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3 TTSE stocks rise 2 fall – Monday

Market activity on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange ended on Monday with trading in 10 securities against 16 on Friday, with 3 stocks advancing, 2 declining and 5 remaining unchanged.
At the close of the market, the Composite Index added 2.24 points to end at 1,416.51. The All T&T Index gained 2.78 points to 1,759.04, while the Cross Listed Index rose 0.23 points to close at 145.61.
Trading ended with 138,960 shares at a value of $6,896,031, compared to 129,696 shares at a value of $3,449,006 on Friday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended at 3 stocks with bids lower than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
Gains| First Citizens Bank rose 1 cent and settled at $40.40, after exchanging 1,500 shares, JMMB Group gained 4 cents and ended at $2.08, with 40 stock units changing hands and Republic Financial jumped $1 and settled at $123 with 1,719 units crossing the exchange.
Losses| Clico Investment Fund closed with a loss of 1 cent and concluded at $24.05, with 7,936 units, and Massy Holdings fell 1 cent to $54.91, after exchanging 110,000 shares.
Firm Traded| Angostura Holdings ended at $16.05, with the trading of 4,557 stock units, Calypso Micro Index Fund traded 2,400 shares and closed at $15.75, Sagicor Financial concluded trading of 5,000 units at $10.61. Scotiabank completed trading at $59.75, with 2,333 stock units changing hands and Trinidad & Tobago NGL exchanged 3,475 units to close at $25.85.

Prices of securities trading are those at which the last trade took place.

BOJ sold US$30m to FX market on Friday

BOJ interest cuts overnight rate.

Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) intervened in the foreign exchange market on Friday, October 18, the first time since July by selling US$30 million at a weighted average rate of $138.87 by means of a flash intervention.
Bank of Jamaica introduced a bidding system when they intervene in the foreign exchange market officially called “Foreign Exchange Intervention and Trading Tool (BFXITT).” The system was introduced in 2017 with the central bank buying and selling funds in the market whereby authorized dealers and Cambios had bid for the amounts on offer.
Friday’s intervention was to address temporary demand and supply imbalances in the market Jamaica’s central bank stated. Friday’s intervention is the first being made since the central bank intervened with two flash sales on July 18 and 19th this year with a total sale of US$35 million and prior to, US$30 million on July 11. In 2017 and 2018 the central bank had regular weekly scheduled interventions in the market from August to October and November, but there has been none in 2019 after BOJ lowered the amount dealers had to surrender to the central bank from amounts they bought weekly.
The amount offered for sale on Friday attracted 42 bids amounting to US$72.6 million but just 17 were accepted with the highest bid at $139.15 and the lowest at $137. Bids at $138.65 got 33.33 percent of the amount applied for.
The intervention comes against the background of the country’s Net International Reserves climbing US$162 million, from US$2.936 billion at the end of August to US$ 3.098 billion at the end of September.

J$ gains moderate Jamaica’s inflation

Jamaica’s inflation rate eased 0.4 percent in September 2019 according to the All Jamaica Consumer Price Index recently released by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) as the Jamaican dollar appreciated from a low of J$138.1 to the US dollar well into late August.
The rise in the value of the Jamaica dollar in the above period would reduce prices downwards for imported items but mainly fuel that would lead to reduced gasoline prices airfares and electricity that have a major impact on inflation.
The rate is down from 0.8 percent in August and 1 percent in July but higher than the negative 0.1 percent in June. For the twelve months to September, inflation came out at 3.4 percent.
According to Statin, the movement for September “was mainly as a result of a 0.5 percent increase in the index for the heavily weighted division Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages. Fluctuating prices in agricultural produce had a strong influence on the movement in the index for the class ‘Vegetables and Starchy Foods’ moving up by 1.3 percent.

Chart showing the effect of movement of the J$ & local inflation.

Other notable increases occurred for the following divisions: ‘Communication’ 6.9 percent resulting from higher price for communicative services, ‘Education’ 4.7 percent due to higher tuition fees for the new school year. ‘Recreation and Culture’ also increased by 1.7 percent from higher prices for textbooks. Additionally, the ‘Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels’ division recorded a 0.3 percent increase, due primarily to higher electricity, water and sewage rates.” The overall increase in the inflation rate was tempered by a 1.0 percent fall in the index for the Transport division attributed to lower petrol prices and airfares. Notwithstanding the impact of the reasons for changes mentioned by Statin, a closer look at the movements of inflation and the exchange rate of the Jamaican dollar versus the US dollar shows the movement of the exchange rate having the most telling effect on inflation, as is shown by the chart of inflation and exchange movements.

42% gain pushes MPC out of IC TOP 10

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Infrequent trader MPC Caribbean Clean Energy after just six weeks on the TOP 10 main market chart with the price at $134 dropped out this week, with the price hitting $190 for a gain of 42 percent.
MPC was the only stock leaving the main market listing and is replaced by Stanley Motta with the stock price dropping to $5.50. Jetcon Corporation returns to the Junior Market after General Accident rising to $8 and falling to the 13th position on the overall Junior Market ranking.
Market activity resulted in no change to the top three Junior Market stocks, leaving Caribbean Producers with projected gains of 240 percent as the leader, followed by Iron Rock with potential gains of 204 percent and Jamaican Teas with 158 percent.
Increased investors’ interest pushed the price of Radio Jamaica to $1.99 with projected gains now down to 151 percent from last week’s 213 percent but still remains the leading main market stock with potential gains. Carreras sits at the number two spot with likely gains of 125 percent and Jamaica Broilers with projected gains of 100 percent is next.
The main market, closed the week with the overall PE of 17.3, inching up from 17.2 for the previous week and the Junior Market rose to 12 from 11.1 last week based on current year’s earnings. The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks average rose to 7.9 from 7.7 and the main market PE remains at 11.1.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at a discount of 34 percent to the average for Junior Market stocks and main market stocks trade at a discount of 36 percent to the overall market.
TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns to March next year. Projected earnings, along with the PE ratio for each company’s current fiscal year are used in determining potential gains with the likely gains ranked in descending order with highest-ranked being the most attractive. Potential values will change as stock prices fluctuate and will result in movements of the selection in and out of the lists for most weeks. Earnings per share are revised on an ongoing basis as new information is received that can result in changes in and out of the list.

This report is compiled by persons who may have an interest in the securities commented on.

More trading higher prices for JSE

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market moved higher on greater volume and value than on Thursday with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index gaining 2,291.72 points to 551,122.21 and the JSE Index rising 2,582.15 points to 501,776.77.
At the same time, the JSE Financial Index that measures all the stocks in this sector in the three JSE markets rose 0.91 points to close at 136.66. Trading ended with 34 securities changing hands in the main and US dollar markets with 15 stocks advancing, 9 declining and 10 trading firm. Main market activity ended with 34 securities trading, resulting in 31,484,701 units valued at $125,777,352 in contrast to 22,536,647 units valued at $48,207,025 from 38 securities trading on Thursday.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 24.5 million units for 78 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Funds with 3.1 million shares for 10 percent of the market’s trade and Wisynco Group with 2.3 million units accounting for 7 percent of the day’s trade.
The market closed with an average of 1,015,636 units valued at $4,057,334 for each security traded, in contrast to 593,070 units for an average of $1,268,606 on Thursday and well below the averages for September. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 929,723 shares at a value of $15,239,838 for each security traded and previously 924,365 shares at $15,990,179 for each stock traded. The market closed September with an average of 1,585,081 units valued at $14,071,562 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer reading shows 8 securities ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 16.5 with the main market ending at 17.2 times 2019 current year’s earnings.
In main market activity, Berger closed $1.40 lower to settle at $18.50 with an exchange of just 200 shares, Carreras lost 25 cents trading 68,902 shares and ending at $8, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund declined by $2 to $38 with 64,000 shares changing hands, JMMB Group slid by 49 cents to $42.50, in swapping 19,461 shares. Kingston Wharves gained 39 cents to settle at $60.39 trading a mere 143 shares, NCB Financial added $1.01 with an exchange of 58,763 shares to close at $205, PanJam Investment closed $2 higher at $102, after trading 5,142 shares, Proven Investments gained 50 cents to close at $40.50 with 4,804 shares changing hands. Pulse Investments lost 48 cents to settle at $4.50, after trading 67,479 shares. Scotia Group closed $4 higher at $60, in swapping 431,386 shares, Seprod gained $2.40 and ending at $53 after trading 11,114 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments closed 86 cents down to $22.38 with 20,021 shares changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 61,969 units valued at $15,558 and the market index lost 0.01 point to end at 196.73. Proven Investments traded 46,469 units to close at 27 US cents from 26.98 cents on Thursday, Sygnus Credit Investments ended the day’s trade at 14 US cents after exchanging 14,500 shares and JMMB Group 6% preference shares closed at 99 US cents in swapping 1,000 shares.

Junior Market volume dives – Friday

Junior Market volume contracts on Friday.

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange dropped sharply from Thursday’s level closed on Friday resulting in an exchange of just 808,904 units valued at $3,245,147 compared to 3,496,347 units valued at $14,565,501 on Thursday.
At the close of market activities, 31 securities changed hands, similar to the number trading on Thursday and closed with the prices of 11 securities rising, 13 declining and 7 remained unchanged, resulting in the Junior Market Index gaining 11.47 points to close at 3,397.81.
Trading ended with an average of 26,094 units for an average of $104,682 in contrast to 112,785 units for an average of $469,855 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 129,298 valued at $491,038 and previously 120,361 units valued at $482,941 for each security traded. In contrast, September closed with an average of 954,574 units valued at $2,612,695 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 3 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging dipped 7 cents in trading 27,000 units to close at $1.93, Caribbean Cream lost 57 cents in exchanging 52,912 shares to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $3.95, Caribbean Producers climbed 10 cents and exchanged 1,200 shares at $4.80. Consolidated Bakeries ended with a loss of 1 cent at $1.99 with 16,934 stock units changing hands, Derrimon Trading lost 3 cents in trading of 100 units at $2.47, Express Catering declined by 2 cents to settle at $6.13 after exchanging 5,500 shares, Everything Fresh ended trading with 30,000 shares, after rising 3 cents to end at $1.23. Elite Diagnostic climbed 5 cents and exchanged 15,000 shares at $5.55, Fosrich lost 6 cents in trading of 14,680 units at $4.84, Fontana ended market activity exchanging 83,638 shares to close at $7.52 after falling 36 cents, General Accident declined 2 cents in trading of 41,110 units at $8. iCreate lost 2 cents in trading of 123,700 units to close at 71 cents, Indies Pharma ended with a loss of 1 cent at $3.16 with 45,555 stock units changing hands, Jamaican Teas declined 9 cents in trading of 19,125 units to end at $6.21, Jetcon Corporation ended trading with 45,528 shares, after rising 5 cents to end at $1.85. Knutsford Express closed trading of 150 units and gained 60 cents to end at $10.60, Lasco Distributors closed trading of 1,889 units and gained 22 cents to end at $3.98. Lasco Financial ended market activity exchanging 45,463 shares to close at $4.70 after falling 15 cents, Lasco Manufacturing closed trading of 17,115 units and gained 2 cents to end at $4.97. Limners and Bards ended with a loss of 1 cent at $2.55 with 89,957 stock units changing hands, Main Event traded 13,834 shares, after rising 63 cents to end at $5.98. Medical Disposables gained $1.11 to end at $8.11, trading 100 shares, Stationery and Office Supplies gained $1.34 to end at $12.50, after exchanging 5,850 shares and SSL Venture ended trading of 40,500 shares and rose 5 cents to end at $1.20.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

6 TTSE stocks rise 2 fall – Friday

Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange Head Quarters

Market activity on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange ended on Friday with trading in 16 securities against 12 on Thursday, with 6 stocks advancing, 2 declining and 8 remaining unchanged.
At the close of the market, the Composite Index rose 0.34 points to 1,414.27. The All T&T Index added 2.45 points to end at 1,756.26, while the Cross Listed Index fell 0.25 points to close at 145.38.
Trading ended with 129,696 shares at a value of $3,449,006, compared to 438,270 shares at a value of $9,920,861 on Thursday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended at 3 stocks with bids lower than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
Gains| Angostura Holdings added 5 cents and ended at $16.05, with 6,000 stock units changing hands, Clico Investment Fund gained 3 cents and concluded trading of 43,302 units at $24.06, Grace Kennedy increased 5 cents and closed at $3.36, after swapping of 900 shares, Guardian Holdings rose 7 cents and ended at $18.42, in exchanging 15 shares. Republic Financial closed with a gain of 1 cent and settled at $122, after trading 13 shares and West Indian Tobacco concluded trading with a gain of $1.49 to end at $106, with investors exchanging 693 shares.
Losses| JMMB Group closed with a loss of 11 cents and ended at $2.04, with 2,546 stock units changing hands and Trinidad Cement shed 10 cents and settled at $2, after exchanging 10 shares.
Firm Trades| First Citizens Bank settled at $40.39, after exchanging 8,043 shares, Massy Holdings ended at $54.92, with 7,643 units changing hands, National Enterprises concluded at $5.60, in trading 1,100 units. National Flour ended at $1.50, after exchanging 3,000 shares, Prestige Holdings completed trading 10 stock units at $8.10, Sagicor Financial completed trading of 9,625 stock units at $10.61, Scotiabank ended at $59.75, while swapping 4,746 shares and Trinidad & Tobago NGL exchanged 42,050 units to close at $25.85.

Prices of securities trading are those at which the last trade took place.

JSE majors steady on low volume

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market inched higher on higher volume but lower value than on Wednesday with the market appearing to find support at current levels after falling more than 6 percent from the peak in the first week in August.
At the close the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index added just 104.29 points to close at 548,200.49, the JSE Index gained 189.56 points to 499,194.62 and the JSE Financial Index rose 0.15 points to 135.75.
Trading ended with 39 securities changing hands in the main and US dollar markets with 12 stocks advancing, 15 declining and 12 trading firm. Main market activity ended with 38 securities trading, resulting in 22,536,647 units valued at a mere $48,207,025, in contrast to 13,077,566 units valued at $68,716,819 from 37 securities trading on Wednesday.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 10.6 million units for 47 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Funds with 10.2 million shares for 45 percent of the market’s trade and QWI Investments with 656,908 accounting for 3 percent of the day’s trade.
The market closed with an average of 593,070 units valued at $1,268,606 for each security traded, in contrast to 353,448 units for an average of $1,857,211 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 924,365 shares at a value of $15,990,179 for each security traded and previously 951,792 shares at $17,309,566 for each stock traded. The market closed September with an average of 1,585,081 units valued at $14,071,562 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer reading shows 5 securities ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 16.6 with the main market ending at 17.3 times 2019 current year’s earnings.
In main market activity, Eppley rose 75 cents to close at $16.85 with a mere 220 shares changing hands, Grace Kennedy added $2.80 to close at $69.60 trading 8,315 shares, Jamaica Producers lost 67 cents with 5,209 shares changing hands in closing at $24.70, JMMB Group gained $1.89 to end at $42.99 in swapping 40,735 shares. Kingston Wharves dropped 99 cents to settle at $60 in trading 2,756 shares, Mayberry Investments lost 37 cents to close at $8.33 with 12,292 shares changing hands, Mayberry Jamaican Equities closed 35 cents lower at $10.80 with 7,244 shares crossing the exchange. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy traded just 100 shares, in gaining $36.94 to close at a record high of $190, NCB Financial advanced $3.93 with an exchange of 14,302 shares to close at $203.99, PanJam Investment declined by $1 and closed at $100 after trading 3,608 shares, Sagicor Group added 50 cents, after 35,923 shares changed hands to settle at $67.50.Scotia Group closed $3.50 lower at $56, after swapping 27,482 shares, Seprod lost 40 cents to settle at $50.60 trading 14,505 shares and Stanley Motta closed 40 cents lower to $5.60 with 126,539 shares changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with Proven Investments being the sole stock trading 9,717 units valued at $2,622 to close at 26.98 US cents with the market index gaining 0.08 points to 196.74.

 

Junior Market trading dips – Thursday

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Thursday with 31 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 3,496,347 units valued at $14,565,501, down from 4,941,772 units amounting to $18,218,972 with 29 securities changing hands on Wednesday.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 7 securities advanced, 14 declined and 10 remained unchanged leaving the Junior Market Index to fall by 11.41 points to close at 3,386.34.
Trading ended with an average of 112,785 units for an average of $469,855 in contrast to 170,406 units for an average of $628,240 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 104,334 units valued at $513,637 and previously 103,587 units valued at $517,504 for each security traded. In contrast, September closed with an average of 954,574 units valued at $2,612,695 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 2 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial traded 800 shares and gained 44 cents to end at $34.44, Blue Power gained $1.37 to end at $7.75, trading 3,378 shares, Cargo Handlers ended with a loss of $1 at $10 with 1,000 stock units changing hands. Derrimon Trading ended market activity exchanging 7,336 shares to close at $2.50 after falling 5 cents, Express Catering climbed 23 cents and exchanged 26,260 shares at $6.15. Everything Fresh dipped 5 cents in trading of 44,000 units at $1.20, Fosrich ended with a loss of 1 cent at $4.90 with 2,760 stock units changing hands, General Accident closed trading of 36,500 units and gained 52 cents to end a record high of $8.02. Honey Bun closed trading of 66,850 units and gained 18 cents to end at $7.15, Indies Pharma lost 13 cents in trading of 53,121 units at $3.17, Iron Rock Insurance dipped 5 cents trading 92,527 units at $3.95, Jamaican Teas ended market activity in exchanging 123,313 shares to close at $6.30 after falling 5 cents. Knutsford Express fell 99 cents with 17,735 units at $10 crossing the exchange. Lasco Distributors fell 14 cents in trading of 1,512,271 units at $3.76, Lasco Financial ended exchanged 7,400 shares, after rising 25 cents to end at $4.85, Limners and Bards closed 6 cents higher at $2.56, with 130,664 stock units changing hands. Medical Disposables closed with a loss of 10 cents at $7, in swapping of 3,000 shares, Main Event declined 15 cents in trading of 4,000 units at $5.35. Paramount Trading declined by 7 cents to settle at $2.18 with 157,000 shares changing hands, SSL Venture shed 5 cents trading 6,400 units at $1.15 and tTech dipped 39 cents in trading of 610 units at $6.40.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

All T&T index rises – Thursday

Market activity on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange ended on Thursday with trading in 12 securities against 14 on Wednesday, with 5 stocks advancing, 1 declining and 6 remaining unchanged.
At close of the market, the Composite Index rose 3.36 points to 1,413.93. The All T&T Index added 3.10 points to 1,753.81, while the Cross Listed Index gained 0.49 points to close at 145.63.
Trading ended with 438,270 shares at a value of $9,920,861, compared to 481,051 shares for $21,523,738 on Wednesday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended at 6 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
Gains| First Citizens Bank closed with an increase of 14 cents at $40.39, after exchanging 10 shares, Massy Holdings gained 27cents and ended at $54.92, with investors exchanging 240 shares. Point Lisas rose 15 cents and ended at $3.60, with 10,000 units crossing the exchange, Sagicor Financial rose 1 cent and completed trading of 1,545 stock units at $10.61 and Scotiabank concluded trading of 942 units after rising 56 cents to close at $59.75.
Losses| Clico Investment Fund closed with a loss of 7 cents and settled at $24.03, with 30,640 stock units changing hands.
Firm Trades| Guardian Holdings ended at $18.35, with 175 stock units changing hands, JMMB Group ended at $2.15, in trading 50 stock units, National Flour ended at $1.50, with 36,384 units crossing the exchange. NCB Financial settled at $10.75, with investors exchanging 11,487 shares, One Caribbean Media concluded trading at $10, with an exchange of 5,272 shares and Trinidad & Tobago NGL exchanged 341,525 units to close at $25.85.

Prices of securities trading are those at which the last trade took place.