Record close for Junior Market – Thursday

The Junior Market ended traded on Thursday record high closing high as more stocks gained than fell leaving The Junior Market Index advanced by 22.73 points to close at 3,436.31
Trading ended with 28 securities compared to 26 on Wednesday including 1 from the US dollar Junior Market, leading to 13 advancing, 7 declining and 8 remaining unchanged.
Investors exchanged 3,874,490 units valued at $18,122,803 compared to 3,671,416 units valued at $14,989,400 on Wednesday in the regular market.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 5 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 4 closed with lower offers.
Trading closed with an average of 138,375 units for an average of $647,243 in contrast to 141,208 units for an average of $576,515 on Wednesday. Trading for the month to date averages 531,728 units for an average of $3,009,661 and on the prior trading day, an average of 539,551 units for an average of $3,204,213. Trading in August, averaged 244,613 units at $1,348,298 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, AMG Packaging ended at $1.95, with 33,550 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading of 1,000 units and rose 3 cents to $7, CAC 2000 jumped $1 to a 52 weeks’ high of $13, trading 44,000 shares, Cargo Handlers settled $2 higher at a 52 weeks’ high of $15, with 500 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream ended trading 10 cents higher at $8, with 108,677 shares. Caribbean Flavours lost 50 cents to end at $18, with 110,000 stock units traded, Caribbean Producers finished trading 59,548 units with a loss of 1 cent at $6.09, Consolidated Bakeries closed with a loss of 3 cents at $2.46, trading 111 shares, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 50 cents at $2.50, in exchanging 1,126,228 shares. Elite Diagnostic finished with a loss of 1 cent at $3.16, trading 31,816 stock units, Everything Fresh rose 27 cents in trading 25,134 shares to end at $2.29, Eppley settled at $10, with 1,695 units changing hands, Express Catering ended trading 12 cents higher at $8.02, exchanging 186,942 shares, FosRich Group traded 1 cent higher at $3.21, with 80,689 shares. GWest Corporation closed with a loss of 5 cents at $2.15, as 25,528 stock units were traded, Honey Bun ended with a loss of 15 cents at $4, with 39,698 units, Indies Pharma closed trading with 252,318 shares changing hands at $3.75, ISP Finance finished trading of 2,000 shares at $20, Jamaican Teas settled 35 cents higher at $5, with 232,117 shares changing hands. Jetcon Corporation ended trading 322,842 stock units, 10 cents higher at $4.10, Knutsford Express closed at $11.50, swapping 1,960 shares, Lasco Distributors ended 5 cents higher at $4, trading 327,700 shares, Lasco Financial concluded trading of 625,607 stock units 4 cents higher at $5.50. Lasco Manufacturing finished at $4, with 15,100 units, Main Event settled $1.20 higher at $6.50, with 15,000 shares changing hands, Medical Disposables ended trading 40 cents higher at $6.50, with 52,230 shares and Paramount Trading traded 100,300 shares at $3.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Stock split proposal pushes Witco stock – Thursday

3 for 1 stock split coming for Witco

West Indian Tobacco is proposing a 3 for 1 stock split to be considered at a Special Meeting of Shareholders will be held on Tuesday October 30. The announcement helped to drive the stock up 45 cents in Thursday’s trading.
Trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange, closed mixed on Thursday, with the Composite Index falling 3 points to 1,218.58, the All T&T Index rising 0.83 points to 1,689.17, while the Cross Listed Index shed 0.95 points to close at 100.56.
At close, 13 securities changed hands, with the price of 2 advancing, 6 declining and 5 remaining unchanged, against a total 14 securities trading on Wednesday.
The market ended trading with 222,525 shares valued $1,844,656 changing hands, compared to 164,072 shares valued $1,753,760 on Wednesday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading closed with 3 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
Stocks closing with gains| Republic Financial Holdings gained 2 cents and settled at a 52 weeks’ high of $103.69, after exchanging 91 shares and West Indian Tobacco increased 45 cents and ended at $88.45, with just 592 units trading after the company indicated the recommendation of a 3 for 1 stock split.
Stocks closing with losses| Clico Investments shed 10 cents and closed at $19.90, with 11,973 stock units changing hands, Grace Kennedy lost 30 cents, ending at $2.70, with 19,000 stock units changing hands, JMMB Group ended trading 3 cents lower and settled at $1.65, after exchanging 29,551 shares. NCB Financial Group concluded trading with a loss of 37 cents, trading 1,200 shares at $5.73, Sagicor Financial, traded with a loss of 4 cents to $7.70, with 90,000 stock units changing hands and Trinidad & Tobago NGL shares fell 2 cents and completed trading at $29.03, after exchanging 3,835 shares.
Stocks trading with no price change| First Caribbean International Bank ended at $8.50, trading 22,000 units, First Citizens completed trading at $32.60, after exchanging 2,560 shares, Massy Holdings settled at $47.20, after exchanging 727 shares, One Caribbean Media settled at $12.11, after exchanging 81 shares and Prestige Holdings ended at $8, with 40,915 units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

All Jamaica just 1,700 points from 400K

The Jamaica Stock Exchange climbed sharply within just a minute of the opening of trading on Thursday, with the All Jamaican Composite Index surging to just under 5,800 points to a new record high and pushing the index within 1,700 points of the critical 400,000 points mark.
The All Jamaican Composite Index surging 5,783.43 points to a record 398,386.05 points and JSE Index surged 5,269.36 points to a record 362,974.75. The Junior Market is down 7.14 points to 3,406.44.
The rise in the main market is due to jump in the prices of Scotia Group trading at $64 and NCB Financial that traded at $123.01 and Kingston Wharves at $73.

JSE All Jamaica surges 7,458 points to record close

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The main market of Jamaica Stock Exchange surged to the highest level ever on Wednesday with the All Jamaica Composite Index surging 7,458.32 points to a new record close of 392,602.62 and the JSE Index jumping 6,795.37 points to a record close at 357,705.39.
Market activities resulted in just 29 securities trading, including 2 in the US dollar market compared to 33 securities trading on Tuesday. At the end of trading, the prices of 12 stocks rose, 12 declined and 5 closed trading, unchanged. Three stocks closed at 52 weeks’ high at the close.
The main market ended with 6,162,805 units valued $201,094,929 compared to 4,785,990 units valued at $69,191,788 changing hands, on Tuesday.
The day’s volume was led by, Sagicor Group  with 4,574,803 units, 74.23 percent of the volume traded, followed by Jamaica Stock Exchange with 547,640 and 8.9 percent of main market volume and Carreras with 507,942 units and 8.24 percent of the day’s volume.
Trading resulted in an average of 228,252 units valued at an average of $7,447,960, in contrast to 149,562 units valued at over $2,162,243 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 409,365 shares valued $3,936,656, compared to 433,603 shares valued $4,116,343 traded on the immediately preceding trading day. August closed, with an average of 224,564 shares valued at $4,310,285, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments jumped $2.80 to closed at a record $18.50, trading 8,800 shares, Berger Paints fell 50 cents to $21.50, with 2,525 stock units changing hands, Caribbean Cement lost 75 cents to finish at $47.50, trading 15,870 shares, Grace Kennedy declined by 50 cents and ended trading of 25,183 shares at $57.00, JMMB Group climbed $1 and ended at record $33, with 9,700 shares trading. Kingston Wharves gained $2 and finished at $72 trading 500 stock units, Mayberry Investments gained 36 cents and settled at $8.30, exchanging 3,357 units, NCB Financial Group climbed $3 and ended trading 19,217 shares at $123. Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose $1 to $12 with the trading of 47,657 units, Salada Foods lost $1 to end trading 8,600 stock units at $18, Scotia Group traded 4,883 units after rising $1 to a record closing high of $63 and Sygnus Credit Investments lost $1.03 in trading 58,536 shares to end at $12.50.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 29,915 units valued at $14,950 as Productivity Business ended trading increased 0.20 cents and completed trading at 55 US cents with 25,300 shares and Proven Investments ended trading with 4,615 shares and declined 0.10 cents to 22 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index  lost 0.76 points to close at 168.80. The JSE USD Equities Index increased 0.04 points to close at 169.56. IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading is very strong for continuation of the market’s rally and shows 5 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 closing with lower offers.

Junior Market missed record close – Wednesday

The Junior Market traded mostly at record territory for most of the trading session on Wednesday. A late pull back in the prices of Derrimon Trading and Indies Pharma pulled the index below the previous close.
The Junior Market Index declined by 9.14 points to close at 3,413.58 as trading ended with 26 securities compared to 25 on Wednesday plus 1 from the US dollar Junior Market on both days, leading to 7 advancing, 11 declining and 8 remaining unchanged. Investors exchanged 3,671,416 units valued at $14,989,400 compared to 2,560,907 units valued at $10,090,700 on Tuesday in the regular market and one in the US dollar segment.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 5 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 4 closed with lower offers.
Trading closed with an average of 141,208 units for an average of $576,515 in contrast to 102,436 units for an average of $403,628 on Tuesday. Trading for the month to date averages 539,551 units for an average of $$3,204,213 and on the prior trading day, an average of 572,535 units for an average of $3,421,793. Trading in August, averaged 244,613 units at $1,348,298 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, AMG Packaging ended at $1.95, in trading 399,016 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading of 153,742 units, with a loss of 3 cents at $6.97 after trading at an intraday high of $7.50, CAC 2000 finished $1 higher at a 52 weeks’ high of $12, with 19,500 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream ended trading of 6,250 shares and gained 64 cents to end at $7.90, Caribbean Producers closed at $6.10, trading 17,331 units. Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 20 cents at $3, with 527,890 shares changing hands, Dolphin Cove concluded trading 1,300 shares at $17, Elite Diagnostic finished with a loss of 23 cents at $3.17, exchanging 5,000 stock units, Everything Fresh rose 2 cents in trading 21,000 shares to end at $2.02, Express Catering ended trading of 82,777 shares with a loss of 49 cents at $7.90. FosRich Group declined 1 cent to end at $3.20, trading 5,750 shares, Honey Bun ended with a loss of 10 cents at $4.15, with 1,800 units trading, Indies Pharma lost 17 cents and closed with 1,534,316 shares changing hands at $3.75, Jamaican Teas settled 25 cents higher at $4.65, with 13,767 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended at $4, trading 37,117 stock units. Key Insurance traded 446,525 units with a loss of 25 cents at $3.50, KLE Group finished trading 50,000 shares at $3, Knutsford Express closed with a loss of $1.20 at $11.50, with an exchange of 48,384 shares, Lasco Distributors ended with a loss of 5 cents at $3.95, with 2,000 shares changing hands. Lasco Financial concluded trading at $5.46, with 19,000 stock units, Lasco Manufacturing finished at $4, with an exchange of 13,000 units, Medical Disposables ended trading 3,740 shares with a loss of 70 cents at $6.10, Paramount Trading gained 40 cents to close at $3, with 91,400 shares traded. Stationery and Office finished trading 24 cents higher at $9.25, after 157,954 stock units were exchanged and tTech ended 10 cents higher at $6.10, with the trading of 3,857 shares. In the Junior Market US dollar market Eppley 5% us preference share traded 117 units with at $1.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

8 TTSE stocks rose on Wednesday

Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange Head Quarters

Trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange, closed mixed on Wednesday, with the Composite Index rising 1.90 points to 1,221.58, the All T&T Index shed 1.36 points to 1,688.34, while the Cross Listed Index gained 0.72 points to close at 101.51.
At close, 14 securities changed hands, with the price of 8 advancing, 2 declining and 4 remaining unchanged, against a total 12 securities trading on Tuesday.
The market ended trading with 164,072 shares valued $1,753,760 changing hands, compared to 24,947 shares valued $1,118,165 on Monday.
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 1 with a lower offer.
Stocks closing with gains| Clico Investments gained 5 cents and ended at $20, with 100 stock units changing hands, Grace Kennedy rose 29 cents and ended at $3, with 155 stock units trading, National Enterprises traded 2,465 stock units with an increase of 1 cent to $8.96, NCB Financial Group rose 35 cents to settle at $6.10, after exchanging 625 shares, Sagicor Financial closed with a gain of 13 cents at $7.74, with 6,776 stock units changing hands, Trinidad & Tobago NGL gained 4 cents and settled at $29.05, after exchanging 3,931 shares, Unilever Caribbean finished trading with gains of 25 cents to $26.25, with 375 stock units changing hands and West Indian Tobacco closed with an increase of 40 cents and completed trading 929 units at $88.
Stocks closing with losses| National Flour closed with a loss of 1 cent after the trading of 6,754 units at $1.69 and Prestige Holdings plunged $1.40 and completed trading of 109,290 units at a 52 weeks’ low of $8.
Stocks trading with no price change| First Citizens settled at $32.60, after exchanging 354 shares, Guardian Holdings completed trading at $17, with 31,686 units changing hands, Massy Holdings closed at $47.20, after exchanging 500 shares andScotiabank completed trading of 132 units at $64.94.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

All Jamaica less than 8000 points from 400K

The Jamaica Stock Exchange climbed sharply with 17 minutes of trading left with the All Jamaican Composite Index surging to just under 7,600 points from big resistance point of 400,000.
The All Jamaican Composite Index surging 7,293.20 points to a record 392,437.50 points and JSE Index surged 6,644.93 points to a record 357,554.95. The Junior Market rose 8.77 points to a record 3,431.49 and if it closes around this level would represent a record closing high for the market of emerging companies.
The rise in the main market is due to jump in the prices of Scotia Group trading at $64 and NCB Financial that traded at $123.

Inflation picks up

Price increases in Jamaica for the year to August rose to 1.6 percent with August adding 0.9 percent increase to consumer prices, slightly less than the 1 percent increase in July while price increases for the past twelve months was 3.9 percent.
The fiscal year-to-date is running at 1.9 percent and seems to be running below the 4-6 percent range the central bank targeted but may fall just below the Bank’s latest revised forecast 0f 3.5-6.5 percent, with the months ahead, usually recording lower inflation than the summer months.
According to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), “The upward movement in August 2018 CPI was influenced by a 1.6 percent increase, in the index for the Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages division, primarily due to higher prices for agricultural produce resulting in an increase of 0.6 percent in the class Vegetables and Starchy Foods.” “Another influence on the upward movement was the Furnishing, Household Equipment and Routine Household maintenance division as a result of the increase in the Minimum Wage of approximately 13 percent,” Statin stated. A fall of 0.1 percent in the index for the division Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels, due to a lower electricity rates helped to ease the pressure of big increases.

12 day record run ends for JSE stocks

The main market of Jamaica Stock Exchange shot to a new record high on Tuesday putting the All Jamaica Composite Index at 391,561.55 points and the JSE index at 356,765.86 but falling prices of NCB Financial and Kingston Wharves put the halt to the 12 days of unbroken record run.
Shortly after hitting the intraday high, 300,000 of NCB Financial shares were sold between $119.65 down to $110.01 dragging the market into negative territory, but the trading of 55,007 shares after ward lifted the price to $120 at the close.
The market closed, with the All Jamaica Composite Index falling 693.30 points to close at 385,144.30 and the JSE Index losing 631.67 points to close at 350,910.02.

NCB Financial Group fell $6 to $120.

Market activities resulted in just 34 securities trading, including 2 in the US dollar market compared to 33 securities trading on Monday. At the end of trading, the prices of 14 stocks rose, 13 declined and 7 closed trading, unchanged. Three stocks closed at 52 weeks’ high at the close.
The main market ended with 4,785,990 units valued at $69,191,788 compared to 10,670,045 units valued $110,767,731 changing hands, on Monday.
The day’s volume was led by, JMMB Group 7.5% preference share with 1.5 million units, 31.34 percent of the volume traded, followed by JMMB Group 7.25% preference share with 1 million and 20.9 percent of main market volume and Victoria Mutual Investments with 474,825 units and 9.9 percent of the day’s volume.
Trading resulted in an average of 149,562 units valued at over $2,162,243, in contrast to 333,439 shares valued at $3,461,492 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 409,365 shares valued $3,936,656, compared to 433,603 shares valued $4,116,343 traded on the immediately preceding trading day. August closed, with an average of 224,564 shares valued at $4,310,285, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments climbed 10 cents to end at a record closing high of $15.70, after the price hit a high of $16.50 and trading 12,100 shares, Berger Paints ended at $22 after gaining 55 cents with 10,687 stock units trading, Caribbean Cement lost $1.75 and finished exchanging 20,450 shares at $48.25, Grace Kennedy lost 50 cents to end at $57.50, trading 26,214 shares, Jamaica Broilers rose $1 in trading 16,505 stock units at a record close of $32. JMMB Group ended at 52 weeks’ high of $32 after rising $1 with 41,642 shares, Kingston Wharves fell $2 in trading 9,400 shares at $70, NCB Financial Group dropped $6 and ended trading 359,907 shares at $120, PanJam Investment climbed $2.95 to $56.95 trading 6,571 stock units, Portland JSX fell 80 cents in trading 11,000 shares close at $8.20, Pulse Investments gained 41 cents and concluded trading of 500 shares at $2.80, Sagicor Group rose 85 cents and settled at $39.85, trading 76,764 shares. Sagicor Real Estate Fund shed 77 cents and settled at $11, trading 287,700 shares. Scotia Group jumped $1.49 to end at a record close of $62, after trading 29,759 units and Seprod dropped $3 to end at $47 in trading 13,368 units.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 3,406 units valued at $2,476 as JMMB Group 6% preference share completed trading 2,041 stock units at $1.05, Proven Investments ended trading with 1,365 shares at 23 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index increased 0.04 points to close at 169.56.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading is very strong for continuation of the market’s rally and shows 5 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 closing with lower offers.

Record close for Junior Market – Tuesday

The Junior Market rose 20.24 points at the close of trading on Tuesday, to end at record close of 3,422.72 for a gain of more than 25 percent for the year to date.
Trading rose from 25 securities on Monday to 29 on Tuesday, leading to 13 advancing, 7 declining and 5 remaining unchanged, as investors exchanged 2,560,907 units valued at $10,090,700.compared to 2,777,946 units valued at $11,467,683 on Monday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 5 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 5 closed with lower offers.
Trading closed with an average of 102,436 units for an average of $403,628 in contrast to 95,791 units for an average of $395,437 on Monday Trading for the month to date averages 572,535 units for an average of $3,421,793 and on the prior trading day, an average of 613,186 units for an average of $3,682,880. Trading in August, averaged 244,613 units at $1,348,298 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, AMG Packaging gained 5 cents to end at $1.95, with an exchange of 461,972 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading of 2,300 units 50 cents higher at $7, CAC 2000 finished $2 higher at record high of $11, with 11,761 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream ended trading of 16,348 shares with a loss of 74 cents to end at $7.26, Caribbean Flavours lost 50 cents to close at $18.50, trading 7,423 stock units. Caribbean Producers finished trading 28,273 units at $6.10, Derrimon Trading ended 2 cents higher at $3.20, with 191,800 shares trading, Elite Diagnostic finished at $3.40, with 10,000 stock units changing hands, Everything Fresh shed 30 cents in trading 45,000 shares to end at $2, Express Catering ended trading 29,858 shares, 39 cents higher at $8.39. FosRich Group gained 20 cents to end at $3.21, exchanging 20,991 shares, General Accident finished trading 25,000 shares, to close 35 cents higher at $4.35, GWest Corporation closed 5 cents higher at $2.20, with 265,662 stock units changing hands, Honey Bun rose 20 cents higher to $4.25, with the trading of 6,519 units. Indies Pharma lost 2 cents and closed with 537,134 shares changing hands at $3.95, Iron Rock concluded trading of 10,000 shares at $4, Jamaican Teas settled with a loss of 20 cents at $4.40, with 44,845 shares changing hands, Jetcon Corporation ended trading 31,000 stock units after rising 4 cents to $4, Lasco Distributors ended at $4, exchanging 44,863 shares. Lasco Financial concluded trading 618,240 stock units with a loss of 14 cents to end at $5.46, Lasco Manufacturing finished 10 cents higher at $4, with 51,934 units changing hands, Main Event gained 10 cents to close at $5.30, with 8,000 shares trading and Stationery and Office finished trading of 36,984 stock units 1 cent higher at $9.01. In the junior market preference segment, Eppley 8.75% concluded trading of 25,000 units with a loss of 20 cents at $6.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.