Strong gains again for Junior Market – Monday

Honey Bun hits a new 52 weeks’ high of $6 on Monday

The severely undervalued Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed with another high double-digit gain on Monday, similar to Friday’s strong advance, with the index rising 41.06 points to close at 3,118.29.
At the close of market activities, 30 securities changed hands, compared to 26 on Friday, resulting in prices of 11 securities advancing, 9 declining and 10 remaining unchanged.
Trading resulted in an exchange of 2,781,261 units valued at $12,194,821 compared to 2,959,240 units valued at $11,853,904 changing hands on Friday.
Trading ended with an average of 92,709 units for an average of $406,494 in contrast to 113,817 units for an average of $455,919 on Friday.  In contrast, April closed with an average of 81,626 units for an average of $311,248 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows just one stock ending with the bid higher than the last selling price and six with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial closed at $43.20, with 62,942 shares changing hands, AMG Packaging exchanged of 28,190 stock units and ended at $2, Cargo Handlers settled 7 cents higher at $9.32, with 2,000 shares crossing the exchange, Caribbean Producers finished trading 13,156 units and rose 50 cents to close at $4.80. Consolidated Bakeries closed at $2, in exchanging 25,500 shares, Derrimon Trading ended 5 cents higher at $2.95, with 3,180 shares changing hands, Dolphin Cove concluded trading of 12,363 shares, with a loss of 5 cents to close at $12, Everything Fresh settled 4 cents higher at $1.51, with an exchange of 2,543 units. Elite Diagnostic ended trading with a loss of 20 cents at $3.80, with 900 shares changing hands, Express Catering traded 6,817 shares with a loss of 70 cents at $6.80, Fontana closed 5 cents higher at $4.35, with 96,033 stock units changing hands, FosRich Group closed with 11,793 shares trading and rose 20 cents higher to $4.95. General Accident ended at $4.20, with an exchange of 639,889 units, GWest Corporation concluded trading of 17,800 shares, with a loss of 5 cents in closing at $1.26, Honey Bun jumped $1.01 higher at 52 weeks’ high of $6, with an exchange of 200,330 shares, iCreate settled at 80 cents, with 15,600 shares changing hands. Indies Pharma ended trading with 62,418 stock units and gained 15 cents to close at $3.30, Iron Rock traded 34 cents higher at $3.84, with an exchange of 693 units, Jamaican Teas closed with a loss of 7 cents at $4.18, with 11,721 shares crossing the exchange. Jetcon Corporation ended with a loss of 4 cents at $1.86, with 1,030,857 shares changing hands, KLE Group closed at $2, with an exchange of 56,500 units, Knutsford Express settled with a loss of 70 cents at $11.80, with 27,000 shares changing hands, Lasco Distributors  ended trading of 51,000 shares and gained 10 cents to close at $3.65. Lasco Financial  traded 75,384 shares with a loss of 26 cents to finish at $4.74,  Lasco Manufacturing  finished trading with 269,970 stock units to close at $3.85, Main Event closed at $5.35, with 6,778 units changing hands. Medical Disposables  ended $2.50 higher at $8, with an exchange of 17,700 shares, Paramount Trading concluded trading of 11,930 shares at $2.10 and Stationery and Office Supplies settled at $9.04, in trading 19,909 stock units. In the Junior Market preference segment, CAC 2000 closed with a loss of 20 cents at $1.10, with 365 shares changing hands.

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

Lasco stocks bow out of IC TOP 10

Lasco Manufacturing that IC Insider last week suggested readers keep a keen eye on, reported outstanding full year results and climbed 18.5 percent to $3.85 on Friday, exit the Junior Market IC Insider.com’s TOP 10.
Lasco Financial came in with full year results that were above the 2018 figures and the price moved up to $5. IC Insider downgraded 2020 earnings to 60 cents per share, the combination of the two changes, pushed the stock outside the TOP 10, Jetcon is the third stock to move out of the top tier. Coming in to replace the above are CAC 2000, Everything Fresh and Consolidated Bakeries, all three newcomers have been having challenges with growing profits.
Carreras reported flat profits for the year to March resulting in downgrading of 2020 profits, with the stock no longer in the TOP 10, also leaving is Caribbean Cement with the price recovering during the week to close at $78, the two are replaced by Stanley Motta and Sygnus Credit Investments.
The three leading Junior Market stocks for the coming week are, Caribbean Producers with projected gains of 272 percent, followed by Iron Rock with likely gains of 243 percent and Medical Disposables with possible gains of 233 percent.
Sterling Investments with potential gains of 174 percent leads main market stocks, followed by Radio Jamaica with 159 percent and VM Investments in third spot with the potential to gain 141 percent within twelve months.
The main market, closed the week with the overall PE at 14.8 and the Junior Market at 11.1. The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks averages 6.8 and the main market PE 9. These levels, point to a big upside for TOP 10 stocks over the next 12 months and Junior Market stocks in particular.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 39 percent to the average for the Junior Market Top stocks and main market stocks trade at a discount of 39 percent to the overall market.
TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns within a 12 months period. Projected earnings, for each company’s current fiscal year, are used in determining, the selected stocks. The PE for and projected earnings for each stock are computed to show potential gains for the year, which are ranked 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 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 interest in the securities commented on.

 

NCB Financial could hit $190 soon

NCB Financial stock could hit $190

There are not many stocks to watch this week, as earnings season is almost over, with just a few more reports to be released.
Investors responded well to companies reporting good profit gains and in the case of NCB Financial, to the increased holdings in Guardian Group. The stock seems to have broken through resistance at the $150 level. The $165 region where the stock trades at now is also a resistance area but the strong buying last week at this price point, suggests it is poised to move higher with $190 being the next point of resistance.
Lasco Manufacturing posted strong full year results during the past week with an outstanding fourth quarter that led investors to pick up almost 1.4 million shares resulting in rise of 60 cents on Friday. Barita Investments is enjoying buying interest as the value of stock prices rise and the Jamaican dollar value remains lower than at the end of March, both will likely give a big boost to profit in the June quarter.
Eppley seems to have demand that should push the price higher during the week as the company is getting set to launch an IPO for the Eppley Property Fund. Medical Disposables’ full year’s

SOS expect to maximize profits from all business lines in 2019.

results just inched higher over 2018 but closer examination indicates that the results telegraphed a powerful message about profits to come. Expect demand to pick up in the future for this stock as the company continues to grow attractively.
Stationery and Office reported good first quarter results, weeks ago driving renewed interest in the stock. The demand left supply very short, suggesting it is only a matter of time before the price moves higher. Wigton Windfarm hit a low of 72 cents during the past week but closed at 79 cents on Friday and could move back into the 80 cents range in the coming week.
Investors should keep eyes on Jamaica Producers, Sagicor Group and Honey Bun.

Big jump for Junior Market on Friday

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Lasco’s ICool – the company’s stock jumped sharply on Friday.

The Junior Market index advanced 41.20 points to close at 3,077.23 on Friday as heavy weight Lasco Manufacturing rose 18.5 percent and Express Catering recover some lost ground in adding 50 cents with advancing stocks beating those declining two to one.
At the close of market activities, 26 securities changed hands, compared to 32 on Thursday, resulting in prices of 11 rising, 6 declining and 9 remaining unchanged.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 10 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
Market activity led to an increase in trading of more than 50 percent with an exchange of 2,959,240 units valued at $11,853,905 compared to 1,878,043 units valued at $7,197,867.01 on Thursday. The average trade for the day amounts to 113,817 units for an average of $455,919 in contrast to 58,689 units for an average of $224,933 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 81,626 units for an average of $311,248 and previously, 80,150 units for an average of $304,282. In contrast, April closed with an average of 87,963 units valued $317,267 for each security traded.
At the close of the market, Access Financial dropped $1.80 to $43.20, with an exchange of 10,750 shares, as the company reported lower profit than the prior year. AMG Packaging ended with a loss of 1 cent at $2, with 75,900 stock units changing hands, Blue Power concluded trading of 7,724 units at $4.50, Cargo Handlers settled at $9.25, with 1,826 shares changing hands, Caribbean Flavours traded 2,370 stock units and climbed $1, to close $17. Caribbean Producers ended trading of 48,776 units at $4.30, Consolidated Bakeries closed with a rise of 20 cents at $2, with investors exchanging 1,456 shares, Derrimon Trading ended 9 cents higher at $2.90, with 61,941 shares traded, Everything Fresh settled at $1.47, with 70,000 units changing hands. Elite Diagnostic ended trading with 96,602 shares, and rose 30 cents to end at $4, Express Catering climbed 50 cents and exchanged 4,350 shares at $7.50, FosRich Group closed with a loss of 5 cents at $4.75, with a swapping of 79,909 shares. Fontana closed 10 cents higher at $4.30, with 311,751 stock units trading, General Accident ended at $4.20, with 19,771 units crossing the exchange, Honey Bun finished at $4.99, with 51,300 shares changing hands, Indies Pharma ended trading 5 cents higher at $3.15, with 126,027 stock units. Iron Rock traded at $3.50, with 39,020 units, Jamaican Teas closed with a loss of 5 cents at $4.25, with 59,809 shares traded, Knutsford Express jumped $1.60 higher to $12.50, with 29,192 shares changing hands, Lasco Distributors  ended trading of 398,051 shares with a loss of 15 cents to close at $3.55. Lasco Financial  traded 84,397 shares at $5, Lasco Manufacturing  jumped 60 cents to close at $3.85 trading 1,348,820 stock units, as investors responded strongly to the company’s improved 2019 profit results.  SSL Venture Capital finished 4 cents higher at $1.65, with 6,886 shares crossing the exchange, Stationery and Office  settled at $9.04, with 5,000 stock units changing hands and tTech traded 17,112 shares with a loss of 1 cent at $5.70. In the junior market preference segment, CAC 2000 closed 15 cents higher at a 52 weeks’ high of $1.30, with 500 shares changing hands.

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

JSE main market rises 14% rise to a record

New record high for the JSE main market.

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended trading for the 6th straight record close on Friday and the 15th record close for the year as the market rose 14 percent in 2019.
The main market ended with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index increased 1,187.44 points to 475,290.51 and the JSE Index advanced by 1,079.07 points to 432,902.95.
At the close of trading on the main and US markets, the prices of 8 securities advanced, 12 declined and 11 traded firm as 35 securities traded, up from 37 on Thursday.
 Wigton Windfarm dominated trading with 139.6 million shares and 95 percent of total trades, followed by Sagicor Real Estate Fund with 5 million shares accounting for 3.4 percent and NCB Financial Group with 788,652 units amounting to 0.54 percent of the day’s volume.
The main market ended with, 146,738,895 units valued $319,460,370 trading compared to 215,299,937 units valued $719,088,970 changing hands on Thursday.
Trading ended with an average of 4,585,590 units valued $9,983,137, in contrast to 6,728,123 shares valued at $22,471,530 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts 2,248,261 units valued $12,751,529 and previously, 2,138,107 units valued $12,895,109. Trading for April resulted in an average of 157,923 shares at $3,718,919, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with 9 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments climbed $1.25 in trading 42,376 shares to close at $45.50, Caribbean Cement closed with a fall of $1 at $78 while trading 69,448 shares, Jamaica Producers gained $2.50 to close at $25.50, trading 4,321 shares. Kingston Wharves settled at $71, with 7,850 units trading after gaining by $1. Mayberry Investments rose 45 cents and ended trading of just 608 shares at $9, Mayberry Jamaica Equities climbed $1.15 to end at $11.89, while exchanging 2,625 shares, NCB Financial Group jumped $3.98 trading 788,652 shares to end at $164.98. Proven Investments rose $1 to close at $35 with an exchange of 4,770 shares, Salada Foods added $5.25 and ended trading at $35.25, with an exchange of a mere 100 stock units. Scotia Group declined by 50 cents to close at $51.50, with 21,344 shares changing hands, Seprod fell 55 cents, trading 18,546 shares to close at $47.45 and Supreme Ventures finished with a rise of 36 cents to close at $31.86, with an exchange of 59,411 units.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 125,090 units valued US$37,435. JMMB Group 5.75% closed at $2 while trading 7,500 units, JMMB Group 6% settle at $1.06 while trading 10,000 units and Sygnus Credit Investments traded 107,590 units to close at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed unchanged at 193.62.

5 straight record close for JSE main market

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended trading for the 5th straight record close on Thursday and the 14th record close for the year.
The main market ended with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index increased by 1,724.82 points to a new closing high of 474,103.07 and the JSE Index advanced 1,567.41 points to a record 431,823.88.
At the close of trading on the main and US markets, the prices of 8 securities advanced, 12 declined and 11 traded firm as 35 securities traded, up from 37 on Wednesday.
 Wigton Windfarm dominated trading with 194 million shares and 90 percent of total trades, followed by Wisynco Group with 10.7 million shares accounting for 5 percent and JMMB Group with 6.66 million units amounting to 3 percent of the day’s volume.
The main market ended with, 215,299,937 units valued $719,088,970 trading compared to 251,755,951 units valued at $252,195,249 changing hands on Wednesday.
Trading ended with an average of 6,728,123 units valued at an average of $22,471,530 for each security traded. In contrast to 7,628,968 units for an average of $7,642,280 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts 2,138,107 units valued $12,895,109 and previously, 1,911,089 units valued $11,710,668. Trading for April resulted in an average of 157,923 shares at $3,718,919, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with 8 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments lost 74 cents in trading 2,164 shares to close at $44.25, Caribbean Cement closed with a fall of $1 at $79 while trading 7,764 shares, Grace Kennedy gained 50 cents trading at $61.50, with 143,255 shares. Jamaica Broilers rose 95 cents in trading 6,442 units to close at $32.95, Jamaica Producers dropped $2 to close at $23, in trading 1,044,714 shares. Kingston Wharves settled at $70, with 3,899 units trading after gaining by $1, NCB Financial Group lost $2 trading 416,899 shares to end at $161. PanJam Investment dropped $1.40 and ended at $95.50, with 18,515 units trading, Pulse Investments finished at $2.55, with 45,001 shares, Proven Investments rose 50 cents to close at $34 with an exchange of 300 shares, Sagicor Group added $1.48 and ended trading at $49.98, with an exchange of 470,884 stock units and Seprod added $2.05 in trading 123,705 shares to close at $48.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 38,836 units valued US$11,353. JMMB Group 6% settle at $1.06 while trading 7,608 units, Sterling Investments finished trading 2,028 units and lost 0.03 cent to close with a at 37 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments traded 29,200 units to close at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 0.40 points to close at 193.62.

Junior Market inched higher- Thursday

The Junior Market index advanced 9.59 points to close at 3,036.03 on Thursday, but with advancing stocks lagging those declining as the dollar value of trading jumping sharply by 235 percent and volume by 357 percent.
At the close of market activities, 32 securities changed hands, compared to 27 on Wednesday, resulting in prices of 9 rising, 12 declining and 11 remaining unchanged.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 3 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
Market activity led to an exchange of 1,878,043 units valued $7,197,867, compared to 7,161,365 units valued at $22,779,368 on Wednesday. The average trade for the day amounts to 58,689 units for an average of $224,933 in contrast to 265,236 units for an average of $843,680 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 80,150 units for an average of $304,282 and previously, 81,483 units for an average of $309,080. In contrast, April closed with an average of 87,963 units valued $317,267 for each security traded.
At the close of the market, Access Financial closed at $45, with an exchange of 2,500 shares, AMG Packaging gained 1 cent in closing at $2.01, with 15,780 stock units traded, Blue Power rose 10 cents trading 1,100 units, at $4.50, Cargo Handlers settled at $9.25, with an exchange of 3,584 shares. Caribbean Flavours lost 75 cents in trading 1,355 stock units at $16, Caribbean Producers finished trading with a loss of 5 cents at $4.30, with 47,500 units, Consolidated Bakeries closed at $1.80, with 102,100 shares changing hands, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 9 cents at $2.81, with an exchange of 86,885 shares. Dolphin Cove concluded trading of 21,000 shares at $12.05, Everything Fresh finished at $1.47, trading 102,681 stock units, Elite Diagnostic ended trading 35 cents higher at $3.70, with an exchange of 435,585 shares, Express Catering traded 86,077 shares at $7. FosRich Group traded 23,905 shares, with a loss of 15 cents at $4.80, Fontana closed 5 cents higher at $4.20, exchanging 186,752 stock units, General Accident ended 20 cents higher at $4.20, with 30,000 units changing hands, GWest Corporation concluded trading of 45,500 shares at $1.31. Honey Bun finished with a loss of 1 cent at $4.99, with 111,782 shares crossing the exchange, iCreate settled 6 cents higher at 80 cents, with 37,682 shares passing through the exchange, Indies Pharma ended trading of 31,201 stock units for 3 cents higher to close at $3.10, Iron Rock traded 35,612 units at $3.50. Jamaican Teas closed with a loss of 25 cents at $4.30, with 3,739 shares trading, Jetcon Corporation ended with a loss of 10 cents at $1.90, with an exchange of 60,888 shares, Knutsford Express dived $1.40 to close at $10.90, trading 500 shares, Lasco Distributors ended trading 260,827 shares at $3.70. Lasco Financial traded 17,682 shares and garnered 14 cents to close at $5, Lasco Manufacturing fell by 25 cents to end at $3.25, with an exchange of 17,700 stock units, Main Event closed 14 cents higher at $5.35, with 20,965 units changing hands, Medical Disposables ended with a loss of $1.35 at $5.50, with 25,000 shares trading. Paramount Trading concluded trading with 13,746 shares, at $2.10, SSL Venture Capital finished at $1.61, with an exchange of 5,215 shares, Stationery and Office settled with a loss of 46 cents at $9.04, with 21,200 stock units changing hands and tTech traded 22,000 shares with a loss of 2 cents to close at $5.71.

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

Junior Market inched higher- Wednesday

Junior Market stock trading.

The Junior Market index advanced by just 4.77 points to close at 3,026.44 on Wednesday, but with advancing stocks lagging those declining as the dollar value of trading jumping sharply by 235 percent and volume by 357 percent.
At the close of market activities, 27 securities changed hands, compared to 26 on Tuesday, resulting in prices of 6 rising, 9 declining and 12 remaining unchanged.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 7 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
Market activity led to an exchange of 7,161,365 units valued at $22,779,368, compared to 1,566,017 units valued at $6,798,081 on Tuesday. The average trade for the day amounts to 265,236 units for an average of $843,680, in contrast to 60,231 units for an average of $261,465 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 81,483 units for an average of $309,080 and previously, 71,717 units for an average of $280,666. In contrast, April closed with an average of 87,963 units valued $317,267 for each security traded.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging ended at $2, with an exchange of 3,000 stock units, CAC 2000 dropped $1.55 to $10.45, with 1,700 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream ended trading of 500 shares, with a loss of 5 cents at $5.95, Caribbean Producers finished the trading of 10,576 units, with a loss of 5 cents at $4.35. Consolidated Bakeries closed with a loss of 20 cents at $1.80, with 53,450 shares changing hands, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 10 cents at $2.90, with an exchange of 5,012,015 shares, Dolphin Cove concluded trading with 123,000 shares, at $12.05, Everything Fresh settled at $1.47, with 61,384 units changing hands. Elite Diagnostic ended trading with 1,200 shares, at $3.35, Express Catering traded 1,000 shares at $7, FosRich Group finished at $4.95, while trading 908 shares, Fontana closed 10 cents higher at $4.15, with an exchange of 84,348 stock units. General Accident ended with a loss of 47 cents at $4, with 202,000 units crossing the exchange, GWest Corporation concluded trading of 4,288 shares, at $1.31, Honey Bun closed at $5, with 20,314 shares changing hands, iCreate settled with a loss of 1 cent at $0.74, with 56,500 shares trading. Indies Pharma ended trading 1,104,248 stock units, with a loss of 2 cents in closing at $3.07, Jamaican Teas closed at $4.55, with 6,695 shares crossing the exchange exchanging, Jetcon Corporation ended 15 cents higher at $2, with an exchange of 8,565 shares, Key Insurance concluded trading with 5,000 stock units at $3.35. Knutsford Express settled at $12.30, with an exchange of 105 shares, Lasco Distributors ended trading of 158,443 shares with a loss of 10 cents in closing at $3.70, Lasco Financial exchanged 10,500 shares and rose 1 cent to $4.86, Lasco Manufacturing concluded trading of 110,603 stock units and rose 45 cents to close at $3.50. Main Event closed at $5.21, with 6,836 units trading, Stationery and Office added 42 cents in closing at $9.50, with an exchange of 75,974 stock units and tTech traded 38,213 shares after rising 2 cents to end at $5.73.

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

13 record close for JSE main market

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange just about eked out another new record close on Wednesday with the 13th record close for the year.
The main market ended on Wednesday with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index rose 392.18 points to another record close of 472,378.25 and the JSE Index advanced by 356.39 points to a record close of 430,256.47.
At the close of trading on the main and US markets, the prices of 15 securities advanced, 12 declined and 10 traded firm as 37 securities traded, up from 36 on Tuesday.
Wigton Windfarm dominated trading with 247 million shares and 98 percent of total trades, followed by Victoria Mutual Investments with 1.7 million JMMB Group 7.5% with 650,000 units.
The main market ended with, 251,755,951 units valued at $252,195,249 trading compared to 159,340,927 units valued $195,304,339 changing hands on Tuesday.
Trading ended with an average of 7,628,968 units valued $7,642,280, in contrast to 4,686,498 shares valued at $5,744,245 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts 1,911,089 units valued $11,710,668 and previously, 1,603,777 units valued $11,940,167. Trading for April resulted in an average of 157,923 shares at $3,718,919, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with 7 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 1 closing with a lower offer.
In main market activity, Berger Paints lost 70 cents in trading 64,745 shares at $18.30, Caribbean Cement closed with a fall of 90 cents at $80 while trading 43,056 shares, Jamaica Broilers lost $1 in trading 1,482 units to close at $32, with, Jamaica Producers gained 49 cents to close at $25, in trading 19,200 shares. Jamaica Stock Exchange traded 53,803 shares after gaining 99 cents to close at $20, Kingston Wharves settled at $69, with 9,021 units trading after falling by $2. Mayberry Investments fell 44 cents and ended trading at $8.56, with 49,770 shares, NCB Financial Group gained $3 trading 47,580 shares to end at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $163. Sagicor Group added 49 cents and ended trading at $48.50, with an exchange of 52,438 stock units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose 45 cents and finished trading 450 stock units at $9.95, Salada Foods dropped $4.65 to $31 in trading 9,982 stock units. Scotia Group gained 60 cents to close at $52, with 94,766 shares trading, Seprod added $1.95 in trading 60,251 shares to close at $45.95 and Stanley Motta gained 30 cents and ended at $5 trading 16,52 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 2,103,867 units valued $455,660. JMMB Group 6% lost 1 cent to settle at $1.06 while trading 207,500 units and JMMB Group 5.75% closed at $2 with 10,000 shares changing hands, Proven Investments shed 2 cents to close at 25 US cents with an exchange of 103,195 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments traded 1,783,172 units and added 1 cent to close at 10 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index declined by 1.18 points to close at 193.22.

Another JSE main market record tumble

New record high for the JSE main market.

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange continues to turn up new records with the market ending at the 12th record close for the year on Tuesday as the market moved closer to resistance at 480,000 points level on the all JSE All Jamaican Composite Index.
The main market ended on Tuesday with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index rose 1,146.07 points to a record 471,986.07 and the JSE Index rose 1,041.48 points to a record close of 429,900.08 ahead of another month end when prices are often move higher for portfolio valuation purposes. At the close of trading on the main and US markets, the prices of 15 securities advanced, 8 declined and 13 traded firm.
NCB Group jumped $4.99 to close traded at $160, Caribbean Cement closed $7.85 higher at $80.90, Salada Foods jumped $5.65 to $35.65, while Scotia Group fell $1.60 to close at traded at $51.40.  Wigton Windfarm dominated trading with 156.9 million shares and 98.5 percent of total trades, followed by JMMB Group with 343,179 shares and Sagicor Group with 271,975 units.
The main market ended with, trading down from 201,967,708 units valued $347,243,860, on Monday to 159,340,927 units valued $195,304,339 changing hands on Tuesday.
Trading ended with an average of 4,686,498 units valued $5,744,245, in contrast to 6,515,087 shares valued at $11,201,415 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts 1,603,777 units valued $11,940,167 and previously, 1,423,065 units valued $12,322,493. Trading for April resulted in an average of 157,923 shares at $3,718,919, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with 5 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments gained 88 cents in closing at $44.99, trading 1,989 shares, Berger Paints rose by 92 cents in trading 4,195 shares at $19, Caribbean Cement closed $7.85 higher at $80.90 while trading 131,582 shares, Jamaica Producers lost 49 cents to close at $24.51, in trading 2,500 shares. NCB Financial Group gained $4.99 trading 101,565 shares to end at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $160. PanJam Investment fell 98 cents with 11,180 shares changing hands, to close at $97.02, Sagicor Group lost 49 cents and ended trading at $48.01, with an exchange of 271,975 stock units, Salada Foods surged $5.65 to $35.65 in trading 565 stock units. Scotia Group shed $1.60 to $51.40, with 162,037 shares trading, Seprod added $1 trading 15,149 shares to close at $44, Stanley Motta fell 30 cents and ended at $4.70 trading 17,800 shares and Supreme Ventures rose 50 cents to finish at $31.50, with 103,297 units changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 6,694 units valued $974. Proven Investments gained 3 cents to close at 27 US cents with an exchange of 1,794 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments traded 4,900 units and closed at 10 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index surged 10.05 points to close at 194.40.