Trading up for JSE main market

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange main market returned to more normal levels on Tuesday, than the heavy trading that took place on Monday.
The market ended with 7,661,551 units valued $296,721,375, up sharply from 1,643,736 units valued $44,890,131 units changing hands, on Monday.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index declined 3,438.93 points to 451,745.98 and the JSE Index dropped 3,125.06 points to 411,507.15.
Sagicor Group led trading with 5.18 million shares accounting for 68 percent of total main market volume, followed by Victoria Mutual Investments with 758,101 units and 10 percent of the day’s trades and Wisynco Group with 355,985 units for 5 percent of volume traded.
Trading ended with an average of 239,423 units valued $9,272,543, in contrast to 53,024 shares valued at $1,448,069 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 265,920 units valued $11,582,843 and previously, 267,779 units valued $11,609,967. Trading for April resulted in an average of 157,923 shares at $3,718,919, for each security traded.
At the close market activity, the main and US markets traded 33 securities, compared to 34 on Monday leading to 13 advancing, 9 declining and 11 closing unchanged. Berger Paints closed at a 52 weeks’ low of $17.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with 7 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments lost 60 cents and closed at $43.50, trading 142,650 shares, Berger Paints rose $2 and ended at $19, with 12,000 stock units traded, Caribbean Cement climbed $1.50 to close at $70.50, trading 4,932 shares, Eppley lost 50 cents and ended 100 shares trading at $12,  Jamaica Stock Exchange rose 77 cents to end at $19.76, with 23,349 shares changing hands. JMMB Group gained 65 cents to end at $38.75 while trading 99,273 shares, Kingston Wharves jumped $2 trading 792 shares in closing at $70, Mayberry Investments lost 45 cents and ended trading 15,784 shares at $8.55, NCB Financial Group  lost $2 trading 121,000 shares at $148. PanJam Investment  added 50 cents with 16,955 shares changing hands, to close at $97.50, Proven Investments rose $1.50 to close trading of 1,445 units at $33.50, Sagicor Group  jumped $1.51 to end at $48.50 in trading 5,179,012 stock units, Scotia Group declined $1 to $49, with 194,251 shares trading. Seprod gained $2 trading 43,939 shares to close at $46 and Wisynco Group  rose 56 cents to close at a record high of $15.50, with 355,985 shares trading.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 4,000 units valued at US$1,000 as Margaritaville  ended trading at 25 US cents with 4,000 shares. The JSE USD Equities Index closed unchanged at 182.71.

Record JSE run ends – Thursday

After 8 consecutive days of record close, the Jamaica Stock Exchange main market ended down on Thursday, along with a sharp decline in volume traded, compared to Wednesday’s level.
At the close market activity, the main and US markets had 38 securities traded, compared to 32 on Wednesday leading to 10 advancing, 14 declining and 14 closing unchanged. The JSE All Jamaican Composite Index lost 1,047.74 points to close 453,898.97 and the JSE Index declined by 952.11 points to end at 413,463.63.
Trading closed with 1,977,854 units for $90,864,188 changing hands, compared to the big trade on Wednesday of 15,196,273 units at $1,961,044,771, boosted by a 12.6 million NCB Financial shares.
Trading ended with an average of 59,935 units valued $2,753,460, in contrast to 506,542 shares valued at $65,368,159 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 137,805 units valued at $13,039,425 and previously, 150,653 units valued at $15,024,436. Trading for April resulted in an average of 157,923 shares at $3,718,919, for each security traded.
Wisynco Group led trading with 421,521 shares accounting for 21 percent of total main market volume, followed by NCB Financial Group with 382,188 shares, and 19 percent of the day’s trades and Carreras closed with 291,685 shares for 15 percent of volume traded. IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 7 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments lost $1.45 and closed at $43, trading 8,756 shares, Caribbean Cement rose 49 cents to finish at $80.50, with 46,077 shares changing hands, Grace Kennedy lost 70 cents and ended trading of 55,186 shares at $60.80, Jamaica Broilers traded 28,735 shares after falling $2.28 to close at $31.71. Jamaica Producers gained $1.29 in trading 24,716 shares to close at $23.50, Kingston Wharves lost $1 trading 1,979 shares in closing at $70, Mayberry Investments dropped $1.01 to end trading of 3,022 shares, at $8.49, Mayberry Jamaican Equities shed 49 cents trading 29,389 shares at $10.01, NCB Financial Group lost $2.96 trading 382,188 shares to close at $147.05. PanJam Investment concluded trading of 2,800 shares and gained $1 to end at a record closing high of $91, Pulse Investments concluded trading at $2.50, with 281,094 shares, Sagicor Group declined $1 to end at $47 trading 44,572 stock units, Salada Foods lost 99 cents to end at $31.01 after trading 2,060 shares. Scotia Group  traded 9,476 units and lost 70 cents in closing at $50.30,  Seprod declined 46 cents trading 122,514 shares to close at $44.05, Supreme Ventures  finished with a rise of $1 to close at a 52 weeks’ high of at $31, with 158,160 shares. Sygnus Credit Investments lost 58 cents to close at $12.40 with an exchange of 7,200 shares and Wisynco Group ended trading with 421,521 shares with a rise of 30 cents to end at $14.55.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 36,316 units valued at over US$22,506 with JMMB Group  6% preference share concluded trading 19,000 units at $1.05, Margaritaville  completed trading of 343 shares at 25 US cents.  Productivity Business  rose 1 cent to close at 60 us cents with 863 stock units trading and Proven Investments closed trading with 2,510 units in closing at 24 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index fell 0.76 points to close at 181.56.

Motta in another big trade – Thursday

Stanley Motta 58 Half Way Tree building.


Stanley Motta led trading with 10 million shares for 84 percentage of the day’s volume on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday, down from 11.2 million units on Wednesday.
Trading ended with 12,017,340 units valued $109,444,077 crossing the exchange, compared to 22,489,492 units valued at $166,148,557 changing hands on Wednesday.
Market activity ended with an average of 375,542 units valued $3,420,127, in contrast to 725,467 shares valued at $5,359,631 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 341,904 shares at $3,094,443 for each security, compared to 110,352 units valued at $1,654,394 previously. Trading for March resulted in an average of 438,501 shares at $9,851,307, for each security traded.
At the close of the main and US markets, 33 securities traded, compared to 32 on Wednesday and leading to 8 advancing, 14 declining and 11 closing unchanged as investors pushed Kingston Wharves by $4 to $72 and JMMB Group by $2.99 to $33.
The JSE All Jamaican Composite Index lost 508.79 points to 422,832.52 and the JSE Index declined by 462.34 points to 385,234.49.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 11 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 1 closing with a lower offer.
In main market activity, Barita Investments rose 40 cents and ended at $44.50, trading 11,367 stock units, Caribbean Cement added60 cents in trading of 60,212 shares changing hands, Eppley gained 43 cents and ended trading 5,150 shares at $11, Jamaica Broilers increased by $1 in trading 706,652 units to close at $32. Jamaica Producers fell 90 cents to close at $22.60, with 9,509 shares changing hands. Jamaica Stock Exchange  declined 95 cents to end at $16, with an exchange of 57,323 shares, JMMB Group lost $1.95 in trading of 29,136 shares to close at $31.05,  Kingston Wharves  dropped $4 to settle at $68, trading 2,000 units, Mayberry Investments  rose 72 cents in trading 16,020 shares, at $9.  Mayberry Jamaican Equities lost 83 cents and ended trading of 18,018 shares at $9.08, PanJam Investment  lost $1.70 to finish at $80, trading 3,755 shares, Scotia Group  lost $1.10 trading 102,176 shares at $50.20, Seprod fell 95 cents to close at $42.50 in trading 9,708 shares and Sterling Investments added 44 cents trading with 3,667 stock units at $3.99.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 14,662 units with Productive Business Solution being the sole stock trading and ended at 59 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index gained 0.15 points to close at 179.38.

 

JSE majors gunning for new record

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The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange in another drive to take out the record high of November last year closed March within 7,000 points of the record high.
The JSE All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 2,627.41 points to 426,180.60 and the JSE Index advanced by 2,387.55 points to 388,276.91.
At the close of the main and US markets, 35 securities traded, compared to 34 on Thussday and leading to 21 advancing, 8 declining and 6 closing unchanged.
Trading ended with 5,517,346 units valued at over $192,929,461 compared to 2,434,513 units at $93,372,469, changing hands on Thursday.
Barita Investments led trading with 2 million shares, accounting for 36 percent of the day’s volume in the main market, followed by JMMB Group with 790,749 units or 14 percent of the volume traded and Mayberry Jamaican Equities with 701,614 shares amounting to 13 percent of the overall volume.
Market activity ended with an average of 183,912 units at $6,430,982 for each security traded. In contrast to 81,150 units for an average of $3,112,416 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 438,501 shares at $9,851,307 for each security traded, in contrast to 468,945 shares at $10,386,003 on the prior trading day. Trading for February resulted in an average of 281,016 shares with a value of $11,715,160, for each security traded.
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.
In main market activity, Barita Investments jumped $4.02 to $43.92, with an exchange of 2,006,616 shares, Caribbean Cement jumped $1.50 to close of $58, with 25,100 shares changing hands, Jamaica Broilers added $2.49 in trading 5,499 units at $32.50, Jamaica Producers rose by $1 to close at $23, with 39,564 shares changing hands. JMMB Group concluded trading of 790,749 shares after rising $1.01 to end at $33, Kingston Properties rose by $1 to finish at $7, with 200 stock units changing hands, Kingston Wharves gained $1, finishing at $72 with an exchange of 9,928 stock units. Mayberry Investments lost 39 cents trading 59,687 shares to close at $8.50, Mayberry Jamaican Equities traded 701,614 shares after rising 30 cents to end at $10, NCB Financial Group rose 80 cents trading 35,190 shares at $145.05, Sagicor Group gained 48 cents to settle at $38.50, with 57,957 shares changing hands. Scotia Group climbed $1.80 trading 87,138 shares at $52.80, Seprod rose $1.29 to close at $43 in trading 49,920 shares, Sterling Investments lost 47 cents and concluded trading at $3.50, with 41,000 stock units. Supreme Ventures rose 49 cents to finish at $27.49, with an exchange of 173,445 units, Sygnus Credit Investments rose 80 cents with 24,000 units trading, to end at $12.30 and Wisynco Group gained 45 cents and ended trading of 58,584 shares to close at $11.95.
Trading in the US dollar market resulted in 544,623 units for US$125,266 changing hands with Margaritaville trading 3,875 shares and increased 3 cents to close at 25 US cents, Productivity Business traded 2,051 stock units and rose a fraction of a cent to 59 US cents. Sterling Investments finished trading at 4 US cents with 3,292 units, Proven Investments lost 0.99 US cents in trading 100,129 units to close at 22 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments lost 1 cent with 12,213 units trading, to end at 10 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index fell 4.07 points to close at 175.79.

Trading down for JSE main market – Monday

Main market volume contracts.

More stocks traded on the main and US dollar markets of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Monday but with much lower volume of trading than on Friday, while the value traded slipped moderately.
Main market activity ended with 8,288,904 units valued $178,058,869 trading, compared to 12,313,288 units valued $192,392,395 changing hands, on Friday.
At the close of market, the main and US markets traded 37 securities, compared to 34 trading on Friday. There was a total of 14 stocks advancing, 12 declined and 11 closed without price changes.
The reduced trading resulted in, JSE All Jamaican Composite Index falling by 809.64 points to 423,185.24 and the JSE Index declining by 735.72 points to 385,553.12.
Stanley Motta led trading with 5 million shares for 60 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Scotia Group ending with 948,696 units, for 11.5 percent of the total main market volume changing hands and Wisynco Group ended with 910,793 units, for 11 percent of the day’s volume.
Market activity ended with an average of 251,179 units valued at $5,395,723 for each security traded, in contrast to 373,130 shares valued at $5,830,073 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 392,678 shares at $5,973,550 for each security traded, in contrast to 405,757 shares at $6,032,403 on the prior trading day. Trading for February resulted in an average of 281,016 shares with a value of $11,715,160, for each security traded.
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 4 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments dropped $2.25 to close at $44.75, with an exchange of 208,400 shares, Caribbean Cement gained 60 cents to finish at $52.10, with just 405 shares changing hands, Jamaica Broilers rose 63 cents in trading 51,527 units to close at $32.51. Jamaica Producers rose 45 cents to close at $23, with 4,800 shares changing hands, Kingston Wharves lost $3 to settle at $72, trading 7,094 units, Mayberry Investments rose 39 cents and ended trading 83,841 shares at $8.99, Mayberry Jamaican Equities fell 80 cents to settle at $9.20, with an exchange of 36,764 units. NCB Financial Group gained 30 cents trading 494,218 shares to close at $144.80. PanJam Investment rose $1.50 to $81.50, trading 1,190 units, Pulse Investments added 50 cents and closed at $3, with an exchange of 52,200 stock units, Sagicor Group gained 50 cents in trading 19,591 shares, to close at $39.50. Salada Foods gained $1 trading 1,100 units to close at $30, Scotia Group fell 76 cents in trading 948,696 stock units to close at $50.25 and Seprod lost $1 to close at $43, with 27,853 shares changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market resulted in 24,598 units valued at $14,997 changing hands. JMMB Group  5.75% closed at $2 with 5,000 shares changing hands, Productive Business Solution US ordinary share traded 1,000 units to close with a rise of 1 cent at 58.99 cents, Proven Investments traded 18,198 units at 24 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments Jamaican dollar ordinary share traded 400 to close at 10 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 4.17 points to close at 183.04.

JSE stocks make gains – Tuesday

The market indices of the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange rose at the end of trading on Tuesday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index climbing 1,689.91 points to 425,346.65 and the JSE Index advancing 1,535.64 points to 387,517.20.
At the close of market, the main and US markets traded 40 securities, compared to 39 trading on Monday as 11 advanced, 14 declined and 15 traded without changes in prices.
Main market activity ended with 13,672,324 units valued at $88,199,433 trading, compared to 36,767,031 units valued at $321,823,355 changing hands, on Monday.
JMMB Group 7.5% preference share led trading with 8.38 million shares for 61 percent of the day’s volume, JMMB Group 7.25% preference share ended with 1.9 million units, for 14 percent of the total main market volume changing hands and Mayberry Jamaican Equities ended with 1.42 million units, for just 10 percent of the day’s volume.
Market activity ended with an average of 402,127 units valued at $2,594,101, in contrast to 1,081,383 units valued at $9,465,393 shares on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 432,940 shares at $5,776,063 shares, in contrast to 437,535 shares at $6,330,866 on the prior trading day. Trading for February resulted in an average of 281,016 shares with a value of $11,715,160, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 5 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 1 closing with a lower offer.
In main market activity, Caribbean Cement closed with a gain of $1.40 to finish at $53.40, with 23,970 shares changing hands, Jamaica Broilers lost 30 cents and finished trading 8,681 units at $32. Jamaica Producers shed 65 cents and closed at $22.50, with 35,000 shares changing hands, Kingston Wharves rose $1 to settle at $76, with an exchange of 6,247 units, Mayberry Investments lost 50 cents and ended trading of 135,556 shares, to close at $9, Sagicor Group fell 50 cents in trading 25,221 shares, to close at $39.50. Salada Foods dropped $3.70 in trading 14,000 units to close at $29, Scotia Group gained $1.09 and finished trading 7,720 shares at $51.90, Seprod slipped 35 cents to close at $43.55, with 42,959 shares trading and Wisynco Group  gained 30 cents and ended trading 511,306 shares at $12.
Trading in the US dollar market resulted in 77,607 units valued at US$30,017 changing hands. JMMB Group 5.75% preference share ended trading of 6,000 stock units at $2, JMMB Group  6% preference share traded 7,150 units at US$1.04,  Margaritaville lost 3 us cents and ended trading 10,347 shares at 21 US cents. Productivity Business traded 100 stock units at 58 US cents, Proven Investments closed trading with 20,310 units changing hands after rising by 0.5 cents to close at 22 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments Jamaican ordinary share traded 33,700 but lost 0.1 cent to close at 10 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 0.78 points to close at 175.66.

Strong February start for JSE majors

JSE main market showing strong bullish signal in breaking out of a triangle.

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange enjoyed strong gains on Friday, with the market indices rising sharply on surging volume trading on the first day of February.
Main market activity ended with 34,337,150 units valued at $729,254,221, up sharply from 5,924,559 units valued at $242,360,666 on Thursday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 3,813.88 points to 414,183.55 and the JSE Index climbed 3,471.13 points to end at 377,368.19.
The main and US markets traded a total of 33 securities, with prices of 15 rising, 9 declining with 9 remaining unchanged, compared to 32 securities trading on Thursday.
Sterling Investments led trading with 14,492,015 units for 42 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Stanley Motta with 9,416,100 units and accounting for 27.4 percent of the total main market volume changing hands. Jamaica Stock Exchange with 2,677,014 units for 8 percent of the day’s volume NCB Financial Group traded 2.1 million shares and Sagicor Group traded just over 1 million units.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 7 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers. The reading is far less bullish than the reading at the close of Thursday, of 15 to 2.
An average of 1,107,650 units valued at over $23,524,330, in contrast to 219,428 shares valued at $8,976,321 on Thursday. Trading for January resulted in an average of 101,980 units valued at $3,042,494, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Caribbean Cement added 50 cents to close at $43, with 946,432 shares changing hands, Grace Kennedy traded 287,170 stock units and lost $1.90 to close at $58, Jamaica Producers fell 70 cents to close at $22.30, with 5,838 shares changing hands. Jamaica Stock Exchange closed trading with 2,677,014 units changing hands with a rise of 50 cents to a 52 weeks’ high of $13.50, JMMB Group climbed 99 cents to close at $32.99, trading 27,642 shares, Kingston Wharves settled at $69, with an exchange of 11,574 units. NCB Financial Group lost the $7.90 it gained on Thursday, in trading 2,096,214 shares to end at $145, PanJam Investment jumped $3.85 and ended at $75, with 4,200 units trading, Proven Investments jumped $7 trading just 300 units to close at an all-time high of $35. Productivity Business  preference share gained $3 trading 1,110,200 shares at $108.01, Pulse Investments  regained the 40 cents it gave up on Thursday, to finish at $3.20, with an exchange of just 100 shares, Sagicor Group dropped $1.55 trading 1,047,258 stock units, to close at $39.50. Seprod rose 38 cents to end at $33.50 with an exchange of 102,383 shares, Stanley Motta fell 50 cents in trading 9,416,100 units to close at $4.75 and Wisynco Group lost 50 cents to settle at $10.05, with an exchange of 48,385 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market resulted in 73,267 units valued at $35,223 changing hands. JMMB 6% preference share concluded trading of 23,900 units at $1.04 and Proven Investments traded 49,367 units at 21 US cents The JSE USD Equities Index advanced by 0.11 points to close at 165.63.

Drop for JSE majors in Januray

Trading levels rose sharply on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday, with the market indices rising sharply with advancing stocks beating declining ones by 40 percent, that left the market still 1.6 percent below the 2018 close.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index surged 4,736.13 points to 410,369.67 and the JSE Index climbed 4,310.50 points to 373,897.06.
Main market activity ended with 5,924,559 units valued at $242,360,666 compared to 2,161,352 units valued at $54,090,319 on Wednesday.
The main and US markets traded a total of 32 securities, with prices of 14 rising, 10 declining with 8 remaining unchanged, compared to 36 securities trading on Wednesday.
Caribbean Cement led trading with 2,041,592 units for 34.5 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Scotia Group with 1,233,769 units and accounting for 21 percent of the total main market volume changing hands and Sagicor Group with 761,021 units and 13 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 219,428 units valued at an average of $8,976,321 for each security traded, in contrast to 65,496 units for an average of $1,639,101 on Wednesday.  The average volume and value for the month to date amounts 101,980 units valued at $3,042,494 compared to 97,161 units valued at $2,776,359, previously. Trading for December ended, with an average of 835,037 units with a value of $25,906,477, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Caribbean Cement lost $1 to close at $42.50, with 2,041,592 shares changing hands, Grace Kennedy traded 499,561 stock units and gained $1.40 to close at $59.90, Jamaica Broilers gained $1.10 to close at $30, with an exchange of 63,683 units, Jamaica Producers rose $1.20 to close at $23, with 12,015 shares changing hands. JMMB Group fell 50 cents to close at $32 trading 159,216 shares, NCB Financial Group climbed $7.90 trading 92,786 shares to end at $152.90, PanJam Investment lost 85 cents and ended at $71.15, with 153,775 units trading, Proven Investments traded 2,196 units with a rise of $1.50 to close at $28. Pulse Investments lost 40 cents and finished at $2.80, with an exchange of just 100 shares, Sagicor Group rose $2.55 in trading 761,021 stock units, to close at $41.05, Salada Foods jumped $4 and ended trading at an all-time high of $42, with 7,180 stock units trading. Scotia Group dropped $1.69 to end trading of 1,233,769 shares at $50.31, Seprod rose $1.12 to end at $33.12 with an exchange of 19,046 shares and Stanley Motta gained 25 cents in trading 7,000 units to close at $5.25.
Trading in the US dollar market resulted in 1,399,848 shares valued at US$319,369 changing hands. JMMB 6% preference share fell 3 cents and concluded trading of 18,207 units at $1.04, JMMB Group 5.75% preference share fell 5 cents and settled at US$2.01, trading 5,000 shares, Productivity Business traded 18,608 stock units at 59 US cents. Proven Investments traded 1,312,533 units at 21 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments Jamaica dollar denominated shares traded 45,500 units to close at 8 US cents after rising 1 cent. The JSE USD Equities Index advanced by 1.16 points to close at 165.52.

 

 

 

Drop for JSE main market – Monday

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Monday, resulted in another day of decline in the two main market indices, but the volume and value of stocks trading, dropped sharply than the elvesl on Friday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index fell 1,946.42 points to close at 406,040.32 and the JSE Index declined by 1,771.50 points to 369,956.78.
The main and US dollar markets, had 33 securities changing hands, with prices of 9 rising, 15 declining with 9 remaining unchanged, compared to 30 securities trading on Friday.
Market activity ended with 4,336,558 units valued at $78,388,229 compared to 6,892,345 units valued at $205,088,843, changing hands, on Friday.
Radio Jamaica led trading with 1,783,056 units for 41 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Pulse Investments with 699,604 units accounting for 16 percent of the volume changing hands and Sagicor Real Estate Fund with 306,096 units and 7 percent of the day’s volume.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 18 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
An average of 144,552 units valued at over $2,612,941, in contrast to 246,155 shares valued at $7,324,602 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts 87,049 units valued at $2,399,754 compared to 82,851 units valued at $2,383,011, previously. Trading for December ended, with an average of 835,037 units with a value of $25,906,477, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Berger Paints lost $2.50 and ended at $17.50, with the trading of 10,398 stock units, Caribbean Cement dropped $7 trading 10,398 shares, to close at $40, Grace Kennedy rose 25 cents in trading 37,686 shares at $58.75, Jamaica Producers lost 80 cents and closed at $22.20, with 57,504 shares changing hands. NCB Financial Group gained $1 trading 243,064 shares to close at $145, PanJam Investment shed 50 cents to close at $71.50, with 110,315 units changing hands. Sagicor Group fell 99 cents to settle at $39, in trading of 80,640 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund fell 49 cents to settle at $10.11, in trading of 80,640 shares,Scotia Group traded 124,455 shares after gaining 39 cents to close at $52.40. Seprod fell 70 cents and ended at $30.80 with an exchange of 41,125 shares and Wisynco Group lost 45 cents and concluded trading at $9.75, with 64,698 stock units changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market resulted in 68,991 units valued at over $14,240. JMMB Group 6% preference share settled at US$1.05 with 7,627 shares trading, Proven Investments  traded 52,308 stock units at 21.9 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments rose 0.05 cent and ended at 8 US cents trading 52,308 shares. The JSE USD Equities Index advanced by 0.12 points to close at 165.97.

JSE majors end 2018 up 31.7%

Stocks surged on the last day of the year on the Jamaica Stock Exchange with the main market ending 2018 with a gain of 31.7 percent after rising over 10,000 points on Monday. Four stocks with gains of more than 100 percent contributed to the year’s performance.
The main market’s 2018 performance, fueled primarily by a 50 percent climb in the price of heavily weighted NCB Financial, fell below that of 2017, when the index rose 50.7 percent.
At the close of trading on Monday, the market rose sharply. The All Jamaican Composite Index surged 11,006.58 points to close at 416,842.73 and the JSE Index jumped 10,028.24 points to 379,790.86. Trading ended with 4,522,721 units valued at $121,494,950, compared to 38,390,816 units valued at $962,896,660 changing hands on Friday.
Sagicor Real Estate Fund led trading with 2,286,480 units and accounted for 50.6 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Jamaica Stock Exchange with 427,320 units or 9.5 percent of the volume changing hands and PanJam Investment with 413,486 units and 9 percent of the day’s volume.
The main and US dollar markets, had 31 securities changing hands with prices of 15 rising, 6 declining with 10 remaining unchanged, compared to 32 securities trading on Friday. Trading in the main market included Eppley ordinary share that has migrated from the Junior Market. Barita Investments moved to another record high, with the price moving to $56 but pulling back by the close to a record closing high of $52.
An average of 161,526 units valued at $4,339,105, in contrast to 1,279,694 shares valued at $32,096,555 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 835,037 units with a value of $25,906,477, compared to 871,027 units with a value of $27,121,540, previously. November closed, with an average of 405,528 valued at $7,755,942, for each security traded.
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In main market activity, Barita Investments rose $2 and ended at an all-time closing high of $52, with an exchange of 14,240 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange rose $1 to close at $10.50 in trading 427,320 units, JMMB Group jumped $4.30 and ended at $32.56, with 71,004 shares trading. Kingston Wharves declined by $1 and finished trading of 1,147 stock units at $76.50, NCB Financial Group gained $2 as 42,537 shares changed hands, to close at $150. PanJam Investment closed with 413,486 units trading with a gain of $2 to finish at $74, Sagicor Group lost $1 to end at $39, trading 48,381 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose $4.23 after trading 2,286,480 shares to end at $15.70. Seprod traded 41,618 shares and rose $1.49 to close at $31, Supreme Ventures rose $2 and closed at $18 trading 103,314 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments rose 60 cents and ended at $11 with 77,195 shares changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 111,418 units valued at $ $71,730. Eppley 5% preference share closed at $1 trading 1,374 shares, JMMB Group rose 6 cents and ended at US$2.06 with 5,244 shares changing hands and Productivity Business traded 104,800 stock units and increased 1 cent to 59 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 0.12 points to close at 159.61.