Record gains for JSE

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, gained the most, in its history, with a rise of 10,574.31 points on the All Jamaica Index, to close at 407,482.62 on Tuesday.

The day’s move bettered the previous best gain in a day of 9,823.00 points on October 1, 2018, when the index closed at 403,100.29 on October 5 and bettered the next highest one day index gain with a rise of 9,736.35 points, to end at 416,956.11 on January 27, 2017.

The main market was being driven by gains in NCB Financial, Scotia Group and Sagicor Group, with the latter two responding to news out of Scotia in Canada of sale of the life insurance arm to Sagicor Financial.

During today’s trading, the market clocked more than 12,000 points at one stage. The junior market did not enjoy the gains of the main market and dropped 82.66 points to close at 3,187.17.

BNS huge Carib financial market shake up

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Scotiabank Canada today announced agreements with respect to certain of its Caribbean operations, as part of its strategy to focus the Bank’s efforts on its core markets with significant scale.
As part of this strategy, Scotiabank’s subsidiaries in Jamaica (Scotia Group Jamaica Limited, “Scotiabank Jamaica”) and Trinidad & Tobago (Scotiabank Trinidad & Tobago Limited, “Scotiabank Trinidad & Tobago”) announced that they will enter into a 20-year distribution agreement with Sagicor Financial Corporation (“Sagicor”) through which an enhanced suite of market-leading insurance products and solutions, underwritten by Sagicor, will be offered to Scotiabank customers in Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago. As part of this partnership, Scotiabank Jamaica and Scotiabank Trinidad & Tobago have entered into agreements to sell their respective insurance subsidiaries: Scotia Jamaica Life Insurance Company and ScotiaLife Trinidad and Tobago Limited to Sagicor.
These agreements are subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. The transaction is also subject to the closing of the announced transaction whereby Sagicor will be acquired by Alignvest Acquisition II Corporation subject to conditions in and pursuant to a plan of arrangement and the

Republic Bank

surviving entity will continue the Sagicor brand and be publicly-listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Scotiabank has also entered into an agreement to sell its banking operations in 9 non-core markets in the Caribbean (Anguilla, Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent & the Grenadines) to Republic Financial Holdings (“RFHL”). The agreement is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.
These transactions are not financially material to Scotiabank the release from the group stated. Until such approvals are obtained and conditions are met, and the transactions close, all Scotiabank operations in these countries will continue as usual.
“Scotiabank is proud to work with the Republic Group and Sagicor – both leaders in financial services in the Caribbean who are well positioned to invest and grow these businesses,” said Ignacio (Nacho) Deschamps, Group Head, International Banking at Scotiabank. “We are pleased to partner with Sagicor

Sagicor

to deliver an enhanced suite of insurance products and services, underwritten by Sagicor, to our customers and to work with Republic Group, who is committed to delivering enhanced financial products and services that best serve customers’ needs.”
“Due to increasing regulatory complexity and the need for continued investment in technology to support our regulatory requirements, we made the decision to focus the Bank’s efforts on those markets with significant scale in which we can make the greatest difference for our customers,” continued Mr. Deschamps. “Scotiabank is committed to the Caribbean as demonstrated by the Bank’s ongoing investment in products, services and processes to provide an enhanced banking experience to customers across the region.”

Record $140 for NCB on JSE – Monday

NCB investors are having a great 2018 with the stock trading at record levels.

NCB Financial Group ended at a new record close of $139.99 after trading at $140 after trading 2.85 million shares that accounted for 41 percent of the day’s volume on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Monday.
The main market lost flight with the All Jamaica Composite Index declining 2,474.72 points to 396,908.15, while the JSE Index dropped 2,254.75 points to close at 361,628.23. Market activity closed with 2 securities ending at record highs and one at a 52 weeks’ low as 31 securities in the main and US dollar markets trading, compared to a same number on Friday. At the end prices of 12 stocks rose, 11 declined and 8 remained unchanged.
The main market ended with 6,956,000 units valued at $513,002,473 changing hands, compared with 37,219,908 units valued at $266,712,510 exchanged, on Friday.
The main market ended with NCB Financial leading with 2,849,956 units, followed by Kingston Wharves with 1,169,281 units or 16.8 percent of the day’s volume and 1834 Investments with 629,240 units or just 9 percent of the overall volume.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 6 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 1 closing with a lower offer.
Trading resulted in an average of 239,862 units valued at over $17,689,740, in contrast to 1,283,445 shares valued at $9,196,983 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 324,693 valued at $7,138,202, compared to 329,574 valued at $6,496,704. October closed, with an average of 290,851 shares, valued $5,213,901, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Barita Investments rose $1 to close at record $21, with 254,431 shares trading, Caribbean Cement gained $3 to close at $48 in trading 15,885 shares, Grace Kennedy gained $1 in trading of 59,338 shares at $56, Jamaica Broilers lost $1.15, trading 32,172 stock units at $28.50, Jamaica Stock Exchange declined 54 cents to close at $9.41, trading of 9,469 shares, JMMB Group fell $1 to $33, with an exchange of 52,392 shares, Jamaica Producers gained 49 cents and finished trading of 21,734 units at $24.50, Kingston Wharves dropped $3 to finish at $75, with 1,169,281 stock units changing hands, Mayberry Jamaica Equities rose $1.20 trading 126,123 shares in closing at $9.70, NCB Financial Group jumped $3.49 to end trading  at record close of $139.99 with 2,849,956 shares, 138 Student Living traded 125,595 shares and declined by 14 cents to end a 52 weeks’ low of $3.35, PanJam Investment jumped $3.15 to $64, with an exchange of 63,718 stock units, Sagicor Group rose $1 and finished trading at $40, with 8,157 shares, Seprod added $1.73 trading of 63,529 shares, to close at $31.75 and Supreme Ventures gained 99 cents to end at $16.99, with an exchange of 30,541 shares.

Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 483,208 units valued at $94,621 as Margaritaville with 10,800 units to close at 25 US cents and Proven Investments ended trading of 472,408 shares at 19 U$ cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed with a rise of 1.47 at 161.34.

 

NCB still stock to watch

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NCB had a good 2018 fiscal year with strong profit gains.

NCB Financial is in the news since it released record full year results and announced a dividend of 70 cents per share at the end of the first week in November, and was followed with the announcement that the way is cleared for them to go after another 22 percent of Trinidad and Tobago based Guardian Holdings.
In the past week news came that there were big insider trades in the stock. There is increased buying interest in the stock. Where the price will be in the short term is anyone’s  guess.

The main market All Jamaica Composite index is a shade away from 400,000 points at the close of the week, is recovering from recent low of 383,883.07 points on November 7, having fallen 8 percent from the record high of 418,450.70 on October 12. The market looks poised to move higher as the main sell off might be over, but there are few stocks that seems likely to gain this week.
Technical chart shows NCB Financial heading to $155 but it traded at new high of $138 during the past week which is not very far from the target of potential resistance. Whether it goes higher during the coming days is anyone’s guess but it is worth watching with all the positive news its getting as well as increased buying.

Some of Seprod’s products.

 Seprod pulled back from the record high of $62 a few weeks ago, to sit at $30.10, now that the public offer of shares has closed with the issue oversubscribed. The stock could move higher in the days or weeks ahead. Selling from those who bought in the public offer may keep the price anchored around current price for a while before the selling subsides.

Investors should be keeping their eyes on Scotia Group. Last year they released full year results on December 7 and can be expected to release this year’s, on the 6th, investors could well anticipate them and drive the stock ahead of the release. Currently, there are no Junior Market stock that seems set to move much at this time.

Stanley Motta trades 37M shares on JSE – Friday

Site plan of Stanley Motta’s 58 Half Way Tree Road.

Stanley Motta traded nearly 34 million on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Friday, helping
Site plan of Stanley Motta’s 58 Half Way Tree Road.to push the overall volume to 37,219,908 units valued at $266,712,510 changing hands, compared with 5,027,724 units valued at $221,393,103 being exchanged, on Thursday.
Market activity closed with 31 active securities in the main and US dollar markets trading, compared to a same number on Thursday, as the prices of 7 stocks rose, 15 declined and 9 remained unchanged.
Despite the higher level of stocks declining than advancing, the All Jamaica Index advanced 2,887.52 points to 399,382.8, while the JSE Index climbed 2,630.85 points to close at 363,882.98.
The main market ended with Stanley Motta trading 33,898,200 units and cornering 91 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Seprod with 798,795 units for just 2 percent of traded volume and Jamaica Producers with 784,515 units, also with just 2 percent of the day’s volume.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
Trading resulted in an average of 1,283,445 units valued at an average of $9,196,983 for each security traded, in contrast to 173,370 units valued at an average of $7,634,245 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 329,574 valued at $6,496,704, compared to 271,338 valued at $6,321,909. October closed, with an average of 290,851 shares, valued $5,213,901, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Berger Paints lost 68 cents in trading 20,220 shares to close at $19, Caribbean Cement gained $2 to close at $45 in trading 25,662 shares, Grace Kennedy fell $2.50 and ended trading of 58,498 shares at $55, JMMB Group rose $1 to $34, with an exchange of 49,596 shares, Jamaica Producers gained 51 cents and finished trading of 784,515 units at $24.01, Mayberry Jamaica Equities lost $1.50 in trading 34,691 shares in closing at $8.50, NCB Financial Group lost 50 cents and ended trading of 108,686 shares at $136.50 after trading at a record high of $138, 138 Student Living traded 35,189 shares and declined by 31 cents to a 52 weeks’ low of $3.50, PanJam Investment rose 25 cents to $61.85, with an exchange of 14,747 stock units, Proven Investments ended with a loss of 50 cents at $26.50, with just 100 units changing hands, Sagicor Group lost $1 and finished trading at $39, with 37,364 shares, Seprod dropped $1.98 trading of 798,795 shares, to close at $30.02 and Supreme Ventures lost 50 cents to end at $16, with an exchange of 74,822 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 65,911 units valued at over $32,014 as JMMB  Group 6% USD with 22,671 units and rose 1 cent to close at us$1.05 and Proven Investments ended trading of 43,240 shares at 19 U$ cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed unchanged at 159.87.

 

JSE stocks move higher on Thursday

NCB stock jumped $2.50 to close at $137

Investors pushed the Jamaica Stock Exchange main market higher on Thursday, with the All Jamaica Index advancing 3,867.21 points to 396,495.35, while the JSE Index climbed 3,523.47 points to close at 361,252.13.
Market activity closed with 31 active securities in the main and US dollar markets, compared to 31 on Thursday, as the prices of 14 stocks rose, 6 declined and 11 remained unchanged.
The main market ended with PANJAM Investmenttrading 2,381,110 units in cornering 47.4 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Sygnus Credit Investments with 1,035,523 units, 20.6 percent of the day’s volume and Seprod with 591,309 units for 11.8 percent of traded volume.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 6 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 5 closing with lower offers.
Trading ended with 5,027,724 units valued at over $221,393,103 changing hands, compared with 11,783,312 units valued at $255,248,656 being exchanged, on Wednesday.
Trading resulted in an average of 173,370 units valued at an average of $7,634,245 for each security traded. In contrast to 406,321 units for an average of $8,801,678 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 271,338 valued at $6,321,909, compared to 277,708 valued at $6,231,079. October closed, with an average of 290,851 shares, valued $5,213,901, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Caribbean Cement gained $1 to close at $43 in trading of 20,852 shares, Carreras gained 50 cents to $9.50, trading 28,890 shares, Grace Kennedy rose $2.50 and ended trading of 13,464 shares at $57.50, JMMB Group rose $1.24 to $33, with an exchange of 21,745 shares, Jamaica Producers gained 95 cents and finished trading of a mere 190 units at $23.50, NCB Financial Group climbed $2.50 and ended trading of 211,790 shares, at $137,  PanJam Investment fell 40 cents to $61.60, with an exchange of 2.38 million stock units, Portland JSX ended with a loss of 69 cents at $7.80, with 34,300 units changing hands, Sagicor Group rose $1 and finished trading of 169,960 shares at $40, Seprod gained $1.99 trading of 591,309 shares, to close at $32 and Sygnus Credit Investments added 49 cents and ended at $10.99, with an exchange of 1.04 million shares.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 10,664 units valued at $1,746 as Proven Investments end trading of 7,167 shares at 19 U$ cents and Sygnus Credit Investments USD share ended with 3,467 units changing hands at 11 US cents after rising by a cent. The JSE USD Equities Index gained 1.05 points down to close at 159.87.

JSE stocks gave up most of Tuesday’s gains

Investors pushed the Jamaica Stock Exchange main market sharply down on Wednesday, with the All Jamaica Index diving 5,128.43 points to 392,628.14 and JSE Index dropped 4,672.58 points, to close at 357,728.66.
Market activity closed with 3 active securities in the main and US dollar markets, compared to 32 on Thursday with the prices of 12 stocks rose, 7 declined and 12 remained unchanged.
Main market closed with Carreras trading 5,246,517 units in cornering 44.5 percent of the day’s volume, followed by JMMB Group 7.5% preference share with 3,560,341 units and 32 percent of the day’s volume and NCB Financial with just under 1,123,415 units for 9.5 percent of traded volume.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 2 stocks ending with the bid higher than the last selling prices and 1 closing with a lower offer.
The market closed with much more trading volume and value than on Tuesday as 11,783,312 units valued at $255,248,656 changed hands, compared with 12,215,304 units valued  at $798,389,015 being exchanged, on Tuesday.
Trading resulted in an average of 406,321 units valued at over $8,801,678, in contrast to 436,261 shares valued at $28,513,893 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 277,708 valued at $6,231,079, compared to 268,764 valued at $6,039,932. October closed, with an average of 290,851 shares, valued $5,213,901, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Berger Paints gained 67 cents and closed at $19.68, trading 650 shares, Caribbean Cement dropped $8 to close at $42 in trading of 17,402 shares, Grace Kennedy ended trading at $55, with 7,826 shares, JMMB Group declined $1.20 to $31.80, with an exchange of 28,707 shares, Jamaica Producers gained 55 cents and finished trading of 600 units at $22.55, Jamaica Stock Exchange lost 45 cents and closed at $10, with an exchange of 66,537 shares. NCB Financial Group lost $1.49 and ended trading at $134.50, with 1.1 million shares, PanJam Investment fell $2 in closing at $62, with an exchange of 5,991 stock units, Portland JSX ended at $8.49, after gaining 68 cents with 5,736 units, Seprod gained $1.01 to end trading of 273,687 shares at $30.01, Sterling Investments rose 50 cents to close at $20.50, with 4,456 shares trading and Supreme Ventures added 50 cents and ended at $16.50, with an exchange of 28,417 shares.

Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 29,838 units valued at $5,593 as JMMB Group 6% traded 1,040 units to close at $1.04, Proven Investments end trading of 25,000 shares at 19 U$ cents and Sygnus Credit Investments USD share ended with 850 units changing hands at 10 US cents after rising by a cent. The JSE USD Equities Index gained 1.05 points down to close at 158.82.

 

JSE stocks making strong recovery

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market indices were pushed sharply higher on Tuesday, sending the All Jamaica Index surging 5,742.86 points to 397,756.57 and JSE Index jumped 5,232.40 points to close at 362,401.24, thanks partially to jump in the price of NCB Financial.
Market activity closed with 32 active securities in the main and US dollar markets, compared to 30 on Thursday with the prices of 13 stocks rose, 9 declined and 10 remained unchanged.
Main market trading closed with JMMB Group leading with 5,977,409 units, or 49 percent of the day’s volume and NCB Financial with just under 4.29 million units and 35 percent of volume traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 3 stocks ending with the bid higher than the last selling prices and 7 closing with lower offers.
The market closed with much more trading volume and value than on Monday as 12,215,304 units valued at over $798,389,015 changed hands, compared with 8,566,949 units valued at $433,399,089 being exchanged, on Monday.
Trading resulted in an average of 436,261 units valued at over $28,513,893, in contrast to 295,412 shares valued at $14,944,796 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 268,764 valued at $6,039,932, compared to 256,707 valued at $4,301,615. October closed, with an average of 290,851 shares, valued $5,213,901, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments gained 74 cents and closed at $19.75, trading 2,000 shares, Carreras concluded trading of 10,257 units and lost 32 cents at $9.50, Caribbean Cement jumped $7.75 to close at $50 in trading of 7,325 shares, PanJam Investment rose $2.30 in closing at $64, with an exchange of 62,978 stock units, Sagicor Group advanced by $2 to $39 with an exchange of 3,563 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund gained 30 cents and settled at $11.75, trading 3,880 shares, Scotia Group gained $2.99 trading 31,977 to close at $55.99, Seprod shed 50 cents to end trading of 156,060 shares at $29.50 and Sterling Investments  fell 50 cents and closed at $20, with 3,094 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 43,400 units valued at over $18,506 as JMMB Group 6.00% traded 12,100 units losing 1 cent to close at $1.04, Productive Business Solution traded 1,000 shares at 59 US cents, Proven Investments closed the trading of 25,000 shares at 19 U$ cents and Sygnus Credit Investments USD share ended with 5,300 units changing hands and rose 1 cent to 9 US cents..
The JSE USD Equities Index inched 0.02 points down to close at 157.77.

Main market stocks make gains – Monday

Grace new HQ close to the end of construction in downtown Kingston

Stocks remained volatile in trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Monday, but the main market indices closed higher with the All Jamaica Index ending 3,162 points ahead of Friday’s close closing much lower than the 9,168.21 points it put on, 30 minutes after trading opened.
Market activity closed with 30 active securities in the main and US dollar markets, compared to 30 on Friday with the prices of 11 stocks rose, 14 declined and 5 remained unchanged.
The All Jamaica Composite Index jumped 3,162.03 points to 392,013.71 and the JSE Index advanced 2,880.96 points to close at 357,168.84.
Main market trading closed with Grace Kennedy leading with 7,016,055 units, or just less than 82 percent of the day’s volume, PanJam Investment with 305,749 units with and 3.6 percent of volume traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows just 7 stocks ending with the bid higher than the last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
The market closed with much more trading volume and value than on Friday as 8,566,949 units valued at $433,399,089 changed hands, compared with 7,711,871 units valued at $172,980,680 being exchanged, on Friday.
Trading resulted in an average of 295,412 units valued at over $14,944,796, in contrast to 275,424 shares valued at $6,177,881 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 256,707 valued at $4,301,615, compared to 253,590 valued at $3,374,731. October closed, with an average of 290,851 shares, valued $5,213,901, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Berger Paints rose 40 cents and ended at $19, trading 5,200 stock units, Carreras concluded trading of 32,622 units and rose of 50 cents at $9.50, Caribbean Cement dropped $7.75 to close at $42.25 in trading of 28,547 shares, Grace Kennedy rose $1 to end trading 7 million shares to close at $54, Jamaica Producers dipped $2.51 to end at $22, trading 4,130 shares, JMMB Group declined $1.20 to $31.80, with an exchange of 28,707 shares, PanJam Investment dropped $4 in closing at $61.70, with an exchange of 305,749 stock units, Sagicor Group gave up $1.50 and settled at $37 with an exchange of 130,395 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund lost 55 cents and settled at $11.45, trading 28,900 shares, Salada Foods rose $1 to close at $21.50 trading 6,300 shares, Scotia Group dropped $2.99 trading 31,977 to close at $53, Seprod gained $1 to end trading of 150,547 shares at $29.50,  traded 8,063 shares and rose Stanley Motta 70 cents to $5.25, Sterling Investments climbed 75 cents to $20.50, trading 1,100 shares and Supreme Ventures lost 99 cents and ended at $16, with an exchange of 44,431 shares.

Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 17,541 units valued at $3,348 as Proven Investments was the sole stock trading and ended at 19 U$ cents.
The JSE USD Equities Index inched 0.36 points higher to close at 157.79.

NCB jumps sharply to a new record – Friday

NCB closed at a record high on Friday.

The Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Friday, with NCB Financial Group jumping $7.58 and ended trading 585,404 shares at record $137.99, after the Financial Securities commission of Trinidad announced clearance for NCB to proceed with the acquisition of up to nearly 52 percent of Guardian Holdings.
Market activity closed with 30 active securities in the main and US dollar markets, compared to 32 on Thursday with the prices of 14 stocks rose, 10 declined and 6 remained unchanged.
The All Jamaica Composite Index lost 1,646.73 points to 388,851.68 and the JSE Index declined by 1,500.36 points to close at 354,287.88.
Main market trading closed with Carreras leading with 4,106,737 units, or 53 percent of the day’s volume, JMMB Group 7.25% preference shares with 862,000 units with and 11 percent of volume traded and NCB Financial with 585,404 units accounting for 7.6 percent of main market volume.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows just 7 stocks ending with the bid higher than the last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
The market closed with much more trading volume than on Thursday, as 7,711,871 units valued at $172,980,680 changed hands, compared with 3,304,274 units valued at $77,547,412 being exchanged, on Thursday.
Trading resulted in an average of 275,424 units valued at over $6,177,881, in contrast to 110,142 shares valued at $2,584,914 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 253,590 valued at $3,374,731, compared to 251,748 valued at $3,117,393. October closed, with an average of 290,851 shares, valued $5,213,901, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Caribbean Cement jumped $4 to close at $50 in trading of 48,646 shares, Grace Kennedy fell 60 cents to end trading of 63,596 shares at $55, Jamaica Producers gained $1.50 to end at $24.51, trading 650,876 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange lost 84 cents, in closing at $10.16, trading 96,393 shares, JMMB Group declined $1 to $33, with an exchange of 231,551 shares, Kingston Wharves rose $1.90 to $77.90 trading 2,683 shares, Mayberry Investments rose 43 cents to settle at $10, in exchanging 46,773 units, NCB Financial Group jumped $7.58 and ended trading of 585,404 shares at $137.99. PanJam Investment gained 60 cents in closing at $65.70, with an exchange of 40,135 stock units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose 50 cents and settled at $12, trading 12,010 shares, Salada Foods lost $1 to close at $20.50 as 19,000 shares traded, Scotia Group rose $2.49 trading 100,792 to close at $55.99, Seprod lost $1 to end trading of 209,641 shares at $28.50 and Supreme Ventures added 49 cents and ended at $16.99, with an exchange of 100 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 52,105 units valued at $12,214. JMMB Group completed trading at $1.05 with 2,704 stock units and Proven investments completed trading 49,401 shares and lost 1 cent to end at 19 U$ cents and rose 0.5 cents. The JSE USD Equities Index fell 2.22 points to close at 157.43.