Kremi surges to top IC TOP 10

Caribbean Cream outlet in Kingston.

Investors pushed Caribbean Cream down to $6.16 on Friday to surge to the top of the list this week, while Stanley Motta was pushed down to $4.50 to reenter this Top 10 stock list.
JMMB Group jumped sharply to close at a new record high of $37 on Friday and was pushed out of the top tier main market list while Iron Rock shot to a record $5 and dropped out of the Junior Market listing. The market could be making a big mistake with Stanley Motta that is clearly undervalued. IC Insider.com upgraded Caribbean Cream earnings to 85 cents from 70 cents with a sharp fall in the price of milk solids since May by nearly 24 percent that should cut the direct input cost of producing ice cream.
Gains in the two markets are driving the PE ratio of the market higher with the overall PE for the Junior and main market, both rising to 15.8 as of Friday, up from just over 15 last week, as the valuation multiple grows with historically low interest rates and high liquidity abounding in the financial market.
The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks average 9.2 and the main market PE is now 9.4, just marginally lower than the prior week’s level, even as the market continues to see an upward revaluation of the multiple.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 42 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 40 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.

Review of 2018 stock market forecast

Palace hits a new high of $1,500 to be top performer in 2018 so far.

“ Assessment of the market, suggests that 2018 could be a grand year, with overall price gains likely to be in excess of 40 percent”, a quote from IC Insider.com in February, this year.
“Based on projected earnings for 2018, the average PE ratio suggests that main market stocks should grow by 26 percent. Falling interest rates could add another 20 percent to gains during the year, bringing overall gains in excess of 40 percent.”
“Technical readings of the market have the main market heading initially to around 390,000 points or 23 percent ahead of the December close, for the all Jamaica Index, before resistance sets in and then moving much higher, later on’ the IC Insider.com forecast for 2018 stated.
With almost three more months to go, before the year ends, the main market is broken through the 390,000 points mark to be up 31.7 percent for the year to date, there seems no stopping it for now.
The report in February stated that the main market was caught in a wedge formation, trading just below the upper end of channel that can be traced to late 2015. The wedge could hold the market in consolidation mode for a short time, a month or two, before breaking out, most likely to the upside.
IC Insider.com projects that many of the main market heavy weights will find it tough to repeat the strong gains they enjoyed in 2017, if that is the case, their impact on the market index is likely to be less than for 2017. Another factor that could make a repeat of 2017 tough, is the movement of interest rates. Last year, Treasury bill rates fell 29 percent from 6.56 percent to 4.83 percent, that level of decline, is unlikely to happen in 2018, even as some of the decline in the latter part of 2017 is yet to be fully reflected in the prices of stocks to date and should positively affect prices in 2018. IC Insider.com is forecasting rates on 182 days Treasury bill  hitting 3 percent by the end of the 2018 first quarter. Treasury bill rates in 2018 at 1.7 percent, have fallen more sharply than in 2017.
The original piece stated that “there are a number of other factors at play that are set to impact the market. Increasing employment is taking place with the highest number of persons employed in the country’s history. Attendant with that is the sharp fall in unemployment from more than 16.3 percent in 2013, to just over 10 percent in 2017. The annual net employment is growing around 30,000 persons per year and that could rise as the economy gains steam. This will mean more spending and increased tax collection for government. Alpart resumption of Alumina production is a big positive for the overall economy, for increased government revenues and more demand for local goods and services, some of which are provided by listed companies. The tourism sector is enjoying strong growth, apart from increasing foreign exchange intake for the country, will have direct impact on Jamaica Producers and Sagicor X Fund. Jamaica seems to be going through a construction boom with several new buildings under construction, Caribbean Cement and Berger Paints should benefit considerably from such developments.”
“More listings on the stock market will result in increased fee income for JSE and brokerage houses, from increased trading volumes.”
The TOP 10 stocks include a few surprises while there are others that sit just outside the top stocks that investors may still want to keep a keen eye on. Investors should be looking beyond 2018 as medium term gains beyond 2018 could be strong for stocks that will benefit from current developments, long term.
The TOP 10 selection is selling well below the average PE of the Main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange at just over 6.3 versus nearly 12 at the end of 2017.

Barita last traded on the JSE as high as $20 on Friday.

Barita Investments moved more into fee based income and that is working well for them, with sharp growth, while net interest income stagnates. The prospects for continued strong growth in fee income continues with more investors seeking better returns than in the fixed interest market. The company should see a change in ownership soon and that could see a more aggressive approach to management that could optimize returns from exiting business and newer lines. Unrealized gains on investment ought to be factored into its earnings in valuing the stocks and that would boost its value considerably, the market is not paying attention.
Berger Paints is set to be a big winner with increasing sales coming from a buoyant construction sector resulting in increased profit and what IC Insider.com expects to be a healthy dose of dividend payments. It could become the next Carreras from a dividend yield standpoint but with growing profits. The company will benefit from lowering of overhead cost which was evident in 2017.
Jamaica Broilers continues to grow organically and from new business being acquired. Growth will continue as the Haitian market deliver greater returns form a growing market while the poultry demand in Jamaica continues to grow.
Caribbean Cement will benefit from lower operating cost, increased sales and a planned cut in financing of the lease which is said will cut hundreds of millions of dollars out of it cost that could come close to $2 per share per annum.
Palace Amusement Company, currently enjoying sell out cinemas with block buster hit, is one of those unusual choices. It enjoys minimal trading but it could surprise on the upside if all goes well. Growth in the economy and increased employment will help to boost patronage going forward and will aid in profit growth as well.
JMMB Group put out outstanding Q3 results with a 39 percent increase in profit and strong gains in revenues, auguring well for 2019 outcome.
The growth potential remains strong and investors in the stock will reap rich rewards down the road. Just one stock that requires patience. By the way fees and commission income jumped an impressive 71 percent to $512 million in the quarter and 53 percent in the nine months, over the similar period in 2016 and should continue to do so going forward.
Radio Jamaica continues to disappoint with below expected revenues and profit. It could return to favour but needs to generate more income from advertising. This is one to accumulate for a payoff down the road.
The other three stocks, Sterling Investments, Grace Kennedy and Sagicor Group are undervalued and could deliver some decent returns to patient investors.
Below the TOP 10 are strong candidates to deliver decent returns this year and beyond, the list includes NCB Financial that is on a strong growth trajectory and recently listed Wisynco Group that should generate earnings around $1.10 for the 2019 fiscal year that starts in July.

All Jamaica leaps to record 416,956

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market climbed sharply on Friday to a new record high after recording the second highest gain in the market’s history, second only to the 9,823 points rise on Monday, this week.
At the end of trading, All Jamaica Composite Index surged 9,736.35 points to a record close of 416,956.11 and the JSE Index jumped 8,870.92 points to a record close of 379,894.21.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 11 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers, suggesting mostly gains ahead for stocks.
A total of 32 securities traded including 3 in the US dollar market, compared to 29 trading on Thursday with the prices of 15 securities rising, 8 declining and 6 holding firm.
There were 6 securities trading at 52 weeks’ highs during the day, with 4 ending at a 52 weeks’ closing highs Stocks trading at new highs are Kingston Wharves, JMMB Group, NCB Financial Group and Salada Foods, while Radio Jamaica ended at a 52 weeks’ low.
Trading ended with major contraction in trading volume in the main market compared to Thursday’s levels, with 3,405,863 units valued at $88,834,288 changing hands compared to 50,485,890 units valued at $464,344,297 on Thursday.
Trading closed with Mayberry Investments trading 1,114,541 shares and 32.7 percent of the day’s volume with the price closing at $9.11 after falling 24 cents. Sagicor Group accounted for 520,345 shares or 15.3 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Barita Investments with 261,000 shares and 7.7 percent of the volume traded.
Trading resulted in an average of 117,444 units valued at over $3,063,251, in contrast to 1,803,068 shares valued at $16,583,725 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 448,288 shares, valued $6,994,366 and previously, 533,195 shares, valued $6,208,222. September closed, with an average of 1,022,243 shares valued $15,752,876, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments gained 30 cents and closed at $18.80, while 261,000 shares were traded up to an intra-day high of $20, Berger Paints climbed 99 cents and ended at $21.99, with 10,142 stock units trading, Jamaica Broilers jumped $4.49 in trading 13,273 stock units stock units at $32.49, JMMB Group climbed $2 and ended at a 52 weeks’ high of $37, trading 26,182 shares, Kingston Wharves jumped $7.90 and finished at a record high of $83, trading 26,042 stock units, Mayberry Investments rose 58 cents to finish at $9, trading 1,114,541 stock units, NCB Financial Group gained $1 trading 232,956 shares to end at a record close of $133.50, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose $1.50 to $15, trading 190,908 shares, Salada Foods gained 71 cents and ended trading at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $20.71, with 5,941 stock units, after it traded earlier at a high of $23, Scotia Group shed $2 in trading 520,345 units to close at $60, Seprod jumped $2.20 in trading 3,289 shares to close at $49, Stanley Motta lost 75 cents to close at $4.50 with 4,600 shares trading and Supreme Ventures lost $1.20 in trading 83,624 shares to end at $20.50.Trading in the US dollar market closed with 50,772 units valued at $10,647, changing hands. JMMB Group 6% preference share completed trading of 1,800 after inching up by 1 cent to close at $1.07, Proven Investments traded 27,950 shares to close at 23 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments US dollar based ordinary share, rose 1 cent in trading 21,022 shares to end at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index gained 0.51 points to 175.15.

TTSE traded steady on Friday

Add your HTML code here...

Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange Head Quarters

The Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange, closed after the Composite Index rose 0.74 points to 1,220.69, the All T&T Index shed 0.73 points to 1,694.24, while the Cross Listed Index added 0.31 points to 110.43.
At close, 15 securities changed hands, with the price of 4 rising, 4 declining and 7 remaining unchanged, against 14 trading on Thursday.
The market ended trading of 519,519 shares valued $3,980,716, compared to 602,213 shares valued $7,388,303, changing hands on Thursday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading closed with 5 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 4 with lower offers. Republic Financial Holdings closed with the bid at $105 to buy just 15 shares, well above the last traded price of $103.70.
Stocks closing with gains| Clico Investments gained 1 cent and ended at $19.51, with 7,758 stock units changing hands, JMMB Group rose 5 cents and closed at $1.70, after exchanging 86,130 shares, Massy Holdings closed with an increase of 5 cents and concluded trading of 2,735 shares at $47.05 and Trinidad & Tobago NGLadded 1 cent and settled at $29.18 with 110 shares changing hands.
Stocks closing with losses|First Citizens fell 15 cents and settled at $32.65, after exchanging 435 shares, Guardian Holdings lost 1 cent and completed trading with 1,140 units at $16.89, Sagicor Financial shed 4 cents and ended at $7.70, with 10,857 stock units changing hands and West Indian Tobacco lost 44 cents and completed trading 7,363 units at $88.
Stocks trading with no price change| Angostura Holdings completed trading at $15.75, with 114,229 stock units changing hands, Ansa Mcal settled at $57, with an exchange of 1,450 units, Grace Kennedy completed completed trading at $2.70, with 246,995 stock units changing hands, National Flour settled at $1.60, with 29,518 units trading, One Caribbean Media ended at $12.11, after an exchange of 8,700 shares, Scotiabank settled at $64.94, with 750 units and Unilever Caribbean completed trading at $26.25, with 1,349 stock units changing hands.

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

JSE hits new record then drops

Bulls prowling around Jamaican stocks.

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market climbed to another record high on Thursday but pulled back towards the close, as the price of Scotia Group traded down to $56 and Grace Kennedy falling at the close.
The All Jamaica Composite Index peaked with gain of 3,093.31 points to a record 411,545.91. At the end of trading, All Jamaica Composite Index declined by 1,232.84 points to close at 407,219.76 and the JSE Index dipped 1,123.25 points to 371,023.29.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 11 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers, suggesting mostly gains ahead for stocks.
A total of 29 securities traded including 1 in the US dollar market, compared to 32 trading on Wednesday with the prices of 15 securities rising, 8 declining and 6 holding firm. There were 6 securities trading at 52 weeks’ highs during the day, with 3 ending at a 52 weeks’ closing highs.
The main market ended with 50,485,890 units valued at $464,344,297 compared to 2,630,637 units valued at over $70,273,331 changing hands on Wednesday.
Trading closed with Carreras trading 46,297,844 shares and 91.7 percent of the day’s volume with the price closing at $9.11 after falling 24 cents. JMMB Group accounted for 1,650,000 shares or 3.3 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Ciboney Group with 760,000 shares and 1.5 percent of the volume traded.
Trading resulted in an average of 1,803,068 units valued at over $16,583,725, in contrast to 132,745 shares valued at $3,474,891 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 533,195 shares, valued $6,208,222 and previously, 114,884 shares valued $2,790,409. September closed, with an average of 1,022,243 shares valued $15,752,876, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Grace Kennedy fell $2 in trading 73,275 shares, to close at $61, after the price hit a record $75 in early trading, Jamaica Broilers dropped $3 in trading 406,744 stock units at $28, JMMB Group climbed $2 and ended at a 52 weeks’ high of $35, trading 50,818 shares, Mayberry Equities rose 41 cents to finish at closing high of $12.01, trading 55,088 stock units, NCB Financial Group rose $2.50 ended trading with 19,709 shares at record close of $132.50, Portland JSX ended at $8.50, with 55,000 units trading after falling 50 cents, Sagicor Group rose 78 cents to end at $40, with 4,149 shares changing hands, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose 41 cents to $13.50, trading 122,940 shares, Scotia Group added $1 in trading 48,191 units to close at $62 after it fell to $56 in earlier trading, Seprod jumped $3.56 in trading 32,849 shares at $46.80, Sterling Investments declined by $1.99 and closed at $22.01, with 38,149 shares changing hands after trading at an all-time intraday high of $28 and Supreme Ventures rose 70 cents in trading 202,949 shares to end at $21.70 and Wisynco Group lost 25 cents to finish at $9.30, with 246,788 units trading.
Trading in the US dollar market closed Proven Investments being the sole trade with 134,200 shares to close at 23 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed unchanged at 174.64.

5 TTSE stocks rise 2 decline on Thursday

Republic Bank traded at a 52 weeks’ high and inching higher.

The Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange, closed with all three main indices rising on Thursday. At the close, the Composite Index rose 1.86 points to 1,219.95, the All T&T Index gained 2.44 points to 1,694.97, while the Cross Listed Index added 0.17 points to 110.12.
At close, 14 securities changed hands, with the price of 5 rising, 2 declining and 7 remaining unchanged, against 14 trading on Wednesday.
The market ended trading of 602,213 shares valued $7,388,303, compared to 194,813 shares valued $1,743,710, changing hands on Wednesday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading closed with 6 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
Stocks closing with gains| JMMB Group gained 5 cents and settled at $1.65, after exchanging 1,958 shares, NCB Financial Group rose by 2 cents and completed trading at $5.75, after exchanging 10,752 shares, Republic Financial Holdings finished trading after an increase by 1 cent to a 52 weeks’ high of $103.70, after exchanging 466 shares, Trinidad & Tobago NGL closed with a gain of 1 cent at $29.17, after exchanging 50,171 shares and West Indian Tobacco finished 44 cents higher and ended at $88.44, with 205 units changing hands.
Stocks closing with losses| Clico Investments concluded trading with a loss of 30 cents at $19.50, with 57,592 stock units changing hands and  Sagicor Financial traded 9,301 stock units, with a loss of 1 cent at $7.74.
Stocks trading with no price change| Ansa Mcal ended at $57, trading 200 units, First Citizens completed trading at $32.80, after exchanging 1,893 shares, Grace Kennedy closed at $2.70, with 244,500 stock units changing hands, Massy Holdings settled at $47, after exchanging 48,084 shares, National Enterprises ended at $8.96, with 173,016 stock units changing hands, One Caribbean Media settled at $12.11, after exchanging 4,000 shares and Scotiabank ended at $64.94, with 75 units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

All Jamaica claims 411,546 – Thursday

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange broke through 410,000 mark based on movement of the All Jamaica Composite Index in early trading on Wednesday and moved higher by 3,093.31 points to a record 411,545.91.
The JSE Index that jumped to a record 374,251.61 in early trading moved on to 374,964.90 with gains of 2,818.36, The Junior Market rose 19.93 points to 3,401.72. Grace Kennedy raced to an all-time high of $75, NCB Financial moved up to a record of $131, Supreme Ventures climbed to $21.70, JMMB Group jumped to $35 and Mayberry Jamaican Equities traded at $12.
The main market broke through all resistance points, with the last being 400,000 points with the next big one being 510,000 points region. If it got there in 2018, would represent a gain of 24 percent from current levels and lift the gains for the year to 60 percent.

More records signaled for JSE

Jamaica Stock Exchange main market climbed to another record close on Wednesday past the 408,000 points mark based on the movement of the All Jamaica Composite Index. Closing quotes suggest that the market should move higher on Thursday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 10 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and only 1 closing with a lower offer, suggesting mostly gains ahead for stocks.
At the end of trading All Jamaica Composite Index climbed 3,109.71 points to close at a record closing high of 408,452.60 and the JSE Index jumped 2,833.30 points to a record close of 372,146.54.
A total of 32 securities traded including 3 in the US dollar market, compared to 29 trading on Tuesday with the prices of 20 securities rising, 5 declining and 4 that held firm. The market had 4 new highs during trading but ended with just two closing at a 52 weeks’ high.
The main market ended with 2,630,637 units valued at over $70,273,331 changing hands, compared to 3,284,901 units valued at $66,139,568 changing hands on Tuesday.
Trading closed with JMMB Group accounting for with 740,000 shares or 19.22 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Sagicor Group with 539,066 units and 14 percent of the volume traded and Grace Kennedy with 434,750 units and 11.3 percent of the day’s volume.
Trading resulted in an average of 132,745 units valued at over $3,474,891, in contrast to 97,431 shares valued at $2,602,716 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 114,884 shares valued $2,790,409 and previously, 105,635 shares valued $2,435,945. September closed, with an average of 1,022,243 shares valued $15,752,876, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Berger Paints dropped $1.50 and ended at $21, trading 12,969 stock units, Caribbean Cement lost 90 cents to finish at $49.10, in trading 20,497 shares, Jamaica Broilers rose $1 in trading 25,397 stock units at $31, Jamaica Producers lost $2 to close at $30, trading 204,464 stock units, Kingston Wharves added $1.10 to close at a record $75.10, with 6,139 stock units changing hands, Mayberry Equities rose 15 cents to finish at closing high of $11.60, trading 122,247 stock units, PanJam Investment rose 5 cents and ended at 52 weeks’ closing high of $64.90, while exchanging 3,376 stock units, Portland JSX ended at $9 with 19,245 units trading after falling 50 cents, Pulse Investments lost 40 cents and concluded trading of 24,989 shares at $2.40, Sterling Investments close at $24, with 19,180 shares changing hands after trading at an all-time intraday high of $28 and Supreme Ventures rose $1.50 in trading 88,917 shares to end at $21.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 70,385 units valued at $22,180 as JMMB Group 6 percent preference share concluded trading of 50,000 shares at $1.06, Margaritaville rose 4.1 cents and ended at $0.24 with 1,200 shares trading and Proven Investments traded 3,200 shares to close at 23 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index advanced by 1.73 points to close at 174.64.

6 TTSE stocks rise 1 fall on Tuesday

The Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange, closed with the two main indices gaining on Tuesday. At the close, the Composite Index rising by 2.11 points to 1,220.07, the All T&T Index adding 4.16 points to 1,693.43, while the Cross Listed Index remained unchanged at 100.37.
At close, 14 securities changed hands, with the price of 6 rising, 1 declining and 7 remaining unchanged, against 12 trading on Monday.
The market ended trading of 624,349 shares valued $13,033,986, compared to 568,679 shares valued $22,800,556 changing hands on Monday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading closed with 6 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
Stocks closing with gains| Ansa Mcal advanced $1.50 completed trading of 106,017 units at $57, Clico Investments gained 4 cents and ended at $19.84, with 6,868 stock units changing hands, First Citizens added 20 cents and settled at $32.80, while exchanging 3,185 shares, Prestige Holdings increased 3 cents and completed trading of 272,400 units at $7.53, Republic Financial Holdings rose 1 cent and ended at a 52 weeks’ high of $103.70, trading 414 shares and Trinidad Cement closed with a gain of 4 cents at $2.90, after exchanging 1,300 shares.
Stocks closing with losses| One Caribbean Media fell 1 cent to $12.10, after exchanging 300 shares.
Stocks trading with no price change| Guardian Holdings completed trading at $16.90, with 12,452 units changing hands, Massy Holdings closed at $47.05, after exchanging 460 shares, National Flourcompleted trading with 32,300 units at $1.60, Sagicor Financial ended at $7.75, with 134,470 stock units changing hands, Scotiabank completed trading of 27,555 units, at $64.94, Trinidad & Tobago NGL settled at $29.11, after exchanging 12,687 shares and West Indian Tobacco completed trading of 13,941 units at $88.44.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

New record high for JSE main market

Jamaica Stock Exchange main market surged past the 405,000 points for the first time based on the movement of the All Jamaica Composite Index on Tuesday aided by the prices of 20 stocks rising.
At the end of trading All Jamaica Composite Index advanced 2,242.60 points to a record close of 405,342.89 and the JSE Index rose 2,043.26 points to a record close of 369,313.24.
A total of 29 securities traded including 2 in the US dollar market, compared to 33 trading on Monday with the prices of 20 securities rising, 5 declining and 4 that held firm. The market closed with 4 new highs with three closing at a 52 weeks’ high and Radio Jamaica trading at a 52 week’s low of 90 cents.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and only 2 closing with lower offers.
The main market ended with 2,630,637 units valued at over $70,273,331 changing hands, compared to 3,284,901 units valued at $66,139,568 changing hands on Monday.
Trading closed with Sagicor Real Estate Fund accounting for 598,360 units or 22.75 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Wisynco Group with 522,434 units and 19.86 percent of the volume traded and NCB Financial Group with 211,075 units and 8 percent of the day’s volume.
Trading resulted in an average of 97,431 units valued at over $2,602,716, in contrast to 113,272 shares valued at $2,280,675 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 1,022,243 shares valued $15,752,876. September closed, with an average of 1,022,243 shares valued $15,752,876, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Caribbean Cement rose $2 to finish at $50, in trading 157,526 shares, Grace Kennedy climbed $3 and ended trading 39,239 shares at a 52 weeks’ high of $63, Jamaica Producers rose $4 to close at 52 weeks’ closing high of $32, trading 59,422 stock units, JMMB Group gained 49 cents and ended at $32.99, with 150,136 shares trading, Kingston Wharves added $2 to close at $74, with 5,513 stock units changing hands, Mayberry Investments climbed 25 cents to finish at $8.50, with 93,300 stock units trading, Mayberry Equities rose 45 cents to finish at $11.45, trading 21,567 stock units, NCB Financial Group climbed $1.25 and ended trading of 211,075 shares at $130, while 138 Student Living rose $1.20 and finished at $5 while trading 10,000 stock units, PanJam Investment jumped 35 cents and ended at 52 weeks’ closing high of $64.85, while exchanging 76,624 stock units, Portland JSX climbed $1.15 and ended at $9.50, in exchanging 51,000 units. Sagicor Real Estate Fund jumped $1.89 to settle at $13, trading 598,360 shares, Salada Foods rose $1.20 and ended trading of 101,826 stock units at 52 weeks’ high of $20, Seprod traded 1,605 units after gaining 50 cents to close at $43.50, Scotia Group lost $1.10 trading 6,756 units to close at $60.90, Sterling Investments jumped $1 to end at a 52 weeks’ closing high at $24, with 22,457 shares changing hands and Supreme Ventures dropped $4.40 in trading 27,237 shares to end at $19.50.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 70,385 units valued at $22,180 as JMMB Group 5.75 percent preference share concluded trading of 3,385 shares at $2 and Proven Investments traded 67,000 shares and rose 3 cents to close at 23 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index advanced by 11.88 points to close at 172.91.