Guardian Holdings jumps $144 on Friday

Guardian Holdings jumped 28.5 percent on limited volume after jumping $144 on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Friday, with the supply of the stock available for sale virtually dried up after several months of selling pressure. The overall Main Market volume of stocks traded rose 12 percent, with a value 250 percent greater than on Thursday, leading the market to climb as rising stocks exceeded those declining. 

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The All Jamaican Composite Index rallied 3,224.68 points to 423,550.33, the JSE Main Index jumped 3,601.11 to 372,936.80 and the JSE Financial Index popped 1.98 points to close at 89.43.
Trading ended with 51 securities compared to 58 on Thursday, with 21 rising, 16 declining and 14 ending unchanged.
At the close, 18,706,267 shares were exchanged for $161,301,374 versus 16,728,941 units at $46,042,543 on Thursday. Trading averaged 366,790 units at $3,162,772, compared to 288,430 shares at $793,837 on Thursday and month to date, an average of 228,567 units at $1,609,780, compared to 186,606 units at $1,138,336 on the previous trading day. July closed with an average of 173,643 units at $1,683,017.
Mayberry Investments led trading with 6.92 million shares for 37 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 6.52 million units for 34.8 percent of the day’s trade, Transjamaican Highway with 1.34 million units for 7.2 percent market share and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.32 million units for 7 percent market share.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.9 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed based on ICInsider.com’s forecasted earnings for companies with financial years ending up to August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows seven stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints fell 85 cents to $11 in switching ownership of 4,806 shares, Caribbean Cement rose 70 cents in ending at $61.70 and trading 20,688 stocks, First Rock Real Estate popped 47 cents to end at $12.47 in an exchange of 2,996 units.GraceKennedy dropped $2.60 in closing at $96.30, with 104,922 stock units crossing the exchange, Guardian Holdings gained $144 to close at $650 with an exchange of 1,126 stocks, but the offer for the stock was at $590 at the close, Mayberry Investments climbed 35 cents to $9.20 and closed with 6,918,037 stock units changing hands. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy shed $1 in closing at $84 after trading 110 units, NCB Financial increased $1.58 to $99 while exchanging 75,228 shares, Palace Amusement rallied $122.99 to close at $879 after exchanging two units. Proven Investments declined 45 cents to end at $33 after trading 230 stock units, Scotia Group advanced 91 cents to $34.98, with 612,178 stocks crossing the market, and Seprod popped $1.93 to end at $70 with the swapping of 505 shares. Supreme Ventures lost $1.12 in closing at $27.88 after trading 289,299 stocks, Sygnus Credit Investments gained 39 cents to close at $13.60 in exchanging 52,252 shares, Sygnus Real Estate Finance fell $1.50 in ending at $11 with 1,089 units clearing the market and Wisynco Group shed 47 cents in ending at $18 with an exchange of 50,696 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Trading value plunges on JSE main market

The majority of rose on Thursday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market with 58 securities compared to 53 on Wednesday, with 32 rising, 12 declining and 14 ending unchanged and trading ended, with the volume of stocks traded rising 171 percent with a 43 percent lower value than Wednesday as a mere $46 million passed through the market.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rallied 543.67 points to 420,869.32, the JSE Main Index climbed 480.00 points to 369,335.69 and the JSE Financial Index added 0.40 points to close at 87.45.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.7 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed based on ICInsider.com’s forecasted earnings for companies with financial years ending up to August 2023.
Overall, 16,728,941 shares were traded for $46,042,543 compared to 6,172,524 units at $81,213,738 on Wednesday. Trading ended with an average of 288,430 units at $793,837, versus  116,463 shares at $1,532,335 on Wednesday and month to date, an average of 186,606 units at $1,138,336, compared to 132,918 units at $1,319,982 on the previous trading day. July closed with an average of 173,643 units at $1,683,017.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 9.10 million shares for 54.4 percent of total volume followed by JMMB Group 7.35% – 2028 with 3.99 million units for 23.8 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.27 million units for 7.6 percent market share.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows eight stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints rose 85 cents to $11.85 and closed with 89 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement shed $1.45 in ending at $61 with 7,376 stock units clearing the market, Guardian Holdings advanced $1 to $506 after exchanging 105 units. Jamaica Broilers rallied 51 cents in closing at $29.37 in transferring 18,223 stocks, Jamaica Stock Exchange fell $1 to $17 after 6,864 stock units changed hands, Mayberry Investments fell $1.63 in closing at $8.85 after exchanging 26,148 shares. Mayberry Jamaican Equities declined 50 cents to $14 in an exchange of 106,063 units, NCB Financial popped $7.42 to end at $97.42, with 9,641 stocks crossing the market, 138 Student Living dropped 75 cents in ending at $4.30 in switching ownership of 2,895 stocks. Palace Amusement gained $1.01 to close at $756.01 after trading 50 units, PanJam Investment increased $1.40 to end at $59.60, with hinge shares crossing the exchange, Portland JSX gained 99 cents in closing at $9.50 in trading 1,524 stock units. Proven Investments popped 95 cents to close at $33.45, trading 563 stocks, Scotia Group lost 92 cents after ending at $34.07, with 12,502 stock units changing hands, Stanley Motta advanced 62 cents to $5.60 while exchanging 980 units and Sygnus Real Estate Finance increased 50 cents to $12.50 with the swapping of 364 shares.
In the preference segment138 Student Living preference share jumped $5.16 to a record high of $56.90 with an exchange of 218 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Big fall for JSE main market

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market closed on Wednesday, with a big fall in the market as the volume and the value of stocks traded declined 27 percent from trading on Tuesday, leading to more stocks declining than rising.
The All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 3,995.89 points to settle at 420,325.65, the JSE Main Index declined by 3,019.85 points to 368,855.69 and the JSE Financial Index shed 1.03 points to settle at 87.45.
Trading ended with 53 securities compared to 57 on Tuesday, with 13 rising, 25 declining and 15 ending unchanged. Overall, 6,172,524 shares were exchanged for $81,213,738 versus 8,448,425 units at $63,984,241 on Tuesday. Trading averages 116,463 units at $1,532,335, compared to 148,218 shares at $1,122,531 on Tuesday and month to date, an average of 132,918 units at $1,319,982, compared to 148,218 units at $1,122,531 on the previous trading day. July closed with an average of 173,643 units at $1,683,017.
Transjamaican Highway led trading with 1.50 million shares for 24.3 percent of total volume followed by Wigton Windfarm with 1.16 million units for 18.9 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 608,480 units for 9.9 percent of market share.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.7 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed based on ICInsider.com’s forecasted earnings for companies with financial years ending up to the close of August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 13 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
At the close, Berger Paints fell 93 cents to $11 after trading 3,154 shares, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund climbed $2 to close at $40 after exchanging 310 stocks, Guardian Holdings lost $1 in ending at $505 after switching ownership of 926 units. Jamaica Producers advanced 50 cents to $21.25, with 8,534 stock units crossing the market, Jamaica Stock Exchange declined 88 cents to end at $18 while exchanging 8,835 units and Mayberry Investments rose 85 cents to close at $10.48, with 4,504 shares clearing the market. NCB Financial shed $6 in ending at a 52 weeks’ low of $90 with an exchange of 22,866 stocks, PanJam Investment dropped $5.80 in closing at $58.20 trading 5,506 stock units, QWI Investments lost 11 cents in closing at 74 cents after the price hit an intraday 52 weeks’ low of 59 cents as investors traded 282,628, Scotia Group popped 92 cents to end at $34.99 after an exchange of 32,705 units. Supreme Ventures increased $1.52 to $28.67, with 23,538 shares crossing the market, Sygnus Real Estate Finance rallied 86 cents to close at $12, with 2,860 stock units changing hands and Wisynco Group dropped 52 cents to end at $18.40 after an exchange of 92,999 stocks.
In the preference segment138 Student Living s preference share gained $1.29 after ending ends record high of $51.74 in an exchange of 4 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

100th listed company for Jamaica Stock Exchange

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Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market will soon have its 46 listed company on its board soon, and the 100 listed company on the overall exchange, with the latest offering to the public set to open on August 12 and comes to market, solidifying and highlighting the change taking place in Jamaica’s economy where a young team of individuals with a bright idea can raise funds in the market with minimal fixed assets.
OneonOne Educational Services comes to market the prospectus states to sell 380 million shares to raise around $359 million net of cost. In reality, the issue is really for 271 million shares if the lenders convert their loans to shares. Only 121.25 million will be available to the bulk of applicants as the rest is earmarked for selected groups including 108.7 million due to investors currently holding convertible loans as such no new funds will be coming from this group of investors resulting in just $279 million in fresh capital being raised before expenses estimated $30 million. The offer will raise the number of issued capital from 1.52 billion shares to 1.9 billion.
The company has a lot in common with the recent listing of EduFocal both being in the education area using technology to deliver the service to customers thus keeping cost low and profit margins high, but it is more slanted currently in serving the corporate sector. The company that started operating in 2015 is highly profitable and benefitted from the lockdown of the economies in the Caribbean region in the aftermath of the discovery of covid-19 that resulted in schools and many businesses being closed or operating at a lower capacity.
The service is a fully remote educational technology which delivers personalized education primarily to enterprises, governments, and individuals across the Caribbean and Latin American region. The company appears to be a provider of technological infrastructure for itself and clients as opposed to be the primary supplier of learning information, as opposed to what the name suggests. In keeping with the change in service offering, the name seems set to be changed from that of educational services to one that is less restrictive in perception.
The founders have been able to win the support of some heavy hitters within the business community, with Michael G. Bernard, former CEO of Carreras holding the position of Chairman, Douglas Orane as the mentor.

Ricardo Allen CEO of One to One

The Company was founded by Ricardo Allen, Rory White, Stephen Barnes and Christopher Rochester, to deliver large-scale personalized education through the utilization of advances in learning technology which employs sophisticated statistical algorithms, the prospectus states. They were later joined by R. Danvers Williams, Michael Bernard, Douglas Orane, John Bailey, Ian Forbes and the C.B. Facey Foundation and Sagicor Group through the Sagicor Sigma Funds.
As the date of this Prospectus, it is the intention of the Company to use the proceeds to further capitalize on the demand for its services across the region and to deliver on key long-term strategic contracts by continuing to invest in software development to meet the demand for their services.
In the past, the company provided contracts that involved one-time income and recurring annual income that have an average contract length of three years – which continued to generate revenues in 2021 along with a new product “Class-room in a Box” to provide offline content to individuals and schools. As of August 2021, 63 percent of the Company’s revenue was gained through these Business to Business contracts, and 37 percent through the Company’s end user consumers business line.
For the financial year 2020, a net profit of $55.4 million was generated compared to a loss of $9.7 million in 2019. The increase in profits the company states was due to new contracts acquired in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing services to the education sectors in Jamaica and other Caribbean territories. For 2021 net profit increased 21.75 percent to $67.5 million over 2020. The Company says it was able to negotiate long-term contracts with clients which provide stability in revenues.
Revenues moved from $27.8 million in 2017 to $269 million in 2021 with the latter rising a significant $104 million over the $128.5 million in 2020. Revenues for 2019 ended at $36 million. For the nine months to May this year, revenues rose 24 percent to $194 million over the similar period in 2021, with a profit of $49 million pretax, up from $15 million in 2021.
The company projects revenues to hit $334 million by the end of the financial year to August with pretax profits of $105 million which would equate to earnings per share of 6.9 cents, with profits being free of taxation when listed on the Junior Market. The company states that the projected fourth quarter revenue $140 million includes existing contracts that are scheduled to produce $101 million in revenues over the 3-month period to August 2022 and an additional $39 million in revenues which is expected from the conversion of deals that are within the sales pipeline, from all indication the company seems on track to achieve this target with the fourth quarter appearing to reflect seasonality in revenues.
The earnings work out at a PE ratio of 14.5 just above the market average of 12.9 Based on where recent IPOs are valued investors can look for a price after listing around $1.50 but investors have priced many of them closer to 30 times 2022 earnings in which case a price of $2 is not out of the reckoning.
A highly welcomed feature of the prospectus is the projected income statement that shows figures to the 2025 fiscal year. Looking further ahead, the Company projects to retain $160 million in current contracts and recurring users, representing 37 percent of 2023 projected revenue, which suggests revenues of $433 million and a profit of $141 million for earnings per share of 7.5 cents with a PE of 14.2. For the fiscal year 2025, revenues are projected to reach $662 million, with a profit of $180 million, but the outcome may be vastly different than forecast. The forecast ICInsider.com gathers may be conservative, with junior market IPO candidates in the past enjoying a big jump in business flowing from the publicity associated with the IPO. ICInsider.com expects the IPO will provide a bounce to the company’s business.
Negatives, at the end of May, receivables amounted to $127 million 65 percent of revenues or close to eight months of revenues, which is not good and could lead to a high level of bad debts in the future, there are no comments in the prospectus to explain the high level of debt due, but the audit statements shows very little provision for expected credit loss, suggesting that management and the auditors consider the amounts to be collectable. Information gleaned by this publication suggests that there is an amount of around $60 million of the amount that the payment is differed based on certain conditions being met.
Another negative is amounts due from directors of $22.5 million, which is up from $14.5 million in August 2021 and $8 million in 2020, has increased each year since 2017 when it was at $994,627. The audited financial statements state that the amount “is unsecured, interest free and have no fixed repayment terms.” The income tax law will treat these amounts as liable to taxes as they could be regarded as a distribution, there is no indication of arrangements that are in place to have the amount repaid mentioned in the prospectus.
ICInsider.com does not see the reason for the loans being converted to shares being a part of the IPO rather than for the shares being issued prior to the IPO and therefore reflects a more publicly acceptable picture of the wider public getting a higher percent of the issue than how it is currently presented. All of the above presents a picture to the discerning public, a view of a board with the majority being young and inexperienced and a sign of weakness going forward if not addressed early.
The directors of the company are Michael Bernard, chairman, Ricardo Allen, John Bailey holds a University of South Florida MBA degree in Business Administration, Karen Vaz has a BA degree and is vice president of HR and Information Technology at PanJam Group, Andrew Tyrone Wilson has BSC in Banking and Finance, Mischa McLeod-Hines has an MBA degree and is Vice President Capital Markets – Sagicor Investments and Andrew Dr Carol Granston, Instructional Designer and has served in the field of Education and Training for over thirty years.
The listing of the shares will be within a week from the closing of the issue. The broker for the offer is Sagicor Investments.

Month end rally for JSE

The usual month end rally surfaced again on the last trading day for July, on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Friday, with the volume of stocks rising 232 percent more than on Thursday, with a 157 percent higher value, with rising stocks exceeding those declining.
The All Jamaican Composite Index gained 1,802.80 points to close at 429,500.62, the JSE Main Index climbed 1,031.73 points to 375,693.41 and the JSE Financial Index inched 0.52 points higher to 89.64.
Trading ended with 59 securities compared to 56 on Thursday, with 23 rising, 21 declining and 15 ending unchanged.
At the close of trading, 22,398,173 shares were exchanged for $169,689,057 versus 6,738,750 units at $66,010,050 on Thursday. Trading averages 379,630 units at $2,876,086, compared to 120,335 shares at $1,178,751 on Thursday and a month to date, average of 173,643 units at $1,683,017, compared to 162,714 units at $1,619,716 on the previous trading day. June closed with an average of 281,913 units at $5,309,050.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 9.80 million shares for 43.7 percent of total volume, followed by JMMB Group 7.35% – due 2028, with 5.08 million units for 22.7 percent of the day’s trade and Transjamaican Highway with 1.80 million units for 8 percent market share.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.9 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed based on ICInsider.com’s forecasted earnings for companies with financial years ending up to the close of August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 15 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
At the close, Eppley dropped $1.98 to end at $38.70 with an exchange of 866 shares, Guardian Holdings shed $5 in ending at $505, with 139 stocks crossing the market, Jamaica Producers climbed $1.71 to $22.49 in an exchange of 143,940 units. Jamaica Stock Exchange increased $1.54 to close at $19.49, with 235,971 stock units clearing the market, Mayberry Investments gained 89 cents in closing at $10.69 after trading 37,405 units, Mayberry Jamaican Equities lost 50 cents to end at $14.50 in exchanging 570 stock units. NCB Financial rallied $6.95 to $97, trading 15,437 stocks, Palace Amusement fell $1 to close at $889 in exchanging one share, PanJam Investment rose 54 cents in closing at $64.99 with the swapping of 11,910 units. Proven Investments declined 79 cents after ending at $32.51, with 44,818 stock units crossing the exchange, Salada Foods popped 50 cents to end at $5.10 in trading 4,882 stocks, Scotia Group advanced 47 cents while ending at $36.47 in trading 17,005 shares. Seprod gained $1.93 in closing at $70 after exchanging 23,844 units, Supreme Ventures climbed 62 cents to close at $30, with 184,773 stocks changing hands.
In the preference segment138 Student Living preference share rose 90 cents to a 52 weeks’ close of $40 with an exchange of 101 stock units and Productive Business Solutions 9.75% preference share increased 50 cents to $105 in switching ownership of 1,945 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Trading drops

Stock prices mostly fell in market activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Thursday, with the volume of stocks traded dropping 40 percent with a 58 percent lower value than on Wednesday.
Trading ended with an exchange of 6,738,750 shares for $66,010,050 down sharply from 11,320,379 units at $157,629,727 on Wednesday. The average trade was 120,335 units at $1,178,751, compared to 188,673 shares at $2,627,162 on Wednesday and month to date, an average of 162,714 units at $1,619,716, compared to 164,961 units at $1,643,100 on the previous trading day. June  averaged 281,913 units at $5,309,050.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 1.72 million shares for 25.5 percent of the volume, followed by Transjamaican Highway with 729,653 units for 10.8 percent of trading and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 705,363 units for 10.5 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index fell 2,610.73 points to 427,697.82, the JSE Main Index declined 1,907.55 to 374,661.68 and the JSE Financial Index slipped 0.69 points to close at 89.12.
A total of 56 securities traded compared to 60 on Wednesday, with 13 rising, 18 declining and 25 left unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.7 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed based on ICInsider.com’s forecasted earnings for companies with financial years, ending to the close of August 2023.
The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 11 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments shed 55 cents in closing at $87.35 after switching ownership of 153,550 shares, Berger Paints lost 95 cents to end at $11, with 1,600 stock units crossing the market, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund declined $3.23 to close at $40 trading 180 units. Guardian Holdings advanced $4, ending at $510, with 123 stocks crossing the market, Jamaica Broilers climbed 48 cents to $29.48 in trading 11,847 shares, Jamaica Producers fell $1.71 in closing at closing after exchanging 1,500 units. Jamaica Stock Exchange popped 55 cents to $17.95 in exchanging 67,304 stocks, Kingston Properties dropped 46 cents to $7.01 after trading 394,190 stock units, Margaritaville rallied $3.75 to close at $21, with 506 units clearing the market. Massy Holdings rose 99 cents to $91 while exchanging two stock units, NCB Financial lost $7.45 to close at $90.05 in an exchange of 111,712 shares, PanJam Investment fell 55 cents to $64.45, with 502 stocks changing hands. Salada Foods dropped 50 cents to end at a 52 weeks’ low of $4.60 with an exchange of 11,370 shares and Supreme Ventures shed 62 cents in closing at $29.38 with an exchange of 196,312 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Main Market trading climbs on the JSE

Trading picked up on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Wednesday, with 60 securities trading compared to 57 on Tuesday, with the volume of stocks traded rising 43 percent with a 16 percent more value than on the preceding day but ended with more stocks declining as increasing. 
Overall, 11,320,379 shares were traded for $157,629,727 compared to 7,889,885 units at $136,235,111 on Tuesday. Trading averages 188,673 units at $2,627,162, versus 138,419 shares at $2,390,090 on Tuesday and month to date, an average of 164,961 units at $1,643,100, compared to 163,533 units at $1,583,820 on the previous trading day. June closed with an average of 281,913 units at $5,309,050.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 2.50 million shares for 22.1 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 2.34 million units for 20.7 percent of the day’s trade, Jamaica Broilers had an exchange of 1.70 million units for 15 percent market share, Transjamaican Highway ended with 1.16 million units for 10.2 percent of the market trades and JMMB Group 7.35% – 2028 with 1.01 million units for 8.9 percent of trading.
The All Jamaican Composite Index fell 816.34 points to 430,308.55, the JSE Main Index lost 599.23 in closing at 376,569.23 and the JSE Financial Index slipped 0.16 points to 89.81. Trading ended, with 21 rising, 25 declining and 14 ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 14 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed based on ICInsider.com’s forecasted earnings for companies with financial years, ending to the close of August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows eight stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund jumped $2.53 to $43.23 exchanging 107 shares, Guardian Holdings dropped $11.99 to $506, with 1,038 stocks changing hands, Jamaica Producers popped 49 cents to end at $22.49 in exchanging 7,946 stock units. Jamaica Stock Exchange lost 55 cents to close at $17.40 after 29,411 units crossed the exchange, Kingston Properties rose 48 cents in closing at $7.47 in exchanging 42,948 units, Kingston Wharves declined 35 cents to end at $37.65 in an exchange of 4,713 stock units. Massy Holdings shed 99 cents to close at $90.01 in trading 480,682 stocks, Mayberry Investments fell 79 cents to $9.80, with 49,368 shares crossing the market, Mayberry Jamaican Equities dropped 50 cents to $15 with an exchange of 35,964 shares. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy advanced $4 to $85 with the swapping of 750 units, NCB Financial rallied $2.43 to $97.50 after exchanging 72,234 stocks, 138 Student Living climbed 61 cents to $5 by trading 2,002 stock units. PanJam Investment gained $1.50 in closing at $65 in switching ownership of 369 units, Portland JSX climbed $1.30 to close at $9.80 after an exchange of 3,000 shares,Proven Investments declined 49 cents to end at $33.50, with 3,506 stock units crossing the market. Seprod lost $2.93 to end at $68.07 after 834 stocks changed hands, Supreme Ventures shed 60 cents to close at $30 with 103,257 stocks clearing the market, Sygnus Credit Investments increased 43 cents ending at $13.95 after trading 30,742 units and Sygnus Real Estate Finance fell $1.85 in closing at $11 while exchanging 5,281 stock units.
In the preference segmentJMMB Group 7.15% – due 2028, rose 40 cents to end at $3.40 after an exchange of 101,000 shares, 138 Student Living preference share continued its incredible but irrational rise by gaining $5.10 to close at a record $39.10 in trading 323 stock units and Productive Business Solutions 9.75% preference share advanced $24.49 in closing at $104.50 trading one share.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

The JSE Main Market bounce

Trading jumped Tuesday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market, with a 53 percent increased volume of stocks traded over Monday, as investors exchanged 7,889,885 shares, with 274 percent greater value of $136,235,111 versus 5,149,053 units at $36,443,360 on Monday and pushing the market value higher at the close.
Trading ended with 57 securities against 58 on Monday, with 22 rising, 23 declining and 12 ending unchanged.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rose 3,348.28 points to 431,124.89, the JSE Main Index climbed 2,441.47 points to 377,168.46 and the JSE Financial Index popped 0.72 points to 89.97.
Trading averaged 138,419 units at $2,390,090, compared to 88,777 shares at $628,334 on Monday and month to date, an average of 163,533 units at $1,583,820, compared to 165,057 units at $1,534,877 on the previous trading day. June closed with an average of 281,913 units at $5,309,050.
Jamaica Broilers led trading with 1.91 million shares for 24.2 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.62 million units for 20.5 percent of the day’s trade and Wigton Windfarm with 1.05 million units for 13.3 percent of market share.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.8 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed based on ICInsider.com’s forecasted earnings for companies with financial years ending up to the close of August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows nine stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and six stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments declined 70 cents to end at $88.06 with an exchange of 29,688 shares, Berger Paints gained 69 cents after finishing at $12.19 with five stock units crossing the exchange, Caribbean Cement rallied 51 cents to $63.49 with the swapping of 2,645 units. Jamaica Broilers rallied 50 cents to close at $29 in an exchange of 1,908,234 stocks, Jamaica Producers shed 49 cents in closing at $22 with 20,587 shares clearing the market, Jamaica Stock Exchange rose 95 cents in closing at $17.95 after exchanging 2,204 stocks. JMMB Group fell 54 cents to $42.91, with 405,966 stock units changing hands, Massy Holdings advanced 50 cents to close at $91 in trading 44,934 units, Mayberry Investments popped 59 cents to $10.59 after an exchange of 4,056 units. Mayberry Jamaican Equities fell 49 cents to end at $15.50, with 34,029 stock units crossing the market, but only after hitting a record high of $16. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy dropped $4 after ending at $81 in switching ownership of 173 stocks, NCB Financial shed $1.93 to close at $95.07, with 43,592 shares crossing the market. Palace Amusement climbed $136.63 to $890 after exchanging three units, PanJam Investment declined 50 cents in closing at $63.50 while exchanging 3,503 stock units, Portland JSX rose 50 cents to end at $8.50 trading 20 stocks. Proven Investments gained 64 cents after ending at $33.99 and finishing trading 12,649 shares, Salada Foods dropped 35 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $5 in exchanging 28,295 units and is poised to fall further. Seprod advanced $2.90 to $71, with 8,519 stocks clearing the market. Stanley Motta popped 50 cents in closing at $5.50, with 10,000 stock units crossing the exchange, Supreme Ventures climbed $1.60 to $30.60 after trading 151,914 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments lost 43 cents to $13.52, with 37,100 shares changing hands.
In the preference segment138 Student Living preference share increased $1.57, ending at a record closing high of $34, with 70 units crossing the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Trading plunged on JSE Main market

Trading plunged on Monday, on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market, with an exchange of a mere 5,149,053 shares 41 percent less than Friday, with the value falling 67 percent to just $36,443,360 against 8,789,294 units at $110,558,479 traded on Friday as 58 securities changed hands compared to 53 on Friday, with 23 rising, 22 declining and 13 ending unchanged.
The average trade on Monday was 88,777 units at $628,334, down from 165,836 shares at $2,086,009 on Friday and month to date, an average of 165,057 units at $1,534,877, compared to 170,079 units at $1,594,558 on the previous trading day. June closed with an average of 281,913 units at $5,309,050.
The All Jamaican Composite Index declined 2,082.02 points to 427,776.61, the JSE Main Index declined by 1,237.67 points to close at 374,726.99 and the JSE Financial Index dropped 0.52 points in closing at 89.25.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.7 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed based on ICInsider.com’s forecasted earnings for companies with financial years ending up to August 2023.
Transjamaican Highway led trading with 1.19 million shares for 23.2 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 1.03 million units for 20 percent of the day’s trade and Pulse Investments with 364,611 units for 7.1 percent market share.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 11 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
At the close, Caribbean Cement gained $1.05 in closing at $62.98 after exchanging 24,466 shares, Eppley dropped $1 to $41, with 129 units clearing the market, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund rallied 75 cents to $40.75 in exchanging 50 stock units. Guardian Holdings jumped $11.98 to close at $517.99 after trading 126 stocks, Jamaica Broilers lost 50 cents to end at $28.50 with an exchange of 20,724 stock units, Jamaica Producers advanced 49 cents to close at $22.49 with the swapping of 3,393 stocks. JMMB Group popped 45 cents to end at $43.45, with 63,231 units crossing the market, Massy Holdings fell 40 cents in ending at $90.50 in exchanging 101,719 shares, Mayberry Investments shed 40 cents to $10, with 39,553 shares crossing the market. Mayberry Jamaican Equities climbed $1.59 in closing at $15.99, with an exchange of 74,885 stock units, NCB Financial declined 95 cents in closing at $97 after exchanging 15,535 stocks, 138 Student Living fell 77 cents to close at $4.39 in switching ownership of 13,129 units. Palace Amusement dived $146.63 to a 52 weeks’ low of $753.37, with 530 units crossing the exchange, Proven Investments increased 35 cents to end at $33.35, with 7,977 stocks changing hands, Radio Jamaica dropped 36 cents to $2.47 in exchanging 218,628 shares and Stanley Motta lost 60 cents to $5 in trading 94,226 stock units.
In the preference segmentEppley 7.25% preference share shed $1 to close at $20 in trading 1,389 shares, JMMB Group 7.25% due 2024 preference share lost 39 cents to end at $1.51 in trading 71,778 stock units and 138 Student Living s preference share jumped $2.94 in closing at a record $32.43 while exchanging 15 units, as the price defiles logic with a dividend yield of around three percent at the current price.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Big fall for JSE majors on Friday

Market activity ended on Friday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market, with the volume of stocks traded rising 35 percent with 74 percent more value than on Thursday with declining stocks exceeded those rising as 53 securities were exchanged similar to Thursday, with 16 rising, 24 declining and 13 ending unchanged.
The All Jamaican Composite Index shed 4,182.94 points to 429,858.63, the JSE Main Index declined by 3,266.08 points to 375,964.66 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.45 points to settle at 89.77.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.8 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed based on ICInsider.com’s forecasted earnings for companies with financial years ending up to the close of August 2023.
Overall, 8,789,294 shares were traded for $110,558,479 versus 6,516,689 units at $63,546,288 on Thursday. Trading averages 165,836 units at $2,086,009, versus 122,956 shares at $1,198,987 on Thursday and month to date, an average of 170,079 units at $1,594,558, compared to 170,350 units at $1,563,101 on the previous trading day. June closed with an average of 281,913 units at $5,309,050.
Transjamaican Highway led trading with 3.36 million shares for 38.2 percent of total volume followed by Wigton Windfarm with 1.26 million units for 14.4 percent of the day’s trade and Supreme Ventures with 865,493 units for 9.8 percent market share.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows seven stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments increased $1.02 in closing at $89 with the swapping of 916 shares, Caribbean Cement lost $1.05 to $61.93 in exchanging 7,260 stock units, First Rock Capital shed 80 cents after ending at $11.85 in trading 75,000 stocks. Jamaica Broilers dipped 50 cents to close at $29 with 20,443 units clearing the market, Jamaica Producers climbed $1 to $22 while exchanging 15,381 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange fell $1.47 in closing at $16.7 after exchanging 18,782 stock units. NCB Financial advanced 45 cents to $97.95 in an exchange of 66,499 units, Palace Amusement jumped $72 to $900, with 112 stocks changing hands, PanJam Investment dropped $1.15 to $64, with 429,326 shares crossing the exchange. Portland JSX lost $2.50 to close at $8 after 54,911 stocks changed hands, Proven Investments declined 98 cents in closing at $33, with 6,322 stock units crossing the market, Scotia Group shed $1 to end at $36 after exchanging 35,370 units and Supreme Ventures dropped $2.90 to close at $29.10 crossing the market 865,493 units.
In the preference segment138 Student Living preference share rose $3.85 to $29.49 in switching ownership of 202 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.