Main market stocks face major resistance

Main Market indices spiked on Thursday on reduced trading to close at the highest level since March 11 last year, with the All Jamaican Composite Index rocketed up 6,361.57 points to 458,032.39 and bettering the March 11 close of 556,092.64, still below the previous day’s 460,418.78 points close.

The parallel black lines form a channel for the JSE All jamaica Composite Index with the index now touching the top line. (Resistance).

The JSE Main Index spiked 5,470.02 points  425,630.09, just ahead of March 10, 2020, close, but below that of March 9 at 436,435.40 and the JSE Financial Index rose 1.42 points to settle at 105.90. The market is trading right up on the upper level of resistance of an upward sloping channel and could face major challenges in breaking through, in the short term.
A total of 48 securities traded against 47 on Wednesday, with 24 stocks rising, 14 declining and 10 closing unchanged. The PE Ratio, a measure that determines an appropriate relative value of each stock, averages 16.3 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
The market closed with the volume and value traded declining 30 percent and 75 percent, respectively compared to Wednesday as 8,415,642 shares changed hands for $105,241,816 versus 12,077,813 units at $416,350,090 on Wednesday. Wigton Windfarm led trading with 32.6 percent of total volume for 2.74 million shares, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 19.3 percent for 1.63 million units and Pulse Investments with 9.1 percent after 768,244 units changed hands.
Trading averaged 175,326 units at $2,192,538, compared to 256,975 shares at $8,858,513 on Wednesday. Trading month to date averages 193,705 units at $4,990,781, in contrast to 202,991 units at $6,404,631 on Wednesday. May closed with an average of 439,937 units at $4,698,961.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has 14 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints dived $2.26 to $13.79 in an exchange of 4,220 shares, Caribbean Cement popped $4.29 to $90 after a transfer of 5,060 stock units, Eppley spiked $4.25 higher at $36.25 with 2 units changing hands. Grace Kennedy shed 47 cents to end at $89.45 in trading 19,101 stock units, Guardian Holdings climbed $15 to close at $760 after clearing the market with 70,560 shares. Jamaica Producers dropped $1.50 to $23 in trading 73,386 stocks, Kingston Properties gained 39 cents to close at $8.46 in switching ownership of 3,915 stock units, Kingston Wharves lost 30 cents to end at $46.20 with the swapping of 951 units. Mayberry Investments rallied 89 cents to $6.39 in exchanging 455 shares, NCB Financial ended 89 cents higher at $143.89 after 30,479 stocks crossed the market, Palace Amusement dropped $34.80 to $985.20 in an exchange of 28 units. Proven Investments climbed $1.49 to $37 with a transfer of 31,764 stocks. Sagicor Group rallied 75 cents to $52.75 in trading 19,901 shares. Sagicor Real Estate Fund hammered out a 64 cents gain to end at $8.99 with 435 shares changing hands. Seprod rose $1.02 to $74.02 in switching ownership of 9,931 units, Supreme Ventures lost 45 cents in ending at $19.55 with 8,939 stocks crossing the exchange. Sygnus Credit Investments gained 30 cents to settle at $15.30 in trading 25,434 stock units, Victoria Mutual Investments slipped 39 cents to $6.11 in the transfer of 185,406 shares and Wisynco Group popped 60 cents to $15.80 with the swapping of 130,777 stocks.
In the preference segment, Eppley 7.5% preference share spiked $2.31 to close at 52 weeks’ high of $9.50, trading 100 units and JMMB Group 7.15% – 2028 gained 43 cents ending at $3.25 with 59,930 stocks crossing the exchange.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Main Market trading pops Wednesday

A mere 13 stocks recorded gains at the close of trading on Wednesday after investors drove down the prices of 23 stocks and left 11 unchanged, with 47 securities changing hands compared to 48 on Tuesday, with market activity resulted in the number of shares traded popping 68 percent and the value spiking 117 percent higher than on Tuesday on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
The All Jamaican Composite Index declined 994.79 points to 451,670.82, the JSE Main Index lost 199.45 points to end at 420,160.07 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.29 points to settle at 104.48.
The PE Ratio, a measure that determines an appropriate relative value of each stock, averages 16.2 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
At the close, 12,077,813 shares traded for $416,350,090 versus 7,206,318 units at $192,089,830 on Tuesday. Wigton Windfarm led trading with 20.6 percent of total volume after an exchange of 2.49 million shares followed by NCB Financial Group with 14.9 percent from 1.80 million units, Pulse Investments with 13.5 percent after trading 1.64 million units, Sagicor Select Financial Fund accounted for 12.2 percent for 1.48 million units and Mayberry Investments traded 8.9 percent with 1.08 million units.
Trading close with an average of 256,975 units at $8,858,513, compared to 150,132 shares at $4,001,871 on Tuesday. Trading month to date averages 202,991 units at $6,404,631, in contrast to 150,132 units at $4,001,871 on Tuesday. May closed with an average of 439,937 units at $4,698,961.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has 14 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments fell 34 cents to $85.25 with an exchange of 3,061 units, Caribbean Cement dropped $4.29 to $85.71 in exchanging 192,133 shares, Eppley declined $2 to $32 with 20,704 stock units crossing the market. Jamaica Broilers popped $1.50 to $35 in trading 70,249 shares, Jamaica Producers rallied 50 cents to $24.50 with 390,747 stocks changing hands, Margaritaville lost 25 cents to settle at $14 in trading 4,000 units, NCB Financial advanced $3 to $143 in switching ownership of 1,801,051 shares, Palace Amusement spiked $110 to $1,020 after an exchange of 271 units, PanJam Investment raced $3.96 higher to $69.96, with 46,517 stock units changing hands. Proven Investments climbed $1.01 to $35.51 in an exchange of 50,696 stocks, Sagicor Group slipped 33 cents to $52 with 64,684 shares crossing the exchange. Scotia Group rose $1.01 to $41 after trading 47,810 stocks, Seprod gained 20 cents to close at $73 with the swapping of 12,488 units, Stanley Motta shed 20 cents to close at $5.80 after exchanging 10,000 shares. Sterling Investments picked up 29 cents to finish at $3.29 in switching ownership of 1,000 units, Supreme Ventures rallied 20 cents to $20 in trading 61,340 shares and Wisynco Group shed 30 cents in ending at $15.20 after an exchange of 121,439 stock units.

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

Sterling dominates Main Market trading

Sterling Investments accounted for 50 percent of the total volume of shares trading on Monday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market, after the overall trading saw an 81 percent drop in volume compared to Friday and a 53 percent fall in the value of stock changing hands.
The All Jamaican Composite Index shed 760.15 points to 453,615.66, the JSE Main Index gained 32.01 points to end at 422,098.56 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.22 points to settle at 104.52.
Trading ended with 45 securities compared to 49 on Friday, with 16 stocks rising, 23 declining and six remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio ended with an average of 16.1 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
The market closed with 23,167,260 shares trading for $283,034,981 versus 119,750,700 units at $599,497,233 on Friday. Sterling Investments led trading with 50 percent of total volume after trading 11.58 million shares followed by Sagicor Group 12.2 percent with 2.84 million units, Pulse Investments controlled 11.4 percent, with 2.63 million units, Transjamaican Highway took 6.3 percent of the trade with 1.45 million units and Wigton Windfarm took 5.2 percent for an exchange of 1.20 million units.
Trading averaged 514,828 units on Monday at $6,289,666, compared to 2,443,892 shares at $12,234,637 on Friday. Trading month to date averages 439,937units at $4,698,961, in contrast to 436,367 units at $4,623,132 on Friday. April closed with an average of 234,200 units at $1,772,561.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 16 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments fell 55 cents to end at $85.30 in exchanging 1,121 shares, Caribbean Cement rose $1.45 to $89.45 with 10,453 stocks crossing the market, Grace Kennedy closed $1.54 higher at $89.95 with 63,740 stock units changing hands. Guardian Holdings declined $2 to $761 in trading 47,275 shares, Jamaica Broilers gained 38 cents to close at $34.38 with an exchange of 7,787 units, Jamaica Producers finished 50 cents higher at $24.50, after 102,993 stocks cleared the market. Jamaica Stock Exchange gained 36 cents to close at $17.36 in trading 1,238 units, Key Insurance lost 28 cents to settle at $5.07 in transferring 26,746 stocks. Kingston Wharves picked up 30 cents in ending at $46.50 with 2,038 units crossing the exchange, Mayberry Investments lost 58 cents to end at $5.27 with 10,297 shares changing hands, NCB Financial lost 20 cents to close at $139.80 after investors switched 100,721 shares, Palace Amusement dropped $50 to $920 with 233 shares clearing the market, PanJam Investment advanced $2.70 to $69.70 in switching ownership of 22,494 units. Pulse Investments declined 40 cents to $4.40 in swapping 2,634,338 stocks, Sagicor Group slipped 25 cents to end at $52.50 with 2,835,484 stocks clearing the market, Seprod shed 90 cents to close at $74.10 with 13,279 units changing hands. Sygnus Credit Investments ended 25 cents lower at $15.25 in an exchange of 64,490 shares and Victoria Mutual Investments fell 45 cents to $6.51 after 85,621 stocks crossed the market.
In the preference segment, Eppley 8.75% preference share rose 77 cents to $7.28 after trading 1,330 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Stocks slide but market rises

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Sagicor Select Manufacturing and Distribution Fund dominated the volume traded on Friday, accounting for an 871 percent rise in the number of shares traded, with the value jumping 363 percent higher than on Thursday, on a day when declining stocks beat out rising ones two to one on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rose 1,817.92 points to 454,375.81, the JSE Main Index gained 754.27 points to end at 422,066.55 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.44 points to settle at 104.74.
At the close, 49 securities traded, compared to 48 on Thursday, with 13 stocks rising, 28 declining and eight ended unchanged. The PE Ratio ended with an average of 16.2 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
The market closed with 119,750,700 shares trading for $599,497,233 versus 12,330,202 units at $129,542,064 on Thursday. Sagicor Select Manufacturing and Distribution Fund accounted for 89.8 percent of total volume, with 107.57 million shares, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 2.9 percent for 3.49 million units, Transjamaican Highway with 2.2 percent for 2.58 million and NCB Financial Group with 1.7 percent for 2.13 million units changing hands.
Trading averages 2,443,892 stock units at $12,234,637  versus 256,879 shares at $2,698,793 on Thursday. Trading for the month to date averages 436,367 units at $4,623,132, in contrast to 326,458 units at $4,206,413 on Thursday. Trading in April ended with an average of 234,200 units at $1,772,561.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has ten stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints advanced $1.80 to $16 with the swapping of 3,852 stocks, Carreras lost 25 cents to end at $10.25 with 87,730 stock units crossing the exchange, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund fell $2 to $42 after a transfer of 100 units, First Rock Capital gained 20 cents to settle at $16.39 with 16,146 stocks clearing the market. Grace Kennedy ended 59 cents lower at $88.41 with 36,654 units crossing the market, Guardian Holdings dropped $7 in closing at $763 in trading 192,040 stocks, Jamaica Broilers slipped 35 cents to $34 in transferring 249,442 shares. Jamaica Producers fell 20 cents to end at $24 after an exchange of 14,192 stock units, Jamaica Stock Exchange declined 90 cents to finish at $17 with 141,930 units changing hands, JMMB Group rose 48 cents to $32.48 in transferring 96,740 shares. Kingston Wharves lost 30 cents to close at $46.20 with an exchange of 13,784 shares. Margaritaville slid 75 cents to $14.25 in switching ownership of 7,698 units, PanJam Investment rose 95 cents to close at $67 in transferring 6,393 stocks. Pulse Investments gained 44 cents to end at $4.80 with 706,754 units crossing the market, Sagicor Group rose 74 cents to close at $52.75 in switching ownership of 12,435 stocks, Seprod advanced $1.49 to $75 after clearing the market with 27,751 shares, Sterling Investments shed 30 cents to close at $3 with an exchange of 94,051 stocks, Victoria Mutual Investments declined 5 cents to close at $6.96 after trading 137,328 stock units and Wisynco Group rose 65 cents to $15.75 with 28,000 shares changing hands.
In the preference segment, Community & Workers Credit Union preference share shed 21 cents to close at $1.69 in trading 119,727 units. Eppley 7.5% preference shares declined $3.81 to end at $7.19 with 548 units changing hands and Eppley 8.25% lost 19 cents to close at $6.80, trading 2,024 stock units.

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

Steady trading for JSE Main Market

Market activity ended on Thursday with only the All Jamaican Composite rising after more stocks advanced than declined, with an exchange of 55 percent fewer shares valued 83 percent lower than on Wednesday at the close of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market.
The All Jamaican Composite Index gained 109.54 points to 452,557.89, the JSE Main Index shed 184.88 points to 421,312.28 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.05 points to settle at 104.30.
Trading ended with 48 securities, similar to Wednesday, with 23 stocks rising, 17 declining and eight remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio averages 16.3 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
The market closed with 12,330,202 shares trading for $129,542,064 versus 27,181,743 units at $767,234,675 on Wednesday. Pulse Investments led trading with 25.6 percent of total volume after an exchange of 3.16 million, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 18.3 percent for 2.26 million units and Jamaica Broilers 8.6 percent with 1.06 million.
Trading averaged 256,879 units at $2,698,793, compared to 566,286 shares at $15,984,056 on Wednesday. Trading month to date averages 326,458 units at $4,206,413, in contrast to 330,401 units at $4,291,851 on Wednesday. April closed with an average of 234,200 units at $1,772,561.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows ten stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints fell $2.19 to $14.20, with an exchange of 14,388 shares. Caribbean Cement shed $1.48, ending at $88 in transferring 13,449 stock units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund advanced $2 to close at $44 with 275 units changing hands, First Rock Capital gained 29 cents to close at $16.19 with 1,948 stock units crossing the market. Grace Kennedy rose $1 to $89 after exchanging 30,663 stocks, Jamaica Broilers closed 35 cents higher at $34.35 in transferring 1,062,269 shares, Jamaica Producers rose $1.10 to $24.20 with 2,972 units changing hands. JMMB Group shed 91 cents to finish at $32 with a transfer of 56,649 stocks, Mayberry Investments picked up 30 cents to end at $5.95 with investors switching ownership of 50,238 stock units, Mayberry Jamaican Equities gained 29 cents to close at $8.10, trading 78,268 stocks. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy advanced $7 to $127 in trading 40 units, 138 Student Living rose 40 cents to $5.50 with the swapping of 147,219 shares, Palace Amusement climbed $60 to close at $970 in an exchange of 44 shares, PanJam Investment fell $1.90 to $66.05 after 6,502 shares crossed the exchange. Proven Investments declined $1.99 to $35.01 with 251,559 stock units clearing the market, Seprod gained 51 cents in ending at $73.51 and switching ownership of 12,312 stocks, Stanley Motta lost 29 cents in closing at $5.95 with the swapping of 2,480 units, Sterling Investments gained 20 cents to end at $3.30 with an exchange of 172,032 shares. Sygnus Credit Investments finished 23 cents higher at $15.43 in transferring 21,885 stocks and Wisynco Group shed 77 cents to close at $15.10 with an exchange of 179,935 units.
In the preference segment, Eppley 8.25% rose 62 cents to close at $6.99 in exchanging 500 shares.

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

Guardian dominates JSE trading

Guardian Holdings dominated market activity after trading 713,248 shares, with a value of just over $549 million, after a drop in the price by $19.50 to a new low of $770 on Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Wednesday, with the market losing ground for a second consecutive day after advancing stocks beat out declining ones 3 to 2 with an exchange of 116 percent more shares valued 348 percent higher than on Tuesday.

Guardian Holdings hit a 52 weeks’ high of $30 on Tuesday.

The All Jamaican Composite Index fell 1,023.18 points to 452,448.35, the JSE Main Index declined 1,934.22 points to 421,497.16 and the JSE Financial Index shed 0.86 points to settle at 104.35.
Trading ended with 48 securities down from 49 on Tuesday, with 24 rising, 17 declining and seven remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio averages 16.1 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
The market closed with 27,181,743 shares trading for $767,234,675 versus 12,559,445 units at $171,180,809 on Tuesday. Sagicor Select Financial Fund led trading with 69.9 percent of total volume for an exchange of 18.99 million shares, followed by Pulse Investments with 6.4 percent for 1.74 million units, Wigton Windfarm chipped in with 5.1 percent for 1.37 million units and NCB Financial Group with 4.2 percent for 1.15 million units changing hands.
Trading averaged 566,286 units at $15,984,056, compared to 256,315 shares at $3,493,486 on Tuesday. Trading month to date averages 330,401 units at $4,291,851, in contrast to 316,230 units at $3,589,441 on Tuesday. April closed with an average of 234,200 units at $1,772,561.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 16 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints rose $1.39 to $16.39 in exchanging 2,654 stock units, Caribbean Cement closed $1.98 higher at $89.48 with a transfer of 1,089 stocks. Carreras gained 25 cents to finish at $10.50 with 85,097 shares clearing the market, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund declined $2.99 to $42 with 115 units changing hands, First Rock Capital shed 50 cents to $15.90 with 10,162 stocks clearing the market. Grace Kennedy rose 30 cents to close at $88 in trading 49,741 stock units, Jamaica Broilers climbed $1.40 to $34 with the swapping of 13,768 units. Jamaica Producers shed $1.40 to end at $23.10 in trading 26,348 shares, JMMB Group finished 91 cents higher at $32.91 with 125,312 stocks clearing the market. Margaritaville rose 75 cents to $15 in switching ownership of 200 stock units, Mayberry Investments gained 38 cents to close at $5.65 in transferring 72,379 shares. Mayberry Jamaican Equities picked up 27 cents to settle at $7.81 after crossing the exchange with 143,942 units, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy climbed $18.19 to $120 with 244 stocks changing hands, NCB Financial Group advanced $2.50 to $140 trading 1,149,802 shares. Palace Amusement dropped $20 to $910 in switching ownership of 219 stocks, Pan Jam Investment advanced $2.95 to $67.95 after trading 1,139 units, Scotia Group gained 20 cents in ending at $40 with 133,171 stocks crossing the market, Seprod lost 59 cents to finish at $73 in exchanging 10,376 stock units. Stanley Motta gained 24 cents in closing at $6.24 after exchanging 17,000 units, Sterling Investments
shed 23 cents to $3.10 with a transfer of 182,875 stock units, Supreme Ventures dipped 49 cents to $20.01 after exchanging 196,302 shares and Victoria Mutual Investments increased 4 cents to close at $7 after trading 110,475 stocks.
In the preference segment, Eppley 8.25% fell 62 cents to close at $6.37 with 5,127 shares crossing the exchange.

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

Main Market loses ground to close out week

Demand for stocks declined on Friday in trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market, with the volume of stocks trading falling 48 percent and the value of stocks exchanged dropping 82 percent lower than Thursday’s market activity leading to a slight dip in the main market indices with the advancing stocks just edging out those declining.
The All Jamaican Composite Index shed 202.86 points to 454,479.33, the Main Index fell 257.00 points to 424,303.18 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.04 points to close 105.33.
Trading ended with 48 securities compared to 50 on Thursday, with 19 stocks rising, 18 declining and 11 remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio closed with an average of 16.3 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
The market closed with 13,537,949 shares trading for $85,630,782 down sharply from 26,264,484 units at $470,763,094 on Thursday. Sagicor Select Financial Fund led trading with 38.9 percent of total volume for an exchange of 5.26 million shares, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 20.2 percent after 2.74 million units were traded and Pulse Investments with 7.3 percent for 988,208 shares changing hands.
Trading closed with an average of 282,041 units at $1,783,975, compared to 525,290 shares at $9,415,262 on Thursday. Trading month to date averages 320,145 units at $3,595,710, in contrast to 322,750 units at $3,719,589 on Thursday. Trading in April averaged 234,200 units at $1,772,561.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows eleven stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints slipped $1.61 to $16.39 with the swapping of 5,003 shares, Caribbean Cement lost 42 cents to close at $87.50 with 4,856 units changing hands, Carreras ended 20 cents lower at $10.70 after crossing the exchange with 382,401 stocks. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund advanced $4.18 to close at $44.98 with the swapping of 1,700 units, Jamaica Broilers fell 80 cents to $34.70 in a transfer of 129,900 shares. Jamaica Producers lost 50 cents to close at $23, with 200,170 stocks crossing the market, Margaritaville lost 40 cents in closing at $14.60 trading 26,126 stock units, Mayberry Investments gained 20 cents to end at $5.50, with 196,336 shares changing hands. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy rose $2 to $102 in trading 5 stocks, NCB Financial Group shed 50 cents to end at $138.50 in a transfer of 46,041 units, 138 Student Living shed 49 cents to settle at $4.90 with 3,975 stock units changing hands, Pan Jam Investment climbed $5.55 to $71.60 after exchanging 86 stocks. Proven Investments fell 90 cents to $37 with the swapping of 61,769 units, Sagicor Group lost 30 cents to close at $52.70 in switching ownership of 21,793 stocks, Scotia Group gained 80 cents to end at $40.80 in exchanging 5,309 units. Seprod shed $1.50 to close at $73.50 with an exchange of 44,685 stock units, Supreme Ventures rose $1.55 to close at $21.75 in trading 98,472 stocks and Sygnus Credit Investments gained 40 cents to finish at $15.61 after exchanging 313,497 stocks.
In the preference segment, Eppley 8.75% preference share fell 99 cents to close at $6.51 with a transfer of 347 shares.

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

JSE Main market bounces back

Market activity ended on Thursday, with the market recovering almost all of the losses of the previous two days after advancing stocks edged out declining ones, with the overall traded volume and value climbing 211 percent and 357 percent respectively compared to Wednesday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market.
The All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 3,237.08 points to 454,682.19, the Main Index advanced 2,716.72 points to 424,560.18, and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.97 points to settle at 105.37.
Trading ended with 50 securities compared to 47 on Wednesday, with 18 stocks rising, 16 declining and 16 remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio, based on ICInsider.com’s 2021-22 forecast of earnings, is 16.1.

At the close 26,264,484 shares traded for $470,763,094 versus 8,440,224 units at $102,931,227 on Wednesday. JMMB Group 7.25% led trading with 33.9 percent of total volume for 8.91 million shares followed by Sagicor Group with 27.6 percent in trading 7.25 million units, Sagicor Select Financial Fund 13.6 percent, with 3.58 million units, Pulse Investments with 5.2 percent for 1.37 million units and Transjamaican Highway with 3.9 percent for an exchange of 1.04 million shares.
Trading averaged 505,086 units at $9,053,136, compared to 179,579 shares at $2,190,026 on Wednesday. Trading month to date averages 321,833 units at $3,709,022, compared to 307,218 units at $3,282,804 on Wednesday. April averaged 234,200 units at $1,772,561.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has nine stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments advanced $1.98 to $85.98 with 70 shares changing hands, Berger Paints rose $1.35 to end at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $18 with 14,433 stocks crossing the market, Carreras gained 90 cents to close at end at 52 weeks’ closing high of $10.90 in switching ownership of 519,508 shares, Grace Kennedy ended 99 cents higher at $88 in exchanging 14,115 units, Jamaica Broilers gained 50 cents to close at $35.50 in trading 21,359 stocks. Jamaica Stock Exchange lost 20 cents to settle at $17.80 in switching ownership of 6,010 units, JMMB Group declined $1 to $32 with a transfer of 76,488 stock units, Key Insurance gained 34 cents to end at $5.35 in trading 295,925 stocks. Kingston Wharves fell $1 in closing at $46 with the swapping of 11,543 shares, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy dropped $24 to end at 52 weeks’ closing low of $100 after exchanging 21 stock units, NCB Financial Group shed $2 to finish at $139 while exchanging 78,790 shares. 138 Student Living rose 85 cents to close at $5.39 in switching ownership of 13,853 stock units, Palace Amusement dropped $29 to end at $926 in swapping 111 stocks, PanJam Investment declined $5.85 to finish at $66.05 with 26,162 shares clearing the market, Proven Investments closed 75 cents higher at $37.90, with 5,272 units crossing the market, Sagicor Group climbed $2 to end at $53 trading 7,248,980 shares, Seprod slipped 90 cents to $75 after exchanging 41,954 units. Stanley Motta lost 34 cents in ending at $5.90 in switching ownership of 6,907 stock units, Supreme Ventures gained 20 cents to end at 52 weeks’ closing high of $20.20 in trading 193,925 shares and Wisynco Group ended 45 cents lower at $15.45 in switching ownership of 153,549 stock units.

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

JSE Main Market in turbulent zone

Just below 460,000 points is proving to be a turbulent area for the Main Market on Tuesday after coming close during the morning session at 459,212 points the index of locally based Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market stocks pulled back sharply at the close. In today’s trading, the market moved up to 456,129 points but again failed to hold onto early gains and closed with the market index slipping from Tuesday close.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index declined 2,953.62 points to close tab 451,445.11, the Main Index shed 2,482.03 points to 421,843.46 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.98 points to settle at 104.40.
Trading ended with 47 securities, down from 52 on Tuesday, with 20 stocks rising, 22 declining and five remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings averages 16.
The market closed with 8,440,224 shares trading for $102,931,227 versus 11,779,992 units at $110,710,765 on Tuesday. Transjamaican Highway led trading with 18.5 percent of total volume for an exchange of 1.56 million shares followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund 17 percent, with 1.43 million units and Pulse Investments with 15.7 percent after trading 1.33 million units.
Trading averaged 179,579 units at $2,190,026, compared to 226,538 shares at $2,129,053 on Tuesday. Trading month to date averages 307,218 units at $3,282,804, in contrast to 317,134 units at $3,367,698 on Tuesday. April averaged 234,200 units at $1,772,561.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has eight stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments declined $2 in closing at $84 after clearing the market of 2,835 shares, Berger Paints advanced $1.15 to finish at a 52 weeks’ high of $16.65 in switching ownership of 7,557 shares, Caribbean Cement rose 77 cents to $87.99 with an exchange of 56,552 units. Eppley shed 70 cents to close at $33 with the swapping of 30,020 stock units, Grace Kennedy ended 99 cents lower at $87.01, with 96,486 units crossing the exchange, Jamaica Broilers declined $1 to $35 in exchanging 36,579 shares. Jamaica Producers shed $1 to close at $23.50 in transferring 18,462 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange gained 25 cents in closing at $18 with 17,670 shares changing hands, JMMB Group advanced $1 to $33 in switching ownership of 188,002 stock units. Key Insurance shed 32 cents to end at $5.01 after an exchange of 321,258 shares, NCB Financial advanced $2.10 to $141 in trading 22,667 units. 138 Student Living lost 86 cents to close at $4.54, with 12,305 stock units clearing the market, Palace Amusement climbed $41 to $955 after exchanging 123 stock units, Pan Jam Investment jumped $6.90 to $71.90 with the swapping of 1,737 units, Portland JSX fell $2.40 to $7.10 with the transfer of 51,289 shares. Proven Investments lost 80 cents to close at $37.15, with 18,599 stock units crossing the market, Sagicor Group fell $1.50 to $51 with 905,925 shares changing hands. Scotia Group shed 80 cents in ending at $40 in exchanging 41,900 stocks. Seprod advanced $2.90 to $75.90 with 13,000 units crossing the market, Stanley Motta gained 24 cents in closing at $6.24 with the swapping of 2,707 stock units, Supreme Ventures picked up 20 cents to settle at a 52 weeks’ high of $20 after clearing the market with 82,366 stocks and Sygnus Credit Investments lost 40 cents in closing at $15.10, after trading 175,692 units.
In the preference segment, JMMB Group 7.25% lost 40 cents to close at $2 after trading 300 units and JMMB Group 7.50% fell 8 cents to 77 cents with the swapping of 4,493 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Guardian knocks JSE Main Index

Market activity ended on Tuesday with the market indices all declining, but the JSE Main Index sustaining the greater loss of 6,266.26 points to close at 424,325.49, with Guardian Holdings dropping $110, with NCB Global announcing on Monday the offer of 2 million shares to the public at $795 each. Trading ended after an exchange of 31 percent fewer shares valued 30 percent less than on Monday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market.

Guardian Holdings hits the lowest price on the JSE on Tuesday.

The All Jamaican Composite Index declined 371.38 points to 454,398.73, the JSE Main Index dropped 6,266.26 points to 424,325.49 after Guardian Holdings trading at the lowest price since listing and the JSE Financial Index shed 2.89 points to settle at 105.38.
Trading ended with 52 securities slightly down on the 51 on Monday, with 20 rising, 24 declining and eight remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio averages 16.2 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
The market closed with 11,779,992 shares trading for $110,710,765 versus 17,166,156 units at $158,866,078 on Monday. Sagicor Select Manufacturing & Distribution Fund led trading with 25.4 percent of total volume after an exchange of 3 million shares followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund 14.3 percent, with 1.68 million units, Pulse Investments contributed 12.7 percent, with 1.5 million units, Transjamaican Highway accounts for 10.3 percent after trading 1.21 million units and Wigton Windfarm with 9.1 percent after 1.07 million units changed hands.
Trading averaged 226,538 units at $2,129,053, compared to 336,591 shares at $3,115,021 on Monday. Trading month to date averages 317,134 units at $3,367,698, in contrast to 325,653 units at $3,484,171 on Monday. April averaged 234,200 units at $1,772,561.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has nine stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints gained 50 cents ending at a 52 weeks’ high of $15.50 in trading 18,992 stock units, Caribbean Cement advanced $2.22 to $87.22 with 122,894 units changing hands, Grace Kennedy slipped 50 cents to close at $88 with the swapping of 58,997 shares, Guardian Holdings dropped $109.96 to end at $789.99 trading 11,872 stocks after NCB Global posted its prospectus on the JSE to sell 2 million shares to the public at a price that was much lower than the Mondays’ close. Jamaica Broilers advanced $2 in closing at $36, with 251,099 units crossing the exchange. Jamaica Producers fell 48 cents to $24.50 in transferring 123,613 stock units, JMMB Group shed $1.10 to end at $32 with an exchange of 357,375 shares. Key Insurance lost 27 cents to settle at $5.33 in clearing the market of 366,006 stocks, Kingston Wharves rose $2 to $47 in switching ownership of 1,856 shares, Margaritaville closed 50 cents lower at $15 after clearing the market with 1,500 stock units. NCB Financial Group gained 70 cents to end at $138.90 in an exchange of 113,242 shares, 138 Student Living finished 89 cents higher at $5.40 after crossing the market with 4,300 stock units, Palace Amusement declined $26 to end at $914 with 2 units crossing the exchange. PanJam Investment fell $4 in closing at $65 with an exchange of 40,380 stock units, Proven Investments gained 90 cents to end at $37.95 in trading 14,404 shares, Sagicor Group shed $1.45 to end at $52.50 with the swapping of 13,121 units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose 74 cents to $8.29 with the transfer of 1,548 shares. Salada Foods gained 44 cents to finish at $7.50 in exchanging 67,172 units, Scotia Group slipped 50 cents to close at $40.80 with an exchange of 456,287 stocks, Seprod declined $4.57 to $73 after 3,586 units changed hands. Sterling Investments lost 25 cents to settle at $3.25 in transferring 15,408 shares and Victoria Mutual Investments fell 28 cents to $6.71 with 72,106 stocks changing hands.
In the preference segment, 138 Student Living preference share advanced $1.66 to $7.90, with 5 stock units clearing the market and Productive Business Solutions 9.75% preference share dropped $5 to $105 in trading 100 stocks.

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