More outflows but rates holding

In Wednesday’s forex trading, authorized dealers sold more foreign currency than they purchased. Dealers bought the equivalent of US$33,226,788 versus US$49,952,055 on Tuesday, and sold the equivalent of US$42,349,863 compared with US$54,895,404 on Tuesday.
FX HL 3-9-14In US dollar trading, dealers bought US$27,754,091 compared to US$44,900,566 on Tuesday. The buying rate for the US dollar rose 4 cents to $112.40 and US$37,453,095 was sold versus US$51,519,466 on Tuesday, the selling rate gained 4 cents to $112.75.
The Canadian dollar buying rate dropped 2 cents to $101.03 with dealers buying C$788,145 and selling C$900,497 at an average selling rate that gained 22 cents to $103.43.
The rate for theBritish Pound declined 59 cents to $184.03, for the purchase of £2,047,338, while £1,347,894 was sold, as the rate fell $1.35 to $185.50. Other currencies bought, amounted to the equivalent of US$1,412,171, while selling was the equivalent of US$1,853,249.
FX HL -03-9-14Highs & Lows| The highest and lowest rates for the US dollar, remained unchanged at $113.10, $91.85 and $117.70 respectively, except for the lowest selling rate that rose 72 cents to $94.02. The highest buying rate for the Canadian dollar rose 70 cents to $104, the lowest buying rate fell 50 cents to $81.67, the highest selling rate dipped 63 cents to $105.54 and the lowest selling rate dropped 60 cents to $98.40. The highest buying rate for the British Pound, fell 40 cents to $186.70, the lowest buying rate declined 71 cents $148.86. The highest selling rate fell $3.75 to $189.49 and the lowest selling rate declined by $1.25 to $179.35.

Scotia takes back most of Tuesday’s gains

BNS -Consprng On a light trading day on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, on Wednesday’s, only 16 securities traded, as the prices of 4 rose and 5 declined, resulting in 4,375,135 securities changing hands, valued at $26,470,726.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index gave up 1,331.74 of the 1,732.90 points it gained on Tuesday, to end at 71,761.88 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index gave back 1,489.11 of the 1,937.69 points increase on Tuesday, to close at 78,951.02. Scotia Group fell back to $19 at the close, this stock was the major influence on the downward indices’ movement.
Gains| The volume and last traded prices of stocks with gains, at the end of trading in the main market, are Caribbean Cement with only 1,000 shares traded, to close with an 18 cents rise to $2.40, Carreras with 168,403 shares, to close with a gain of 10 cents at $34.90, Mayberry Investments gained 5 cents to close at $1.70, in trading 2,350 units and Supreme Ventures with 2,100 shares changing hands, gained a cent, to end at $1.81.
JSE sum 3-9-14.fpng Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in price, with volume and last traded prices are, Grace Kennedy with 4,910 shares, closing at $61, Jamaica Broilers 800 shares trading at $4.70, Kingston Wharves had only 100 units being active at $5.02, National Commercial Bank put through 27,612 shares at $18 and Scotia Investments with 2,255 units, closed at $21.40.
Declines| The volume and last traded prices of stocks with losses, at the at the end of trading in the main market are, Desnoes & Geddes with 4,055,626 units, the price declined by 5 cents to $4.60, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 5,178 ordinary shares, lost 4 cents to end at $6.96, Sagicor Group had 87,723 changing hands, with the loss of 50 cents at $9 and Scotia Group fell from Tuesday’s jump to of $1.68 to close with 11,860 units trading, with the price falling back by $1.47 to $19.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 4,450 units at $3.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index declined by 0.42 points to close at 649.43 as just 2 stocks traded, Blue Power with 100 shares a $9.06 and Knutsford Express with 668 units at $5, down 16 cents, for a new 52 weeks’ low.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 6 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 stocks with offers that were lower.

Scotiabank damages TTSE market

Trading on the Trinidad Stock Exchange on Wednesday, was moderate, with 13 securities changing hands of which none advanced, 4 declined and 9 traded firm. A total of 159,429 units changed hands, with valued at $2,111,145. There were three new 52 weeks lows, at the close of the market, and no new highs, as Scotiabank declined further by $1.41.
TTSe 2-9-14The Composite Index lost 6.94 points to close at 1,142.99, the All T&T Index fell by 5.17 points to close at 1,981.89 and the Cross Listed Index fell by 1.16 points to end at 39.78.
Gains| There was no stocks increasing in price, at the close of trading, on Wednesday.
Declines| The stocks declining at the end of trading are, Firstcaribbean International trading 3.950 units and lost 25 cents, to end at $4.75, a new 52 weeks low, while Guardian Holdings with 25,355 shares traded for $342,592, closed at $13.51, after shedding 24 cents, Sagicor Financial lost a cent, in closing at $6.24, in trading 1,000 shares, for a new 52 weeks low, Scotiabank traded 9,008 shares valued at $558,486, falling $1.41 to close at $61.99, a new 52 weeks low. The stock has been under selling pressure, since it released April mid-year results, showing a sharp fall in profit.
Firm Trades| Stocks closing with prices unchanged at the end of trading are, Ansa Mcal 200 units to close at $66.25, Clico Investment Fund with 30,013 shares valued at $660,286, to remain at $22, First Citizens Bank 8,846 shares to close at $35.95, Grace Kennedy with 1,466 shares, closed at $3.55, Jamaica Money Market Brokers lost a cent in ending at 45 cents, while trading 300 units, National Commercial Bank with 49,390 shares changing hands for a value of $49,390, closed at $1, National Enterprises with 5,106 shares, to close at $17.75, Prestige Holdings 1,667 shares traded to close at $9.40 and Scotia Investments contributed 23,128 shares with a value of $32,479, closed unchanged at $1.40.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 2 stocks with the bid higher than their last selling prices and 5 stocks with offers that were lower.

JS gains against all 3 major currencies

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In Tuesday’s forex trading, authorized dealers traded much more foreign currency than they did on Monday. Monday was a poor day, based on historical trading patterns. Dealers bought the equivalent of US$49,952,055 versus US$26,489,205 on Monday, and sold the equivalent of US$54,895,404 compared with US$30,449,196 on Monday.
FX sum -2-9-14In US dollar trading, dealers bought US$44,900,566 compared to US$21,045,823 on Monday. The buying rate for the US dollar rose 32 cents to $112.36 and US$51,519,466 was sold versus US$27,061,841 on Monday, the selling rate fell 7 cents to $112.71.The Canadian dollar buying rate dropped $1.02 to $101.05 with dealers buying C$961,890 and selling C$1,244,613 at an average selling rate that declined 23 cents to $103.20.
The rate for theBritish Pound rose 45 cents to $184.63, for the purchase of £1,829,567, while £583,481 was sold, as the rate fell 32 cents to $186.85. Other currencies bought, amounted to the equivalent of US$1,180,174, while selling was the equivalent of US$1,269,053.
FX HL 2-9-14Highs & Lows| The highest buying rate for the US dollar, rose 20 cents to $113.10, the lowest buying, the highest and lowest selling rates remained unchanged at $91.85, $117.70 and $93.30 respectively. The highest buying rate for the Canadian dollar fell $1.70 to $103.30, the lowest buying rate was unchanged at $82.17, the highest selling rate rose 13 cents to $106.17 and the lowest selling rate was unchanged at $99. The highest buying rate for the British Pound, fell 20 cents to $187.10, the lowest buying rate and lowest selling rate were unchanged at $149.57 and $180.60 respectively. The highest selling rate rose 43 cents to $193.24.

Scotia Group drives indices up sharply

scotiabankBuilding150x150 The major indices of the Jamaica Stock Exchange jumped sharply In Tuesday’s trading, but this may not last as a jump in Scotia Group share price to $20.49 was the main reason for the big move, as Scotia Investments purchase the vast majority of the stock. For the overall market prices of 10 stocks rose, 5 declined as 26 securities changed hands, resulting in 13,528,222 shares trading, valued at $26,762,169.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index leapt by 1,732.90 points to 73,093.62 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index jumped 1,937.69 points to close at 80,440.13,
Gains| The volume and last traded prices of stocks with gains, at the end of trading in the main market, are Caribbean Cement with 24,297 units changing hands, gained 12 cents to $2.22, Grace Kennedy with 1,090 shares added $2 to price to end at $61, Jamaica Broilers had 600 units trading, as the price gained 13 cents to $4.70, National Commercial Bank with 5,125 shares put on 38 cents to close at $18, Radio Jamaica 2,554 units closed with 4 cents increase at $1.04, Sagicor Group had activity in 131,695 shares and gained 10 cents at $9.50, Sagicor Real Estate Fund 7,500 units traded with 5 cents gain at $6.90 and Scotia Group traded 957,902 shares to gain $1.68 to end at $20.47.
JSE 2-9-14 Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in price with volume and last traded prices, are Cable & Wireless with 11,967,181 shares at 30 cents, with broker, Pan Caribbean doing the bulk of the sales, while JMMB bought all from Pan Caribbean, Carreras with only 200 shares closed at $34.80, Jamaica Money Market Brokers traded 120,937 ordinary shares at $7 and Kingston Wharves with 10,000 units, ended at $5.02.
Declines| The volume and last traded prices of stocks with losses at the at the end of trading in the main market, are Berger Paints with 5,000 shares, declined by 2 cents, to close at $1.60, Hardware & Lumber with 5,000 shares lost $1.40 to $7.60 and Proven Investments with 4,813 ordinary shares, closed at 0.25 US cents lower at 17US cents.
Preference| Junior market listed Eppley 9.5% preference share, traded 54,433 units at $6.10, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.50% preference share had 2,729 units changing hands at $3.50 and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 17,200 units at $3.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index declined by 7.13 points to close at 649.85 as 9 stocks traded with 2 advancing and 2 declining.
Gains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the junior market are, AMG Packaging with 4,741 shares to close with a gain of 3 cents, at $2.43 and Lasco Manufacturing with 19,600 units, to close 9 cents higher at $1.04.
Firm Trades| Stocks in the junior market that traded to close at the same price as the day before are, Blue Power with 2,500 shares at $9.06, Dolphin Cove with 2,000 shares at $7.75, Jamaican Teas 160,000 shares at $3.30 and Knutsford Express, with 4,303 units at $5.16.
Declines| Stocks declining in the junior market at the end of trading, are Access Financial with 2,322 shares, down 2 cents, to close at $10.18 and Lasco Financial with 14,500 units, lost 8 cents to 92 cents.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator, had 6 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 7 stocks with offers, that were lower.

Low trading on post-independence day

Trading on the Trinidad Stock Exchange after the market was closed on Monday for Trinidad & Tobago’s independence day, 8 securities changed hands, none advanced, 1 declined and 7 traded firm with 252,655 units trading, with a value of $709,186.
TTSE sum 1-9-14The Composite Indexrose 0.15 points to close at 1,149.93, the All T&T Index fell by just 0.05 points to close at 1,987.06 and the Cross Listed Index increased by a mere 0.04 points to end at 40.94.
Declines| Trinidad Cement traded 9,400 shares valued at $26,038 and declined by a cent to end the day at $2.77, and was the only stock declining at the end of trading.
Firm Trades| Stocks closing with prices unchanged at the end of trading are, Clico Investment Fund with 16,137 units valued at $355,014 to remain at $22, First Citizens Bank with 3,330 shares closed at $35.95, followed by Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 100,000 shares for $45,704, to close at 45 cents, National Commercial Bank with 103,500 shares changing hands for a value of $103,500, closed at $1, National Flour Mills contributed 14,289 shares with a value of $18,576 to end at $1.30, while Prestige Holdings traded 999 units to close at $9.40 and Sagicor Financial traded 5,000 units at $6.25.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 3 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 stocks with offers that were lower.

Market greets September with low volumes

In Monday’s forex trading, authorized dealers traded much less foreign currency than is the norm on the first business day of the week. Dealers bought the equivalent of US$26,489,205 versus US$59,234,779 on Friday, and sold the equivalent of US$30,449,196 compared with US$51,274,373 on Friday.
FX sum -1-9-14In US dollar trading, dealers bought US$21,045,823 compared to US$52,907,403 on Friday. The buying rate for the US dollar declined 42 cents to $112.04. US$27,061,841 was sold versus US$46,929,455 on Friday, the selling rate increased 5 cents to $112.78. The Canadian dollar buying rate climbed 32 cents to $102.07 with dealers buying C$2,579,417 and selling C$1,663,274 at an average selling rate that declined 31 cents to $103.43.The rate for theBritish Pound fell by $1.46 to $184.18, for the purchase of £1,256,900, while £701,884 was sold, as the rate rose 60 cents to $187.17. Other currencies bought, amounted to the equivalent of US$1,027,381, while selling was the equivalent of US$697,139.
FX HL 1-9-14Highs & Lows| The highest buying rate for the US dollar, the lowest buying, the highest selling and lowest selling rates remained unchanged at $112.90, $91.85, $117.70 and $91.85 respectively. The highest buying rate for the Canadian dollar was unchanged at $105, the lowest buying rate gained 21 cents to $82.17, the highest selling rate rose 3 cents to $106.04 and the lowest selling rate was unchanged at $99. The highest buying rate for the British Pound, rose 10 cents to $187.30, the lowest buying rate and lowest selling rate were unchanged at $149.57 and $180.20 respectively. The highest selling rate rallied $2.07 to $192.81.

Cable & Wireless & Lasco Manufacturing dominate JSE

In Monday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, the prices of 4 securities rose, 6 declined as 22 stocks changed hands, resulting in 21,507,157 units trading, valued at $22,167,614.
JSE - 1-9-14Cable & Wireless accounted for 11.56 million units and Lasco Manufacturing 5.7 million of the stocks trading. As was the case on Friday, Pan Caribbean Financial Services was the broker that was the main seller of Cable & Wireless’ shares on Monday. At the close they had an offer to sell another 11.96 million units at 30 cents, the amount was exactly equal to the amount on the bid at 28 cents.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index fell by 241.32 points to 71,360.72 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index declined by 269.85 points, to close at 78,502.44.
Gains| The volume and last traded prices of stocks with gains, at the close of the main market are, Caribbean Cement in trading 28,423 shares closed with a gain of 6 cents at $2.10, Desnoes & Geddes gained 5 cents to close at $4.65 with 100,249 units changing hands and Jamaica Producers with 3,650 units, ended up 1 cent higher at $15.61.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a price change, with volume and last traded prices, are Cable & Wireless with 11,561,063 shares changing hands to close at 30 cents, Grace Kennedy with 2,761 shares at $59, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 22,303 shares closed at $7, Radio Jamaica had 2,113,260 units closing at $1, Sagicor Group 21,000 shares at $9.40 and Seprod with 351 shares at $10.75.
Declines| The volume and last traded prices of stocks with losses at the at the end of trading in the main market, are Carreras with 6,200 shares trading, lost 9 cents at $34.80, Jamaica Broilers lost 13 cents to end at $4.57 with 13,997 shares, National Commercial Bank with 12,100 units lost 38 cents at $17.62 and Scotia Group with 175,260 shares lost 5 cents in ending at $18.79.
Preference| Jamaican Teas debenture note traded 9,000 units at $100 each, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 1,557,835 units at $3 and Proven Investments 8% preference share, traded only 100 units at $5.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index declined by 0.40 points to close at 642.72 as 6 stocks traded with 1 advancing and 2 declining.
Gains| Lasco Manufacturing traded 5,730,455 units to gain 3 cents at 95 cents and was the only stock to gain at the end of trading in the junior market.
Firm Trades| Stocks in the junior market that traded to close at the same price as the day before are, Blue Power with only 1,000 shares, ended at $9.06, Dolphin Cove with 75,000 shares changing hands, closed at $7.75 and Lasco Distributors had 19,000 units trading at $1.11.
Declines| Stocks declining in the junior market at the end of trading, are Caribbean Cream with 13,150 shares to close 10 cents down at 65 cents and General Accident with 50,000 shares, closed 6 cents lower at $1.34.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 10 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 stocks with offers that were lower.

Sweet River IPO falls well short of target

Swt Riv logoSweet River Abattoir & Supplies Company initial public offering (IPO) missed by a huge margin, the amounted targeted to be raised, when it closed on August 26, the scheduled date for the closure. The IPO targeted $180 million to be raised from the sale of 46.6 million shares to the public.
According to VMBS Wealth Management, brokers to the issue, “preliminary numbers indicate that subscribers applied for approximately 30.6 million shares totalling approximately $118 million”. The minimum amount to be raised to facilitate listing on the junior market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, was $50 million.
The plan was for the amount targeted to be raised, was to be used in reduction of bank loans, completion of construction of the new factory facility, installation of a solar energy generation system, working capital and payment of the expenses of the IPO.
The result achieved, is not surprising, the price was well in excess of what investors were valuing junior market stocks at. In IC Insider’s comments on the IPO stated “currently, earnings per share works out at 40 cents, placing a valuation of 9.4 times historical earnings. This is well above the junior market valuation. Value based on net book assets, works out at 3 times book, again a very high valuation.”

National Flour Mills up 73% more gains coming

NFM logoNational Flour Mills was priced at 75 cents on July 26, last year. At the end of August this year, the stock is selling at $1.30, a gain of 73 percent.
IC insider had the stock as the second on the list of stocks on the Trinidad Stock Exchange, with potential gains, with 252 percent at the end of July last year. It remained as number 2 up to September 20th. By the end of the following week, the stock price moved up to 89 cents and the position slipped to number 4 top potential gainer, with likely gains of 197 percent as the price rose.
TTSE pe -8-14 At the end of December, the potential declined to 172 percent, but it was still at 4th position. By July the stock moved back into number 2 position as the earnings were upgraded to 16 cents per share in April, with potential gains of 252 percent once more.
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The stock sits at number 5 presently, with a potential gain of 171 percent. Immediately below at 114 percent, is Massy Holdings. Citizens Bank sits next with likely gains of 68 percent and Republic with 42 percent. At the top is Trinidad Cement with 256 percent followed by Point Lisas with 210 percent, Guardian 207 percent and Berger 205 percent.
Since July last year, the performance of some of the IC Insider potential gainers on the Trinidad Stock Exchange are, Trinidad Cement with gains of 178 percent, First Citizens, 52 percent from its IPO price, Massy Holdings 17 percent, One Caribbean Media 39 percent, Point Lisas and Republic Bank 11 percent each.