More gains for Main Market

Stocks rose on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Friday, with the volume of stocks trading declining 64 percent, with 97 percent lower value than on Thursday as rising stocks exceeded those declining, but the market closed with the IC bid-offer Indicator flashing short term negative signals.
The All Jamaican Composite Index gained 2,638.98 points to settle at 442,875.20, the JSE Main Index climbed 2,141.50 to 386,327.32 and the JSE Financial Index added 0.11 points to settle at 91.51.
Trading ended with 53 securities compared to 55 on Thursday, with 24 rising, 17 declining and 12 ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 15 for the Main Market. 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, 13,174,872 shares were exchanged for $66,091,370 versus 36,352,680 units at $2,054,073,702 on Thursday. Trading averages 248,582 units at $1,247,007, compared to 660,958 shares at $37,346,795 on Thursday. June closed with an average of 281,913 units at $5,309,050.
Ciboney Group led trading with 2.89 million shares for 22 percent of total volume, followed by Radio Jamaica with 2.70 million units for 20.5 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 2.59 million units for 19.7 percent market share.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows nine stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 11 stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints added 70 cents in ending at $12.20, with 337 shares crossing the market, Caribbean Cement lost $2.50 to end at $64.50, with 20,215 stocks changing hands, Eppley fell 50 cents in closing at $44.50 after trading 175 stock units. First Rock Capital declined $1.55 to close at $11.75 while exchanging 5,681 units, Guardian Holdings rallied $16.99 to $519.99, with 1,654 shares crossing the exchange,  Jamaica Producers advanced 45 cents to $22.45 trading 2,595 units. JMMB Group climbed $1.90 to close at $43.65 closed at 59,098 stock units, Key Insurance dropped 52 cents to end at $3.38 with the swapping of 2,005 stocks, Massy Holdings gained $1.30 after ending at $93 in exchanging 55,872 stocks. Mayberry Jamaican Equities popped 85 cents in closing at $13.85 with an exchange of 602 shares, Palace Amusement rose $45 to $945 with 23 stock units clearing the market, PanJam Investment climbed 98 cents in closing at $65.98 in an exchange of 138,936 units. Proven Investments rose $1.27 to close at $37.29 after exchanging 22,727 units, Radio Jamaica rallied 50 cents in ending at $2.90 after 2,700,500 stock units were exchanged, Scotia Group rose 45 cents to $36.50 in switching ownership of 1,039 shares. Seprod shed 70 cents in closing at $71.25, with 4,408 stocks crossing the exchange, Supreme Ventures increased 75 cents to close at $31.45 after exchanging 327,481 units and Sygnus Real Estate Finance recovered from the sharp fall on Thursday by gaining $1.26 to end at $12.51 in switching ownership of 501 shares.
In the preference segmentEppley 7.25% preference share popped $1.94 to $21.99 after trading 2 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Barita JSE lead trade at month end

Barita Investments was the most prominent trade on Thursday, with 21.49 million shares for 59.1 percent of total volume as trading closed out the half year. The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market was constrained within a narrow consolidation range it has been in for several months.
The volume of stocks trading on Thursday rose 117 percent with 590 percent greater value than on Wednesday, with an exchange of 36,352,680 shares with a value of  $2,054,073,702, up from 16,776,950 units at $297,498,943 on Wednesday. Trading averages 660,958 units at $37,346,795, up from 310,684 shares at $5,509,240 on Wednesday and month to date, an average of 281,913 units at $5,309,050, compared to 263,593 units at $3,760,655 onthe previous trading day. May closed with an average of 238,645 units at $3,561,016.
Pulse Investments traded the second highest volume with 4.49 million units for 12.3 percent of the day’s trade and Ciboney Group 3.25 million units for 8.9 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 1,350.07 points to 440,236.22, the JSE Main Index rose 1,152.41 points to 384,185.82 and the JSE Financial Index declined 0.03 points to settle at 91.40 as trading ended with 55 securities compared to 54 on Wednesday, with 25 rising, 19 declining and 11 ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.9 for the Main Market. 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 15 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments popped $1.02 to $88.02 in exchanging 21,487,543 shares, Berger Paints declined 75 cents in ending at $11.50 while exchanging 1,300 stock units, Caribbean Cement rose $3.40 in closing at $67 after trading 223,055 units. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund advanced $3.04 to end at $47 in an exchange of 60,745 stocks, First Rock Capital increased 73 cents to close at $13.30 in switching ownership of 79,859 units, GraceKennedy gained $1 to end at $103, with 416,560 stocks crossing the exchange. Guardian Holdings fell $20.98 in closing at $503 with the swapping of 51 stock units, Jamaica Broilers rallied 97 cents to close at $28, with 228,065 shares crossing the market, Jamaica Producers climbed $1 to $22, with 19,825 stocks changing hands. Jamaica Stock Exchange rallied 50 cents to $20 after 15,667 shares crossed the market, Kingston Properties increased 95 cents to close at $8.95, trading 140,927 units, Kingston Wharves popped $1 to $39.50 after exchanging 18,966 stock units. Massy Holdings dropped 30 cents in ending at $91.70 after exchanging 1,693 stocks, Mayberry Investments shed 40 cents in closing at $10 in trading 230,013 shares, NCB Financial slipped $1 to $101 with 36,536 stock units clearing the market. PanJam Investment lost $1 to end at $65 with an exchange of 19,380 units, Proven Investments shed $1.48 to close at $36.02 after 29,816 stocks changed hands, Pulse Investments gained 54 cents to close at $4.42 after exchanging 4,485,406 stock units. Sagicor Group fell 50 cents in closing at $55.49 in an exchange of 90,240 shares, Salada Foods advanced 30 cents in ending at $5.80 after just two units traded, Scotia Group declined $1.64 in closing at $36.05 with an exchange of 89,692 shares. Seprod rose 70 cents to end at $71.95 with the swapping of 65,213 stocks, Stanley Motta climbed 50 cents to $5.50, with 42,111 units crossing the market, Supreme Ventures increased 71 cents to $30.70 in an exchange of 236,568 stock units and Sygnus Real Estate Finance dropped $3.75 to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $11.25, with 10,000 shares crossing the market.
In the preference segmentJamaica Public Service 9.5% gained $200 to close at $3000 after an exchange of a mere three units and 138 Student Living preference share climbed $1.76 to $19.40 in trading 15 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Barita dominates trading to end June

Barita Investments dominated trading on the last day of June on Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday, accounting for 21.9 shares valued at $1.9 billion, leading the overall market value to jump sharply to $2.1 billion worth of stocks traded in Main and Junior markets as the volume of stocks trading was just shy doubling Thursday’s trades.

Barita Investments headquarters

The market closed with the JSE Combined Index climbing 1,427.58 points to 398,329.22 while the All Jamaican Composite Index rose 1,350.07 points to  440,236.22, the JSE Main Index gained 1,152.41 points to end at 384,185.82, the Junior Market index popped 38.91 points to 4,349.44 and the JSE USD market index lost 5.91 points to close at 211.65.
Investors exchanged 53,744,711 shares in all markets, with the value traded in the Main and Junior Markets ending at $1.9 billion and in the JSE USD market, US$48,827.
The market’s PE ratio ended at 24.1 based on 2021-22 earnings and 13.2 times those for 2022-23 at the close of trading.
Investors need pertinent information to successfully navigate many investment choices, in the local stock market. The ICInsider.com PE ratio chart and the more detailed daily report charts provide investors with regularly updated information to help decision-making.
Investors should use the chart to help make rational investment decisions by investing in stocks close to the average for the sector and not going too far from it unless there are compelling reasons to do so. This approach helps to remove emotions from investment decisions and put in on fundamentals while at the same time not being too far from the majority of investors. Investors who buy when the price of a stock is close to the average will find that they are not inclined to overpay for a stock.
The ICInsider.com PE Ratio chart covers all ordinary shares on the Jamaica Stock Exchange. It shows companies grouped on an industry basis, allowing easy comparisons between the same sector companies and the overall market.
The net asset value of each company is reported as a guide to quickly assess the value of stocks based on this measure. The chart also shows daily changes in stock prices and the percentage year to date price movement based on the last traded prices. Dividends payable and yields for each company are shown in the Main and Junior Markets’ daily report charts that show the closing volume for the bids and offers.
The EPS & PE ratios are based on 2021 and 2022 actual or projected earnings, excluding major one off items. The PE Ratio is the most popular measure used to determine the value of stocks.

 

Winning stocks dominated JSE Main Market

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Winning stocks had the upper hand in trading on Wednesday, exceeding those declining by a 3 to 2 ratio, as the volume of stocks traded rose 76 percent with a 60 percent greater value than on Tuesday at the close of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market.
Trading ended with 54 securities compared to 56 on Tuesday, with 24 rising, 15 declining and 15 ending unchanged.
Overall, 16,776,950 shares were traded for $297,498,943, up from 9,556,775 units at $186,056,204 on Tuesday. Trading averages 310,684 units at $5,509,240, versus 170,657 shares at $3,322,432 on Tuesday and month to date, an average of 263,593 units at $3,760,653, compared to 261,247 units at $3,673,549 on the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 238,645 units at $3,561,016.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 6.97 million shares for 41.6 percent of total volume, followed by Transjamaican Highway with 2.34 million units for 14 percent of the day’s trades, Barita Investments chipped in with 1.42 million units for 8.4 percent of market share, Pulse Investments traded 1.12 million units for 6.7 percent of total volume and Massy Holdings with 1.0 million units for 6 percent of the market volume.
The All Jamaican Composite Index increased 1,951.68 points to 438,886.15, the JSE Main Index rose 1,324.62 point to 383,033.41 and the JSE Financial Index rallied 0.32 points to close at 91.43.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 14.3 for the Main Market. 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 nine stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments increased 46 cents in closing at $87 after trading 1,417,306 shares, Caribbean Cement declined 40 cents to $63.60, crossing the market 3,962 stocks, Eppley climbed $6.50 to $45 and finished trading 980 units. First Rock Capital popped 82 cents in, ending at $12.57, with 18,200 stock units changing hands, GraceKennedy lost $2 to close at $102 in an exchange of 275,338 stock units, Guardian Holdings rallied $22.98 in closing at $523.98 after exchanging 65 stocks. Jamaica Stock Exchange advanced $1.01 to close at $19.50 and closing with an exchange of 10 shares, NCB Financial shed $1.50 to $102 in trading 77,614 units, PanJam Investment rose 99 cents in ending at $66 with 123,286 shares crossing the exchange. Proven Investments gained $1 to end at $37.50 while exchanging 12,419 stocks, Pulse Investments climbed 38 cents to $3.88 in switching ownership of 1,116,423 units, Sagicor Group rallied 99 cents in closing at $55.99, trading 34,169 stock units. Supreme Ventures fell 75 cents to close at $29.99 with 103,993 shares changing hands and Sygnus Credit Investments popped 70 cents in, ending at $15, with 331,231 units clearing the market.
In the preference segment138 Student Living preference share dropped $2.36 to end at $17.64 with the swapping of 698 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE Main Market falters

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market pulled back on Tuesday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 31 percent, with a 154 percent greater than on Monday as rising stocks were marginally less than those falling.
Overall, 9,556,775 shares were exchanged for $186,056,204 versus 13,814,659 units at $73,312,672 on Monday. Trading averages 170,657 units at $3,322,432, compared to 260,654 shares at $1,383,258 on Monday and month to date, an average of 261,247 units at $3,673,549, compared to 266,182 units at $3,692,676 on the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 238,645 units at $3,561,016.
PanJam Investment led trading with 1.90 million shares for 19.8 percent of total volume, followed by Transjamaican Highway with 1.54 million units for 16.1 percent of the day’s trade, Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.05 million units for 11 percent market share and Wigton Windfarm with 1.04 million units for 10.9 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index declined 883.90 points to 436,934.47, the JSE Main Index fell 816.45 to 381708.79 and the JSE Financial Index slipped 0.12 points to settle at 91.11.
Trading ended with 56 securities up from 53 on Monday, with 22 rising, 23 declining and 11 ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 14.3 for the Main Market. 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 11 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and six stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints increased 80 cents in closing at $12, with  930 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement fell $1 to $64 and closed after trading 56,189 units, Carreras rose 48 cents to $9.98, with 88,008 stock units changing hands. Eppley shed $5.50 to close at $38.50 trading 2,338 stocks, GraceKennedy lost 99 cents to end at $104 in trading 4,907 stock units, Guardian Holdings dropped $3 to end at $501 in switching ownership of 3,563 units. JMMB Group rallied 50 cents in ending at $42 while exchanging 238,705 shares, Margaritaville declined $1.77 in closing at $16.50, with an exchange of 270 stocks, Mayberry Jamaican Equities shed 41 cents to close at $12.99 after trading 43,396 stocks. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy gained $10.50 to close at $106.50, with 482 shares crossing the market, NCB Financial popped $1.50 to $103.50 with the swapping of 14,369 stock units, 138 Student Living advanced 31 cents to end at $5.10 with an exchange of 622 units. Palace Amusement fell $85.99, in ending at $900, with 38 shares clearing the market, Proven Investments dropped $1.45 to close at $36.50 after exchanging 4,114 units, Sagicor Group declined 90 cents in closing at $55 with an exchange of 16,581 stocks.

Scotia Group climbed $1.79 to $37.79 with 2,215 stock units changing hands, Stanley Motta lost 49 cents to end at $5 in exchanging 42,770 shares, Sygnus Credit Investments declined 65 cents to close at $14.30 in an exchange of 18,158 stock units and Sygnus Real Estate Finance climbed $1 in ending at $15 , with an exchange of 300 units.
In the preference segment138 Student Living preference share fell 75 cents in closing at $20 in exchanging 14 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Gains for JSE Main Market

Trading ended on Monday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market, with the volume of stocks traded declining 18 percent, with a 50 percent lower value than on Friday as declining stocks exceeded those rising.
At the close, 13,814,659 shares were traded for $73,312,672 versus 16,870,075 units at $147,178,606 on Friday. Trading averaged 260,654 units at $1,383,258, compared to 306,729 shares at $2,675,975 on Friday and month to date, an average of 266,182 units at $3,692,676, compared to 266,483 units at $3,818,213 on the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 238,645 units at $3,561,016.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 4.94 million shares for 35.7 percent of total volume, followed by Transjamaican Highway with 3.10 million units for 22.5 percent of the day’s trade, Sagicor Select Financial Fund followed with 1.38 million units for 10 percent market share and Ciboney Group with 1.34 million units for 9.7 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 1,833.86 points to settle at 437,818.37, the JSE Main Index rose 1,338.41 points to 382,525.24 and the JSE Financial Index declined 0.05 points to settle at 91.23.
Trading ended with 53 securities compared to 55 on Friday, with 12 rising, 22 declining and 19 ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 14.4 for the Main Market. 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, Berger Paints lost 98 cents to end at $11.20 after exchanging 7,001 shares, Caribbean Cement dropped $1.85 to $65 with an exchange of 90,431 stocks, Carreras declined 33 cents to $9.50 with 73,731 units changing hands. Eppley gained $3 to $44 in switching ownership of 2,000 stock units, GraceKennedy rallied $1.46 to $104.99 in an exchange of 73,715 stock units, Guardian Holdings climbed $3 to end at $504 after 307 shares crossed the market. Jamaica Stock Exchange rose 77 cents to close at $18.27 while exchanging 3,592 units, JMMB Group fell 50 cents to $41.50 after exchanging 160,223 stocks, Kingston Wharves shed 54 cents in closing at $38.46, trading 3,302 shares. Margaritaville dropped $3.23 in ending at $18.27 after an exchange of 50 stocks, Mayberry Investments shed 72 cents to close at $10.24, with 69,055 stock units changing hands, NCB Financial declined $1 to end at $102 with the swapping of 19,227 units. Proven Investments advanced 37 cents in closing at $37.95 in trading 11,734 units, Sagicor Group popped 90 cents to $55.90, with 140,160 stocks crossing the exchange and Scotia Group fell $1.31 in ending at $36 after exchanging 244,968 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Flat trading for JSE Main Market on Friday

Trading on Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market was flat on Friday, with the volume and value of stocks traded marginally greater than on Thursday as rising stocks exceeded those declining by a substantial margin.
Overall, 16,870,075 shares were traded for $147,178,606 versus 16,705,305 units at $146,234,623 on Thursday. Trading averages 306,729 units at $2,675,975, compared to 327,555 shares at $2,867,346 on Thursday and month to date, an average of 266,483 units at $3,818,210, compared to 264,077 units at $3,886,496 on the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 238,645 units at $3,561,016.
The All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 3,281.68 points to settle at 435,984.51, the JSE Main Index fell 2,163.80 points to 381,186.83 and the JSE Financial Index dropped 0.60 points to settle at 91.28.
Trading ended with 55 securities compared to 51 on Thursday, with 28 rising, 19 declining and eight ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 14.5 for the Main Market. 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.
Ciboney Group led trading with 3.67 million shares for 21.8 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 2.53 million units for 15 percent of the day’s trade, Transjamaican Highway ended with 2.1 million units for 12.4 percent of market share, Wigton Windfarm closed with 1.83 million units for 10.8 percent market share, QWI Investments with 1.33 million units for 7.9 percent market share and Mayberry Investments with 1.03 million units for 6.1 percent market share.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 13 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments lost 31 cents in ending at $86.50 after exchanging 20,559 shares, Berger Paints climbed $1.18 to $12.18 in switching ownership of 17,378 stocks, Caribbean Cement dropped 25 cents to end at $66.85 in an exchange of 76,927 units. Carreras gained 33 cents in closing at $9.83 after trading 53,433 stock units, Eppley rallied $1 to close at $41 after exchanging 201 units, First Rock Capital shed $1.25 to close at $12 with an exchange of 100,516 stocks. GraceKennedy rose $1.53 in closing at $103.53, with 8,169 shares crossing the market, Jamaica Broilers popped 30 cents to close at $26.80 after 23,935 stock units crossed the exchange, Jamaica Stock Exchange advanced 50 cents to end at $17.50 while exchanging 1,096 stock units. JMMB Group fell 50 cents, ending at $42 in an exchange of 657,734 units, Kingston Properties increased 40  ents to $8, trading 5,404 shares, Margaritaville declined $1.10 in ending at $21.50 after 52 stocks crossed the market. Massy Holdings rose 44 cents to close at $92 with 48,739 shares changing hands, Mayberry Jamaican Equities advanced 40 cents in closing at $13.40 with the swapping of 8,585 stock units, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy shed $10.45 to end at $96 with 195 units clearing the market. 138 Student Living popped 28 cents to $5.04 in trading 250 stocks, PanJam Investment lost $1 to close at $65, with 2,450 stocks changing hands, Portland JSX rallied 45 cents in ending at $11.95 after trading 35 units. Proven Investments dropped 42 cents to $37.58 while exchanging 3,087 shares, Sagicor Group declined $1.99 to end at $55, with 783,855 stock units clearing the market, Salada Foods fell 26 cents to close at $5.44 after 7,193 stocks crossed the market. Scotia Group fell 56 cents in ending at $37.31 in trading 65,690 shares, Seprod lost 50 cents to end at $71 in an exchange of 7,018 stock units, Supreme Ventures increased 95 cents in closing at $30.95 with the swapping of 611,885 units. Sygnus Credit Investments gained 75 cents to $14.95, with 39,084 stocks changing hands and Wisynco Group climbed 75 cents to close at $19.75 after trading 351,342 units.
In the preference segmentJMMB Group 7% preference share gained 28 cents to $2.16, with 2,299 shares crossing the market. JMMB Group 7.25% preference share climbed 40 cents to $2.68 in switching ownership of 76 stock units, JMMB Group 7.25% due 2024 preference share rallied 30 cents in closing at $2 in exchanging 120,000 units and 138 Student Living s preference share increased $3.75 in ending at $20.75 with an exchange of 63 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Gains for JSE main market

Stocks traded mostly higher on Thursday, leading the major market indices to rise, with the volume of stocks rising 10 percent with 16 percent greater than on Wednesday at the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market as rising stocks exceeded were less than those declining.
The All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 3,067.03 points to 439,266.19, the JSE Main Index rose 2,365.47 points to 383,350.63 and the JSE Financial Index increased 0.95 points to settle at 91.88.
Trading ended with 51 securities compared to 54 on Wednesday, with 25 rising, 14 declining and 12 ending unchanged. Ciboney and JMMB Group 7 NC preference share traded at 52 weeks’ high.
A total of 16,705,305 shares were exchanged for $146,234,623 versus 15,220,491 units at $125,757,308 on Wednesday. Trading averages 327,555 units at $2,867,346, compared to 281,861 shares at $2,328,839 on Wednesday and month to date, an average of 264,077 units at $3,886,496, compared to 260,351 units at $3,946,308 on the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 238,645 units at $3,561,016.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 14.4 for the Main Market. 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.
Transjamaican Highway led trading with 5.16 million shares for 30.9 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 2.82 million units for 16.9 percent of the day’s trade, First Rock Capital with 2.03 million units for 12.1 percent market share, Supreme Ventures with 1.28 million units for 7.7 percent market share and Ciboney Group with 1.08 million units for 6.4 percent market share.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows nine stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and six with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints lost $1 in ending at $11, with 35,423 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement advanced $3.60 to $67.10 after trading 64,553 stock units, Ciboney Group climbed 37 cents to end at a 52 weeks’ high of $1.50 in trading 1,077,445 units. Eppley dropped $3.95 to close at $40 while exchanging 500 stocks, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund popped $4, in closing at $44 with the swapping of 11 shares, First Rock Capital increased 95 cents to $13.25 after exchanging 2,027,822 stock units. Guardian Holdings rose $1 to close at $501, trading 1,605 stocks, Jamaica Stock Exchange shed $1.27 to end at $17 after exchanging 56,302 units, Kingston Wharves gained $2.65 in closing at $39 with 27,672 stock units changing hands. Massy Holdings declined 44 cents to $91.56 with an exchange of 502 stocks, Mayberry Investments rallied 69 cents to close at $10.75 in exchanging 88,876 shares, Mayberry Jamaican Equities fell $1.03 to $13, with 9,558 units crossing the market. NCB Financial rose 50 cents in closing at $103 in an exchange of 72,458 shares, Palace Amusement jumped $86 to end at $986 with four shares crossing the market, PanJam Investment gained $1 in ending at $66 with 39,348 stocks clearing the market. Sagicor Group increased $1.99 in closing at $56.99 after 72,339 stock units crossed the exchange and Seprod popped $1.47 to $71.50 in switching ownership of 6,940 shares.
In the preference segmentJMMB Group 7.25% preference share fell 40 cents to end at $2.28 after exchanging 79 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Mixed trading on JSE main market

A 73 percent fall in the value of stocks trading on Wednesday compared to Tuesday was the most prominent feature of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market activity that ended, with the volume of stocks traded rising just 7 percent ahead of Tuesday trade as trading ended with falling more stocks than those gaining.
Trading ended with, 15,220,491 shares were exchanged for $125,757,308 compared to 14,229,124 units averaging $463,454,123 on Tuesday. Trading averages 281,861 units at $2,328,839, compared to 273,637 shares at $8,912,579 on Tuesday and month to date, an average of 260,351 units at $3,946,312, compared to 258,926 units at $4,053,482 on the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 238,645 units at $3,561,016.
Transjamaican Highway led trading with 8.23 million shares for 54 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 959,041 units for 6.3 percent of the day’s trade and Pulse Investments with 648,410 units for 4.3 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rallied 286.14 points to 436,199.16, the JSE Main Index fell 624.84 points to 380,985.16 and the JSE Financial Index dipped 0.38 points to settle at 90.93.
Trading ended with 54 securities compared to 52 on Tuesday, with 18 rising, 23 declining and 13 ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 14.2 for the Main Market. 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 11 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Caribbean Cement fell $1 to close at 63.50, with 36,506 shares crossing the exchange, Eppley advanced $3.95 in closing at $43.95 with the swapping of 79 stocks, First Rock Capital fell 70 cents to close at $12.30 while exchanging 1,688 units. GraceKennedy declined $1.01 to $101.99, with 133,000 stock units changing hands, Guardian Holdings popped $2.50 to $500 and closed with trading in 1,748 stock units, Jamaica Producers increased 49 cents to close at $21 with an exchange of 11,644 units. Jamaica Stock Exchange gained 77 cents to end at $18.27 in switching ownership of 3,250 shares, Kingston Wharves dropped 65 cents to close at $36.35 after exchanging 8,957 stocks, Mayberry Investments shed 44 cents in closing at $10.06 after trading 97,096 stock units. Mayberry Jamaican Equities rose $1.04 in ending at $14.03, with 70,680 units crossing the market, NCB Financial rallied $1.30 to $102.50 after finishing trading 19,030 stocks, 138 Student Living lost 30 cents to close at $4.76 in trading 5,544 shares. Palace Amusement dropped $1.01 to end at $900 with 60 stocks clearing the market, Portland JSX climbed 50 cents in closing at $11.50 in exchanging 22,917 units, Proven Investments advanced $1.97 to $38 in an exchange of 8,308 shares. Sagicor Group declined $1.70 in, ending at $55 after 588,190 stock units crossed the market and Supreme Ventures rallied 28 cents to $29.91 after exchanging 497,456 shares.
In the preference segmentEppley 7.50% preference share climbed 63 cents to $7.23, with 550 stocks changing hands and JMMB Group 7.25% due 2024 preference share fell 30 cents in closing at $1.70 after trading 11,543 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Modest gain for JSE main market

Moderately more shares were exchanged on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Tuesday valued 108 percent more than on Monday Market activity ended, with the prices of rising stocks falling behind declining ones.
The All Jamaican Composite Index gained 501.91 points to end at 435,913.02, the JSE Main Index rallied 603.43 points to 381,610 and the JSE Financial Index increased 0.14 points to settle at 91.31.
Trading ended with 52 securities compared to 54 on Monday, with 17 rising, 22 declining and 13 ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a formula used in ascertaining appropriate stock values, averages 14.1 for the Main Market. 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, 14,229,124 shares were exchanged for $463,454,123 versus 13,828,390 units at $222,616,334 on Monday. Trading averages 273,637 units at $8,912,579, compared to 256,081 shares at $4,122,525 on Monday and month to date, an average of 258,926 units at $4,053,482, compared to 257,923 units at $3,722,324 on the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 238,645 units at $3,561,016.
Productive Business Solutions 9.75% Preference share led trading with 3.63 million shares for 25.5 percent of total volume, followed by Transjamaican Highway with 2.64 million units for 18.6 percent of the day’s trade, Wigton Windfarm traded 1.49 million units for 10.4 percent market share and Sagicor Select Financial Fund ended with 1.13 million units for 8 percent market share.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows ten stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one stock with a lower offer.
At the close, Caribbean Cement rose $1.50 to $64.50 with the swapping of 51,968 shares, Eppley lost $2.50 in ending at $40 after exchanging 2,930 units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund dropped $2 to close at $40 in switching ownership of 4,502 stock units. First Rock Capital gained 99 cents to end at $13, with 12,625 stocks crossing the exchange, GraceKennedy declined $1.50 in closing at $103 in trading 29,388, units, Guardian Holdings fell $9.50 in closing at $497.50 with an exchange of 35 stock units. Jamaica Broilers popped 50 cents to close at $26.50 in trading 22,882 shares, Jamaica Producers shed 89 cents to end at $20.51, with 21,247 stocks changing hands, Jamaica Stock Exchange declined $1 in ending at $17.50 with 58,695 shares clearing the market. JMMB Group lost 51 cents to end at $42.49 while exchanging 62,861 stock units, Kingston Wharves advanced 70 cents in closing at $37 in trading 2,432 units, Mayberry Investments fell 50 cents to $10.50 as 69,355 stocks changed hands. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy increased $10.50 to $106.50 after exchanging 180 stocks, NCB Financial climbed $4.20 to close at $101.20, with 60,622 shares crossing the market, Proven Investments dropped 97 cents to end at $36.03 after trading 68,396 units. Seprod shed $1.60 to close at $70, with 8,883 stock units crossing the market, Supreme Ventures lost 67 cents to end at $29.63 after trading 260,691 units, Sygnus Real Estate Finance declined $1.45 in closing at $14 and closing with 2,296 stock units changing hands.
In the preference segmentJamaica Public Service 9.5% dropped $200 ending at $2800, with 5 stock units crossing the market and Productive Business Solutions 9.75% preference share rallied $8.25 to $108.25 in an exchange of 3,625,207 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.