AMG in big Junior Market trade – Wednesday

AMG Packaging dominated trading with more than 60m shares.

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange jumped sharply on Wednesday as 60.67 million shares of AMG Packaging, passed through the exchange, pushing the overall trade for the day to an exchange of 62,035,877 units valued at $128,041,203.
Market activity on Tuesday resulted in just 3,645,419 units valued at $11,521,269.
Trading ended with another big fall the market index of 49.68 points following the 45.69 points drop on Tuesday, to close at 3,059.15. a total of 30 securities changed hands, compared to 28 on Tuesday, resulting in the prices of 9 securities advancing, 10 declining and 11 remaining unchanged.
Trading closed with an average of 2,067,863 units for an average of $4,268,040 in contrast to 130,194 units for an average of $411,474 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 351,444 shares valued $853,828 and previously 96,530 shares valued $346,767. In contrast, the average trade in January was 2,245,428 units with a value of $7,372,574 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 higher bids than their last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
At the close of the day’s activities, Access Financial closed at $47, with an exchange of 1,021 shares, AMG Packaging closed with a loss of 15 cents at $2.20, in exchanging 60,673,553 shares, with the bulk of the trade, taking place at $2. Blue Power ended at $5, trading 1,200 stock units, Cargo Handlers closed at $14.70, with 40,556 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream settled with a loss of 48 cents at $5.37, in the trading of 4,040 shares. Caribbean Flavours ended trading with 1,704 shares with a rise of 15 cents to close at $16.15, Caribbean Producers traded 173,500 stock units, at $4.70, Consolidated Bakeries gained 39 cents to end at $2.09, with 239 units changing hands, Derrimon Trading closed with a loss of 10 cents at $2.50, with an exchange of 6,393 shares. Everything Fresh concluded trading with 18,226 shares with a rise of 25 cents to $1.85, Elite Diagnostic finished 9 cents higher at $3.09, with an exchange of 58,350 stock units, Express Catering settled with a loss of 49 cents at $7, trading 31,584 units, FosRich Group ended trading 4,474 shares and rose 30 cents to close at $4. Fontana traded 20 cents higher at $3.90, with 487,017 shares changing hands, General Accident finished trading 57,162 shares, at $3.99, GWest Corporation closed 5 cents higher at $1.36, in exchanging 40,406 stock units, Honey Bun gained 10 cents to close at $3.80, with an exchange of 11,980 units, Indies Pharma concluded trading of 93,909 shares at $2.90. Jamaican Teas ended trading with 300 stock units at $4,  Jetcon Corporation  traded 14,500 units with a loss of 7 cents at $3.18,  Knutsford Express  ended with a loss of 20 cents at $12.50, with an exchange of 103,076 shares, Lasco Distributors  ended trading of 73,727 stock units at $3.75. Lasco Financial  closed with a loss of 15 cents at $4.35, with 35,401 units changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing  settled 2 cents higher at $3.29, trading 35,900 shares, Main Event ended trading 4,452 shares, with a loss of 20 cents at $5.80, Medical Disposables  traded 18,000 shares with a loss of 10 cents to close at $5.50. Paramount Trading finished trading 6,500 stock units at $2.40 and Stationery and Office ended with a loss of 40 cents at $8, trading 27,474 shares. In the junior market preference segment, CAC 2000 9.5% ended at $1, with 6,400 stock units trading and Derrimon Trading 9% concluded trading at $2.10, with 4,833 units.

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

2 days of strong JSE main market gains end

Radio Jamaica traded more than 4 million shares as the compnay posted strong gains in profit in the December quarter.

Trading on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Tuesday with the market snapping two days of solid gains in the market indices and ending with big declines even as advancing stocks were more than declining ones.
At the close of trading, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index dropped by 2,837.49 points to 410,601.55 and the JSE Index dived by 2,582.48 points to 374,108.12.
The main and US markets traded a total of 34 securities, compared to 33 securities trading on Monday, with the prices of 16 rising, 11 declining and 7 remaining unchanged. Three stocks traded at new highs during the trading session but only two ended at a new closing high and one closed at a 52 weeks’ low.
Main market activity ended with, 9,605,896 units valued at $71,284,670 compared to 3,396,161 units valued at $104,302,598 changing hands, on Monday.
Radio Jamaica led trading with 4,707,436 shares for 49 percent of the day’s volume, after the company posted strong gains in profit in the December quarter of $168 million versus $79 million in the similar period in 2017. JMMB Group 6% preference share was next with 1,799,538 shares and accounting for 18.7 percent of the total main market volume changing hands and 1834 Investments with 705,080 shares, for 7 percent of the day’s volume.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 15 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
An average of 300,184 units valued at an average of $2,227,646 compared to 106,130 units valued at an average of $3,259,456 for each security traded, on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 321,224 shares with a value of $10,240,490 and previously, 324,089 shares with a value of $11,497,407. Trading for January resulted in an average of 101,980 units, valued at $3,042,494, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Berger Paints lost 50 cents and ended at $19.50, with an exchange of 6,803 stock units, Grace Kennedy traded with 88,962 stock units and lost 34 cents to end at $57.66, Jamaica Producers regained 50 cents to close at $23 in trading 6,008 shares. Jamaica Stock Exchange gained $1 and closed trading with 36,189 units changing hands, at a record close of $16, JMMB Group rose 65 cents and concluded trading 18,827 shares at $32.75, Kingston Wharves dropped $2 and settled at $70, with 44,616 units changing hands, 138 Student Living rose 49 cents and finished trading 1,199 shares at $4.01. PanJam Investment  jumped $2.99 and ended at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $78, trading 6,262 units, Sagicor Group  lost 35 cents and ended trading at $38.50, with 39,275 stock units, Salada Foods traded just 700 units, but lost 50 cents to close at $38, Scotia Group  dropped $1.89 to finish trading 195,910 shares at $51.11. Seprod climbed $2.50 to finish trading of 695,712 shares at $39, Stanley Motta  rose 30 cents to end at $5, with an exchange of 5,000 shares, Supreme Ventures rose 35 cents and finished trading of 12,668 units at $19.35. Sygnus Credit Investments rose 75 cents to end at $11 with an exchange of 16,550 shares and Victoria Mutual Investments lost 30 cents to settle at $3.70, with 236,520 shares changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market resulted in 99,033 units valued at over $11,543 changing hands. Proven Investments traded 6,633 units to close at 22 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments rose by 2 cents in exchanging of 92,400 shares at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index advanced by 6.87 points to close at 170.75.

Big fall for Junior Market – Tuesday

Indies Pharma traded 2m shares on Tuesday.

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Tuesday with a sharp fall the market index of 45.69 points to close at 3,108.83 as the prices of 8 securities advanced, 12 declined and 8 remained unchanged.
Trading saw 28 securities changing hands compared to 27 on Monday, resulting in an exchange of 3,645,419 units valued at $11,521,269, compared to 3,202,720 units valued at $12,121,438 on Monday.
Trading ended with an average of 130,194 units for an average of $411,474 in contrast to 118,619 units for an average of $448,942 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 96,530 shares valued $346,767 and previously 91,113 shares valued $336,354. In contrast, the average trade in January was 2,245,428 units with a value of $7,372,574 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 higher bids than their last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.
t the close of the day’s activities, AMG Packaging ended with a loss of 15 cents at $2.35, with 120,000 stock units changing hands, Blue Power concluded trading of 15,300 units, with a loss of 80 cents at $5, CAC 2000 finished 20 cents higher at $12.60, trading just 100 shares. Caribbean Cream ended trading of 2,000 shares, with a loss of 10 cents to close at $5.85, Caribbean Producers finished trading of 17,450 units with a loss of 5 cents at $4.70, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 35 cents at $2.60, with 41,010 shares changing hands. Dolphin Cove concluded trading of 10,200 shares with a rise of 60 cents to $15.40, Everything Fresh finished with a loss of 1 cent at $1.60, with an exchange of 72,397 stock units, Elite Diagnostic settled with a loss of 19 cents at $3, in trading 53,414 units. Express Catering ended trading 17,236 shares, with a loss of 1 cent at $7.49, FosRich Group traded 67,552 shares with a loss of 29 cents at $3.70, Fontana finished trading at $3.70, with 557,982 shares changing hands, General Accident closed with a loss of 1 cent at $3.99, with an exchange of 271,129 stock units. GWest Corporation ended 20 cents higher at $1.31, with 29,675 units changing hands, Honey Bun concluded trading of 20,520 shares, at $3.70, Indies Pharma finished with a loss of 5 cents at $2.90, in exchanging 2,013,889 shares, Jamaican Teas  traded 17,000 units at $4, Jetcon Corporation  finished trading 6 cents higher at $3.25, in exchanging 25,475 shares. Knutsford Express  concluded trading of 996 stock units, with a rise of 20 cents to $12.70,  Lasco Distributors  closed 5 cents higher at $3.75, with 26,427 units trading, Lasco Financial  settled at $4.50, with an exchange of 47,259 shares, Lasco Manufacturing ended trading of 400 shares and rose 9 cents higher to $3.27. Main Event  traded 21,655 shares at $6,  Medical Disposables  finished trading 300 stock units with a loss of 90 cents to $5.60,  Paramount Trading  closed at $2.40, in an exchange of 25,500 units, SSL Venture Capital ended 1 cent higher at $1.95, with 1,000 shares changing hands and  Stationery and Office  concluded trading with 22,617 shares at $8.40. In the junior market preference segment, CAC 2000 closed at $1, with the trading of 146,936 shares.

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

 

More gains for JSE main market – Monday

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Barita Investments dominated trading with 1.1 milliobn shares changing hands.

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Monday with a second day of strong gains in the market indices with the prices of 16 rising, 13 declining and 4 remaining unchanged.
The JSE All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 3,028.23 points to close at 413,439.04 and the JSE Index climbed 2,756.09 points to close at 376,690.60 after both rose by more than 2,944 points on Friday.
Importantly, NCB financial that played a big role in many of the big movements in recent months had little impact in Mondays move and suggesting that investors’ interest is more broad-based now than a few weeks ago.
The main and US markets traded a total of 33 securities, compared to 31 securities trading on Friday.
Main market activity ended with, 3,396,161 units valued at $104,302,598 changing hands, in contrast to 7,016,682 units valued at $207,252,597, on Friday.
Barita Investments led trading with 1,113,243 units for 33 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Wisynco Group with 628,630 shares and accounting for 19 percent of the total main market volume changing hands and Seprod with 443,979 stock units for 13 percent of the day’s volume.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 10 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
An average of 106,130 units valued at an average of $3,259,456 for each security traded, in contrast to 241,955 units valued at an average of $7,146,641 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 324,089 shares with a value of $11,497,407 and previously, 358,447 units valued $13,030,049. Trading for January resulted in an average of 101,980 units, valued at $3,042,494, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Barita Investments surprisingly, added 51 cents to close at $50.01, with the trading a large volume of 1,113,243 shares up to $52. Berger Paints gained 50 cents and ended at $20, with an exchange of a mere 100 stock units, Caribbean Cement rose 90 cents in trading 1,500 shares at $43, Jamaica Broilers climbed 50 cents in trading of 51,600 units, to close at 52 weeks’ closing high of $33.50. Jamaica Producers lost 50 cents to close at $22.50 and trading 6,000 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange gained $1 and closed trading with 34,786 units changing hands, at a record close of $15, JMMB Group fell 70 cents concluded trading at $32.10, with 57,512 shares. Kingston Wharves rose $3.48 cents and settled at $72, with 6,449 units changing hands, Pulse Investments traded 2,000 units and lost 50 cents to close at $2.70, Salada Foods traded 10,860 units, but lost 50 cents to close at $38.50. Seprod rose $1.65 to finish trading of 443,979 shares at $36.50, Supreme Ventures lost 80 cents and finished trading 42,611 units at $19 and Sygnus Credit Investments lost 90 cents to end at $10.25 with an exchange of 49,018 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market resulted in 54,933 units valued at $57,130 changing hands as the sole stock trading, JMMB Group 6% preference share, lost 2 cents and concluded trading with 54,933 units at US$1.04. The JSE USD Equities Index closed at 163.88.

Junior Market trading rises – Monday

Fontana Waterloo branch under construction in Kingston

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange settled on Monday and resulting in an exchange of 3,202,720 units valued at $12,121,438, compared to 1,501,161 units valued at $5,720,483 on Friday.
Trading was dominated by Fontana with 75 percent of the total volume traded in the Junior Market.
At the close, 27 securities changed hands versus 22 changing hands on Friday leading to the prices of 12 securities advancing, 9 declining and 6 remaining unchanged and a rise of 25.69 points in the market index to close at 3,154.52.
Trading ended with an average of 118,619 units for an average of $448,942 in contrast to 68,235 units for an average of $260,022 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 91,113 shares valued $336,354 and previously 86,061 shares valued $315,674. In contrast, the average trade in January was 2,245,428 units with a value of $7,372,574 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 higher bids than their last selling prices and 4 closing with lower offers.
At the close of the day’s activities, Access Financial closed at $47, in trading 5,515 shares, AMG Packaging ended 10 cents higher at $2.50, with an exchange of 31,162 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading of 10,218 units after rising 80 cents to $5.80, CAC 2000 finished with a loss of 10 cents at $12.40, in exchanging 3,200 shares. Derrimon Trading ended 5 cents higher at $2.95, with 53,000 shares changing hands, Everything Fresh lost 22 cents to end at $1.61, with 63,050 stock units trading, Elite Diagnostic settled at $3.19, with an exchange 26,852 units, Express Catering ended trading of 21,766 shares with a loss of 30 cents at $7.50. FosRich Group traded just 103 shares with a loss of 1 cent at $3.99, Fontana finished trading 10 cents higher at $3.70, with 2,408,200 shares trading, General Accident closed with 80,376 stock units trading, with the price rising 10 cents higher to $4, GWest Corporation fell 19 cents to an all-time low of $1.11, with an exchange of 98,080 units. Honey Bun concluded trading of 36,070 shares with a loss of 5 cents at $3.70, Indies Pharma lost 19 cents at $2.95, in trading 36,151 shares, Jamaican Teas traded 1,140 units at $4,  Jetcon Corporation  finished trading 5,100 shares, with a rise of 4 cents to $3.19. Knutsford Express  fell 20 cents to end at $12.50, in exchanging 45,925 stock units, Lasco Distributors finished with a loss of 30 cents at $3.70, trading 89,999 units, Lasco Financial settled 30 cents higher at $4.50, with an exchange of 14,610 shares, Lasco Manufacturing ended trading 133,307 shares 8 cents higher at $3.18. Main Event  traded 20,196 shares and moved 30 cents higher to $6,  Medical Disposables  finished trading at $6.50, with an exchange of 2,000 stock units, Paramount Trading  ended swapping 7,000 units for 35 cents higher at $2.40, SSL Venture Capital ended at $1.94, with an exchange of 700 shares. Stationery and Office concluded trading of 1,000 shares and jumped 90 cents higher to $8.40 and tTech settled 4 cents higher at $5.84, with 2,000 stock units changing hands. In the Junior Market preference segment, Derrimon Trading ended at $2.10, with the trading of 6,000 stock units.

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

Cement & General Accident top IC Top 10

IC Insider.com TOP 10 selections return after a break. The selections, are based on 2019 earnings. Quite a number of the 2018 TOP 10 listings appear again in this year’s lists.
New to the Junior Market, are Fontana that was listed in December last year, Lasco Manufacturing, ISP Finance and Medical Disposables. New to the TOP 10 main market list are Caribbean Cement, Sterling Investments, Radio Jamaica and Sygnus Credit Investments.
The three leading Junior Market stocks are General Accident, with potential gains of 310 percent, Stationery and Office Supplies 284 percent and ISP Finance with 250 percent.
The three leading main market stocks are, Caribbean Cement with likely gains of 152 percent, Radio Jamaica, 150 percent and Victoria Mutual investments 147 percent.
Fontana, is projected by IC Insider.com, to earn at 50 cents per share for the current year and should go on to boost earnings for the June 2020 much higher with the opening of its newest branch this year. The prospects for the stock is very good over the next two to three years with the expansion plans that the company has for it. Lasco Manufacturing’s profit for the December quarter was effectively flat at $197 million but is up a strong 32 percent for nine months period. With EPS at 17 cents for the year, to December, full year results could hit 25 cents per share with 2020 moving higher as new product lines deliver more sales and profit. ISP Finance has been gradually building the loan portfolio and reporting improved annual profits but investment in increased staffing to manage expansion has increased cost faster than growth in revenues. The company exhausted the cash on hand in 2018 and borrowed additional funds to expand their loan portfolio. 2019 should be the year that profit break out and justify the current stock price. Medical Disposables delivered improved results in the six months to September last year with increased revenues coming from the new consumer lines that have been added to the product range.
In the main market, the way seems clear for Caribbean Cement to break out this year with the plant upgrade now behind them and the discontinuation of costly import of cement to fill the gap left by lower production as the plant upgrade took place in 2018. The company will benefit from increased sales as the construction sector continues to grow and demand more cement to use in building. Sterling Investmentsshare has been undervalued for sometime and remains so, even after a 5 for 1 stock split in late 2018 that help move the price up. Additional funds from a recent rights issue will place the company in a position to take advantage of other investment opportunities and boost profit. Radio Jamaica has not delivered on the improved profitability after merging with the Gleaner but with income showing some growth against an improving economy, the 2020 fiscal year could start showing improved results. Sygnus Credit Investments is an undervalued stock with earnings to the September quarter negatively affected by the slippage in the rate of exchange of the local currency. Exchange movements does not affect the underlying fundamentals of the company going forward.
The main market closed the week with the overall PE at 13 and the Junior Market at 10. The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks average 6.1 and the main market PE is now 8.2.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 39 percent to the average for the Junior Market Top stocks but it’s a third of what the average PE for the year is likely to be of 20 times earnings. The main market stocks trade at a discount of 37 percent to the overall market.
TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns within a 12 months period. Stocks are selected based on projected earnings for each company’s current fiscal year. Based on an assumed PE for each, the likely gains are determined and then ranked, with the stocks with the highest potential gains ranked first followed by the rest, in descending order. 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 based on new information received that can result in changes in and out of the list as well.

Compelling case to watch Fontana & Wisynco

Fontana Waterloo Road branch now nearing completion.

Two compelling buys this week that investors should be watching over the next few weeks, are Fontana in the Junior Market and Wisynco in the main market of Jamaica Stock Exchange.
Last week, the results of a few companies were released, but only the results of Wisynco, had the potency to move the stock price, without much delay. More companies will release quarterly reports this week and they are worth watching.
Wisynco reported strong half-year results to December and encountered good buying interest on Friday with nearly 2.7 million shares trading, with little price movement. Trading on Friday may have removed quite a bit of supply to help pave the way for an inevitable price rise at some point in time. The company is yet to reap the full benefit from the new production lines they installed last year and effective providing room for greater profit margin. In addition, they added sugar distribution to the product line up starting in January this year. The company is ripe to add more products for distribution could well add new brands to the lineup that will boost revenues and profit if that happens.  At current price of $10.40 and with a strong increase 36 percent in profits for the December quarter, investors with limited inventory of the stock would be unwise not to add it to their portfolios.

Wisynco could enjoy much increased revenues going forward as new products as added to the line up.

The recent quarterly report of AMG Packaging showed a big improvement of 68 percent in profit to $16.1 million, resulted in garnering increased buying interest around the $2.50 level. The price could move higher with sellers trying to get out around $2.70 level.
Elite Diagnostic rose in price this past week with increased buying interest and may go higher in the coming weeks as the quarterly results for December should show a big improvement over the $1.8 million profit reported in the first quarter to September and point to a much brighter future for this expanding entity.
PanJam Investment has limited supply of the stock offered on the market currently. At the close on Friday, just 79,000 units were shown on the JSE trading platform for sale compared, to 781,000 on the buy side. The lowest offer was 51,000 units at $80. It will be interesting to see what will happen with the price during the week.
Demand for Fontana shares is gradually eating away at supply of the stock with the price closing at $3.60, on Friday. The bid closed at $3.60 on Friday and the price could move higher during the week.  With IC Insider.com projected earnings for the current year at 50 cents per share and the opening of its latest branch this year, the stock has lots of potential gains ahead of it.
General Accident enjoyed lower demand in the past week with the price slipping from $4 to $3.90. The stock is a big value play with the 2018 results likely to come out in the region of 45 cents per share and 2019 even higher and provide solid incentive for the buyers to pick up the stock. Interim results for the full year, are expected to be released this week. Jamaica Stock Exchange shares hit a new high of $14, during the past week, with increasing interest shown in the stock. Exposed supply is currently not high, with expected continued buoyancy in

Seprod shares now trades at $34.85 each.


the market and a big increase in new listings this year, investors seem more aggressive to buy into what should be another year of increased profit for the company. Seprod price moved up to $34.85 with increased demand for the shares continuing against the background of declining supply. The price seems poised to move even higher in the coming weeks as the stock remains attractively priced.
Lasco Manufacturing’s profit for the December quarter was effectively flat at $197 million but is up 32 percent for nine months period. With EPS at 17 cents for the year, to December, there was little fire power to move the stock price during the week. The same is true for Lasco Distributors, with a 24 percent rise in profit to $157 million for the December quarter and 16 percent increase for the nine months to December, to $620 or 18 cents per share. Lasco Manufacturing with EPS close to Lasco Distributors should really see the stock price moving closer to the latter than the $3.10 it closed at on Friday.
NCB Financial remains on the Watch List with strong gains in operating profit for the December quarter, but the stock is finding it hard to break through resistance at the $150 level and may need something out of the ordinary if the price is to move decidedly higher before the summer months.
Barita Investments is worth watching but with the price falling, having gone ex rights during the past week.

JSE main market bounces – Friday

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange enjoyed increased trading levels at the close on Friday over Thursday’s improved levels, leading the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index to jump 3,235.32 points to 410,410.81 and the JSE Index climbing by 2,944.56 points to 373,934.51.
Main market activity ended with, 7,016,682 units valued at $207,252,597 changing hands, in contrast with 4,986,769 units valued at $74,552,633, on Thursday.
The main and US markets traded a total of 33 securities, with prices of 13 rising, 9 declining with 9 remaining unchanged, compared to 31 securities trading on Thursday.
Wisynco Group led trading with 2,688,897 units for 38 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Grace Kennedy, with 1,521,787 shares and accounting for 22 percent of the total main market volume changing hands and Sygnus Credit with 543,056 stock units for 8 percent of the day’s volume.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 6 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 closing with lower offers.
An average of 241,955 units valued at an average of $7,146,641 for each security traded. In contrast to 184,695 units for an average of $2,761,209 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 358,447 units valued $13,030,049 and previously, 523,805 units valued $16,891,062. Trading for January resulted in an average of 101,980 units, valued at $3,042,494, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Berger Paints lost $1.50 and ended at $19.50, with an exchange of 5,153 stock units, Jamaica Broilers climbed $4 in trading of 58,277 units, to close at $33, Jamaica Producers gained $1 to close at $23, trading 17,568 shares. Jamaica Stock Exchange closed trading with 81,864 units changing hands, with a rise of 5 cents to a record close of $14, Kingston Wharves lost 38 cents and settled at $68.52, with 266,720 units changing hands. Proven Investments traded 3,000 units and rose 50 cents to close at $27.50, Sagicor Group rose 25 cents in trading 25,424 stock units, to close at $38.80, Scotia Group fell 99 cents and finished trading of 489,552 shares at $53 and Sygnus Credit Investments lost 45 cents to end at $11.15 with an exchange of 543,056 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market resulted in 52,812 units valued at over $10,639 changing hands. JMMB Group 6% preference share concluded trading at $1.06 with 218 units, JMMB Group 5.75% preference share closed at $2 trading 2,114 shares, Proven Investments traded 14,180 units to close at 22 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments exchanged of 36,300 shares at 9 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index fell 5.54 points to close at 163.88.

Junior Market slips again – Friday

Fontana stock remains the main attraction in trading.

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended with 22 securities changing hands, compared to 25 to Wednesday, with 64 percent more volume than on Thursday.
At the close of market activities resulted in prices of 8 securities advancing, 11 declining and 3 remaining unchanged leading to a fall of 27.19 points in the market index to close at 3,128.83.
Market activity resulted in an exchange of 1,501,161 units valued at $5,720,483 compared to 917,451 units valued at $3,945,523 traded previously.
Trading ended with an average of 68,235 units for an average of $260,022 in contrast to 36,698 units for an average of $157,821 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 86,061 shares valued $315,674 and previously 89,199 shares valued $325,469. In contrast, the average trade in January was 2,245,428 units with a value of $7,372,574 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 higher bids than their last selling prices and 5 closing with lower offers.
At the close of the day’s activities, Access Financial closed with a loss of 1 cent at $47, trading 1,285 shares, AMG Packaging ended at $2.40, with an exchange of 118,612 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading with 5,113 units at $5, CAC 2000 finished with a loss of 50 cents at $12.50, with 50,000 shares. Cargo Handlers settled with a loss of 20 cents at $14.70, exchanging 5,804 shares, Caribbean Producers finished trading 28,729 units and rose 5 cents higher to $4.75, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 5 cents at $2.90, with an exchange of 7,500 shares, Everything Fresh closed 23 cents higher at $1.83, with an exchange of 122,087 stock units. Elite Diagnostic settled 6 cents higher at $3.19, in exchanging 81,437 units. Express Catering ended trading with 40,767 shares and lost 10 cents to close at $7.80, FosRich Group traded 73,545 shares after rising 3 cents higher to $4, Fontana finished trading 598,063 shares, with a loss of 1 cent at $3.60, GWest Corporation ended with a loss of 14 cents at $1.30, with 63,268 units trading. Honey Bun concluded trading 2 cents higher at $3.75, with 49,560 shares,  Indies Pharma closed 14 cents higher at $3.14, with 89,033 shares changing hands, Jamaican Teas  traded just 2,500 units at $4, Knutsford Express concluded trading of 1,229 stock units and rose 60 cents higher to $12.70. Lasco Distributors  finished 20 cents higher at $4, exchanging 32,593 units, Lasco Financial  settled  with a loss of 1 cent at $4.20, trading 60,136 shares, Lasco Manufacturing  ended trading 53,600 shares, with a loss of 29 cents at $3.10,  SSL Venture Capital ended with a loss of 1 cent at $1.94, with an exchange of 5,300 shares and  Stationery and Office  concluded trading of 11,000 shares with a loss of 90 cents at $7.50.

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

JSE main market drops – Thursday

Trading picked up over that on Wednesday on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Thursday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index falling by 1,009.17 points to 407,175.49 and the JSE Index declining by 918.47 points to 370,989.95.
Main market activity ended with, 4,986,769 units valued at $74,552,633, in contrast with 2,541,810 units valued at $57,485,785 on Wednesday.
The main and US markets traded a total of 31 securities, with prices of 13 rising, 9 declining with 9 remaining unchanged, compared to 34 securities trading on Wednesday.
JMMB Group 7.5% preference share led trading with 2,001,000 units for 40 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Jamaica Broilers with 1,531,165 shares and accounting for 21 percent of the total main market volume changing hands and Wisynco Group with 589,188 stock units for 12 percent of the day’s volume.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 9 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 closing with lower offers.
An average of 184,695 units valued at $2,761,209, in contrast to 42,483 units valued at $1,358,497 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 523,805 units valued $16,891,062 and previously, 523,805 units valued $16,891,062. Trading for January resulted in an average of 101,980 units, valued at $3,042,494, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Barita Investments fell $1.52 to close at $49.48, with 5,691 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement shed 95 cents to finish at $42.05, trading 15,476 shares, Jamaica Broilers dropped $3.51 in trading of 1,531,165 units, to close at $29. Jamaica Stock Exchange closed trading with 35,508 units changing hands, with a rise of 45 cents to a record close of $13.95. JMMB Group concluded trading with 12,319 shares but rose 80 cents to $32.80, Kingston Wharves lost $1.10 and settled at $68.90, with 6,557 units changing hands, 138 Student Living rose 41 cents to $3.40, in trading 1,000 units, PanJam Investment rose $1 to end at $75 with 11,974 units changing hands. Sagicor Group fell by 20 cents in trading 30,407 stock units, to close at $38.55, Scotia Group climbed $2.94 and finished trading of 59,319 shares at $53.99 and Seprod lose $1.41 to end at $34.92 with an exchange of 13,581 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market resulted in 10,022 units valued at US$4,728 changing hands. JMMB Group 6% preference share concluded trading with a gain of 2 cents to settle at $1.06 with 950 units, JMMB Group 5.75% preference share finished with a rise of 1 cent to $2 with 486 shares trading, JMMB Group 5.5% preference share settled ended at $2 with 486 shares and Proven Investments traded 8,100 units and rose 1 cent to close at 22 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index was unchanged at the close at 169.42.