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Freeport to distribute 40c per share

The former Jamaica Stock Exchange listing, Montego Freeport made $44 million in profit for the twelve months to March this year which is up strongly from nearly $11 million reported for 2017.
operating revenue was a mere $1.7 million while other income amounted to $101 million versus $36 million in 2017.  The financial data extract sent to shareholders does not break out the details of other income, but 2017, the category comprised interest income from investments and receivables for land sale and foreign exchange gains.
The statement of financial position shows shareholders equity at $710 million or $1.26 per share. Shareholders at the general meeting slated for November 30 will vote on a resolution to pay a capital distribution of 40 cents per share in December.

NCB jumps sharply to a new record – Friday

NCB closed at a record high on Friday.

The Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Friday, with NCB Financial Group jumping $7.58 and ended trading 585,404 shares at record $137.99, after the Financial Securities commission of Trinidad announced clearance for NCB to proceed with the acquisition of up to nearly 52 percent of Guardian Holdings.
Market activity closed with 30 active securities in the main and US dollar markets, compared to 32 on Thursday with the prices of 14 stocks rose, 10 declined and 6 remained unchanged.
The All Jamaica Composite Index lost 1,646.73 points to 388,851.68 and the JSE Index declined by 1,500.36 points to close at 354,287.88.
Main market trading closed with Carreras leading with 4,106,737 units, or 53 percent of the day’s volume, JMMB Group 7.25% preference shares with 862,000 units with and 11 percent of volume traded and NCB Financial with 585,404 units accounting for 7.6 percent of main market volume.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows just 7 stocks ending with the bid higher than the last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
The market closed with much trading volume than on Thursday as 7,711,871 units valued at $172,980,680 changed hands, compared with 3,304,274 units valued at $77,547,412 being exchanged, on Thursday.
Trading resulted in an average of 275,424 units valued at over $6,177,881, in contrast to 110,142 shares valued at $2,584,914 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 251,748 valued at $3,117,393, compared to 251,748 valued at $3,117,393. October closed, with an average of 290,851 shares, valued $5,213,901, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Caribbean Cement jumped $4 to close at $50 in trading of 48,646 shares, Grace Kennedy fell 60 cents to end trading of 63,596 shares at $55, Jamaica Producers dipped gained $1.50 to end at $24.51, trading 650,876 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange lost 84 cents, in closing at $10.16, trading 96,393 shares, JMMB Group declined $1 to $33, with an exchange of 231,551 shares, Kingston Wharves rose $1.90 to $77.90 trading 2,683 shares, Mayberry Investments rose 43 cents to settle at $10, in exchanging 46,773 units, NCB Financial Group rose 40 cents and ended trading of 164,248 shares at $130.41. PanJam Investment gained 60 cents in closing at $65.70, with an exchange of 40,135 stock units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose 50 cents and settled at $12, trading 12,010 shares, Salada Foods lost $1 to close at $20.50 as 19,000 shares traded, Scotia Group rose $2.49 trading 100,792 to close at $55.99, Seprod lost $1 to end trading of 209,641 shares at $28.50 and Supreme Ventures added 49 cents and ended at $16.95, with an exchange of 100 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 52,105 units valued at $12,214. JMMB Group completed trading at $1.05 with 2,704 stock units and Proven investments completed trading 49,401 shares and lost 1 cent to end at 19 U$ cents and rose 0.5 cents. The JSE USD Equities Index fell 2.22 points to close at 157.43.

Junior Market jumps 34 points – Friday

The Junior Market Index advanced by 34.58 points to close at 3,208.39 at the close on Friday as 23 securities traded versus 28 on Thursday with 6 stocks rising, 10 declining and 7 remaining unchanged.
At the close, investors exchanged 956,921 units valued at $3,959,209 compared to 1,426,982 units valued at $5,935,222 on Thursday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator closed Friday with 3 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, while 3 closed with lower offers.
Trading ended with an average of 41,605 units for an average of $172,139 in contrast to 50,964 units for an average of $211,972 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 101,813 units valued at $501,965 and previously 101,813 units valued at $501,965. October, ended with an average of 69,421 units valued at $347,455 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, AMG Packaging gained 5 cents to end at $1.80, trading 15,810 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading 19,170 units at $4.80, CAC2000 finished trading at $16, while exchanging 20,200 shares, Caribbean Cream ended trading of 19,950 shares, with a loss of 98 cents at $5.02, Caribbean Producers finished trading with a loss of 25 cents at $5.75, in exchanging 18,630 units. Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 10 cents at $2.60, with 96,381 shares changing hands. Everything Fresh rose 20 cents in trading 73,762 shares to close at $1.80, Express Catering ended trading 117,837 shares, with a loss of 6 cents at $7.49, FosRich Group lost 2 cents to end at $3.84, with 43,049 shares changing hand, General Accident finished trading 1,000 shares at $4. Honey Bun ended 2 cents higher at $4, with 8,781 units changing hands, Indies Pharma fell 5 cents and ended trading 20,039 shares to close at $3, Jamaican Teas settled 48 cents higher at $4.38, trading 14,000 shares, Jetcon Corporation traded 78,210 stock units, but fell 20 cents to $3.80, Key Insurance traded 200 units with a loss of 9 cents at $3.16. Knutsford Express closed at $12, with 13,000 shares changing hands, Lasco Distributors lost 20 cents to close at $3.80, in an exchange of 60,406 shares, Lasco Financial concluded trading of 60,000 stock units at 4 cents higher at $5.05, Lasco Manufacturing gained 24 cents to $3.44, with 11,568 units changing hands. Medical Disposables ended trading at $7.50, with 2,123 shares SSL Venture Capital traded 4,599 shares and lost 1 cent to end at $1.75 and Stationery and Office traded 16,206 shares at $9.98. In the junior market preference segment, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 36 cents at $2.15, with 242,000 shares changing hands.

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

Guardian & Republic in big Friday push

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The Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange indices rose at the close of trading on Friday as Guardian Holding rose $1.02 to $18 following release of news that NCB Financial Group would be making a bid to acquire 22 percent more of the company’s shares and Republic Holdings jumped $3.30 to help push the market.
Market activities ended with 14 securities trading versus 21 on Thursday, with 7 advancing, 4 declining and 3 remaining unchanged. The market closed with two stocks ending at 52 weeks’ low as 434,574 units valued at $3,501,297 traded, compared to 326,195 units valued at $6,427,017 changing hands on Wednesday.
The Composite Index 11.82 points on to 1,243.30. The All T&T Index gained 16.90 points to 1,700.81, while the Cross Listed Index added 0.90 points to close at 105.79.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading closed with 2 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
Stocks closing with gains| Calypso Macro Index Fund rose 4 cents in trading 500 shares to close at $15.85, Grace Kennedy concluded trading 18 cents and ended at $3, with 2,678 stock units changing hands, Guardian Holdings concluded trading with a gain of $1.02 completed trading at $18, with 10,000 units, NCB Financial Group added 5 cents and settled at $6.55, after exchanging 6,000 shares, Republic Financial Holdings concluded trading with a gain of $3.30 concluded at $107.06, after exchanging 6,083 shares, Scotiabank increased 11 cents and completed trading at $64.50, with 3,175 units and Trinidad & Tobago NGL rose 2 cents and settled at $29.43, after exchanging 17,033 shares.
Stocks closing with losses| Clico Investments ended trading 4 cents lower and ended at $20, with 45,383 stock units changing hands, First Caribbean International Bank concluded trading with a loss of 5 cents and completed trading at $8, with 50,600 units, Sagicor Financial traded with a loss of 5 cents and ended at a 52 weeks’ low of $7.25, with 3,000 stock units changing hands and Trinidad Cement closed with a loss of 1 cent and concluded at $2.70, after exchanging 24,738 shares.
Stocks trading with no price change| First Citizens settled at $32.75, after exchanging 278 shares, JMMB Group concluded at $1.84, after exchanging 265,000 shares and Massy Holdings concluded at $46.80, after exchanging 106 shares.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

NCB to go for 52% of Guardian Holdings

NCB had a good 2018 fiscal year with strong profit gains.

The way is now cleared for NCB Financial Group to go after nearly 52 percent of Guardian Holdings shares at US$2.65 each, a release from the Trinidad and Tobago Financial Services Commission states.
NCB group had made an offer to take over up to 62 percent of the shares at US$2.35 and received offers well in excess of this amount. Some minority shareholders objected to the pricing and took the matter to the Commission. While the new price will cost NCB more than originally agreed if they were to go for the original target, Guardian has now made more profit and would therefore be worth more than at the time the original offer was made.
The NCB Group already owns 29.9 percent of the Guardian shares and just needs to pick up 22 percent of the overall shareholdings to land them the majority of the shares. The two largest shareholders in the Guardian had signed an agreement to sell to NCB.
In effect the minority shareholders action resulted in a negative outcome for those shareholders who had originally offered their shares for sale.

Falling stocks dominate JSE main market – Thursday

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market lost more ground on Thursday, with volume exceeding Wednesday’s levels by a wide margin.
Market activity closed with 32 active securities in the main and US dollar markets, compared to 33 on Wednesday with the prices of 8 stocks rose, 18 declined and 6 remained unchanged.
The All Jamaica Composite Index lost 299.44 points to end at 390,498.41 and the JSE Index declined by 272.83 points to close at 355,788.24.
Main market trading closed with Jamaica Producers leading with 650,876 units, or 19.7 percent of the day’s volume, Seprod with 616,205 units and 18.7 percent of volume traded and 1834 Investments with 443,270 units accounting for 13.4 percent of main market volume.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows just 2 stocks ending with the bid higher than the last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.
The market closed with much trading volume than on Wednesday as 3,304,274 units valued at $77,547,412 changed hands, compared with 7,229,792 units valued at $190,325,727 being exchanged, on Wednesday.
Trading resulted in an average of 110,142 units valued at over $2,584,914, in contrast to 225,931 shares valued at $5,947,679 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 251,748 valued at $3,117,393, compared to 265,815 valued at $3,175,481. October closed, with an average of 290,851 shares, valued $5,213,901, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments lost $1 to close at $19, trading 140,000 shares, Berger Paints lost $1.40 and ended at $18.60, with 6,680 stock units, Caribbean Cement dived $4 to close at $46 in trading of 500 shares, Grace Kennedy rose 60 cents to end trading of 10,836 shares at $55, Jamaica Producers dipped 99 cents to end at $23.01, trading 650,876 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange lost 84 cents, in closing at $10.16, trading 96,393 shares, JMMB Group rose $1.60 to $34, with an exchange of 63,957 shares, Kingston Wharves dropped $2 to $76 trading 14,080 shares, Mayberry Investments shed 43 cents to settle at $9.57, in exchanging 13,638 units, NCB Financial Group rose 40 cents and ended trading of 164,248 shares at $130.41. PanJam Investment gained 60 cents in closing at $65.10, with an exchange of just 1,775 stock units, Sagicor Group declined 90 cents to $38.65, trading 37,603 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund fell 98 cents and settled at $11.50, trading 64,571 shares, Scotia Group rose $4.70 trading 90,583 to close at $55.99, Seprod rose $2.50 to end trading 616,205 shares at $29.50, Sterling Investments lost 75 cents and closed at $19.75, trading 800 shares, Supreme Ventures lost 50 cents and ended at $16.50, with an exchange of 156,532 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments Jamaican dollar based ordinary share dropped 95 cents in trading 33,550 units at $11.05.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 40,126 units valued at $5,783. Proven investments completed trading 21,126 shares to end at 20 U$ cents and rose 0.5 cents and Sygnus Credit Investments US dollar based ordinary share dropped 2 cents in trading 19,000 units at an all-time low of 8 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index fell 3.13 points to close at 159.65.

9 Junior Market stocks rose 6 fell – Thursday

Investors brushed aside the less than spectacular results of a number of Junior Market companies and drove the majority of stocks higher at the close of trading on Thursday with 9 stocks rising, 6 declining and 13 remaining unchanged as 28 securities traded versus 25 on Wednesday.
At the close, the market Index lost 12.58 points to close at 3,173.81, with an exchange of 1,426,982 shares valued at $5,935,222, compared to 3,017,657 units valued at $9,935,529 on  Wednesday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator closed Thursday with 3 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, while 2 closed with lower offers.
Trading ended with an average of 50,964 units for an average of $211,972 in contrast to 120,706 units for an average of $397,421 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 101,813 units valued at $501,965 and previously 108,057 units valued at $537,578. October, ended with an average of 69,421 units valued at $347,455 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, Access Financial closed at $49.50, with 5,027 shares changing hands, Blue Power concluded trading with a loss of 69 cents to close at $4.80, with 6,230 units, CAC2000 closed at $16, trading 6,000 shares, Caribbean Cream ended trading of 21,255 shares at $6, Caribbean Producers finished trading 49 cents higher at $6, with 28,021 units changing hands. Consolidated Bakeries closed trading of 13,636 shares at $2, Derrimon Trading ended at $2.70, in exchanging 102,629 shares, Dolphin Cove rose $1.50 higher to $16.30, swapping 2,200 shares, Elite Diagnostic finished with a loss of 10 cents at $3.20, with 50,984 stock units trading. Everything Fresh lost 15 cents in trading 140,457 shares to close at of all-time low of $1.60, Express Catering ended trading at $7.55, with 112,354 shares, FosRich Group traded 46 cents higher at $3.86, with 26,616 shares, GWest Corporation closed at $1.90, with 2,550 stock units trading, Honey Bun ended 47 cents higher at $3.98, exchanging 10,900 units. Indies Pharma ended trading 20,357 shares to close at $3.05, Jamaican Teas settled at $3.90, with 21,126 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended trading 312,323 stock units, with a loss of 50 cents at $4, KLE Group finished trading of 104,000 shares, with a loss of 59 cents at $3.41, Knutsford Express closed at $12, exchanging 3,933 shares. Lasco Distributors ended at $4, swapping 104,153 shares, Lasco Financial concluded trading of 124,755 stock units to close 16 cents higher at $5.01, Lasco Manufacturing finished 2 cents higher at $3.20, with 173,000 units having been exchanged, Medical Disposables ended trading 592 shares, with a loss of 15 cents at $7.50, SSL Venture Capital traded 1,900 shares at $1.76 and Stationery and Office finished trading 301 stock units and rose 48 cents higher to $9.98. In the junior market preference segment, CAC2000 9.5% closed 16 cents higher at $1.16, with a mere 110 shares changing hands, Eppley 8.25% concluded trading of 100 units in gaining 29 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ high of at $6.35 and Eppley 9.5% finished at $6, with 31,473 shares changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Treasury bill rates inched higher

Bids for Treasury bills for three offerings for the government of Jamaica that were auctioned on November 15 in the amounts of $700 million each resulted in modest increase in two and a slight decline in another.
The auction attracted $826,712,000 for the 91 days issue, $1,097,475,700 for the 182 days bill and $1.997 billion for the 283 issue. The bills attracted in less amounts than the previous auction in October by $895 million and $1.4 billion each for the other two issues.
Average Yield ended at 1.95181 percent for the 91 days instrument, up from 1.786 percent in October. The 182 days Treasury bill inched up to 1.98594 percent from 1.954 percent but the 283 instrument, slipped modestly, to 2.05676 percent from 2.064 percent.

Inflation moderates in October

Prices in Jamaica increased in October but at a slightly slower pace than in September according to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) in a release today.
“The All Jamaica Consumer Price Index for October recorded an inflation rate of 0.7 percent”, the report from Statin said, down from 1.1 percent in September. The movement in the October CPI was influenced by a 1.7 percent increase, for Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages. Prices for vegetables and starchy foods resulting in the group Food moving upwards by 1.8 percent. The Transport division increased by 0.5 percent as a result of an increase in the price for petrol and air travel.
The increases were tempered by a 1.3 percent decline in the division Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels due mainly to reduced rates for electricity despite the increased rates for water and sewage, the Statin report stated. The index

Crude price in sharp fall coupled with J$ appreciation to create negative inflation ahead.

for the group Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels fell by 2.5 percent while, the group Water Supply and Miscellaneous Services Related to Dwelling advanced by 0.5 percent.
The calendar year-to-date inflation was 3.5 percent while the movement in the index for the fiscal year-to-date was 3.8 percent with inflation over the last 12 months being 4.7 percent.
The higher inflation rate came as a result of the rate of exchange of the Jamaican dollar sliding from around $125 to one US dollar in May to a low of $137.95, that would have helped to push up the prices of imported items and petroleum and spiked inflation that ran at a negative rate up to May. Since October when the survey would have been done, the rate of exchange for the Jamaican dollar appreciated J$132.17 to the US dollar and since then appreciated further to J$126.58 to the US dollar and seems set to enjoy further appreciation.

TTSE falls again on Thursday

Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange Head Quarters

The Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange indices all fell on Wednesday with National Enterprises leading the declines with a fall of 44 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $8 while heavily weighted First Caribbean International Bank shed 8 cents, to weigh heavily on the market.
Market activities ended with 21 securities trading versus 19 on Wednesday, with 9 advancing, 9 declining and 3 remaining unchanged. The market closed with two stocks ending at 52 weeks’ low as 326,195 units valued at $6,427,017 traded, compared to 119,782 units valued at $2,475,785 changing hands on Wednesday.
The Composite Index dropped 5.68 points to 1,231.48. The All T&T Index declined 25.10 points to 1,689.91, while the Cross Listed Index fell 0.43 points to close at 105.62.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading closed with 4 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
Stocks closing with gains| Angostura Holdings closed with a gain of 5 cents at $15.75, with 28,543 stock units changing hands, Ansa Mcal gained 1 cent and ended at $55.01, with 800 units trading, Ansa Merchant finished trading with a gain of 1 cent at $38.26, after exchanging 500 shares, First Citizens closed with an increase of 10 cents and completed trading at $32.75, after exchanging 1,698 stock units, Grace Kennedy closed with a rise of 1 cent to $2.82, with 3,000 stock units changing hands. JMMB Group finished 7 cents higher and settled at $1.84, after exchanging 80,000 shares, LJ Williams B share gained 5 cents and completed trading at $0.75, after exchanging 30,000 stock units, Prestige Holdings added 1 cent and ended at $7.31, with 1,000 units changing hands and Trinidad Cement gained 1 cent and settled at $2.71, after exchanging 3,000 shares.
Stocks closing with losses| Clico Investments shed 11 cents and concluded trading at $20.04, with 20,370 stock units changing hands, First Caribbean International Bank lost 10 cents and ended at a 52 weeks’ low of $8.05, exchanging 1,135 units, Guardian Holdings ended trading 2 cents lower at $16.98, with 1,200 units, Massy Holdings concluded trading with a loss of 3 cents and settled at $46.80, after exchanging 1,621 shares, National Enterprises traded with a loss of 44 cents and ended at $8, with 1,000 stock units changing hands, One Caribbean Media closed with a loss of 1 cent and settled at $11.99, trading 2,843 shares, Sagicor Financial closed with a loss of 9 cents and ended at $7.30, with 26,820 stock units changing hands, Scotiabank shed 11 cents and ended at $64.39, trading 70,468 units and Trinidad & Tobago NGL lost 8 cents and completed trading at $29.41, after exchanging 2,640 shares.
Stocks trading with no price change| Guardian Media settled at $15, after exchanging 957 shares, National Flour ended at $1.68, with 6,500 units and NCB Financial Group completed trading at $6.50, after exchanging 42,100 shares.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.