4 for 1 stock split for Pulse Investment?

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.

Falling TTSE stocks beat advancers – Thursday

The Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange closed higher at the end of trading on Thursday with the 16 securities changing hands versus 17 on Wednesday, with much lower volume and value than on Wednesday.
Trading resulted in an exchange of 187,825 shares for $4,035,174, compared to 593,235 shares for $10,578,281 on Wednesday.
The market ended with four gaining, seven declining and the prices of five remaining unchanged.  The T&T Composite Index rose 0.72 points to close at 1,511.95. The All T&T Index advanced 3.93 points to 1,931.11, while the Cross Listed Index closed with a loss of 0.35 points to end at 148.02.
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 two with lower offers.
Gains| Ansa McAl jumped $1.70 and settled at $57, with 137 units changing hands, Clico Investment rose 1 cent to close at $28.48, with 17,795 units crossing the exchange. One Caribbean Media rose 5 cents to close at $8 with a transfer of 9,745 shares and Scotiabank ended trading with 7,383 units with a rise of 51 cents to close at $62.
Losses| Angostura Holding traded 5,940 shares and lost 4 cents to close at $16.30, First Citizens Bank exchanged 16,718 shares and fell $1.01 to settle at $51.99, Guardian Holdings had 5,596 units crossing the exchange with a fall of 21 cents to close at $21.80. Massy Holdings exchanged 6,291 shares and lost 57 cents to close at $62.05, NCB Financial shed 5 cents and closed with 4,278 units crossing the exchange at $11.25, Trinidad & Tobago NGL lost 10 cents in transferred 31,746 shares to close at $20.90 and West Indian Tobacco fell 10 cents to close at $38.50 while trading 5,403 stock units.
Firm Trades| Endeavour Holdings traded 200 shares at $12.65, First Caribbean International Bank exchanged 12,200 units at $7.89, JMMB Group lost one cent and ended at $2.70, with investors trading 48,123 stock units. National Enterprises closed trading with 187 shares at $5.50 and Unilever Caribbean exchanged 8,314 shares and closed at $$21.50.

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

Wigton erroneous EPS

Last year, IC Insider.com forecasted earnings for Wigton Windfarms at six cents per share after the posted excellent first-quarter numbers that initially suggested a significant surge in profits for the year. The latest report from the Company indicates that earnings will fall well short of this forecast.

Wigton closed at anew high of $1

Wigton posted a loss in the December 2019 quarter.

IC Insider.com stated that the Company’s earnings are seasonal and investors should be informed of it, in compliance, with general accounting policy, relating to interim results. The forecasted earning was criticized by some when we reported on the first-quarter results in 2019 and stated that earnings were seasonal and as such the quarterly revenues would be less for the rest of the year and by extension profits.
The latest report to December has made it clear that there is significant seasonality in revenues and earnings.  Information on the seasonality of revenues is not in the current interim report. In addition, although notes accompanying the financial report states that it is prepared in accordance with International accounting standards relating to interim financial statements, it does not, in totality. Apart from the lack of reporting on the seasonality of operations, the earnings per share computations are wrong.
The company wrongly reports the earning per share in 2018 at $27,096 for the quarter and $56,701 for the nine months. That is incorrect. The company, in anticipation of the public sale of the existing shares, adopted a resolution on April 3, 2019, to sub-divide the Company’s 10,000 ordinary shares into 11 billion ordinary shares.
The effect of the increased share capital is that all previous periods’ earnings per share must use the increase shares. Accordingly, the comparison for the 0.2 cents loss in the December 2019 quarter is 0.25 cents and for the nine months to 2018, the earnings per share work out 5.15 cents. Year to date profit of $526 million works out at 4.78 cents and not 6 cents per share, this is a significant overstatement.
Wigton generated revenues of $363 million in the December quarter, compared with $465 million in 2018. For the nine months, revenues declined from $1.95 billion to $1.82 billion. Gross revenues fell from $279 million in the quarter to December 2018, to $159 million in 2019. In the 2019 nine months period, gross profit slipped to $1.24 billion from $1.4 billion. Other income fell from $290 million to $115 million for the quarter and the nine months, to $234 million from $465 million. While general expenses were steady at $85 million, in the latest quarter and slightly up to $266 million, year to date, finance cost rose to $210 million from $128 million in the quarter. It declined from $881 million to $512 million. The December 2019 quarter, recorded a loss of $16 million, compared to $271 million in the 2018 December quarter and $526 million in 2019, year to date versus $567 million.
IC insider.com full year’s original forecast called for earnings per share of 6 cents, but the latest numbers suggest that it is unlikely to exceed 5 cents.  The stock price pulled back from $1 per share in Novembers and 97 cents towards the end of January to 80 cents at the close of trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Tuesday for a PE ratio of 16.

Sweet River delisted from Junior Market

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Sweet River Abattoir and Supplies became the first Junior Market company to have its shares delisted from the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
The delisting is effective on Monday, February 10, 2020. According to the Jamaica Stock Exchange, “the delisting is in accordance with Junior Market Rule 505 (14) (a) (i) and the Company’s failure to remedy Board Level and financial requirements breaches.
Sweet River was listed in2014 and the shares were undersubscribed, leaving the company short of critical working capital to function properly, as it embarked on building out a new abattoir. The targeted in the IPO was to raise $180 million from the sale of 46.6 million shares to the public, but subscribers only applied for approximately 30.6 million shares amounting to $118 million. Recently, the company’s land and buildings were auctioned off and acquired by the purchaser for far less than the more than $300 million they are recorded on the books.
Sweat River ran up losses of $124 million up to June 2019, according to the last interim report the company released to the JSE and had a net worth of just $19 million.

Growing Lasco Manufacturing profits

Profit at Lasco Manufacturing rose 10.5 percent in the December quarter, to $218 million from $197 million in 2018. For the nine months to December, profit increased by 11 percent to $781 million from $701 million in 2018.
The company’s net results rose modestly, this is due to a hike in its tax bill from $28 million in the 2018 quarter to $71 million in 2019 and from $129 million for the nine months to December 2018, to $169 million in 2019. Before the increased tax charge, the latest quarter results were up a robust 28 percent to $289 million and 14.5 percent for the year to December at $949 million.
The improved profit flowed from a rise in sales revenues of 10 percent for the quarter to $2 billion from $1.8 billion in 2018 and 4 percent for the year to date to $5.9 billion from $5.6 billion in 2018.
The gains in 2019, following on from the March 2018 fiscal year when profit moved from $561 in 2017 to $1.07 billion. The 2017 bene was off sharply from $826 million generated in 2016 and $612 million in 2015. The current fiscal year should see the company surpassing the $1m mark in profits for the second time.
Improvement in profit margin, in the first half of the year, continued into the December quarter with 36 percent from 34 percent in 2018 and for the year to date period, from 34 percent in 2018 to 37 percent this year. Input cost rose 6 percent in the December quarter, to $1.28 billion, compared to $1.2 billion in 2018, and was virtually flat for the year to date period at $3.7 billion versus $3.68 billion.  The rise in revenues and containment of cost below the growth in revenues resulted in operating profit rising 18 percent in the quarter to $719 million from $611 million and almost 11 percent for the year to date to $2.14 billion from $1.9 billion in 2018.

Lasco’s ICool drinks.

Administrative and Other operating expenses rose 7 percent to $393 million in the quarter and 9 percent in the nine months to $1.1 billion. Finance cost declined in the quarter, to $21 million from $26 million in 2018 and $90 million to $75 million for the nine months.
The company continues to expand its capacity. According to James Rawle, Managing Director, “Capital investments were primarily focused on the expansion of the dry plant at White Marl facility and is expected to be completed by the end of the financial year.”
Gross cash flow brought in $975 million, but funds were used to finance a number of items, with $314 million going into stock market investments, funding of a rise in receivables and inventories. Addition to fixed assets absorbed $166 million, while $220 million in loan net of inflows was repaid, with $250 million going into dividend payment. At the end of December, shareholders’ equity stood at $6.5 billion, with borrowings at just $1 billion inclusive of $484 million that will is payable within a year. Net current assets ended the period at $2.4 billion inclusive of trade and other receivables of $2 million, cash and bank balances of $719 million. Current liabilities ended the period at $1.6 billion.
Earnings per share came out at 5 cents for the quarter and 19 cents for the nine months. IC Insider.com is forecasting 30 cents per share for the year to March and 45 cents for the 2021 fiscal year.
The stock traded at $4.25 on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange with a PE ratio of 14 times earnings for 2020 and just seven times that of 2021. Net asset value is $1.57, with the stock selling at 2.5 times book value. At prices around the current level, the stock is a buy.

More records for First Citizens

First Citizens Bank shot to an all-time high on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Thursday and is now selling at a comfortable PE of under 15 times 2020 earnings. The stock closed with the bid above the last selling price, with no offers on the board at the close.
Republic Holdings traded at $142 but closed with the bid at $145 and offered at $150 the PE ratio is just 12 based on 2020 forecasted earnings with 20 being the target. Both stocks appear to have low supply around current prices.
Elsewhere, trading closed with 15 securities changing hands, compared to 14 on Wednesday, with two gaining, five declining and the prices of eight remaining unchanged.
The T&T Composite Index fell 2.75 points to close at 1,497.92. The All T&T Index erased just 5.47 points to 1,902.52, while the Cross Listed Index remained unchanged at 148.12.
Trading resulted in an exchange of 1,570,234 shares valued at $28,925,168 compared to 886,493 shares, amounting to $11,155,264 on Wednesday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the bids of six stocks higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
Gains| First Citizens Bank added 85 cents and settled at a record high of $49, as investors continue to drive this undervalued stock higher after exchanging 2,209 shares. At the close, traders had a bid to buy 985 shares at $50, while Point Lisas added 20 cents with 194,645 shares changing hands at $3.75.
Losses| JMMB Group shed 4 cents and ended at $2.70, with investors exchanging 365,844 stock units, One Caribbean Media fell 5 cents in transferring 612 shares at $7.95, Scotiabank ended trading with 10 units after slipping 9 cents to $61.40. Trinidad & Tobago NGL had 12,474 shares changing hands to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $20.40 after falling by 30 cents and West Indian Tobacco dropped $2 and settled at $38, with just 35 units changing hands.
Firm Trades| Agostini’s traded 1,000 shares at $25.45, Clico Investment closed at $28.48, with 886,735 units crossing the exchange, First Caribbean International Bank ended with 30,000 shares changings to close at $7.90, Guardian Holdings had 11,645 units crossing the market to end at $22. Massy closed trading with 15,010 shares at $62, National Enterprises closed with 15,073 units changing hands at $5.50, Republic Financial closed at $142, after exchanging just 25 shares and LJ Williams ended at $1.55, with investors swapped 34,917 shares.

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

JSE Main Market 3 days 16,000 points plunge

Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market plunged at the close of trading on Wednesday and, in the process, pulled JSE All Jamaican Composite Index down 16,165 points in three days and the JSE Market Index down by 14,744 points.
At the close of the market on Wednesday, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index dived 6,722.84 points to close at 533,349.31, the JSE Market Index declined 6,069.73 points to 485,719.72 and the JSE Financial Index fell 1.22 points to 131.72. At the close, and Portland JSX closed at 52 weeks’ high while 138 Student Living traded at a 52 weeks’ intraday high of $6 and QWI investments closed at a 52 weeks’ low of 88 cents.
The market closed with 45 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with the prices of 13 advancing, 22 declining and 10 trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 43 securities trading and accounting for 12,415,818 units valued at $141,179,331 in contrast to 17,558,523 units valued at $50,385,050 from 37 securities changing hands on Tuesday.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 3.4 million shares for 27 percent of total volume, followed by QWI Investments Limited with 2.5 million units for 20 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Manufacturing and Distribution with 2.4 million shares for 19 percent of the market’s volume. Sagicor Select Financial Fund was the sole stock trading more than 1 million units ending the day with 1.8 million shares.
The Market closed with an average of 288,740 units valued at an average of $3,283,240 for each security traded, in contrast to 474,555 units valued at an average of $1,361,758 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amount to 489,068 units valued at 2,376,829 for each security changing hands compared to 600,940 units valued at 1,856,625 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 twelve stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 19.5, while the Main Market ended at 18.7 times 2019 earnings.
In the Main Market, Barita Investments shed $1.90 in settling at $68.10, with 18,336 units changing hands, Caribbean Cement slid to $67.09, losing $2.91 in transferring 7,543 shares, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund climbed $4.07 to $41.07 trading 12,165 shares, Grace Kennedy dropped $4.49 to end at $69.51, after swapping 665,580 shares. Jamaica Broilers lost 99 cents exchanging 5,511 shares in closing at $35, Jamaica Stock Exchange slid to $30.50 with a loss of $1.50 trading 42,453 shares, JMMB Group lost 40 cents to close at $46 while transferring 141,054 shares. Mayberry Jamaican Equities ended at $10.60, after losing 40 cents exchanging 18,785 shares, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy climbed $6 to $196, after swapping 2,000 units, PanJam Investment closed $1 higher to $101, with 28,085 shares changing hands, Proven Investments dropped $4.50 to settle at $44.50, after trading 18,085 units. Sagicor Group fell by $1 to $66, in exchanging 23,432 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund lost 60 cents and closed at $9, after transferring 9,650 units, Salada Foods lost $1 to end at $30, with and exchange of 4,400 shares Scotia. Group moved 78,726 shares at $54.50, after falling $2.50, Seprod lost 93 cents to finish at $45.07 after a swap of 5,521 shares, Sygnus Credit Investments gained $1 to end at $25.50, with 47,837 shares changing hands. Victoria Mutual Investments closed at $10.27, with a loss of 67 cents while trading 188,182 shares and Wisynco Group lost 50 cents, transferring 70,723 units to end the day’s trading at $22.50.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 36,279 units valued at over US$10,361. The market index dropped 12.49 points to close at 222.73. Proven Investments lost 4.3 cents to close at 27.2 US cents exchanging 35,743 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments gained 1 cent trading 986 units, to end at 18 US cents.

52 weeks’ lows highlight TTSE trading

The Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange market recorded more gains on Tuesday but closed with four stocks ending at 52 weeks’ lows and just one at a 52 weeks’ high.

First Citizens Bank hitting new highs and heading higher.


Trading closed with 20 securities changing hands, compared to 15 on Monday, with four gaining, seven declining and the prices of nine remaining unchanged.
The T&T Composite Index gained 1.54 points to close at 1,500.94. The All T&T Index rose 3.06 points to 1,908.02, while the Cross Listed Index remained at 148.19.
Trading resulted in an exchange of 81,749 shares, amounting to $3,862,184 compared to 172,952 shares valued at $4,651,869 on Monday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the bids of two stocks higher than their last selling prices and none with lower offers.
Gains| Calypso Micro Index Fund rose by 2 cents in trading 1,000 shares at $15.87, Clico Investment gained 3 cents to close at $28.48, with 13,185 units crossing the exchange. First Citizens Bank climbed $1 and settled at a record high of $48, with investors continue to drive this undervalued stock higher after exchanging 2,000 shares and Guardian Holdings traded 7,694 units to close with a rise of 5 cents at $22.
Losses| Ansa Mcal lost 7 cents and completed trading 2,749 units at $55.30, Ansa Merchant Bank dropped $1.95 to close at $36.05 with an exchange of 38 stock units, One Caribbean Media lost 5 cents in transferred 645 shares in closing at a 52 weeks’ low of $7.95. Scotiabank ended trading with 161 units after falling 7 cents to $61.22, Trinidad Cement fell 6 cents in exchanging 2,900 shares at a 52 weeks’ low of $1.89. Trinidad & Tobago NGL lost 8 cents in trading 4,898 shares to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $20.70 and Unilever Caribbean fell 4 cents and ended at a 52 weeks’ low of $22.01, with investors exchanging 3,004 shares.
Firm Trades| First Caribbean International Bank traded 5,280 shares at $7.85, Grace Kennedy closed at $3.95, with investors exchanging 250 shares, JMMB Group closed at $2.70, with investors exchanging 11,000 stock units. Massy Holdings swapped 10,039 shares at $62, National Enterprises traded 264 stock units at $5.50, National Flour had 500 units changing hands to close at $1.45. Point Lisas exchanged 100 shares at $3.55, Republic Financial closed at $142, after trading 15,000 stock units and West Indian Tobacco settled at $40, with 1,042 units changing hands.

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

NCB profit in a stunning 42% rise

NCB Financial Group blasted off its 2020 results with a stunning 42 percent increase in profit attributable to shareholders of the group. Shareholders were only rewarded, with a mere 11 percent increase in the quarterly dividend to $1.

NCB Financial Group Q1 profit surges.

Operating income for the group’s shareholders surged 42 percent from $4.15 billion to $5.9 billion in the first quarter to December.
Net interest income jumped from $9.8 billion to $13.9 billion, net fee and commission income rose from $4.3 billion to $6.4 billion. Other income, net of credit impairment losses, climbed to $4.9 billion from $3.3 billion in 2018, even as credit impairment losses rose from $1.16 billion to $1.57 billion. Net results from banking and investment activities climbed from $17.4 billion to $25.3 billion, while results from insurance activities surged from $1.5 billion to $8 billion. The consolidation of Guardian Holdings (GHL) impacted the segment in a significant way and resulted in net operating income jumping from $18.9 billion in 2018 to $33.3 billion. Operating expenses rose from $14 billion to $23.3 billion and resulted in an operating profit of $9.95 billion compared with $4.85 billion in 2018.
Segment results show progress in most areas and stagnation in others. The Consumer Banking reflects flat results with revenues coming in at just over $8 billion and profit before internal charges of $1.8 billion in both the 2019 and 2018 quarters. Payment Services enjoyed a bounce in both revenues and profit, with the former rising from $4 billion to $4.56 billion in 2019, with profit rising from $1.2 billion to $1.68 billion. Corporate and Commercial Banking saw revenues rising from $2.67 to $3.1 billion in 2019, with profit rising from $1.25 billion to $1.86 billion. Revenues in the Treasury and Correspondent Banking segment slipped from $4.87 billion to $4.44 billion in 2019, with profit easing from $1.87 billion to $1.8 billion.

Guardian Holdings contributed to NCB Financial growth in the December quarter.

Income at Wealth, Asset Management and Investment Banking segment moved from $4.26 billion to $5.4 billion in 2019, with profit increasing from $1.69 billion to $2.67 billion.  Revenues for the Life Insurance and Pension segment jumped sharply to $28 billion, from $2.58 billion in 2018, while profit ended at $5.9 billion from just $1.69 billion in 2018, with the acquisition of majority ownership of Guardian Holdings playing a major role in the increase. The General Insurance segment jumped sharply to $16 billion from $1.47 billion in 2018, with profit rising to $1.5 billion from just $227 million in 2018. Other operations generated revenues of $1.57 billion in 2018 and saw a big jump to $14.7 billion in the December 2019 quarter, with profit falling from $319 million to a loss of $1.2 billion.
The group experienced a 17.4 percent increase in its loan portfolio to $438.4 billion from $373.5 billion in 2018, with growth since September, of 3.6 percent, or 14.5 percent annualized. Customer deposits grew from $461 billion to $499 billion, year over year. NCB now boasts total assets of $1.6 billion up from $941 billion in 2018, with shareholders’ equity of $148 billion.
Earnings for the quarter ended at $2.46 and is distorted by booking the asset tax of more than $1.8 billion for the year, in the quarter. Earnings for the full year to September should end at around $13 per share and put the share price over $250 by the end of the year. The stock remains a good long-term buy with growth coming from normal operations driven by strong loan demand and increased efficiency to flow from a restructuring of the group to eliminate areas of duplication. The group last traded on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday before the results at $189.55 at a PE ratio of 14.6 and on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange at TT$11.29 for a PE of 18.

JSE Main Market ekes out gain

Grace Kennedy ended at a 52 weeks’ closing high.

The Main Market on the Jamaica Stock Exchange posted modest gains at the close on Thursday even as declining stocks doubled advancing ones but with Grace Kennedy and Victoria Mutual investments hitting record highs.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index advanced 478.62 points to close at 546,009.63, the JSE Market Index gained 402.72 points to end at 497,269.11 while the JSE Financial Index rose 0.23 points to 133.40.
The market closed with 47 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with prices of 11 advancing, 22 declining and 14 remaining unchanged. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 42 securities accounting 22,654,582 units valued at $171,374,765 in contrast to 30,283,990 units valued at $380,332,800 from 39 securities on Wednesday.
 Sagicor Select Financial Fund dominated trading with 9.1 million shares for 40 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 6.6 million units for 29 percent of the day’s trade, and Sagicor Select Manufacturing and Distribution Fund with 2.4 million shares for 10.6 percent of the market’s volume. Sagicor Group with an exchange of 1.5 million shares, for 6.5 percent of the Main Market volume, was the only other stock trading more than one million units.
 The Market closed with an average of 539,395 units for $4,080,352 for each security traded, in contrast to 776,513 units valued at an average of $9,752,123 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 563,186 units at $3,051,311 for each security changing hands, compared to 564,747 units valued at $2,959,713 for each security traded. Trading in December resulted in an average of 595,143 units valued at $9,344,514 for each security.
 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows seven stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four closing with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 19.8, while the Main Market ended at 19.1 times the 2019 earnings.
In the prime market, Caribbean Cement dropped $4.45 to end at $67.56 after trading 108,571 shares, Eppley closed 60 cents lower to $14.40, with 3,543 stock units changing hands, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund lost 96 cents to settle at $38.04, after swapping 500 units. Grace Kennedy climbed $3.99 to end at a 52 weeks’ high of $79, with an exchange of 19,291 shares, Jamaica Broilers declined $1 to $34 in trading 36,873 shares, Jamaica Producers gained $2.61, rising to $25.84 in transferring 12,959 shares. Jamaica Stock Exchange closed $3.40 higher at $34.95, with 59,326 shares changing hands. JMMB Group dropped $2.30 to $45.20, in swapping 109,721 shares, Kingston Wharves plunged $6 to $65 while trading 17,841 units, Palace Amusement lost $1 to settle at $2,789, after an exchange of 70 units. Proven Investments dropped $4.95 to end at $50, with 52,655 shares traded, Sagicor Group declined $5.25 to $64.74 in transferring 1,478,177 shares, Seprod added 50 cents to settle at $49.50 exchanging 23,123 units. Stanley Motta ended at $5.50, after losing 30 cents, with 760,600 units changing hands and Supreme Ventures settled at $23.20, with a loss of 77 cents exchanging 56,451 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 188,960 units for US$61,283. The market index dropped 6.56 points to close at 234.98. JMMB Group 5.75% preference share gained 38 US cents to end at US$2.10, with 2,000 units changing hands, Margaritaville Turks lost 2.5 US cents to close at 31.5 US cents in exchanging 100 units. Proven Investments lost 2 US cents to close at 32 US cents trading 175,270 shares, Sterling Investments closed at 3 US cents in exchanging 3,000 units and Sygnus Credit Investments gained half of 1 US cent to close at 17.5 US cents after the transfer of 5,590 shares.