JSE struggles to break out

Buyers are willing to buy proven at a PE of 48, by far the highest in the market.

Buyers are willing to buy proven at a PE of 48, by far the highest in the market.

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market continues to struggle to move decisively away from the 108,000 point level, the previous point of resistance now turn support, on the all Jamaican composite index. In Friday’s trading the market pulled back from just under 110,000 points it closed ta on Thursday.
Trading in the market resulted in the prices of 10 stocks rising, 8 declining as 31 securities changed hands, ending in 4,581,896 units trading, valued at $24,655,549, in all market segments and 3 stocks closed a new 52 weeks’ high, in all market segments. The main market of the JSE Market Index lost 1,163.43 points to 98,088.54, theJSE All Jamaican Composite index fell 1,300.42 points to close at 108,575.56 and the JSE combined index dropped by 1,097.94 points to end at 100,748.95.
JSe sum 5-6-15 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 12 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and just 2 with offers that were lower. The indications from pass comparisons with the next day actual performance suggests that the numbers of stocks likely to rise on the next trading day will be close to the number of higher bids but the negatives number could end being 2 to 4 times the above lower bids.
In trading, Cable & Wireless continues to shed cents from the stock price as it traded 105,232 shares, to end at 43 cents 2 cents down. Caribbean Cement had just 10,000 shares trading, but it lost 20 cents to close at $4.80, Carreras had just 3,200 units changing hands at $1 higher to $51, Jamaica Stock Exchange had 15,850 units changing hands for 5 cents more to reach a new 52 weeks closing high of $5.05 JSE fn 5-6-15as the board of the company meets on Monday coming, to declare a dividend. National Commercial Bank lost 60 cents while trading 131,412 units to end at $29, Sagicor Group finished with 25,900 shares to close at $12, Proven Investments traded a good volume of 368,945 shares to close at 21 US cents, but finished with the bid at US 22 cents for a hand full of shares. If the stock should trade at this level the valuation would be a PE ratio of 48 times ongoing earnings, well above any other stock on the exchange. Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.25% preference share trading 1.8 million units and the 8.75% preference share ending with 999,225 shares.

JSE records gains as 12 stock rose

JSE closed at a new high on Thursday of $5

JSE closed at a new high on Thursday of $5

Activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 12 stocks rising, 8 declining as 28 securities changed hands, ending in 29,030,930 units trading, valued at $172,290,893, in all market segments.The market continues to record new 52 weeks’ high with 4 new highs recorded at the end of trading in the main and junior markets.
The JSE Market Index rose by 850.14 points to 99,251.97, JSE sum 4-6-15the JSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 950.23 points to close at 109,875.98 and the JSE combined index gained 909.48 points to end at 101,846.89.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 11 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with offers that were lower.
After two hours of trading on Thursday there was heavy trading in a number of stocks. The big trades for the day are Caribbean Cement with 4,504,011 shares to close at $4.80, the vast majority traded at $5. Carreras traded 528,878 units to end at $50, Jamaica Broilers with 3,019,120 shares changing hands, closed at $5.50, Scotia Group traded 1,103,300 shares with the price closing unchanged at $25.50 as Scotia Investment bought most of those to trade. Supreme Ventures had 8,559,749 shares traded to end at $3.50, down 25 cents and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share traded 836,000 units with a gain of 19 cents to end at $2.30.
Elsewhere in the market, Jamaica Stock Exchange traded 21,150 units to end with a gain JSE fnl qts 4-6-15of 20 cents to a new closing high of $5. National Commercial Bank with 248,135 shares closed at $29.60 to end with a 5 cents gain, Pan Jamaican Investment traded 5,678 shares to close 3 cents higher at a new 52 weeks high of $60.55, Pulse Investments traded 300,000 units at 45 cents, to gain 9 cents for a new 52 weeks high. Sagicor Group had 388,585 shares trading to close at $12, Sagicor Real Estate Fund traded 418,797 shares at $7.60, up 50 cents on the day, Scotia Investments exchanged 20,028 shares to close at $26.28 and Proven Investments traded 146,255 shares at 21 US cents.

Declining stocks outpace advancers

Activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 10 stocks rising, 13 declining as 33 securities changed hands, ending in 9,407,399 units trading, valued at $83,136,775, with 4 stocks closing at 52 weeks’ high, in all market segments.
The JSE Market Index lost 787.71 points to 98,401.83, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index declined 880.45 points to close at 108,925.75 and the JSE combined index dropped by 631.19 points to end at 100,937.41.
JSE sum fn 3-6-15 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 15 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 9 with offers that were lower. The indication is for fluidity in price movements on Thursday and the likelihood of declining stocks out numbering advancing ones.
In trading, Berger Paints traded 71,289 units at $3, Caribbean Cement had 201,560 units trading at $5 after dropping 10 cents. Interestingly, even as Cable & Wireless posted a large loss after taking a $7 billion one off extra ordinary expense hit, the stock traded 649,000 units between 50 cents and the closing price of 48 cents, the same as on Tuesday. Carreras traded 483,380 units at $50, after falling $1.50, Gleaner Company had 219,403 shares trading at $1, Hardware & Lumber closed with 38,638 shares trading unchanged at $18, Jamaica Broilers having 2,428,147 units trading with the price holding at $5.18 after slipping from $5.50 earlier in the day, to end the day down 7 cents. JMMB Group lost 79 cents while it traded 1,130,033 units as the price closed at $7.71, following poor profit results in the final quarter of the fiscal year to March.JSE fn qts 03-6-15 Mayberry Investments had 1,099,821 units trading 4 cents lower at $3.05. One million units of the stock were sold by JMMB Securities and Mayberry bought them for in house purposes. National Commercial Bank ended with 81,153 units changing hands 35 cents down at $29.55, Pan Jamaican Investment traded 4,078 units 2 cents higher for a new 52 weeks’ high of $60.52. Sagicor Group had 1,199,248 shares trading at $12, after slipping 5 cents, Scotia Group had 315,085 units changing hands to end 250 cents higher at $25.50 and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference shares closed with 295,000 units trading to end at $2.11.

15 stocks rose 10 declined on JSE

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JSE traded at a new all-time high of $4.80 to record a gain of 220% for the year to date

JSE traded at a new all-time high of $4.80 to record a gain of 220% for the year to date

Activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 15 stocks rising, 10 declining as 42 securities changed hands, ending in 5,509,275 units trading, valued at $30,879,690, in all market segments.
TheJSE Market Index lost 484.92 points to 99,189.54, theJSE All Jamaican Composite index fell 542.01 points to close at 11109,806.20 and the JSE combined index gained 850.26 points to end at 101,568.60.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 14 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with offers that were lower.
Market activity saw, Cable & Wireless ending with 1,359,285 shares to close at 48 cents, after losing 2 cents but the stock traded as low as 45 cents after the company reported a huge $9 billion loss including an exceptional charge of $7 billion, after trading closed on Monday. JSE sum 2-6-15 Caribbean Cement had 70,900 shares trading at $5.10, to record a gain of 10 cents. Carreras traded of $51.50 and lost 50 cents but with just 6,272 shares, Desnoes & Geddes had 38,161 units changing hands at $7.50, for a loss of 5 cents, Hardware & Lumber traded 72,196 shares between a new intra-day high of $19 and the closing price of $18, Jamaica Broilers traded 206,666 units to close at $5.25 with a 30 cents loss. Jamaica Stock Exchange traded 5,000 units at a new high of $4.80 after gaining 30 cents. JMMB Group gained 5 cents, with 14,350 shares to close at $8.50. Mayberry Investments traded 183,599 units at $3.09, as the price slipped by 1 cent, JSE clse 2-6-15 National Commercial Bank traded 24,497 shares at $29.90 and lost 9 cents, Radio Jamaica traded 100,000 shares to remain unchanged at $3. Sagicor Group had 344,180 units trading 5 cents higher to end at $12.05, the company Real Estate Fund ended with 18,186 units trading down by 8 cents at $7.50. Scotia Group traded 309,997 units at $25.30, Supreme Ventures added 117,357 shares at $3.80. Proven Investments had 40,900 changing hands at 20.99 US cents, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference shares closed with 250,900 units trading at $2.11 and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference shares closed with 147,225 units trading at $3.02.

Market back to pre-crisis levels

Carreras traded at a 52 weeks' high of $52

Carreras traded at a 52 weeks’ high of $52

Activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 15 stocks rising, 6 declining as 28 securities changed hands, ending in 6,921,820 units trading, valued at $48,898,561, in all market segments.
Stocks trading at new 52 weeks’ high in the main market are, Carreras traded of $52 to gain $2 but with only 800 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange, Jamaica Broilers and Pan Jamaican.
TheJSE Market Index gained 908.09 points to 99,674.46, theJSE All Jamaican Composite index climbed 1,015.00 points to close at 110,348.21 and JSE sum 1-6-15the JSE combined index gained 850.26 points to end at 101,869.93. The close on Monday, places the all Jamaican index back to July 2008 levels.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 11 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with offers that were lower.
Cable & Wireless closed with 341,888 shares trading at 50 cents, Caribbean Cement had 61,057 shares trading at $5, to record a gain of 40 cents. Desnoes & Geddes had 15,250 units changing hands at $7.55, in putting on 12 cents, Jamaica Broilers traded 115,000 units at $5.55 with a 5 cents gain, Jamaica Stock Exchange traded 10,000 units at a new high of $4.50. JMMB Group lost ground by falling 55 cents, with 22,350 shares to close at $8.45 after the investment bank posted earnings of $1.18 per share for the year to March, compared with $1.74 in 2014. The company only made $76 million in the quarter compared to reach $1.93 million compared with $1.85 million at the end of December.JSE fn Qts-1- 6-15 Mayberry Investments traded 127,350 units at $3.10, as the price moved up 10 cents, Pan Jamaican Investment traded 6,473 shares at $60.50 to gain 50 cents, for a new 52 weeks’ high. Radio Jamaica traded 55,622 shares and gained 40 cents to close at $3, the company released results of 32 cents per share for the year to March after trading closed compared with 17 cents in 2014. Sagicor Group had 308,000 units trading at the end at $12, the company Real Estate Fund ended with 3,933,104 units trading 7 cents high at $7.58, Scotia Group traded 261,103 units at $25.30 Seprod 23,580 shares as the price slipped 95 cents to $16.55 and Supreme Ventures added 487,217 shares at $3.80.

Buy Rated blooming

Hardware & Lumber with its Rapid True Value retail arm gained 291% since place on BUY RATED list

Hardware & Lumber with its Rapid True Value retail arm gained 291% since place on BUY RATED list

Last year was not a great year for IC Insider Buy Rated stocks but quite a number did well, particularly those of the junior market. The same can’t be said for 2015, except in the case of Trinidad stocks that are under pressure mostly from flat earnings and rising interest rates in that country.
Trinidadian stocks have hardly gone anywhere the Jamaican ones are soaring after a long period of drought. There are three triple winners in the main Jamaican market including Hardware and lumber that is up 291 percent since we selected it as Buy Rated. Interestingly, they are no losing stocks in this market. The junior stocks have erased most of the losses suffered earlier and now only two stocks record any losses. Technical indicators are pointing to BUY Rated 5-15the Jamaican rally continuing for the rest of the year with lower inflation and interest rates coupled with continued strong profit gains. Trinidad stocks will continue to be under pressure but there are a few severely undervalued ones in that market that could post decent gains in the months ahead.
Access still has further to go as the future looks good for growth in profits but the price of the stock could be trading around current levels for some time but there is limited volumes available, this one becomes a longer term buy with the price where is currently lies. Caribbean Cream and Paramount seems to have quite some gains to deliver in the months ahead as improving results encourage investors to buy into the growth prospects. Lasco Financial could be going anywhere with Mayberry buying 20 percent and buying more in the market of a stock with limited float and Medical Disposables has good potential to deliver a decent gain.
The main market may have had lots of gains so far but there is much more to come from even some of the top performers such as Jamaica Stock Exchange, National Commercial Bank, Caribbean Cement and Carreras to name a few. Over in Trinidad, Guardian Holdings is undervalued but National Flour is severely undervalued, Trinidad Cement is a huge buy with much upside potential especially with debt restructuring leading to lower interest cost and lower energy cost in Jamaica and Barbados.

Prices up prices down index gains

Sagicor traded 5.36 million shares on Friday

Sagicor traded 5.36 million shares on Friday

The Jamaica Stock Exchange ended the week on a positive note with most prices for stocks rising and new highs still being recorded, resulting in the prices of 14 stocks rising, 10 declining as 35 securities changed hands, ending in 17,846,913 units trading, valued at $135,894,171, in all market segments.
Hardware & Lumber closed at a new 52 weeks’ high of $18, Jamaica Stocks Exchange closed at an all-time high of $4 and Scotia Investments also closed at a new high of $30 after jumping $3.70 but with limited volume and Palace Amusement traded at $60 for a new 52 weeks’ low.
JSE sum 29-5-15TheJSE Market Index gained 451.19 points to 98,766.37, theJSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 504.32 points to close at 109,333.21 and the JSE combined index put on 439.21 points to end at 101,019.67.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator continues to reflect a market that has a upward bias with 11 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and just 2 with offers that were lower.
Barita Investments traded 134,024 shares at $2.50 but closed with the bid at $2.55 to buy 11,765 shares, Carreras traded 160,324 shares with the price rising to $50 from $49 on Thursday after the company announced a $2 dividend. The stock traded as high as $51.06 for an intraday 52 weeks’ high. Caribbean Cement slipped 40 cents to close at $4.60 with 12,000 units changing hands. Desnoes & Geddes had 62,181 shares trading, to close 12 cents lower at $7.38, Grace Kennedy with 20,682 units changing hands, closed with a loss of 50 cents at $63. Jamaica Broilers shared 1,284,333 units at 20 cents higher, than on JSE fn Qts 29-5-15Thursday, at $5.50, Jamaica Stock Exchange had 1 million units changing hands in one trade, to close at $4, the stock closed without an offer. JMMB Group enjoyed trading in 171,384 shares to end at $9, Mayberry Investments had 37,164 units changing hands between $3.16 and the ending price, of $3. National Commercial Bank closed at $29.57 after losing 53 cents, Palace Amusement traded 566 shares and fell by $20 to $60, Sagicor Group had another heavy day of trading with 5,359,993 units changing hands and Scotia Group traded 14,391 units at $25.05 for a 45 cents decline.
In the preference sector, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share traded 429,000 units at $2.30, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference shares 370,000 units at $3.02.

Sagicor stole show with 11.4m Shares

SagicorBuilding280x150 Sagicor Group had 11,418,503 shares trading at $11.52 as Sagicor Investments was the only broker in trading of the stock on behalf of clients as well as some being bought for in house inventory purposes. Activity on the overall market, resulted in the prices of 18 stocks rising, 8 declining as 37 securities changed hands, ending in 15,580,599 units trading, valued at $163,455,688, in all market segments.
The JSE Market Index gained 621.20 lost points to 98,315.18, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 694.34 points to close at 108,828.89 and the JSE combined index gained/ put on 600.84points to end at 100,580.46.
JSE 28-5-15 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows only 6 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with offers that were lower.
In trading, Barita Investments exchanged 77,159 shares to close at $2.50, after shedding 20 cents, Cable & Wireless traded 353,348 units at 50 cents at the close Caribbean Cement had 102,760 shares changing hands at $5, to gain 60 cents at the close, but traded as low as $4.40. Carreras had 104,150 units trading unchanged at $49, Desnoes & Geddes gained 15 cents in trading 12,500 units at $7.50. Gleaner closed up 14 cents as 25,811 units changed hands at $1.10.JSe fn Qts 28-5-15 All the Jamaica Producers’ 36,937 shares traded at $18.55, Jamaica Stock Exchange traded at a new all-time high of $3.65 with 10,000 units, Margaritaville traded 89,180 units at 10.5 US cents up from 10 US cents, Mayberry Investments traded 98,500 at $3, National Commercial Bank traded 15,647 shares to close with a gain of 53 cents at $30.10. Proven Investments ended with 18,320 units as the price rose to 20.99 US cents followed by Sagicor Real Estate Fund with 202,000 shares at $7.51, Scotia Group had 673,965 shares changing hands at $25.50 and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference shares with 289,776 units at $3.02.

Markets fell as more stocks decline than rise

Pan Jam fell $1.66 on Tuesday

Pan Jam fell $1.66 on Tuesday

Activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 11 stocks rising, 15 declining as securities changed hands, ending in 251,691,499 units trading, valued at $358,211,118, in all market segments.
TheJSE Market Index lost 996.20 points to 97,498.24, theJSE All Jamaican Composite index fell/ decline/ rose 923.95 points to close at 107,915.70 and the JSE combined index dropped 1,138.33 points to end at 99,681.18.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 9 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 6 with offers that were lower.
JSE sum 26-5-15In trading, Cable & Wireless ended with 1,940,000 units trading between 47 cents and the last price of 50 cents to gain 3 cents, Caribbean Cement closed with 5,400 shares at $4.01, down 34 cents, Desnoes & Geddes finished trading with 69,899 shares at $7.36 after adding a cent to the price, Gleaner saw trading in 102,913 shares to close with 7 cents gains at $1.07, Grace Kennedy closed with just 7,843 units changing hands at $63 to gain 25 cents, Jamaica Broilers finished trading with 23,138 shares while losing 25 cents to $5.25, JMMB Group concluded trading with 21,250 shares to close unchanged at $9. Mayberry Investments completed trading in 1,135,000 shares at $3 by gaining 15 cents at the end, National Commercial Bank had dealings in just 9,944 units to close down 8 cents at $29.52 at the same time the stock closed up in Trinidad at the equivalent of $31.50. Pan Jamaican Investment contributed 2,150 shares to close down by $1.66 at $58.59, JSE 26-5-15 Radio Jamaica gained 15 cents to end trading with 40,700 units at $2.75, for anew 52 weeks’ high. Sagicor Group closed with 1,471,642 shares at $12, after shedding 15 cents, Sagicor Real Estate Fund finished trading with 18,896 units at $7.50, for a 50 cents fall, Scotia Group ended trading with just 473 units to close at $25.35 after losing 15 cents. Seprod finished trading with 10,162 units at $18 to gain 50 cents, Supreme Ventures ended with 55,747 units at $3.95, up 35 cents. Trinidad Cement ended trading with 105 shares to close down by at $15, Proven Investments closed with 721,573 shares at 19 US cents, after losing 1.5 US cents. Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share finished trading with 350,000 units at $2.30 and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 199,000 shares at $3.02 and lost 3 cents.

JSE’s modest gains but 14 stocks rise

RJR closed at 52 weeks' high on Friday

RJR closed at 52 weeks’ high on Friday

Activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 14 stocks rising, 7 declining as 29 securities changed hands, ending in 3,995,019 units trading, valued at $28,635,285, in all market segments. A total of 3 stocks closed at new 52 weeks’ high in the main market.
TheJSE Market Index gained 111.93 points to 98,494.44, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 125.14 points to close at 108,839.65 and the JSE combined index put on 244.08 points to end at 100,819.51. Close to mid-day the all Jamaican Composite index ended had gained 755.19 points added while the JSE index added 675.46 points. and the junior market index gained 20.52 points to 883.66.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator continues to flash bullish signals with 14 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 6 with offers that were lower.
JSE sum 22-5-15tocks trading in the main market at new closed at 52 weeks’ high are Barita Investments, Pan Jamaican Investments Trust and Radio Jamaica. Jamaica Broilers traded during the day at $5.74 for a new 52 weeks intra-day high but closed lower at a former 52 weeks closing high of $5.50. Other trades in the main market include Cable & Wireless with 459,765 shares trading at 47 cents, to record a 1 cent gain. Caribbean Cement traded 50,000 to close at $4.35 but traded as high as $4.80, Grace Kennedy gained 25 cents to close at $62.75 with 7,253 units trading, Hardware & Lumber traded only 3,000 units at $10.25 to $12, Jamaica Broilers had 27,400 trading as high $5.74 but closed unchanged at $5.50, JMMB Group has 955,266 units trading at $9 and gained 11 cents, Mayberry Investments traded 109,856 units to close at $2.85 with a 15 cents loss but traded previously at $3.National Commercial Bank had 100,819 JSE Fn Qts 22-5-15shares trading at $30, Radio Jamaica traded 100,000 shares is at $2.60, Sagicor Group traded 466,995 shares with the price climbing 15 cents to $12.15. Scotia Group had 141,655 shares changing hands at $25.50 by putting on 18 cents, Proven Investments fell to 18.50 US cents with 78,150 units trading and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference shares ended with 728,100 units at $2.30 as the price slipped 10 cents.
At the close of the market Sagicor Real Estate Fund had a bid at $8.30 compared with the last sale price of $8, but only 100 units were on the bid and only one offer was posted at $10. Investors are responding to reported strong increase in profit flowing from primarily form the profit of the hotel acquired in 2014, but they may not be taking into consideration the seasonal flows of revenues and profit in the industry that see strong inflows in the winter months and lower amounts in the other months.