Continued stability for IC TOP 10

With the closing of the two initial public offers of MailPac Group and Lumber Depot last week, things started to return to more normally in the market this past week with the two main markets recording net gains for the week.
At the close of a week when the JSE Main Market put on125 points and the Junior Market rose 46 points there was minimal change to the IC TOP 10 list this week with just one change as Fontana returns to the top flight after a brief absence, replacing Caribbean Flavours with the price jumping to $17.90 on Friday. One important development at the end of the week was the release of full-year results, for Honey Bun, with profit rising 67 percent to hit $157 million from a 17 percent rise in revenues to $1.54 billion. Importantly, the company is on the way to earn 70 cents per share for 2020.
The average gains for the IC TOP 10 stocks are 136 percent for Junior Market stocks and 96 percent for JSE Main market Top 10 stocks.
The top three Junior Market stocks, is now led by Main Event with projected gains of 183 percent, followed by MailPac Group with 180 percent and Medical Disposables with potential gains of 167 percent.
Radio Jamaica remains the lead stock with projected gains of 186 percent, followed by Pulse Investments in the number two spot with projected growth of 138 and Berger Paints with likely gains of 120 percent and percent is next.
The JSE Main Market closed the week with the overall PE of 19 up from 18.8 and the Junior Market at 14.2, an improvement over the previous week’s 13.8, based on current year’s earnings. The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks averages 18.7 from 7.8 last week with the Main Market PE at 10.6 up from 10.4.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at a discount of 39 percent to the average for Junior Market stocks and main market stocks trade at a discount of 44 percent to the overall market.
IC TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns to March next year. Projected earnings, along with the PE ratio for each company’s current fiscal year, are used in determining potential gains with the likely gains ranked in descending order with highest-ranked being the most attractive. Potential values will change as stock prices fluctuate and will result in movements of the selection in and out of the lists for most weeks. Earnings per share are revised on an ongoing basis as new information is received that can result in changes in and out of the list.

This report is compiled by persons who may have an interest in the securities commented on.

JSE main market up 32% in 2019

Main market stocks indices tumbled on Friday, the last trading day of the month even as more stocks recorded gains than losses but the market is still up 32 percent for the year to date.
At the close, JSE All Jamaican Composite Index declined 2,858.47 points to close at 550,616.84, the JSE Market Index dropped 2,590.18 points to 501,372.48 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.96 points to close at 136.19.
The market closed with 44 securities changing hands in the main and US dollar markets with 18 stocks advancing, 14 declining and 12 trading firm. Main market activity ended with 40 securities accounting for 37,782,232 units valued at $133,425,390, in contrast to 14,106,882 units valued at $179,446,025 on Thursday from 38 securities.
Sagicor Select Funds dominated trading with 17.7 million shares for 47 percent of the day’s trade, Wigton Windfarm with 12.2 million shares and 32 percent and QWI Investments with 4.5 million shares and 12 percent of the overall volume.
The market closed with an average of 944,556 units valued at an average of $3,335,635 for each security traded, in contrast to 371,234 units for an average of 4,722,264 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 653,621 units valued at $8,699,916 and previously, an average of 638,084 units valued at $8,537,415 for each security changing hands. The market closed out October with an average of 957,488 units valued at $13,947,047 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 19 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 1 with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 18.1 with the main market ending at 19.1 times current year’s earnings.
In the premier market, Barita Investments lost 41 cents to end at $70.59 trading 105,666 shares, Caribbean Cement climbed $1.99 to $79, with 39,047 shares changing hands, Jamaica Broilers gained 99 cents to end at $38, in swapping 49,919 shares. Jamaica Producers rose to $25.50, after gaining $1.50 in swapping 385,895 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange closed 49 cents higher to $27, with an exchange of 116,951 shares, JMMB Group gained 70 cents to settle at $46.90, with 624,479 shares changing hands. Kingston Wharves added $1.78 to close at $58.78 trading 931 units, Mayberry Investments lost $1.80 to settle at $8.20, in transferring 4,998 shares, Mayberry Jamaican Equities ended at $11.60, after losing 60 cents and swapping 201,944 shares. NCB Financial Group climbed $3 to $208 after 28,093 units changed hands, 138 Student Living gained 40 cents, ending at $4.30, trading 11,608 shares, PanJam Investment settled at $102, after gaining $1 and swapping 19,075 shares. Pulse Investments lost 55 cents to close at $4.20, in an exchange of 100,000 shares, Sagicor Group lost 49 cents to settle at $66.11, with 27,953 shares changing hands, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose 95 cents to $11.75, with 584,870 shares crossing the exchange. Scotia Group dropped $1.98 to $53.02, in transferring 169,848 shares, Seprod ended at $50.89 after losing 80 cents in trading 48,617 shares, Stanley Motta climbed 90 cents to $6.30, after swapping 25,600 units and Sygnus Credit Investments closed 64 cents higher, ending the day at $23.64 with 52,609 shares changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 300,150 units valued at US$71,418 with the market index falling 4.48 points to close at 207.39. Productive Business Solutions lost 1 US cent trading 2,125 units, ending the day at 59 US cents, Proven Investments closed at 30.02 US cents, after losing 1.98 US cents in trading 197,049 shares, Sygnus Credit Investments exchanged 69,704 shares at 14 US cents and Sterling Investments lost half a US cent to close at 2 US cents with 31,272 units changing hands.

Buoyant JSE main market

Palace jumps $800 to a record of $2,900.

Jamaica Stock Exchange prime market continues to experience buoyant levels ended with 38 securities accounting for 14,106,882 units valued at $179,446,025, in contrast to 19,155,083 units valued at $180,757,266 from 38 companies trading on Wednesday.
By contrast, for the same period last year, 32 securities traded and resulted in investments of $158,769,688 and on the Wednesday 27 securities changed hands accounting to $136,855,615.
The market closed on Thursday, with 40 securities changing hands in the main and US dollar markets with 17 advancing, 12 declining and 11 trading firm. Trading resulted in the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index inching 7.67 points higher to 553,475.31, the JSE Market Index rose 102.37 points to 503,962.66 and the JSE Financial Index added 0.11 points to close at 137.15.
Wigton Windfarm dominated trading with 5.3 million shares for 38 percent of the day’s trade, Sagicor Select Funds with 3.4 million units and 24 percent and QWI Investments with 2 million shares and 14 percent. Barita Investments was the only other stock trading more than 1 million shares ending with 1.48 million units amounting to 11 percent of the day’s trade but with $104 million accounting for 58 percent of the total value in the min market.
The market closed with an average of 371,234 units at $4,722,264 for each security traded, in contrast to 504,081 units for an average of 4,756,770 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 638,084 units for $8,537,415 and previously, an average of 652,346 units valued at $8,751,876 for each security changing hands. The market closed out October with an average of 957,488 units for $13,947,047 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 13 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 18.0 with the main market ending at 18.9 times 2019 current year’s earnings.
In the premier market, Barita Investments closed $1 lower to $71, in exchanging 1,477,914 shares, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund climbed $2.90 to end at $35.90, with 2,900 stock units changing hands, Grace Kennedy added 56 cents to close at $65.0, in exchanging 372,028 units, Jamaica Broilers lost 99 cents to settle at $37..01 trading 35,432 shares. Jamaica Producers gained $1 to end at $24, after swapping 11,992 stock units, Jamaica Stock Exchange lost 49 cents in trading 51,320 units to close at $26.51, JMMB Group dropped $1.65 to settle at $46.20, with 287,342 units changing hands. Kingston Wharves climbed $2 to $57 trading just 250 units, Mayberry Investments gained $1 to close at $10, with 46,680 shares changing hands, Mayberry Jamaican Equities ended at $12.20, after gaining $1.20 in swapping 181,769 stock units, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy closed 50 cents higher to $230, after 797 units changed hands. 138 Student Living lost 72 cents and ended at $3.90 with 100,000 shares trading, Palace Amusement surged $800 higher to a record high of $2,900 in trading a mere 100 units, PanJam Investment traded 1,300 shares and settled at $101, after losing $1. Portland JSX rose 40 cents to $8.50, after exchanging 2,203 stock units, Proven Investments closed $1.50 higher to $48, in an exchange of 10,336 shares. Sagicor Group lost 40 cents to settle at $66.60, with 40,625 stock units changing hands, Sygnus Credit Investments ended at $23 with gains of 65 cents trading 26,000 shares and Wisynco Group closed 99 cents higher, ending the day at $24 with 101,734 units changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 307,111 units valued at US$103,211 with the market index declining 3.21 points to close at 211.87. Proven Investments closed at 32 US cents, after gaining 1.8 US cents trading 302,111 shares and JMMB Group 5.75% preference share gained 2 US cents to end at US$2.02 with 5,000 shares changing hands.

JSE majors heading higher

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The Jamaica Stock Exchange ended trading on Wednesday with the premier market indices gaining more than 1,000 points and leaving the indices with overall positive gains for the week-to-date and the market being at the highest point since mid-month.
The JSE All Jamaican Composite Index advanced by 1,199.81 points to close at 553,467.64, the JSE Market Index increased 1,126.17 points to 503,860.29 and the JSE Financial Index added 0.41 points to close at 137.04.
The market closed with 40 securities changing hands in the main and US dollar markets with 10 stocks advancing, 20 declining and 10 trading firm. Main market activity ended with 38 securities accounting for 19,155,083 units valued at $180,757,266, in contrast to 34,952,276 units valued at $127,514,628 on Tuesday from 37 securities.
Sagicor Select Funds dominated trading with 8.4 million shares for 44 percent of the day’s trade, Wigton Windfarm with 3.8 million shares and 20 percent and QWI Investments with 2 million shares and 11 percent of total volume. JMMB Group was the only other stock trading with more than 1 million shares ending with 1.85 million units amounting to 10 percent of trading.
The market closed with an average of 504,081 units valued at an average of $4,756,770 for each security traded, in contrast to 944,656 units for an average of 3,446,341 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 652,346 units valued at $8,751,876 and previously, an average of 660,717 units valued at $8,989,829 for each security changing hands. The market closed out October with an average of 957,488 units valued at $13,947,047 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 13 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 17.8 with the leading market ending at 18.7 times 2019 current year’s earnings.
In the primary market, Caribbean Cement slid $2 to end at $77, with 7,650 shares changing hands, Grace Kennedy added $1.95, to close at $64.45 in transferring 20,904 shares, Jamaica Producers lost $1.10 to close at $23, with an exchange of 36,298 shares. JMMB Group closed 85 cents higher at $47.85, after swapping 1,850,978 shares Kingston Wharves dropped $2.25 to settle at $55 trading 6,035 shares, Mayberry Investments lost $1 to close at $9, with 913,998 shares changing hands, Mayberry Jamaican Equities ended at $11, after falling $2.10 and transferring 143,391 shares. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy closed 50 cents lower to $229.50 after 304 units changed hands, 138 Student Living gained 72 cents, ending at $4.62 with 10,026 shares traded, PanJam Investment settled at $102, after losing 50 cents and swapping 14,385 shares. Proven Investments dipped by $1.50 to $46.50, in an exchange of 16,822 shares, Sagicor Group added $1 to close at $67, with 49,907 shares changing hands, Scotia Group climbed $2 to $55 trading 19,362 stock units, Stanley Motta closed 45 cents higher to $5.60, with 17,450 units crossing the market and Wisynco Group lost 49 cents and ending at $23.01 with 154,935 shares changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 347,532 units valued at US$108,225, with the market index advancing 6.53 points to close at 215.08. Proven Investments lost 0.02 US cents to end at 30.02 US cents, after trading 341,207 shares and Sterling Investments gained 0.03 US cents to end at 2.5 US cents with 6,325 shares changing hands.

JSE main market in consolidation mode

Activities picked up a bit on the Jamaica Stock Exchange primary market on Tuesday but left the market in a stalemate with an almost equal number of securities rising and falling as the market tries to claw its way higher ahead of the final month of 2019.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index dipped 432.09 points to close at 552,267.83, the JSE Index lost 548.28 points to 502,734.12 while the JSE Financial Index gained 0.16 points to close at 136.63.
The market closed with 40 securities changing hands in the main and US dollar markets with 15 stocks advancing, 14 declining and 11 stocks trading firm. Main market activity ended with 37 securities accounting for 34,952,276 units valued at $127,514,628, in contrast to 17,983,605 units valued at $109,287,271 on Monday from 38 securities.
Sagicor Select Funds dominated trading with 16 million shares for 46 percent of the day’s trade, Wigton Windfarm with 13.2 million shares and 38 percent and QWI Investments with 1.7 million shares and 4.9 percent of total volume.
The market closed with an average of 944,656 units valued at an average of $3,446,341 for each security traded, in contrast to 473,523 units for an average of 2,875,981 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 660,717 units valued at $8,989,829 and previously, an average of 644,199 units valued at $9,331,109 for each security changing hands. The market closed out October with an average of 957,488 units valued at $13,947,047 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 15 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 9 with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 17.7, with the traditional market ending at 18.6 times 2019 current year’s earnings.
In the premier market, Barita Investments climbed $2 higher to $72 after trading 42,782 shares, Caribbean Cement lost $1 to settle at $79, after exchanging 5,766 shares, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund dropped $3.60, in ending at $33 with 850 units traded. Eppley gained 50 cents to close at $15, in swapping 700 shares, Grace Kennedy rose by 50 cents to $62.50, while transferring 82,359 units, Jamaica Broilers lost $2 to close at $38, with an exchange of 32,186 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange climbed $1.80 to finish at $26.80 after 807,402 shares changed hands. Mayberry Investments closed with a rise of $1.80 to $10, in transferring 92,283 stock units, 138 Student Living lost 40 cents, ending the day at $3.90 with 515,355 units changing hands. PanJam Investment climbed to $102.50, with gains of $1.40 in swapping 2,730 shares, Sagicor Group closed $1 higher to $66, with an exchange of 281,208 stock units, Seprod climbed $1.37 higher to $51.99, with 19,942 units traded and Wisynco Group lost 50 cents in ending at $23.50 with 66,497 shares crossing the market.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 482,671 units valued at US$154,386, with the market index declining 5.63 points to close at 208.55. Proven Investments gained 0.45 cents and closed at 32 US cents while trading 469,420 shares, JMMB Group 6% preference share closed at US$1.01, losing 1 US cent, with 13,070 units changing hands and Sygnus Credit Investments ended at 14 US cents with an exchange of 181 units.

JSE main market rally

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market surged forward on Monday with the All Jamaican Composite Index rising 2,208.01 points to close at 552,699.92, while the JSE Index gained 1,955.43 points to 503,282.40 and the JSE Financial Index inched 0.11 points higher to 136.477
The market closed with 41 securities changing hands in the main and US dollar markets with 12 stocks advancing, 17 declining and 12 stocks trading firm. Main market activity ended with 38 securities accounting for 17,983,605 units valued at $109,287,271, in contrast to 16,239,630 units valued at $138,772,724 on Friday from 35 securities.
Sagicor Select Funds dominated trading with 9.4 million shares for 52 percent of the day’s trade after hitting an intraday low of $1. Wigton Windfarm followed with 4.3 million shares for 24 percent main market volume after moving to an intraday record high of $1.15 and Jamaica Stock Exchange with 1.17 million shares and 6.5 percent. QWI Investments traded at an all-time low of $1.
The market closed with an average of 473,523 units valued at an average of $2,875,981 for each security traded, in contrast to 463,989 units for an average of 3,964,935 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 644,199 units valued at $9,331,109 and previously, an average of 655,062 units valued at $9,766,801 for each security changing hands. The market closed out October with an average of 957,488 units valued at $13,947,047 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 13 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 17.9 with the main market ending at 18.8 times 2019 current year’s earnings.
In main market activity, Caribbean Cement jumped $4.96 to close at $80, with 27,200 shares changing hands, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund closed $1.40 lower at $36.60, with the trading of 299 units, Eppley ended at $14.50 after falling $1.40 and swapping 1,535 stock units. Grace Kennedy slid $2 to end at $62, in trading 17,288 shares, Jamaica Broilers gained $2 to close at $40 with an exchange of 33,910 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange dropped $5.38, settling at $25 after 1,172,512 shares crossed the exchange, JMMB Group rose 99 cents to end at $46.99, with exchanging 616,089 shares. Kingston Wharves closed $1.53 lower to $57.25, with 2,600 units changing hands, Mayberry Investments lost 30 cents in transferring 28,450 shares to settle at $8.20, Mayberry Jamaica Equities closed $1.10 higher at $13.30 trading 207,200 units. 138 Student Living added 42 cents, ending the day at $4.30, transferring 626 shares, PanJam Investment lost 90 cents to close at $101.10 with 537 units trading. Proven Investments added 50 cents to $48, after exchanging 21,603 units, Pulse Investments rose to $4.55 with gains of 55 cents while trading 106,793 shares, Scotia Group tumbled to $52.95 with a fall of $2.05 in transferring 105,340 shares and Seprod closed 38 cents lower to $50.62, with 43,247 units changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 31,272,177 units valued at US$9,869,582, with the market index losing 1.70 points to close at 214.18. Proven Investments lost 0.45 US cents to close at 31.15 US cents in the trading 31,265,399 shares, JMMB Group 6% preference share closed at US$1.02 exchanging 1,700 units and Sygnus Credit Investments ended at 14 US cents with 1,778 units changing hands.

5% of Proven shares traded

An investor picked up 31,265,399 proven shares in trading on the US market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange today, representing 5 percent of the total issued share capital of the company of 625,307,963 units.
The trades were executed at 31.55 US cents per share and cost US$9,864,233. The trades comprise a block of 21,374,171 shares with amounts in smaller denominations. Proven Investments’ record show Nekia Limited as the owners of the 21.37 million block and the second-largest shareholder.
The purchaser is unknown at the time of going to press, but Barita Investments subsequently announced that they acquired the block of shares that put them as the lead shareholder in the company. The move is consistent with realignments taking place within the dynamic Jamaican financial market.

Greater stability for IC TOP 10

NCB Financial is back in IC TOP10

The past week saw the initial public offers for Mailpac Group and Lumber Depot coming to the market with both being fully subscribed.
There were just two changes to the IC TOP 10 list of stocks at the end of the week. NCB Financial makes it back into the TOP 10 at the expense of JMMB Group that rose in price to $46 while the Junior Market TOP 10 welcomed Dolphin Cove while saying goodbye to Fontana.
The top three Junior Market stocks, is now led by CAC 2000 with projected gains of 200 percent, followed by MailPac Group with 180 percent and Main Event, with potential gains of 179 percent.
Radio Jamaica remains the lead stock with projected gains of 170 percent, followed by Pulse Investments in the number two spot with projected growth of 127 and Berger Paints with likely gains of 116 percent and percent is next.
The main market, closed the week with the overall PE of 18.8 and the Junior Market at 13.8, based on the current year’s earnings. The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks averages 7.8 with the main market PE at 10.4.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at a discount of 43 percent to the average for Junior Market stocks and main market stocks trade at a discount of 45 percent to the overall market.
IC TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns to March next year. Projected earnings, along with the PE ratio for each company’s current fiscal year are used in determining potential gains with the likely gains ranked in descending order with highest-ranked being the most attractive. Potential values will change as stock prices fluctuate and will result in movements of the selection in and out of the lists for most weeks. Earnings per share are revised on an ongoing basis as new information is received that can result in changes in and out of the list.

This report is compiled by persons who may have an interest in the securities commented on.

JSE majors searching for direction

The JSE market indices declined marginally for the third consecutive day on Friday even as more stock rose than fall as investors continue to search for a longer-term direction for stocks.
The All Jamaican Composite Index declined 528.54 points to close at 550,491.91, while the JSE Index lost 478.93 points to 501,326.97 and the JSE Financial Index dipped 0.19 points to close at 136.36.
The market closed with 38 securities changing hands in the main and US dollar markets with the prices of 15 stocks advancing, 11 declining and prices of 12 stocks trading unchanged. Main market activity ended with 35 securities accounting for 16,239,630 units valued at $138,772,724, in contrast to 36,435,491 units valued at $481,608,400 on Thursday from 36 securities.
Sagicor Select Funds dominated trading with 8 million shares for 49.5 percent of the day’s trade, Wigton Windfarm with 4.3 million shares for 26.3 percent of total volume and QWI Investments with 919,163 shares with 5.7 percent of total volume.
The market closed with an average of 463,989 units valued at an average of $3,964,935 for each security traded, in contrast to 1,012,097 units for an average of $13,378,011 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 655,062 units valued at $9,766,801 and previously, an average of 666,940 units valued at $10,151,395 for each security changing hands. The market closed October with an average of 957,488 units valued at $13,947,047 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 11 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 17.3 with the primary market ending at 18.8 times 2019 current year’s earnings.
In main market activity, Berger Paints closed 70 cents higher to $16.70, with 17,737 shares traded, Carreras gained 50 cents to settle at $8.55, with 47,337 units changing hands, Grace Kennedy lost 30 cents to end at $64, in swapping 17,728 shares. Jamaica Producers closed $1 higher to $24 trading 101,198 shares, JMMB Group rose $1.05 to $46 exchanging 616,089 shares, Kingston Wharves climbed $1.53 to $58.78, with 315 units traded, Mayberry Jamaican Equities closed at $12.20, after losing 80 cents trading 198,974 units. NCB Financial Group dropped $5 to close at $205, in exchanging 49,914 units, 138 Student Living gained 38 cents, ending the day at $3.88, in transferring 43,183 shares. Proven Investments climbed 50 cents to $47.50, after trading 17,142 units, Scotia Group lost 55 cents to settle at $55, in swapping 82,307 shares, Stanley Motta closed 30 cents lower to $5.15, with 27,800 units exchanged and Sygnus Credit Investments gained 30 cents trading 100 units, ending the day’s trade at $22.30.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 16,990 units valued at US$8,483 with the market index adding 0.34 points to close at 215.88. Proven Investments closed 1 US cents higher to 32 US cents trading 14,185 shares, JMMB Group 6% preference share settled at US$1.02 exchanging 1,700 units and JMMB Group 5.75% preference share ended the day’s trade at US$2 with 1,150 units changing hands.

JSE main market slips

Main market indices declined again on Thursday, with the All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 893.74 points to close at 551,020.45, while the JSE Index lost 809.86 points to 501,805.90 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.26 points to close at 136.55.
The market closed with 39 securities changing hands in the main and US dollar markets with 15 advancing, 17 declining and 7 trading firm. Main market activity ended with 36 securities accounting for 36,435,491 units valued at $481,608,400, in contrast to 70,895,481 units valued at $2,991,514,213 on Wednesday from 39 securities.
Sagicor Select Funds dominated trading with 13.4 million shares for 37 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 7.7 million units accounting for 21 percent of the day’s trade and JMMB Group with 3.9 million shares and 10.6 percent. Other stocks trading more than 1 million shares were Jamaica Broilers, QWI Investments and Scotia Group.
The market closed with an average of 1,012,097 units valued at an average of $13,378,011 for each security traded, in contrast to 1,916,094 units for an average of $80,851,735 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 665,757 units valued at $10,132,205 and previously, an average of 642,143 units valued at $9,895,189 for each security changing hands. The market closed out October with an average of 957,488 units valued at $13,947,047 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 17.1, with the main market ending at 18.6 times 2019 current year’s earnings.
In main market activity, Berger Paints slipped $1 to $16 with 78,509 shares crossing the exchange, Caribbean Cement gained $1.04 to end at $75.04 after trading 51,100 stock units, Carreras lost 45 cents to settle at $8.05 in transferring 53,360 units. Grace Kennedy closed at $64.30 after rising $1.79 in swapping 254,917 shares, Jamaica Broilers climbed $3 to $38, with 3,020,762 units traded. Jamaica Producers closed $1 lower to $23 trading 3,079 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange rose $1.75 to close at $30.25, with 36,759 shares changing hands, JMMB Group lost 55 cents to close at $44.95 in exchanging 3,860,966 stock units, Kingston Wharves slid $3.25 to $57.25, while trading 3,998 units. Mayberry Investments gained $1.22 to settle at $8.50, in swapping 114,397 shares, Mayberry Jamaican Equities closed at $13, after climbing $1.29 and trading 247,379 units. 138 Student Living rose to $3.50, gaining 45 cents while exchanging 1,843 units, PanJam Investment slid $2 to $102, with 97,750 shares crossing the exchange, Proven Investments gained $2 to end at $47, trading 16,199 units. Sagicor Group gained 47 cents to close at $64.99, after transferring 31,573 shares, Salada Foods lost 50 cents to settle at $31.50, with 100 units changing hands. Scotia Group rose $2.55 to end at $55.55, in swapping 1,515,643 shares, Seprod lost 95 cents, ending the day at $51.05 with an exchange of 14,998 units and Wisynco Group closed 99 cents lower to settle at $24 after trading 164,160 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 33,767 units valued at US$9,544, with the market index rising 5.33 points to close at 215.54. Proven Investments closed 0.5 US cents higher to 31 US cents trading 19,102 shares, Sygnus Investments exchanged 13,915 units at 14 US cents and JMMB Group 5.75% preference shares lost 2 US cents to end the day’s trade at US$2 with 750 units changing hands.