42% gain pushes MPC out of IC TOP 10

Infrequent trader MPC Caribbean Clean Energy after just six weeks on the TOP 10 main market chart with the price at $134 dropped out this week, with the price hitting $190 for a gain of 42 percent.
MPC was the only stock leaving the main market listing and is replaced by Stanley Motta with the stock price dropping to $5.50. Jetcon Corporation returns to the Junior Market after General Accident rising to $8 and falling to the 13th position on the overall Junior Market ranking.
Market activity resulted in no change to the top three Junior Market stocks, leaving Caribbean Producers with projected gains of 240 percent as the leader, followed by Iron Rock with potential gains of 204 percent and Jamaican Teas with 158 percent.
Increased investors’ interest pushed the price of Radio Jamaica to $1.99 with projected gains now down to 151 percent from last week’s 213 percent but still remains the leading main market stock with potential gains. Carreras sits at the number two spot with likely gains of 125 percent and Jamaica Broilers with projected gains of 100 percent is next.
The main market, closed the week with the overall PE of 17.3, inching up from 17.2 for the previous week and the Junior Market rose to 12 from 11.1 last week based on current year’s earnings. The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks average rose to 7.9 from 7.7 and the main market PE remains at 11.1.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at a discount of 34 percent to the average for Junior Market stocks and main market stocks trade at a discount of 36 percent to the overall market.
TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns to March next year. Projected earnings, along with the PE ratio for each company’s current fiscal year are used in determining potential gains with the likely gains ranked in descending order with highest-ranked being the most attractive. Potential values will change as stock prices fluctuate and will result in movements of the selection in and out of the lists for most weeks. Earnings per share are revised on an ongoing basis as new information is received that can result in changes in and out of the list.

This report is compiled by persons who may have an interest in the securities commented on.

More trading higher prices for JSE

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market moved higher on greater volume and value than on Thursday with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index gaining 2,291.72 points to 551,122.21 and the JSE Index rising 2,582.15 points to 501,776.77.
At the same time, the JSE Financial Index that measures all the stocks in this sector in the three JSE markets rose 0.91 points to close at 136.66. Trading ended with 34 securities changing hands in the main and US dollar markets with 15 stocks advancing, 9 declining and 10 trading firm. Main market activity ended with 34 securities trading, resulting in 31,484,701 units valued at $125,777,352 in contrast to 22,536,647 units valued at $48,207,025 from 38 securities trading on Thursday.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 24.5 million units for 78 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Funds with 3.1 million shares for 10 percent of the market’s trade and Wisynco Group with 2.3 million units accounting for 7 percent of the day’s trade.
The market closed with an average of 1,015,636 units valued at $4,057,334 for each security traded, in contrast to 593,070 units for an average of $1,268,606 on Thursday and well below the averages for September. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 929,723 shares at a value of $15,239,838 for each security traded and previously 924,365 shares at $15,990,179 for each stock traded. The market closed 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 reading shows 8 securities ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 16.5 with the main market ending at 17.2 times 2019 current year’s earnings.
In main market activity, Berger closed $1.40 lower to settle at $18.50 with an exchange of just 200 shares, Carreras lost 25 cents trading 68,902 shares and ending at $8, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund declined by $2 to $38 with 64,000 shares changing hands, JMMB Group slid by 49 cents to $42.50, in swapping 19,461 shares. Kingston Wharves gained 39 cents to settle at $60.39 trading a mere 143 shares, NCB Financial added $1.01 with an exchange of 58,763 shares to close at $205, PanJam Investment closed $2 higher at $102, after trading 5,142 shares, Proven Investments gained 50 cents to close at $40.50 with 4,804 shares changing hands. Pulse Investments lost 48 cents to settle at $4.50, after trading 67,479 shares. Scotia Group closed $4 higher at $60, in swapping 431,386 shares, Seprod gained $2.40 and ending at $53 after trading 11,114 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments closed 86 cents down to $22.38 with 20,021 shares changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 61,969 units valued at $15,558 and the market index lost 0.01 point to end at 196.73. Proven Investments traded 46,469 units to close at 27 US cents from 26.98 cents on Thursday, Sygnus Credit Investments ended the day’s trade at 14 US cents after exchanging 14,500 shares and JMMB Group 6% preference shares closed at 99 US cents in swapping 1,000 shares.

Junior Market volume dives – Friday

Junior Market volume contracts on Friday.

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange dropped sharply from Thursday’s level closed on Friday resulting in an exchange of just 808,904 units valued at $3,245,147 compared to 3,496,347 units valued at $14,565,501 on Thursday.
At the close of market activities, 31 securities changed hands, similar to the number trading on Thursday and closed with the prices of 11 securities rising, 13 declining and 7 remained unchanged, resulting in the Junior Market Index gaining 11.47 points to close at 3,397.81.
Trading ended with an average of 26,094 units for an average of $104,682 in contrast to 112,785 units for an average of $469,855 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 129,298 valued at $491,038 and previously 120,361 units valued at $482,941 for each security traded. 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 3 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging dipped 7 cents in trading 27,000 units to close at $1.93, Caribbean Cream lost 57 cents in exchanging 52,912 shares to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $3.95, Caribbean Producers climbed 10 cents and exchanged 1,200 shares at $4.80. Consolidated Bakeries ended with a loss of 1 cent at $1.99 with 16,934 stock units changing hands, Derrimon Trading lost 3 cents in trading of 100 units at $2.47, Express Catering declined by 2 cents to settle at $6.13 after exchanging 5,500 shares, Everything Fresh ended trading with 30,000 shares, after rising 3 cents to end at $1.23. Elite Diagnostic climbed 5 cents and exchanged 15,000 shares at $5.55, Fosrich lost 6 cents in trading of 14,680 units at $4.84, Fontana ended market activity exchanging 83,638 shares to close at $7.52 after falling 36 cents, General Accident declined 2 cents in trading of 41,110 units at $8. iCreate lost 2 cents in trading of 123,700 units to close at 71 cents, Indies Pharma ended with a loss of 1 cent at $3.16 with 45,555 stock units changing hands, Jamaican Teas declined 9 cents in trading of 19,125 units to end at $6.21, Jetcon Corporation ended trading with 45,528 shares, after rising 5 cents to end at $1.85. Knutsford Express closed trading of 150 units and gained 60 cents to end at $10.60, Lasco Distributors closed trading of 1,889 units and gained 22 cents to end at $3.98. Lasco Financial ended market activity exchanging 45,463 shares to close at $4.70 after falling 15 cents, Lasco Manufacturing closed trading of 17,115 units and gained 2 cents to end at $4.97. Limners and Bards ended with a loss of 1 cent at $2.55 with 89,957 stock units changing hands, Main Event traded 13,834 shares, after rising 63 cents to end at $5.98. Medical Disposables gained $1.11 to end at $8.11, trading 100 shares, Stationery and Office Supplies gained $1.34 to end at $12.50, after exchanging 5,850 shares and SSL Venture ended trading of 40,500 shares and rose 5 cents to end at $1.20.

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

JSE majors steady on low volume

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The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market inched higher on higher volume but lower value than on Wednesday with the market appearing to find support at current levels after falling more than 6 percent from the peak in the first week in August.
At the close the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index added just 104.29 points to close at 548,200.49, the JSE Index gained 189.56 points to 499,194.62 and the JSE Financial Index rose 0.15 points to 135.75.
Trading ended with 39 securities changing hands in the main and US dollar markets with 12 stocks advancing, 15 declining and 12 trading firm. Main market activity ended with 38 securities trading, resulting in 22,536,647 units valued at a mere $48,207,025, in contrast to 13,077,566 units valued at $68,716,819 from 37 securities trading on Wednesday.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 10.6 million units for 47 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Funds with 10.2 million shares for 45 percent of the market’s trade and QWI Investments with 656,908 accounting for 3 percent of the day’s trade.
The market closed with an average of 593,070 units valued at $1,268,606 for each security traded, in contrast to 353,448 units for an average of $1,857,211 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 924,365 shares at a value of $15,990,179 for each security traded and previously 951,792 shares at $17,309,566 for each stock traded. The market closed 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 reading shows 5 securities ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 16.6 with the main market ending at 17.3 times 2019 current year’s earnings.
In main market activity, Eppley rose 75 cents to close at $16.85 with a mere 220 shares changing hands, Grace Kennedy added $2.80 to close at $69.60 trading 8,315 shares, Jamaica Producers lost 67 cents with 5,209 shares changing hands in closing at $24.70, JMMB Group gained $1.89 to end at $42.99 in swapping 40,735 shares. Kingston Wharves dropped 99 cents to settle at $60 in trading 2,756 shares, Mayberry Investments lost 37 cents to close at $8.33 with 12,292 shares changing hands, Mayberry Jamaican Equities closed 35 cents lower at $10.80 with 7,244 shares crossing the exchange. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy traded just 100 shares, in gaining $36.94 to close at a record high of $190, NCB Financial advanced $3.93 with an exchange of 14,302 shares to close at $203.99, PanJam Investment declined by $1 and closed at $100 after trading 3,608 shares, Sagicor Group added 50 cents, after 35,923 shares changed hands to settle at $67.50.Scotia Group closed $3.50 lower at $56, after swapping 27,482 shares, Seprod lost 40 cents to settle at $50.60 trading 14,505 shares and Stanley Motta closed 40 cents lower to $5.60 with 126,539 shares changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with Proven Investments being the sole stock trading 9,717 units valued at $2,622 to close at 26.98 US cents with the market index gaining 0.08 points to 196.74.

 

Junior Market trading dips – Thursday

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Thursday with 31 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 3,496,347 units valued at $14,565,501, down from 4,941,772 units amounting to $18,218,972 with 29 securities changing hands on Wednesday.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 7 securities advanced, 14 declined and 10 remained unchanged leaving the Junior Market Index to fall by 11.41 points to close at 3,386.34.
Trading ended with an average of 112,785 units for an average of $469,855 in contrast to 170,406 units for an average of $628,240 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 104,334 units valued at $513,637 and previously 103,587 units valued at $517,504 for each security traded. 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 2 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial traded 800 shares and gained 44 cents to end at $34.44, Blue Power gained $1.37 to end at $7.75, trading 3,378 shares, Cargo Handlers ended with a loss of $1 at $10 with 1,000 stock units changing hands. Derrimon Trading ended market activity exchanging 7,336 shares to close at $2.50 after falling 5 cents, Express Catering climbed 23 cents and exchanged 26,260 shares at $6.15. Everything Fresh dipped 5 cents in trading of 44,000 units at $1.20, Fosrich ended with a loss of 1 cent at $4.90 with 2,760 stock units changing hands, General Accident closed trading of 36,500 units and gained 52 cents to end a record high of $8.02. Honey Bun closed trading of 66,850 units and gained 18 cents to end at $7.15, Indies Pharma lost 13 cents in trading of 53,121 units at $3.17, Iron Rock Insurance dipped 5 cents trading 92,527 units at $3.95, Jamaican Teas ended market activity in exchanging 123,313 shares to close at $6.30 after falling 5 cents. Knutsford Express fell 99 cents with 17,735 units at $10 crossing the exchange. Lasco Distributors fell 14 cents in trading of 1,512,271 units at $3.76, Lasco Financial ended exchanged 7,400 shares, after rising 25 cents to end at $4.85, Limners and Bards closed 6 cents higher at $2.56, with 130,664 stock units changing hands. Medical Disposables closed with a loss of 10 cents at $7, in swapping of 3,000 shares, Main Event declined 15 cents in trading of 4,000 units at $5.35. Paramount Trading declined by 7 cents to settle at $2.18 with 157,000 shares changing hands, SSL Venture shed 5 cents trading 6,400 units at $1.15 and tTech dipped 39 cents in trading of 610 units at $6.40.

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

Modest gains for JSE majors

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market climbed marginally on lower volume and value with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index adding just 166.56 points to close at 548,096.20, the JSE Index rising 168.54 points to 499,005.06 and the JSE Financial Index slipping 0.59 points to 135.60.
Trading ended with 40 securities changing hands in the main and US dollar markets with 14 stocks advancing, 14 declining and 12 trading firm. Main market activity ended with 37 securities trading, resulting in 13,077,566 units valued at $68,716,819 in contrast to 40,595,146 units valued at $1,769,588,600 from 36 securities trading on Tuesday.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 6.3 million units for 48 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Funds with 3.4 million shares for 26 percent of the market’s trade and QWI Investments with 2 million units accounting for 14 percent of the day’s trade.
The market closed with an average of 353,448 units valued at $1,857,211 for each security traded, in contrast to 1,127,643 units for an average of $49,155,239 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 951,792shares at a value of $17,309,566 for each security traded and previously 1,004,254 shares at $18,786,922 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 reading shows 13 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 17.2 times 2019 current year’s earnings.
In main market activity, Caribbean Cement lost 81 cents to close at $76 with 10,346 shares changing hands, Grace Kennedy gained 45 cents to close at $66.80 after exchanging 34,590 shares, Jamaica Broilers closed $1.94 higher in trading 23,816 shares to settle at $35,Jamaica Producers advanced by $4.07 with 8,063 shares changing hands in closing at $25.37. Jamaica Stock Exchange lost 50 cents, ending at $28.50 with 35,156 units traded, JMMB Group closed 90 cents lower to $41.10 in swapping 157,024 shares after the company announced the issue price for the ordinary shares to raise up to $12.4 billion at up to $38.70 each. Mayberry Investments lost 30 cents to settle at $8.70 with 5,300 shares changing hands, PanJam Investment gained 75 cents, in closing at $101 after trading 18,654 shares, Pulse Investments closed 51 cents higher to a new closing high of $5 in an exchange of 226,000 shares. Salada Foods fell by $1.30 to $28 with 11,200 shares traded, Scotia Group advanced by $3.30, after 13,966 shares changed hands to settle at $59.50, Supreme Ventures gained 45 cents to close at $26.50 with 26,155 shares being exchanged and Sygnus Credit Investments lost 67 cents, in closing at $23.03 after trading 4,582 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 331,909 units valued at $79,101 and the market index dipped 0.02 points to 196.66. Proven Investments exchanged 285,009 units to close at 26.98 US cents, Sterling Investmentsended at 3 US cents after losing 0.03 of a US cent trading 38,000 shares and Sygnus Credit Investmentslost 0.01 of a US cent to close at 14 US cents with 8,900 shares changing hands.

Junior Market in steady trading – Wednesday

Junior Market trades

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange concluded trading on Wednesday with 29 securities changing hands, similar to that on Tuesday and resulting in an exchange of 4,941,772 units valued at $18,218,972 compared to 4,509,195 units valued at $22,460,102 on Tuesday.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 10 securities advanced, 10 declined and 9 remained unchanged. The Junior Market Index advanced by 4.29 points to close at 3,397.75.
Trading ended with an average of 170,406 units for an average of $628,240 in contrast to 155,489 units for an average of $774,486 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 103,587 units valued at $517,504 and previously 97,569 units at $507,531 for each security traded. 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 5 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial ended with a loss of $1 at $34 with 7,626 stock units changing hands, AMG Packaging ended trading with 1,408,582 shares, after rising 2 cents to end at $2, Blue Power lost $1.12 with an exchange of 96,819 units at $6.38, Caribbean Flavours climbed 50 cents and exchanged 7,000 shares at $13.50. Caribbean Producers fell 9 cents in trading 20,000 units at $4.70. Consolidated Bakeries climbed 5 cents and exchanged 33,869 shares at $2, Fontana declined 12 cents in trading of 50,493 units at $7.88, General Accident climbed 10 cents in exchanging 9,605 shares to end at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $7.50, Honey Bun closed 15 cents higher at $6.97, with 15,700 stock units trading. iCreate ended trading with 1,532 shares, after rising 5 cents to end at 73 cents, Jamaican Teas climbed 5 cents and exchanged 3,474 shares to end at $6.35, Jetcon Corporation lost 10 cents trading of 706,870 units at $1.80, Knutsford Express closed 87 cents higher at $10.99, with 100 stock units trading. Lasco Financial lost 13 cents in with 390,000 shares changing hands to close at $4.60, Lasco Manufacturing ended market activity in exchanging 35,286 shares to close at $4.95 after falling 4 cents, Limners and Bards ended trading 187,195 shares to close at $2.50 after falling 5 cents. Main Event climbed 25 cents and exchanged 1,459,754 shares at $5.50, Stationery and Office Supplies lost $1.34 in trading 2,687 units, at $11.16 and SSL Venture closed 10 cents higher at $1.20, with 51,000 stock units changing hands.

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

Another big Barita trade

Barita Investments headquarters

Barita Investments had another day of big trades with 22 million shares valued at $1.9 billion crossing the Jamaica Stock Exchange main market on Tuesday, following the 28.5 million units on Monday and more than 18.8 million shares last week.
The company in releases to the exchange stated “that five directors and five connected parties purchased a total of 20,575,536 shares during the period October 14 to15” and “that a Director and two connected parties purchased a total of 2,939,469 shares during the period October 7 to 8.”
The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market declined for the seventh consecutive day on slightly lower volume valued 25 percent lower than on Monday as short-term correction continues for the market. Trading ended with 38 securities changing hands in the main and US dollar markets with 16 stocks advancing, 18 declining and 4 trading firm. The market closed with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index falling by 2,226.15 points to close at 547,929.64. The JSE Index declined 2,016.16 points to 498,836.52 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.49 points in ending at 136.19.
Main market activity ended with 36 securities trading, resulting in 40,595,146 units valued at $1,769,588,600 in contrast to 41,631,061 units valued at $2,360,959,252 from 32 securities trading on Monday.
The large Barita Investments trade accounted for 53 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 13.8 million shares for 34 percent of the market’s trade and Sagicor Select Funds with 2.67 million units accounting for 7 percent of the day’s volume. QWI Investments was the only other company with million shares trade as it closed with just over 1 million units changing hands.
The Market closed with an average of 1,127,643 units valued at $49,155,239 for each security traded, in contrast to 1,300,971 units for an average of $73,779,977 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 1,004,254 shares for $18,786,922 for each security traded and previously 992,746 shares at $15,672,223 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 7 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 gained $1 to close at $19.90 as a mere 400 units changed hands, Grace Kennedy gained 35 cents in exchanging 99,563 shares to settle at $66.35, Jamaica Broilers dropped 94 cents trading 41,753 shares to end at $33.06. Jamaica Stock Exchange gained 85 cents in closing at $29 with an exchange of 10,659 shares, JMMB Group lost $1 to settle at $42, with 19,715 crossing the exchange. Kingston Wharves closed 99 cents higher trading just 541 shares, to end at $60.99, NCB Financial fell by $1.94, closing at $200.06 with 55,949 shares changing hands. PanJam Investment lost 75 cents and ended at $100.25 after 2,108 shares crossed the exchange, Sagicor Group traded 19,892 shares, losing $1.93 to settle at $67.07, Salada Foods gained 30 cents, after 1,699 shares changed hands to close at $29.30. Scotia Group closed 80 cents lower to $56.20 with 6,200 shares traded, Seprod fell by $1.99 to end at $51.01 with an exchange of 3,000 shares, Supreme Ventures declined $1.35, closing at $26.05 with 30,137 shares crossing the exchange. Sygnus Credit Investments gained 70 cents to close at $23.70 in the trading of 72,818 shares and Wisynco Group lost 75 cents to end at $22.25 trading 394,938 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 159,923 units valued at $16,410 and the market index gained 1.53 points to close at 196.68. Sterling Investments lost 0.3 of a US cent to close at 2.71 US cents with an exchange of 110,167 shares and Proven Investments gained 0.01 of a US cent to close at 26.98 US cents and 49,756 shares changing hands.

Big Junior Market bounce – Tuesday

The Junior Market Index jumped 30.63 points to close at 3,393.46 on Tuesday as 29 securities changed hands versus 32 on Monday and ending with 17 securities rising, 8 declining and 4 remaining unchanged.
Investors exchanged 4,509,195 units valued at $22,460,102 compared to 2,585,531 units valued at $13,192,368 on Monday. Trading ended with an average of 155,489 units at $774,486 for each security traded in contrast to 80,798 units for an average of $412,262 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 97,569 units at $507,531 compared to 91,837 units at $481,109 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 5 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial declined by 10 cents to settle at $35 while trading 24,518 shares, AMG Packaging closed 9 cents higher at $1.98, with 21,210 stock units trading, CAC 2000 ended trading with 1,700 shares, after rising 50 cents to end at $14. Cargo Handlers gained $1.55 to end at $11 with 1,000 stock units trading, Caribbean Flavours lost 50 cents in trading of 16,000 units at $13, Caribbean Producers ended trading with 750 shares, after rising 29 cents to end at $4.79, Consolidated Bakeries closed trading of 15,000 units and gained 30 cents to end at $1.95. Express Catering closed 12 cents higher at $5.92, with 39,209 stock units trading, Elite Diagnostic fell 65 cents in exchanging 895,693 units at $5.50, Fontana ended with 128,973 shares changing hands, after rising 5 cents to end at $8. General Accident traded 29,614 shares, after rising 40 cents to end at a 52 weeks’ high of $7.40, GWest Corporation closed trading of 10,000 units and gained 6 cents to end at $1.10, Honey Bun declined by 2 cents to settle at $6.82 while exchanging 8,700 units. iCreate declined 3 cents in trading 233,000 units to close at  68 cents, Indies Pharma ended trading with 39,226 shares, after rising 10 cents to end at $3.30, Knutsford Express swapped 364 shares, after rising 12 cents to end at $10.12, Lasco Distributors dipped 10 cents in trading of 3,500 units at $3.90. Lasco Financial ended trading 1,326,224 shares, after rising 3 cents to end at $4.73, Lasco Manufacturing ended with an exchange of 664,323 shares after rising 5 cents to end at $4.99, Limners and Bards closed with a loss of 14 cents at $2.55, with 256,454 shares changing hands. Main Event fell 25 cents in trading of 502,985 units to close at $5.25, Medical Disposables closed with 72,997 units crossing the exchange and gained 91 cents to end at $7.10, Paramount Trading added 5 cents in trading 10,000 shares at $2.25 and Stationery and Office Supplies climbed 50 cents and exchanged 30,000 shares at $12.50.

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

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.