Trans Jamaican dives 21% to $1.12

Shares of Trans Jamaican Highway, the most recent initial public (IPO) offer in Jamaica, were listed on the main and US dollar markets of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Tuesday, with the price declining in trading 21 percent at the close, from the J$1.41 IPO price. The stock dominated trading with the highest volume for the day and closed at $1.12 in the local market and 0.09 of a US cent in the US dollar market.
The other big move for the day, was the substantial fall of $16 in the shares of NCB Financial to close at $140, the lowest price of in a year.
At the close four stocks closed at 52 weeks’ low and one at a 52 weeks’ high. The JSE All Jamaican Composite Index declined 826.97 points to 390,578.60, down 30 percent for the year to date. The JSE Market Index lost 748.61 points to 355,986.97, also down 30 percent for 2020 and the JSE Financial Index, which is down 28.6 percent for 2020, gained 0.14 points to close at 98.26.
The market closed with 51 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with prices of 12 stocks advancing, 28 declining and 11 securities trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity surged well over Monday’s levels after 44 securities passed through the market, accounting for 79,985,445 units valued at $512,772,847, in contrast to 26,276,614 units valued at $347,146,174 from 41 securities on Monday.
Trans Jamaican Highway led trading with 47.8 million shares for 60 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 23.3 million units for 29 percent of the day’s trade and NCB Financial with 2.9 million units for 3 percent market share. Other stocks trading more than one million units were Trans Jamaican Highway with 2.33 million shares in the US dollar market, Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.7 million units and Jamaica Producers with 1.4 million stock units.
The Market closed with an average of 1,817,851 units valued $11,653,928 for each security traded, in contrast to 640,893 units valued at an average of $8,466,980 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amount to 775,631 units valued at $6,653,987 for each security changing hands compared to 708,783 units valued at 6,313,433 for each security traded. Trading in February resulted in an average of 624,731 units valued at $3,239,665 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows eleven stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and nine stocks closing with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 14.3, while the Main Market ended at 13.2 times 2019 earnings. In the Main Market trading, Barita Investments added 76 cents to close at $51.75, with 60,652 shares changing hands, Berger Paints ended 96 cents lower after exchanging 2,000 stock units to finish at $11.04, Caribbean Cement advanced to $44.99, with gains of $3.99 after trading 12,100 units. Eppley climbed $1.40 to $11.50, with 3,000 stock units changing hands, Grace Kennedy closed $3.49 lower at $53.50, in switching ownership of 21,969 shares, Jamaica Broilers gained 95 cents to end at $26.95, trading 34,708 units. Jamaica Producers picked up 46cents with an exchange of 1,364,504 stock units to close at $16.06, Jamaica Stock Exchange slid $1 to $19, with 13,976 shares passing through the market, JMMB Group declined by $2.80 to finish at $33, with 292,971 stock units crossing the exchange. Kingston Wharves fell $2 to $42 after 4,970 units changed hands, Mayberry Investments gained 30 cents to settle at $5.50 trading 1,260 shares, Mayberry Jamaican Equities lost 50 cents transferring 11,562 stock units to end at $6. NCB Financial dropped $16 to a 52 weeks’ low of $140, after trading 2,289,514 units, 138 Student Living lost 30 cents to close at $4.11, with 36,389 shares crossing the exchange, Proven Investments slid to $37.48, after losing $1.02 with 21,006 stock units changing hands. Sagicor Group shed $3 after exchanging 186,808 units and closed at $40, Scotia Group fell by $2.01 to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $37.99, in trading 138,446 shares, Seprod ended at $35, with a loss of $2 in swapping 94,065 units. Stanley Motta closed 30 cents higher with a transfer of 11,000 stock units $5.30, Supreme Investments ended at $14, after a loss of $1 and trading 206,576 shares. Sygnus Credit Investments lost 55 cents to close at $17, in transferring 202,528 stock units, Victoria Mutual Investments slipped to $6.30 after losing 39 cents with 176,895 units changing hands and Wisynco Group closed at $13.49, with gains of 99 cents after exchanging 493,269 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 2,713,918 units for $94,890. The market declined by 15.09 points to close at 184.86. First Rock Capital lost 0.6 of a cent to close at 8.4 US cents, with an exchange of 8,880 units, JMMB Group 6% preference share lost 1 cent to close at US$1, with 479 stock units changing hands, Margaritaville traded 100 shares at 24 US cents. Proven Investments shed 1.5 cents in swapping 332,924 units and closed at 23.5 US cents, Sterling Investments lost half of a cent in trading 32,300 stock units and closed at 2 US cents. Sygnus Credit Investments traded 6,264 units 12 US cents and Trans Jamaican Highway shed .001 of a cent in transferring 2,332,971 shares to end the day at 0.9 of a US cent.

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