Trading drops on the Jamaica Stock Exchange

Trading retreated on the Jamaica Stock Exchange in trading on Tuesday with the number of stocks changing hands falling, with the total value pulled back decidedly compared with the previous trading, resulting in prices of 26 shares rising and 47 declining on a day when the Junior Market popped but the Main Market and the JSE USD market closed lower.
At the close of trading, the JSE Combined Market Index fell 2135.47 points to 346,386.21, the All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 4,582.25 points to finish at 372,562.75, the JSE Main Index shed 2,632.54 points to lock up trading at 333,599.81. The Junior Market Index jumped 38.08 points to finish at 3,827.68 and the JSE USD Market Index dipped 1.13 points to conclude trading at 256.18.
At the close of trading, 22,497,668 shares were exchanged in all three markets, down from 57,917,643 units on Monday, with the value of stocks traded on the Junior and Main markets amounted to $97.9 million, down from $2.024 billion on the previous trading day and the JSE USD market closed with an exchange of 6,443 shares for US$7,499 compared to 83,412 units at US$10,690 on Monday.
Trading in the Main Market was dominated by Wigton Windfarm led trading with 10.32 million shares followed by Transjamaican Highway with 1.62 million units, Sagicor Select Financial Fund closed with 1.22 million units, JMMB Group 7.25% preference share due 2024 ended with 1.17 million units and General Accident with 1.0 million shares.
In the Junior Market, EduFocal led trading with 1.04 million shares followed by Stationery and Office Supplies with 698,934 units and Tropical Battery with 482,246 stock units.
At the close of trading the Main Market listed Eppley rose $3 in closing at $39.50 with investors dealing in 1,560 stocks, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund gained $1.74 to close at $40, Jamaica Broilers popped 95 cents to $33.99, Seprod climbed $1.70 to $80,
The major declining Main Market stocks include Guardian Holdings fell $19 in closing at $350, Mayberry Group lost $1.32 to end at $6.48, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy declined by $36 to $85, Pan Jamaica sank $3.50 in closing at $48.01, Scotia Group lost $1 to close at $44.50 and Supreme Ventures declined $1.92 and ended at $25.08.
At the end of trading, the Junior Market listed AMG Packaging dipped 61 cents to end at $3, Future Energy popped 29 cents to end at $3.50, Knutsford Express rallied 60 cents in closing at $12 with a transfer of 60 stock units, Lasco Distributors rose 24 cents to close at $4.35, while Consolidated Bakeries skidded 18 cents in closing at $2.01, Lasco Manufacturing shed 69 cents to $5.09, Main Event declined 71 cents to end at $14.
In the preference segment, Eppley 7.75% preference share rallied $2.98 in closing at $22.
The market’s PE ratio, the most popular measure used to determine the value of stocks, ended at 21.4 on 2022-23 earnings and 14.5 times those for 2023-24 at the close of trading. ICInsider.com PE ratio chart and the more detailed daily charts provide investors with regularly updated information to help decision-making.
The PE ratio chart covers all ordinary shares on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, grouped by industry, allowing for easy comparisons between the same sector companies and the overall market. The EPS & PE ratios are based on 2023 and 2024 actual or projected earnings, excluding major one off items.
Investors need pertinent information to navigate numerous investment options successfully in the 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 decisions when 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 place them 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 net asset value of each company is reported as a guide for investors to assess the value of stocks based on this measure quickly. The chart also shows daily changes in stock prices and the percentage year to date price movement based on the last traded prices.
Dividends paid or payable and yields for each company are shown in the Main and Junior Markets’ daily report charts, along with the closing volume pertaining to the highest bid and the lowest offer for each company.

NCB Dominated trading on Monday

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended on Monday, with the volume of stocks changing hands surging 281 percent and the value 2308 percent more than on Friday, as NCB Financial dominated trading, with the market ending with trading in 60 securities compared with 58 on Friday, with prices of 24 stocks rising, 18 declining and 18 ending unchanged as Carreras and JMMBGL 7.15% hit new 52 weeks’ high.
The market closed after 42,931,286 shares were traded for $1,976,142,956 in comparison with 11,253,996 stock units at $82,073,604 on Friday.
Trading averaged 715,521 shares at $32,935,716 compared with 194,034 units at $1,415,062 on Friday and month to date, an average of 369,995 units at $3,613,721, in comparison with 347,287 units at $1,686,756 on the previous trading day and January with an average of 265,804 units at $2,438,118.
NCB Financial led trading with 25.23 million shares for 58.8 percent of total volume followed by Wigton Windfarm with 5.03 million units for 11.7 percent of the day’s trade, Proven Investments ended with 3.60 million stocks for 8.4 percent market share, Sagicor Group closed with 2.11 million units for 4.9 percent of the market trades, Transjamaican Highway chipped in with 1.61 million shares for 3.8 percent market share and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.35 million units for 3.2 percent of total volume.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rallied 4,481.53 points to close at 377,145.00, the JSE Main Index increased 3,554.31 points to end the day at 336,232.35 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.41 points to wrap up trading at 72.19.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 13.8. 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 eight stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close, Caribbean Cement rallied $1.62 in closing at $61.50 after a transfer of 16,454 stocks, Caribbean Producers popped 69 cents to $10.47 with investors swapping 73,980 units, Eppley declined $1.50 and ended at $36.50, with 1,146 shares crossing the market. First Rock Real Estate fell 30 cents to close at $8.50 with traders dealing in 5,006 stock units, Jamaica Broilers dipped 95 cents to end at $33.04 with 185,529 shares clearing the market, Jamaica Producers climbed $2 to $24 in trading 118,127 stocks. JMMB Group lost 39 cents to close at $26.50, with 97,102 units changing hands, Kingston Wharves increased 97 cents in closing at $33 in an exchange of 46,005 stock units, Mayberry Group advanced 45 cents and ended at $7.80 after closing with an exchange of 17,833 shares. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy jumped $25.25 to end at $121 after an exchange of 75 units, NCB Financial skidded 49 cents to $69.01 with a transfer of 25,228,874 stocks, Proven Investments sank 99 cents in closing at $22.02 after an exchange of 3,602,931 stock units. Sagicor Group shed $1.80 to close at $42 with investors trading 2,110,802 shares, Scotia Group dropped 60 cents and ended at $45.50 as investors exchanged 45,251 stock units, Seprod fell $2.40 to end at $78.30, with 13,435 units crossing the market. Supreme Ventures gained 97 cents in closing at $27 with investors dealing in 435,128 stocks and Sygnus Credit Investments skidded 31 cents to $10.99 while exchanging 119,582 units.
In the preference segment, JMMB Group 7.15% – 2028 popped 30 cents to close at $3.30 in switching ownership of 171 shares, JMMB Group 7.25% due 2024 preference share rallied 30 cents to end at $2 with investors trading 9,113 stock units, 138 Student Living preference share rose $27 and ended at $217 in an exchange of 8 stocks, Productive Business Solutions 10.5 % preference share sank $209 to $1,075 after 186 units passed through the market and Sygnus Credit Investments C10.5% gained $1 to end at $107, with 1,140 stocks crossing the exchange.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Big surge in JSE trading on Monday

Trading surged on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Monday as the Junior Market JSE USD market closed moderately higher as trading ended with the number of stocks changing hands climbing, with the value of stocks traded jumping sharply over the previous trading day, resulting in prices of 33 shares rising and 29 declining.
At the close of the market, the JSE Combined Market Index climbed 3,284.31 points to 348,521.68, the All Jamaican Composite Index rose 4,481.53 points to 377,145.00, the JSE Main Index climbed 3,554.31 points to 336,232.35. The Junior Market Index dropped 5.60 points to settle at 3,789.60 and the JSE USD Market Index slipped 2.68 points to end the day at 257.31.
At the close of trading, 57,917,643 shares were exchanged in all three markets, up from 21,088,796 units on Friday, with the value of stocks traded on the Junior and Main markets amounted to $2.024 billion, up from $117.77 million on the previous trading day and the JSE USD market closed with an exchange of 83,412 shares for US$10,690 compared to 361,086 units at US$18,726 on Friday.
Trading in the Main Market was dominated by NCB Financial led trading with 25.23 million shares followed by Wigton Windfarm with 5.03 million units, Proven Investments ended with 3.60 million units, Sagicor Group had an exchange of 2.11 million units, Transjamaican Highway chipped in with 1.61 million shares and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.35 million units.
In the Junior Market, Future Energy led trading with 10.98 million shares followed by Lasco Manufacturing with 1.19 million units and ONE on ONE Educational ended trading with 724,352 stock units.
At the close of trading the Main Market listed Caribbean Cement rallied $1.62 in closing at $61.50, Caribbean Producers popped 69 cents to $10.47, Jamaica Producers climbed $2 to $24, Kingston Wharves increased 97 cents in closing at $33, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy rose $25.25 to end at $121cents in closing at $22.02 and Supreme Ventures gained 97 cents in closing at $27.
At the same time, Eppley declined $1.50 and ended at $36.50, Jamaica Broilers dipped 95 cents to end at $33.04, Sagicor Group shed $1.80 to close at $42, Seprod fell $2.40 to end at $78.30, Proven Investments sank 99 cents in closing at $22.02, Sagicor Group shed $1.80 to close at $42, Seprod fell $2.40 to end at $78.30 and Proven Investments sank 99.
At the end of trading, the Junior Market listed Lasco Manufacturing rose 69 cents to close at $5.78, Limners and Bards advanced 25 cents to $1.85, Main Event popped $1.14 to end at $14.71 and tTech popped 28 cents to close at $2.50 with the major losing stocks being Future Energy that dropped 30 cents in closing at $3.21 and Lasco Distributors sinking 24 cents and ended at $4.11.
In the preference segment, 138 Student Living preference share rose $27 and ended at $217, Productive Business Solutions 10.5% preference share sank $209 to $1,075 and Sygnus Credit Investments C10.5% gained $1 to end at $107.
The market’s PE ratio, the most popular measure used to determine the value of stocks, ended at 21.3 on 2022-23 earnings and 14.5 times those for 2023-24 at the close of trading. ICInsider.com PE ratio chart and the more detailed daily charts provide investors with regularly updated information to help decision-making.
The PE ratio chart covers all ordinary shares on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, grouped by industry, allowing for easy comparisons between the same sector companies and the overall market. The EPS & PE ratios are based on 2023 and 2024 actual or projected earnings, excluding major one off items.
Investors need pertinent information to navigate numerous investment options successfully in the 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 decisions when 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 place them 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 net asset value of each company is reported as a guide for investors to assess the value of stocks based on this measure quickly. The chart also shows daily changes in stock prices and the percentage year to date price movement based on the last traded prices.
Dividends paid or payable and yields for each company are shown in the Main and Junior Markets’ daily report charts, along with the closing volume pertaining to the highest bid and the lowest offer for each company.

Main Market trading climbs as market falls

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Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended on Friday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 55 percent and the value 80 percent more than on Thursday, with trading in 58 securities compared with 56 on Thursday, with prices of 21 stocks rising, 18 declining and 19 ending unchanged as Carreras traded at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $9.20.
The market closed Friday with trading in 11,253,996 shares for $82,073,604 compared with 25,124,811 units at $45,570,028 on Thursday.
Trading averaged 194,034 shares at $1,415,062 compared to 448,657 units at $813,750 on Thursday and month to date, an average of 347,287 units at $1,686,756, down from 357,684 units at $1,705,186 on the previous day and January with an average of 265,804 units at $2,438,118.
Wigton Windfarm was the leading trade on Friday with 5.96 million shares for 53 percent of total volume followed by Transjamaican Highway with 1.70 million units for 15.1 percent of the day’s trade and Palace Amusement with 588,579 units for 5.2 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index declined 593.72 points to cease trading at 372,663.47, the JSE Main Index declined 2,896.26 points to cease trading at 332,678.04 and the JSE Financial Index rallied 0.05 points to settle at 71.78.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 14.1. 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 two with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints rose 60 cents and ended at $6.60 in an exchange of 1,873 stocks, Caribbean Producers declined 30 cents to close at $9.78 with investors trading 5,508 units, General Accident climbed 40 cents to end at $5.40 with a transfer of 8,508 shares. Guardian Holdings gained $5.80 in closing at $369, with 70 stock units crossing the market, Jamaica Broilers popped 96 cents to close at $33.99 with investors trading 22,523 shares, Jamaica Producers fell $1 to close at $22, with 76,048 stocks changing hands. Jamaica Stock Exchange rallied 87 cents to end at $9.98 with an exchange of 4,375 units, JMMB Group advanced 38 cents in closing at $26.89, with 18,325 stock units crossing the market, Massy Holdings sank $2.80 to close at $94 with traders dealing in 435,176 shares. Mayberry Group skidded 82 cents and ended at $7.35 after an exchange of 2,755 stocks, Mayberry Jamaican Equities gained 89 cents and ended at $10.89 in trading 36,643 units, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy popped $4.75 in closing at $95.75 after an exchange of 220 stock units. NCB Financial gained $2 to end at $69.50 and closed with 108,670 shares changing hands, Proven Investments lost $1.74 and ended at $23.01 as investors exchanged 1,176 units, Seprod dropped $2.25 to close at $80.70 after 517 stocks passed through the market and Supreme Ventures rose 83 cents to $26.03 in an exchange of 17,709 stock units.
In the preference segment, JMMB Group 7% preference share rallied 53 cents to end at $2.28 with investors transferring 300 shares, JMMB Group 7.25% due 2024 preference share shed 30 cents in closing at $1.70, with 550,786 units crossing the exchange and Productive Business Solutions 9.75% preference share dipped $3.45 and ended at $115 with investors dealing in 86 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE Main Market falls Juniors & USD markets rise

The Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange declined in trading on Friday as the Junior Market JSE USD market closed moderately higher as trading ended with the number of stocks changing hands falling, with the value of stocks traded jumping sharply over the previous trading day, resulting in prices of 38 shares rising and 37 declining.
At the close of trading, the JSE Combined Market Index climbed 2,597.12 points to 345,237.37, the All Jamaican Composite Index shed 593.72 points to close at 372,663.47, the JSE Main Index lost 2,896.26 points to 332,678.04. The Junior Market Index popped 3.60 points to 3,795.20, after hitting 3,875 points in the first thirty minutes of trading and the JSE USD Market Index rose 4.79 points to lock up trading at 259.99.
At the close of trading, 21,088,796 shares were exchanged in all three markets, down from 57,568,397 units on Thursday, with the value of stocks traded on the Junior and Main markets amounted to $117.77 million, up from $110.86, million on the previous trading day and the JSE USD market closed with an exchange of 361,086 shares for US$18,726 compared to 310,053 units at US$11,086 on Thursday.
Trading in the Main Market was dominated by Wigton Windfarm led trading with 5.96 million shares, followed by Transjamaican Highway with 1.70 million units and Palace Amusement with 588,579 shares.
In the Junior Market, Lasco Manufacturing led trading with 4.48 million shares, followed by Stationery and Office Supplies with 990,778 units and Future Energy 579,426 stock units.
At the close of trading, the Main Market listed Guardian Holdings increased $5.80 in closing at $369, Jamaica Broilers popped 96 cents to close at $33.99, Mayberry Jamaican Equities gained 89 cents to end at $10.89, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy popped $4.75 in closing at $95.75 and NCB Financial gained $2 to close at $69.50.
The Main Market Jamaica Producers, fell $1 to $22, Massy Holdings sank $2.80 to close at $94, Proven Investments lost $1.74 and ended at $23.01 and Seprod dropped $2.25 to close at $80.70.
At the end of trading, the Junior Market listed Cargo Handlers gained 51 cents to end at $14.51, CAC 2000 rallied 17 cents to $4, Consolidated Bakeries popped 19 cents to $2.20, Express Catering rose 18 cents in closing at $3.98, Honey Bun gained 20 cents to end at $6.85, Lasco Distributors climbed 35 cents to close at $4.35 and tTech advanced 20 cents and ended at $2.22. At the same time, Knutsford Express declined 60 cents in closing at $11.40, Lasco Manufacturing skidded 36 cents to end at $5.09 and Paramount Trading fell 25 cents to $1.30.
In the preference segment, Productive Business Solutions 9.75% preference share dipped $3.45 and ended at $115.
The market’s PE ratio, the most popular measure used to determine the value of stocks, ended at 21.3 on 2022-23 earnings and 14.4 times those for 2023-24 at the close of trading. ICInsider.com PE ratio chart and the more detailed daily charts provide investors with regularly updated information to help decision-making.
The PE ratio chart covers all ordinary shares on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, grouped by industry, allowing for easy comparisons between the same sector companies and the overall market. The EPS & PE ratios are based on 2023 and 2024 actual or projected earnings, excluding major one off items.
Investors need pertinent information to navigate numerous investment options successfully in the 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 decisions when 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 place them 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 net asset value of each company is reported as a guide for investors to assess the value of stocks based on this measure quickly. The chart also shows daily changes in stock prices and the percentage year to date price movement based on the last traded prices.
Dividends paid or payable and yields for each company are shown in the Main and Junior Markets’ daily report charts, along with the closing volume pertaining to the highest bid and the lowest offer for each company.

More gains for JSE Main Market stocks

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended trading on Thursday, with the volume of stocks changing hands declining by 26 percent and the value 36 percent lower than on Wednesday, with trading in 56 securities down from 60 on Wednesday, with prices of 27 stocks rising, 15 declining and 14 ending unchanged.
The market closed on Thursday with 25,124,811 shares being exchanged for $45,570,028 versus 33,827,768 units at $70,975,052 on Wednesday.
Trading averaged 448,657 shares at $813,750 compared to 563,796 units at $1,182,918 on Wednesday and month to date, an average of 357,684 units at $1,705,186, in comparison with 351,307 units at $1,767,665 on the previous day and January with an average of 265,804 units at $2,438,118.
Wigton Windfarm was the leading traded stock, with 16.47 million shares for 65.5 percent of the total volume followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 3.44 million units for 13.7 percent of the day’s trade, Palace Amusement with 1.62 million units for 6.4 percent market share, Transjamaican Highway with 1.17 million units for 4.6 percent market share and General Accident with 1.0 million units for 4 percent of total volume.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rose 1,322.38 points to end the day at 373,257.19, the JSE Main Index rallied 1,512.16 points to 335,574.30 and the JSE Financial Index popped 0.27 points to end trading at 71.73.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 13.7. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are based on the last traded prices and earnings forecasts by ICInsider.com for companies with their financial year, ending around August 2024.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows eight stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, Caribbean Cement gained $3.90 and ended at $59.90 in an exchange of 11,269 units, Eppley sank 50 cents to close at  $38, with 58 stocks clearing the market, Guardian Holdings lost $5.80 to end at $363.20 with investors exchanging 10 shares. Jamaica Broilers dropped 97 cents in closing at $33.03 after a transfer of 11,335 stock units, Jamaica Producers popped $1 to close at $23 after 18,285 shares passed through the market, Mayberry Jamaican Equities gained 99 cents to close at $10 with investors trading 8,923 units. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy rose $1 and ended at $91 with an exchange of 145 stocks, NCB Financial shed $1 to end at $67.50 in switching ownership of 25,447 stock units, Sagicor Group advanced 80 cents in closing at $43.80 with traders dealing in 6,395 shares. Sagicor Real Estate Fund climbed 33 cents to close at $7.95 in an exchange of 125 units, Scotia Group rallied $1 to $46, with 25,207 stocks crossing the market, Seprod popped $1.95 in closing at $82.95 in trading 5,773 stock units and Supreme Ventures declined by 83 cents to end at $25.20, with 27,671 shares crossing the exchange.
In the preference segment, JMMB Group 7% preference share fell 53 cents and ended at $1.75 with a transfer of 26,050 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE Main Market Pulled back on Wednesday

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market closed down on Wednesday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 24 percent, with an 82 percent lower value than on Tuesday, with occurring in 60 securities that is similar to trading on Tuesday, with prices of 14 stocks rising, 26 declining and 20 ending unchanged, with Carreras and Wigton Windfarm hitting 52 weeks’ high at the close.
The market closed with 33,827,768 shares being traded for $70,975,052 compared with 44,551,752 units at $385,321,406 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 563,796 shares at $1,182,918 compared to 742,529 units at $6,422,023 on Tuesday and month to date, an average of 351,307 units at $1,767,665 compared to 334,055 units at $1,815,141 on the previous day and January with an average of 265,804 units at $2,438,118.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 25.74 million shares for 76.1 percent of the total volume after hitting a 52 weeks’ high of $1.25 and was followed by Transjamaican Highway with 2.10 million units for 6.2 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.86 million units for 5.5 percent of the market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index shed 3,659.77 points to end at 371,934.81, the JSE Main Index skidded 3,376.48 points to cease trading at 334,062.14 and the JSE Financial Index slipped 0.79 points to close at 71.46.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 13.6. 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 14 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints shed 77 cents and ended at $5.85 with a transfer of 3,336 units, Caribbean Cement lost $3.50 to close at $56, after 34,522 stocks were traded, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund dipped $1.74 to $38.26 with investors swapping 200 shares. Jamaica Stock Exchange sank 90 cents in closing at $9.10 in an exchange of 36,285 stock units, Kingston Wharves dropped 72 cents to $31.98, with a mere 324 shares being traded, NCB Financial fell 50 cents to close at $68.50 in an exchange of 18,976 units. Pan Jamaica advanced $3.40 in closing at $51.40 with traders dealing in 58 stocks, Proven Investments skidded 49 cents to end at $24.50, with 544 stock units changing hands, Sagicor Group declined 90 cents to $43 with an exchange of 9,686 shares. Scotia Group fell $2.40 to $45 with 87,756 stocks clearing the market and Seprod dipped $1.50 to close at $81 while exchanging 9,162 units.
In the preference segment, Jamaica Public Service 7% rose 79 cents to end at $48.79 after a transfer of 23 stock units and Productive Business Solutions 9.75% preference share gained $27.44 in closing at $118.45 as investors exchanged 190 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Main Market drops Junior & USD markets rise

The Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange dropped in trading on Wednesday as the Junior Market JSE USD market inched moderately higher as trading ended with the volume and value of stocks changing hands falling, compared with the previous trading day, resulting in prices of 38 shares rising and 43 declining.
At the close of trading on Wednesday, the JSE Combined Market Index shed 3,094.00 points to 346,606.02, the All Jamaican Composite Index skidded 3,659.77 points to close at 371,934.81, the JSE Main Index dropped 3,376.48 points to lock up trading at 334,062.14. The Junior Market Index popped 8.29 points to 3,803.26 and the JSE USD Market Index rose 1.15 points to 260.70.
At the close of trading, 38,865,018 shares were exchanged in all three markets, down from 53,603,621 units on Tuesday, with the value of stocks traded on the Junior and Main markets amounted to $80.9 million, sharply down from $409.6 million on the previous trading day and the JSE USD market closed with an exchange of 497,176 shares for US$96,746 compared to 328,443 units at US$47,111 on Tuesday.
Trading in the Main Market was dominated by Wigton Windfarm with 25.74 million shares followed by Transjamaican Highway with 2.10 million units and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.86 million stock units.
In the Junior Market, Dolla Financial led trading with 1.06 million shares followed by ONE on ONE Educational with 837,365 units and EduFocal with 373,478 stock units.
At the close of trading on the Main Market Pan Jamaica advanced $3.40 in closing at $51.40 to be the sole major gaining ordinary stock.
The Main Market, Berger Paints shed 77 cents and ended at $5.85, Caribbean Cement lost $3.50 to $56, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund dipped $1.74 to end at $38.26, Jamaica Stock Exchange sank 90 cents in closing at $9.10, Kingston Wharves dropped 72 cents to close at $31.98, Sagicor Group declined 90 cents to close at $43, Scotia Group fell $2.40 and ended at $45 and Seprod dipped $1.50 to $81.
At the end of Junior Market trading, AMG Packaging advanced 34 cents to $3.08, Cargo Handlers rose 90 cents and ended at $14, Dolphin Cove increased 30 cents to end at $18.80, Honey Bun rose 25 cents and ended at $6.70, ISP Finance increased 50 cents to end at $31.50, while Caribbean Assurance Brokers lost 27 cents to close at $2.11, Iron Rock Insurance fell 42 cents to $2.10 and Main Event skidded 65 cents in closing at $13.55.
In the preference segment, Productive Business Solutions 9.75% preference share gained $27.44 in closing at $118.45.
The market’s PE ratio, the most popular measure used to determine the value of stocks, ended at 21.4 on 2022-23 earnings and 14.5. times those for 2023-24 at the close of trading. ICInsider.com PE ratio chart and the more detailed daily charts provide investors with regularly updated information to help decision-making.
The PE ratio chart covers all ordinary shares on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, grouped by industry, allowing for easy comparisons between the same sector companies and the overall market. The EPS & PE ratios are based on 2023 and 2024 actual or projected earnings, excluding major one off items.
Investors need pertinent information to navigate numerous investment options successfully in the 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 decisions when 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 place them 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 net asset value of each company is reported as a guide for investors to assess the value of stocks based on this measure quickly. The chart also shows daily changes in stock prices and the percentage year to date price movement based on the last traded prices.
Dividends paid or payable and yields for each company are shown in the Main and Junior Markets’ daily report charts, along with the closing volume pertaining to the highest bid and the lowest offer for each company.

Bulls sniffing out stocks on JSE Main Market

The bulls are returning to trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market, helping to drive the market sharply higher at the close on Tuesday, recovering all of Monday’s loss, with the All Jamaican Composite Index increasing 4,271.57 points to end the day at 375,594.58, the JSE Main Index surging 5,531.32 points to finish at 337,438.62 and ending with a gain of 3.6 percent year to date and 8.7 percent from the 2023 low in November. The JSE Financial Index gained 0.75 points to close at 72.25.
Trading ended with a solid 78 percent rise in the volume of stocks traded and a 146 percent jump in value compared with Monday, following trading in 60 securities similar to Monday, and ending with with rising and declining price splitting 50 stocks equally, at 25 each with 10 ending unchanged.
The market closed with 44,551,752 shares trading for $385,321,406 from 24,989,216 units at $156,897,201 on Monday.
Trading averaged 742,529 shares at $6,422,023 compared to 416,487 units at $2,614,953 on Monday and month to date, an average of 334,055 units at $1,815,141, in comparison to 297,960 units at $1,408,053 on the previous day and January with an average of 265,804 units at $2,438,118.
Transjamaican Highway led trading with 21.31 million shares for 47.8 percent of total volume followed by Wigton Windfarm with 9.22 million units for 20.7 percent of the day’s trade, GraceKennedy ended with 2.78 million units for 6.2 percent market share, Sagicor Select Financial Fund chipped in with 2.55 million units for 5.7 percent of trading, Wisynco Group closed with 2.41 million units for 5.4 percent market share and JMMB Group 7.35% – 2028 with 1.09 million units for 2.5 percent of total volume.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 13.8. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are based on the last traded prices and earnings forecasts by ICInsider.com for companies with financial year, ending around August 2024.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows eight stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and eight with lower offers.
At the close of trading, Barita Investments rallied $1.09 to end at $70.99 as investors exchanged 10,678 stock units, Berger Paints rose 82 cents to $6.62, with 3,851 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement advanced 30 cents in closing at $59.50, with 39,502 stocks crossing the exchange. Guardian Holdings popped $9 to end at $369 in switching ownership of 6 units, Jamaica Producers shed $1.02 and ended at $22.08 with investors trading 14,648 stocks, Jamaica Stock Exchange climbed $1 to $10 in an exchange of 1,825 units. Kingston Wharves increased $2.53 in closing at $32.70 after an exchange of 13,062 shares, Massy Holdings jumped $6.85 to $96.86 in trading 387 stocks, Mayberry Jamaican Equities sank 85 cents to $9.25, with 1,001,000 shares crossing the market. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy fell $1 to close at $90 with investors dealing in 180 stock units, NCB Financial skidded 50 cents to $69 after trading 21,081 units, Pan Jamaica lost $3.40 in closing at $48 with an exchange of 6,395 stocks. Scotia Group rose $1.40 to a 52 weeks’ closing high of $47.40 after 55,757 shares passed through the market, Seprod declined $1.21 to end at $82.50 while exchanging 3,561 stocks, Stanley Motta rallied 99 cents and ended at $6.99 with investors swapping 130 units. Supreme Ventures dropped 47 cents to $25.99 after a transfer of 45,032 stock units, Sygnus Real Estate Finance increased $1.55 to close at $11.40, with 2,500 shares crossing the market and Wisynco Group dipped 45 cents to end at $21 with investors transferring 2,405,113 stock units.
In the preference segment, Eppley 7.50% preference share fell $1.83 in closing at $5.64 after an exchange of 11,594 stocks, JMMB Group 7% preference share dropped 40 cents and ended at $2.28 with a transfer of 17 units and Productive Business Solutions 9.75% preference share shed $10.65 to $91.01 after exchanging 240 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE Main Market drops as trading jumps

A total of 22 stocks rose and 22 declined, leaving 16 ending unchanged at the close of trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Monday, with trading in 60securities compared with 58 on Friday as the market closed with the volume of stocks traded rising 171 percent and the value 148 percent more than on Friday and resulted in the market indices closing lower.
Trading ended with an exchange of 24,989,216 shares for $156,897,201 compared with 9,234,717 stock units at $63,291,889 on Friday.
Trading averaged 416,487 shares at $2,614,953 compared to 159,219 units at $1,091,239 on Friday and month to date, an average of 297,960 stocks at $1,408,053, compared with 286,472 units at $1,291,067 on the previous day and January with an average of 265,804 units at $2,438,118.
Carreras led trading with 10.07 million shares for 40.3 percent of the volume followed by Wigton Windfarm with 7.44 million units for 29.8 percent of the day’s trade, JMMB 9.5% preference share closed with 1.91 million units for 7.6 percent market share and Transjamaican Highway with 1.76 million units for 7.1 percent of the total volume.
The All Jamaican Composite Index skidded 1,953.23 points to end the day at 371,323.01, the JSE Main Index dropped 3,941.08 points to wrap up trading at 331,907.30 and the JSE Financial Index slipped 0.58 points to settle at 71.50.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 13.7. 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 13 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments sank $1.50 to end at $69.90 in an exchange of 24,819 shares, Berger Paints skidded 78 cents in closing at $5.80 with investors trading 11,188 stocks, Caribbean Cement rose $2.20 to $59.20, with 10,200 units passing through the exchange. Caribbean Producers rallied 50 cents to $10.14, with 156,924 stocks changing hands, Eppley increased $3.51 and ended at $38.50 after an exchange of 2,304 shares, First Rock Real Estate fell 48 cents to $8.50 and closed with investors exchanging of stock units. Guardian Holdings dropped $10 to close at $360 while exchanging 122 units, Jamaica Producers shed 84 cents in closing at $23.10 in trading 1,676 stock units, Jamaica Stock Exchange declined by 90 cents to $9 with 12,102 shares changing hands. Kingston Properties rose 30 cents to $7.30 in switching ownership of 28,055 stocks, Kingston Wharves popped $1.42 to $30.17 with investors trading 13,839 units, Margaritaville fell 48 cents to close at $17 after an exchange of 100 stock units. Massy Holdings dipped $1.49 to close trading 1,086 shares at $90.01, Mayberry Jamaican Equities climbed $1.10 to $10.10 as investors exchanged 216,456 stocks, Stanley Motta sank $1 and ended at $6 after 59,210 units passed through the market. Sygnus Real Estate Finance skidded $1.40 to $9.85 with a transfer of 13,803 stock units and Victoria Mutual Investments lost 30 cents, closing at $2.70 after trading 109,808 shares.

In the preference segment, Eppley 7.50% preference share rallied $1.59 and ended at $7.47 after 540 stocks crossed the market and 138 Student Living preference share rose $5.55 to close at $190 after an exchange of 50 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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