September gains for Junior Market

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Friday, closed September 61.5 points higher than August close with a 23.4 percent gain for the year to date with the volume and the value of stocks trading marginally higher than on Thursday resulting in an exchange of 46 securities versus 41 on Thursday with 18 rising, 16 declining and 12 closing unchanged.
A total of 19,888,010 shares were traded for $79,051,861 up from 17,734,945 units at $68,426,190 on Thursday.
Trading averaged 432,348 shares at $1,718,519 in contrast to 432,560 stocks at $1,668,931 on Thursday, with trading month to date, averaging 470,099 units at $1,578,445 compared to 471,994 stock units at $1,571,411 on the previous day. August closed with an average of 407,186 units at $1,330,946.
Several stocks traded in large volume led by Fosrich with 6.28 million shares for 31.6 percent of total volume, followed by Spur Tree Spices with 2.91 million units for 14.6 percent of the day’s trade, Future Energy Source came in with 2.40 million units for 12.1 percent market share, ONE on ONE Educational chipped in with 1.26 million units for 6.4 percent if stocks traded and Dolla Financial, 1.20 million units for 6 percent of the market.
At the close, the Junior Market Index advanced 36.11 points to settle at 4,229.54. The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.8. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial year end that falls between November this year and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial popped $3.03 in closing at $27.72 in an exchange of 38,331 shares, AMG Packaging declined 38 cents to end at $3.51 and closed with trading of 40,203 stocks, Cargo Handlers increased 40 cents to $11.51 with 8,160 stock units changing hands. Consolidated Bakeries dipped 25 cents to end at $2.66 with a transfer of 27,908 units, EduFocal dropped 20 cents to $2.45, with 171,853 units clearing the market, Express Catering shed 30 cents to close at $5.30 with the swapping of 727,822 shares. Fosrich advanced 32 cents in closing at $4.35 in trading 6,280,600 stock units, iCreate lost 35 cents to end at $2.45 with investors transferring 800,462 stocks, Indies Pharma gained 18 cents in ending at $3.20 after a transfer of 509,797 stocks. Iron Rock Insurance fell 26 cents to $2.50 in switching ownership of 2,048 units, KLE Group rose 19 cents to $2.17, with 593 shares crossing the market, Main Event rallied 46 cents to close at $9.45 while exchanging 222,157 stock units. MFS Capital Partners declined 20 cents to end at $3, 410,493 stock units crossing the exchange, Paramount Trading climbed 16 cents to $1.97 after exchanging 125 shares, Spur Tree Spices popped 39 cents in closing at $3.85, with 2,910,027 stocks changing hands. Stationery and Office Supplies jumped $1.70 to close at $17.80 with an exchange of 243,643 units and tTech dropped 45 cents in closing at $2.54 as investors exchanged 138,790 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Big jump in main market trading

Investors pushed the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market higher on Thursday, with the volume of stocks traded rising 561 percent, with 116 percent greater value than Wednesday, following trading in 50 securities compared to 57 on Wednesday, with prices of 21 rising, 18 declining and 11 ending unchanged.
A total of 186,827,923 shares were traded for $789,529,362 up from 28,254,323 units at $365,934,690 on Wednesday.
Trading averaged 3,736,558 units at $15,790,587 versus 495,690 shares at $6,419,907 on Wednesday and month to date, an average of 377,970 units at $3,714,938, compared to 226,546 units at $3,170,510 on the previous day. August closed with an average of 738,534 units at $5,975,613.
JMMB Group 7.25% preference share due 2024, led trading with 175 million shares for 93.7 percent of total volume traded, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 2.66 million units for 1.4 percent of the day’s trade, Pulse Investments accounted for 1.67 million units with 0.9 percent market share. Sagicor Select Financial Fund closed with 1.51 million units for 0.8 percent of traded shares, Transjamaican Highway had an exchange of 1.38 million units for 0.7 percent of market share and Barita Investments ended with 1.34 million units for 0.7 percent of trading.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rallied 1,658.74 points to 410,071.11, the JSE Main Index increased 1,851.88 points to 357,899.15 and the JSE Financial Index inched 0.10 points to 86.23.
The PE Ratio, a formula used to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.9 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios incorporate earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 13 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments advanced 65 cents to end at $103.50 with the swapping of 1,344,652 shares, Caribbean Cement rose 49 cents in ending at $61.49 with an exchange of 2,137 stock units, Eppley gained $2.50 in closing at $41 after exchanging 240 units. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund popped $2.95 to close at $46.95, with 13,708 stocks crossing the market, First Rock Real Estate lost 40 cents to close at $13.35, with 837 stock units changing hands, Guardian Holdings rallied $3 in closing at $500 after exchanging 52 stock units. Jamaica Stock Exchange declined $1.42 to close at $15.08 after trading 50,036 units, Massy Holdings dropped $6.35 to $81.10 after 172 shares were exchanged, Mayberry Investments increased 40 cents to $8.20 after a transfer of 30,000 stock units. 138 Student Living fell $1 to end at $5.50 as investors exchanged 80,604 units, PanJam Investment dipped 99 cents to close at $59 with an exchange of 4,888 shares, Proven Investments climbed 98 cents to end at $31 in trading 1,018 stocks. Scotia Group shed $1 to end at $34 while exchanging 27,206 shares and Seprod rose 52 cents in closing at $65.05 with investors transferring 5,923 units.
In the preference segmentJamaica Public Service 9.5% gained $140 to close at $2,790, after 36,603 stocks changed hands.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

BOJ pushes interest rate higher

Bank of Jamaica which increased the overnight rate over the past year by 550 basis points to 6 percent in August has pushed the rate to 6.5J percent in its latest decision.
According to the Central Bank, while “the key drivers of inflation and other economic indicators are trending in the right direction, conditions have not sufficiently solidified to ensure that inflation is sustainably on a downward path.”
“Bank of Jamaica is also concerned about the slow pace at which interest rates on local currency deposits and loans have responded to its policy signals. In a context where the Bank’s policy rate has increased by 500 basis points (bps) between end-September 2021 and end-July 2022, the weighted average deposit rate offered by deposit-taking institutions to the public has increased by only 37 bps.”
“ In addition, the pace of monetary tightening among Jamaica’s main trading partners has accelerated. On 21 September 2022, the Federal Reserve Board raised its interest rate target by 75 bps, 25 bps more than anticipated by the Bank. The Fed also changed its forward guidance to signal that interest rates could rise to 4.4 percent by end-2022 and to 4.6 percent by end-2023, compared to its previous median projections of 3.4 percent and 3.8 percent, respectively. This more aggressive stance could result in US dollar assets becoming more attractive relative to those denominated in Jamaican dollars, which could cause capital outflows, prompting a faster pace of exchange rate depreciation and, consequently, a derailment of the Bank’s efforts to manage inflation.”

Buoyant Junior Market

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Trading closed on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Thursday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 15 percent with a 20 percent lower value than on Wednesday resulting from 41 trading of securities versus 43 on Wednesday and ended with 21 rising, 16 declining and four closing unchanged.
A total of 17,734,945 shares were traded for $68,426,190 compared to 20,778,103 units at $85,799,358 on Wednesday.
The day’s trading averaged 432,560 shares at $1,668,931 compared to 483,212 stocks at $1,995,334 on Wednesday, with the month to date, averaging 471,994 units at $1,571,412 in line with the 473,842 stock units at $1,566,843 on the previous day. August closed with an average of 407,186 units at $1,330,946.
Future Energy Source led trading with 5.34 million shares for 30.1 percent of total volume, followed by Jamaican Teas with 4.83 million units for 27.2 percent of the day’s trade, Dolla Financial closed with 1.40 million units for 7.9 percent market share, Fosrich accounted for 1.26 million units or 7.1 percent of traded shares and ONE on ONE Educational with 1.07 million units for 6 percent if the market.
At the close, the Junior Market Index rose 10.66 points to settle at 4,193.43. Consolidated Bakeries traded at a 52 weeks’ high in closing at $2.91.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.9. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial year end that falls between November this year and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, AMG Packaging rose 33 cents to $3.89 with a transfer of 6,579 shares, Blue Power gained 10 cents to close at $3.23 in switching owners of 545 units, Cargo Handlers dipped $2.89 to $11.11 after finishing trading of 2,500 stock units. Dolphin Cove advanced $1.39 to end at $14.49 with investors transferring 9,991 stocks, EduFocal popped 28 cents in closing at $2.65 after an exchange of 133,064 units, Elite Diagnostic climbed 17 cents in closing at $3.50 after 13,732 stock units changed hands. Express Catering increased 19 cents to $5.60 in exchanging 119,573 stocks, General Accident lost 75 cents in ending at $5 and trading 5,000 shares, Honey Bun dropped 36 cents to close at $7.90, with 143,821 shares crossing the market. iCreate declined 20 cents to end at $2.80 with an exchange of 440,985 stock units, Jamaican Teas rallied 24 cents to close at $2.95 after a transfer of 4,827,665 stocks, Knutsford Express advanced 15 cents to end at $7.40 in trading 4,508 units. Spur Tree Spices rose 16 cents to $3.46, with 797,951 units clearing the market, Stationery and Office Supplies popped 45 cents in closing at $16.10 while exchanging 8,000 stock units and tTech gained 39 cents to $2.99 after an exchange of a mere one share.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Main Market slips on trading spike

Market activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended on Wednesday, with the volume of stocks traded rising 168 percent with  231 percent higher value than Tuesday, with Barita Investments accounting for 49 percent of the total value of stocks traded on the Main Market after activity ended in 57 securities compared to 55 on Tuesday, with 19 rising, 21 declining and 17 ending unchanged.

Barita Investments headquarters

A total of 28,254,323 shares were traded for $365,934,690 versus 10,530,582 units at $110,705,795 on Tuesday.
Trading on Wednesday averaged 495,690 units at $6,419,907 versus 191,465 shares at $2,012,833 on Tuesday and month to date, an average of 226,546 units at $3,170,510, compared with 211,963 stock units at $2,994,449 on the previous day. August closed with an average of 738,534 units at $5,975,613.
Transjamaican Highway led trading with 17.70 million shares for 62.6 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 2.62 million units for 9.3 percent of the day’s trade, Barita Investments ended with 1.80 million units for 6.4 percent of the market, Pulse Investments with 1.26 million units for 4.4 percent of shares traded and Massy Holdings with 1.13 million units for 4 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 388.89 points to end at 408,412.37, the JSE Main Index shed 2,103.56 points to 356,047.27 and the JSE Financial Index popped 0.26 points to settle at 86.13.
The PE Ratio, a formula used to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.8 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios incorporate earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows seven stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments climbed $3.85 to $102.85 in trading 1,797,206 shares, Caribbean Cement popped $1.70 to end at $61, with 3,236 stock units crossing the market, Carreras gained 48 cents in closing at $8.88 after exchanging 58,865 stocks. Eppley dipped 40 cents to $38.50 after trading 500 units, First Rock Real Estate increased $1.75 to close at $13.75, with 133,786 units clearing the market, GraceKennedy dropped 80 cents to close at $90, with 116,985 stocks changing hands. Guardian Holdings fell $3 to $497 in an exchange of 114 shares, Kingston Wharves advanced $1 in ending at $37 as investors exchanged 2,918 stock units, Massy Holdings declined 55 cents in closing at $87.45, after 1,129,652 stocks changed hands. Mayberry Jamaican Equities rose $1.58 to end at $12.63 with an exchange of 141,470 shares, NCB Financial rallied $1 to end at $90, with a transfer of 100,439 stock units, Proven Investments shed $1.98 in closing at $30.02, with 4,100 units crossing the exchange. Salada Foods lost 47 cents in ending at $4.21 after exchanging 26,641 stocks, Seprod shed $2.47 to close at $64.53 in switching ownership of 16,339 units and Stanley Motta declined 40 cents to end at $4.50 after trading 33,339 shares and Supreme Ventures rose 40 cents to $27.50 with the swapping of 288,623 stock units.
In the preference segment138 Student Living preference share rallied $7.50 to close at $57.50 with investors transferring 256 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market trading bounced

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange climbed higher on Wednesday after the volume of stocks traded jumped 77 percent and the value jumped 111 percent more than on Tuesday with 43 securities trading versus 46 on Tuesday and ended with 21 rising, 14 declining and eight closing unchanged, leading to 20,778,103 shares being exchanged for $85,799,358 up from 11,719,807 units at $40,628,150 on Tuesday. 

Big Fesco trade pushed the price up by 29 cents.

Future Energy Source led trading with 9.65 million shares for 46.5 percent of total volume, followed by AMG Packaging with 2.78 million units for 13.4 percent of the day’s trade, Everything Fresh ended with 1.79 million units for 8.6 percent market share, ONE on ONE Educational traded 1.37 million units for 6.6 percent if the market, iCreate with 1.25 million units controlled 6 percent market share and JFP Limited with 1.14 million units for 5.5 percent of shares traded.
Trading averaged 483,212 shares at $1,995,334 compared to 254,778 shares at $883,221 on Tuesday with month to date, averaging 473,842 units at $1,566,843 compared to 473,358 shares at $1,544,697 on Tuesday the previous trading day. August closed with an average of 407,186 units at $1,330,946.
At the close, the Junior Market Index rose 49.01 points to settle at 4,182.77, but the market closed with negative sentiment as shown by today’s reading of the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator. The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.7. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial year end that falls between November this year and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows two stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and six with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial rallied 16 cents to $24.69 with the swapping of 326 shares, AMG Packaging lost 24 cents to end at $3.56 with an exchange of 2,777,614 stock units, CAC 2000 advanced $1.40 to $8.50 in exchanging 1,859 units. Consolidated Bakeries climbed 32 cents in closing at $2.82 as investors exchanged 37,013 stocks, Derrimon Trading increased 12 cents to $2.33 in switching ownership of 232,498 units, Dolphin Cove rose 32 cents to $13.10 after a transfer of 7,088 stocks. EduFocal shed 13 cents to $2.37 with investors transferring 18,296 shares, Elite Diagnostic fell 21 cents in closing at $3.33 in an exchange of 4,362 stock units, Everything Fresh dipped 20 cents to end at $1.50 in trading 1,785,469 shares. Future Energy Source popped 29 cents to close at $5.85 after trading 9,654,327 stocks, Honey Bun gained 66 cents to end at $8.26, with 6,613 stock units clearing the market, iCreate popped 11 cents to $3 with a transfer of 1,245,783 units. Iron Rock Insurance gained 30 cents in closing at $2.80, with 100 shares changing hands, Lasco Distributors rallied 21 cents to close at $3.11 while exchanging 170,347 stock units, ONE on ONE Educational dropped 14 cents to $1.61, with 1,374,982 stocks crossing the market and Stationery and Office Supplies declined $1.10 in ending at $15.65 after an exchange of 12,950 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Main Market slippage

Market activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended on Tuesday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 14 percent as 56 percent more funds passed through the market than on Monday, following trading in 55 securities compared to 60 on Monday, with 17 rising, 21 declining and 17 ending unchanged.
At the close, 10,530,582 shares were exchanged for $110,705,795 ccompared to 12,287,344 units at $70,856,504 on Monday.
Wednesday’s trading averaged 191,465 units at $2,012,833 versus 204,781 shares at $1,180,942 on Monday and month to date, an average of 211,963 units at $2,994,449 versus 213,094 units at $3,048,601 on the previous day. August closed with an average of 738,534 units at $5,975,613.
Transjamaican Highway led trading with 3.21 million shares for 30.5 percent of total volume followed by Pulse Investments with 2.50 million units for 23.7 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 702,867 units for 6.7 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index declined 1,892.98 points to 408,801.26, the JSE Main Index fell 248.44 points to 358,150.83 and the JSE Financial Index rallied 0.39 points to settle at 85.87.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.7 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios incorporate earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows nine stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments popped $1 to $99, with 151,286 shares crossing the market, Caribbean Cement dipped $3.18 to $59.30 in an exchange of 144,468 stock units, Carreras declined 58 cents to $8.40 in trading 279,235 units. Eppley shed $2.10 to $38.90 with an exchange of 61 stocks, GraceKennedy fell $1.19 to close at $90.80 with investors transferring 75,728 units, Guardian Holdings rallied $5 to $500 with the swapping of 208 stocks. Jamaica Stock Exchange advanced 99 cents to $16.49 after 68,349 stock units crossed the market, Kingston Wharves lost $2 to close at $36 trading 12,169 shares, Massy Holdings gained $5.90 in closing at $88 after 530 stocks crossed the exchange. Mayberry Investments dropped 40 cents to close at $7.50 trading 352,655 shares, Mayberry Jamaican Equities dipped $1.95 to $11.05 as investors exchanged 80,083 units, 138 Student Living increased 96 cents to end at $6.50 after exchanging 5,015 stock units. PanJam Investment rose $1.49 in closing at $59.99, with 406,254 stock units clearing the market, Proven Investments climbed $1.80 to close at $32, with 22,884 units changing hands, Sagicor Group shed $2 in ending at $51.50 after an exchange of 35,774 shares. Scotia Group lost 50 cents to end at $35 in exchanging 1,276 stocks and Supreme Ventures declined 50 cents to $27.10 in switching ownership of 112,085 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market rises on increased trading

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange attracted 29 percent more money on Tuesday than Monday, with the volume of stocks traded rising moderately after 46 securities changed hands versus 45 on Monday and ended with prices of 24 rising, 17 declining and five closing unchanged.
A total of 11,719,807 shares were traded for $40,628,150, up from 11,121,148 units at $31,427,127 on Monday.
Trading averaged 254,778 shares at $883,221 against 247,137 units at $698,381 on Monday, with the month to date, averaging 473,358 units at $1,544,697 versus 486,150 units at $1,583,408 on the previous day. August closed with an average of 407,186 units at $1,330,946.
Future Energy Source led trading with 2.10 million shares for 17.9 percent of total volume followed by ONE on ONE Educational with 1.66 million units for 14.2 percent of the day’s trade, iCreate with 1.36 million units for 11.6 percent market share and EduFocal with 1.26 million units for 10.8 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index rallied 25.80 points to 4,133.76. The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.7. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial year end that falls between November this year and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial popped $2.23 to end at $24.53, with 5 shares crossing the market, AMG Packaging gained 19 cents in closing at $3.80 with a transfer of 67,016 stocks, Cargo Handlers rallied $1.30 to $14 in switching ownership of 100 units. Caribbean Cream dipped 35 cents to $4.12 with the swapping of 1,478 stock units, Consolidated Bakeries fell 39 cents to close at $2.50 after a transfer of 42,419 stock units, Dolphin Cove dropped $2.22 in ending at $12.78 in an exchange of 198,324 units. EduFocal advanced 10 cents to close at $2.50, with 1,260,065 shares crossing the exchange, Elite Diagnostic climbed 23 cents to $3.54 after trading 7,011 stocks, Everything Fresh increased 19 to $1.70 as investors exchanged 40,428 stocks. Fontana rose 45 cents to end at $9.45, with 327,265 units changing hands, Fosrich rallied 28 cents to $4.04 and closed with an exchange of 805,812 stock units, Future Energy Source increased 46 cents to end at $5.56 while exchanging 2,098,558 shares. Honey Bun declined 25 cents in closing at $7.60 and finished with trading of 6,582 stock units, iCreate gained 36 cents to $2.89 trading 1,361,931 shares, Iron Rock Insurance climbed 40 cents to close at $2.50 in exchanging 20,047 units. ISP Finance lost $3.82 in closing at $19.18 after 5 stocks changed hands, Lasco Distributors shed 10 cents to end at $2.90 after exchanging 14,427 stock units, Lasco Financial rose 12 cents in ending at $2.83, with 89,887 units clearing the market. Lasco Manufacturing advanced 24 cents to close at $4.52 in trading 19,319 stocks, Mailpac Group popped 11 cents to $2.35 with an exchange of 17,258 shares, Main Event advanced $2.41 to close at $9 with investors transferring 127 stock units. Paramount Trading dropped 12 cents in closing at $1.81 after trading 180 stocks, Spur Tree Spices fell 12 cents to $3.35 in switching owners of 100,777 shares, Stationery and Office Supplies gained $1.55 to end at $16.75 with an exchange of 3,113 units and Tropical Battery lost 10 cents ending at $2.53 as investors exchanged 43,079 shares.
In the preference segmentCAC 2000 9.5% preference share increased 12 cents to close at $1.13 after 103 units crossed the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Rally for JSE Main Market

Market activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended on Monday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 42 percent with an 85 percent lower value than on Friday, leading to gains in the major indices after 60 securities were exchanged compared to 58 on Friday, resulting in 23 rising, 27 declining and 10 ending unchanged.
Investors traded 12,286,844 shares for $70,856,504 against 21,314,565 units at $485,002,686 on Friday.
Trading averaged 204,781 shares at $1,180,942 versus 367,493 stock units at $8,362,115 on Friday and month to date, an average of 213,094 units at $3,048,601, against 213,626 units at $3,168,195 on the previous trading day. August closed with an average of 738,534 units at $5,975,613.
Transjamaican Highway led trading with 4.23 million shares for 34.4 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 3.16 million units for 25.7 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 2.52 million units for 20.5 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index advanced 3,865.75 points to 410,694.24, the JSE Main Index rallied 2,301.06 points to 358,399.27 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.62 points to close at 85.48.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.8 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios incorporate earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 11 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments gained $4 to close at $98 after trading 293,687 shares, Caribbean Cement popped $1.48 to $62.48 after 5,402 units crossed the exchange, Carreras increased 48 cents to $8.98 with a transfer of 63,210 stocks. Eppley climbed $2.51 to $41 in trading 2,335 stock units, First Rock Real Estate dropped $1.50 to $12 as investors exchanged 2,785 stock units, Guardian Holdings fell $24.97 to close at $495 in switching ownership of 712 units. Jamaica Stock Exchange declined 50 cents to $15.50, with 4,355 shares crossing the market, Kingston Properties advanced $1.05 in closing at $7 after exchanging 4,313 stocks, Kingston Wharves shed $6 to $38, with 20,715 stocks changing hands. Massy Holdings lost $7.90 to end at $82.10 after exchanging 310 shares, 138 Student Living dipped 96 cents to close at $5.54 with an exchange of 4,066 stock units, Palace Amusement rallied $19.95 to $750 after exchanging 119 units. PanJam Investment dropped $1.49 to $58.50 while exchanging 26 stocks, Sagicor Group rose $3.50 in closing at $53.50 with the swapping of 29,523 units, Scotia Group rallied $2 to end at $35.50, with 408 shares clearing the market. Seprod climbed $1.95 to $67 after a transfer of 5,676 stock units, Supreme Ventures lost $2.40 to end at $27.60, with 403,709 stock units changing hands and Sygnus Real Estate Finance shed $1.64 in closing at $9.27 in an exchange of 1,133 shares.
In the preference segmentProductive Business Solutions 9.75% preference share dipped 50 cents to $139.50 and closed with 198 stocks traded.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Trading gains for Junior Market

Trading closed on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Monday, with the volume of stocks traded rising 10 percent and the value 17 percent more than on Friday with 45 securities trading versus 41 on Friday and ended with 14 rising, 21 declining and 10 closing unchanged.
A total of 11,121,148 shares were exchanged for $31,427,127 versus 10,149,669 units at $26,870,316 on Friday.
Trading averaged 247,137 shares at $698,381 compared to 247,553 stock units at $655,374 on Friday, with the month to date, averaging 486,150 units at $1,583,408 compared to 500,665 units at $1,637,154 on the previous trading day. August closed with an average of 407,186 units at $1,330,946.
iCreate led trading with 3.06 million shares for 27.5 percent of total volume followed by Fosrich with 1.26 million units for 11.3 percent of the day’s trade and JFP Limited with 1.07 million units for 9.6 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index increased 7.85 points to 4,107.96. The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.4 The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial year end that falls between November this year and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows six stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, AMG Packaging lost 20 cents to end at $3.61 in an exchange of 5,003 shares, Blue Power fell 40 cents to close at $3.10 in trading 16,658 units, CAC 2000 shed $1.24 to $7.06 with the swapping of 37 stock units. Cargo Handlers dropped $1 to $12.70, with 440 stocks crossing the exchange, Consolidated Bakeries rallied 39 cents in ending at a multi-year closing high of $2.89 as investors exchanged 710,394 shares, Dolla Financial dipped 11 cents to close at $3.12 after a transfer of 854,931 stocks. Fontana declined 45 cents in closing at $9 with a transfer of 141,832 units, Fosrich declined 24 cents to $3.76 with an exchange of 1,257,430 stock units, General Accident increased 78 cents to end, with 250 stock units crossing the market. Honey Bun dropped 42 cents to $7.85 with 12,260 units clearing the market, iCreate climbed 32 cents in closing at $2.53 after exchanging 3,057,352 shares, Iron Rock Insurance shed 63 cents to end at a 52 weeks’ low of $2.10, in switching ownership of 32,050 stocks. Lasco Distributors advanced 16 cents to $3 after exchanging 24,768 shares, Limners and Bards lost 10 cents to close at $2.90, with 213,357 units changing hands, Mailpac Group dipped 18 cents in ending at $2.24, with 141,473 stock units crossing the market. Main Event fell $1.42 to $6.59 while exchanging 63 stocks, MFS Capital Partners shed 10 cents in closing at $3.30 with investors transferring 427,301 stock units, Stationery and Office Supplies dipped $1 to end at $15.20 in trading 16,747 units and tTech lost 45 cents to close at $2.55 after trading 11,581 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.