Main Market surge failed to ignite ICTOP10

The All Jamaica and the Junior Market indices closed the week higher than the previous week but with the Junior Market trading at its lowest since early June this year. The Main Market index which includes overseas companies, slipped back during the week. Stocks measured by the All Jamaica Index recorded gains of 4,565 points from the end of October in the past week and traded at a near two months high and have been flashing bullish signals with a sharp breakout looking very likely.
Some positives are visible in the market, with a sharp decline in the volume of some stocks being sold. Scotia Group is one such stock, as it approaches the release of full year results and an announcement on dividends, but buying interest is currently low keyed. The stock trades at an extremely low PE of 5.7 times projected 2023 earnings. AMG Packaging trades at 6.5 times 2024 earnings with a very limited supply of stocks on offer.
Even as the Main Market index rose in the past week, winners were hard to find the Main Market ICTOP10, with the highest riser up just 3 percent as Key Insurance dropped 20 percent to $2, followed by Palace Amusement down 14 percent to $1.12 and Sygnus Credit Investments declining 7 percent to $11.11.
The Junior Market has 6 stocks gaining, with Iron Rock Insurance jumping 20 percent to $2.65, Express Catering rallying 7 percent to $4 and AMG Packaging rising 4 percent to $2.59 while Caribbean Creamfell 16 percent to $3.10.
There was just one new addition to the ICTOP10 with a listing for the Junior Market with Access Financial dropping out of the list and replaced by Honey Bun, with projected earnings per share of 70 cents for the fiscal year ended September and $1 for 2024.
Indications of where stock prices could be by May 2024 can be seen from stocks with the highest values in the Main and Junior Markets.
The average PE for the JSE Main Market ICTOP 10 stands at 5, well below the market average of 12.9. The Main Market ICTOP10 is projected to gain an average of 302 percent by May 2024, based on 2023 forecasted earnings and now provides better values than the Junior Market.
In the Main Market ICTOP 10, a total of 15 of the most highly valued stocks representing 31 percent of the Main Market are priced at a PE of 15 to 108, with an average of 29 and 19 excluding the highest PE ratios, and a PE of 23 for the top half and 20 excluding the stocks with overweight values.
The PE of the Junior Market TOP10 sits at 6.9, over half of the market, with an average of 13.1. There are 15 stocks, or 30 percent of the market, with PEs from 15 to 49, averaging 20 that are well above the market’s average. The top half of the market has an average PE of 18, possibly the lowest fair value for Junior Market stocks currently, with the market projected to rise by 200 percent on or around May 2024.
Of import is that the averages of both markets are now converging around a PE of 20 for close to a third of the market, as the year is coming to a close and with more information available on the full year’s earnings.
ICTOP10 focuses on likely yearly winners, accordingly, the list includes some of the best companies in the market, but this is not always so. ICInsider.com ranks stocks based on projected earnings, allowing investors to focus on the most undervalued stocks and helping to remove emotions in selecting stocks for investments that often result in costly mistakes.
IC TOP10 stocks will likely deliver the best returns on or around May 2024 and are ranked in order of potential gains, computed using projected earnings for the current fiscal year. Expected values will change as stock prices fluctuate and result in weekly movements in and out of the lists. Revisions to earnings are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

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JSE Main Market bounced on Friday

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended on Friday, with gains to start the final month of 2023 positively but advancing stocks were overrun by those declining as the volume of stocks traded declined 62 percent and the value 44 percent lower than on Thursday, with 54 securities changing hands compared with 59 on Thursday and ended with 15 rising, 27 declining and 12 ending unchanged.
Trading slipped to a mere 6,383,376 shares being exchanged for just $32,170,003 down from 16,736,165 units at $57,402,800 on Thursday.
Trading averaged 118,211 shares at $595,741 versus 283,664 units at $972,929 on Thursday compared with November that  averaged 275,587 units at $2,488,949.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 3.55 million shares for 55.7 percent of total volume followed by Palace Amusement that ended with 799,934 units for 12.5 percent of the day’s trade and Transjamaican Highway with 559,854 units for 8.8 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rose 1,439.55 points to wrap-up trading at 351,375.40, the JSE Main Index rose 521.37 points to close at 315,669.00 and the JSE Financial Index advanced 0.17 points to finish at 68.57.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 12.9. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are based on the last traded prices and earnings forecasts by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending around August 2024.
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, AS Bryden rallied 60 cents to a 52 weeks’ closing high of $30.10 with an exchange of 242 shares, Barita Investments rose 62 cents to $70.92, with 6,634 units changing hands, Caribbean Cement advanced $4.90 to end at $58.89 with stakeholders exchanging 18,748 shares. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund popped $3.50 to close at $39.50 after 221 stock units crossed the market, First Rock Real Estate gained 49 cents and ended at $7.99 with an exchange of 11 shares, GraceKennedy declined $1.05 to $74.75 and closed with an exchange of 102,295 stock units. Guardian Holdings lost $15 in closing at $405 in trading 375 stocks, Kingston Properties skidded 70 cents to end at $7 after a transfer of 308 units, Mayberry Investments fell 50 cents to close at $7.50, with 5,100 shares crossing the exchange. NCB Financial dropped $1.20 and ended at $68 with investors dealing in 21,192 units, 138 Student Living climbed 30 cents to $4.21 in an exchange of 293 stocks, Pan Jamaica increased 70 cents to close at $49.70 with shareholders swapping 10,324 stock units. Proven Investments shed $1.48 to end at $22.01 in an exchange of 15,848 shares, Sagicor Group popped 95 cents in closing at $41.95 with traders dealing in 175,260 units, Scotia Group gained $1.14 and ended at $33.99 after an exchange of 5,240 stocks. Seprod dipped $3.89 to $74, with 27,420 stock units crossing the market, Supreme Ventures rose 49 cents in closing at $26.99 in switching ownership of 11,913 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments fell 64 cents to end at $11.11 after exchanging 20,349 units.
In the preference segment, Jamaica Public Service 7% shed $1 to close at $45, with 198 stocks clearing the market and JMMB Group 7% preference share lost 36 cents and ended at $2.04 with a transfer of 3,435 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market slips into December

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange started trading on the final month of 2023 on a bearish tone on Friday, with the volume of stocks traded plunging 77 percent and the value 74 percent compared with trading on Thursday following trading of 41 securities trading down from 46 on Thursday and ended with 14 rising, 20 declining and seven closing unchanged.
Investors traded 4,811,921 shares for $11,579,633 compared with 20,658,101 units at $44,997,586 on Thursday.
Trading averaged 117,364 shares at $282,430 compared to 449,089 units at $978,208 on Thursday compared with November with an average of 262,280 units at $587,545.
Regency Petroleum led trading with 1.06 million shares for 22.1 percent of total volume followed by EduFocal with 966,631 units for 20.1 percent of the day’s trade and One Great Studio with 583,653 units for 12.1 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index shed 14.05 points to settle at 3,757.04.
The Junior Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 13.1, based on last traded prices in conjunction with earnings projected by ICInsider.com for the financial years ending around August 2024.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, Access Financial skidded 50 cents to close at $25 with shareholders swapping 22,247 units, Caribbean Assurance Brokers lost 54 cents to close at $2.24 in switching ownership of 37,806 stocks, Derrimon Trading declined 13 cents in closing at $2.04 with traders dealing in 30,011 shares. EduFocal popped 12 cents to end at $2 in an exchange of 966,631 stock units, Fontana shed 9 cents and ended at $10.30, with 232,820 shares crossing the market, Fosrich dropped 16 cents to $2.32 with an exchange of 46,718 units. Future Energy fell 9 cents to end at $3.61 with 126,617 stocks clearing the market, Honey Bun dipped 20 cents in closing at $6.05 with stakeholders exchanging 8,500 stock units, Iron Rock Insurance advanced 29 cents and ended at $2.65 in trading 21,000 shares. Jamaican Teas lost 10 cents to close at $2.38 after 115 stocks crossed the exchange, JFP Ltd declined 17 cents to $1.41 with investors trading 290,287 units, KLE Group rose 15 cents to $1.64 while exchanging 11 stock units. Knutsford Express gained 19 cents in closing at $12.94 after a transfer of 933 shares, Limners and Bards shed 14 cents to end at $1.60 as investors traded 12,021 stock units, Lumber Depot dropped 18 cents to close at $2.39 with a transfer of 37,032 stocks. MFS Capital Partners rallied 38 cents to $2.48 after exchanging 70,032 units, Regency Petroleum fell 24 cents to close at $2.25 with investors transferring 1,064,663 stocks and Spur Tree Spices skidded 19 cents to end at $2.30 after an exchange of 39,063 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Trading plunges on JSE USD market

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Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market ended, with a 95 percent plunge in the volume of stocks changing hands valued 83 percent lower than on Thursday, as the final month of the year commenced trading on a dovish tone, resulting from trading in six securities, compared to five on Thursday with three rising, two declining and one ending unchanged.
Overall, 37,877 shares were traded, for US$2,504 compared with 826,627 units at US$14,407 on Thursday. Trading on Friday averaged 6,313 units at US$417, versus 165,325 shares at US$2,881 on Thursday down from November with an average of 249,102 units for US$14,204.
The US Denominated Equities Index dropped 1.01 points to wrap-up trading at 226.85.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 8.8. The PE ratio is computed based on the last traded price divided by projected earnings done by ICInsider.com for companies with their financial year ending and or around August 2024.
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, Proven Investments fell 1.4 cents to 13.6 US cents with an exchange of 3,503 shares, Sterling Investments ended at 1.6 US cents after trading 12,626 shares and Transjamaican Highway popped 0.02 of a cent to end trading at 1.71 US cents with stakeholders exchanging 21,144 units.
In the preference segment, JMMB Group 5.75% dipped 10 cents in closing at US$2.10 in trading 8 stocks, JMMB Group 6% rose 8 cents to close at US$1.08 after an exchange of 519 shares and Productive Business Solutions 9.25% preference share climbed 1 cent to US$11.51 with investors dealing in 77 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Rising and falling TTSE stocks shared honours

Rising and declining stocks shared honours to start the last month of 2023 on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange on Friday, with an even number of shares rising and falling following a 176 percent rise in the volume of stocks traded with the value 222 percent more than on Thursday, resulting in 18 securities trading compared with 20 on Thursday, with prices of eight stocks rising, eight declining and two remaining unchanged.
Investors exchanged 487,619 shares for $4,456,955 versus 176,605 stock units at $1,382,075 on Thursday.
An average of 27,090 shares were traded at $247,609 compared to 8,830 stock units at $69,104 on Thursday, up from an average trade for November of 19,241 shares at $227,402.
The Composite Index gained 1.70 points to finish at 1,187.30, the All T&T Index rallied 3.08 points to settle at 1,795.18, the SME Index remained unchanged at 80.00 and the Cross-Listed Index popped 0.03 points to end trading at 75.14.
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, Agostini’s increased 1 cent and ended at $68.01 in an exchange of 6,660 stock units, Ansa McAl popped $1.90 to $55.90 after 23 shares passed through the market, Ansa Merchant Bank dipped 61 cents to close at $42.89 with investors transferring 400 units. First Citizens Group rallied 15 cents in closing at $49.25 after trading of 14,716 stocks, FirstCaribbean International Bank remained at $7 after a transfer of 273,623 shares, GraceKennedy rose 1 cent to $4.01 with shareholders swapping 3,000 stock units. Massy Holdings fell 1 cent to end at $4.44 after an exchange of 142,394 stocks, National Enterprises dipped 1 cent in closing at $3.54 in switching ownership of 2,696 units, National Flour Mills advanced 23 cents to close at $1.75 with traders dealing in 7,232 stocks. NCB Financial shed 15 cents and ended at $2.85 after an exchange of 15,975 shares, One Caribbean Media declined 1 cent to $3.52, with 5,979 stock units changing hands, Point Lisas lost 6 cents in closing at $3.50, with 5,169 units crossing the exchange. Prestige Holdings skidded $1.30 to close at $8.70 with a transfer of 100 shares, Republic Financial gained 24 cents and ended at $120.24, with 3,479 stock units crossing the market, Scotiabank climbed 10 cents to end at $70 with an exchange of 1,866 stocks. Trinidad & Tobago NGL lost 4 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $10.50 with 2,624 units clearing the market, Unilever Caribbean ended at $11.29 as investors exchanged 10 stocks and West Indian Tobacco popped 26 cents in closing at $9.51 after an exchange of 1,673 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Main market ends November with gains

Trading ended November with gains on the final trading day as the market closed the month lower than October’s close on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Thursday, with the volume of stocks traded rising 68 percent but with a 79 percent drop in value than on Wednesday, following trading in 59 securities compared with 55 on Wednesday and closed with prices of 25 rising, 15 declining and 19 ending unchanged.
Trading ended after 16,736,165 shares were traded for $57,402,800 compared to 9,982,907 units at $279,360,313 on Wednesday.
Trading averaged 283,664 shares at $972,929 compared with 181,507 units at $5,079,278 on Wednesday. Trading month to date averaged 275,587 units at $2,488,949 compared with 275,178 units at $2,565,792 on the previous day above October with an average of 214,410 units at $1,325,907.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 9.16 million shares for 54.8 percent of total volume followed by Transjamaican Highway with 2.94 million units for 17.6 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.0 million units for 6 percent of the day’s trade.
The All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 2,968.81 points to 349,935.85, the JSE Main Index climbed 1,982.67 points to conclude trading at 315,147.63 and the JSE Financial Index rose 0.40 points to end trading at 68.40.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 12.7. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are based on the last traded prices and earnings forecasts by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending around August 2024.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 15 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund declined $3.50 to close at $36 in an exchange of 434 stocks, First Rock Real Estate increased 80 cents to $7.50 with investors dealing in 1,004 units, JMMB Group fell 99 cents and ended at $25.39 in switching ownership of 125,951 shares. Key Insurance lost 25 cents in closing at $1.95 with traders dealing in 1,446 stock units, Kingston Wharves climbed $1.95 to end at $28.45 after an exchange of 505 shares, Margaritaville dipped 40 cents to $17 after 25 stocks were traded. Massy Holdings rose $1.40 to end at $90 with an exchange of 1,574 units, NCB Financial advanced $1.20 in closing at $69.20 with, 38,317 stock units changing hands, 138 Student Living shed 31 cents to close at $3.91 in trading 12,055 shares. Pan Jamaica popped $3.75 and ended at $49, with 64,091 stock units crossing the exchange, Proven Investments gained 99 cents to close at $23.49 after a transfer of 873 stocks, Seprod rallied $5.79 and ended at $77.89 while exchanging 60,013 units. Supreme Ventures popped 50 cents in closing at $26.50, as 120,308 stocks passed through the market and Wisynco Group rallied 31 cents to close at $20 as investors exchanged 327,965 shares.
In the preference segment, 138 Student Living preference share rose 51 cents to end at $107, with 10,581 stock units clearing the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market surged into month end

Trading closed on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Thursday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 62 percent and the value 64 percent lower than Wednesday even as eight securities traded more than 1 million shares following activity in 46 securities trading similar to Wednesday and ended with prices of 27 rising, nine declining and 10 closing unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index advanced 76.62 points to lock up trading at 3,771.09 with the market closing 91.78 points lower than the October close and is down 5.4 percent for the year to date.
Investors traded 20,658,101 shares for $44,997,586 compared to 54,284,961 units at $125,759,136 on Wednesday.
Trading averaged 449,089 shares at $978,208, compared with 1,180,108 units at $2,733,894 on Wednesday with the month to date, averaging 262,280 units at $587,545 versus 252,391 units at $566,865 on the previous day, and below October’s average of 361,392 units at $863,984.
ONE on ONE Educational led trading with 3.58 million shares for 17.3 percent of total volume followed by Regency Petroleum with 3.43 million units for 16.6 percent of the day’s trade, Spur Tree Spices ended with 3.15 million units for 15.3 percent of the day’s trade, Image Plus chipped in with 2.01 million units for 9.8 percent market share, Future Energy had an exchange of 1.91 million units for 9.2 percent of trading and Indies Pharma with 1.72 million units for 8.3 percent of total volume.
The Junior Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 13.4, based on last traded prices in conjunction with earnings projected by ICInsider.com for the financial years ending around August 2024.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
At the close, Access Financial rose $4.40 to end at $25.50, with just 503 shares crossing the market, Blue Power dipped 35 cents in closing at $2.75 with investors exchanging 1,004 shares, Dolphin Cove dropped $1.35 to $16.50 after 12,323 units were exchanged. Everything Fresh advanced 12 cents and ended at $1.68 in an exchange of 336,771 stocks, Fontana shed 20 cents to close at $10.39 after 81,697 units passed through the market, Fosrich popped 32 cents to $2.48 with an exchange of 245,736 shares. Future Energy climbed 26 cents to $3.70, with 1,909,568 stock units crossing the market, Honey Bun increased 20 cents to $6.25 after a transfer of 1,800 stocks, Indies Pharma gained 16 cents in closing at $3.06 while exchanging 1,724,802 units. ISP Finance rallied 50 cents to close at $31.50, with a mere 2 stocks clearing the market, JFP Ltd increased 18 cents to $1.58 after exchanging 1,011,951 stock units, Knutsford Express climbed 55 cents to close at $12.75 with investors dealing in 24,601 shares. Lasco Distributors popped 20 cents and ended at $4.10 with a transfer of 31,102 stocks, Lasco Manufacturing declined 30 cents to end at $4.20 after an exchange of 16,971 units, Lumber Depot advanced 18 cents in closing at $2.57 with shareholders swapping 18,272 stock units. Main Event fell 35 cents to $13.55 and closed after an exchange of 11,214 stock units, MFS Capital Partners rose 9 cents to close at $2.10 with traders dealing in 169,754 shares, Paramount Trading gained 22 cents in closing at $1.70 after switching 11,000 stocks. Regency Petroleum rallied 20 cents to end at $2.49 after 3,431,680 units changed hands, Spur Tree Spices rose 24 cents and ended at $2.49 as investors exchanged 3,151,885 stock units and tTech advanced 12 cents to $2.22 in trading 11 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Increased trading for Trinidad Exchange

Trading picked up on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange on Thursday and drove the market mildly higher to close November positively, with the volume of stocks traded rising 39 percent with a value 113 percent more than on Wednesday and resulted in the trading of 20 securities compared with 20 on Wednesday, with four stocks rising, eight declining and eight remaining unchanged.
Investors exchanged 176,605 shares for $1,382,075 up from 127,356 stock units at $650,155 on Wednesday.
An average of 8,830 units were traded at $69,104 compared to 6,368 shares at $32,508 on Wednesday, with trading month to date averaging 19,241 shares at $227,402 compared with 19,821 units at $236,222 on the previous day. The average for October amounts to 15,711 shares at $151,451.
The Composite Index rallied 1.09 points to close trading at 1,185.60, the All T&T Index increased 2.12 points to conclude trading at 1,792.10, the SME Index remained at 80.00 and the Cross-Listed Index remained unchanged at 75.11.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Agostini’s remained at $68, with 1,088 units clearing the market, Angostura Holdings ended at $21.50 closed with an exchange of 5 stocks, Calypso Macro Investment Fund ended at $22.76 40 shares crossing the exchange. First Citizens Group fell 1 cent to $49.10 with investors trading 2,766 stocks, FirstCaribbean International Bank ended at $7 after an exchange of 14,148 shares, GraceKennedy shed 5 cents to $4 with investors swapping 13,581 units. Guardian Holdings declined 80 cents to end at $18.10 in trading 1,152 stocks, Guardian Media lost 19 cents and closed at $2.01, with 652 stock units crossing the market, JMMB Group skidded 1 cent to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $1.34 with an exchange of 16,754 shares. L.J. Williams B share ended at $2.26 after investors traded 5 stock units, Massy Holdings rallied 1 cent to $4.45 after an exchange of 62,849 units, National Enterprises rose 1 cent in closing at $3.55, with 631 stocks crossing the market. National Flour Mills dipped 20 cents to end at $1.52 as investors exchanged 4,652 units, NCB Financial rose 15 cents to $3, with 8,617 stocks changing hands, Republic Financial remained at $120 in an exchange of 1,874 shares. Scotiabank ended at $69.90 with traders dealing in 3,998 stock units, Trinidad & Tobago NGL ended at $10.54 while exchanging 315 shares, Trinidad Cement dropped 14 cents to $2.86 in switching ownership of 40,568 units. Unilever Caribbean shed 16 cents to close at $11.29 with investors exchanging 10 stocks and West Indian Tobacco popped 25 cents and ended at $9.25 with a transfer of 2,900 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Trading climbed on JSE Main Market

Trading activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended on Wednesday, with the volume of stocks traded rising 95 percent and the value 554 percent more than on Tuesday, with 55 securities trading compared with 54 on Tuesday, with 23 rising, 18 declining and 14 ending unchanged.
Overall, 9,982,907 shares were traded at $279,360,313 compared with 5,126,354 units at $42,703,699 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 181,507 shares at $5,079,278 versus 94,932 units at $790,809 on Tuesday and month to date, an average of 275,178 units at $2,565,792, compared with 279,823 units at $2,441,137 on the previous day. October closed with an average of 214,410 units at $1,325,907.
GraceKennedy led trading with 3.58 million shares for 35.8 percent of total volume followed by Wigton Windfarm with 2.82 million units for 28.2 percent of the day’s trade and Transjamaican Highway with 1.90 million units for 19 percent of the day’s trade.
The All Jamaican Composite Index shed 193.70 points to conclude trading at 346,967.04, the JSE Main Index gained 939.00 points to close at 313,164.96 and the JSE Financial Index advanced 0.70 points to 68.00.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 12.8. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are based on the last traded prices and earnings forecasts by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending around August 2024.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows seven stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and seven with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments rallied 30 cents to $70.30 while exchanging 2,230 stocks, Berger Paints increased 66 cents to end at $6.67 with 4,086 units clearing the market, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund climbed $3.50 in closing at $39.50 after an exchange of 881 shares. Guardian Holdings popped $20 to close at $420 with shareholders swapping just one stock unit, JMMB Group advanced 28 cents and ended at $26.38 in an exchange of 23,742 shares, Kingston Properties rose 49 cents to $7.49 after investors exchanged 63,164 units. Kingston Wharves declined $1.95 to close at $26.50 with stakeholders exchanging 2,398 stocks, NCB Financial gained $1 to end at $68 in trading 20,469 stock units, Pan Jamaica lost $4.30 in closing at $45.25, with 3,329 shares crossing the market. Proven Investments skidded $2.54 and ended at $22.50 after an exchange of 200 stocks, Seprod fell $3.23 to $72.10 in switching ownership of 1,243 units and Supreme Ventures dropped 50 cents to close at $26 as investors exchanged 151,520 stock units.
In the preference segment, Eppley 7.50% preference share rose 70 cents and ended at $6.20 after 87 shares crossed the market and 138 Student Living preference share rallied $17.21 to close at $106.49 after an exchange of 39 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

First Rock trades 19m shares in JSE USD Market

Trading jumped sharply on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market on Wednesday, with the volume of stocks changing hands surging 16,744 percent valued 15,601 percent more than on Tuesday and resulting with trading of seven securities , compared to three on Tuesday with four rising, no declining and three ending unchanged.
Overall, 22,289,394 shares were traded, for US$1,286,713 compared to 132,328 units at US$8,195 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 3,184,199 shares at US$183,816 compared with 44,109 shares at US$2,732 on Tuesday, with a month to date average of 252,426 shares at US$14,653 compared with 79,969 units at US$4,702 on the previous day. October ended with an average of 47,977 units for US$4,392.
The US Denominated Equities Index advanced 4.45 points to cease trading at 228.23.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 8.7. The PE ratio is computed based on the last traded price divided by projected earnings done by ICInsider.com for companies with their financial year ending and or around August 2024.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
At the close, First Rock Real Estate USD share inched 0.2 of a cent higher to 4.44 US cents after an exchange of 19,350,000 units, Margaritaville rose 1.79 cent to close at 13.79 US cents after a mere one stock passed through the market, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy ended at 57 US cents with 1,187 shares changing hands, Proven Investments ended at 15 US cents after an exchange of 2,771,930 stock units, Sterling Investments advanced 0.1 of a cent to end at 1.6 US cents after 1,206 shares were traded, Sygnus Credit Investments remained at 8.71 US cents in an exchange of 65,266 units and Transjamaican Highway popped 0.01 of a cent to 1.56 US cents, with 99,804 stocks changing hands.

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