Republic & Witco set for sharp jump on TTSE

Republic Financial climbed $2.95 concluded at $110 on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Monday and is poised to climb higher with the bid at $110 to buy 11,789 shares while the stock is offered at $120 to sell 15,407 units.
The gain comes after the financial Caribbean financial powerhouse reported the acquisition of 75 percent ownership of the profitable Cayman National Bank.
West Indian Tobacco closed higher but ended with the bid at $94.20 to buy 3,950 shares with no stock on offer at the close, as investors respond to improved results and a pending stock split.
Market activities ended with 12 securities trading versus 12 on Friday, with 5 advancing, 4 declining and 3 remaining unchanged. The market closed with two stocks trading at 52 weeks’ low as 449,177 units valued at 8,056,501 traded, compared to 451,756 units valued at $6,455,226 changing hands on Friday.
The Composite Index climbed 3.75 points to 1,248.40. The All T&T Index rose 9.68 points to 1,710.20, while the Cross Listed Index declined 0.32 points to close at 105.89.
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| First Citizens closed with an increase of 8 cents and settled at $32.74, after exchanging 60 shares, Guardian Holdings ended trading with 9 cents and completed trading at $17, with 38,125 units changing hands, JMMB Group finished 8 cents higher and concluded market activity at $1.72, after exchanging 12,350 shares, Republic Financial Holdings to gained $2.95 and ended at $110, after exchanging 3,865 shares and West Indian Tobacco gained 20 cents and completed trading of 1,191 units at $94.20.
Stocks closing with losses|First Caribbean International Bank ended trading 20,000 units, 15 cents lower at $8.30, National Flour concluded trading of 15,000 units with a loss of 3 cents at $1.62, Sagicor Financial traded with a loss of 2 cents and ended at $7.40, with 26,000 stock units changing hands and Unilever Caribbean shares fell 50 cents and ended at a multi-year low of $23.50, with 232,634 stock units changing hands.
Stocks trading with no price change| NCB Financial Group settled at $6.50, after exchanging 86,291 shares, Scotiabank completed trading at $64.50, with 1,000 units and Trinidad & Tobago NGL settled at $29.50, after exchanging 12,661 shares.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Public gets small amount of Seprod shares

Some of Seprod,s product

Just under 92 million shares of Seprod were offered for sales by Facey Group in October and was oversubscribed. All applications for Reserve Shares in the offer were fully allocated, according to a release from NCB Capital Markets.
55 million shares were reserved for employees and directors and existing Seprod shareholders and the Lead Broker.
Subscribers from the general public will receive up to the first 5,000 units for which they applied, with the balance greater than 5,000 units allocated approximately 16.56 percent. The shares were priced at $23.99 each but trades on the Jamaica Stock Exchange at $39.

Stocks to Watch This week

NCB Financial Constant Spring Road.

Last week’s stock to watch, former IC Top 10 listing, NCB Financial, released record full year results and announced an interim dividend of 70 cents per share with investors welcoming the news by driving the stock to a record intraday high of $135.
The stock closed the week at $133 with good volume passing through the market. Demand is building for NCB Financial between $125 and $131, with offers at $133, $135 and then at $138. The stock could make more gains in the week if demands picks up. Technical chart shows NCB Financial heading to $155, an area of potential resistance, that means that the current price is not very far from the short-term target.
This coming week, several companies will report results for the third quarter. Some of them could result in stock price movements. Other stocks to watch this week are Stationery and Office Supplies that should report third quarter results that should benefit from profit from the new book manufacturing business as well as from contract that was being worked on from the second quarter and slated for completion in the third quarter. Seprod is another to watch, now that the allocation of the 92 million shares that were recently offered to the public should be known on Monday. Third quarter results will be pasted during the week but when that is combined with the likelihood that many investors will end up getting only a small amount of the shares they applied for, it will be anyone guess what impact both could have on the price in the secondary market.
Following the release of full years’ results with an increase of 84 percent to $374 million and a 315 percent increase in the last quarter to $193 million at Barita Investments, investors have been buying the stock in a second wave of demand, its one to be watched going forward. The Jamaica Stock Exchange has been enjoying increasing trading in the second half of the year and this is expected to provide a big boost in profit for the quarter and year to date, the stock should benefit in the coming week from this.

Scotia Group eases into IC Top 10

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Scotia Group could see strong growth in 2019 profit.

The big news this week is the entry of Scotia Group to the main market TOP 10 with a fall in the price to $50 at the close of the week. Based on IC Insider.com forecast, Scotia is set to earn around $4.60 for the 2018 year to October with the PE at just 11 times earnings.
Scotia replaced Berger Paints that was just squeezed out to sit just outside the TOP 10 at the number 11 spot. Top 10 list were modest for the past week which followed a previous week of volatility. In the Junior Market, Honey Bun sneaked into the TOP 10 by easing out Jamaican Teas in the process.
Scotia Group, reported flat profits for the nine months from normal ongoing operations. Gains from sales of Credi Scotia and exceptional foreign exchange gains in the July quarter push profit up well above that of 2017. Importantly, the best indicator going forward for increased profitability, is growth in loans. During the July quarter loans grew a strong 3.7 percent between April which works out at an attractive 15 percent per year that should equate to 25-30 percent profit growth in 2019 if the trend continues.
The main market closed the week with the overall PE slipping to 15.3 from 15.6 from the previous week, the PE of the Junior market remained unchanged at 5.5 from the prior week.
The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks average 9.3 and the main market PE is now 9.7.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 40 percent to the average for the Junior Market Top stocks but it’s a third of what the average PE for the year is likely to be of 20 times earnings. The main market stocks trade at a discount of 37 percent to the overall market.
TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns within a 12 months period. Stocks are selected based on projected earnings for each company’s current fiscal year. Based on an assumed PE for each, the likely gains are determined and then ranked, with the stocks with the highest potential gains ranked first followed by the rest, in descending order. 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 based on new information received that can result in changes in and out of the list as well.

Julie live at Palace Cineplex – Sunday

“A superlative production’, ‘Exhilarating’, ‘Provocative and profound’- critics are raving about the new production of August Strindberg’s play Julie.
Broadcast live from the National Theatre in London, Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea).
Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival. This new version of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London. The National Theatre Live: Julie plays this Sunday, 11:30 am. at Palace Cineplex in Kingston Jamaica.

JSE main market rose again on Friday

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market made more gains in the indices in closing of Friday further eroding the 13,784 points lost between Monday and Wednesday.
Market activity closed with 27 active securities in the main and US dollar markets, compared to 26 on Thursday with the prices of 9 stocks falling, 9 rose and 9 remained unchanged.
The All Jamaica Composite Index rose 2,458.12 points to close at 392,478.06 and the JSE Index gained 2,239.62 points to close at 357,591.94.
Main market trading closed with NCB Financial leading with 857,402 units, or 19.3 percent of the day’s volume, Victoria Mutual Investments with 787,348 units and 17.7 percent of volume traded and Jamaica Broilers with 723,426 units with 16.3 percent of the day’s volume.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows just 1 stock ending with the bid higher than the last selling prices and 4 closing with lower offers.
Trading closed with 4,441,819 units valued at $191,130,108 changing hands compared with 1,665,733 units valued at over $37,959,691 being exchanged, on Thursday.
Trading resulted in an average of 177,673 units valued at over $7,645,204, in contrast to 35,241 shares valued at $1,941,745 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 317,399 valued at $2,996,910, compared to 335,784 valued at $2,283,981. October closed, with an average of 290,851 shares, valued $5,213,901, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Caribbean Cement shed 75 cents to close at $42.25 in closing trading of 31,531 shares, Grace Kennedy jumped $2.90 in trading 12,730 shares to close at $56, Jamaica Producers lost $1.51 to end at $23, trading 234,083 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange rose 45 cents to close at $10.45, with 69,004 shares traded, JMMB Group rose 89 cents and ended at $33.90, with an exchange of 37,478 shares, Mayberry Investments shed $2.50 to settle at $10.50, in exchanging 15,799 units, Mayberry Jamaica Equities traded 266,879 units but fell 30 cents to close at $10, PanJam Investment gained $1 and closed at $63, with an exchange of 4,774 stock units, Pulse Investments shed $1 trading just 100 shares at $3, Seprod lost $1 and finished trading of 34,130 shares at $38.00, Sagicor Group jumped $1 to $40, trading 33,174 shares and Supreme Ventures lost $1, ending at $16, trading 62,025 units.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 37,210 units valued at $48,801 traded, with JMMB Group 5.75% percent preference share completed trading of 9,880 to end at $2 and JMMB Group 6% percent preference share completed trading of 27,330 and lost 2 cents to end at $1.05. The JSE USD Equities Index closed unchanged at 165.33.

Junior Market seems poised to rally on Monday

Bulls prowling around Junior Market.

The Junior Market rose on Friday and seems poised to further the gains on Monday with the IC bid-offer Indicator flashing strong positive signals at the close of trading.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading turned positive at the close of Friday with 7 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, while none closed with a lower offer.
At the close on Friday just 20 securities changed hands versus 22 on Thursday, with 10 stocks rising, 4 declining and 6 remaining unchanged leading the Junior Market Index to gain 14.49 points to close at 3,215.12
The day’s activity ended with an exchange of 1,378,210 units valued at $4,765,299 compared to 2,355,219 units valued at $9,942,794 on Thursday.
Trading ended with an average of 68,911 units for an average of $238,265 in contrast to 107,055 units for an average of $451,945 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 123,432 units valued at $565,096 and previously 131,510 units valued at $613,516. 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 73 cents higher at $50, with an exchange of 500 shares, Caribbean Cream gained 30 cents to close at $5.30, trading 7,000 shares, Caribbean Producers traded 25,912 stock units, at $6, Consolidated Bakeries finished trading at $2, with an exchange of 17,000 units, Derrimon Trading closed 3 cents higher at $2.78, with 22,000 shares being traded, Elite Diagnostic concluded trading of 53,251 shares, rising 20 cents in closing at $3.40, Express Catering settled 15 cents higher at $8, swapping 23,000 units, FosRich Group ended trading 112,015 shares at $3.20, GWest Corporation finished trading at $1.90, with an exchange of 12,160 shares, Honey Bun closed at $4, trading 12,000 stock units. Indies Pharma ended trading 651,500 shares and rose 10 cents to close at $3.10, Iron Rock ended with a loss of 1 cent at $4.99, trading 10,008 units, Jetcon Corporation closed 5 cents higher at $3.75, with 6,486 shares changing hands, Key Insurance ended trading 2,950 stock units and rose 17 cents to $3.25, KLE Group traded 40 cents higher at $3.90, with 4,321 units. Lasco Distributors gained 6 cents to $4.05 and closed with the trading of 257,905 shares, Lasco Financial ended with a loss of 5 cents at $5.25, while 1,500 shares were exchanged, Lasco Manufacturing concluded trading with a loss of 2 cents at $3.18, with 148,536 stock units, Medical Disposables settled with a loss of 70 cents at $8.30, exchanging 2,000 shares and Stationery and Office traded 8,166 shares at $9.20.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Overlord – Fear, Rage, Insanity & Chaos

With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that’s crucial to the invasion’s success. The movie is currently showing at Palace Cinemas islandwide this week.
Tasked with destroying a radio transmitter atop a fortified church, the desperate soldiers join forces with a young French villager to penetrate the walls and take down the tower. But in a mysterious Nazi lab beneath the church, the outnumbered soldiers come face-to-face with enemies unlike any the world has ever seen. From producer J.J. Abrams, Overlord is a thrilling, pulse pounding action adventure with a twist. The film is produced by J.J. Abrams
and stars Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, John Magaro, Gianny Taufer, Pilou Asbæk, and Bokeem Woodbine.

Massy & Witco in sharp gains on TTSE

West Indian Tobacco climbs $3.90 on Friday.

Trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Friday saw Massy Holding recovering $3 of recent losses and West Indian Tobacco climbing $3.90 as investors respond to improved results and a pending stock split.
Market activities ended with 12 securities trading versus 11 on Thursday, with 5 advancing, 3 declining and 4 remaining unchanged. The market closed with two stocks trading at 52 weeks’ low as 451,756 units valued at $6,455,226 traded, compared to 769,673 units valued at $3,207,315 changing hands on Thursday.
The Composite Index climbed 14.86 points to 1,244.65. The All T&T Index rose 11.99 points to 1,700.52, while the Cross Listed Index gained 2.44 points to close at 106.21.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading closed with 5 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
Stocks to Watch include, a number of companies that are exhibiting bullish tendencies and may be moving higher in the days ahead, the group includes, NCB Financial, Republic Holdings, and West Indian Tobacco.
Stocks closing with gains| First Citizens closed with an increase of 1 cent to $32.66, after exchanging 3,162 shares, Guardian Holdings finished 26 cents higher and completed trading of 105,016 units at $16.91, Massy Holdings closed at $3 higher to $47, after exchanging 10,000 shares, NCB Financial Group rose 35 cents and settled at $6.50, after exchanging 50,140 shares and West Indian Tobacco concluded trading with a gain of $3.90 to close at $94, with 200 units.
Stocks closing with losses| Clico Investments closed with a loss of 15 cents to end at $20, with 93,016 stock units changing hands, National Enterprises shed 7 cents and ended at a 52 weeks’ low of $8.44, in trading 175,000 stock units and Sagicor Financial lost 3 cents and ended at at a 52 weeks’ low of $7.42, with an exchange of 1,630 stock units.
Stocks trading with no price change| Calypso Macro Index Fund traded 643 shares to close at $15.81, Scotiabank completed trading at $64.50, with 360 units, Trinidad & Tobago NGL settled at $29.50, after exchanging 12,399 shares and Unilever Caribbean ended at $24, with 190 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Profit up 10% at Wisynco

Profit before taxation at Wisynco for the September quarter, increased or 15.7 percent to $928 million over the $802 million earned in the September 2017 quarter.
For the September 2018 quarter Wisynco Profit Attributable to Shareholders rose 10 percent to $769 million or 21 cents per share compared to $698 million or 19 cents per share for the corresponding period in 2017 when there were less shares issued.
Revenues for the quarter grew 12 percent to $6.8 billion over over the $6.1 billion achieved in the corresponding quarter in 2017. Gross Profit grew 10.4 to $2.6 billion or 10.4 percent over the $2.3 billion achieved in the same quarter of the previous year. Wisynco indicated that Gross Margin of 37.8 percent was slightly lower than the 38.4 percent for the corresponding quarter of the previous year due to the commissioning of the new beverage lines and the devaluation of the Jamaican Dollar.