JSE Main Market highest close in a month

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended trading on Tuesday with the market rising to its highest level since August 24 after more stocks rose than declined after investors exchanged 50 percent more shares at twice the value as on Monday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index rose 4,683.43 points to settle at 406,661.23, the Main Index gained 4,221.57 points to settle at 371,389.79 and the JSE Financial Index inched 0.62 points higher to settle at 96.91.
Trading ended with 46 securities changing hands compared to 41 on Monday and ended with the prices of 24 stocks rising, the prices of 13  declining and nine remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 16 based on IC Insider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 11,345,597 shares for just $56,024,809  compared to 7,551,575 units at $27,498,792 on Monday.
Pulse Investments led trading with 47.3 percent of total volume after 5.37 million shares changed hands, followed by Transjamaican Highway with 20.3 percent for 2.3 million units and Wigton Windfarm with 18.8 percent amounting to 2.13 million stock units.
Trading ended with an average of 246,643 units changing hands at $1,217,931 for each security compared to an average of 184,185 shares at  $670,702 on Monday. The average trade for the month to date ended at 215,025 units at $1,403,085 for each security, in contrast to 212,720  units at $1,416,583. Trading month to date compares adversely to August with an average of 497,441 units at $3,201,918.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows eight stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments climbed 40 cents to end at $60 after exchanging 10,563  shares, Eppley shed $1 to end at $24 after trading 40,714 stock units. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund dropped 48 cents to settle at $57, with 1,033 shares crossing the exchange, First Rock Capital climbed 55 cents to close at $13 and trading 8,598 units, Jamaica Broilers Group dropped  $1 to close at $25 after exchanging 5,784 stock units. Kingston Properties advanced $1.20 in ending at $7.50 with investors swapping 179 stocks, Kingston Wharves advanced 60 cents to settle at $49.60, with 420 shares passed through the market, Mayberry Investments advanced 39 cents to settle at $5.49 after 95 units changed hands. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy gained $5 to end at $155 in trading 64 shares, NCB Financial Group carved out a loss $1 to end at $134 in an exchange of 22,133  shares, 138 Student Living declined by 38 cents in ending at $4.50 and exchanging 101 stocks. Portland JSX  climbed $1.58  to $8.60, with just 69 stock units crossing the market, Proven Investments increased 40 cents to close at $37.50 after 4,999 units passed through the market, Pulse Investments rose 45 cents in ending at $4.65 as 5,368,622 stocks crossed the exchange. Sagicor Group carved out 35 cents rise to close at $44.50, with 23,149 units changing hands, Scotia Group gained $2.99 to end at $49 finished trading 679 shares, Seprod climbed 95 cents in closing at $55.95 and trading 19,699  units. Stanley Motta increased 51 cents to end at $5.13, with 109 stocks changing hands, Supreme Ventures gained 44 cents in closing at $13.99 in exchanging 88,979 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments declined by $1.20 to $17.30  and crossing the exchange with 11,240 units.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE Main Market stocks dive

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended trading on Monday with the market declining as more stocks fell than rose after investors exchanged 38 percent fewer shares than on Friday and the value of the shares traded down 87 percent.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index fell by 1,321.77 points to 401,977.80, the Main Index dropped 1,224.08 points to 367,168.22 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.70 points to settle at 96.29.
Trading ended with 41 securities changing hands compared to 39 on Friday and closed with the prices of 13 stocks rising, 18 declining and 10 remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 15.6 based on IC Insider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 7,551,575 shares for $27,498,792  compared to 12,180,541 units at $217,796,102 on Friday. Transjamaican Highway led trading with 51.5 percent of total volume, as 3.89 million shares changed hands, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 16 percent and 1.21 million units and Pulse Investments with 15.3 percent or 1.16 million shares.
Trading ended with an average of 184,185 units changing hands at $670,702 for each security, compared to an average of 312,322 shares at  $5,584,515 on Friday. The average trade for the month to date ended at 215,594  units at $1,422,062 for each security, in contrast to 217,776 units at  $1,474,275. Trading month to date compares adversely to, August with an average of 497,441 units at $3,201,918.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows eight stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments rose 60 cents to $59.60, with 3,098 shares passing through the market, Caribbean Cement fell $4.05 to end at $45.10, in exchanging 23,510 stock units, Eppley climbed $1 in closing at a 52 weeks’ high of $25, with investors swapping just one stock unit. First Rock Capital shed 55 cents to close at $12.45 trading 610 shares, Grace Kennedy rose 99 cents to settle at $57.99, with an exchange of 16,327 stocks. Jamaica Producers Group gained 50 cents to close at $20.50, in trading 1,017 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange shed 75 cents, finishing at $18 after exchanging 92,507 shares, JMMB Group closed at $29.06, with a loss of 54 cents after transferring  28,790 shares. Kingston Wharves advanced $3 to $49,  with investors swapping 111 units, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy declined by $5 to end at  $150, after 100 units crossed the exchange, NCB Financial Group climbed $3 to $135, with 8,944 stock units crossing the market. Proven Investments lost $1.40 in trading 7,846 stock units at $37.10, Scotia Group declined by $3.99 to $46.01, after exchanging 97,651 shares, Supreme Ventures fell 45 cents to $13.55 trading 14,448 stock units. Sygnus Credit Investments gained 99 cents in ending at $18.50, with 11,502 stock units clearing the market and Wisynco Group shed 50 cents to close at $16, in exchanging 54,955  shares.
In the preference segment of the Main Market, Eppley 8.75% preference share climbed $1.12 to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $8.59 in an exchange of 115 units.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE Main Market ends week with gains

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended trading on Friday, with the market rising after an almost equal number of stocks rising and falling after an exchange of 95 percent more shares and 437 percent more value than on Thursday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index carved out a gain of 2,653.46 points to 403,299.57, the Main Index increased 2,608.75 points to 368,392.30 and the JSE Financial Index gained 1.17 points to settle at 96.99.
Trading ended with 39 securities changing hands compared to 43 on Thursday and closed with the prices of 15 stocks rising, 16 declining and eight remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 15.6 based on IC Insider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 12,180,541 shares for $217,796,102 compared to 6,254,690 units at $40,537,477 on Thursday. Kingston Wharves led trading with 32.9 percent of total volume equaling 4 million shares, followed by Pulse Investments with 21.2 percent for 2.58 million units, Wigton Windfarm with 16.1 percent market share for 1.96 million units and Transjamaican Highway with 1.86 million units changing hands for 15.3 percent of the day’s volume.
Trading closed with an average of 312,322 units changing hands at $5,584,515 for each security compared to an average of 145,458 shares at  $942,732 on Thursday. The average trade for the month to date ended at 217,776 units at $1,474,275 for each security, in contrast to 211.084 units at $1,183,350. Trading month to date compares adversely to August’s average of 497,441 units at  $3,201,918.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows eight stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments shed 99 cents to end at $59, with investors swapping 13,701 shares, Caribbean Cement climbed $1.65 to $49.15, after exchanging 313 units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund jumped $5.48 to settle at an all-time high of $57.48, in an exchange of  156 stock units. First Rock Capital closed at $13, after picking up 55 cents and trading 6,461 stocks, Jamaica Broilers Group gained 50 cents to settle at  $26, with 13,590 stock units clearing the market, JMMB Group rose 58 cents to $29.60, in trading  4,656 stock units. Key Insurance climbed 75 cents to $8.48 after exchanging 73,209  shares. Kingston Wharves declined $4  in closing at $46, after an exchange of 4,004,829 shares, Mayberry Investments lost 43 cents to finish at $5.17, with 16,500 stock units passing through the market, NCB Financial Group fell to $132, after losing $1 and trading  42,183 stock units. 138 Student Living gained 49 cents to close at $5, with an exchange of 30 shares, Palace Amusement dropped $125 to end at $1,495 in an exchange of 13 units, Proven Investments lost  64 cents to settle at $38.50, in transferring 1,631 units, Sagicor Group lost 40 cents to close at $44.30, with investors swapping 35,333 shares. Scotia Group advanced by $3.75,  ending at $50 while exchanging 47,493 shares, Seprod lost 89 cents to close at $55, with investors switching ownership of 2,229 stock units and Wisynco Group rose $1.34, in ending at $16.50, with 25,039 stock units changing hands.
In the preference segment of the market, Community & Workers Credit Union gained  43 cents to end at $1.98 in trading just five units.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE Main market in a struggle

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The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended trading on Wednesday with the market declining after four stocks fell for three rising after an exchange of 78 percent more shares than on Tuesday, with similar values.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index declined by 3,653.98 points to 399,521.22. The Main Index fell by 3,312.47 points to 364,705.28, the JSE Financial Index shed 1.02 points to settle at 96.19.
Trading ended with 44 securities changing hands compared to 42 on Tuesday and closed with the prices of 15 stocks rising, 20 declining and nine remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 15.2 based on IC Insider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 8,881,013 shares for $39,150,303  compared to 4,987,272 units at $39,141,028 on Tuesday. Transjamaican Highway led trading with 32.2 percent of total volume for 2.86 million shares, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 23.1 percent and 2.05 million units and Wigton Windfarm with 17.5 percent and 1.55 million shares.
Trading ended with an average of 201,841 units changing hands at $889,780 for each security compared to an average of 118,745 shares at  $931,929 on Tuesday. The average trade for the month to date ended at 216,639
units at $1,203,718 for each security, in contrast to  218,043  units at $1,233,488. Trading month to date compares adversely to August’s average of 497,441 units at $3,201,918.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows seven stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments gained $1.50 and closed at $58.50, with an exchange of 16,714 shares, Berger Paints gained 83 cents in ending at $11.85 with investors swapping 6,605 units, Caribbean Cement declined by $4.49 to settle at $43.60,
in trading 2,189 stock units. Eppley rose 85 cents to end at $24.85, in exchanging 100 units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund climbed 50 cents to $50, with 530 units crossing the market, Grace Kennedy rose $1.20 in closing at $57 and trading 28,405 shares. Jamaica Broilers settled at $24.90, after gaining 30 cents in the transfer of 3,416 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange closed 75 cents higher at $18.40, with 4,068 stock units traded, Kingston Properties shed $1.10 to settle at $6.30 with investors swapping 50 units. Kingston Wharves jumped $6.90 to settle at  $49.90 after 350 units crossed the market, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy dropped $8 to $155, in an exchange of 321 units, Portland JSX lost 48 cents in closing at $7.02 and trading 2,400 stock units. Proven Investments fell $1.82 to $36.17, with investors swapping 3,366 stock units, Salada Foods declined by $3.74 to $25.01, with an exchange of  6,979 stock units, Scotia Group shed 50 cents to settle at $47.50, in transferring 117,147 shares. Seprod rose to $55.89, after climbing $1.89 and exchanging  22,839 shares, Supreme Ventures gained 65 cents to close at $14, trading 24,670 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments rose  47 cents to $17.97, with 26,303 shares changing hands.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE Main Market at September highs

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended trading on Friday, with the market rising after an equal number of stocks advanced and declined after an exchange of 143 percent more shares, with 36 percent more value than on Thursday, while closing the week at the highest point for September.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 1,015.97 points to 402,637.72, the Main Index gained 909.86 points to 367,526.77 and the JSE Financial Index added 0.84 points to settle at 97.14.
Trading ended with 43 securities changing hands, similar to Thursday, and closed with the prices of 16 stocks rising, 16 declining and 11 remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 15.4 based on IC Insider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 25,606,369 shares for $51,769,010  compared to 10,530,333 units at $38,041,905 on Thursday. Wigton Windfarm led the market with 86 percent of total volume in the trading of 22.05 million shares, followed by Transjamaican Highway with 6.2 percent and 1.58 million units and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 512,447 units for 2 percent market share.
Trading ended with an average of 95,497 units at   $1,203,930 for each security, in comparison to an average  of 244,891 shares at  $884,695  on Thursday. The average trade for the month to date ended at 233,735 units at  $1,206,845 for each security, in contrast to  187,575 units at $1,207,217. Trading month to date compares adversely to August’s average of 497,441 units at $3,201,918.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s  Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows eight stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Berger Paints climbed $1.19 to $11.85, in trading just 50 units, Eppley gained 50 cents to close at $24.50, with 1,200 units crossing the market, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund rose 99 cents to $49.99 after exchanging 5,350 stock units. First Rock Capital fell $1.05 to settle at $12, with 12,574  shares changing hands, Jamaica Broilers Group shed 36 cents to end at $24.60, after 14,625 stock units crossed the market, Kingston Wharves rose $1 to $47, in trading 377 units. Mayberry Jamaican Equities lost 55 cents with an exchange of 10,384 stock units to end at $7.52, Portland JSX advanced $1.48, in ending at $8.50 with investors switching ownership of 400 stock units, Proven Investments finished at $36.35, with gains of 4 cents in trading 7,476 stock units. Salada Foods declined by $2.99 to close at $25 in transferring 10,000 stock units, Scotia Group gained 50 cents in closing at $50.50, with 124,036 shares passing through the market, Seprod rose $2 to $55.50 after the transfer of 24,995 stock units. Supreme Ventures picked up 49 cents to settle at $14, with investors switching ownership of 165,785 shares and Wisynco Group shed 65 cents to end at $16.35, in exchanging 40,884 shares.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Gains for JSE majors on Thursday

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended trading on Thursday with the market rising after stocks gaining edged out declining ones as investors exchanged 91 percent more shares than on  Wednesday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 1,047.56 points to 401,621.75, the Main Index rose 962.30 points to 366,616.91 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.01 points to close at 96.30.
Trading ended with 43 securities changing hands compared to 40 on Wednesday and closed with the prices of 18 stocks rising17 declining and eight remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 15.2 based on IC Insider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 10,530,333 shares for $38,041,905 compared to 5,515,713  units at $38,353,717 on Wednesday. QWI Investments led trading with 38.4 percent of total volume, with 4.04 million shares, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 20.8 percent amounting to 2.19 million units and TransJamaican Highway, with 15 percent for 1.58 million units. Ciboney Group was the only other stock to exceed a million shares, ending with 1.04 million units changing hands.
Trading ended with an average of 244,891 units changing hands at $884,695 for each security, in comparison to an average of 137,893 shares at  $958,843 on Wednesday. The average trade for the month to date ended at  187,575  units at $1,207,217 for each security, in contrast to 179,192 units at $1,254,388. Trading month to date compares adversely to August’s average of 497,441 units at $3,201,918.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows eight stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments rose 46 cents to $57.50, in exchanging of 4,418 units, Berger Paints lost 43 cents to end at $10.66, with 2,432 units crossing the market, Caribbean Cement climbed $1.05 to $49 with investors swapping 22,138  shares. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund shed 99 cents to settle at $49 and trading 7,460  stock units, Jamaica Broilers rose 36 cents to close at $24.96 in trading 19,670 shares, Jamaica Producers advanced $1.85 to $21 and cleared the market with 1,350 units. Key Insurance rose 66 cents to $8.57 trading 17,006 stock units, Kingston Wharves dropped $2.89 in closing at $46, with 10,317 units crossing the market, Mayberry Investments slipped 57 cents to $5.13, after 19,300 stock units passed through the market. Proven Investments advanced $1.85 to $35.95, after an exchange of 592 units, Salada Foods gained 99 cents to close at $27.99, with 75 units crossing the market, Scotia Group rose $1 to end at $50, after trading 32,180 shares. Seprod climbed $1.10 to $53.50, in exchanging 9,312 units, Supreme Ventures lost 46 cents to settle at $13.51 trading 101,403 shares and Wisynco Group gained 50 cents to close at $17, with 87,673 shares changing hands.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Trading levels fall off for Main Market stocks

Stocks mostly rose on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Tuesday after trading levels dropped sharply, with investors exchanging just 52 percent fewer shares than on Monday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index advanced by 1,674.54 points to 401,637.06, the Main Index carved out a gain of 1,545.95 points to 366,576.42 and the JSE Financial Index rose 0.12 points to close at 96.29.
Trading ended with 43 securities changing hands compared to 42 on Monday and closed with the prices of 18 stocks rising, 14 declining and 11 remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 15.2 based on IC Insider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 4,882,753 shares for just $27,414,421 compared to  10,157,738 units at $50,769,890 on Monday. Transjamaican Highway accounted for 40.4 percent of total volume, with 1.97 million shares, followed by JMMB Group 7.50% with 17.7 percent or 863,196 units and Wigton Windfarm with 15.6 percent for 763,084 shares.
Trading ended with an average of 113,552 units changing hands at $637,545, in comparison to an average of  241,851 shares at $1,208,807 on Monday. The average trade for the month to date ended at 185,696 units at $1,300,931 for each security, in contrast to 200,398 units at $1,436,123 on Monday. Trading month to date compares adversely to August’s average of 497,441 units at $3,201,918.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows seven stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments advanced $1.75 in ending at $57 while exchanging 1,229 shares, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund climbed $1.30 to close at $49.30, with investors swapping 12,184  stock units, First Rock Capital gained 70 cents to end at $13.20, after clearing the market with 26,752 shares. Jamaica Broilers Group declined by 45 cents in closing at $25 and 33,295 shares crossing the exchange, Jamaica Stock Exchange carved out a gain of 62 cents to end at $18.62 trading 12,262 units, Mayberry Investments settled at $5.69, with a rise of 57 cents, with 2,000 units passing through the market. Mayberry Jamaican Equities shed 43 cents to end at $8.07 with investors swapping 122 stock units, NCB Financial fell 60 cents to settle at $135, after exchanging 48,381 shares, Palace Amusement dived $400 in closing at $1,100, in trading 20 shares. Proven Investments climbed $1.75 to settle at $35.90, with 1,191 units changing hands, Scotia Group lost $1 to end at $47 with 7,120 units crossing the exchange and Seprod climbed $1.40 to close at $52.40 with investors switching ownership of 63,478 shares.

 Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE Main Market stocks drop

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended trading on Monday, with the market declining after more stocks rising than falling after investors exchanged 70 percent more shares than on Friday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index declined by 2,285.96 points to 399,962.52, the Main Index lost 2,070.30 points to 365,030.47, while the JSE Financial Index shed 0.92 points to close at 96.17.
Trading ended with 42 securities changing hands compared to 44 on Friday, with the prices of 18 stocks rising, 14 declining and 10 remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio ended at 15.1 based on IC Insider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 10,157,738 shares for $50,769,890 compared to 5,964,029 units at $91,497,143 on Friday. TransJamaican Highway led trading with 6.48 million shares for 63.8 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 1.61 million units for 15.8 percent of the day’s trade and Wisynco Group with 675,706 units for 6.7 percent market share.
Trading ended with an average of 241,851 units changing hands at $1,208,807 for each security, in comparison to an average of 135,587 shares at $2,080,159 on Friday. The average trade for the month to date ended at 200,398 units at $1,436,123 for each security, in contrast to 190,097 units at $1,492,616. Trading month to date compares adversely to August’s average of 497,441 units at $3,201,918.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows ten stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments fell $1.75 in closing at $55.25 after exchanging 1,001 units, Berger Paints ended at $11, with a loss of $1, with 3,450 stock units changing hands, Caribbean Cement dropped $3.72 to settle at $43.27 trading 19,873 stock units. Eppley lost 50 cents in an exchange of 21,175 shares to end at $24, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund shed 94 cents to settle at $48, with 26,461 shares clearing the market, First Rock Capital finished at $12.50, after losing 68 cents trading 32,376 shares. Grace Kennedy advanced $1.49, ending at $57 with investors swapping 6,241 units, Jamaica Broilers gained 70 cents in closing at $25.45, with an exchange of 21,865 stock units, Jamaica Stock Exchange declined by $3 to settle at $18 after 101,669 shares changed hands. JMMB Group shed 49 cents to end at $29.51, in exchanging 143,462 stock units, Kingston Properties advanced $1.20 to $7.50 with an exchange of 15 stock units, Kingston Wharves gained 50 cents, trading 9,008 units to end at $48. Mayberry Jamaican Equities rose 50 cents to $8.50, with 133,975 shares changing hands,  MPC Caribbean Clean Energy climbed $5 to $155 and cleared the market with 549 units, NCB Financial fell $1.40 to $135.60, in exchanging 11,126 stock units. Proven Investments lost $1.85 to end at $34.15, after trading 2,105 units, Seprod dropped $2 to settle at $51 with investors switching ownership of  215,510 shares, Sterling Investments gained 30 cents ending at $3.20, with 62,334 stock units crossing the exchange and Sygnus Credit Investments climbed $1.75 to close at $16.80 trading 38,323 shares.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE stocks in post-election rise

More stocks fell than rose, Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market, the day after the national election was held in the country, returning the governing party to office, with a strong mandate for another five years, winning 49 of the 63 seats up for grabs.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index advanced 980.40 points to 402,248.48, the Main Index rose 858.57 points to 367,100.77 and the JSE Financial Index added 0.25 points to close at 97.09.
Trading ended with 44 securities changing hands compared to 38 on  Thursday, with the prices of 10 stocks rising, 21 stocks declining 13 remaining unchanged. One stock closed at an all-time high and one at an all-time low. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 15.1 based on IC Insider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with fewer shares than on Thursday, in an exchange of 5,965,849  shares for $91,526,991 compared to 7,819,711 units at $77,429,738 on Thursday. Wigton Windfarm led trading with 1.15 million shares for 19.2 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.08 million units for 18.2 percent of the day’s trade and Wisynco Group with 1.06 million units for 17.9 percent market share.
Trading ended with an average of 135,587 units changing hands at  $2,080,159 for each security, in comparison to an average of 205,782  shares at  $2,037,625 on Thursday. The average trade for the month to date ended at 190,096  units at $1,492,616 for each security, in contrast to  209,284 units at $1,423,922. Trading month to date compares adversely to August’s average of 497,441 units at $3,201,918.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows six stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Berger Paints rose $1.10 to settle at $12 in exchanging  16,422 shares, Eppley climbed  $2.50 in closing at an all-time high of $24.50, with 12,797 stock units passing through the market, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund shed 81 cents to end at $48.94, in trading 10,501 units. First Rock Capital advanced by $1.28 to $13.18, with an exchange of 249 units, Grace Kennedy dropped $1.49, ending at $55.51 with a transfer of 311,465 shares, JMMB Group ended 90 cents lower to settle at $30 trading 118,235 shares. Key Insurance declined by $1.05 to settle at $8.10, in transferring 19,595 stock units, Kingston Properties fell by $1.39 to $6.30, while exchanging  100 units, Kingston Wharves closed $2.50 higher at $47.50, with an exchange of 8,801 units. NCB Financial declined $2 to $137, trading 194,240  shares, Portland JSX fell $1.48, in ending at $7.02 with 100 units changing hands. Salada Foods closed at $28, with a loss of $1 after trading 426 shares. Scotia Group climbed $1.98 to $48, with investors switching the ownership of 50 stocks, Seprod declined $2 to settle at $53, in exchanging 2,119 units, Supreme Ventures gained 31 cents to close $13.81, in transferring 8,819 stock units and Sygnus Credit Investments lost 30 cents to close at $15.05, with 5,368 stock units crossing the market.
In the preference segment, Productive Business Solutions 9.75% Preference share declined by $15 to settle at an all-time low of $80 in trading 1,000 stock units.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE Main Market gets election day bounce

With Thursday, being the day of Jamaica’s general election, the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended trading, rose with an equal number of stocks rising and falling, with seven percent more shares exchanged, with 90 percent greater value than on Wednesday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index surged by 1,988.44 points to 401,268.08. The Main Index climbed 1,851.55 points to close at 366,242.20. The JSE Financial Index gained 0.62 points to close at 96.84.
Trading ended with 38 securities changing hands compared to 45  on Wednesday, with the prices of 15 stocks rising, 15 declining and eight remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 15.4 based on IC Insider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 7,819,711 shares for $77,429,738  compared to 7,341,364 units at $40,755,755 on Wednesday.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 3.9 million shares for 50 percent of total volume, followed by Scotia Group with 1.18 million units for 15 percent of the day’s trade and Transjamaican Highway with 853,461 units for 11 percent market share.
Trading ended with an average of 205,782 units changing hands at  $2,037,625 for each security, in comparison to an average of 163,141  shares at  $905,683 on Wednesday. The average trade for the month to date ended at 209,284 units at $1,423,922 for each security, in contrast to  210,813 units at $957,419. Trading month to date compares adversely to August’s average of 497,441 units at $3,201,918.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows five stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and seven with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Barita Investments jumped $3.50 to $57, trading 5,972 units, Caribbean Cement climbed $3.95 to $46.99, with investors switching ownership of 15,423 stock units, First Rock Capital shed 60 cents to close at $11.90 and 8,500  units passing through the market. Jamaica Producers fell $1 to $21, with 5,106 units crossing the market, JMMB Group rose  97 cents to close at $30.50, while transferring 41,850 shares. Key Insurance rose $1.94 to settle at $9.15, in an exchange of 184,302 shares, Kingston harves advanced to $45, with gains of $1 trading 7,600 units, NCB Financial ended 50 cents higher at  $138.01 with investors swapping 38,808 shares. PanJam Investment carved out an increase of $1 to settle at $70 in trading 450 units, Sagicor Group gained 77 cents to close at $44.77 after exchanging  63,545 units. Scotia Group ended with a loss of 71 cents to end at  $46.02, in clearing the market with 1,184,453 shares, Seprod gained 50 cents to finish at $55, trading  4,895 units and Supreme Ventures lost 30 cents ending at $13.50, with 5,173 units changing hands.
In the preference segment of the market, Community & Workers Credit Union preference shares gained 28 cents in trading 11,500 units to close at $1.98.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.