Sharp price moves push stocks down – Tuesday

Berger price closed with a loss of $1.95 on Tuesday.

Sharp price movements in some Jamaica Stock Exchange main market stocks helped in pressuring the market index as the market closed on Tuesday with 24 securities changing hands with 1 trading in the US dollar market. In the main market, 7 stocks advanced and 14 declined in the main market.
Trading levels in main market ended at 5,715,510 units valued at $62,017,146 compared to 2,602,058 units valued at $19,772,383 at the close on Monday. Trading in the US dollar market accounted for 375,830 units valued at US$112,160.
The All Jamaica Composite Index declined 652.58 points to close at 244,600.84 the JSE Market Index fell 594.58 points to finish at 222,859.09 and the JSE US dollar market index gained 5.36 points to close at 215.57.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 9 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
The main market ended trading with an average of 122,740 units, compared to an average of 53,047 units on Monday. The average volume for the month to date ended at 136,817 units versus 150,894 units on the prior trading day. The average volume and value for February ended at 223,938 units and $1,379,459.
In market activity, Berger Paints slid $1.95 to $11.05, with 92,502 shares changing hands, Cable and Wireless lost 1 cent to close at $1.29 with trades of 255,042 shares, Caribbean Cement closed $1.20 lower to $31 with an exchange of 38,790 units. Carreras traded at $72, gaining $3 with 25,245 shares exchanged, Grace Kennedy advanced 90 cents to $43.90 with 170,701 units changing owners, Jamaica Broilers traded 124,547 shares at $15.99, for a loss of 1 cent, Jamaica Producers closed at $16 with 143,221 shares exchanged, Jamaica Stock Exchange closed 53 cents lower at $7, with trades of 861,904 units. JMMB Group closed at $16.81, losing 19 cents with 62,377 units traded, Kingston Properties closed at $16.35 trading 2,250 shares, Kingston Wharves lost 25 cents to close at $31.50, with 133,133 units changing hands, Mayberry Investments closed 10 cents lower at $4.60 with an exchange of 63,659 shares, NCB Financial Group gained 40 cents to close at $61.90, after exchanging 39,418 shares, 1834 Investments closed at $1.50, losing 10 cents trading 24,112 units, Palace traded 900 units at $200, Pan Jamaican closed at $35, with a loss of 1 cent trading 59,159 shares. Pulse Investments closed at $8.40, losing 5 cents with an exchange of 2,654 units, Radio Jamaica gained 30 cents to close at $1.90 exchanging 30,300 shares, Sagicor Group closed at $33.50 trading 151,851 shares, Sagicor Real Estate fund lost 6 cents to close at $10.50 with 184,285 shares traded, Scotia Group was down 99 cents, to close at $38.01, with 513,417 units exchanged, Scotia Investments traded $1.95 higher to $40 with a mere 1,000 units changing hands, Supreme Ventures advanced 35 cents to $6.35 trading 4,710 shares. Proven closed at 30 US cents, gaining 1 cent with an exchange of 375,830 ordinary shares and JMMB Group 7.5% preference share lost 1 cent to close at $1.08 with trades of 2,730,333 units.

Junior market index jumps – Tuesday

Volumes on the junior market more than doubled that of Monday, but the market index regained 48.35 points of the sharp all on Monday to end at 3,044.46 points.
Market activity ended in 25 securities trading, up from 23 on Monday as 8 stocks rose and 11 declined. A total of 4,031,077 units valued at $23,768,156 passed through the market, compared to 1,062,024 units valued at $5,541,349 on Monday.
The junior market ended trading with an average of 161,243 units for an average value of $950,726 traded, compared to 46,175 units for an average value of $240,928 on the previous trading day. The average volume and value for the month to date ended at 149,577 units and $1,439,528. On the immediate preceding trading day, the average volume and value for the month to date, were 148,963 units and $1,463,968. The average volume and value for February, ended at 223,938 units and $1,379,459.
Trading ended with 5 stocks had bids higher than their last sale prices and 2 ended with lower offers, than the last sale.

JSE climbs again on Monday

The Jamaica Stock Exchange continues to have challenges with their new trading system that was implemented in February. Making matters worse is that personnel at the exchange have refused to vet reports they put out in the public’s domain. The end result is that indices changes are sometime wrong or can’t be relied and some stocks are left off the trading reports.
The market closed on Friday with 25 securities changing hands with 2 trading in the US dollar market. In the main market, 9 stocks advanced and 10 declined.
The All Jamaica Composite Index advanced 828.57 points to close at 245,253.44 the JSE Market Index gained 754.92 points to finish at 223,453.67 and the JSE US dollar market index remained at 210.21.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.

Junior market index chopped – Monday

Main Event climbed 48 cents to $4.99.

Volumes on the junior market nearly doubled that of Friday’s, but the market index dropped sharply by 65.43 points to fall below the 3,000 points mark to end at 2,996.11 points.
The Jamaica Stock Exchange corrected the report for Friday that originally showed gains of just 7.21 points, to reflect the correct change of 29.39 points, after this publication reported the error.
Market activity ended in 23 securities trading, up from 19 on Friday as 7 stocks rose and 8 declined. A total of 1,062,024 units valued at $5,541,349 passed through the market, compared to 554,250 units valued at $3,004,928 on Friday.
The junior market ended trading with an average of 46,175 units for an average value of $240,928 traded, compared to 29,171 units for an average value of $158,154 on the previous trading day. The average volume and value for the month to date ended at 148,963 units and $1,463,968.
On the immediate preceding trading day, the average volume and value for the month to date, were 163,591 units and $1,582,454. The average volume and value for February, ended at 223,938 units and $1,379,459.
Trading ended with 5 stocks had bids higher than their last sale prices and 2 ended with lower offers, than the last sale.
At the close of the market on Monday, AMG Packaging closed at $5.40 with 72,300 units changing hands, CAC 2000 lost 20 cents and closed at $7.60 with 23,000 shares trading, Cargo Handlers ended trading with 1,150 shares at $21, Caribbean Flavours lost 31 cents in trading 900 units to end at $14, Caribbean Producers rose 15 cents in trading 5,243 units at $3.95, Consolidated Bakeries ended trading with 105,000 shares changing hands, to close at $3. Derrimon Trading ended at $8.60 with 5,599 shares changing hands, General Accident price declined by 20 cents to close trading with 91,700 shares at $3, Honey Bun gained closed with 105,677 shares changing hands at $6.50, Iron Rock had 14,000 units changing hands to close at $3.30 with a rise of 20 cents, Jamaican Teas rose 15 cents in trading 14,460 shares to close at $8, Jetcon Corporation rose $1 and closed trading with 19,797 shares being exchanged, to end at $12, Key Insurance lost 20 cents to end at $2.80 with 71,750 shares changing hands, Lasco Distributors lost 30 cents and ended with 216,050 units trading at $7, Lasco Financial rose 30 cents with 16,016 shares changing hands, to end at $4, Lasco Manufacturing closed with 227,140 units changing hands at $5, after losing 8 cents, Main Event gained 48 cents and closed at $4.99 with 27,861 shares changing hands, Medical Disposables traded 4,229, shares to close at $6, Paramount Trading had 13,132 shares changing hands, to close with a rise of 10 cents at $3.80, tTech fell 26 cents and ended with 15,000 units changing hands at $6.75. Derrimon Trading preference share ended with 3,970 units changing hands at $2, Eppley 10% preference share closed trading with 150 units at $6 and Eppley 8.25% preference share closed trading with 7,900 units at $6.

Big Berger gain lets in Scotia

Scotia enters IC Insider.com’s TOP 10

A big 36 percent jump in the price of Berger Paints kicked it out of the main market TOP listing, allowing Scotia Group into the top list for the very first time. Berger returned to its 52 weeks high of $15 at the end of the week but had 103,511 units on offer at $15 with buying of 1,735 units at $13.01.
The top main market stocks now sell at a 50 percent discount to the average main market stocks and is lower than the discount of stocks in the junior market.
Pulse Investments gained 21 percent during the past week, to end at $8.50 and was the second largest mover in the top listing for main market stocks. Pulse has offers for 118,391 units at $8.50 and buying at $8 for 1,500 shares. Carreras earnings have been up graded with the increase in the price of cigarettes this month, following increased taxes on the product. Interest in the stock is not great currently, with 21,125 on offer at $69.50 and buying of 2,000 shares at $69.20. Radio Jamaica closed the week with 990,792 units on offer at $1.90 and buying for 5,300 units at $1.80. Barita Investments has limited buying interest at the current price with just 447 units on the bid at $6.85 and 171,830 units on the offer at $6.90. With the increased level of construction activity currently taking place in Jamaica and plans for increase construction to meet growing demand for commercial and residential units in the sector, Caribbean Cement’s weak demand continues in the mid-thirty dollar range, with the stock closing with only 2,000 units on the bid to buy at $31.50 while offers are at $32.45 to sell 24,440 units. JMMB Group weakened in the week and now sits at $17.50 but buying is on the weak side, with 5,000 units on the bid at $16.60 and only 378 units offered at $17.50.

Top 10 junior market stocks are trading at a 40 percent discount to the average of the junior market, at the close of the week, this is after Lasco Distributors fell out of the top listing and is replaced
by Lasco Financial Services that suffered a reduction in price during the week to $3.70.
During the past week ISP Finance hit a new high of $12.25 up from $11.75 at the close of the previous week, the stock still sits high on the list at number 3. Access Financial and Jetcon had a bit of price movement during the week, with both closing lower than the week before.
Price movements remained volatile during the past week, as buy and sell orders remained thin for several stocks. With little new news to come until a flood of first quarter results start to flow volatility is likely to continue for a few weeks and this could provide patient investors with some good entry points, if bids and offers are strategically placed. The sharp one week move in Berger signals that supply may not last too long before demand kicks in.

JSE climbs on Friday

Jamaica Stock Exchange faulty indices movement.

The Jamaica Stock Exchange continues to have challenges with their new trading system that was implemented in February. Making matters worse is that personnel at the exchange have refused to vet reports they put out in the public’s domain. The end result is that indices changes are sometime wrong or cant be relied and some stocks are left off the trading reports.
The latest error shows the indices falling sharply, much different from what the actual performance was on Friday. The report shows the indices above the closing levels on Thursday but the official market report shows that main market and composite indices fell by more than 1,200 points and the junior market rising only 7.21 points when the closing index on Thursday and Friday show a rise of 29.39 points.
The market closed on Friday with 24 securities changing hands with 2 trading in the US dollar market. In the main market, 12 stocks advanced and 8 declined.
Trading levels in main market ended at 7,683,386 units valued at $59,552,400 compared to 5,370,742 units valued at $94,687,874 at the close on Thursday. Trading in the US dollar market accounted for 6,499 units valued at US$1,825.
The All Jamaica Composite Index advanced 911.85 points to close at 244,424.85 the JSE Market Index gained 830.80 points to finish at 222,698.74 and the JSE US dollar market index lost 7.95 points to 210.21.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
The main market ended trading with an average of 282,723 units on Friday, compared to an average of 184,556 units on the previous trading day. The average volume for the month to date, ended at 248,740 units versus 214,756 units on the prior trading day. The average volume and value for February, ended at 223,938 units and $1,379,459.
In market activity, Barita Investments traded 28,170 shares at $6.90, Berger Paints advanced $2 to close at $15, trading 25,128 shares, Cable and Wireless closed at $1.34, adding 4 cents with trades of 1,975,825 shares, Caribbean Cement closed 20 cents higher to $32 with an exchange of 14,902 units. Carreras traded at $69.50 with 7,400 shares changing hands, Grace Kennedy closed $1.40 higher to $42.50 with trades of 4,978 units, Jamaica Broilers exchanged 538,378 shares at $16, Jamaica Producers traded 50 cents lower to $15.50 with 12,638 shares changing owners, Jamaica Stock Exchange closed at $7.30, for a loss of 66 cents with an exchange of 3,058,750 units. JMMB Group slid 48 cents, closing at $17.50 with trades of 532,746 units, Kingston Properties closed at $16.35, rising 15 cents in trading 20,976 shares, Kingston Wharves gained 20 cents to close at $31.20, with 6,693 units changing owners, Mayberry Investments added 10 cents, closing at $5.30 with an exchange of 5,000 shares, NCB Financial Group closed with gains of 99 cents to $61.99, after exchanging 31,659 shares, 138 student Living closed 10 cents lower to $4.50, with 199,483 units being exchanged, Pan Jamaican rose 19 cents higher to $34.25, trading 192,491 shares. Sagicor Group closed at $33.50 trading 60,520 shares, Sagicor Real Estate fund lost 20 cents to close at $10.55 with an exchange of 6,600 shares, Scotia Group added 15 cents to close at $38.35, with 23,403 units traded, Scotia Investments climbed $1.50 in trading 13,000 shares at $36, Seprod closed at $38.55, for a loss of 45 cents with trades of 10,500 shares, Supreme Ventures closed at $6.29, with 37,777 shares changing hands. Margaritaville Turks traded 7 US cents lower to close at 23 US cents with 1,875 units exchanged, Proven Investments gained 2 US cents to close at 29 US cents trading 5,499 ordinary shares and JMMB Group 7.5% preference share closed at $1.10 with trades of 866,369 units.

Volume dips for juniors – Friday

After two days of high volumes traded by Lasco Manufacturing and Lasco Distributors, the junior market closed with less than 600,000 shares trading, compared to 12 million shares on Thursday and 13 million units on Wednesday.
At the close of trading the junior market index rose 29.39 points to end at 3,061.54. The Jamaica Stock Exchange reports gains of just 7.21 after reporting that the market closed at 3,032.15 points on Thursday. Market activity ended with in 19 securities trading, down from 23 on Thursday as 4 stocks rose and 6 declined. A total of 554,250 units valued at $3,004,928 passed through the market, compared to 12,255,673 units valued at $75,283,381 on Thursday.
The junior market ended trading with an average of 29,171 units for an average value of $158,154 traded, compared to 532,855 units for an average value of $3,273,190 on the previous trading day. The average volume and value for the month to date ended at 163,591 units and $1,582,454. On the immediate preceding trading day, the average volume and value for the month to date, were 171,993 units and $1,004,397. The average volume and value for February, ended at 223,938 units and $1,379,459.
Trading ended with only 3 stocks had bids higher than their last sale prices and 3 ended with lower offers, than the last sale.
At the close of the market on Friday, AMG Packaging closed at $5.69 with 24,829 units changing hands, Blue Power closed with 265 units changing hands at $36.50, Cargo Handlers ended trading with 150 shares at $21, Caribbean Cream closed trading with 10,000 units to end at $7.70, Caribbean Producers rose 2 cents in trading 31,033 units at $3.80, Consolidated Bakeries ended trading with a loss of 22 cents with 10,000 shares changing hands, to close at $3. Derrimon Trading lost 40 cents and ended at $8.60 with 16,083 shares changing hands, General Accident price declined by 1 cent to close trading with 29,000 shares at $3, Honey Bun gained 30 cents and closed with 21,323 shares changing hands at $6.50, ISP Finance had 4,584 units changing hands to close at $12.25, Jamaican Teas traded 32,302 shares and fell 65 cents to close at $7.85, Jetcon Corporation lost $1 and closed trading with 12,000 shares being exchanged, to end at $11, KLE Group ended at $3 with 40,416 shares changing hands, Lasco Distributors ended with 44,603 units trading at $7, Lasco Financial rose 20 cents with 14,682 shares changing hands, to end at $3.70, Lasco Manufacturing closed with 247,589 units changing hands at $5.08, Main Event closed at $4.51 with 3,000 shares changing hands, Paramount Trading had 11,471 shares changing hands, to close with a fall of 5 cents at $3.70 and tTech ended with 120 units changing hands at $7.01 after rising by a cent.

1 stock rise & 5 fall on TTSE

Witco had the largest trade on the TTSE on Friday.

West India Tobacco, Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange’s dominant trade on Friday, closed with just over 47,700 units. The cigarette producer, accounted for nearly half of the total volume passing through the market, in a lacklustre trading session, that saw all market indices falling moderately.
The market closed with 12 active securities compared to 18 on Thursday with 1 stock advancing, 5 declining and 6 holding firm. A total of 104,081 shares changed hands at a value of $6,914,298 compared to Thursday’s 610,096 shares valued at $3,541,855.
The Composite Index lost 0.91 points to 1,242.08, the All T&T Index fell 1.37 points to 1,827.95 and the Cross Listed Index was down 0.06 points to 87.99.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended with 6 stocks with bids higher than last selling prices and 8 with lower offers.
Gains| Scotiabank closed at $59.01 with a 1 cent gain trading 226 shares.
Losses| Clico Investment traded at $22.50, losing 1 cent with 11,701 units changing hands, Guardian Holdings closed at $16, with a loss of 5 cents exchanging 17,669 shares, NCB Financial Group lost 2 cents with trades of 1,717 shares to close at $3.78, while Trinidad Cement was down 3 cents, closing at $4.17 with an exchange of 4,769 units and Trinidad & Tobago NGL closed 79 cents lower to $22.71 trading 3,362 shares.
Firm Trades| Angostura Holdings traded 1,000 units at $15.01, Guardian Media closed at $18.65 trading 3,224 units, JMMB Group held firm at $1.22 with 1,000 units changing owners, One Caribbean Media closed at $16.48 with an exchange of 1,505 shares. Sagicor Financial remained at $9.01 trading 10,200 units and West Indian Tobacco was unchanged at $127 trading 47,708 shares valued at $6,058,916.

Stocks mostly rise in moderate trading

Trading in the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed Thursday with 23 securities changing hands and 1 trading in the US dollar market. In the main market, 12 stocks advanced and 7 declined in the main market.
Trading levels in main market ended at 5,370,742 units valued at $94,687,874 compared to 4,735,330 units valued at $232,334,549 at the close on Wednesday. Trading in the US dollar market accounted for 22,600 units valued at US$6,642.
The All Jamaica Composite Index advanced 207.42 points to close at 243,513.01 the JSE Market Index gained 188.98 points to finish at 221,867.93 and the JSE US dollar market index lost 4.47 points to end at 218.16.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 10 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
The main market ended trading with an average of 184,556 units on Thursday, compared to an average of 189,413 units on the previous trading day. The average volume and value for February, ended at 223,938 units and $1,379,459.
In market activity, Berger Paints closed at $13, with gains of 90 cents while trading 90,275 shares, Cable and Wireless closed at $1.30, adding 1 cent with trades of 211,079 units, Caribbean Cement closed 60 cents higher to $31.80 with an exchange of 9,127 units. Carreras dropped 51 cents to close at $69.50 trading 16,967 shares, Grace Kennedy closed $1.90 lower to $41.10 with 9,968 units, Jamaica Broilers gained 50 cents to close at $16, with an exchange of 31,624 shares, Jamaica Producers traded 76,500 shares at $16, Jamaica Stock Exchange closed at $7.96, with 39,382 units changing hands. JMMB Group gained 48 cents, closing at $17.98 with trades of 59,426 units, Kingston Wharves advanced $1 to $31, with 144,600 units changing owners, Mayberry Investments lost 5 cents and closed at $5.20 with an exchange of 1,867 shares, NCB Financial Group slipped $1 to $61, after exchanging 76,297 shares, 1834 Investments gained 10 cents, closing at $1.60 with 500 shares changing hands, Palace Amusement jumped $5 in closing at an all-time high of $200, with just 100 units being exchanged, Pan Jamaican dropped $2.94 to close at $34.06 trading 1,665,400 shares, Portland JSX closed 99 cents higher to $10.99 in exchanging 850 units, Pulse Investments traded 27,271 units at $8.50. Sagicor Group closed at $33.50 with gains of 2 cents trading 298,726 shares, Scotia Group added 10 cents to close at $38.20, with 42,312 units traded, Seprod closed at $39 with trades of 3,160 shares, Supreme Ventures closed 29 cents higher to $6.29, with 1,516,503 shares changing hands. Proven Investments lost 4 US cents to close at 27 US cents trading 22,600 ordinary shares, JMMB Group 7.25% preference share exchanged 1,000 units at $1.50, and JMMB Group 7.5% preference share closed at $1.10 with trades of 1,047,808 units.

2 Big Lasco trades again – Thursday

Lasco’s ICool drinks.

Lasco Manufacturing and Lasco Distributors traded large volumes on Thursday following up on the large volumes both stocks traded on Wednesday and helped to push trading to more than 12 million shares compared to more than 13 million units on Wednesday.
At the close of trading the junior market index lost only 3.94 points to end at 3,032.15 following activities in 23 securities traded up from 21 on Wednesday and ended with 4 rising and 6 falling. A total of 12,255,673 units valued at $75,283,381 passed through the market, compared to 113,332,019 units valued at $70,867,178 on Wednesday.
The junior market ended trading with an average of 532,855 units for an average value of $3,273,190 traded, compared to 634,858 units for an average value of $3,374,628 on the previous trading day. The average volume and value for the month to date ended at 171,993 units and $1,004,397. On the immediate preceding trading day, the average volume and value for the month to date, were 147,935 units and $853,144. The average volume and value for February, ended at 223,938 units and $1,379,459.
Trading ended with only 4 stocks had bids higher than their last sale prices and 6 ended with lower offers, than the last sale.
At the close of the market on Thursday, AMG Packaging closed at $5.69 with 8,921 units changing hands, Blue Power closed with 500 units changing hands at $36.50 after falling $1.50, CAC 2000 closed at $7.80 with 13,421 shares traded. Cargo Handlers ended trading with 24,141 shares at $21, Caribbean Cream closed trading with 10,000 units to end at $7.70, Caribbean Producers lost 7 cents in trading 2,792 units at $3.78, Derrimon Trading rose by 40 cents and ended at a new high of $9 with 1,406 shares changing hands, Dolphin Cove lost $1 to close trading with 57,240 shares, at $18, General Accident price rose 1 cent to close trading with 1,000 shares at $3.01, Honey Bun lost 80 cents and closed with 10,000 shares changing hands at $6.20, Iron Rock Insurance traded 15,581 shares to end at $3.10 after falling 15 cents, ISP Finance had 6,490 units changing hands to close at $12.25, Jamaican Teas traded 125,563 shares to close at $8.50, Jetcon Corporation closed trading with 18,629 shares being exchanged to end at $12, KLE Group ended at $3 with 6,000 shares changing hands after rising by 20 cents, Knutsford Express traded 598 units to close at $42, Lasco Distributors ended with 6,209,536 units trading at $7, Lasco Financial fell 69 cents with 9,462 shares changing hands, to end at $3.50, Lasco Manufacturing closed with 5,697,203 units changing hands at $5.08, Medical Disposables closed at $6 with 15,925 shares changing hands, Paramount Trading had 4,600 shares changing hands, to close with a rise of 20 cents at $3.75, tTech ended with 2,000 units changing hands at $7 and Derrimon Trading preference share ended with 14,665 units changing hands to close at $2.10.