Sagicor and NCB inside trades

NCB HQ (2)Inside trades continue for companies on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, the latest such trades are in two of the country’s largest companies and may well be indicative of the short term fortunes of both entities, with six months results for NCB suggesting a good year for them while Sagicor Group could get hit with the acquisition of loss making RBC Royal Bank Jamaican operation that could negatively affect the groups results for the second half of 2014.AIC (Barbados) Limited purchased 2,400,000 National Commercial Bank shares on June 18, this year and an Executive of Sagicor Group sold 1,200,000 of the group’s shares under the Executive Long Term Incentive Scheme during on June 18, 2014 a release from the companies to the Jamaican Stock Exchange stated.
On June 17, a senior manager also sold 1,820,000 shares of Sagicor Group under the group’s Executive Long Term Incentive Scheme.

JSE gets Canadian tax exemption

JSE-MarleneJamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) has obtained approval as a Designated Stock Exchange under the Income Tax Act of Canada. The approval was authourised by Canada’s Finance Minister Joe Oliver. A Designated Exchange provides that persons in Canada who purchase stocks on the Main JSE market will be exempt from taxes on income derived from these purchases in that country. The stocks on the JSE’s Main Market will become more attractive to Canadian Pension Fund, Investment Managers and Investors on a whole as a result of the tax exemption. If Jamaican Diaspora Bonds are listed on the JSE Main Market it will now be more attractive to the Jamaicans in Canada as they will not be required to pay income tax when trading these bond, a release from the Jamaica Stock Exchange suggest.
The JSE had to meet certain standards to have been recognized as a Designated Exchange, including adherence to rules and regulations, maintain a reasonable level of liquidity and offer a range of product on the Exchange.
JSE“This is a significant milestone in our history, when the Canadian Government recognized the JSE as a Designated Exchange. This seeks to further solidify the relationship between Jamaica and Canada, a country which was instrumental in assisting the JSE with its first sets of Rules and the JSE’s Securities Course” Marlene Street Forrest, General Manager of the JSE, stated.

Declining stocks more than advancing

In Friday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange the prices of 5 stocks rose and 7 declined as 19 securities changed hands resulting in 8,662,257 shares trading, valued at $48,043,196 sparking a moderate gain in the main indices as well as the Junior market Index.
JSE sum pic-20-6-14Main Market| The JSE Market Index inched up 78.18 points to 69,741.08 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index moved up by 87.42 points to close at 76,691.40.
Gains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the main market are Desnoes & Geddes with 304,463 units changing hands and the price gained 20 cents to close at $4.50, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 4,600 shares to close with a gain of 4 cents to close at $6.65, Proven Investments with 7,700 ordinary shares to close with a gain of 0.0001 US cents to close at 18 US cents and Sagicor Group with 18,919 shares to close with a gain of 10 cents at $8.90.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in price are Cable & Wireless which traded 609,766 shares to close at 30 cents, Gleaner with 3,759,161 shares to close at $1.10, Grace Kennedy traded 464,183 units valued at $25 million, just over half of the value of trade in the market, to close at $54, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share, traded 14,400 units to close at $2 and Seprod with 234,532 units to close at $10.50.
Declines| The number of stocks that declined in the main market are Carreras with 141,077 shares, declined by 1 cent to end at $33.50, Pan Jamaican Investment 2,000 units to decline by 4 cents to end at $48.01, Sagicor Real Estate Fund 30,000 shares as the price fell by a cent to close at $6.0, Scotia Group with 11,365 units as the price drifted down by 19 cents to end at $19.01, Scotia Investments with only 2,750 units to close with a 50 cents loss at $21.50, a new 52 weeks low and Supreme Ventures with 3,051,100 shares as the price slipped 9 cents to end at $1.90.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index gained 1.25 points to close at 719.35 as 3 stocks traded with 1 advancing and 1 declining and a debenture.
Gains| The only stock recording gains at the end of trading in the junior market was Lasco Distributors with a mere 1,490 shares to close with a gain of 2 cents at $1.20.
Firm Trades| Jamaican debenture notes traded 34,000 units at par of $100 each, valued at $3,400,000 and Medical Disposables 2,000 units to close at $1.95 were the only securities in the junior market that traded to close at the same price as the prior trading day.
Declines| The only stock declining in the junior market at the end of trading is AMG Packaging with 2,751 shares to close with a loss of 20 cents at $3.10, for a new 52 weeks low.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 7 stocks with the bid higher than the last selling price and 5 stocks with offers that were lower. This suggest continued sideways movement for the market in the short term.

J$ makes gain versus US

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The local dollar lost ground against the Pound sterling, was mixed against Canadian dollar but gained against the US dollar in Thursday’s forex trading as inflows were slightly more than outflows with the equivalent of $23,475,190 being bought, to $22,721,583 sold. On Wednesday dealers bought the equivalent of US$31,876,372 to $34,108,329 sold.
FX fnd 19-6-14 picIn US dollar trading, dealers bought US$19.58 million compared to US$24.57 million on Wednesday as the buying rate for the US dollar declined 3 cents to $111.09 and sold US$19,642,222 versus US$29,670,705 on Wednesday with the rate closing down 3 cents to $111.76.
The Canadian dollar buying rate fell 73 cents to end at $101.10 with dealers buying C$748,328 and selling C$755,327 as the rate rose 77 cents to end at $103.27.
The Pound closed at $188.61, for the purchase of £1,815,425, the rate is up $2.15, while £1,089,821 was sold, with the rate rising $1.79 to $190.32. Other currencies bought, amounted to the equivalent of US$129,641 while selling accounted for the equivalent of just $525,516.
FX HL 19-6-14Highs & Lows| The highest rate for buying the US dollar gained 15 cents to $112.05, the lowest buying rate remained unchanged at $90.81 as well as the highest selling rate at $116.42 but the lowest selling rate was up $17.29 to $108.10.
The highest buying rate for the Canadian dollar increased by 30 cents to $103.20, the lowest buying rate moved down 12 cents to $81.34, the highest selling rate was unchanged at $105.72 and lowest selling rate fell 15 cents to $98.
The highest buying rate for the Pound climbed $1.10 to $190.60 while the lowest buying rate inched down 8 cents to $151.23. The highest selling rate gained $2.44 to $194.95 and the lowest selling rate fell $1.30 to $181.

Grace, Sagicor & NCB dominate trades

On another day when stock broker Scotia Investment was involved in the sale of large trades in Grace Kennedy valued at $82,709,830, National Commercial Bank with a value of $43,035,978 and Sagicor Group with a value of $41,176,293, the volume continues on a high note. In today’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Mayberry Investments and Scotia Investments hit new 52 weeks lows at $1.45 and $22 respectively, for Mayberry it also it is the lowest price since it was listed on the exchange back in 2005. In trading activities elsewhere the prices of 5 stocks rose and 7 declined with only 16 securities changing hands resulting in 9,181,583 shares trading valued at $172,160,099.
jse sum 19-6-14Main Market| The JSE Market Index fell by 277.89 points to 69,662.9 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index lost 310.73 points to close at 76,603.98.
Gains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the main market are Cable & Wireless with 145,500 units changing hands gained 3 cents to close at 30 cents, Caribbean Cement 3,386 to close with an increase of 15 cents to close at $2.25 and Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 5,000 shares to gain a cent in closing at $6.61.
Firm| There were only stocks in the main market to close without a change in price as Grace Kennedy saw trading in 1,531,645 shares valued and closed at $54, Jamaica Broilers with only 1,864 units to end at $4.57, Sagicor Real Estate Fund traded 40,765 units to close at $6.09 and Scotia Group with 132,799 shares valued at $2,543,287, closed at $19.20.
Declines| The number of stocks that declined in the main market are Carreras with 11,958 while losing 44 cents to end at $33.51, Kingston Wharves with 6,802 shares to close 5 cents down at $5, Mayberry Investments with 25,000 units closed with a 5 cents fall at $1.45, National Commercial Bank with 2,487,460 units and closed 5 cents down at $18.50 with the vast majority trading around $17.20, Sagicor Group traded 4,672,227 units to close with a loss of 10 cents at $8.80 and Scotia Investments with 83,647 shares with a $1.10 loss at $22.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index advanced by 7.95 points to close at 718.10 as only 3 stocks traded with2 advancing and 1declining.
Gains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the junior market are Lasco Financial traded 1,530 shares to close with a gain of 2 cents at $1.15 and Lasco Manufacturing gained 7 cents to close at $1.12 with 30,000 units.
Firm Trades| There were no stocks in the junior market stocks that traded to close at the same price as the day before.
Declines| Stocks declining in the junior market at the end of trading are Medical Disposables with only 2,000 closed with a 5 cents loss at $1.95, the lowest price since it was listed but still above the IPO price of $1.83.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 7 stocks with the bid higher than the last selling price and 6 stocks with offers that were lower.

Inside trades at Sagicor & General Accident

A senior manager sold 1,820,000 shares of Sagicor Group under the group’s Executive Long Term Incentive Scheme on June 17, 2014. A director and a connected party of General Accident Insurance Company purchased 200,198 of the company’s shares on May 26, 2014.

Dividend at Kingston Wharves

Kingston Wharves approved the an interim dividend of 10 cents per stock unit payable on July 30, 2014, to shareholders on record at July 16 and the ex dividend date is July 14.
The company paid an interim dividend of 8 cents per share payable on December 20, last year. The company also paid a final dividend of 2 cents per share in respect of the financial year ended December 2012 and an interim dividend of 8 cents per share in respect of the 2013, on March 28 last year.

More funds sold than Inflows as – J$ slips

The local dollar lost ground against the US and Canadian dollars on Wednesday as inflows were less than outflows for the second day in a row with the equivalent of $31,876,372 being bought to $34,108,329 sold. On Tuesday dealers bought the equivalent of US$26,494,130 to $36,419,004 sold.
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In US dollar trading, dealers bought US$24.57 million compared to US$22.1 million on Tuesday as the buying rate for the US dollar was up 3 cents to $111.13 and sold US$29,670,705 versus US$31,688,770 on Tuesday with the rate closing up 17 cents to $111.79.
The Canadian dollar buying rate rose 39 cents to end at $101.83 with dealers buying C$2,582,416 and selling C$2,670,666 with the rate rose 7 cents to end at $102.50.
The Pound closed at $186.46, for the purchase of £1,547,416, the rate lost 46 cents, while only £300,664 was sold, with the rate falling 20 cents to $188.53. Other currencies bought, amounted to the equivalent of US$2,340,485 while selling accounted for the equivalent of just $1,481,964.
FX HL 18-6-14Highs & Lows| The highest rate for buying the US dollar lost 80 cents to $111.90, the lowest buying rate was up 55 cents $90.81, the highest selling rate climbed 6 cents $116.42 and the lowest selling rate was up 21 cents to $90.81.
The highest buying rate for the Canadian dollar eased 5 cents to $102.90, the lowest buying rate moved down 42 cents to $81.46, the highest selling rate was up 16 cents to $105.72 and lowest selling rate fell 50 cents to $98.15.
The highest buying rate for the Pound remained unchanged at $189.50 while the lowest buying rate inched up 4 cents to $151.31. The highest selling rate dropped $2.82 to $192.51 and the lowest selling rate fell 25 cents to $182.30.

More stocks decline as volumes jump

In Wednesday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange the prices of 6 stocks rose and 9 declined as 29 securities traded, resulting in 22,241,794 shares changing hands valued at $382,726,202.Scotia Investments was one of the brokers that was heavily involved in sales of some of the high volume trades while Pan Caribbean was involved in major crosses for a large portion of the Sagicor Group shares that traded but Scotia Investments was also involved in selling of this stock. Proven Wealth was the broker trading the block of Proven ordinary shares that was crossed. Mayberry Investments closed at a new 52 weeks low at the end of trading.
JSE sum 18-6-14Main Market| The JSE Market Index fell by 320.97 points to 69,940.79 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index moved down by 358.91 points to close at 76,914.71.
Gains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the main market are Ciboney with only 4,000 units to gain a cent and closed at 8 cents, National Commercial Bank with 2,072,226 shares valued at $35,858,252, closed with a 5 cents gain to $18.55, Pan Jamaican Investment with 745,000 shares with a value of $35,797,2500 closed at $48.05 for a 5 cents rise, Sagicor Group saw 9,543,413 shares changing hands worth $84,556,781 as the price closed up by 10 cents at $8.90 and Supreme Ventures with only 1,150 unis, gained 3 cents to $1.99.

Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in price are Cable & Wireless with only 10,000 shares and closed at 27 cents, Caribbean Cement 10,050 units to close at $2.10, Desnoes & Geddes had 846 shares trading, to close at $4.30, Gleaner with 201,732 shares closed at $1.10, Grace Kennedy 1,561,330 shares valued at $84,411,820 to close at $54, Jamaica Broilers 838 shares closed at $4.57, Jamaica Money Market Brokers traded 99,448 units to close at $6.60, Kingston Wharves had 63,082 units changing hands as it closed at $5.05 and Radio Jamaica with 10,292 ended at $1.29.
Preference share| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share with 306,100 units closed unchanged at $3.05.
Declines| The number of stocks that declined in the main market are Berger Paints with 7,863 shares as the price closed down 4 cents at $1.66, Carreras with 100 shares, closed with a decline of 5 cents to $33.95, Mayberry Investments 10,000 units, to close at $1.50, down by 15 cents for a new 52 weeks low, Proven Investments with 5,661,425 units losing 0.0001 US cents to end at 0.1799 US cents. Sagicor Real Estate Fund had only 2,100 units as the price dropped a cents to close at $6.09, Scotia Group had a big trade of 1,251,830 shares valued at $24,171,166, the price lost 10 cents to close at $19.20 and Scotia Investments with 16,353 units ended down by 90 cents, at $23.10
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index declined by 0.63 points to close at 710.15 as 7 stocks traded with only one advancing and 2 declining.
Gains| General Accident Insurance was the only stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the junior market with 40,000 units as the price was up a cent at $1.37.
Firm Trades| The stocks in the junior market stocks that traded to close at the same price as the day before are Access Financial with 30,000 shares traded to close at $13.50, Blue Power with 2,452 units closed at $9.01, Medical Disposables with 3,000 shares to close at $2 and Paramount Trading 387,085 units to end at $2.68.
Declines| Stocks declining in the junior market at the end of trading are Caribbean Cream with 174,079 and closed with a decline of 5 cents to close at 70 cents and Consolidated Bakeries traded 26,000 units to close with a 2 cents fall to 80 cents.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 8 stocks with the bid higher than the last selling price and 4 stocks with offers that were lower.

Moderate trading as 3 up 2 down on TTSE

Trading levels on the Trinidad stock market on Wednesday was moderate with 10 securities changing hands of which 3 advanced 2 declined and 5 traded firm with 219,377 stocks trading with a value of $2,520,485. The Composite Index rose by 0.66 points to close at 1,181.10, the All T&T Index rose fell by just 0.79 points to close at 2,026.68 and the Cross Listed Index gained a mere 0.07 points to end at 43.96
TTSE18-6-14picGains| Stocks increasing in price at the close are, National Commercial Bank with 606 shares changing hands and closed with a 1 cent advance to $1.06 and Neal & Massy with 1,000 shares traded to close 5 cents higher at $68.95 for a new 52 weeks high, Republic Bank increased by 30 cents to end the day at $121 while trading 2,700 shares with a value of $326,700.
Declines|The stocks declining at the end of trading are Scotiabank with 8,296 shares traded for $575,637, the price lost 7 cents to close at $69.38 for a new 52 weeks low and West Indian Tobacco with 433 shares, declined by 7 cents to close at $118.
Firm Trades| Stocks closing with prices unchanged at the end of trading are ANSA McAL with a mere 22 shares to close at $66.29, Clico Investment Fund traded 65,000 shares valued at $1,404,000 to close at $21.60, Guardian Holdings with only 67 shares to close at $14.75, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 139,753 shares changing hands for a value of $62,889 closed at 45 cents, National Enterprises added 1,500 shares valued at $28,125 to close at $18.75.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 4 stocks with the bid higher than the last selling price and 2 stocks with offers that were lower. Of note is First Citizens ended with an offer of $37.29 to sell 4,163 units compared to the last selling price of $37.43 and Point Lisas has a bid of $4.15 for 4,000 units compared with a last sales of $4. Both closing quotes suggest that when next these stocks trade there should be a noticeable price change.