

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Monday with 26 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 2,263,347 units valued at $12,188,607 compared to 9,644,867 units valued at $21,232,867 from 21 securities trading on Monday.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 8 securities advanced, 11 declined and 7 remained unchanged resulting in the Junior Market Index advanced 19.79 points to close at 3,197.02. at the close 1 security traded at a 52 weeks’ high and two ended at 52 weeks’ lows.
Trading ended with an average of 87,052 units for an average of $468,793 in contrast to 459,279 units for an average of $1,011,089 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 253,366 units valued at $711,095. November, ended with an average of 190,475 units valued at $653,358 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 5 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and just 4 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial closed at $50.50, with 257 shares traded, Blue Power concluded trading of 2,000 units at $5.45, Cargo Handlers limbed $1 higher to $15, with an exchange of 34,600 shares, Caribbean Cream ended trading 20,800 shares at $5.30, Caribbean Producers finished trading 1,300 units and declined of 10 cents to close at $5.30,  Consolidated Bakeries closed 6 cents higher at $2.20, with 21,000 shares changing hands, Derrimon Trading ended trading with 216,900 shares and fell 10 cents to close at $2.70,  Dolphin Cove concluded trading of 173,947 shares gained and 75 cents to end at $15.75, Elite Diagnostic finished with a loss of 27 cents at $2.85, with an exchange of 42,256 stock units. Everything Fresh traded 59,127 shares after declining 5 cents to close at $1.50, Express Catering settled with a loss of 25 cents at $7.50, exchanging 26,208 units, FosRich Group ended trading of 15,985 shares and rose 2 cents to $4.07, General Accident traded 2,500 shares at $3.63, GWest Corporation finished trading 10,000 shares with a loss of 10 cents in closing at an all-time low of $1.45. Indies Pharma traded 82,620 shares and fell 4 cents to close at $3.06, Jamaican Teas finished trading of 161,257 shares at $3.80, Jetcon Corporation settled with a loss of 9 cents at $3.90, exchanging 38,461 shares, Key Insurance jumped 50 cents to a 52 weeks’ high of $5, with 1,027,000 stock units changing hands, Lasco Distributors closed at $4, with 126,190 shares trading. Lasco Financial dropped 80 cents to $4, with 109,306 shares changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing concluded trading at $3.30, with an exchange of 49,680 stock units, Main Event finished 15 cents higher at $6.50, trading 2,832 units, Paramount Trading  ended trading 500 shares and jumped 77 cents to $2.97. SSL Venture Capital rose 6 cents in trading 2,000 shares to end at $1.80, Stationery and Office traded with a loss of 85 cents at $7.35, with 36,521 shares and tTech closed 8 cents higher at $5.19, with 100 units changing hands.

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

 

JSE fails to hang on to record – Monday

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, surged to a new record high in early morning trading after just 7 minutes of the opening with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index rising 5,319.88 to a record 435,784.80 points and briefly moved higher to more than 435,900 points before pulling back, at the close the index put on 2,407.17 points to 432,872.09.
The JSE index climbed 4,847.01 points to a record of 397,049.24 after 7 minutes of trading pulled back at the close but still put on 2,589.66 points to close at 392,202.23.
Market activity resulted in 3 securities trading at record highs but ended with 2 securities closing at record highs and one closing at 52 weeks’ ow, as 26 securities in the main and US dollar markets changed hands, compared to a 31 on Friday. At the end, prices of just 6 stocks rose, 15 declined and 5 remained unchanged.
The main market ended with just 843,989 units valued at $24,687,711 changing hands, compared with 12,946,386 units valued at $522,988,358 that were exchanged on Friday.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 7 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
Trading resulted in an average of 33,760 units valued at over $987,508, in contrast to 446,427 shares valued at $18,034,081 on Friday. November closed, with an average of 405,528 valued at $7,755,942, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Barita Investments fell 50 cents to close of $27.50 after trading at new in  intraday record high of $31, with 19,020 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement climbed $1.45 and finished trading of 2,755 shares at $44.95, Carreras concluded trading of 103,177 units at $9.10 after falling 40 cents, Grace Kennedy dropped $1.50 in trading of 34,081 shares at $56.50, Jamaica Stock Exchange fell 63 cents and closed at $9, trading 19,650 shares, Kingston Wharves fell $2.79 to $73, with 6,817 stock units changing hands. Mayberry Jamaica Equities lost 85 cents trading 7,993 shares in closing at $9.15, NCB Financial Group declined by $2.05 to end trading of 66,427 shares at $157, PanJam Investment dropped $4 to  $70, with an exchange of 13,890 stock units, Sagicor Group fell 50 cents to finish trading of 57,553 shares at $49.50, Scotia Group traded 14,660 shares and rose $2 to close at $57, Seprod added $2.40 trading of 27,970 shares, to close at $32.40.

Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 40,224 units valued at over $8,569 as Proven Investments lost 1 cent and ended trading at 21 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed with a rise of 0.87 points to close at 168.55.

Trading climbs on Junior Market on Monday

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Monday with 21 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 9,644,867 units valued at $21,232,867 compared to 4,790,864 units valued at $10,989,252 from 26 securities trading on Friday.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 7 securities advanced, 7 declined and 7 remained unchanged resulting in the Junior Market Index declining by 5.10 points to close at 3,177.23.
Trading ended with an average of 459,279 units for an average of $1,011,089 in contrast to 184,264 units for an average of $422,664 on Friday. November ended with an average of 190,475 units valued at $653,358 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 7 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and just 1 with a lower offer.
 At the close of the market, Access Financial closed at $50.50, trading 380 shares, AMG Packaging ended 2 cents higher at $1.82, with 12,927 stock units changing hands, Caribbean Cream ended trading 11,455 shares, at $5.30, Caribbean Producers finished trading with 2,600 units and rose 5 cents higher to $5.40, Derrimon Trading ended at $2.80, in exchanging 6,215 shares. Elite Diagnostic gained 1 cent to end at $3.12, with 1,200 stock units changing hands, Express Catering ended trading with 4,380 shares after rising 65 cents to close at $7.75, General Accident closed 13 cents higher at $3.63, with 2,000 shares trading, Indies Pharma traded 20,690 shares to close at $3.10, Jamaican Teas settled at $3.80, with 160,698 shares changing hands. Jetcon Corporation ended trading at $3.99, with an exchange of 5,000 stock units, Key Insurance traded 1,071,023 units and rose 35 cents to $4.50, Lasco Distributors ended 20 cents higher at $4, with an exchange of 3,700 shares, Lasco Financial concluded trading of 31,600 stock units with a loss of 20 cents at $4.80. Lasco Manufacturing finished with a loss of 10 cents at $3.30, trading 33,300 units, Main Event settled with a loss of 10 cents at $6.35, with an exchange of 6,313 shares, SSL Venture Capital lost 2 cents in trading 6 million shares to end at $1.74, Stationery and Office finished trading 210 stock units with a loss of 32 cents down to $8.20, Sweet River closed at $3.50, with 100 units changing hands and tTech fell 19 cents to $5.11, with the trading of 902 shares. In the junior market preference segment, Derrimon Trading 9% ended with a loss of 10 cents at $2.10, with 2,270,174 stock units trading.

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

All Jamaica hits record 435,785 points

In early morning trading after just 7 minutes of the opening the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index (AJI) rose 5,319.88 to a record 435,784.80 points and the JSE index climbed 4,847.01 points to 397,049.24.
Later on, the market briefly moved higher into the 435,900 points level on the AJI, but fell back to 435,061.21.
he market hit a record high follows on Thursday last week Barita Investments traded at a new high of $24.01, NCB Financial hit a record $160, PanJam Investment traded at $72, Sagicor Group at $51.95 haven risen sharply to a record high, but the bid is at $55 to buy 49,301 shares, Scotia Group trades at $60 and Seprod at $33.65.
The junior market continues under some selling pressure is not sharing in the strong gains of the more matured companies and declined by 2.81 points to 3,179.52 with just one stock trading so far.
In today’s trading Scotia Group is back at $60, along with Grace Kennedy that traded at $57, NCB and Supreme Ventures are the major contributors to the rise.