More gains for Junior Market – Wednesday

The Junior Market Index advanced by 38.12 points to close at 2,977.15 on Wednesday. Trading ended with 33 securities changing hands, with the prices of 13 securities advancing, 11 declining and 5 remaining unchanged.
The market closed with an exchange of 10,921,039 units valued at $36,285,573 compared to 5,262,765 units valued at $15,028,751 from 34 securities on Tuesday.
Trading ended with an average of 330,941 units at $1,099,563 for each security traded in contrast to 154,787 units for an average of $442,022 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 142,287 valued at $422,520 and previously 125,090 units valued at $360,800. In contrast, January closed with an average of 137,619 units valued at $521,935 for each security traded. The average PE ratio for the Junior Market ended at 13.5 based on 2019 earnings.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with lower offers.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging jumped 39 cents to $1.90 with just 100 shares traded, Consolidated Bakeries landed at $1.65 after falling 12 cents in trading of 201,000 units, Derrimon Trading closed 3 cents higher at $2, with 39,335 stock units crossing the exchange. Everything Fresh ended with a loss of 1 cent at 94 cents with 45,302 stock units changing hands, Express Catering shed 35 cents in trading of 47,944 units at $5.35, Fontana closed 10 cents higher at $6.80, with 1,065,837 stock units trading. General Accident dropped 20 cents in the swapping 194,089 units at $6.50, Honey Bun exchanged 29,177 units at $7.18, after declining 12 cents, iCreate lost 3 cents in trading 35,292 shares to close at 70 cents. Iron Rock Insurance fell 6 cents to $3.29 with 300 units crossing the exchange, Jamaican Teas ended trading with 46,888 shares, after rising 35 cents to end at $6.35, Knutsford Express settled at $10 after jumping70 cents with an exchange of 5,356 shares. Lasco Distributors closed trading of 2,731,290 units and gained 10 cents to end at $3.15, Lasco Financial climbed 8 cents and exchanged 113,033 shares at $3.08, Lasco Manufacturing ended trading with 778,250 units and gained 50 cents to close at $4.40. Limners and Bards ended 5 cents higher at $2.65, with 75,541 stock units trading, Lumber Depot finished with a loss of 1 cent at $1.50 with 160,568 stock units changing hands, MailPac slipped 1 cent and traded 451,095 stock units to close at $1.99. Main Event exchange 24,407 shares to finish at $5.50 after falling 47 cents, Medical Disposables closed 9 cents higher at $5.19, with 42,589 stock units trading, Paramount Trading closed with 34,800 units crossing the exchange and gained 20 cents to end at $1.90. SSL Venture exchanged 1,885 units and gained 2 cents to end at $1.12 and Stationery and Office Supplies gained 30 cents to end at $9.10 with 14,454 units crossing the market. CAC 2000 9.5% preference share ended with 1,129 shares to close at a 52 weeks’ low of 85 cents after falling 5 cents.

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

JSE Main Market pulls back

The Jamaica Stock Exchange shed some of the gains accumulated over the past four days as the value of stocks trading rose well over Tuesday’s levels, but with lower volume.
All Jamaican Composite Index declined by 1,388.73 points to close at 536,548.26, at the close on Wednesday, the JSE Market Index dropped 1,256.86 points to 488,451.55 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.29 points to 132.56.
The market closed with 45 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with the prices of 12 advancing, 18 declining and 15 trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 42 securities accounting for 13,058,687 units valued at $207,850,962 in contrast to 17,938,463 units valued at $135,316,853 from 42 securities on Tuesday.
Sagicor Select Financial Fund led trading with 4.1 million shares, and accounting for 31.5 percent of total volume, Wigton Windfarm followed with 2.45 million units for 18.8 percent of the day’s trade and QWI Investments with 1.8 million shares accounted for 14 percent of market share.
The Market closed with an average of 424,688 units valued at $5,069,536 for each security traded, in contrast to 427,106 units valued at an average of $3,221,830 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amount to 633,300 units for $2,795,851 for each security changing hands compared to 649,717 units at $2,601,640 for each security traded. Trading in January resulted in an average of 626,134 units valued at $3,511,981 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows ten stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and one closing with a lower offer. The PE ratio of the market ended at 20.5, while the Main Market ended at 19.8 times 2019 earnings.
In the prime market, Eppley added $1.30 to settle at $16.30 in trading 1,304 units, Grace Kennedy rose $1.38 to $69, with 3,825 shares changing hands, JMMB Group closed 79 cents lower to $45.40, after transferring 119,466 shares, Kingston Wharves dropped $4.99 to close at $55.01, in swapping 15,569 units. 138 Student Living added $1.28 to close at 52 weeks’ high of $6.66, with an exchange of 52,425 shares. PanJam Investment closed at $100.94, with gains of $1.74 trading 559,598 shares, Proven Investments lost 58 cents to end at $47.50, in transferring 4,456 units, Pulse Investments closed $1.15 higher to a 52 weeks’ closing high of $11, after swapping 134,751 shares. Salada Foods declined by $4.47 to $27.53 trading only 700 units, Scotia Group ended at $53.11, with a loss of 89 cents after transferring 771,557 shares. Seprod lost $1 and closed at $50, with 543,758 shares changing hands, Sygnus Credit Investments shed $1.21 to settle at $24.70, in swapping 34,376 shares and Wisynco Group lost 30 cents exchanging 123,760 shares at $22.50.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 231,872 units valued at over US$205,111. The market index gained 0.14 points to close at 230.65. JMMB Group 5.75% preference share lost 10 cents trading 89,732 to end at US$2, Proven Investments transferred 27,032 units at 31 US cents, Sterling Investments traded 8,517 shares at 2.7 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments exchanged 106,591 units at 16 US cents.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

TTSE rise with one stock gaining – Wednesday

Republic Holdings closed at a 52 weeks’ high on Wednesday.

The Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange indices gained on Wednesday with just one rising and edged out by those declining.  
The T&T Composite Index added 2.48 points to close at 1,511.15. The All T&T Index rose 2.42 points to 1,927.81, while the Cross Listed Index closed with a loss of gained 0.35 points to end at 148.27.
The market ended with 11 securities changing hands with the prices of one gaining, three declining while seven remained unchanged.
Trading resulted in an exchange of 452,688 shares for $13,232,899, compared to 291,062 shares for $6,574,500, with 14 securities trading on Tuesday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the bids of five stocks higher than their last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
Gains| Republic Holdings gained 75 cents and closed trading with 4,490 shares at 52 weeks’ high of $144.26.
Losses|JMMB Group fell 2 cents to end at $2.68, with investors trading 44,649 stock units, Massy Holdings lost 10 cents and exchanged 2,415 shares to finish at $62 and Trinidad & Tobago NGL shed 10 cents in transferring 11,955 shares to close at $20.89.
Firm Trades| Clico Investment closed at $28.50, with 313,709 units crossing the exchange, First Caribbean International Bank exchanged 14,245 units at $7.89, First Citizens Bank exchanged 43,777 stock units to settle at $50. NCB Financial exchanged 4,966 shares at $11.30 and Prestige Holdings traded 166 units to end at $8.99, Scotiabank traded 12,217 units to end at $62.50 and West Indian Tobacco closed at $39.49 while exchanging 99 stock units.

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

4 for 1 stock split for Pulse Investment?

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Investors in Pulse Investment can look forward to a stock split that is likely to see each existing stock split into four units when it becomes effective.The directors have not yet met to determine the exact amount of the split or the total number of shares that likely to be offered for sale later, but at Tuesday’s annual general meeting, the Chairman gave shareholders some sense as to what the outturn could be.
At the general meeting, shareholders approved a resolution “That the company be authorized to issue any or all of new shares pursuant to a Rights Issue or Stock Split or both, as the Directors may determine.” The company is not only planning to split the stock but is likely to come to the market for fresh capital to assist with its venture into residential development and investments into other companies. The meeting was told of the progress being made in the hospitality sector with occupancy said to range from 30 percent up to 100 percent at various times of the year. Rental of commercial space had very high occupancy rates. The modeling segment continues to add new talent with good demand coming from overseas for some of the models.

Kingsley Cooper Chairman of Pulse Investments.

The Chairman explained to shareholders that the sum of $377 million shown in the financial statement as income represents amounts covering production expenses relating to TV shows and advertising entitlement sold or used by the company. For the 2019 fiscal year, Pulse reported profit of $688 million up from $315 million in 2018. For the six months to December 2019, the company reported profit of $230 million for the quarter versus $102 million and $473 million for the six months compared with $229 million in 2018. Operating revenues were $163 million for the December quarter and $312 million for the half-year. Fair value gains on investment property contributing $145 million to profit in the second quarter and $291 million for the half-year. Earnings per share ended at 14 cents for the quarter and 29 cents for the six months. Pulse is trading at $11.30 on Wednesday morning on the Jamaica Stock Exchange.

Main Market up 11,000 points in 4 days

The Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed higher on Tuesday for the fourth consecutive day, in the process clawed back 11,331 points of the 22,907.85 points lost from the start of February up to last Wednesday.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index advanced 1,598.69 points to close at 537,936.99, the JSE Market Index added 1,450.74 points to 489,708.41 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.69 points to 132.85.
The market closed with 46 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with the prices of 20 advancing, 12 declining and 14 trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 42 securities accounting for 17,938,463 units valued at $135,316,853 in contrast to 19,925,654 units valued at $93,234,047 from 40 securities on Monday.
Sagicor Select Financial Fund was the leading trade with 6.5 million shares for 36 percent of total volume. Wigton Windfarm followed with 5.6 million units for 31 percent of the day’s business and Sagicor Select Manufacturing and Distribution Fund ended with 1.7 million shares for 9 percent market share.
The Market closed with an average of 427,106 units valued at an average of $3,221,830 for each security traded, in contrast to 498,141 units valued at an average of $2,330,851 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amount to 649,717 units valued at $2,601,640 for each security changing hands compared to 669,236 units valued at $2,542,170 for each security traded. Trading in January resulted in an average of 626,134 units valued at $3,511,981 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows eight stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four closing with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 20.1, while the Main Market ended at 19.4 times the 2019 earnings.
In the Main Market, Caribbean Cement gained 35 cents to settle at $70.35 trading 137,026 shares, Eppley climbed $1.50 to $15 after exchanging 30,750 units, Grace Kennedy shed $2.88 to end at $67.62, in transferring 132,940 shares. Jamaica Broilers rose to $35, with gains of $1.18 and swapping 83,011 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange ended at $31.50, after losing 50 cents trading 21,277 shares,  JMMB Group added 64 cents to close at $46.19, with 90,789 units changing hands. Kingston Wharves slid $1.60 to $60, with 4,200 units crossing the exchange, Mayberry Investments lost 40 cents to end at $7.30, in an exchange of 37,730 units, NCB Financial dropped $2.90 to settle at $184.10, in swapping 285,534 shares, 138 Student Living gained $1.03 to close at $5.38, with 177,412 shares traded. Pulse Investments closed $1.65 lower to $9.85, with 189,925 shares changing hands. Sagicor Group added 81 cents, in rising to $70.50 trading 116,624 shares, Salada Foods declined $3 to $32, in after swapping a mere 180 units, Seprod settled at $51, after gaining $5 trading 31,388 shares. Supreme Ventures dipped $1.07 to $22.10, in exchanging 130,454 shares, Sygnus Credit Investments closed $1.21 higher to $25.91, after trading 74,479 shares and Wisynco Group gained 30 cents to close at $22.80, with an exchange of 92,295 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 54,580 units valued US$31,202. The market index dipped 0.12 points to close at 230.51. JMMB Group 5.75% preference share gained 10 cents trading 10,268 to end at US$2.10, Proven Investments exchanged 19,996 units at 31 US cents, Sterling Investments transferred 3,138 shares at 2.7 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments exchanged 21,178 units at 16 US cents.

Junior Market ekes out gains – Tuesday

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange finished on Tuesday with 34 securities changing hands, resulting in the prices of 11 securities advancing, 16 declining and 7  unchanged and resulted in the Market Index advancing 11.51 points to close at 2,939.03.
The market closed with an exchange of 5,262,765 units valued at $15,028,752 compared to 1,852,603 units for $6,069,167 from 33 securities on Monday.
Trading ended with an average of 154,787 units for an average of $442,022 in contrast to 56,139 units for an average of $183,914 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 125,090 units valued at $360,800 and previously 122,011 units valued at $352,381. In contrast, January closed with an average of 137,619 units valued at $521,935 for each security traded. The average PE ratio for the Junior Market ended at 13.4 based on 2019 earnings.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial closed with a loss of 80 cents at $27.20, in swapping of 7,872 shares, AMG Packaging declined by 48 cents to settle at $1.51, with an exchange of 120,145 shares, Caribbean Cream lost 1 cent to close at $3.35, with 20,893 stock units changing hands. Caribbean Producers shed 20 cents in trading of 176,647 units at $4.80, Consolidated Bakeries closed 2 cents lower at $1.77, with 500 units crossing the exchange, Derrimon Trading transferred 3,000 units, in rising 17 cents to end at $1.97, Dolphin Cove declined 50 cents in swapping of 14,861 units at $9.50. Elite Diagnostic closed trading with 116,204 shares, after rising 1 cent to $4.03, Everything Fresh ended trading with 62,260 shares, after rising 5 cents to settle at 95 cents, Express Catering lost 9 cents to close at $5.70, with 22,148 changing hands. Fontana shed 25 cents in trading of 366,519 units to close at $6.70, Fosrich swapped 7,380 units and gained 45 cents to end at $3.95, General Accident lost 1 cent with 19,500 stock units changing hands and closed at $6.70, Honey Bun slid 69 cents in trading 19,300 units to end at $7.30. iCreate shed 1 cent and closed at 73 cents with 58,925 stock units crossing the market. Jamaican Teas lost 1 cent trading 62,733 stock units to close at $6, Jetcon Corporation lost 15 cents to end at $1.25, in exchanging 68,569 units, Key Insurance ended trading with 12,800 shares, after rising 15 cents to settle at $3.05, Lasco Distributors declined by 5 cents in exchanging of 193,654 units to end at $3.05. Lasco Manufacturing fell 30 cents to close at $3.90, in swapping 240,400 units, Limners and Bards climbed 2 cents and exchanged 136,851 shares at $2.60, Lumber Depot declined 2 cents to close at $1.51, after transferring 58,429 units, MailPac ended trading with 3,021,977 shares, after rising 1 cent to end at $2. Main Event closed 2 cents higher at $5.97, in trading 43,655 stock units, Paramount Trading closed trading of 2,000 units and gained 23 cents to end at $1.70, Stationery and Office Supplies gained 80 cents, climbing to $8.80 with 2,055 units changing hands and tTech traded 2,000 shares at $4.70, after rising 10 cents.

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

TTSE stocks close down – Tuesday

The Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange closed down on Tuesday with rising stocks edging out those falling, but the major market indices slipped at the end of trading. 
The T&T Composite Index lost 5.92 points to close at 1,508.67. The All T&T Index dropped 8.86 points to 1,925.39, while the Cross Listed Index closed with a loss of 0.40 points to end at 147.92.
The market ended with 14 securities changing hands with the prices of three gaining, two declining while nine remained unchanged.
Trading resulted in an exchange of 291,062 shares for $6,574,500, compared to 370,249 shares for $3,025,869, with 19 securities trading on Monday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the bids of five stocks higher than their last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
Gains| Clico Investment gained 4 cents and closed at $28.50, with 92,662 units crossing the exchange, Republic Holdings gained 26 cents and closed trading with 8,715 shares at $143.26. Scotiabank traded 10 units and gained 50 cents to end at $62.50, Trinidad & Tobago NGL added 10 cents transferring 93,042 shares to close at $20.99.
Losses| Guardian Holdings had 3,707 units crossing the exchange, with a fall of one cent, to close at $22 and West Indian Tobacco lost 1 cent and closed at $39.49 while trading 1,572 stock units.
Firm Trades| First Caribbean International Bank exchanged 1,000 units at $7.89, First Citizens Bank exchanged 1,817 stock units to settle at $50, JMMB Group ended at $2.70, with investors trading 58,351 stock units. Massy Holdings exchanged 1,085 shares to finish at $62.10. National Enterprises ended at $5.51 after swapping 7,060 stock units changing hands, National Flour exchanged 1,152 stock units at $1.49. NCB Financial exchanged 20,449 shares at $11.30 and Prestige Holdings traded 440 units to end at $8.99.

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

 

Caribbean Assurance oversubscribed

Caribbean Assurance Brokers Initial Public Offer of shares to the public closed shortly after opening on Tuesday, February 18, with the issue oversubscribed, Mayberry Investments, brokers for the issue announced.
Caribbean Assurance Brokers offered 52.5 million ordinary shares at the price of $1.91 per share to the general public and selected group of subscribers.  Mayberry will advise Applicants of the preliminary basis of allotment of the shares by Friday, February 21, under the Junior Market Rules of the Jamaica Stock Exchange (“JSE”). The Company has made an application to list the shares on the Junior Market of the JSE.
The stock is attractively priced and is likely to surge sharply after the issue opens for trading.

4 Junior Market stocks at one year low

The Junior Market Index declined 34.68 points to close at 2,927.52, on Monday closing just above last Wednesday’s 20-month low as both value and volume of stocks trading fell below Friday’s levels as four stocks closed at 52 weeks’ lows.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 14 securities advanced, 15 declined and 4 remained unchanged.
At the close, 33 securities changed hands, resulting in an exchange of 1,852,603 units valued at $6,069,167 compared to 3,086,816 units valued at $7,108,119 from 36 securities on Friday.
Trading ended with an average of 56,139 units for an average of $183,914 in contrast to 85,745 units at 197,448 for each security traded on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 122,011 units valued at $352,381 and previously 129,380 units valued at $371,226. In contrast, January closed with an average of 137,619 units valued at $521,935 for each security traded. The average PE ratio for the Junior Market ended at 13.4 based on 2019 earnings.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows eight stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial lost 97 cents to settle at $28 with 172 shares changing hands, AMG Packaging finished 9 cents higher at $1.99 with 29,814 stock units trading, Blue Power ended the day at $4.40 after gaining 40 cents and exchanging 19,310 stock units. Cargo Handlers dipped 10 cents in trading of 100,000 units at a 52 weeks’ high of $7.85, Caribbean Cream ended trading with 2,100 shares after rising 1 cent to $3.36, Caribbean Flavours dropped $1.51 and closed market activity at $14.41 after an exchange of 1,000 shares. Caribbean Producers ended trading of 10,700 units and gained 20 cents to finish at $5, Consolidated Bakeries climbed 4 cents and exchanged 6,435 shares at $1.79, Derrimon Trading declined by 25 cents to settle at $1.80 with 20,500 units crossing the exchange. Elite Diagnostic closed trading of 4,210 units and gained 2 cents to end at $4.02, Everything Fresh finished with a loss of 1 cent at a new low of 90 cents with 230,000 stock units changing hands, Express Catering ended with 28,155 shares traded, after rising 29 cents to settle at $5.79. Fontana closed 41 cents higher at $6.95, with 95,356 stock units trading, after the company posted strong second-quarter results with the new store contributing to the growth in profit. Fosrich declined 34 cents to settle at $3.50, after an exchange of 16,820 shares, General Accident closed trading of 89,036 units with a rise of 51 cents to end at $6.71 following the release of full-year profit that was up 48 percent. Honey Bun ended the day with 15,300 shares exchanged, after rising 84 cents to end at $7.99, after the company reported a 41 percent rise in pretax profit for the December quarter.  iCreate gained 1 cent to end at 74 cents, trading 16,731 shares, Indies Pharma lost 20 cents in exchanging 35,000 shares to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $2.50. Jamaican Teas ended market activity with 10,391 shares crossing the exchange to close at $6.01 after falling 9 cents, Jetcon Corporation finished trading 32,298 shares after rising 1 cent to end at $1.40, Key Insurance closed with a loss of 30 cents at $2.90, with 1,971 shares changing hands. Knutsford Express ended market activity exchanging 500 shares to close at $9.30 after falling 15 cents, Lasco Financial dropped 75 cents to a 52 weeks’ low of $3 with 153,057 changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing lost 8 cents in trading 36,667 shares to close at $4.20. Limners and Bards dipped 9 cents in trading of 124,928 units at $2.58, Lumber Depot climbed 3 cents and exchanged 137,253 shares at $1.53, MailPac fell 11 cents trading of 512,419 units at $1.99. Medical Disposables rose 10 cents and exchanged 41,813 shares at $5.10 and tTech declined by 40 cents to settle at a 52 weeks’ low of $4.60 while trading a mere 300 stock units.

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

2020 IPOs offer opportunities but

Investors can look forward to 20 new listings for the Jamaica Stock Exchange in 2020, split equally between Junior and Main Market stocks, information from the Jamaica Stock Exchange indicates.
The final number could be more, or it could end being less than the above number. Over the past two years, offers of new shares on the market affected demand for stocks already listed on the exchange at the time of the offering, as some investors disposed of exiting stocks to raise funds to invest in the new offerings. Switching stocks had more impact in the Junior Market than the Main Market. Investors can expect more volatility this year if the new offers come close to the number mentioned above. The sell-off of existing stocks offers investor opportunities to pick up some good quality stocks at bargain prices.
First Rock is the first issue to come to the market to take up a large sum to expand its operation with more real estate acquisitions. Government-owned Trans-Jamaican Highway comes to market and could pull $14 billion from the market, and could add several thousand new investors to the market as the publicity associated with the issue attracts new investors. Caribbean Assurance Brokers is the third for 2020 and as they seek $100 million in new capital. Alliance Financial Services’ initial public offer is scheduled to come in February or early March, with the broker being JMMB Securities.
Others that expressed an interest in 2019, to list include, Tropical Battery, AJAS, Marathon Insurance Brokers, ARC Manufacturing, Express Fitness. Government of Jamaica’s ownership in the Jamaica Public Service Company, Jamaica Mortgage Bank, Factories Corporation, while UDC should have some entities that should go as well.
Grace Kennedy Capital Market
has five issues working on to come to market during the year; one is said to be in the food flavouring business.