Moderate trading on JSE with 18 securities

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday, was again moderate, as buying remains cautious while investors try to wait out sellers close to the current prices.
JSE  21-8-14At the end of trading, the prices of 4 stocks rose and 6 declined as 18 securities changed hands, resulting in 1,669,785 stock units trading, valued at $16,956,484.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index moved up by 119.83 points to 71,136.68 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 134 points to close at 78,251.93.
Gains| The volume and last traded prices of stocks with gains, at the end of trading in the main market, are, Carreras with 10,588 units changing hands, gaining of 50 cents to $35, Grace Kennedy with 135,968 shares to close with a gain of $1 at $60, Kingston Wharves 14,083 shares traded for a cent gain, at $5.02 and Scotia Group had a mere 212 units trading a cent lower at $18.76.
Firm| The stocks with volume and last traded prices in the main market to close without a price change, are Berger Paints with 8,435 shares changing hands at $1.60, Cable & Wireless with only 15,928 shares trading at 34 cents, National Commercial Bank with 83,881 units to close at $18, Proven Investments ordinary stock, traded 7,100 units at 17US cents, Buy Rated, Radio Jamaica saw 55,908 trading at $1.20 and Sagicor Real Estate Fund 56,600 units, traded at $6.85.
Declines| The volume and last traded prices of stocks with losses at the at the end of trading in the main market are, Caribbean Cement with just 675 shares as the price lost 45 cents to $2.55, Jamaica Broilers had 1,057,921 shares being exchanged 3 cents lower at $4.57, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 121,367 units slipped 5 cents to $6.95, Pan Jamaican Investment had only 662 shares trading with a 1 cent loss to end at $48.50, Sagicor Group put through 16,116 shares and slipped 15 cents to $9 and Scotia Investments 1,624 units cost 10 cents less than on Wednesday at $21.28.
Preference| There was no trading in the preference sector.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index was unchanged at 642.98 as only 2 stocks traded with none recording a change in price.
Firm| Stocks trading in the junior market with prices unchanged the end of trading are, Blue Power with 20,000 units changing hands at $9.06 and Caribbean Producers with 62,717 shares at $2.35.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 13 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 stocks with offers that were lower.

Jamaica Broilers dominates JSE trading

Jamaica-Broilers+babychicks280x150In Friday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, the prices of 5 stocks rose and 6 declined as 22 securities changed hands, resulting in 12,582,388 stock units trading, valued at $61,401,147. Jamaica Broilers with 7.85 million shares, valued at $36,523,983, accounted for the surge in the level of trading.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index declined 152.65 points to 71,401.25 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index fell 170.69 points to close at 78,547.77.
Gains| The volume and last traded prices of stocks with gains, at the end of trading in the main market, are Gleaner with 221 shares to close up 2 cents at $1.12, National Commercial Bank with 1,310 shares closed with a gain of 9 cents at $18.25, Sagicor Group had 980,224 units changing hands to gain 10 cents to $9.10, Scotia Group with 280,350 shares closed with an increase of 4 cents to $18.75 and Scotia Investments with 900 shares closed with a gain of 70 cents to $22.
Firm| The stocks with volume and last traded prices in the main market to close without a change in price, are Cable & Wireless with 50,000 shares at 39 cents, Caribbean Cement 86,200 shares at $3, Jamaica Broilers 7,854,620 share to close at $4.65, Jamaica Money Market Brokers had 28,500 units changing hands at $6.95, Pan Jamaican Investment with 1,000 shares closed at $48.50, Proven Investments 11,000 US ordinary shares closed at 17.25 US cents and Supreme Ventures with 116,216 shares closed at $1.80.
Declines| The volume and last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market, are Carreras with 127,254 shares and lost 41 cents to end at $34.50, Mayberry Investments with 14,279 shares, closed at $1.55 for a 2 cents loss and Sagicor Real Estate Fund exchanged 22,430 units 5 cents lower at $6.85.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 1,064,100 units and closed at $3 and Jamaica Money Market Brokers down 7.50% preference share closed with 100 units changing hands at $2.
JSE sum 15-8-14Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index rose by 1.63 points to close at 633.78 but only 5 stocks traded with 1 advancing and 3 declining.
Gains| There was only one stock enjoying a price gain at the end of trading on the junior market, as Lasco Distributors with 250,000 shares was up 1 cent to $1.11.
Firm Trades| General Accident with 192,164 shares at $1.35 was the only active stock in the junior market that closed with the price unchanged.
Declines| Stocks declining in the junior market at the end of trading, are Caribbean Flavours with 10,000 shares and closed with a 10 cents fall to $2.65, Lasco Financial lost 2 cents to end at 95 cents while trading 131,000 shares and Lasco Manufacturing with 1,360,520 units shed a cent to 90 cents.
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 5 stocks with offers that were lower.

Moderate trading on JSE 6 stocks rose 8 fell

In a very moderate trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Thursday, the prices of 6 stocks rose and 8 declined as 25 securities changed hands, resulting in 3,031,357 shares trading, valued at $10,079,460.
JSE sum 14-8-14Main Market| The JSE Market Index fell by 251.08 points to 71,553.90 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index lost 280.74 points to close at 78,718.46.
Gains| Stocks with gains, volume and last traded prices at the end of trading in the main market, are Carreras with 17,000 shares to close with a gain of 1 cent at $34.91, Jamaica Broilers 1,247,500 units to close at $4.65, up 7 cents, Proven Investments US ordinary share had 2,800 units changing hands, as the price was up by 0.0025 US cents, to 17.25 US cents, Sagicor Real Estate Fund traded 10,000 shares to gain 30 cents, at $6.90 and Scotia Investments with 5,105 units was up 12 cents to $21.30.
Firm| The stocks with volume and last traded prices in the main market closing without a change in price, are Cable & Wireless with 1,079,264 units at 39 cents, after the company released results ahead of trading showing slightly reduced loss in the quarter compared with 2013, Caribbean Cement with 25,501 shares closed at $3, Hardware & Lumber saw only 140 units changing hands at $9, Margaritaville traded only 5,000 US dollar ordinary shares at 11US cents, National Commercial Bank 25,695 shares closed at $18.16, Pan Jamaican Investment with 2,902 shares at $48.50 and Supreme Ventures with 179,365 shares at $1.80.
Declines| The stocks with losses, volume and last traded prices at the end of trading in the main market, are Grace Kennedy with 2,625 shares, declining $1.40 at $57.60, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 25,082 shares closing 5 cents off at $6.95, Kingston Wharves with 640 units and closed a cent down at $5.01, Mayberry Investments fell 11 cents to $1.57 with 1,020 shares changing hands, Sagicor Group traded 28,552 shares for 40 cents less at $9 and Scotia Group shed 29 cents to $18.71 with 52,466 shares.
Preference| Proven Investments 8% preference share traded 15,000 units at $5.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index declined by 0.78 points to close at 632.15 as only 6 junior market stocks traded with 1 advancing and 3 declining.
Gains| General Accident with 140,600 shares gained 2 cents to close at $1.35 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 2,500 shares closing at $9.06, Derrimon Trading with 2,100 shares at $2.05 and Lasco Manufacturing 14,700 shares at 91 cents.
Declines| Stocks declining in the junior market at the end of trading, are Lasco Financial with 118,000 shares, declined 3 cents to end at 97 cents and Paramount Trading with 27,800 shares fell 19 cents to $2.50 for a 52 weeks low.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 7 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 stocks with offers that were lower.

Trinidad Cement making strides but debt a bother

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TCLStockPerformance2012-2013Trinidad Cement’s June quarter profit before tax bettered by a small amount the results of last year, coming in at $26.5 million versus $23.4 million, but after accounting for a non-recurring charge of nearly $26 million and lower finance cost.
Profit after tax due to shareholders of the company, amounted to $19 million for the quarter and in 2013 $46 million, helped by a tax credit of $33 million and for the year to June, the group reports profit after tax of $30 million versus $70 million in 2013. The non-recurring charge arose from a provision for retroactive pay increases and a charge of $16 million, mainly legal expenses incurred on the aborted debt refinancing exercise initiated earlier in the year. Had these charges not occurred, profit before tax would have been $52 million in the latest quarter. IC Insider is forecasting earnings of 45 cents per share for the full year.
“Key markets of Trinidad, Guyana, and Suriname remain buoyant whilst the others have stabilized and accordingly, the Group expects better second half results from operations, as the annual plant stops at the two largest plants have already taken place in the first half,” management, in its comments of the outlook stated.
Revenue in the quarter grew 9 percent to $512 million and for the 6 months from $994 million to $1.07 billion or 8 percent. Operating profit came out at $132 million in the June quarter, versus $114 million in 2013 and for the half year $232 million for 2014 versus $233 million in 2013. Finance cost slipped from $58 million in the June 2013 quarter, to $47 million, due to minimal devaluation in Jamaica compared to 2013. For the six months finance cost fell to $97.5 million from $123 million in 2013.
For the half year, Trinidad Cement generated cash flow of $144 million before loan repayment, up from $90 million last year. After loan repayment and the funding of investment activities, the group was left with $77 million of cash funds, up from $52 million at the end of June 2013. According to the 2013 audited accounts, the group was committed to repay $179 million during 2014 but that would still leave them with total loans of $1.77 billion and equity at the end of June of $573 million, therefore remaining in a highly over leverage position.
Investment in the stock is not without risk, with the heavy debt, in addition, the shareholders’ squabble to change directors, can create negatives for the group as well as it could be positive when everything is resolved. No one really knows how that will pan out. Based on the profit out turn and the likelihood for increased profits to come, IC Insider still accords the stock a BUY RATED status.

Trading picked up on JSE – 12 up 6 down

Trading picked up Wednesday’s on the Jamaica Stock Exchange with 32 securities trading, the most for several weeks. The prices of 12 stocks rose and only 6 declined as 11,330,883 shares changed hands, valued at $56,346,945.
JSE sum 13-8-14Main Market| The JSE Market Index rose by 592.06 points to 71,804.98 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index gained 662.02 points to close at 78,999.20.
Gains| Stocks gaining, with volume and last traded prices at the end of trading in the main market, are Berger Paints with 2,600 shares, declined by a cent to $1.66, Grace Kennedy with 593 shares, to close with a gain of $1.49 at $59, Jamaica Broilers with 3,001,000 units closed up a cent at $4.58, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 5,063 ordinary share closed with a 5 cents gain at $7, Kingston Wharves traded 6,329 shares and the price was up 2 cents to $5.02, Pulse Investments gained 5 cents to 35 cents in trading 100,000 shares, Sagicor Group had 290,622 units changing hands, at 25 cents higher at $9.40, Sagicor Real Estate Fund closed 20 cents higher with 57,536 units and ended at $6.60 and Scotia Group with 81,950 shares closed at $19 while gaining 30 cents.
Firm| The volume and last traded prices of the stocks in the main market to close without a change in price, are Cable & Wireless with 1,776 shares, closed at 39 cents, Caribbean Cement with 9,499 units closed at $3, Carreras with 25,460 units at $34.90, Gleaner 10,000 shares at $1.10, Jamaica Producers 869 units at $19, Mayberry Investments with 73,118 shares at $1.68, Pan Jamaican Investment 136,816 units at $48.50 and Seprod with 1,859 shares at $10.50.
Declines| The volume and last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market, are National Commercial Bank 141,521 units at $18.16, down 4 cents, Proven Investments with 1,600 ordinary shares lost 0.0025 US cents to end at 17 US cents and Supreme Ventures with 5,000 shares falling 15 cents to $1.80.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 10,000 units at $3 and Jamaica Money Market Brokers down 7.50% preference share with 55,000 units closed at $2, there was no change in the prices of these.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index declined by 4.59 points to close at 632.93 as 10 stocks traded with 3 advancing and 3 declining.
Gains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the junior market, are Blue Power with 50,000 shares and gained 1 cent to $9.06, Caribbean Cream had 1,833,661 units trading 10 cents higher at 75 cents and General Accident with 350,811 units closed with a 5 cents gain at $1.33.
Firm Trades| Stocks in the junior market that traded to close at the same price as the day before, are Jamaican Teas 7,218 units at $3.25, Knutsford Express 4,786,253 shares at $5.16, Lasco Distributors 149,349 units at $1.10 and Lasco Financial with 48,265 shares at $1.
Declines| Stocks declining in the junior market at the end of trading, are Cargo Handlers with 400 shares as the price slipped 10 cents to $13.90, Caribbean Producers with just 4,952 shares, losing 5 cents in the process, to $2.30 and Lasco Manufacturing with 81,763 units at 9 cents down at 91 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 6 stocks with offers that were lower.

Moderate & slow trading greets week on JSE

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange was slow and moderate on Monday, the prices of 7 stocks rose and 5 declined as 22 securities changed hands, resulting in 2,489,639 stock units trading, valued at $5,644,710.
JSE 11-8-14Main Market| The JSE Market Index fell moderately by 88.81 points to 71,919.12 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index lost 99.30 points to close at 79,126.841.
Gains| Stocks with gains, volume and last traded prices at the end of trading in the main market are, Carreras with a 10 cents gain to $34.60 as it traded 78,100 shares, Jamaica Producers with 7,288 shares to close with a gain of $1.50 at $19, Mayberry gained 10 cents to close at 1.65, with 77,450 units changing hands, National Commercial Bank had only 235 units changing hands, at 15 cents higher to $18.15 and Scotia Investments saw only 4,000 shares changing hands, as the price inched up 3 cents to $21.18.
Firm| The stocks with volume and last traded prices in the main market to close without a change in price are, Caribbean Cement with 150 units at $3, Gleaner with 1,251,430 shares at $1.10, Grace with only 350 units and closed at $59, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 1,000 ordinary shares traded at $7 and Seprod 1,500 units closed at $10.50.
Declines| The stocks with losses, volume and last traded prices at the end of trading in the main market, are Cable & Wireless with 765,000 shares closing at 39 cents as the price lost a cent, Jamaica Broilers lost a cent to end at $4.58 with 3,000 shares, Sagicor Group traded 18,500 shares as the price was lower by 14 cents to close at $9.35 and Sagicor Real Estate Fund lost $50 cents to end at $6.40 while trading 13,000 units.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 16,815 units at $3 and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share 60,000 units at $2.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index rose by 1.25 points to close at 630.64 as only 4 stocks traded with 2 advancing and 1 declining.
Gains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the junior market, are, Lasco Distributors that traded 40,000 units to close at $1.07, up a cent and Paramount Trading closing up a cent at $2.69 while trading 105,000 shares.
Firm Trades| General Accident with 33,000 units at $1.35 is the only junior market stock that traded to close at the same price as the trading day before.
Declines| Only one stocks declined in the junior market at the end of trading as Caribbean Producers traded 12,523 units at $2.30, down by 8 cents.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 8 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 stocks with offers that were lower.

Most stocks gained for third day

In Friday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, the prices of 9 stocks rose and 4 declined as 22 securities changed hands, resulting in 5,499,109 shares trading, valued at $18,935,526. Friday was the third consecutive day that there were more stocks rising than declining.
JSE sum 8-8-14Main Market| The JSE Market Index gained 552.31 points to 72,007.93 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index moved up 617.58 points to close at 79,226.14.
Gains| At the end of trading in the main market, the volume of stocks with gains, and last their traded prices, are Cable & Wireless with 900,941 shares to close with a gain of 4 cents to 40 cents, Caribbean Cement 104,102 shares to close with a gain of 25 cents at $3, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 13,200 ordinary shares, closed with a gain of 4 cents at $7, Pan Jamaican Investment with 7,238 shares jumped $3.92 to $52, Sagicor Group traded 321,008 shares to close with a gain of 24 cents at $9.49, Scotia Investments 2,000 shares, to close with a gain of 55 cents at $21.15 and Supreme Ventures 4,500 shares to close 20 cents higher at $1.95.
Firm| The stocks with volume and last traded prices in the main market to close without a change in price, are Carreras with 25,243 units, closing at $34.50, Desnoes & Geddes 1,121 units to close at $4.10, Grace Kennedy with only 1,000 units and closed at $59 and Mayberry Investments with 951 units, to close at $1.55.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 236,587 units to close at $3, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share exchanged 412,000 units and closed at $2 and Proven Investments 8% preference share with 12,000 units closed at $5.05.
Declines| The stocks with losses, volume and last traded prices at the end of trading in the main market, are National Commercial Bank with 218,518 shares, losing 26 cents to end at $18, Proven Investments with 5,620 US dollar shares while losing 0.50 US cent to 17.50 US cents and Scotia Group with 78,069 shares as the price slipped 25 cents to $18.75.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index rose by 3.15 points to close at 629.39 as 5 stocks traded, with 2 advancing and 1 declining.
Gains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the junior market, are Lasco Financial with 43,000 shares to close with a gain of 3 cents at 96 cents and Lasco Manufacturing with 454,353 units changing hands and gained 4 cents to 90 cents.
Firm Trades| The stocks in the junior market that traded to close at the same price as the day before are, Caribbean Producers with 2,639,807 units at $2.38 and Honey Bun with 1,411 units at $2.30.
Declines| The stock declining in the junior market at the end of trading, is AMG Packaging with 6,440 units at 39 cents lower at $2.50, a new 52 weeks low.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 9 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 stocks with offers that were lower.

Prices of 8 stocks rose 2 fell on JSE

In Thursday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, the prices of 8 stocks rose, 2 declined as 26 securities changed hands, resulting in 5,097,306 shares trading, valued at $14,900,219.
JSE sum 7-8-14Main Market| The JSE Market Index declined by 592.75 points to 71,455.62 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index fell by 662.80 points to close at 78,608.56.
Gains| Stocks with gains, volume and last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market, are Cable & Wireless with 247,349 units as the price rose 2 cents to 36 cents, Caribbean Cement with 5,000 units, 25 cents higher to $2.75, Desnoes & Geddes 1,667 shares, 8 cents up at $4.10, Jamaica Broilers 1,500,000 shares to close at $4.59 with a 2 cents gain, Sagicor Real Estate Fund traded 10,000 units for 40 higher at $6.90.
Firm| Stocks with volume and last traded prices in the main market to close without a change in price, are Carreras with 86,330 shares at $34.50, Gleaner with 1,892,256 units at $1.10, Grace Kennedy 3,100 shares at $59, Mayberry Investments with only 340 units, ended at $1.55, National Commercial Bank had only 14,654 shares changing hands at $18.26, Proven Investments 1,500 units at 18 US cents, Sagicor Group with 30,400 shares at $9.25, Scotia Group saw only 10,923 shares changing hands at $19, for Scotia Investments it was 1,666 shares at $20.60 and Supreme Ventures 6,600 units at $1.75.
Preference| Only Jamaica Teas bond with 2,000 units at $100 each traded.
Declines| The only stock to decline at the end of trading in the main market is, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 3,416 shares, while losing 4 cents to end at $6.96.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index declined by 1.52 points to close at 626.24 as 9 stocks traded with 3 advancing and 1 declining.
Gains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the junior market, are Access Financial with 10,000 shares, gaining 5 cents to $10.05, Caribbean Cream 500,000 shares with an increase of 4 cents to 65 cents and Lasco Distributors with 11,500 units with a cent increase to $1.06.
Firm Trades| The stocks in the junior market that traded to close at the same price as the day before are Caribbean Producers with 1,660 shares at $2.38, Consolidated Bakeries with 260,029 stock units at 80 cents, General Accident 306,000 shares at $1.35, Jamaican Teas with 45,364 shares at $3.25 and Medical Disposables with 97,552 shares at $2.
Declines| Paramount Trading with 50,000 shares is the junior market stock to decline as the price fell by 2 cents to $2.68.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 11 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 stocks with offers that were lower.

Caribbean Flavours dominates trade

In Tuesday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, the prices of 10 stocks rose and 9 declined as 29 securities changed hands, resulting in 48,146,012 shares trading, valued at $138,990,317. Junior market, Caribbean Flavours with 44,078,122 units trading, valued at $121,212,820, was the dominant trade although there were only 4 different sets of trades in the stock with two of 22 million shares each.
Main JSE 5-8-14Market| The JSE Market Index fell by 420.68 points to 72,048.37 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index dropped 470.39 points, to close to 79,271.36.
Gains| Stocks with gains, volume and last traded prices at the close of the main market, are Cable & Wireless with 3,108,389 shares, as the price gained 4 to close at 34 cents, Carreras with 259,900 shares changing hands, closed 50 cents higher at $34.50, Grace Kennedy 69,691 shares traded with an increase of $2.50 to $59, Pan Jamaican Investment with 100 units gained 6 cents and ended at $48.08 and Scotia Investments had 26,885 shares traded, with a gain of 60 cents t0 $20.60.
Firm| The stocks with volume and last traded prices in the main market to close without a change in price, are Caribbean Cement with 100 shares closing at $2.50, Jamaica Broilers with 9,655 shares to close at $4.57, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 20,629 ordinary shares at $7, Jamaica Producers 2,593 shares at $17.50, Mayberry Investments 1,020 units at $1.55 and Proven Investments 5,366 US dollar ordinary share, at 18 US cents.
Declines| The stocks with losses, volume and last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market, are Berger Paints with 3,500 in losing a cent to end at $1.65, National Commercial Bank with 25,622 shares, lost 14 cents to $18.26, Sagicor Group, lost a cent in trading 4,473 shares at $9.25, Sagicor Real Estate Fund saw 115,150 shares changing hands, with a 15 cents fall to $6.50, Scotia Group shed 50 cents while trading 15,522 units at $19 and Supreme Ventures with 96,198 shares lost 20 cents to end at $1.75, for a new 52 weeks’ low.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 23,413 units with the price unchanged at $3.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index gained 15.28 points to close at 624.72 as 10 stocks traded, with 5 advancing and 3 declining.
Gains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the junior market, are Access Financial with 4,722 shares, the price gained $1.03 to $10, Caribbean Flavours traded, 44,078,122 units and closed at $2.75, while gaining 30 cents in the process. Lasco Distributors with 48,000 shares, gained 4 cents to $1.05, Lasco Financial traded 54,700 units at 3 cents higher at 93 cents and Lasco Manufacturing with 38,000 units, was up 6 cents to 86 cents.
Firm Trades| Stocks in the junior market that traded to close at the same price as the day before, are Cargo Handlers with 2,312 shares at $14 and General Accident with 3,050 shares at $1.35.
Declines| Stocks declining in the junior market at the end of trading, are Blue Power with 5,000 units as the price lost 5 cent to $9.05, Caribbean Producers with 1,500 shares, with a 7 cents drop, to $2.38 and Dolphin Cove with 4,000 shares, as it shed 85 cents to $7.55.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 12 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 6 stocks with offers that were lower.

Junior Market stocks hit pretty hard

Junior Market stocks hit pretty hard with the Lasco companies being some of the main stocks to fall. The junior market index in closing with a fall at the end of trading today was back to last year April 17 level. On July 6 last year, the index peaked at 840.18 for 27 percent decline.
In Tuesday’s trading the prices of 6 stocks rose and 10 declined as 25 securities changed hands, resulting in 13,677,017 shares trading, valued at $33,776,828.
JSE sum-29-7-14Main Market| The JSE Market Index inched up by 38.79 points to 71,948.35 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index gained 43.37 points to close at 79,159.52.
Gains| Stocks trading with gains, the volume and last traded prices in the main market, are Grace Kennedy 7,300 shares and gained $1.50 to close at $56.50, Kingston Wharves with 5,525 units, gained 25 cents to $5.25, Sagicor Group 520,305 units changing hands, gained 15 cents to $9.11 and Sagicor Real Estate Fund traded 44,000 units to gain 24 cents to $6.60.
Firm| The stocks with volume and last traded prices in the main market to close without a change in price, are Cable & Wireless with 1,288,478 shares in closing at 30 cents, Desnoes & Geddes with 42,180 units closed at $4, Margaritaville traded 1,700 shares at 11 US cents, Mayberry Investments 24,716 units at $1.55, National Commercial Bank with 69,861 shares closed at $19, Proven Investments 1,560 ordinary shares at 18 US cents, Radio Jamaica 1,400 shares closed at $1.22 and Seprod 4,000 shares at $10.50.
Preference| There was no trading in the preference section.
Declines| The stocks with losses, volume and last traded prices at the end of trading in the main market, are Caribbean Cement with 5,000 shares while losing 10 cents to end at $2.40, Carreras 12,000 shares down 90 cents, to end at $34, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 14,388 ordinary share with a 5 cents fall to $6.95, Jamaica Producers 8,575 shares shed a cent at $17.50, Pan Jamaican Investment with 89,299 shares, lost 9 cents at $48.01 and Scotia Group 560,000 units closed at $19, with a fall of $1.01.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index declined by 21.13 points to close at 610.88 as 7 stocks traded with 3 advancing and 4 declining.
Gains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the junior market, are Lasco Financial with 758,010 units with an 8 cents rise to $1 and Paramount Trading 8,939 units at $2.70, after rising by 2 cents.
Firm Trades| Jamaican Teas with 27,800 shares closed at $3.25 and was the only stock in the junior market that traded at the same price as the day before.
Declines| Stocks declining in the junior market at the end of trading, are Caribbean Cream 551,940 units at 61 cents down 9 cents to a new 52 weeks and all-time low, followed by General Accident with 219,176 units as the price slipped 9 cents to $1.37, Lasco Distributors had a large volume of 6,933,333 shares and lost 14 cents to 96 cents a new 52 weeks low and Lasco Manufacturing with 2,477,532 shares also closed at a new 52 weeks low of 85 cents as the stock closed with a 5 cents loss.
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 5 stocks with offers that were lower.