Local Stock Market Review
For the week ended Friday, the majority of the Jamaica Stock Exchange indexes closed higher than the previous week. The JSE Junior Market Index declined 0.89%, the JSE Combined Index increased by 0.21%, the JSE Main Market Index increased by 030%, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index increased by 0.28% and the JSE USD Equities Index decreased by 0.73%. The biggest winner this week was Pulse Investment Limited, rising by 32.38% to close at J$10.61. The biggest losers were Medical Disposables & Supplies falling by 20.18% to close at J$5.03.
|JSE Main Market|
|JSE Junior Market|
|JSE Combined Market|
|JSE USD Equities Market|
Local Dividend Schedule
|Security||Div/Share||Record Date||X Date||Payment|
Unit Trust Performance
|Unit Trust Fund||1/12/2020||1/29/2020||Week/Week |
|1 Year Return||Yield|
|FX Bond Portfolio (US$)||1.3534||1.3515||0.14%||0.84%||–||1.80%|
|Real Estate Portfolio||5,251.06||5,288.91||-0.72%||2.07%||-5.20%||–|
|FX Growth Portfolio||0.9198|
Stock Market Weekly Report
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International Equity Market
|Euro Stoxx 50|
US News & Data:
Annual inflation rate in the US climbed to 2.5% in January of 2020 from 2.3% in December 2020 and beating market expectations of 2.4%. It is the highest rate since October of 2018, mainly boosted by a 12.8% increase in gasoline cost. US core consumer prices, excluding volatile items such as food and energy, increased 2.3% for 12 months ending January 2020, the same as in the previous month and above market expectation of 2.2%. Retail sales in the US increased 0.3% month-over-month in January 2020, slightly higher than a downwardly revised 0.2% gain in December 2020 and in line with market expectations.
European News & Data:
The Eurozone annual economic expansion was revised lower at 0.9% in the fourth quarter of 2019 over Q3 2019. GDP growth slowed in Germany (0.5% in Q4 2019 vs 0.6% in Q3 2019), France (0.8% in Q4 2019 vs 1.4% in Q3 2019) and Spain (1.8% in Q4 2019 vs 1.9% in Q3 2019. The UK posted a trade surplus of GBP$7.72 billion in December 2019, the biggest since monthly records began, compared to a downwardly revised GBP$1.82 billion surplus in the previous month. Exports rose 10.2% to an all-time high, distorted by surge in shipments of precious metals mostly to US and Turkey while shipments of manufactured products declined. Meanwhile, imports went up only 0.1%, as services imports increased 0.7% and goods purchases dropped 0.1% as UK companies tried to run down the stocks of foreign goods bought in earlier months in anticipation of no-deal Brexit.
Germany’s gross domestic product unexpectedly showed no growth in Q4 2019, after an upwardly revised 0.2% growth in Q3 2019 and missing market expectations of a 0.1%. Both household consumption and government spending slowed markedly, while investment in machinery and equipment was down.
G20 News & Data:
China’s annual inflation rate jumped to 5.4% in January 2020 from 4.5% in December 2019, above market expectation of 4.9%. his was the highest inflation rate since October 2011 due to rising pork prices, stronger demand during the Lunar New Year holiday and the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
The Melbourne Institute and Westpac Bank Consumer Sentiment Index for Australia rose 2.3%month-over-month to 95.5 in January 2020 from 93.4 in the previous December 2019. The latest reading reflected easing concerns around the impact of bushfires and shows improvement despite some fears of the coronavirus outbreak.
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