JSE: Wednesday, 15th May 2013

Bullish, will it last? | Corporates are coming to the market (meaning companies are buying) says our source when asked what was happening and why the significant move today. They want all the top company shares that everyone else wants.  He indicated that other brokers are doing the same thing but the supply is not coming out to meet demand at these prices. These sentiments were confirmed by another source. Whatever the true situation, what is known is that the advance/decline ratio has been strongly positive from at last week which is a bullish indicator.

Trading today on the Jamaican Stock Exchange was at its most bullish for the entire year with the All Jamaican Composite advanced by 1,132.95 points (1.35%) to close at 85,058.31. The JSE Market Index advanced by 643.54 points (0.76%) to close at 85,273.15 and the JSE Junior Market Index leaped by 34.36 points (5.47%) to close at 662.80, this as 15 advancing stocks overshadowed the 3 falling.

Bull150X150Market volume amounted to 2,350,794 units valued at over $16,641,657. Caribbean Producers traded 1,178,552 units with Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 333,000 units (31.28%) and Scotia Group Jamaica with 224,446 units (21.08%).

Big movers for the day are Access Financial Services up $1 to an all-time high of $8 while trading 17,861 shares, Desnoes & Geddes put on 50 cents to close at $5 but the stock closed with an offer of $4.85 with a small volume being offered for sale. The company traded 163,074 units between $4.60 and $5. Dolphin Cove traded to close at $8.40, up 48 cents on the day, Jamaica Producers fresh from reporting improved first quarter results, gained 41 to close at $16.50 as the stock saw trading taking place in 10,000 units. Lasco Manufacturing gained 30 cents to close at $11.30 off 101,178 units trading, Scotia Investments is up all of $3.40 for a $26.50 close as the stock traded 7,000 units. The losing stocks shed 49 cents in the case of Carreras as it traded 9.821 units, NCB lost 57 cents in closing at $18.22 while trading 26,685 units.

Technically the market is approaching its first resistance which is around 86,000-87,000 points. A break sharply over this level will expose the market to a potential big rally taking it to the 100,000 points level.

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TTSE: Wednesday, 15th May, 2013

Slow day in T&T

Stocks were not actively traded today on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange. Only 13 securities traded with 1 advancing and 1 declining. The number of securities that traded speaks to the sluggishness of trading. The main market registered a volume of 551,546 shares valued at $6,304,909 while two mutual fund traded with 147,371 shares changing hands valued at $2,959,830.19.

Trinidad Cement traded 376,710 shares valued at $359,696, Guardian Media traded 116,100 shares for $2,292,969.00, ANSA Mcal saw 37,000 shares trading with a value of $2,487,140, while Republic Bank added 8,952 shares valued at $984,720.

Price changes were moderate resulting in virtual no movement in the indices.

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FX: Tuesday, 14th May 2013

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

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JSE: Tuesday, 14th May 2013

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Indices rise but decliners outnumber advancers

In Tuesday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange 3 stocks advanced and 7 declined. It’s been some time since the advance/decline ratio was negative, nevertheless the main market indices actually registered advances. The level of trading was moderate with just over 2 million units trading for a value of $9.3 million.

At the end of trading there were 8 stocks with bids above the last selling price and only two with offers below the last sale price.

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TTSE: Tuesday, 14th May 2013

Moderate Price movements

Trading volume in the main market was 1,231,545 shares valued at $7,881,995.28. Trinidad Cement traded 1,036,555 shares for a value of $984,727, followed by Scotiabank Trinidad & Tobago with a volume of 85,000 shares for $5,894,750. Angostura Holdings accounted for 55,125 shares with a value of $496,136.  14 securities of which 5 advanced, 4 declined and 5 traded firm.

Scotia Investments was the day’s largest gainer, increasing $0.15 to end the day at $1.70. Conversely, Clico Investment Fund suffered the day’s greatest loss, falling $0.05 to close at $21.04 while trading a volume of 66,564 shares valued at $1,400,198.

3 stocks traded at 52 weeks high on Tuesday while there were 5 stocks with bids above last selling price and 5 with offers below the last selling price.

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FX: Monday, 13th May 2013

Robust FX trading

USD | The foreign exchange market enjoyed high levels of trade on Monday as the equivalent of US$47.29 million were bought while selling amounted to US$50.44 million. This is in contrast with last week’s Monday’s trade in which US$41.2 million were purchased and US$44.4 million sold.

However, the selling rate for the US dollar slipped from Friday’s close to end at J$99.018 (Friday J$99.058) as US$48.6 were sold and US$44.2 million were bought at J$98.52, slightly lower than Friday’s buying rate of J$98.58.

GBP | Sellers to authorized dealers sold £1.3 million at an average of J$149.30 while dealers sold £1.16 million at an average of J$152.72 compared to Friday, when it was sold at J$153.07.

CAD | CAD$1.63 million were bought at an average of J$95.77, a sharp decline from Friday’s rate of J$97.21 and the amount sold was CAD$897,257 at an average rate of J$97.86, slightly higher than Friday’s trades which took place at J$97.79.

Highs & Lows | The highest selling rate for the US dollar remains over J$104 while the lowest is at $81.16. The Pound was sold at a high of $158.68 and a low of $147.56 and the Canadian at a high of $102.45 and a low of $95.15.

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TTSE: Monday, 13th May 2013

Moderate Monday

Trading on the Trinidad & Tobago stock exchange was moderate with a volume of 219,942 shares crossing the floor of the Exchange valued at $2,641,580.

Angostura Holdings was the volume leader with 104,400 shares changing hands for a value of $939,600.00, followed by Point Lisas Industrial Port Development Corporation with 74,000 shares being traded for $266,400. Investors bought 9,174 Republic Bank shares with a value of $1,009,135. National Flour Mills enjoyed the day’s largest gain, increasing $0.05 to end the day at $0.86 as 15 securities traded of which 5 advanced and 10 traded firm. There were no stocks recording price declines. While there are signs of further price gains for some stocks, there are some that indicate they are likely to suffer a price decline as there are sellers who have not been able to find buyers for some time with the price they are offered at either being at the last selling price or below.

Five stocks closed with bids over the last selling price.

Stocks to watch this week | Investors should keep a close eye on the following stocks as they have the potential to record price gains. These are Ansa MaCal, One Caribbean media, Republic Bank, Scotia Bank and West Indian Tobacco.

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JSE: Monday, 13th May 2013

Market highest since February 8th

The market is at the highest level based on the All Jamaica Index since February 8th this year, but it has some way to go before it takes out the 2013 high of January 4 when the all Jamaica index was at 91,721. Grace Kennedy put on $2.25 today, to close at $58 based on 6,185 units trading at $58, Desnoes and Geddes put on 33 cents to close at $4.50 after the company reported improved nine months results on Friday but with lower third quarter profits than the year before quarter due to costs relating to staff separation. The company traded 82,500 units, all at $4.50. Scotia Bank put on $1.96 to close at $21.98 while trading a mere 5.965 units.

The sentiments of the market can be gleaned from the advance decline ratio of stock price movements in today’s trade. Advancing stocks continued the trend of last week with advancing stocks outnumbering declining stocks on the Jamaica Stock Exchange. 7 stocks registered price advances and only 3 fell. The movement helped in moving the All Jamaican index up by 828.77 closing at 83,660.42. The main market index closed up 470.76 points to close at 84,479.12 on a day when 21 stocks traded. Stocks with a mere $9,004,591.79 value traded in market.

Stocks to watch this week | Grace Kennedy, Carreras, Jamaica Broilers, National Commercial Bank, Scotia Investments, Blue Power, Honey Bun, Jamaican Teas, General Accident.

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JSE: Friday, 10th May 2013

Scotia companies stock skid

In a lackluster day’s trading, 3.08 million stocks at a value of $33,240,248.40 traded as 11 stocks recorded price gains against only 2 that fell in the ordinary share segment.

Both Scotia Group and Scotia Investments were the day’s big losers, the former down $1.98 to $20.02 with 512,354 units trading and the latter losing $3.08 to close at $23.03 with 324,350 shares trading. NCB gained 30 cents to close at $18.30 with 524,095 shares trading. JP traded 13,001 units and put on 32 cents to close at $15.50, Jamaica Broilers traded 309,318 units up to $4.60, 6 cents more than on Thursday. Kingston Wharves gained 30 cents in trading 12,781 units to close at $6.40 and the highest price for more than a year, Lasco Financial Services traded at an all-time high of $8.10 while Blue Power gained 17 cents to $5.85 on just 4,389 units. Grace continues to pick gains, closing at $55.75, 16 cents more than yesterday, on small volume.

JSEINdicesMay10All the indices of the market fell except the junior market the US dollar market that had no trades and the cross listed index, whereas there were no trades for overseas based companies.

TTSE: Friday, 10th May 2013

TCL dominates, Grace gains

Trinidad Cement (TCL) traded 1,297,434 shares and the price was down 2 cents to 95 cents at the end of trade. Grace Kennedy traded 35,400 units and gained 27 cents to close at $3.60 in the process. There was still unfilled demand at the end of trade at $3.61 but there were no stocks on offer. Angostura Holdings traded 44,800 units at the same price as prior to today. Grace released their first quarter result yesterday and this may have contributed to the price changes.

Trading accounted for 1.4 million units, valued at $2.33 million as two stocks registered price gains and one fell. Ten securities traded for the day.

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