Republic Holdings knocks Trinidad stocks

Republic Holdings dropped $6.24 to $132 on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange on Friday, with the group reporting audit profit plunging from $1.58 billion to just $904 million for the year to September with the company also cutting the dividend paid for the year from $4.50 to $2.70.
With the sharp fall in the price of Republic, the T&T Composite Index declined 8.19 points to 1,281.45, the All T&T Index dived 16.26 points to 1,710.45, while the Cross Listed Index remained unchanged at 115.25.
The market exchanged 16.8 percent fewer shares, with the value jumping 81.2 percent above Thursday, with Clico Investments and Grace Kennedy accounting for 72 percent of total volume and 46 percent of the day’s value.
The market closed with 12 securities trading, down from thirteen on Thursday, and ended with three stocks rising, four declining and five remaining unchanged. Trading resulted in 172,050 shares for $3,148,874 compared to 206,882 shares valued $1,738,641 on Thursday.
The average day’s trade was 14,338 units at $262,406 versus an average of 15,914 units at $133,742 for each security on Thursday. For the month to date, the average trade amounts to 9,224 shares at $132,834 compared to 8,936 units at $125,534 on Thursday. October’s daily average was 16,922 shares for $285,061.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the bids of four stocks higher than their last selling prices and six with lower offers.
Stocks rising Ansa Merchant Bank rose 45 cents to $39.95, in trading 1,204 shares, Prestige Holdings gained 10 cents to finish at $7.50, with an exchange of 135 units and Trinidad and Tobago NGL added 10 cents to settle at $14.75, in transferring 8,227 stock units.
Stocks declining│Ansa McAL lost 2 cents exchanging 25,200 shares to end at $48.48, Clico Investments closed 5 cents lower at $25 trading 46,827 shares, Republic Financial Holdings declined by $6.24, with 1,642 units changing hands, to close at $132.76 and Scotiabank shed 25 cents to end at $54.10, with 525 units crossing the market.
Stocks trading firm│ Grace Kennedy traded 77,000 shares at $3.60, JMMB Group closed at $1.75, with a transfer of 5,890 stock units, Massy Holdings exchanged 100 units at $57. NCB Financial Group held firm at $7.95, with 5,000 stock units crossing the exchange and Unilever Caribbean transferred 300 units at $16.80.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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