JSE at 7 months high with year-end rally

 The JSE all Jamaica Index continues to move away from the resistance level at the yellow line as the market keeps on moving up from its 2014 low.

The JSE all Jamaica Index continues to move away from the resistance level at the yellow line as the market keeps on moving up from its 2014 low.

The Jamaica Stock Exchange enjoyed a good day of trading in continuation of the late year rally which started at the beginning of November, resulting in the prices of 11 stocks rising and just 4 declining as 23 securities changed hands, ending in 4,084,357 units trading, valued at $37,020,086, in all market segments.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 4 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 stocks with offers that were lower.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index gained 694.35 points to 76,449.94, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 776.31 points to close at 84,192.88 and is at its highest level since April 28, this year when it closed at 84,734.87 points and the JSE combined index gained 705.54 points to close at 78,320.27.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Cable & Wireless ending with 294,400 shares changing hands to close 4 cents higher, at 50 cents. Carreras completed trading with 13,964 shares changing hands to close with a 20 cents increase to $37, Grace Kennedy ended with 10,402 units and put on 1 cent to close at $62. Jamaica Money Market Brokers ended trading with 8,531 shares changing hands to close at 55 cents $7.10, Jamaica Producers ended with 12,898 shares with the price rising 1 cent to $17.51, National Commercial Bank had 1,337,635 shares changing hands to close with a gain of 49 cents to $18.50. Sagicor Group finished trading with 12,500 units changing hands to close 20 cents higher at $10.20, Sagicor Real Estate Fund concluded trading with 10,000 shares to gain 28 cents at $7.28, for a new 52 weeks’ high, Scotia Group ended with 8,300 shares changing hands to close 10 cents higher at $20.10 and its subsidiary Scotia Investments traded 20,040 shares with the price rising 40 cents to $23.40.
JSE sum 23-12-14 Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Caribbean Cement finished with 7,310 units trading at $2.40. Proven Investments ended trading with 3,320 shares at 19 US cents, Salada Foods closed with 5,000 shares trading at $8 and Supreme Ventures finished with 30,000 shares changing hands to close at $1.92.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Desnoes & Geddes closed with 11,185 units trading as the price slipped 10 cents to $4.80, Jamaica Broilers finished with 1,501,082 shares trading and ended 4 cents lower to $4.01
Preference| There was no trading in the preference sector.

8 stocks up 8 down on JSE Monday

strong>day’s activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 8 stocks rising and 8 declining as 26 securities changed hands, ending in 1,862,567 units trading, valued at $8,769,262, in all market segments.
JSE 22-12-14 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator showed 5 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and only 2 stocks with offers that were lower.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index lost 52.27 points to 75,755.59, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index fell 58.45 points to close at 83,416.57 and the JSE combined index declined by 17.19 points to close at 77,614.73.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Desnoes & Geddes ended trading 555,750 shares with a gain of 19 cents to $4.90, Jamaica Money Market Brokers saw trading in 88,443 shares with the price rising 5 cents at $6.55. Sagicor Group traded 97,914 shares with the price rising 3 cents $10 Sagicor Real Estate Fund closed with 2,400 shares changing hands to close 15 cents higher at $7.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Grace Kennedy finishing with 2,340 shares at $61. Kingston Wharves ended with 829 shares trading at $6, Mayberry Investments ended with 6,732 shares changing hands to close at $1.50, Proven Investments closed trading with 69,580 shares at 19 US cents and Supreme Ventures completed trading with 4,200 shares at $1.92.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Cable & Wireless closing with 700,127 units trading as the price slipped 4 cents 46 cents. Caribbean Cement finished with 11,000 shares trading lower by 10 cents to $2.40, Carreras ended with 11,595 shares trading with a loss of 45 cents to $36.80, Jamaica Broilers ended trading with 5,114 shares changing hands to close 5 cents down at $4.05. National Commercial Bank closed trading with 48,986 units as the price slipped 24 cents to $18.01, Pan Jamaican Investment had 1,100 units trading with the price falling $3.50 to $56.50, Scotia Group traded 23,901 shares, the price closed 10 cents lower to $20 and Scotia Investments ended with 4,000 shares trading lower by 20 cents to $23.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share traded 900 shares at $2 and Proven Investments 8% preference share closed with 40,550 units at $5.10.

Activity picks up on junior market

Dolphin Cove was one of the stocks gaining on the junior market on Monday

Dolphin Cove was one of the stocks gaining on the junior market on Monday

Activity is picking up in the junior market with far less stocks closing without bids on Monday. There has been noticeable improvement in this measure over the last two weeks with the number falling from as high as 11 a few weeks ago.
Trading on the Junior Market closed with only 7 securities traded and ended with 187,106 units valued at $207,965. The JSE Junior Market Index rose 3.44 points to close at 682.98, with the price 4 advancing. At the close of the market, there was 1 stock with the bid higher than the last selling price and 2 stocks with offers that were lower. The junior market continues to show improvement in sentiment with only 4 securities closing with no bids to buy. There were 5 securities that had no stocks being offered for sale.
The stocks trading in the junior market on Monday are, Cargo Handlers that ended with 754 shares changing hands, to close with a gain of 40 cents at $14.60. Dolphin Cove ended with 2,475 trading to close 40 cents higher at $8.50, Lasco Manufacturing finished trading 32,500 units for 2 cents more at $1.12, Medical Disposables concluded trading with 7,000 shares changing hands, to close 5 cents up at $1.75. AMG Packaging closed with 23,300 units trading as the price remained at $2.15, Lasco Distributors closed with 15,000 shares changing hands at $1.45 and Lasco Financial finished with 106,077 shares at 98 cents.

Moderate price movement on TTSE

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Trading on the Trinidad Stock Exchange ended the week with 10 securities changing hands of which 3 advanced, 4 declined and 3 traded firm with a total of 152,046 units, valued at $9,114,659.
TTSE 19-12-14At the close of the market, the Composite Index rose 0.14 points to close at 1,144.88, the All T&T Index rose by just by 0.25 points to close at 1,978.54 and the Cross Listed Index increased by a mere 0.01 points to end at 40.74.
Gains| Stocks increasing in price at the close are, First Citizens Bank traded 3,250 shares to close with a gain of 2 cents at $37.02. Jamaica Money Market Brokers added 2 cents in closing at 42 cents with 2,000 units trading and West Indian Tobacco gained 11 cents to end at $121.40 trading 1,162 units to reach a new 52 weeks’ high.
Declines| The stocks declining at the end of trading are, Angostura Holdings with 7,902 shares trading, for $104,781 and closed at $13.26 down 24 cents followed by Clico Investment Fund traded 800 shares and lost 1 cent to end at $23. One Caribbean Media lost 3 cents in trading 822 units to end at $25.06 and Sagicor Financial Corporation traded 2,000 units and lost 5 cents to close at $5.95.
Firm Trades| Stocks closing with prices unchanged at the end of trading are, Guardian Holdings that contributed 3,680 shares to trading, at $13.25. Massy Holdings with 127,120 shares changing hands for a value of $8,644,160, closed at $68 and National Commercial Bank added 3,310 shares to end at $1.16.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 4 stocks with the bid higher than their last selling prices and none with an offer that was lower.

Republic dominates TTSE with $28m

Republic_bank Trading on the Trinidad Stock Exchange closed with 13 securities changing hands of which 2 advanced, 4 declined and 7 traded firm with a total of 580,242 units, valued at $30,195,905 but Republic Bank was the star attraction accounting for the largest trade in monetary terms, accounting for $27.8 million of the total amount traded on Thursday.
At the close of the market, the Composite Index rose 0.77 points to close at 1,144.74, the All T&T Index gained 1.54 points to close at 1,978.29 and the Cross Listed Index remained at 40.73.
Gains| Stocks increasing in price at the close are Angostura Holdings climbed 50 cents to end at $13.50, for a 52 weeks’ high and Clico Investment Fund with 74,460 shares valued at $1,712,590 gained 1 cent to end at $23.01.
Declines| The stocks declining at the end of trading are, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 239,457 shares changing hands, for $97,698 and closed with 1 cent decline at 40 cents. National Flour Mills added 8,404 shares at $1.15 after losing a cent followed by Republic Bank that traded 232,666 shares for $27,861,754 but lost 1 cent to end at $119.75 and Unilever Caribbean 100 Shares at $64.50 after losing 1 cent.
TTSE 18-12-14 Firm Trades| Stocks closing with prices unchanged at the end of trading are, First Citizens Bank with 7,823 shares ended at $37, Grace Kennedy traded 2,620 units at $3.75, Guardian Holdings contributed 10,387 shares with a value of $137,629, to end at $13.25. Guardian Media with 957 shares, closed at $19.77, Massy Holdings traded 35 shares at $68, National Enterprises had only 10 shares changing hands at $17.49 and 1,000 L.J. Williams B shares traded at 90 cents.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 6 stocks with the bid higher than their last selling prices and 2 stocks with offers that were lower.

Low activity on junior market

The junior market has been slowly rebuilding since a 2014  low reached in June

The junior market has been slowly rebuilding since a 2014 low reached in June

Activity Trading on the Junior Market closed with 7 securities traded and ended with 383,283 units valued at $624,792. The JSE Junior Market Index rose 8.21 points to close at 687.29, with the price 2 advancing and only 1 falling. At the close of the market, there were 3 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 1 stock with the offer that was lower. The junior market continues to limited participation from a number of the junior market stocks with 6 securities closing with no bids to buy. There were 7 securities that had no stocks being offered for sale.
Blue Power closed with 910 units with a 14 cents gain to $6.30, followed by Lasco Distributors finishing trading with just 1,600 units to close trading with an increase of 9 cents at $1.50. AMG Packaging closed trading with 51,578 shares changing hands at $2.15, General Accident had 220,595 shares trading at $1.75 followed by Honey Bun with a mere 300 shares at $2, Lasco Financial ended trading with 3,300 units at $1.05 and Lasco Manufacturing traded 105,000 shares and lost cents 2 to end at $1.10.

Strong price gains ahead on JSE

Bull280X150Activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange was low, resulting in the prices of 5 stocks rising and 7 declining as 18 securities changed hands, ending in 3,633,602 units trading, valued at $6,595,479, in all market segments.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator was reflecting a very strong signal, showing 13 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and only 1 stock with the offer lower.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index lost 552.75 points to 75,560.44, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index fell 618.05 points to close at 83,198.39 and the JSE combined index declined by 406.69 points to close at 77,394.93.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Caribbean Cement ended trading with 1,650 shares 10 cents higher to $2.50, Kingston Properties reached a new 52 weeks’ high in trading 8,300 shares to close 92 cents up at $6.90, at the close there was a bid to buy 191,700 units at $6.90 and an order to purchase 914,000 units at $6. Mayberry Investments ended trading with 187,117 units 7 cent higher to $1.52.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Jamaica Money Market Brokers ending trading with 3,002 ordinary shares at $7. Jamaica Producers closed trading with 5,718 shares at $17.50, Kingston Wharves finished with 65,667 units at $6 and Pan Jamaican Investment ended trading with 34,067 shares changing hands at $60.
JSe 17-12-14 Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Cable & Wireless closing with 2,927,292 units trading with the price slipping 3 cents, to 47 cents. Carreras finished with 4,936 shares trading lower by $1.05 at $36.20. Grace Kennedy ended trading with 3,098 shares changing hands to close down $2.50, at $60.50, Sagicor Group closed with 9,000 shares, 9 cents lower at $10, Salada Foods had 131,000 units trading, with the price slipping 19 cents to $7.81 and Scotia Group traded 26,480 shares and the price closed lower by 49 cents to $20.01.

Demand up for Lasco Manufacturing

Lasco Manufacturing new bottling line at their new factory at White Marl, St Catherine

Lasco Manufacturing new bottling line at their new factory at White Marl, St Catherine

Activity Trading on the Junior Market saw increased buying interest in Lasco Manufacturing which moved the price higher, at the close there were bids at $1.11 to buy 44,000 units and at $1.10 to buy 881,000 shares. Selling is limited at levels close to the last traded price.
The junior market closed with only 5 securities traded and ended with 226,275 units valued at $273,781. The JSE Junior Market Index rose 12.09 points to close at 679.08, with the price 2 stocks advancing and 1 falling. The junior market sentiment is improving with 5 securities closing with no bids to buy compared to 11 a few weeks ago. There were 8 securities that had no stocks being offered for sale while at the close, there were 4 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with lower offers.
The stocks trading are, Lasco Distributors trading 51,000 shares with the price rising 1 cent to $1.41, Lasco Manufacturing concluded trading with 120,875 units and put on 12 cents to $1.12. Consolidated Bakeries ended with 10,000 shares at 82 cents, Lasco Financial ended with 24,400 shares at $1.05 and General Accident ended with 20,000 shares trading 5 cents lower to $1.75.

Scotia in demand on TTSE

Scotiabank profit rose for 2014, helping to push demand for the stock which rose in Wednesdays trading.

Scotiabank profit rose for 2014, helping to push demand for the stock which rose in Wednesdays trading.

There is strong demand to buy Scotiabank shares. At the end of trading the bid on the stock was at $60.53 to buy 123,951 units but there were no sellers of the stock that has been recovering from the sell off since June this year, before bottoming at $57.95. The stock last traded at $60.51 this week.
Trading on the Trinidad Stock Exchange ended, with 9 securities changing hands of which 2 advanced, 2 declined and 5 traded firm, with a total of 54,521 units, valued at$1,397,330.
At the close of the market, the Composite Index lost 0.09 points to close at 1,143.97, the All T&T Index fell by just 0.18 points to close at 1,976.75 and the Cross Listed Index remained at 40.73.
Gains| Stocks increasing in price at the close are, Ansa Merchant Bank that traded 287 shares and gained 1 cent to end at $39.45, for a new 52 weeks’ high and National Flour Mills gained 1 cent to end the day at $1.16 with 6,000 shares changing hands.
TTSE17-12-14 Declines| The stocks declining at the end of trading are, Clico Investment Fund traded 25,215 shares valued at $580,021 but declined by 1 cent to end at $23 and National Enterprises with 2,000 shares traded at $17.49 to close down a cent.
Firm Trades| Stocks closing with prices unchanged at the end of trading are, ANSA McAL with 5,695 shares trading valued at $378,091 and closed at $66.39. First Citizens Bank contributed 5,467 shares with a value of $202,280 and ended at $37, Guardian Holdings traded 3,007 shares at $13.25, Massy Holdings traded 2,033 shares to close at $68, while National Commercial Bank added 4,817 shares to the total of stocks traded and closed at $1.16.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator showed 5 stocks with the bid higher than their last selling prices and 3 stocks with offers that were lower.

J$ gain on euro falls vs others Tuesday

The Jamaican dollar lost value against the United States dollar and against the euro but gained against the Pound and the Canadian dollar on Tuesday, a day of robust foreign exchange trading.
FX sum 17-12-14Overall, there was buying of the equivalent of US$43,503,554 versus US$56,094,979 on Monday, and selling of the equivalent of US$46,130,818 compared to US$47,505,422 on Monday. In US dollar trading, dealers bought US$38,358,526 compared to US$49,500,391 on Monday. The buying rate for the US dollar rose 23 cents to $113.88 and US$42,437,376 was sold versus US$43,962,004 on Monday. The selling rate rose 12 cents to $114.41. The Canadian dollar buying rate inched up 8 cents to $96.30 with dealers buying C$1,987,289 and selling C$2,034,522, at an average selling rate that rose 36 cents, to $98.82. The rate for buying the British Pound fell 44 cents to $176.87 for the purchase of £2,127,681, while £992,180 was sold, the rate climbed 30 cents to $179.17. At the end of trading it took J$141.98 to purchase the Euro, 24 cents less than on Monday, according to data from Bank of Jamaica, while dealers purchased the European common currency at J$139.06, as the rate fell 56 cents. Other currencies bought, amounted to the equivalent of US$160,113 while the equivalent of US$382,324, was sold.
FX HL 17-12-14Highs & Lows| The highest buying rate for the US dollar, closed 10 cents higher at $114.75, the lowest buying rate gained 17 cents to $93.69. The highest selling rate was unchanged $120.05 and the lowest selling rate jumped $17.98 to $111.50. The highest buying rate for the Canadian dollar declined by 38 cents to end at $98.62. The lowest buying rate closed 12 cents lower, at $78.52. The highest selling rate rose 59 cents to $102.50 and the lowest selling rate moved down 15 cents to $94.60. The highest buying rate for the British Pound, rose 80 cents to $180.50. The lowest buying rate closed 21 cents lower at $143.96, highest selling rate lost 27 cents to $185.59 the lowest selling rate rose 45 cents to $173.45.