Falling stocks edged out Main Market losers

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended on Friday, with the volume of stocks traded rising 101 percent and the value 16 percent more than on Wednesday, following trading in 60 securities up from 57 on Wednesday and ended with prices of 18 stocks rising, 21 declining and 21 ending unchanged.
The market closed with 14,203,187 shares trading for $79,115,438 versus 7,063,416 stock units at $68,154,039 on Wednesday.
Trading averaged 236,720 shares at $1,318,591 compared to 123,920 units at $1,195,685 on Wednesday and month to date, an average of 372,703 units at $2,376,327 compared with 381,355 units at $2,443,627 on the previous day and April that closed with an average of 680,802 units at $3,619,595.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 9.19 million shares for 64.7 percent of total volume followed by JMMB 9.5% preference share with 1.39 million units for 9.8 percent of the day’s trade and Wisynco Group with 753,254 units for 5.3 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index increased 333.74 points to wrap up trading at 354,409.43, the JSE Main Index fell 236.81 points to 317,262.50 and the JSE Financial Index slipped 0.06 points to 67.27.
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 2025.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows eight stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, AS Bryden dipped 64 cents in closing at $36.95 with an exchange of 26,127 stocks, Berger Paints rose 65 cents to $8 after investors ended trading of 10 units, Guardian Holdings fell $4 to end at $360, with 22,161 shares crossing the exchange. Jamaica Broilers lost 30 cents and ended at $31.50 with investors swapping 427,863 stock units, Jamaica Producers declined $1.36 to finish at $21.14 and closed after an exchange of 1,179 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange rallied 58 cents to close at $10.95 in an exchange of 2,005 units. Massy Holdings sank $1 to $88 with traders dealing in 428 stocks, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy popped $12.15 in closing at $93.15 after 65 stock units passed through the market, NCB Financial dropped $1.99 to close at $60.01 with investors dealing in 166,673 shares. Pan Jamaica gained 40 cents to end at $45 in an exchange of 71,493 stocks, Sagicor Group increased $1 and ended at $41, with 68,224 units changing hands, Scotia Group skidded $2.79 to finish at $41.50 with investors trading 80,038 stock units. Seprod climbed $1.30 and ended at $78.50 with 5,238 shares clearing the market and Supreme Ventures shed 70 cents to $24.30 after exchanging 31,826 stock units.
In the preference segment, Eppley 7.75% preference share rallied $1.41 to close at $18.46 with investors trading 338 stocks. 138 Student Living preference share rose $2 to end at $217 after an exchange of 13 units and Productive Business Solutions 9.75% preference share advanced $2 in closing at $107, with 8,800 stocks crossing the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Juniors rise as Main Market slips

The Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange slipped in trading on Friday with the JSE USD market dipping lower and the Junior Market closing moderately higher as trading ended with the number of stocks changing hands climbing sharply over Thursday volume, with the value moderately higher, resulting in prices of 41 shares declining and 23 rising on the last trading day before the extended trading starts on Monday.
At the close of trading, the JSE Combined Market Index shed 152.52 points to close at 329,861.68, the All Jamaican Composite Index popped 333.74 points to 354,409.43, the JSE Main Index skidded 236.81 points to 317,262.50. The Junior Market Index gained 10.69 points to wrap-up trading at 3,691.54 and the JSE USD Market Index dipped 0.81 points to settle at 237.80.
At the close of trading, 18,855,563 shares were exchanged in all three markets, up from 10,562,804 units on Wednesday, with the value of stocks traded on the Junior and Main markets amounted to $81.15 million, over the $76.65 million on the previous trading day and the JSE USD market closed with an exchange of 233,466 shares for US$32,685 compared to 276,289 units at US$33,572 on Wednesday.
In Main Market activity, Wigton Windfarm led trading with 9.19 million shares followed by JMMB 9.5% preference share with 1.39 million units and Wisynco Group with 753,254 stocks.
In the Junior Market, EduFocal led trading with 1.77 million shares followed by Dolla Financial with 731,474 units and Spur Tree Spices with 434,369 stocks.
In the preference segment, Eppley 7.75% preference share increased $1.41 to end at $18.46, 138 Student Living preference share climbed $2 in closing at $217 and Productive Business Solutions 9.75% preference share rose $2 to finish at $107.
The market’s PE ratio, the most popular measure used to determine the value of stocks, ended at 20. on 2023-24 earnings and 13.1 times those for 2024-25 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 within a sector and the overall market. The EPS & PE ratios are based on 2023 and 2024 actual or projected earnings, excluding major one off items.
Pertinent information is required 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.
The chart should be used in making rational decisions when investing in stocks close to the average for the sector, 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 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 paid or payable and yields for each company are shown in the Main and Junior Markets’ daily report charts, along with the closing volume of the highest bid and the lowest offer for each company.

Winners beat losers on the JSE Main Market

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended on Wednesday, with the volume of stocks that were exchanged declining by 35 percent, with a 7 percent lower value than on Tuesday, and similar to Tuesday, trading took place in 57 securities and ended with prices of 27 stocks rising, 13 declining and 17 ending unchanged.
Trading closed with 7,063,416 shares changing hands at $68,154,039 down from 10,788,125 units at $73,059,080 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 123,920 shares for $1,195,685 compared with 189,265 stock units at $1,281,738 on Tuesday. Trading month to date, averages 381,355 stocks at $2,443,627 down from 397,917 units at $2,523,912 on the previous day versus April with an average of 680,802 stock units at $3,619,595.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 2.07 million shares for 29.2 percent of total volume followed by Jamaica Producers with 1.0 million units for 14.2 percent of the day’s trade and JMMB 9.5% preference share with 687,416 units for 9.7 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index skidded 3,411.32 points to end at 354,075.69, the JSE Main Index dipped 1,718.09 points to end at 317,499.31 and the JSE Financial Index declined 0.68 points to 67.33.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 14.5. 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 2025.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 10 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, AS Bryden popped $3.38 and ended at $37.59 with an exchange of 380 shares, Eppley advanced $1 to $39, with 881 stocks passing through the market, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund rose 56 cents to finish at $39.60 with investors swapping 867 units. First Rock Real Estate climbed 45 cents to end at $10.15 after a transfer of 1,550 stock units, General Accident shed 76 cents in closing at $6.33 with investors dealing in 7,805 shares, Guardian Holdings increased $4 to close at $364 after the exchange of 21 stock units. Jamaica Broilers gained $1.30 to end at $31.80 after the trading of 10,616 stocks, Jamaica Stock Exchange rallied $1.17 to close at $10.37 clearing the market with 168,867 units, Lasco Distributors increased 30 cents in closing at a 52 weeks’ high of $5.49 with investors trading 55,670 stocks. Massy Holdings lost $1 to end at $89 in an exchange of 182 units, Mayberry Group popped 55 cents to finish at $8.05 with traders dealing in 1,795 shares, Pan Jamaica dipped $1.40 and ended at $44.60 in switching ownership of 15,212 stock units. Proven Investments advanced 44 cents to $21.44 with investors exchanging 2,462 shares, Seprod fell $1.39 to end at $77.20 with a transfer of 126,618 units, Stanley Motta skidded $2.34 in closing at $5.15 after 10,000 stocks passed through the market. Sygnus Credit Investments rose 30 cents to close at $10.78 in trading 5,150 stock units, Sygnus Real Estate Finance climbed 40 cents and ended at $11, with 164 shares crossing the market and Wisynco Group gained 50 cents to finish at $21 in an exchange of 11,932 units.
In the preference segment, Eppley 7.25% preference share rallied $1.16 and ended at $20 after just one stock was traded and 138 Student Living preference share popped 46 cents to $215, with 7 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE Main & Junior markets drop USD rise

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Only the USD Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange recorded gains at the end of trading on Wednesday as the Junior Market slipped moderately as the Main Market major indices dropped as trading ended with the number and the value of stocks changing hands falling, resulting in prices of 39 shares rising and 29 declining.
At the close of trading, the JSE Combined Market Index fell 1,728.47 points to end at 330,014.20, the All Jamaican Composite Index skidded 3,411.32 points to 354,075.69, the JSE Main Index skidded 1,718.09 points to finish at 317,499.31. The Junior Market Index sank 11.69 points to end the day at 3,680.85 and the JSE USD Market Index rallied 2.61 points to conclude trading at 238.61.
At the close of trading, 10,562,804 shares were exchanged in all three markets, up from 14,746,118 units on Tuesday with the value of stocks traded on the Junior and Main markets amounted to $76.65 million, just below the $80.45 million on the previous trading day and the JSE USD market closed with an exchange of 276,289 shares for US$33,572 compared to 151,001 units at US$8,136 on Tuesday.
In Main Market activity, Wigton Windfarm led trading with 2.07 million shares followed by Jamaica Producers with 1.0 million stocks and JMMB 9.5% preference share with 687,416 units.
In the Junior Market, EduFocal led trading with 994,984 shares followed by Fontana with 394,800 stocks and Future Energy with 307,222 units.
In the preference segment, Eppley 7.25% preference share rallied $1.16 and ended at $20.
The market’s PE ratio, the most popular measure used to determine the value of stocks, ended at 21.4 on 2023-24 earnings and 13.3 times those for 2024-25 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 within a sector and the overall market. The EPS & PE ratios are based on 2023 and 2024 actual or projected earnings, excluding major one off items.
Pertinent information is required 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.
The chart should be used in making rational decisions when investing in stocks close to the average for the sector, 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 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 paid or payable and yields for each company are shown in the Main and Junior Markets’ daily report charts, along with the closing volume of the highest bid and the lowest offer for each company.

Falling prices dominated JSE Main Market

Falling prices dominated trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Tuesday, with the volume of stocks traded rising 43 percent and the value 24 percent more than on Monday, as trading ended with activity in 57 securities compared with 59 on Monday, following the prices of 16 stocks rising, 26 declining and 15 ending unchanged.
The market closed with an exchange of 10,788,125 shares for $73,059,080 compared with 7,531,690 units at $58,984,158 on Monday.
Trading averaged 189,265 shares at $1,281,738 compared to 127,656 units at $999,731 on Monday and month to date, an average of 397,917 units at $2,523,912 compared with 412,263 units at $2,609,321 on the previous day and April with an average of 680,802 units at $3,619,595.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 4.83 million shares for 44.7 percent of total volume followed by Transjamaican Highway with 2.25 million units for 20.8 percent of the day’s trade and Lasco Distributors with 683,042 units for 6.3 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index shed 361.32 points to end trading at 357,487.01, the JSE Main Index dropped 1,288.58 points to close at 319,217.40 and the JSE Financial Index rose 0.15 points to wrap up trading at 68.01.
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 2025.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 10 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, AS Bryden fell $4.03 and ended at $34.21 with investors trading 647 shares, Caribbean Cement skidded 50 cents to $63.50 after an exchange of 7,012 units, Caribbean Producers gained 70 cents to end at $9.25 with investors dealing in 110,074 shares. Eppley lost $1 in closing at $38 with investors trading 2,346 stock units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund popped 44 cents to $39.04 in switching ownership of 200 shares, GraceKennedy increased 50 cents to finish at $74 with traders dealing in 71,364 stocks. Jamaica Broilers dipped $1 to $30.50 after a transfer of 56,419 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange sank $1.30 to end at $9.20 after 41,353 stock units changed hands, Mayberry Group shed 50 cents in closing at $7.50 after trading resulted in a transfer of 30,879 shares. NCB Financial dropped $1.20 to close at $61.80 as investors exchanged 128,091 stock units. This is not a healthy sign for the company’s APO priced at $65 per share. Portland JSX climbed 89 cents and ended at $8.58, with just 6 stocks crossing the market, Proven Investments declined 43 cents to finish at $21 with an exchange of 5,652 stock units. Scotia Group rose $2.10 to $44 and closed after 27,553 shares changed hands, Stanley Motta advanced 90 cents to finish at $7.49 with investors transferring 5,613 stock units, Supreme Ventures rallied 40 cents and ended at $25 in an exchange of 38,973 stocks. Sygnus Real Estate Finance slipped 40 cents to end at $10.60 with investors swapping 8,316 units and Wisynco Group fell 75 cents in closing at $20.50 after 176,361 stocks crossed the exchange.
In the preference segment, Eppley 7.75% preference share dropped $2.95 to close at $17.05 in trading 273 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

All Jamaica Stock Exchange markets fall

All three Markets of the Jamaica Stock Exchange declined in trading on Tuesday with moderately trading, with the number of stocks changing hands falling, with the value of stocks traded rising modestly higher over the previous trading day, resulting in prices of just 23 shares rising and 46 declining.
At the close of trading, the JSE Combined Market Index declined 1,567.79 points to 331,742.67, the All Jamaican Composite Index slipped 361.32 points to end at 357,487.01, the JSE Main Index skidded 1,288.58 points to close trading at 319,217.40. The Junior Market Index dropped 47.71 points to finish at 3,692.54 and the JSE USD Market Index declined 2.56 points to conclude trading at 236.00.
At the close of trading, 14,746,118 shares were exchanged in all three markets, up from units on 17,563,944 Monday, with the value of stocks traded on the Junior and Main markets amounted to $80.45 million, just above the $75.2 million on the previous trading day and the JSE USD market closed with an exchange of 151,001 shares for US$8,136 compared to 98,295 units at US$9,105 on Monday.
In Main Market activity, Wigton Windfarm led trading with 4.83 million shares followed by Transjamaican Highway with 2.25 million units and Lasco Distributors with 683,042 stock units.
In the Junior Market, EduFocal led trading with 1.16 million shares followed by Dolla Financial with 409,370 stock units and One Great Studio with 359,377 shares.
In the preference segment, Eppley 7.75% preference share dropped $2.95 to close at $17.05.
The market’s PE ratio, the most popular measure used to determine the value of stocks, ended at 21.1 on 2023-24 earnings and 13.1 times those for 2024-25 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 within a sector and the overall market. The EPS & PE ratios are based on 2023 and 2024 actual or projected earnings, excluding major one off items.
Pertinent information is required 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.
The chart should be used in making rational decisions when investing in stocks close to the average for the sector, 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 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 paid or payable and yields for each company are shown in the Main and Junior Markets’ daily report charts, along with the closing volume of the highest bid and the lowest offer for each company.

Main Market trading dives on Monday

Market activity fell sharply Monday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market, with the volume of stocks traded declining 72 percent valued 88 percent lower than on Friday, with trading taking place in 59 securities up from 57 on Friday, with prices of 23 stocks rising, 17 declining and 19 unchanged.
Trading accounted for an exchange of 7,531,690 shares for $58,984,158 down from 26,822,609 stock units at $484,009,143 on Friday.
Trading averaged 127,656 shares at $999,731 compared to 470,572 units at $8,491,388 on Friday and month to date, an average of 412,263 stocks at $2,609,321, down from 434,071 units at $2,732,653 on the previous trading day and April that closed with an average of 680,802 stock units at $3,619,595.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 2.38 million shares for 31.6 percent of total volume followed by Transjamaican Highway with 1.11 million stocks for 14.7 percent of the day’s trade and Lasco Distributors with 1.10 million units for 14.6 percent of stock traded.
The All Jamaican Composite Index sank 551.92 points to end trading at 357,848.33, the JSE Main Index fell 811.24 points to settle at 320,505.98 and the JSE Financial Index slipped 0.41 points to close trading at 67.86.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 13.5. 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 2025.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 14 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, Berger Paints skidded $1.17 to close at $7.33 crossing the market 806 units, Caribbean Cement popped $1.10 to $64 in an exchange of 39,266 stocks, Caribbean Producers fell 75 cents and ended at $8.55 closed at 6,430 shares. Eppley shed 50 cents to end at $39 clearing the market with 29 stock units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund shed 90 cents in closing at $38.60 trading 882 shares, GraceKennedy lost $2 to finish at $73.50 changing hands 110,782 stocks. Guardian Holdings slipped $9 and ended at $360 with an exchange of 13,197 units, Jamaica Broilers increased 50 cents to $31.50 passed through the market 76,485 stock units, Jamaica Stock Exchange climbed $1.25 to end at $10.50 with investors swapping 91,493 shares. JMMB Group rose $1.22 in closing at $24.72 after a transfer of 55,524 units, Lasco Manufacturing advanced 32 cents to finish at $5.70 as investors exchanged 537,047 stocks, Pan Jamaica sank $1.50 to close at $46 in trading 2,087 stock units. Sagicor Group dipped 40 cents to $40 after an exchange of 71,182 shares, Scotia Group dropped $1.35 to close at $41.90 with investors dealing in 23,949 units, Seprod gained 59 cents to finish at $78.59 after exchanging 52,091 stocks. Supreme Ventures shed 40 cents and ended at $24.60 with investors trading 16,871 stock units, Sygnus Real Estate Finance rallied 39 cents in closing at $11 in an exchange of 27 shares and Wisynco Group increased 75 cents to end at $21.25 with traders dealing in 91,445 stocks.
In the preference segment, 138 Student Living preference share popped 54 cents to $214.54 crossing the exchange 1 unit and Sygnus Credit Investments C10.5% gained $1 to end at $109 in switching ownership of 14 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Trading dives on the Jamaica Stock Exchange

Rising stocks outclassed those declining on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Monday but the market indices dropped at the end of trading, the Junior Market rose while the JSE USD market closed moderately higher as trading ended with the number and the value of stocks changing hands falling from the previous trading day, resulting in prices of 35 shares rising and 32 declining.
At the close of trading, the JSE Combined Market Index climbed 682.46 points to 333,310.47 and the All Jamaican Composite Index fell 551.92 points to 357,848.33. The JSE Main Index shed 811.24 points to settle at 320,505.98. The Junior Market Index rose 13.66 points to 3,740.25 and the JSE USD Market Index gained 1.51 points to close at 238.56.
At the close of trading, 17,563,944 shares were exchanged in all three markets, down from 32,255,498 units on Friday, with the value of stocks traded on the Junior and Main markets amounted to $75.2 million, well below the $497.67 million on Friday and the JSE USD market closed with an exchange of 98,295 shares for US$9,105 compared to 280,988 units at US$32,878 on Friday.
In Main Market activity, Wigton Windfarm led trading with 2.38 million shares followed by Transjamaican Highway with 1.11 million stocks and Lasco Distributors with 1.10 million units.
In the Junior Market, ONE on ONE Educational led trading with 4.37 million shares followed by Stationery and Office Supplies with 2.01 million stock units and Everything Fresh with 908,181 units.
In the preference segment, Sygnus Credit Investments C10.5% gained $1 to end at $109.
The market’s PE ratio, the most popular measure used to determine the value of stocks, sits at 21.3 on 2023-24 earnings and 13.3 times those for 2024-25 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 within sectors and the overall market. The EPS & PE ratios are based on 2023 and 2024 actual or projected earnings, excluding major one off items.
Pertinent information is required 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.
The chart should be used in making rational decisions when investing in stocks close to the average for the sector, 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 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 paid or payable and yields for each company are shown in the Main and Junior Markets’ daily report charts, along with the closing volume of the highest bid and the lowest offer for each company.

Grace pushes JSE trading on Friday

A surge in trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended on Friday, with a 336 percent jump in the volume of stocks traded with a value of 1,246 percent more than on Thursday, after investors traded nearly 5.3 million shares in GraceKennedy and ended trading in 57 securities compared with 54 on Thursday, with prices of 22 stocks rising, 24 declining and 11 ending unchanged.
The market closed with 26,822,609 shares trading for $484,009,143 up from just 6,147,676 units for a mere $35,957,977 on Thursday.
Trading averaged 470,572 shares at $8,491,388 up sharply from 113,846 units at $665,888 on Thursday and month to date, an average of 434,071 units at $2,732,653 compared with 431,153 units at $2,272,278 on the previous day and April that closed with an average of 680,802 units at $3,619,595.
JMMB Group 7.25% preference share due 2024 led trading with 13.0 million shares for 48.5 percent of total volume followed by GraceKennedy with 5.27 million stocks for 19.6 percent of the day’s trade, Wigton Windfarm with 3.31 million units for 12.3 percent market share, Carreras with 1.87 million stock units for 7 percent of trading and Transjamaican Highway with 1.47 million shares for 5.5 percent of total volume.
The All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 1,282.66 points to 358,400.25, the JSE Main Index increased 854.69 points to end trading at 321,317.22 and the JSE Financial Index rose 0.34 points to settle at 68.27.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 12.4. 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 2025.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows eight stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, Barita Investments rose $1.76 and ended at $71.80 with traders dealing in 113 shares, Caribbean Producers rallied 89 cents to $9.30, with 384 stocks crossing the exchange, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund slipped 49 cents to finish at $39.50 with investors swapping 100 shares. First Rock Real Estate increased 58 cents to end at $9.78 in an exchange of 2,431 stock units, GraceKennedy climbed $1.50 in closing at $75.50 with investors dealing in 5,267,115 shares, Guardian Holdings fell 98 cents to close at $369 in switching ownership of 1 stock unit. Jamaica Broilers popped 49 cents to close at $31 after 22,298 units crossed the market, Jamaica Stock Exchange sank $2.01 to close at $9.25 after an exchange of 3,201 stocks, JMMB Group shed 51 cents to end at $23.50 after 27,027 units were traded. Kingston Wharves advanced $1.04 to close at $26 with an exchange of 8,458 stocks, Mayberry Group gained 50 cents in closing at $8 as 10,016 shares passed through the market, NCB Financial rose $1 to end at $63 as investors exchanged 569,374 stock units. Pan Jamaica gained $1.50 to close at $47.50 with a transfer of 5,734 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund popped 59 cents to close at $7.64 after an exchange of 23 stocks, Scotia Group rallied $1.75 in closing at $43.25 with investors transferring 64,233 units. Seprod declined $2 to end at $78, with 614 stock units changing hands and Wisynco Group lost 65 cents to finish at $20.50 after an exchange of 8,096 shares.
In the preference segment, Eppley 7.25% preference share increased 34 cents and ended at $18.84 with investors trading 498 stock units and JMMB Group 7% preference share dropped 50 cents to $2.80 after a transfer of 1,000 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Jamaican stocks rally on Friday

Trading jumped sharply on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Friday with nearly twice the volume of stocks changing hands with the value surging well above that on Thursday and resulting in prices of 38 shares rising and 27 declining and ending with the Junior Market jumping sharply while the Main Market rallied higher at the close while the JSE USD market closed marginally higher.
At the close of trading, the JSE Combined Market Index climbed 1,251.08 points to 333,992.93, the All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 1,282.66 points to 358,400.25, the JSE Main Index rose 854.69 points to wrap-up trading at 321,317.22. The Junior Market Index surged 61.95 points to conclude trading at 3,726.59 and the JSE USD Market Index popped 0.06 points to finish at 237.05.
At the close of trading, 32,255,498 shares were exchanged in all three markets, up from 17,302,070 units on Thursday, with the value of stocks traded on the Junior and Main markets amounted to $497.67 million, well above the $57.3 million on the previous trading day and the JSE USD market closed with an exchange of 280,988 shares for US$32,878 compared to 102,017 units at US$10,991 on Thursday.
In Main Market activity, JMMB Group 7.25% preference share due 2024 led trading with 13.0 million shares followed by GraceKennedy with 5.27 million stocks, Wigton Windfarm with 3.31 million units, Carreras with 1.87 million units and Transjamaican Highway with 1.47 million stock units.
In the Junior Market, Dolla Financial led trading with 2.10 million shares followed by Fosrich with 1.03 million stocks and Derrimon Trading with 525,307 units.
The market’s PE ratio, the most popular measure used to determine the value of stocks, ended at 21.5 on 2023-24 earnings and 13. times those for 2024-25 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 within a sector and the overall market. The EPS & PE ratios are based on 2023 and 2024 actual or projected earnings, excluding major one off items.
Pertinent information is required 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.
The chart should be used in making rational decisions when investing in stocks close to the average for the sector, 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 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 paid or payable and yields for each company are shown in the Main and Junior Markets’ daily report charts, along with the closing volume of the highest bid and the lowest offer for each company.

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