Fontana & Wisynco watch alerts

A close look at the main market shows clear bullish signs, with the market breaking out from a wedge formation and is being steered upwards by a long term upward sloping support line, that goes back to early 2016.
Unlike the rally in December that was dominated by NCB Financial, this rally is more broad based. Over the past two weeks, several company released results and seem to be stirring investors’ interest in a number of the companies.
Fontana and Wisynco were highlighted last week, as compelling stocks to watch. Demand for the two stocks drove prices higher on strong demand and increasing traded volumes, during the past week.
These two stocks remain on the watch list and IC Insider.com expects to see continued demand for them. Importantly, the supply of Wisynco’s shares is drastically reduced, since the release of the December quarterly.  There are further reports that apart from a likely big new distribution contract that being discussed the company will be distributing sugar for a factory in the western end of the island.

Radio Jamaica

Buy Rated Radio Jamaica was struggling below the 90 cents mark for a very long time, came to life during the week with the company reporting strong gains in profit in the December quarter of $168 million versus $79 million in the similar period in 2017. The stock traded several million units below 95 cents but hit $1.20 on Friday as supply below dried up. The stock may find it difficult the move higher during the coming week but is worth watching to see where it trades during the week.
A block of nearly 61 million AMG Packaging shares traded during the week and stopped the price from moving higher. Buying interest remains as many investors see prospects of continued profit and stock price.
Elite Diagnostic closed the past week at $3.10 as results released showed a big improvement over the first quarter to September of $5 million versus $1.6 million on a pretax basis. The reported profit was not good enough to excite investors looking for immediate stock price gains.  The price may well remain anchored around current levels for a while. The quarter over quarter growth in revenues points to higher revenues in the March quarter. There now appears to be a gap developing between the bids at $3.10 and sellers at $3.40. Watch to see how this develops. PanJam Investment traded as high as $82 on Friday with limited supply of the stock offered for sale. This one seems poised to move higher as just limited supply of the stocks is on offer for sale.
Demand for Fontana shares ate away at supply of the stock during the week but seems to have the $4 mark to take out before moving higher.

Section of Fontana Waterloo road branch now under construction.

The stock is still undervalued, even as it has doubled the IPO price. Investors ought to be focusing on the expansion plans and what that will do to profit in fiscal 2020.
General Accident 2018 results came out in the region of 29 cents per share but with $129 million less investments income and a big bump up in Management fee expense of 40 percent to $803 million. Importantly, net premium income rose a strong 28 percent for the full year. Selling pressure may be easing up with buying picking up.
ISP Finance reported flat profit for the year to December but revenues rose 18 percent in the last quarter over that of 2017 driving profit in the quarter 30 percent to $25 million. The results was strong enough to drive the bid above the last traded price and push selling of the stock on to the sideline. The growth in the final quarter of 2018 points to improving fortunes for the company and so could ignite demand for the stock at a higher price than the closing bid of $13.
Jamaica Stock Exchange shares hit a new high of $17.95, during the past week, with increasing interest shown in the stock. Exposed supply is currently not high, with expected continued buoyancy in the market and a big increase in new listings this year, investors seem more aggressive to buy into what should be another year of increased profit for the company. Seprod’s price moved up to $39 with increased demand for the shares continuing against the background of declining supply. The price seems poised to move even higher in the coming weeks as the stock remains attractively priced and in limited supply.

Some of Seprod”s products.

Lasco Financial came out with powerful December quarter profit that rose 95 percent to $107 million after tax but a still respectable 67 percent before tax. Nine months profit rose by a much slower 21 percent from $222 million to $268 million after tax but a slightly heathier 23 percent before tax. The December quarter has sufficient information that investors can use to determine what future prospects are for profit and that could help lift demand for the stock.
NCB Financial remains on the Watch List with strong gains in operating profit for the December quarter, but the stock is finding it hard to break through resistance at the $150 level and may need something out of the ordinary if the price is to move decidedly higher before the summer months.

JSE main market gaining momentum

JSE main market moving higher with strong support from resistance level (Red Line) going back to 2016

Trading on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Friday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index jumping 2,500.28 points to 417,412.66 and the JSE Index climbing by 2,275.58 points to 380,307.12.
At the close market activity, the main and US markets traded 39 securities, compared to 32 securities trading on Wednesday, with 18 advanced, 13 declined and 8 traded firm.
Main market activity ended with, 3,327,691 units valued at $215,403,267 changing hands, compared to 20,917,776 units valued at $2,473,285,188 on Thursday.
Eppley, Jamaica Stock Exchange and 138 Student Living preference share closed trading at 52 weeks highs but PanJam Investment traded at a 52 weeks’ intraday high of $82 but fell back by the close.
NCB Financial Group led trading for the second consecutive day with 1,062,496 shares for 32 percent of the day’s volume, Radio Jamaica was next with 672,252 shares, accounting for 20 percent of the total main market volume changing hands and Jamaica Broilers ended with 336,124 shares, for 10 percent of the day’s volume.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 9 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
An average of 97,873 units valued at $6,335,390, in contrast to 674,767 shares valued at $79,783,393 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 351,464 shares with a value of $16,773,070 and previously, 318,056 shares with a value of $9,511,657. Trading for January resulted in an average of 101,980 units, valued at $3,042,494, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Barita Investments lost $1.10 in closing at $49.50 in trading 167,000 shares, Berger Paints fell 50 cents to end at $20, with 18,072 stock units trading, Caribbean Cement exchanged 40,126 shares with a loss of 50 cents, to end at $43. Eppley climbed $3.90 and ended trading of 1,000 shares, at a 52 weeks’ high of $13, Grace Kennedy traded 6,862 stock units with a gain of 50 cents to end at $58.50, Jamaica Producers rose 50 to close at $22.50, with 7,370 shares trading, Jamaica Stock Exchange ended at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $17.50, with 83,338 shares trading. JMMB Group lost $1.30 in trading of 19,904 shares at $31.70, Kingston Wharves rose $1 to close at $76, with 1,589 units changing hands, Mayberry Investments lost 85 cents and ended trading of 6,119 shares, at $8.05, 138 Student Living lost 30 cents trading 25,200 shares at $5.50. PanJam Investment fell 50 cents trading 19,320 units to close at $79.50 after hitting earlier a 52 weeks high of $82, Sagicor Group gained $1 and ended trading 53,548 stock units at $38.50, Salada Foods rose 50 cents trading 5,200 shares at $33. Scotia Group rose $1.99 trading 5,498 shares at $53.99, Stanley Motta shed 33 cents to end at $4.67, with an exchange of 2,000 shares, Sygnus Credit Investments dipped 50 cents to end at $11.50 with an exchange of 88,000 shares and Wisynco Group gained 35 cents and concluded trading of 43,108 shares at $11.
Trading in the US dollar market resulted in 152,096 units valued at US$31,930 changing hands.  JMMB Group 6% preference share concluded trading of 1,300 units at $1.04, Margaritaville traded 3,895 shares at 24 US cents, Proven Investments traded 129,301 units, with the price closing at 21.99 US cents, Sterling Investments trading 10,000 units to close at 4 us cents and Sygnus Credit Investments ended with 7,600 units trading at 11 US cents after falling 1 cent. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 0.33 points to close at 175.38.

Valentine’s gift for JSE investors – Thursday

NCB Financial traded 16.55m shares on the JSE on Thursday.

Gains in 15 stocks against 9 with losses sent the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange surging at the end of trading on Thursday. NCB Financial traded more than $16.5 million shares but had little impact on the indices.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 5,188.44 points to 414,912.38 and the JSE Index surged 4,722.16 points to 378,031.54.
The main and US markets traded 32 securities, compared to 35 securities trading on Wednesday, with Jamaica Stock Exchange and Wisynco Group trading at 52 weeks intraday highs but PanJam Investments ended at a 52 weeks’ closing high as supply of the stock is very limited.
Main market activity ended with, 20,917,776 units valued at $2,473,285,188 changing hands, compared to 9,650,019 valued at $141,880,042 on Wednesday.
NCB Financial Group led trading with 16.55 million shares for 79 percent of the day’s volume, Wisynco Group was next with 1,492,528 shares, accounting for 7 percent of the total main market volume changing hands and Radio Jamaica ended with 944,409 shares, for 4.5 percent of the day’s volume.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 13 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.
An average of 674,767 units valued at $79,783,393 compared to 292,425 units valued at an average of $4,299,395 for each security traded, on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 351,464 shares with a value of $16,773,070 and previously, 318,056 shares with a value of $9,511,657. Trading for January resulted in an average of 101,980 units, valued at $3,042,494, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Barita Investments rose 60 cents to close at $50.60, in trading 4,169 shares, Berger Paints jumped $1 to end at $20.50, with 4,755 stock units trading, Caribbean Cement finished with a gain of 35 cents to end at $43.50, with an exchange of 9,975 shares. Grace Kennedy traded 82,237 stock units but lost $1.50 to end at $58, Jamaica Broilers finished trading 58,596 shares and lost 30 cents to end at $33.50, Jamaica Producers fell 41 to close at $22, with 26,953 shares trading, JMMB Group gained 25 cents in concluded trading of 408,504 shares at $33,. Kingston Wharves rose $4 to close at $75, with 23,515 units changing hands, 183 Student Living rose 80 cents trading 1,100 shares at $5.80. PanJam Investment  jumped $4.99 in ending at a 52 weeks closing high of $80, trading 48,795 units, Sagicor Group  gained 40 cents and ended trading 153,890 stock units at $37.50,  Scotia Group added 75 cents trading 20,694 shares at $52,  Stanley Motta  gained 50 cents to end at $5, with an exchange of 31,684 shares. Sygnus Credit Investments rose $1.20 to end at $12 with an exchange of 41,700 shares, Victoria Mutual Investments  rose 35 cents to settle at $4.05, with 30,867 shares changing hands and Wisynco Group fell 25 cents and concluded trading of 1,492,528 shares $10.65, after trading at a 52 weeks’ intraday high of $12. Trading over the past 4 days have significantly dried up supply of the stock.
Trading in the US dollar market resulted in 36,975 units valued at US$8,057 changing hands with Proven Investments being the sole stock trading, with the price closing at 21.99 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index fell 0.79 points to close at 175.05.

JSE main market closes down – Wednesday

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Trading on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Wednesday with the market indices and ending with more declines even as advancing stocks were more than declining ones.
At the close of trading, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index declined 877.61 points to 409,723.94 and the JSE Index lost 798.74 points to 373,309.38.
The main and US markets traded a total of 35 securities, compared to 34 securities trading on Tuesday, with the prices of 11 rising, 9 declining and 15 remaining unchanged.  JMMB Group 7% NC preference share closed at a 52 weeks’ low $1.98.
Main market activity ended with, 9,650,019 valued at $141,880,042, compared to 9,605,896 units valued at $71,284,670 changing hands, on Tuesday.
Wisynco Group led trading with 3.3 million shares for 34 percent of the day’s volume, Radio Jamaica was next with 2,093,021 shares and accounting for 22 percent of the total main market volume changing hands and Jamaica Broilers with 1,959,403 shares, for 20 percent of the day’s volume and Jamaica Stock Exchange traded 1.16 million units.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 12 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 closing with lower offers.
An average of 292,425 units valued at an average of $4,299,395 compared to 300,184 units valued at an average of $2,227,646 for each security traded, on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 318,056 shares with a value of $9,511,657 and previously, 321,224 shares with a value of $10,240,490. Trading for January resulted in an average of 101,980 units, valued at $3,042,494, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Grace Kennedy traded 35,455 stock units and climbed $1.84 to end at $59.50, Jamaica Broilers finished trading 1,959,403 shares and rose 30 cents to end at $33.80, Kingston Wharves rose $1 to close at $71, with 1,192 units changing hands, 183 Student Living rose 99 cents and finished trading 5,000 shares at $5. PanJam Investment dropped $2.99 in closing at $75.01, trading 1,500 units, Sagicor Group  fell $1.40 and ended trading 23,200 stock units at $37.10,  Salada Foods traded just 18,495 shares, but lost $5.50 to close at $32.50. Stanley Motta  fell 50 cents to end at $4.50, with an exchange of 1,616 shares, Supreme Ventures rose 45 cents and finished trading of 129,583 units at $19.80. Sygnus Credit Investments rose 75 cents to end at $11 with an exchange of 16,550 shares, Victoria Mutual Investments  rose 35 cents to settle at $4.05, with 30,867 shares changing hands and Wisynco Group rose 40 cents and concluded trading of 3,318,014 shares $10.90.
Trading in the US dollar market resulted in 41,480 units valued at $7,059 changing hands. Proven Investments traded 30,000 units at 22 US cents and Sterling Investments rose 2 cents in exchanging of 11,480 shares at 4 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index advanced by 5.09 points to close at 175.84.

2 days of strong JSE main market gains end

Radio Jamaica traded more than 4 million shares as the compnay posted strong gains in profit in the December quarter.

Trading on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Tuesday with the market snapping two days of solid gains in the market indices and ending with big declines even as advancing stocks were more than declining ones.
At the close of trading, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index dropped by 2,837.49 points to 410,601.55 and the JSE Index dived by 2,582.48 points to 374,108.12.
The main and US markets traded a total of 34 securities, compared to 33 securities trading on Monday, with the prices of 16 rising, 11 declining and 7 remaining unchanged. Three stocks traded at new highs during the trading session but only two ended at a new closing high and one closed at a 52 weeks’ low.
Main market activity ended with, 9,605,896 units valued at $71,284,670 compared to 3,396,161 units valued at $104,302,598 changing hands, on Monday.
Radio Jamaica led trading with 4,707,436 shares for 49 percent of the day’s volume, after the company posted strong gains in profit in the December quarter of $168 million versus $79 million in the similar period in 2017. JMMB Group 6% preference share was next with 1,799,538 shares and accounting for 18.7 percent of the total main market volume changing hands and 1834 Investments with 705,080 shares, for 7 percent of the day’s volume.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 15 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
An average of 300,184 units valued at an average of $2,227,646 compared to 106,130 units valued at an average of $3,259,456 for each security traded, on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 321,224 shares with a value of $10,240,490 and previously, 324,089 shares with a value of $11,497,407. Trading for January resulted in an average of 101,980 units, valued at $3,042,494, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Berger Paints lost 50 cents and ended at $19.50, with an exchange of 6,803 stock units, Grace Kennedy traded with 88,962 stock units and lost 34 cents to end at $57.66, Jamaica Producers regained 50 cents to close at $23 in trading 6,008 shares. Jamaica Stock Exchange gained $1 and closed trading with 36,189 units changing hands, at a record close of $16, JMMB Group rose 65 cents and concluded trading 18,827 shares at $32.75, Kingston Wharves dropped $2 and settled at $70, with 44,616 units changing hands, 138 Student Living rose 49 cents and finished trading 1,199 shares at $4.01. PanJam Investment  jumped $2.99 and ended at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $78, trading 6,262 units, Sagicor Group  lost 35 cents and ended trading at $38.50, with 39,275 stock units, Salada Foods traded just 700 units, but lost 50 cents to close at $38, Scotia Group  dropped $1.89 to finish trading 195,910 shares at $51.11. Seprod climbed $2.50 to finish trading of 695,712 shares at $39, Stanley Motta  rose 30 cents to end at $5, with an exchange of 5,000 shares, Supreme Ventures rose 35 cents and finished trading of 12,668 units at $19.35. Sygnus Credit Investments rose 75 cents to end at $11 with an exchange of 16,550 shares and Victoria Mutual Investments lost 30 cents to settle at $3.70, with 236,520 shares changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market resulted in 99,033 units valued at over $11,543 changing hands. Proven Investments traded 6,633 units to close at 22 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments rose by 2 cents in exchanging of 92,400 shares at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index advanced by 6.87 points to close at 170.75.

More gains for JSE main market – Monday

Barita Investments dominated trading with 1.1 milliobn shares changing hands.

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Monday with a second day of strong gains in the market indices with the prices of 16 rising, 13 declining and 4 remaining unchanged.
The JSE All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 3,028.23 points to close at 413,439.04 and the JSE Index climbed 2,756.09 points to close at 376,690.60 after both rose by more than 2,944 points on Friday.
Importantly, NCB financial that played a big role in many of the big movements in recent months had little impact in Mondays move and suggesting that investors’ interest is more broad-based now than a few weeks ago.
The main and US markets traded a total of 33 securities, compared to 31 securities trading on Friday.
Main market activity ended with, 3,396,161 units valued at $104,302,598 changing hands, in contrast to 7,016,682 units valued at $207,252,597, on Friday.
Barita Investments led trading with 1,113,243 units for 33 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Wisynco Group with 628,630 shares and accounting for 19 percent of the total main market volume changing hands and Seprod with 443,979 stock units for 13 percent of the day’s volume.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 10 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
An average of 106,130 units valued at an average of $3,259,456 for each security traded, in contrast to 241,955 units valued at an average of $7,146,641 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 324,089 shares with a value of $11,497,407 and previously, 358,447 units valued $13,030,049. Trading for January resulted in an average of 101,980 units, valued at $3,042,494, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Barita Investments surprisingly, added 51 cents to close at $50.01, with the trading a large volume of 1,113,243 shares up to $52. Berger Paints gained 50 cents and ended at $20, with an exchange of a mere 100 stock units, Caribbean Cement rose 90 cents in trading 1,500 shares at $43, Jamaica Broilers climbed 50 cents in trading of 51,600 units, to close at 52 weeks’ closing high of $33.50. Jamaica Producers lost 50 cents to close at $22.50 and trading 6,000 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange gained $1 and closed trading with 34,786 units changing hands, at a record close of $15, JMMB Group fell 70 cents concluded trading at $32.10, with 57,512 shares. Kingston Wharves rose $3.48 cents and settled at $72, with 6,449 units changing hands, Pulse Investments traded 2,000 units and lost 50 cents to close at $2.70, Salada Foods traded 10,860 units, but lost 50 cents to close at $38.50. Seprod rose $1.65 to finish trading of 443,979 shares at $36.50, Supreme Ventures lost 80 cents and finished trading 42,611 units at $19 and Sygnus Credit Investments lost 90 cents to end at $10.25 with an exchange of 49,018 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market resulted in 54,933 units valued at $57,130 changing hands as the sole stock trading, JMMB Group 6% preference share, lost 2 cents and concluded trading with 54,933 units at US$1.04. The JSE USD Equities Index closed at 163.88.

Compelling case to watch Fontana & Wisynco

Fontana Waterloo Road branch now nearing completion.

Two compelling buys this week that investors should be watching over the next few weeks, are Fontana in the Junior Market and Wisynco in the main market of Jamaica Stock Exchange.
Last week, the results of a few companies were released, but only the results of Wisynco, had the potency to move the stock price, without much delay. More companies will release quarterly reports this week and they are worth watching.
Wisynco reported strong half-year results to December and encountered good buying interest on Friday with nearly 2.7 million shares trading, with little price movement. Trading on Friday may have removed quite a bit of supply to help pave the way for an inevitable price rise at some point in time. The company is yet to reap the full benefit from the new production lines they installed last year and effective providing room for greater profit margin. In addition, they added sugar distribution to the product line up starting in January this year. The company is ripe to add more products for distribution could well add new brands to the lineup that will boost revenues and profit if that happens.  At current price of $10.40 and with a strong increase 36 percent in profits for the December quarter, investors with limited inventory of the stock would be unwise not to add it to their portfolios.

Wisynco could enjoy much increased revenues going forward as new products as added to the line up.

The recent quarterly report of AMG Packaging showed a big improvement of 68 percent in profit to $16.1 million, resulted in garnering increased buying interest around the $2.50 level. The price could move higher with sellers trying to get out around $2.70 level.
Elite Diagnostic rose in price this past week with increased buying interest and may go higher in the coming weeks as the quarterly results for December should show a big improvement over the $1.8 million profit reported in the first quarter to September and point to a much brighter future for this expanding entity.
PanJam Investment has limited supply of the stock offered on the market currently. At the close on Friday, just 79,000 units were shown on the JSE trading platform for sale compared, to 781,000 on the buy side. The lowest offer was 51,000 units at $80. It will be interesting to see what will happen with the price during the week.
Demand for Fontana shares is gradually eating away at supply of the stock with the price closing at $3.60, on Friday. The bid closed at $3.60 on Friday and the price could move higher during the week.  With IC Insider.com projected earnings for the current year at 50 cents per share and the opening of its latest branch this year, the stock has lots of potential gains ahead of it.
General Accident enjoyed lower demand in the past week with the price slipping from $4 to $3.90. The stock is a big value play with the 2018 results likely to come out in the region of 45 cents per share and 2019 even higher and provide solid incentive for the buyers to pick up the stock. Interim results for the full year, are expected to be released this week. Jamaica Stock Exchange shares hit a new high of $14, during the past week, with increasing interest shown in the stock. Exposed supply is currently not high, with expected continued buoyancy in

Seprod shares now trades at $34.85 each.


the market and a big increase in new listings this year, investors seem more aggressive to buy into what should be another year of increased profit for the company. Seprod price moved up to $34.85 with increased demand for the shares continuing against the background of declining supply. The price seems poised to move even higher in the coming weeks as the stock remains attractively priced.
Lasco Manufacturing’s profit for the December quarter was effectively flat at $197 million but is up 32 percent for nine months period. With EPS at 17 cents for the year, to December, there was little fire power to move the stock price during the week. The same is true for Lasco Distributors, with a 24 percent rise in profit to $157 million for the December quarter and 16 percent increase for the nine months to December, to $620 or 18 cents per share. Lasco Manufacturing with EPS close to Lasco Distributors should really see the stock price moving closer to the latter than the $3.10 it closed at on Friday.
NCB Financial remains on the Watch List with strong gains in operating profit for the December quarter, but the stock is finding it hard to break through resistance at the $150 level and may need something out of the ordinary if the price is to move decidedly higher before the summer months.
Barita Investments is worth watching but with the price falling, having gone ex rights during the past week.

JSE main market bounces – Friday

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange enjoyed increased trading levels at the close on Friday over Thursday’s improved levels, leading the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index to jump 3,235.32 points to 410,410.81 and the JSE Index climbing by 2,944.56 points to 373,934.51.
Main market activity ended with, 7,016,682 units valued at $207,252,597 changing hands, in contrast with 4,986,769 units valued at $74,552,633, on Thursday.
The main and US markets traded a total of 33 securities, with prices of 13 rising, 9 declining with 9 remaining unchanged, compared to 31 securities trading on Thursday.
Wisynco Group led trading with 2,688,897 units for 38 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Grace Kennedy, with 1,521,787 shares and accounting for 22 percent of the total main market volume changing hands and Sygnus Credit with 543,056 stock units for 8 percent of the day’s volume.
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 5 closing with lower offers.
An average of 241,955 units valued at an average of $7,146,641 for each security traded. In contrast to 184,695 units for an average of $2,761,209 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 358,447 units valued $13,030,049 and previously, 523,805 units valued $16,891,062. Trading for January resulted in an average of 101,980 units, valued at $3,042,494, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Berger Paints lost $1.50 and ended at $19.50, with an exchange of 5,153 stock units, Jamaica Broilers climbed $4 in trading of 58,277 units, to close at $33, Jamaica Producers gained $1 to close at $23, trading 17,568 shares. Jamaica Stock Exchange closed trading with 81,864 units changing hands, with a rise of 5 cents to a record close of $14, Kingston Wharves lost 38 cents and settled at $68.52, with 266,720 units changing hands. Proven Investments traded 3,000 units and rose 50 cents to close at $27.50, Sagicor Group rose 25 cents in trading 25,424 stock units, to close at $38.80, Scotia Group fell 99 cents and finished trading of 489,552 shares at $53 and Sygnus Credit Investments lost 45 cents to end at $11.15 with an exchange of 543,056 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market resulted in 52,812 units valued at over $10,639 changing hands. JMMB Group 6% preference share concluded trading at $1.06 with 218 units, JMMB Group 5.75% preference share closed at $2 trading 2,114 shares, Proven Investments traded 14,180 units to close at 22 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments exchanged of 36,300 shares at 9 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index fell 5.54 points to close at 163.88.

JSE main market drops – Thursday

Trading picked up over that on Wednesday on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Thursday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index falling by 1,009.17 points to 407,175.49 and the JSE Index declining by 918.47 points to 370,989.95.
Main market activity ended with, 4,986,769 units valued at $74,552,633, in contrast with 2,541,810 units valued at $57,485,785 on Wednesday.
The main and US markets traded a total of 31 securities, with prices of 13 rising, 9 declining with 9 remaining unchanged, compared to 34 securities trading on Wednesday.
JMMB Group 7.5% preference share led trading with 2,001,000 units for 40 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Jamaica Broilers with 1,531,165 shares and accounting for 21 percent of the total main market volume changing hands and Wisynco Group with 589,188 stock units for 12 percent of the day’s volume.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 9 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 closing with lower offers.
An average of 184,695 units valued at $2,761,209, in contrast to 42,483 units valued at $1,358,497 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 523,805 units valued $16,891,062 and previously, 523,805 units valued $16,891,062. Trading for January resulted in an average of 101,980 units, valued at $3,042,494, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Barita Investments fell $1.52 to close at $49.48, with 5,691 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement shed 95 cents to finish at $42.05, trading 15,476 shares, Jamaica Broilers dropped $3.51 in trading of 1,531,165 units, to close at $29. Jamaica Stock Exchange closed trading with 35,508 units changing hands, with a rise of 45 cents to a record close of $13.95. JMMB Group concluded trading with 12,319 shares but rose 80 cents to $32.80, Kingston Wharves lost $1.10 and settled at $68.90, with 6,557 units changing hands, 138 Student Living rose 41 cents to $3.40, in trading 1,000 units, PanJam Investment rose $1 to end at $75 with 11,974 units changing hands. Sagicor Group fell by 20 cents in trading 30,407 stock units, to close at $38.55, Scotia Group climbed $2.94 and finished trading of 59,319 shares at $53.99 and Seprod lose $1.41 to end at $34.92 with an exchange of 13,581 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market resulted in 10,022 units valued at US$4,728 changing hands. JMMB Group 6% preference share concluded trading with a gain of 2 cents to settle at $1.06 with 950 units, JMMB Group 5.75% preference share finished with a rise of 1 cent to $2 with 486 shares trading, JMMB Group 5.5% preference share settled ended at $2 with 486 shares and Proven Investments traded 8,100 units and rose 1 cent to close at 22 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index was unchanged at the close at 169.42.

Robust JSE main market gain – Wednesday

Trading on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Wednesday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index climbing 1,683.64 points to 408,184.66 and the JSE Index advancing by 1,532.33 points to close at 371,908.42.
Main market activity ended with just 2,541,810 units valued at $57,485,785, in contrast with 1,062,072 units valued at over $33,962,415 on Tuesday.
The main and US markets traded a total of 34 securities, with prices of 7 rising, 12 declining with 15 remaining unchanged, compared to 29 securities trading on Tuesday.
Supreme Ventures led trading with 622,892 units for 24.5 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Wisynco Group with 539,782 shares and accounting for 21 percent of the total main market volume changing hands and JMMB Group 7.5% preference share with 415,445 stock units for 16 percent of the day’s volume.
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 4 closing with lower offers.
An average of 81,994 units valued at an average of $1,854,380, in contrast to 42,483 units valued at $1,358,497 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 523,805 units valued $16,891,062 and previously, 684,936 units valued at $22,375,029. Trading for January resulted in an average of 101,980 units valued at $3,042,494, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Barita Investments fell 40 cents to close at $51, with 158,787 shares changing hands, Jamaica Broilers fell by 49 cents in trading of 21,422 units at $32.51, Jamaica Stock Exchange closed trading with 46,997 units changing hands with a rise of 50 cents to $13.50. Kingston Wharves gained 80 cents and settled at $70.00, with 3,678 units changing hands, 138 Student Living rose 68 cents to $2.99, in trading 100 units, PanJam Investment lost $1 to end at $74 with 4,680 units changing hands. Sagicor Group fell by 25 cents trading 22,412 stock units, to close at $38.75, Scotia Group lost $1.95 and finished trading of 16,288 shares at $51.05 and Seprod lost 99 cents to end at $33.51 with an exchange of 12,894 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market resulted in 61,777 units valued at $6,450 changing hands. Margaritaville  ended trading 477 shares at 24 US cents, Proven Investments traded 6,300 units and rose 1 cent to close at 22 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments closed trading of 55,000 units to close at 9 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index advanced 0.33 points to close at 169.42.