New closing high for JSE on Thursday

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market recovered from losses on Wednesday to end at a new closing record high on Thursday, with the market indices rising more than 1,000 points.
At the end of trading, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 1,135.75 points to record close of 325,323.92 and the JSE Index rose 1,034.80 points to record closing high of 296,406.87.
At the close with only 29 securities traded versus 25 on Wednesday. Trading resulted in the prices of 9 stocks rising, 12 falling and 8 trading firm, in the main and US dollar markets.
Securities closing with sizable price changes include, NCB Financial Group trading down $2.15 to $97.10,

Grace traded nearly 7.8 million shares on Thursday.

Palace Amusement dropped $200 to $900, Sagicor Group lost $2 to $37 and Scotia Group finished with a rise of $2.50 to $53.50.
Main market activity ended with 11,332,892 units valued at over $423,780,603 compared to 2,346,923 units valued at $42,062,008 changing hands on Wednesday. Grace Kennedy trade 7,778,385 units valued at $$380 million, accounting for 68.64 percent of the overall market volume. Carreras with 1,133,057 units and 10 percent of total volume traded and Victoria Mutual Investments closed with 657,398 units changing hands.
Trading resulted in an average of 419,737 shares valued at $15,695,578, for each security traded, compared to 97,788 shares valued at $1,752,584 on Wednesday. The average for the month to date is 1,510,327 shares with a value of $7,058,809 and previously 2,887,284 shares with a value of $2,486,402. In contrast, March closed with an average of 626,526 units with an average value at $20,492,207 for each security traded.
The US dollar market closed on Thursday with 11,628 units valued at US$2,565 as Margaritaville traded 237 units to gain 5 US cents to 25 US cents and Proven Investments traded 11,391 units closing with a gain of 2 US cents to end at 22 US cents and pushing the market index up by 11.85 points to close at 173.30.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 6 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with a lower offers.
For more details of market activities see – Grace Kennedy top traded stock on JSE

JSE in big Holy Thursday recovery

Caribbean Cement dropped $4.54 on Thursday.

The main market Jamaica Stock Exchange jumped 2,405.36 points to 323,267.35 on Thursday while the JSE Index climbed 2,191.55 points to 294,533.10, as advancing stocks out did declining ones on the last trading day for April.
Trading closed with 32 securities changing hands, up from 27 on Wednesday, leading to 16 advancing, 10 declining and 6 trading firm, in the main and US dollar markets. Securities closing with sizable price changes include, including a drop of $4.94 in Caribbean Cement to $35, Grace Kennedy traded with a loss of $1.45 to $48, Jamaica Broilers rose $1 to an all-time high of $21, Jamaica Producers added $1.05 to end at $16, Kingston Wharves gained $2 at in trading at $40, PanJam Investment recovered from the sharp fall of $10.10 on Wednesday, jumping $11 to $43 and a surge of $3.14 in Scotia Group pushed the closing price to $53.99.

Jamaica Broilers closed at a record high on Thursday.

Main market activity ended with 11,248,457 units valued at over $130,109,783 compared to 5,013,846 units valued at $96,400,279 changing hands on Wednesday. Ciboney Group traded 3,892,538 units for 34.61 percent of the day’s volume followed by Wisynco Group with 1,877,516 units or 16.69 percent of the overall market volume, Kingston Wharves with 1,224,813 units or 10.89 percent of stocks traded, Carreras traded 847,800 units and Victoria Mutual Investments closed trading with 731,119 shares changing hands.
Trading resulted in an average of 387,878 shares valued at $4,486,544, for each security traded, compared to 192,840 shares valued at $3,707,703 on Wednesday. For the month to date, an average of 626,526 units with an average value at $20,492,207 traded, compared to 639,063 units with an average value at $20,361,477 changing hands on the previous trading day. In contrast, February closed with an average of 213,336 units, valued at $3,392,475 for each security traded.
The US dollar market closed on Thursday with 51,494 units valued at over US$26,317. Productive Business Solution traded 43,029 units with rise of a fraction of a cent, to close at 58 US cents Proven Investments closed trading with 7,170 units at 20 US cents and Margaritaville (Turks) ended with 1,295 units trading and fell 5 US cents to 20 US cents. The market index closed with a fall of 6.32 points to 161.45.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 12 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with a lower offers.
For more details of market activities see – Sharp price changes continue on JSE main market – Thursday.

Record run falters for JSE majors – Monday

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange hits an intraday high, in early trading but failed to close at a new high.

The main market Jamaica Stock Exchange, hit an intraday record high at the start of trading on Monday but closed lower within 525 points of the record close on March 12.
At the close, the all Jamaican Composite Index jumped 1,544.61 points to 324,039.68 and the JSE Index climbed 1,407.32 points to 295,236.78.
Trading closed with 25 securities changing hands, up from 32 on Friday, leading to 13 advancing, 6 declining and 6 trading firm, in the main and US dollar markets. Securities closing with sizable price changes include, Caribbean Cement lost $1 to close at $41, Grace Kennedy declined by $1.50 to $48 and JMMB Group lost $1.30 to end at $24.70.
Main market activity ended with 19,076,584 units valued at $210,708,799 compared to 6,019,816 units valued at $133,802,480 changing hands on Friday. Wisynco Group traded 15,104,462 units and accounted for 79.18 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Ciboney Group, with 1,013,952 units and Victoria Mutual Investments with 659,569 shares.
Trading resulted in an average of 706,540 shares valued at $7,804,030 for each security traded, compared to 250,826 shares valued at $5,575,103 on Friday. For the month to date, an average of 655,542 units with an average value at 21,921,023 traded, compared to 674,192 units with an average value at $23,762,597 changing hands on the previous trading day. In contrast, February closed with average of only 213,336 units valued at $3,392,475 for each security traded.
Trading in the US dollar market on Monday ended with 390,231 units valued at US$104,789 with the market index closing with a fall of 6.21 points to 162.95. Proven Investments ordinary share ended trading 369,771 units at 20 US cents followed by Margaritaville (Turks) with 260 units at 25 US cents and JMMB Group 5.75% preference share, closed with 20,200 units trading at US$1.50.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 9 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with a lower offers.
For more details of market activities see – Wisynco corners 79% of JSE main market – Monday.

JSE main market closed higher again – Thursday

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The main market Jamaica Stock Exchange, closed higher at the end of trading on Thursday for the 4th day in a row, with stock prices being mixed, with the advance decline ratio ending slightly negative.
At the close, the all Jamaican Composite Index rose 1,055.77 points to 323,616.87 and the JSE Index climbed 961.92 points to end at 294,851.55.
Trading closed with 32 securities changing hands, up from 28 on Wednesday, leading to 9 advancing, 12 declining and 11 trading firm, in the main and US dollar markets. Securities closing with sizable price changes include, Grace Kennedy lost $1 to end at $49, Jamaica Broilers fell $1 to $19, JMMB Group added $1 to $26, Portland JSX dropped $1 to $8.50 and Scotia Group fell $2 to $52.
Main market activity ended with 6,093,417 units valued at $73,742,131 compared to 71,072,740 units valued at $6,270,318,116 changing hands on Wednesday. Ciboney Group closed with 1,458,766 units accounting for 23.94 percent followed by Jamaica Broilers with 1,366,225 units and 22.42 percent of the volume for the day and Wisynco Group with 673,050 units or 11.05 percent of the day’s volume.
Trading resulted in an average of 210,118 shares valued at $2,542,832 for each security traded, compared to 2,450,784 shares valued at $216,217,866 on Wednesday. For the month to date an average of 674,192 units with an average value at $23,762,597 traded, compared to 706,388 units with an average value at $25,336,441 changing hands on the previous trading day. In contrast, February closed with average of only 213,336 units valued at $3,392,475 for each security traded.
Trading in the US dollar market on Thursday, ended with 190,139 units valued at $57,528 changing hands with JMMB Group 5.75% US dollar preference share contributing 13,000 units at US$1.50, Margaritaville gained 5 US cents to close at 25 US cents with 400 units trading and Proven Investments had 176,739 units trading at 22 US cents, leaving the market index at 169.16.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 4 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 1 with a lower offer.
For more details of market activities see – Moderate JSE main market trading – Thursday.

JSE main market in sharp drop – Thursday

Carreras traded most shares on Thursday, with more than 7M units changing hands.

Fresh from vested interest hiking some prices at the close of the previous month the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed the first day of March with a big fall as prices returned to more normal levels on Thursday.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index dived sharply by 3,876.54 points to 317,331.11 and the JSE Index sank 3,531.97 points to end at 289,124.52.
Trading on Thursday closed 28 securities changing hands with 9 advancing, 13 declining and 5 trading firm, in the main and US dollar markets.
The securities with the largest price changes include, Berger Paints rising $1.35 to $21.35, Caribbean Cement falling $2.99 to $33.01, Jamaica Producers rising $1.90 to $17, JMMB Group that dropped by $1.99 to $24.01, Sagicor Group with a fall of 99 cents to $36.51 and Salada Foods with a decline of $1 to $10.50.
Main market activity ended with 22,773,292 units valued at $377,866,606 compared to 5,402,156 units valued at$66,110,510 on Thursday. Carreras accounted for 7,029,473 units changing hands, or 30.87 percent of the total volume traded, followed by Ciboney Group with 4,963,048 units representing 21.79 percent of the market volume and JMMB Group with 4,190,962 units or 18.40 percent of units traded and Grace Kennedy with 4,047,260 shares.
Trading results in an average of 875,896 shares valued at $14,533,331 for each security traded, in contrast to 200,080 shares valued at $2,448,537 on Wednesday. In contrast, February closed with average of 213,336 units valued at $3,392,475 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 9 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with Margaritaville concluded trading added 1 cent and settled at 20 US cents with 2,322 units and Sterling Investments fell 3 cents and ended at closed a 52 weeks’ low of 9 US cents with 1,000 shares. Overall, trading closed with just 3,322 shares with a value of US$554 as the market index slipped 0.94 points to 171.61.

For more details of market activities see – JSE volume jump sharply on Thursday.

JSE main market in steady trading

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange remained steady at the close on Thursday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index increased by a mere 0.28 points to 320,034.84 and the JSE Index advanced by just 0.25 points to 291,587.92.
Trading on Thursday closed with as 9 securities advancing, 9 declining and 13 trading firm for the main and US dollar markets.
The securities with the largest price changes include, Caribbean Cement with a fall of $3 to $32, Jamaica Broilers fell 93 cents to $18.07, Salada Foods traded $1 down to $11 and Sterling Investments rose by 95 cents to higher to $13.
Main market activity ended with 2,690,310 shares valued at $52,093,635 in contrast to 20,208,278 shares valued at $255,279,222 on Wednesday. JMMB Group accounted for 971,565 units and 36.11 percent of total volume traded.
Trading results in an average of 92,769 shares valued at $1,796,332 for each security traded, in contrast to 777,241 shares valued at $9,818,432 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 207,617 units valued at $3,223,626 and previously, 215,943 units valued at $3,334,894. In contrast, January closed with average of 349,084 units at an average of $5,801,440 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 bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
Traded in the US dollar market ended with Margaritaville closed at 19 US cents and with 220 shares and Proven Investments traded 109,220 shares at 21.99 US cents. Total trading in the US market came to 109,220 units with a value of US$23,719 as the market index fell by 1.63 points to 167.15.
For more details of market activities see – JSE trading drops 87% on Thursday.

JSE main market rise again- Tuesday

The Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Tuesday with gains in the indices for a second day. At the close the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index gained 731.91 points to 317,872.87 and the JSE Index advanced by 666.86 points to 289,618.13.
Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Tuesday with as 9 advanced, 10 declined and 9 traded with prices unchanged.
The securities with the largest price changes include, Caribbean Cement with a fall of $1.80 to $31.20 and Scotia Group with a gain of 90 cents to end at $51.50.
Market activity ended with 2,910,640 shares valued at $68,467,853, in contrast to 4,327,589 shares valued at $91,755,917 on Monday.
Scotia Group with 733,630 units traded was the leading security trading followed by Ciboney Group with 474,739 units and Sagicor Real Estate Fund with 337,800 units.
The market closed with average of 111,948 units trading with an average of $2,633,379 for each security traded. In contrast to 160,281 units for an average of $3,398,367 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 161,245 units valued at $3,699,796 and previously, 181,777 units valued at $2,865,105. In contrast, January closed with average of 349,084 units at an average of $5,801,440 for each security traded.
Traded in the US dollar market ended with Margaritaville lost 2 cents and settled at 19 US cents with 4,780 units and Proven Investments exchanging 14,213 ordinary shares, as the price closed at 22 US cents. The total value of US$4,070 and the JSE US Equities Index rose 85 points to 168.60.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 10 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
For more details of market activities see – JSE majors in moderate trading Tuesday.

JSE majors pulled back on Thursday

Interest rates are falling and will drive stocks higher in 2018.

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Thursday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index falling by 1,047.87 points to 316,926.39 and the JSE Index declining by 954.73 points to 288,755.78.
Main market activity closed with 3,856,461 shares valued at just $40,581,082 changing hands, in contrast to 5,490,162 shares valued at a mere $27,746,053 trading on Tuesday, the day before the Ash Wednesday break.
The major contributors to the total volume in the market include, Wisynco Group with 905,215 units followed by Radio Jamaica with 745,339 units and Ciboney Group with 482,108 units.
Main and US market activities ended with moderate trading levels, leading to prices of 11 securities rising, 12 falling, 8 trading firm as 31 securities changed hands, including 3 from the US market. Trading took place in 31 securities on Thursday.
The securities with the largest price changes include, Jamaica Producers rising $1.87 to $17.47, Mayberry Investments with a gain of 90 cents to $6.05, Kingston Wharves losing $1.60 to $41, while PanJam Investment fell $1.80 to $40.05 and Scotia Group lost $1.45 to end at $50.55.
The US market closed with Margaritaville lost 1 cents and closed trading at 1 US cent with 5,000 shares and Proven Investments exchanged 16,820 ordinary shares, to close at 21 US cents. JMMB 6% preference share ended at $1.08 with 400 stock units trading. The market closed with just 22,220 shares trading with a value of US$5,122 and the JSE US Equities Index rising 1.59 points to close at 166.82.
Market activity ended with an average of 137,731 shares valued at $1,449,324, in contrast to 189,316 shares valued at $956,760 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 189,385 units valued at $2,973,878 and previously, 182,709 units valued at $3,152,487. January ended with an average of 239,900 units valued at $5,158,193 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and the US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 11 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 1 closed with a lower offer.

For more details of market activities see – Subdued trading on Thursday sinks JSE index.

JSE in big rise again – Tuesday

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Tuesday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index climbing 1,439.19 points to 317,974.26 and the JSE Index advancing by 1,311.26 points to 289,710.51.
Tuesday was the second consecutive day with gains of more than 1,300 in the market indices. The number of securities trading, rose above that on Monday, but the value traded fell sharply. Main market activity ended with 5,490,162 shares valued at a mere $27,746,053 changing hands, in contrast to 6,473,345 shares valued at $82,423,988 trading on Monday.
Main and US market activities ended with moderate trading levels, leading to prices of 8 securities rising, 14 falling, 9 trading firm as 31 securities changed hands, including 2 from the US market versus 27 that traded on Monday.
The major contributors to the total volume in the market include Ciboney with over 970,000 units, 1834 Investments trading over 2.3 million units, Radio Jamaica with more than 520,000 units and Wisynco with just over 800,000 units. Kingston Wharves jumped $5.55 to a new record high of $42.60, Barita Investments rose 94 cents to end at $8.45, while PanJam Investment rose $1.85 to $41.85, but NCB Financial lost 95 cents to close at $99, Salada Foods fell $1.49 to $10.51 and Scotia Group lost $1 to end at $52.
The US market closed with Margaritaville concluded trading at 22 US cents with 2,835 shares and Proven Investments fell 1.95 cents in exchanging 4,474 ordinary shares, to close at 21 US cents. The market closed with 132,964 shares trading with a value of US$27,986 and the JSE US Equities Index falling 8.95 points to close at 165.23.
Market activity ended with an average of 189,316 shares valued at $956,760, in contrast to 258,934 shares valued at $3,296,960 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 182,709 units valued at $3,152,487 and previously, 181,904 units valued at $3,455,707. January ended with an average of 239,900 units valued at $5,158,193 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and the US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closed with lower offers.

For more details of market activities see – Kingston Wharves jumps $5.55 to new high

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9 new IPOs for 2018

Last year (2017), was a great year for Jamaican stocks with prices of several stocks more than doubling on the Jamaican Stock Exchange and 10 new companies listing on the exchange.
2018 seems poised to be another year for a number of new issues on the market as business owners take advantage of a buoyant market for equity investments.
The local market should have new 9 issues, Marlene Streete-Forrest, the JSE Managing Director confirmed. Streete-Forrest expects that 5 issues will list on the Junior Market and 4 for the main market. New financial entity Sygnus Capital is said to be heading to the public in January. Other listings expected shortly are Caribbean Insurance Brokers, NevEast and Elite Diagnostics. University College of the Caribbean with its main operations in Kingston, Jamaica, is expected to be the first educational institution to seek to list on the stock exchange. The listing is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2018. Mayberry Investment is also expected to bring their subsidiary, Mayberry West Indies to market by February.
In 2017, the Jamaica Stock Exchange had 10 new companies listing on the exchange, including 2 new companies listing preference shares. Two new listings were on the main market one on the US dollar market and 5 on the Junior Market.
Scotia Investments, Trinidad Cement, Montego Bay Ice and Margaritaville preference share were delisted during the year.