Sharp jump in JSE indices – Thursday

Sagicor Group jumped $5.50 on Thursday.

Sagicor Group jumped $5.50 to help push the All Jamaican Composite Index a healthy 6,934.04 points to close at 427,060.76 on Thursday while the JSE Index jumped a sizable 6,301.17 points to 389,076.82.
Market activity picked up on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange with 3,564,657 units valued $53,154,918 traded compared to 3,197,837 units valued $101,850,841 on Wednesday.
At the close, the main and US markets had 28 securities traded, compared to 29 on Wednesday leading to 10 advancing, 11 declining and 7 closing unchanged.
Sagicor Real Estate Fund led trading with 999,193 shares, accounting for 28 percent of total main market volume, followed by 1834 Investments with 623,879 units and 17.5 percent of the day’s trades and Radio Jamaica with 570,068 units for 16 percent of volume traded.
Market activity ended with an average of 132,024 units valued at an average of $1,968,701 for each security traded. In contrast to 114,208 units for an average of $3,637,530 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 142,319 shares at $2,375,277 for each security, compared to 142,996 shares at $2,404,318 previously. Trading for March resulted in an average of 438,501 shares at $9,851,307, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 11 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and just 2 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments gained 50 cents to close at $40, with an exchange of 239,307 shares, Caribbean Cement dropped $2.05 to $65 with 9,246 shares changing hands, Jamaica Broilers lost $2 to close at $31, with an exchange of 191,617 shares. Jamaica Producers fell 74 cents to close at $21.26, after trading 14,597 stock units, Kingston Wharves shed 50 cents to settle at $68, with 1,968 units changing hands. NCB Financial Group  recovered the $1.20 lost on Wednesday in trading 64,859 shares, to close at $143.80,  PanJam Investment  jumped $3.69 to close at $81.70 after trading 17,858 units, Sagicor Group jumped $5.50 to $45 in an exchange of 77,600 shares. Sagicor Real Estate Fund  jumped $1.60 to $10.60, in trading 999,193 shares, Scotia Group  fell 30 cents and finished trading 7,881 shares at $50.20, Seprod closed at $42.20 with a loss of 30 cents while trading 48,132 shares. Stanley Motta  lost 34 cents and ended at $4.66, in trading 638 shares and Supreme Ventures lost 50 cents in finishing at $26.50, with 43,452 units changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with just one security trading. Sygnus Credit Investments rose 1 cent and ended trading of 6,682 units at 10 US cents leaving the JSE USD Equities Index rose 0.87 points to close at 179.26.

JSE trading boosted – Wednesday

Market activity picked up on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Wednesday with 3,197,837 units valued $101,850,841 traded compared to 1,271,826 units valued $41,461,461 on Tuesday.
At the close of the market, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index increased by 272.70 points to 420,126.72 and the JSE Index advanced 247.81 points to close at 382,775.65. The main and US markets had 29 securities traded, compared to 33 on Tuesday leading to 12 advancing, 9 declining and 8 closing unchanged.
Grace Kennedy led trading with 1,129,961 shares, accounting for 35 percent of total main market volume, followed by Wisynco Group with 670,925 units and 21 percent of the day’s trades and Radio Jamaica with 421,639 units for 13 percent of volume traded.
Market activity ended with an average of 114,208 units valued at an average of $3,637,530 for each security traded, in contrast to 43,856 units for an average of $1,429,706 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 142,996 shares at $2,404,318 for each security, compared to 145,107 shares at $2,305,661 previously. Trading for March resulted in an average of 438,501 shares at $9,851,307, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 11 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and just 4 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments rose $1.90 to close at $39.50, with an exchange of 74,708 shares, Caribbean Cement climbed $1.55 to $67.05, with a mere 10,981 shares changing hands, Grace Kennedy traded 1,129,961 stock units after falling 37 cents to end at $59.63, Jamaica Broilers climbed $1.80 to close at $33, with an exchange of 53,160 shares. Jamaica Producers fell 25 cents to close at $22, after trading 69,348 stock units, Kingston Wharves gained 50 cents to settle at $68.50, with 650 units changing hands. Mayberry Investments declined $1 trading 69,600 shares, to close at $7.50,  Mayberry Jamaican Equities  fell 50 cents trading 138,162 shares at $9.50. NCB Financial Group  dropped $1.20 in trading with 14,174 shares, to close at $143.80,  PanJam Investment  lost 99 cents after ending at $78.01 and trading 41,290 units, Sagicor Group rose 45 cents to $39.50 in an exchange of 10,772 shares. Scotia Group  rose 30 cents and finished trading 28,076 shares at $50.50, Seprod closed at $42.50 with a gain of 50 cents while trading 11,100 shares, Supreme Ventures gained $2 in finishing at $27, with 278,135 units changing hands and Wisynco Group gained 35 cents trading 670,925 units, to close at $11.70.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with just one security trading. Proven Investments ended trading with 5,000 units at 23 US cents leaving the JSE USD Equities Index unchanged at the close at 178.39.

Volume dives on TTSE – Wednesday

The volume and value of stocks trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange dived on Wednesday but the number of securities changing hands rose to 20, compared 14 on Tuesday but 7 were for a mere 10 units each.
At the close, investors exchanged 56,743 shares for $2,324,434 compared to 218,204 shares at $5,294,306, on Tuesday. The market closed with 4 stocks rising, 4 declining and 12 remaining unchanged. At the close, two securities ended at 52 weeks’ highs.
At the market’s close, the Composite Index added 0.18 points to 1,331.23. The All T&T Index rose 0.36 points to 1,767.72, while the Cross Listed Index closed unchanged at 120.73.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended at stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 1 with a lower offer.
At the close of the market, stocks ending with gains| First Citizens rose 34 cents to a 52 weeks’ high of $36.89, after exchanging 127 shares, Guardian Holdings gained 5 cents, while trading 4,117 units to close at $18.55, LJ Williams B share, gained 5 cents and settled at a 52 weeks’ high of 95 cents, after exchanging 260 shares and Prestige Holdings rose 19 cents and completed trading of 10 units at $8.
Stocks closing with losses| Clico Investments lost 30 cents and ended at $22.70, with 23,849 stock units changing hands, Massy Holdings traded 658 shares and fell 95 cents to $53.05, National Flour fell 1 cent in completing trading of 1,500 units, at $1.67 and Point Lisas traded with a loss of 10 cents at $3.45, with 10 stock units changing hands.
Stocks closing firm| Agostini’s closed at $23.33, after exchanging 10 shares, Ansa Merchant settled at $37, trading 10 shares, Grace Kennedy ended at $3.35, with 30 stock units changing hands, JMMB Group ended at $1.75, after exchanging 1,210 shares. LJ Williams A Share completed trading 10 units at 20 cents, One Caribbean Media exchanged 2,938 shares to close at $10.30, Republic Financial Holdings settled at $120, after exchanging 10,102 shares, Sagicor Financial concluded trading of 10 shares at $8.66. Scotiabank ended at $62.50, with 2,200 stock units changing hands, Trinidad & Tobago NGL completed trading at $29.50, with 7,802 units, Unilever Caribbean closed at $26.30, after exchanging 1,880 shares and West Indian Tobacco ended at $98.80, with 10 stock units changing hands.

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

Wigton IPO weights on JSE trading – Tuesday

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Wigton IPO over shadows JSE trading.

Investors focus on the Wigton Windfarm initial public share offer that opens this Wednesday, continue to cast a shadow over the rest of the market, leading to reduced trading with just 1,271,826 units valued at over $41,461,461 exchanged on Tuesday compared to 1,439,179 units valued at just $37,607,638 on Monday.
Reports are that more than 4,500 applications were in the system before close of trading on Tuesday for what is turning out to be well sort after shares in the first renewable shares offer to come to the market.
Trading on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended Tuesday with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index climbing 2,743.03 points to 419,854.02 and the JSE Index advancing by 2,492.67 points to 382,527.84.
At the close of the main and US markets, 33 securities traded, compared to 28 on Monday leading to 10 advancing, 14 declining and 9 closing unchanged.
Mayberry Jamaican Equities led with 276,530 shares, accounting for 22 percent of total main market volume, followed by Sagicor Real Estate Fund  with 146,545 units with 12 percent of the day’s trades and Scotia Group with a mere 120,670 units for 9 percent of volume traded.
Market activity ended with an average of 43,856 units valued at an average of $1,429,706 for each security traded, in contrast to 55,353 units at $1,446,448 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 145,107 shares at $2,305,661 for each security, compared to 153,425 shares at $2,384,798 previously. Trading for March resulted in an average of 438,501 shares at $9,851,307, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 7 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and just 1 closing with a lower offer.
In main market activity, Barita Investments lost $1.90 to close at $37.60, with an exchange of 5,231 shares, Caribbean Cement declined $1 to $65.50, with a mere 770 shares changing hands, Carreras fell 28 cents trading 91,573 units at $8.75, Jamaica Broilers climbed $1.80 to close at $33, with an exchange of 53,160 shares. Jamaica Producers fell $1.15, to close at $22.25, after trading 5,990 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange gained 67 cents to close at $17.25, after trading 18,622 shares, JMMB Group  concluded trading 27,058 shares at $30.50, after gaining 50 cents, Kingston Wharves  dropped $2 to settle at $68, with 1,500 units changing hands. Mayberry Jamaican Equities  rose 90 cents trading 276,530 shares at $9.50, PanJam Investment  fell $2 and ended at $79 trading 10,830 units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund dropped $1.30 in an exchange of 146,545 shares to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $9, Seprod closed at $42 with a loss of 50 cents while trading 1,236 shares. Stanley Motta  gained 50 cents to end at $5, exchanging 986 shares, Supreme Ventures gave up $1 in finishing at $25, with 34,782 units changing hands Sygnus Credit Investments shed 60 cents in trading 13,800 units to close at $11.40 and Wisynco Group gained 29 cents trading 64,250 units, to close at $11.35.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 34,592 units valued $12,596. Eppley 5% preference share, closed at 98 US cents with 5,292 shares changing hands and JMMB Group 5.75% preference share settled gained 1 cent and ended at US$2.05 trading1,000 shares, Proven Investments ended trading with 20,000 units at 23 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments shed 2 cents in trading 8,300 units to close at 9 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index lost 0.89 points to close at 178.39.

Trinidad stocks showing promising signs

First Citizens is one of a number of Trinidad stocks closing at 52 weeks’ high in 2019 on TTSE.

Trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange, continues to show signs of new life in 2019, with the market ending on Monday with 18 securities changing hands, against 13 on Friday.
The market closed with 7 stocks rising, 3 declining and 8 remaining unchanged, leading to positive gains in the main market indices and rise of 3.6 percent for the year to date for Trinidad stocks compared to a 1.8 percent fall at the same time in 2018. For the year to date, a number of stocks recorded new 52 weeks’ highs and that trend seems set to continue.
At the market’s close, Composite Index rose 2.56 points to 1,331.20. The All T&T Index declined gained 5.11 points to 1,766.84, while the Cross Listed Index inched down by 0.01 points higher to close at 120.84. At the close, investors exchanged 372,356 shares at $3,109,288, compared to 102,669 shares at $1,954,012 on Friday.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended at stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, stocks ending with gains| Clico Investments gained 3 cents and settled at $23.03, with 26,572 stock units changing hands, First Citizens added 2 cents to close at $36.55, after exchanging 1,712 shares, National Enterprises increased 45 cents and settled at $7.25, with 2,000 stock units changing hands. National Flour rose 5 cents and closed at $1.68, in trading 180,293 units, One Caribbean Media closed with a gain of 15 cents and completed trading at $10.30, after exchanging 119,300 shares. Point Lisas gained 10 cents and settled at $3.55, with 1,000 stock units changing hands and Republic Financial Holdings finished trading 563 shares with a rise of 8 cents in closing at $120.
Stocks closing with losses| Angostura Holdings fell 20 cents and settled at $15.80, with 1,105 stock units changing hands, Massy Holdings closed with a loss of 11 cents and completed trading at $53.09, after exchanging 9,550 shares and Sagicor Financial shed 1 cent and completed trading at $8.79, after exchanging 13,754 shares.
Stocks closing firm| Agostini’s completed trading at $23.33, after exchanging 560 shares, Grace Kennedy settled at $3.35, with 300 stock units changing hands, Guardian Holdings concluded trading with 137 units at $18.50, JMMB Group completed trading at $1.75, after exchanging 7,385 shares. NCB Financial Group ended at $8.25, after exchanging 1,257 shares, Trinidad & Tobago NGL exchanged 3,765 units, at $29.40, Trinidad Cement ended at $2.60, after exchanging 2,303 shares and Unilever Caribbean traded 800 shares at $26.30.

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

JSE main market drops – Monday

Trading on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended Monday as the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index sank 1,698.05 points to 417,110.99 and the JSE Index dropping 1,543.07 points to close at 380,035.17, with a positive advance decline ratio.
At the close of the main and US markets, 28 securities traded, compared to 30 on Friday leading to 12 advancing, 7 declining and 9 closing unchanged.
Trading ended with just 1,439,179 units valued at just $37,607,638 compared to 2,536,555 units valued $102,402,822 crossing the exchange on Friday.
Wisynco Group led with 603,633 shares, accounting for 42 percent of total main market volume, followed by Sagicor Group with 254,940 units with 18 percent of the day’s trades and Carreras with a mere 152,725 units for 11 percent of volume traded.
Market activity ended with an average of 55,353 units at $1,446,448 for each security traded, in contrast to 84,552 units at $3,413,427 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 153,425 shares at $2,384,798 for each security, compared to 161,222 shares at $2,467,500 previously. Trading for March resulted in an average of 438,501 shares at $9,851,307, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 8 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Caribbean Cement gained $2.98 to finish at $66.50, with 10,819 shares changing hands, Grace Kennedy traded 3,189 stock units and added 45 cents to close at $60, Jamaica Broilers climbed $1.20 to close at $31.20, with an exchange of 35,925 shares.  Jamaica Stock Exchange fell 42 cents to close at $16.58, after trading 47,785 shares, Mayberry Jamaican Equities  lost 50 cents trading 5,946 shares at $8.6, Pulse Investments  rose 35 cents and finished at $2.95, with 25,000 shares crossing the exchange, Sagicor Group  rose 85 cents in trading 254,940 shares to close at $39. Sagicor Real Estate Fund exchanged just 500 shares to close at $10.30, after gaining 80 cents, Supreme Ventures rose $1 and finished at $26, with 46,131 units changing hands and Wisynco Group fell 24 cents trading 603,633 units to close at $11.06.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 58,704 units valued at $7,867. Proven Investments gained 1 cents and ended trading with 15,204 units at 23 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments shed 1 cent in trading 43,500 units to close at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 2.85 points to close at 179.28.

Wigton storms into IC TOP 10

Wigton Windfarm is no 4 on IC Insider.com’s TOP 10

Wigton Windfarm, Jamaica’s latest initial public share offer that will come to the market this week, enters the number 4 position on the IC Insider.com’s TOP 10 main market stock list.
The stock comes to the market at 50 cents per share and boast a PE of 8.3 times, normalized earnings for the year to March 2019. IC Insider sees no great change in earnings going forward, until the present generating capacity for electricity expands.
With a new entrant to the top main market stock list, Grace Kennedy is now out of the top 10. The coming to market of this latest IPO seems to be having a negative impact on stock prices as investors gather funds to invest in what is proving to be a very popular issue. Reports reaching this publication is that a number of brokerage houses saw heavy traffic of applicants to purchase Wigton’s shares on Friday.
Several Junior Market stocks suffered losses this past week, as the Wigton IPO issue is about to open. Whether they are making a smart move or not will be known in a month or two.
Caribbean Cream slipped in price to $5.29 and Medical Disposables fell from $7.50 to $6.50 and moved back into the Junior Market TOP 10. Everything Fresh moved to $1.49 from $1.41 at the close of the previous week and Jamaican Teas closed at $4.05, up from the bid price of $3.50 to move out of the top tier of stocks.
The three leading Junior Market stocks for the coming week are Caribbean Producers with projected gains of 281 percent, Elite Diagnostic with potential gains of 238 percent and Iron Rock with potential gains of 224 percent.
Radio Jamaica is now the top Main Market stock with 163 percent likely gain, followed by Victoria Mutual investments with 153 percent and Sterling Investments with potential to gain 151 percent.
The main market, closed the week with the overall PE at 13 and the Junior Market at just 10. The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks average 6.4 and the main market PE is now 8.2. These levels, point to the huge upside for the TOP 10 stocks over the next 12 months.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 36 percent to the average for the Junior Market Top stocks and 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. 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.

JSE main market inched higher – Friday

Trading on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended Friday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index added just 163.58 points to end at 418,809.04 and the JSE Index advanced 148.65 points to 381,578.24, with a decline advance ratio of 7 to 4.
At the close of the main and US markets, 30 securities traded, compared to 32 on Thursday leading to just 8 advancing, 14 declining and 8 closing unchanged.
Trading ended with just 2,536,555 units valued $102,402,822 compared to just 1,499,809 units valued a mere $37,984,293 crossing the exchange on Thursday.
JMMB Group 7.25% preference share led with 632,975 shares, accounting for 25 percent of total main market volume, followed by NCB Financial Group with 406,921 units with 16 percent of the day’s trades and Sagicor Real Estate X Fund with a mere 173,989 units or 7 percent of volume traded.
Market activity ended with an average of 84,552 units at $3,413,427 for each security traded, in contrast to 49,994 shares valued at $1,266,143 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 161,222 shares at $2,467,500 for each security, compared to 168,967 shares at $2,360,413 previously. Trading for March resulted in an average of 438,501 shares at $9,851,307, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 5 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments dived $3.50 to close at $39.50, with a 103,722 shares changing hands, Berger Paints lost 73 cents, ending at $20.20, with 50,058 stock units trading, Caribbean Cement fell 48 cents to finish at $63.52, with 37,457 shares changing hands, Grace Kennedy traded 18,650 stock units and lost 35 cents to close at $59.55.   Jamaica Broilers dropped $1.20 to close at $30, with 57,256 shares changing hands, Jamaica Producers  climbed $1.85 to close at $23.40, trading 12,239 shares, Mayberry Investments  lost 50 cents trading 7,607 shares at $8.50, NCB Financial took back the 99 cents it lost on Thursday to settle at $145, trading 406,921 units. PanJam Investments lost 70 cents and finished at $81, with 97,266 shares crossing the exchange, Sagicor Group rose $1 in trading 154,414 shares to close at $38.15 after rising to $41 in early trading. Sagicor Real Estate Fund exchanged 173,989 shares to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $9.50, after falling 41 cents, Supreme Ventures lost $1 and finished at $25, with 42,324 units changing hands and Sygnus Credit Investments gained 98 cents trading 130,717 units to close at $11.98. There was no trading in the US dollar market.

3 stocks rise 3 fall on TTSE – Friday

Trading ended with 13 securities changing hands, against 15 on Thursday on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange, on Friday, leading to 3 stocks rising, 3 declining and 7 remaining unchanged.
At the market’s close, Composite Index fell 0.98 points to 1,328.64. The All T&T Index declined 1.60 points to 1,761.73, while the Cross Listed Index inched down by 0.05 points higher to close at 120.85.
At the close, investors exchanged 102,669 shares at $1,954,012, compared to 73,463 shares at $1,473,525 on Thursday. LJ Williams B Share ended trading at 52 weeks’ high of 89 cents.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended at stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, stocks ending with gains| LJ Williams B share rose 11 cents and ended at a 52 weeks’ high of 89 cents, after exchanging 1,000 shares. Massy Holdings closed with a gain of 4 cents at $53.20, after trading 257 shares and One Caribbean Media gained 5 cents and ended at $10.15, after 7,300 shares changed hands.
Stocks closing with losses| Clico Investments concluded trading with a loss of 25 cents at $23, with 41,506 stock units changing hands, First Citizens lost 47 cents to close at $36.53, after exchanging 660 shares and JMMB Group closed with a loss of 1 cent at $1.75, after trading 14,244 shares.
Stocks closing firm| Ansa Mcal settled at $55.24, with an exchange of 100 units, First Caribbean International Bank settled at $8.35, with 250 units changing hands, National Enterprises completed trading of 1,000 stock units at $6.80. NCB Financial Group closed at $8.25, exchanging 1,781 shares, Sagicor Financial ended at $8.80, after trading 7,837 shares, Trinidad & Tobago NGL settled at $29.40, with 24,924 units crossing through the exchange and Unilever Caribbean ended at $26.30, after exchanging 310 shares.

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

Falling stocks clobber JSE – Thursday

Trading on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended Thursday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index dropping 4,093.70 points to 418,645.45 and the JSE Index diving by 3,720.07 points to 381,429.58 following a decline advance ratio of 5 to 2.
At the close of the main and US markets, 32 securities traded, compared to 33 on Wednesday leading to just 6 advancing, 15 declining and 11 closing unchanged.
Trading ended with just 1,499,809 units valued a mere $37,984,293 compared to 1,945,908 units valued just $26,582,198 crossing the exchange on Wednesday.
Wisynco Group led with just 286,871 shares, accounting for 19 percent of total main market volume, followed by Barita Investments with just 202,682 units with 13.5 percent of the day’s trades and Victoria Mutual Investments with a mere 138,470 units or 9 percent of volume traded.
Market activity ended with an average of 49,994 units valued at an average of $1,266,143, in contrast to 77,588 units valued at $1,371,263 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 168,967 shares at $2,360,413 for each security, compared to 182,335 shares at $2,500,108 previously. Trading for March resulted in an average of 438,501 shares at $9,851,307, for each security traded.
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 3 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments dived $7 to close at $43, with a 202,682 shares changing hands, Berger Paints jumped $1.20 and ended at $20.20, with 217 stock units trading, Caribbean Cement fell $2 to finish at $64, with 30,573 changing hands, Carreras lost 35 cents and concluded trading of 71,125 units at $8.90. Eppley ended with a loss of 50 cents trading 4,348 shares to close at $10.50, Jamaica Broilers climbed $1.20 to close at $31.20, with 29,456 shares changing hands, Jamaica Producers lost 45 cents to close at $21.55, trading 116,272 shares. JMMB Group fell 79 cents to end at $30.01, with an exchange of 33,468 shares, NCB Financial gave back the 99 cents it gained on Wednesday to settle at $144.01, trading 21,081 units, Pulse Investments lost 30 cents and finished at $2.70, with 113,778 shares crossing the exchange. Sagicor Group fell $1.85 in trading 109,632 shares at $37.15, Seprod lost 75 cents to close at $42, with 11,431 shares traded and Supreme Ventures lost $1 and finished at $26, with 44,274 units changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 34,559 units valued at US$4,622. Proven Investments ended trading with 7,500 units at 22 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments gained 1 cent in trading 27,059 units to close at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index declined by 3.80 points to close at 176.43.