Increased FX cost for Jamaican banks

Bank of Jamaica announced changes to the cash reserves and liquid assets that deposit-taking institutions are required to hold against foreign currency liabilities effective March 1.
According to the central bank the change will see a three percentage points increase to the current requirement. The adjustment will be in two steps, beginning with an increase of two percentage points on the first business day in March 2017, with the remaining one percentage point will be effected on the first business day in April 2017.
The adjustment is aimed at reducing the incentive to hold foreign currency liabilities.
No change is being made to the reserve requirements applicable to Jamaican dollar prescribed liabilities.
During the last three months of 2016, Bank of Jamaica gradually increased the cash reserves and liquid assets requirements for foreign currency liabilities in the banking system to bring them in line with the reserve requirements for Jamaican dollar liabilities. This removed the bias in the structure of the reserves requirements that favoured foreign-currency deposits.
At December 2016, the cash and liquid assets reserve requirements were twelve per cent (12%) and twenty-six per cent (26%), respectively, for both foreign currency and Jamaican dollar liabilities. Remuneration for foreign currency cash reserves was also discontinued, bringing it into conformity with the treatment for Jamaican dollar cash reserves.
The net effect is that it will cost banks more to hold foreign currency than before and is likely to drive up lending rates for foreign currency loans. Depositors will most likely see a dip in the interest they currently earn on foreign exchange deposits. The move will mean more funds will be available in the market for either the build-up of the country’s reserves or a further strengthening in the value of the Jamaican dollar. Real estate and stocks will definitely benefit from the changes as well.
The change come partially, as commercial banks accumulated large pool of surplus foreign currencies since mid-2016, forcing the central bank to issue bands to pull the funds out of the system, as well as the fact that Jamaican have increasingly been dollarizing their financial activities.

Huge gains for Jamaican stocks

The Jamaica stock market, recorded the highest points gain in trading on Friday, with some big moves in the prices of National Commercial Bank, Scotia Group, Kingston Wharves and Jamaica Producers Group as some of the main movers contributing in a major way to the gains in the main market indices.
In the process the all All Jamaica Composite Index jumped sharply by 9,082.60 points to close at 226,121.49 and the JSE Market Index surges 8,121.44 points to finish at 206,567.37.
A combination of factors helped in the big move. The bullishness of the market is coming at a time of very low supplies for a number of stocks, including the four mentioned above, while NCB reported record profit for their December quarter, with a jump of 49 percent, to $3.56 billion, helping in moving the price from $52.02 at the close on Thursday to $58. The bank also announced increased dividend payment, from 50 cents per share in 2016 to 60 cents being paid in February.
The gain on Friday was the biggest daily increase, but in percentage terms, it sits in at the 5th largest daily gain.

All Jamaica breaks 210,000

Bulls pushing Jamaican stock to new highs.

The Jamaica all Jamaica composite index breaks the 210,000 mark during the morning session of trading on the final trading day of 2016.
The all important index that measures the movement of all Jamaican stocks listed on the main market, rose 4,178.53 to 210,557.50 prior to midday, to be up 25.8 percent for the year.
At these levels, the market has just broken the resistance levels around 210,000 points mark and suggest that it could climb much higher in the days ahead if it holds around the current level at the end of trading today.

Juniors break 2,600 & majors 209,000 – Friday

bull 2The Jamaica Stock Exchange all Jamaica Composite Index jumped more than 2,800 points in early trading on Friday to sit less than 800 points from the 210,000 points level while the junior market rose above Thursday’s record close to break the 2,600 mark.
Market activity resulted in 29 securities traded at 10:45 am, compared to 28 on Thursday at 10:45 am. A total of 16 securities advanced and 5 declined, resulting in a volume of 5,851,240 shares changing hands, carrying a value of $22,997,020, compared just 463,915 shares changing hands, carrying a value of $3,009,378 on Thursday. The average number of shares traded, amount to 201,767 units versus 16,568 units on Thursday.
ICI trd sht int -30-12-16The leading trades include Cable & Wireless has so far traded 4,063,060 units between 70 and 80 cents but last traded at 75 cents. Grace Kennedy 231,964 shares at $41.87, Jamaica Producers 453,416 at $9.20, Supreme Ventures 207,836 units at $5.30, Blue Power traded a 52 weeks’ high of $30 with 10,000 units changing hands, Iron Rock Insurance traded 563,234 units at $4, CAC 2000 gained 60 cents to $5.10 while 77,173 shares were traded following release of the company’s audited accounts showing the cost of the settlement of the lawsuit being in the region of $124 million.
The all Jamaica Composite Index surged 2,831.08 points to a record 209,210.05, the Jamaica Stock Exchange Market Index jumped 2,531.49 points to an all-time high of 191,445.56, the Jamaica Stock Exchange combined index 2,445.50 points to a record high of 204,299.10 and the junior market index rose 9.53 to 2,604.38.

Investors push Derrimon stocks up sharply – Friday

The Jamaica Stock Exchange, is seeing sparse trading, ahead of the Christmas holidays Thursday’s well below levels, leading to falls in the market indices in the morning session on Friday.
ICI trd sht int -23-12-16rInvestors pushed Derrimon Trading by 80 cents to $4.80 with 87,710 following the company’s report on Thursday that it will be making prepayment for 23,379,208 stock units in Caribbean Flavours. When purchased, Derimon would become the parent company having had just under 50 percent of the shares currently. This would require an offer being made to minority shareholders.
Market activity was moderate, resulting in only 20 securities trading at 10:45 am, compared to 15 on Thursday. A total of 9 securities advanced and 5 declined, resulting in a volume of 272,207 shares changing hands, carrying a value of $4,538,567, compared 904,871 shares changing hands, carrying a value of $7,114,541 on Thursday. The average number of shares traded, amount to 13,610 units versus 60,325 units on Thursday.
The all Jamaica Composite Index slipped 728.63 points to 202,396.49, the Jamaica Stock Exchange Market Index shed 651.53 points to 185,353.01, the Jamaica Stock Exchange combined index lost 556.28 points to be at 197,746.15 and the junior market index rose 4.66 to 2,516.51.

JPS December bill confusion

JPSCustomers of the Jamaica Public Service Company should be enjoying a reduction to their bill for December due to over-billing of fuel charge in the month.
The problem is that while the company shows an amount for adjustment, there is no indication that it is being deducted from the charge for the month. There are no explanations sent with the bill to explain the changes, as such no one would be able to determine what had transpired.
One customer bill for November, had a balance due of $880 which was paid ahead of the payment date, but after the last statement. The latest bill does not show the balance shown by the November bill and the payment made to clear it, instead the new bill shows a phantom opening balance of $330.52 which happens to be equal to the amount of the adjustment less an early payment fee.
There is no explanation as to the reason why the correct opening balance has been removed along with the payment and a totally new balance placed on the statement. The latest bill shows in details charges for the current month’s bill that ends at $324.32 but shows after adjustment of $580.52 a balance of the same $324.32.
Unfortunately, the company’s service rep could not explain why the opening balance differed from that shown as the balance due on the prior bill. David Surjue, senior operations supervisor at JPS explained that the original billing for December had the incorrect charge for fuel and the opening balance represents the original billed amount for December which was reversed by the adjustment amount. He could not explain why the correct opening balance and payment were removed.
Customers deserve a full written explanation for what has happened and a proper audit trail linking the November bill with that for December.

Jamaica’s 2016 inflation lowest in decades

‘Vegetables and Starchy Foods’ had a strong impact on November price movement.

‘Vegetables and Starchy Foods’ had a strong impact on November price movement.

Inflation in Jamaica is set to be the lowest in decades as prices rose 0.4 percent in November over the previous month, bringing the inflation for the calendar year-to-date rate to only 1.4 per cent, the lowest for many decades.
Price movements as measured by the consumer index amounts to just 1.7 percent compared to the November 2015. Inflation for the fiscal year-to-date registered an increase of 2.8 percent.
The price movement in November this year, is mainly as a result of a 0.5 percent rise in Food and Non Alcoholic Beverages and a 0.7 per cent increase in Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels’ division. Higher prices for vegetables and starchy foods and a rise in the cost of electricity were items that were most impactful.

Main Event Entertainment set for junior market

Main EvntIt now appears that the junior market is again open for business, well sort of. Attracted by the tax free status, junior listings received, the planned phasing out of the tax free element, resulted in the last listing taking place in March this year, just days before the tax break for new listings was to have ended.
The new government elected in February, promised full restoration of the tax status. The senate recently passed legislation allowing for special tax regime for junior market listed companies to continue, opening up the market place for unleashing a new wave of listings.
Come Friday, Mayberry Investments officially launches their latest IPO with an Investor briefing for Main Event Entertainment Group, a unique company that is in the business of management. The business is that of event management, production, promotions, and digital signage. More specifically they provide event management, production, audio, video, lighting, staging, roofing, power supply, digital signage and management, concept development, creative development, infrastructural build-outs.
The principals include Solomon Sharpe CEO and formerly of Desnoes and Geddes, Richard Bair, Chief Operating Officer, formerly employed at Porter Brothers and Donna Waithe, Director HR and Administration with 23 years of experience in the aviation sector at Air Jamaica. The company was established 2004 and employs between 51 to 200 full time and part time employees.

Jamaica Stock Market jumps again

The Jamaica Stock Exchange All Jamaica Composite index jumped by more than 800 points by 10:45 o’clock to exceed the 201,600 points mark for the third day in a row in a moderate trading session. The junior market recorded good gains as well to be sitting within reach of the record close reached in November.
ICI trd sht int -9-12-16Cargo Handlers 5,000 at a new all-time high of $15 with a jump of $2, Lasco Manufacturing traded 92,000 at $4.57, Caribbean Cement traded 50,213 units at $36.38, Mayberry Investments climbed by 50 cents to $4.50 with 138,386 shares changing hands.
Market activity resulted in of 23 securities being traded at 10.45 am, compared to 11 on at Thursday at 10 am. AT 10:45 on Friday morning, 13 stocks advanced and 6 fell, resulting in a volume of 567,755 shares changing hands carrying a value of $6,880,192, compared 732,375 shares changing hands carrying a value of $3,927,867, on Thursday. The average number of shares traded, amount to 24,685 units versus mere 66,580 units on Thursday.
The all Jamaica Composite Index jumped 872.28 points to 201,639.22 the Jamaica Stock Exchange Market Index climbed 779.97 points to 184,363.43, the Jamaica Stock Exchange combined index garnered 961.79 points to close at 196,297.86 and the junior market index rose 23.21 points to end at 2,464.88.

JSE AJ index hits 201,000 points

Bulls pushing  Jamaica Stock Exchange.

Bulls pushing Jamaica Stock Exchange.

In early trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Wednesday with only a hand full of stocks trading, the all Jamaica Composite Index surged by more than 2,000 points at 9:40 to an all-time record high.
Sagicor Group hit a new high of $27 to help push the main market indices but Caribbean Cement also moved up resulting in the all Jamaica Composite Index jumped 2,178.48 points to 201,206.97 the Jamaica Stock Exchange Market Index climbed 1,947.95 points to 183,976.92, the Jamaica Stock Exchange combined index garnered 1,771.29 points to close at 195,800.77, the junior market index slipped a bit.
At 10 o’clock, the all Jamaica Composite Index moved up further by 2,663.70 points to 201,692.19, for gains of 20.5 percent for 2016 to date.