Main market falters in Friday’s trades

Market activity ended on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Friday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 33 percent and the value nosediving 48 percent from Thursday’s activity as rising stocks exceeded those declining by a moderate margin.
The All Jamaican Composite Index lost 1,581.75 points to settle at 449,770.77, the JSE Main Index slipped by 707.68 points to 391,898.55 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.43 points to settle at 93.72. Trading ended with 58 securities compared to 51 on Thursday, with 25 rising, 22 declining and 11 ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula for computing appropriate stock values, averages 15. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed based on ICInsider.com’s forecasted earnings for companies with financial years ending up to the close of August 2023.
A total of 6,597,987 shares were exchanged for $64,884,016 versus 9,880,109 units at $124,533,581 on Thursday. Trading averages 113,758 units at $1,118,690, compared to 193,728 shares at $2,441,835 on Thursday and month to date, an average of 229,769 units at $4,160,020 compared to 238,407 units at $4,385,460 on the previous trading day. April closed with an average of 532,209 units at $5,709,319.
Wigton Windfarm
led trading with 1.89 million shares for 28.6 percent of total volume, followed by QWI Investments with 1.07 million units for 16.2 percent of the day’s trade and Pulse Investments with 885,391 units for 13.4 percent market share.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows nine stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Caribbean Cement dropped $1 to $62 trading 23,340 shares, Carreras declined 64 cents to close at $9.30 after 129,765 units were traded, Eppley lost 85 cents in ending at $49.50 after exchanging 581 stocks. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund popped $4.27 in closing at $47.27 after an exchange of 25 stock units, GraceKennedy fell 81 cents to end at $109.99, with 14,815 units crossing the market, Guardian Holdings gained $6 to end at $530 after exchanging 56 shares. Jamaica Broilers shed $1.40 in closing at $27.10 after 3,829 stock units cleared the market, Jamaica Stock Exchange dropped 53 cents to close at $20 in trading 8,351 stocks, Key Insurance rose 30 cents to close at $4.28 with the swapping of 3,096 stocks. Margaritaville climbed $2 to $23 in switching ownership of 25 units, Mayberry Investments shed 74 cents to close at $10.26 while exchanging 9,664 shares,Mayberry Jamaican Equities fell $1 in ending at $14, with 68,279 stock units crossing the market. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy advanced $1.70 to $110.70 trading five units, NCB Financial lost 85 cents to end at $109.15, with 22,849 shares crossing the exchange, Palace Amusement increased $85 in closing at $1040 with an exchange of one stock unit. PanJam Investment rallied $4 to close at $66.50 in exchanging 5,567 stocks, Portland JSX declined $2 in closing at $8.60, with 20,000 stock units changing hands, Scotia Group declined $1.14 in ending at $35.80, with 701,451 stocks crossing the exchange. Seprod gained 49 cents to close at $71.99 in switching ownership of 25,036 shares, Supreme Ventures advanced $1 to end at $30 with an exchange of 43,555 units, Sygnus Credit Investments fell 32 cents in closing at $16.20, with 110,180 shares crossing the market and Wisynco Group rallied $1.48 to $21.48 in an exchange of 95,131 stocks.
In the preference segmentEppley 7.50% preference share increased 33 cents to close at $8.40, with 101 stock units clearing the market and Jamaica Public Service 9.5% dropped $100 in ending at $3000, with 108 units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market prices mostly fall Friday

Trading closed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market on Friday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 68 percent with a 60 percent lower value than Thursday as 43 securities traded down from 44 on Thursday and ended with ten rising, 22 declining and 11 closing unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index shed 3.71 points to 4,357.81.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 13.5. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial years closing up to the end of August 2023.
A total of 5,807,347 shares were traded for $25,315,609, dropping from 18,169,661 units at $63,184,225 on the Thursday. Trading averaged 135,055 shares at $588,735 in contrast to 412,947 shares at $1,436,005 on Thursday with month to date, averaging 422,694 units at $1,829,436 compared to 442,970 units at $1,916,895 on the previous trading day. April closed with an average of 449,923 units at $1,781,786.
Jetcon Corporation led trading with 1.04 million shares for 17.9 percent of total volume, followed by AMG Packaging with 469,900 units for 8.1 percent of the day’s trade and Lumber Depot with 422,811 units for 7.3 percent market share.
The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows no stock ending with a higher bid than the last selling price and two with lower offers.
At the close, AMG Packaging lost 10 cents in closing at $3.50 after trading 469,900 shares, Blue Power declined 18 cents to $3.75 in exchanging 35,689 stock units, Cargo Handlers shed 16 cents to close at $11.70 after an exchange of 977 units. Caribbean Assurance Brokers fell 17 cents to end at $2.25, with 155,000 stocks crossing the market, Derrimon Trading dropped 13 cents in ending at $3.02 with 114,968 shares clearing the market, Dolphin Cove declined $1.51 to close at $18.60 in an exchange of 68,237 stocks. Elite Diagnostic gained 14 cents to $3.94 in switching ownership of 126,699 stock units, Everything Fresh lost 26 cents to end at $1.34 after 12,327 units crossed the market, Express Catering dropped 10 cents in closing at $5.80 after exchanging 36,365 stocks. Fontana fell 30 cents to $10, with 344,612 stock units changing hands, GWest Corporation shed 14 cents to $1.01 while trading 15,098 shares, KLE Group declined 10 cents in closing at $2.30 with an exchange of 2,658 units. Stationery and Office Supplies shed 85 cents ending at $12.15 after finishing trading 10,044 stocks, Tropical Battery popped 10 cents to end at $2.85 after 154,743 shares crossed the exchange and tTech lost 10 cents to close at $3.60 trading 3,000 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Bounce for JSE main market

Market activity ended on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Thursday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 19 percent and the value diving 63 percent lower than on Wednesday, leading to declining stocks outstripping rising ones.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rose 1,595.11 points to 451,352.52, the JSE Main Index popped 1,037.82 points to 392,606.23 and the JSE Financial Index inched 0.72 points higher to 94.15.
Trading ended with 51 securities compared to 53 on Wednesday, with 20 rising, 25 declining and six ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula for computing appropriate stock values, averages 14.9. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed based on ICInsider.com’s forecasted earnings for companies with financial years ending up to the close of August 2023.
Overall, 9,880,109 shares were traded for $124,533,581 versus 12,251,051 units at $339,534,037 on Wednesday. Trading averages 193,728 units at $2,441,835, compared to 231,152 shares at $6,406,303 on Wednesday and month to date, an average of 238,407 units at $4,386,460, compared to 241,537 units at $4,522,691 on the previous trading day. April closed with an average of 532,209 units at $5,709,319.
QWI Investments led trading with 1.65 million shares for 16.7 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm, with 993,729 units for 10.1 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 957,413 units for 9.7 percent market share.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows nine stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments advanced 70 cents in ending at $90, trading 305,102 shares, Caribbean Cement popped $1.50 in closing at $63 while exchanging 29,073 stock units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund declined $7 to $43 after 648 stocks changed hands. GraceKennedy climbed $3.27 to end at $110.80 after 165,524 units were exchanged, Guardian Holdings rallied $9 to $524 in an exchange of one stock unit, JMMB Group lost 53 cents in closing at $45.50, with 205,307 shares crossing the market. Kingston Wharves shed 79 cents to end at $38.20 after finishing trading 1,140 stocks, Massy Holdings dropped $2.50 to close at $90 after exchanging 110,208 units, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy gained $13.99 to $109 with the swapping of 66 stocks. PanJam Investment rose 50 cents to $62.50 after exchanging 42,524 stock units, Proven Investments gained 50 cents in ending at $38.50, with 114,273 units crossing the market, Sagicor Group fell 50 cents to $54.50 while trading 8,291 shares.  Salada Foods gained 44 cents in closing at $6 with an exchange of 70 shares, Scotia Group increased $1.69 to end at $36.94 in switching ownership of 116,990 stock units, Seprod declined 48 cents to $71.50 in exchanging 7,509 stocks. Stanley Motta rallied 46 cents to end at $5.50, with 22,900 units crossing the exchange, Supreme Ventures dropped $1 to $29, with 129,116 units changing hands, Sygnus Credit Investments lost 37 cents to close at $16.52 while exchanging 20,767 stocks and Wisynco Group shed $2.50 in ending at $20 and trading 374,190 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Mild rebound for Junior Market

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Trading picked up on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market on Thursday and leading to a rise in the Market index and breaking five consecutive days of decline, with the volume of stocks traded rising 183 percent and the value 119 percent more than on Wednesday and leaving declining stocks just ahead of those increasing, at the close.
Like Wednesday, all but one of the 45 listed securities traded on Thursday, with 15 rising, 17 declining and 12 closing unchanged. The Junior Market Index gained 25.36 points to 4,361.52.
The PE Ratio, a measure often used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 13.6. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial years closing up to the end of August 2023.
A total of 18,169,661 shares traded for $63,184,225 compared to 6,419,876 units at $28,806,239 on the Wednesday. Trading averaged 412,947 shares at $1,436,005 up from 145,906 shares at $654,687 on Wednesday, with month to date, averaging 442,970 units at $1,916,895 compared to 445,304 units at $1,954,279 on the previous trading day. April closed with an average of 449,923 units at $1,781,786.
Derrimon Trading led market activity, with 11.56 million shares for 63.6 percent of total volume, followed by Lumber Depot with 1.91 million units for 10.5 percent of the day’s trade and Tropical Battery with 937,196 units for 5.2 percent market share.
The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close, CAC 2000 fell $1.21 in closing at $6.25, with 1,917 shares crossing the market, Caribbean Cream gained 24 cents to close at $5.17 while exchanging 82 stock units, Dolphin Cove climbed 61 cents to end at $20.11 after 19,815 units changed hands. Everything Fresh increased 10 cents to $1.60 after exchanging 8,702 stocks, Express Catering shed 10 cents in ending at $5.90 after trading 24,213 shares, Fontana declined 20 cents to $10.30, with 33,181 units crossing the market. Fosrich lost 30 cents to end at $28 in trading 140,251 stock units, General Accident dropped 10 cents in ending at $5.90, with 13,319 stocks crossing the exchange, Jetcon Corporation advanced 10 cents in closing at $1.55 after trading 29,805 stock units. Lumber Depot rallied 22 cents to close at $3.50 in switching ownership of 1,911,005 shares, Mailpac Group rose 20 cents to $2.95, with 166,653 stocks clearing the market, Medical Disposables dropped 43 cents in closing at $7.96 with an exchange of 64,569 units and Tropical Battery popped 14 cents to end at $2.75 with the swapping of 937,196 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Sellers pressure JSE Main Market stocks

Stocks mostly dropped in prices at the end of trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Wednesday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 26 percent from that on Tuesday, with a slightly higher value.  
The All Jamaican Composite Index sank 5,169.29 points to 449,757.41, the JSE Main Index dropped 4,912.09  points to close at 391,568.41 and the JSE Financial Index dipped 0.48 points to settle at 93.43. Trading ended with 53 securities down from 57 on Tuesday, with ten rising, 30 declining and 13 ending unchanged.
Overall, 12,251,051 shares were exchanged for $339,534,037 versus 16,623,237 units at $309,172,008 on Tuesday.
Trading averages 231,152 units at $6,406,303, compared to 291,636 shares at $5,424,070 on Tuesday and month to date, an average of 241,868 units at $4,528,727, compared to 242,352 units at $4,374,792 on the previous trading day. The trade for April averaged 532,209 units at $5,709,319.
Eppley Caribbean Property Fund led trading with 2.46 million shares for 20.1 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 1.78 million units for 14.5 percent of the day’s trade. Transjamaican Highway ended with 1.77 million units for 14.4 percent market share and Massy Holdings with 1.01 million units for 8.2 percent of traded shares.
The PE Ratio, a formula for computing appropriate stock values, averages 15.2. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed based on ICInsider.com’s forecasted earnings for companies with financial years ending up to the close of August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 12 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments fell 60 cents to $89.30 with the swapping of 4,861 shares, Caribbean Cement dropped $3.30 to close at $61.50, trading 89,747 stocks, Caribbean Producers shed 34 cents in closing at $15.10, with 268,718 stock units crossing the exchange. Eppley increased $2.39 to $50.39, with 55 units changing hands, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund rallied $9.47 to end at $50 after trading 2,459,396 stocks, GraceKennedy lost $1.47 to $107.53 after an exchange of 246,477 units. Jamaica Producers declined $1.48 to close at $21.62 in an exchange of 38,080 shares, Kingston Properties shed 30 cents to end at $8 with an exchange of 107,215 stock units, Massy Holdings dropped $1.50 in closing at $92.50 while exchanging 1,005,358 stocks. Mayberry Jamaican Equities fell 52 cents to end at $15 in switching ownership of 42,288 units, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy lost $13.99 to end at $95.01 in trading 35 stock units, NCB Financial advanced $1.04 to $110.15, exchanging 70,666 shares. PanJam Investment declined $4 after ending at $62, with 67,228 stocks crossing the market, Stanley Motta shed 46 cents in closing at $5.04 after exchanging 195 units and Supreme Ventures dropped $1.50 to close at $30 after finishing trading of 428,090 stock units.
In the preference segmentEppley 7.50% preference share climbed $1.05 to end at $8.07 after trading 122,233 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market falls for a 5th day

Trading activity contracted Wednesday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market, with the volume of stocks trading declining 53 percent and the value dropping 41 percent lower than on Tuesday, with 44 securities changing hands against 43 on Tuesday, with 20 rising, 17 declining and seven closing unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index fell 38.57 points to 4,336.16 and is down 228 points after declining for five straight days.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 13.6. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial years closing up to the end of August 2023.
Overall, 6,419,876 shares traded for $28,806,239 versus 13,653,490 units at $48,511,390 on Tuesday.  Trading averaged 145,906 shares at $654,687 in contrast to 317,523 shares at $1,128,172 on Tuesday with month to date, averaging 445,304 units at $1,954,279 compared to 470,540 units at $2,063,823 on the previous trading day. April closed with an average of 449,923 units at $1,781,786.
Spur Tree Spices led trading with 946,973 shares for 14.8 percent of total volume, followed by JFP Limited with 848,378 units for 13.2 percent of the day’s trade and Tropical Battery, 624,509 units for 9.7 percent market share.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows two stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial slipped 18 cents to $23.15, with ten shares changing hands, Blue Power advanced 24 cents to $3.94 in an exchange of 110 stock units,  Cargo Handlers rose 93 cents in closing at $11.86 after an exchange of 55 units. Derrimon Trading gained 11 cents to end at $3.07, trading 170,395 stocks, Dolphin Cove dropped $1.20 to close at $19.50, with 26,607 shares crossing the exchange, Elite Diagnostic declined 37 cents to close at $3.78 in switching ownership of 340,612 stock units. Fosrich fell $1.69 to $28.30 with an exchange of 234,432 units, Future Energy Source climbed 31 cents to end at $6.20 in exchanging 494,350 stocks, Honey Bun rallied 10 cents to $9.30 after 18,462 units crossed the market. iCreate shed 25 cents in closing at $3.55 while exchanging 191,897 stocks, Iron Rock Insurance increased 14 cents in ending at $3.30 after trading 125 stock units, Jetcon Corporation lost 10 cents to close at $1.45 after 438,574 shares changed hands. Knutsford Express popped 20 cents in closing at $7.80 in trading 18,743 shares, Lasco Distributors gained 17 cents to $3.50 with the swapping of 226,885 units, Main Event climbed 73 cents to end at $8.99 with 43,200 stock units clearing the market. Spur Tree Spices increased 12 cents ending at $3.90, with 946,973 stocks crossing the market, Stationery and Office Supplies shed 49 cents to $13.01 in swopping ownership of 79,888 shares and Tropical Battery dipped 14 cents to close at $2.61, with 624,509 units changing hands.

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

Many more stocks rose than fell Tuesday

More than 56 percent of stocks trading on Tuesday rose, beating out those declining by a wide margin, but did not prevent the market indices from slipping at the close of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, with the volume of stocks traded rising 19 percent and the value up 37 percent over Monday.
Trading ended with 57 securities compared to 56 on Monday, with 32 rising, 20 declining and five ending unchanged.
The All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 1,610.72 points to 454,926.70, the JSE Main Index 1,340.20 points to close at 396,480.50 and the JSE Financial Index fell 0.81 points to  93.91.
The PE Ratio, a formula for computing appropriate stock values, averages 15. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed using earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com’s for companies with financial years ending up to August 2023.
Overall, 16,623,237 shares were exchanged for $309,172,008 versus 13,950,999 units at $225,110,985 on Monday. Trading averages 291,636 units at $5,424,070, compared to 249,125 shares at $4,019,839 on Monday and month to date, an average of 242,711 units at $4,381,084, compared to 238,191 units at $4,284,731 on the previous trading day. April closed with an average of 532,209 units at $5,709,319.
Sagicor Select Financial Fund led trading with 3.38 million shares for 20.3 percent of total volume, followed by JMMB Group with 2.86 million units for 17.2 percent of the day’s trade, Transjamaican Highway traded 1.58 million units for 9.5 percent of market share. Sagicor Group chipped in with 1.32 million units for 7.9 percent market, Wigton Windfarm with 1.24 million units for 7.5 percent share and Carreras with 1.09 million units for 6.5 percent of the day’s trade.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows nine stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments rose 86 cents to $89.90 after exchanging 22,699 shares, Caribbean Cement fell $2.20 to close at $64.80 after trading 102,605 stocks, Caribbean Producers shed $1.53 to $15.44, with an exchange of 332,609 stock units. Eppley advanced $2.10 to end at $48, trading 1,874 units, GraceKennedy popped 50 cents in closing at $109, with 128,518 shares changing hands, Guardian Holdings gained $2.50 to close at $515 with the swapping of 19,135 units. Jamaica Broilers climbed 60 cents to $28.40 in trading 14,231 stocks, Jamaica Producers gained 50 cents to $23.10 after exchanging 34,059 stock units, Jamaica Stock Exchange declined $1.30 to $20.70, with 131,470 stock units crossing the market. JMMB Group dropped $2 to end at $46 in an exchange of 2,858,891 shares, Kingston Properties lost 38 cents at $8.30 in switching ownership of 16,369 units, Kingston Wharves declined 40 cents in closing at $39.05, with 1,152 stocks clearing the market. Massy Holdings fell $2.50 to $94 with an exchange of 3,851 shares, Mayberry Investments shed $1.30 to close at $11.50, with 590,935 stocks changing hands, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy rallied $13.99 to end at $109 while exchanging 34 stock units. NCB Financial lost $2.15 in closing at $109.11 after 27,271 units crossed the market, Palace Amusement dropped $164.02 to $955 in exchanging 764 units, PanJam Investment fell 50 cents to  $66 after an exchange of 24,981 stock units. Sagicor Group shed 70 cents to end at $55 in switching ownership of 1,316,087 stocks, Seprod increased 51 cents to $72 while exchanging 8,283 shares and Supreme Ventures rallied $2.20 in closing at $31.50 after trading 156,869 shares.

Sygnus Real Estate Finance lost $1.70 to $15.10 after 5,150 units changed hands and Wisynco Group declined 45 cents to $22.50 in trading 654,361 stocks.
In the preference segmentEppley 7.50% preference share popped 82 cents to end at $7.02 with the swapping of 44 stock units, Jamaica Public Service 9.5% advanced $500 to close at $3100 in trading 50 shares and Productive Business Solutions 9.75% preference share gained $5.99 to $114.24 in an exchange of 6 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

More fall for Junior market

Trading closed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market Tuesday, with the volume of stocks changing hands declining by 38 percent and the value falling 35 percent from Monday’s trades as investors’ interest in buying stocks waned, sending the market into further decline for the week to date.
Market activity led to 43 securities trading, down from 45 on Monday and ended with 15 rising, 19 declining and nine closing unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index dropped 36.97 points to settle at 4,374.73 and is down 7 percent from the market’s peak last week.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 13.8. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial years closing up to the end of August 2023.
Overall, 13,653,490 shares traded for $48,511,390 compared to 21,953,604 units at $74,776,818 on the Monday. Trading averaged 317,523 shares at $1,128,172 down from 487,858 shares at $1,661,707 on Monday with month to date, averaging 470,540 units at $2,063,823 compared to 484,277 units at $2,147,816 on Monday the previous trading day. April ended with an average of 449,923 units at $1,781,786.
JFP Limited led trading with 3.69 million shares for 27 percent of total volume, followed by Future Energy Source with 1.97 million units for 14.5 percent of the day’s trade, Mailpac Group traded 1.90 million units for 13.9 percent of market share. Spur Tree Spices ended with 1.78 million units for a 13 percent market share and Tropical Battery with 1.24 million units for a 9.1 percent market share.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows no stock ended with a bid higher than the last selling price and one with a lower offer.
At the close, Access Financial advanced $1.85 to $23.33 after exchanging 1,015 shares, AMG Packaging declined 20 cents to $3.50 while trading 90,887 stocks, Blue Power fell 25 cents in closing at $3.70 with the swapping of 162 units. Cargo Handlers dropped 82 cents to end at $10.93 after trading 845 stock units, Caribbean Cream lost 30 cents to close at $4.90 after 30,250 units crossed the exchange, Dolphin Cove climbed 89 cents in closing at $20.70 in switching ownership of 12,082 shares. Elite Diagnostic rose 40 cents to $4.15 with an exchange of 238,300 stocks, Fontana shed 48 cents ending at $10.50 in trading 80,397 stock units, Fosrich shed 79 cents to close at $29.99, with 91,153 stock units changing hands. Future Energy Source declined 42 cents to $5.89 after 1,973,947 units crossed the market, ISP Finance gained $1.43 to close at $29.50 trading 31 stocks, Jamaican Teas rallied 11 cents in closing at $3.48 while trading 455,898 shares. Jetcon Corporation popped 13 cents to $1.55, with 68,666 units crossing the market, JFP Limited lost 15 cents to end at $1.54 in exchanging 3,691,107 shares, Knutsford Express dropped 20 cents in ending at $7.60, with 3,000 stock units clearing the market. Lasco Distributors fell 17 cents in closing at $3.33 after exchanging 119,173 stocks, Main Event fell 74 cents to close at $8.26 after an exchange of 95,412 stocks, Medical Disposables increased 85 cents to end at 52 weeks’ high of $8.40, with 98,567 stock units changing hands. Spur Tree Spices dropped 22 cents in ending at $3.78 after 1,780,721 units crossed the market, Stationery and Office Supplies increased 50 cents to end at 52 weeks’ high of $13.50 in switching ownership of 52,406 shares and tTech rallied 15 cents to $3.65, with 12,050 stock units crossing the market.
In the preference segmentCAC 2000 9.5% preference share climbed 15 cents to close at $1.15, with an exchange of 493 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market drops for a third day

Trading closed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market Monday, with the volume of stocks traded rising 46 percent with a moderately higher value than on Friday and ended with the Junior Market Index shedding 32.55 points to close at 4,411.70.
Market activity led to 45 securities trading compared to 44 on Friday and ended with 15 rising, 17 declining and 13 closing unchanged.
The PE Ratio a measure used to compute appropriate stock values, averages 13.6. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial years closing up to the end of August 2023.
Overall, 21,953,604 shares traded for $74,776,818 compared to 14,998,955 units at $69,879,663 on the Friday. Trading averaged 487,858 shares at $1,661,707 in contrast to 340,885 shares at $1,588,174 on Friday with month to date, averaging 484,277 units at $2,147,816 compared to 483,905 units at $2,198,219 on the previous trading day. April closed with an average of 449,923 units at $1,781,786.
JFP Limited led trading with 6.68 million shares for 30.4 percent of total volume, followed by Tropical Battery with 2.74 million units for 12.5 percent of the day’s trade, Elite Diagnostic with 2.22 million units for 10.1 percent market share, followed by Future Energy Source ended with 1.39 million units for 6.3 percent market share, Spur Tree Spices closed with 1.32 million units for 6 percent market share and Lumber Depot, 1.02 million units for 4.6 percent of the day’s trade.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, AMG Packaging gained 20 cents to close at $3.70 trading of 82,039 shares, Cargo Handlers popped $1.50 to $11.75 with an exchange of 5,770 stock units, Consolidated Bakeries popped 13 cents to $1.39, with 439,482 stocks crossing the exchange. Derrimon Trading  26 cents to end at $2.94, with 837,205 units passing through the market, Dolphin Cove climbed $1.81 to $19.81, with 71,493 units clearing the market, EduFocal lost 10 cents to close at $3.12, trading 971,822 shares. Elite Diagnostic declined 25 cents to end at $3.75 while exchanging 2,215,388 stock units, Fosrich dropped 20 cents in closing at $30.78 in switching ownership of 135,750 stocks, and Future Energy Source fell 19 cents to $6.31 in an exchange of 1,390,058 units. iCreate declined 26 cents to close at $3.75 after exchanging 74,053 stocks, ISP Finance jumped $5.77 to $28.07, with 35 shares crossing the market, Jamaican Teas dropped 11 cents in closing at $3.37 after 531,901 stock units changed hands. KLE Group gained 25 cents in ending at $2.40 and exchanging 6,000 stock units, Limners and Bards fell 14 cents to close at $3.15 with the swapping of 51,280 units, Main Event rallied 50 cents to end at $9, with 78,728 stocks changing hands. Medical Disposables climbed 29 cents to $7.55 in trading 205,196 shares, SSL Venture gained 10 cents in closing at $1.75 after exchanging 518,833 units, Stationery and Office Supplies climbed $2 to a 52 weeks’ closing high of $13 after 219,069 stock units crossed the market and Tropical Battery shed 15 cents to close at $2.75 while exchanging 2,742,878 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE stocks retreat on Monday

Stocks ended trading on Monday, with prices softening as the volume exchanged climbed 45 percent and the value rose 150 percent over Friday’s trade on the Jamaica Stock Exchange main market as the market indices plunged at the close after Mayberry Investment traded at a record high of $14.15 and Proven Investment posted at 52 weeks’ high of $39.
The All Jamaican Composite Index lost 5,145.63 points to close at 456,537.42, the JSE Main Index and the JSE Financial Index dipped 0.68 points to settle at 94.72.
A total of 56 securities traded up from 54 on Friday, with 23 rising, 29 declining and four ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula for computing appropriate stock values, averages 15. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed based on ICInsider.com’s forecasted earnings for companies with financial years ending up to August 2023.
Overall, 13,950,999 shares were exchanged for $225,110,985 versus 9,627,205 units at $89,895,589 on Friday. Trading averages 249,125 units at $4,019,839, compared to 178,282 shares at $1,664,733 on Friday and month to date, an average of 237,807 units at $4,278,04, compared to 236,679 units at $4,303,740 on the previous trading day. April closed with an average of 532,209 units at $5,709,319.
JMMB Group led trading with 1.82 million shares for 13 percent of total volume, followed by Transjamaican Highway with 1.60 million units for 11.5 percent of the day’s trade, Sagicor Select Financial Fund ended with 1.29 million units for 9.3 percent of market share, after the price hit a 52 weeks’ intraday low of 40 cents. Wigton Windfarm traded 1.16 million units for 8.3 percent market share and Sterling Investments, 1.06 million units for 7.6 percent market share.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows12 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments shed 86 cents to close at $89.04 in trading 26,551 shares, Caribbean Cement rose $6 to $67 after exchanging 222,528 stock units, Caribbean Producers lost 73 cents in closing at $16.97 after exchanging 191,544 units. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund dropped $6.98 to $40.52, with 650 stocks clearing the market, First Rock Capital fell 90 cents to $12.30, with 13,407 stock units crossing the market, GraceKennedy gained $1 to end at $108.50 with the swapping of 88,096 stocks. Guardian Holdings dropped $17.50 to $512.50, with400 units crossing the market, Jamaica Broilers lost 90 cents to close at $27.80 after trading 16,947 shares, Jamaica Producers declined 50 cents in closing at $22.60, with 13,939 stocks changing hands. Jamaica Stock Exchange dropped $1.98 in ending at $22 in an exchange of 21,406 units, JMMB Group advanced $1 to close at $48 with 1,815,612 shares changing hands, Margaritaville fell $2.50 to $21 while exchanging 1,000 stock units. Massy Holdings climbed 50 cents in closing at $96.50 in swapping ownership of 49,892 units, Mayberry Investments popped $1.78 to end at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $12.80 in switching ownership of 806,030 stock units, Mayberry Jamaican Equities gained 52 cents in ending at $15.51 after trading 34,368 shares. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy shed $12.25 to end at $95.01 after two shares crossed the exchange, NCB Financial declined $3.74 to $111.26 in trading 18,616 shares, PanJam Investment rallied 49 cents to end at $66.50 after exchanging 10,934 units. Portland JSX gained $2.05 to $10.70, with 44 stocks crossing the market, Sagicor Group shed $2.29 to close at $55.70 while exchanging 345,058 stock units, Salada Foods dipped 34 cents in closing at $5.65, with 36,336 units clearing the market. Seprod lost 36 cents to end at $71.49 with an exchange of 284,297 stocks, Supreme Ventures fell $2.65 in ending at $29.30 after exchanging 731,793 stock units, Victoria Mutual Investments fell 34 cents to close at $5.75, trading 486,693 shares and Wisynco Group advanced 82 cents to $22.95 with an exchange of 188,824 shares.
In the preference segmentEppley 7.25% preference share shed $2.49 in ending at $20.01 after exchanging 200 units, Eppley 7.50% preference share dropped $1.22 to end at $6.20, with 4,102 stock units changing hands and Eppley 7.75% preference share lost 39 cents in closing at $20 trading 5,619 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.