New record close for JSE – Friday

Stocks closed at a new record high on the Jamaica Stock Exchange main market on Friday.
Within 95 minutes of trading in the morning session the market was trading in intraday record territory, with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index climbing by 3,266.33 points to territory of 328,244.31 and the JSE Index jumping 2,976.00 points to 299,067.67. By the close of trading, the market failed to hold on to the big early gains, leaving the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index increasing by a more modest 1,200.80 points to a record close of 326,178.78 and the JSE Index advancing by 1,094.07 points, to a record close 297,185.74.

Kingston Wharves jumped $5 to a record close on Friday.

At the close, the indices just edged out the record close of 326,087.70 on JSE All Jamaican Composite Index on April 6 and 297,102.76 for the JSE Index.
At the close, 26 securities traded, compared to 25 on Thursday and ended with the prices of 9 stocks rising, 9 falling and 8 trading firm, in the main and US dollar markets. There was no trading in the US dollar market on Friday.
At the close of trading, Kingston Wharves rose $5 to be the major mover for the day and ended at a record high of $50, Jamaica Producers ended up 90 cents to $16, Sagicor Real Estate Fund lost 99 cents to $14.01, Scotia Group dropped $1.84 to $50.16 and Seprod lost 99 cents to $33.01.
Main market activity ended with 6,877,671 units valued at $68,979,399 compared to 2,507,681 units valued at $38,468,870 on Thursday. At the close of trading only two securities traded more than 300,000 units as Ciboney Group closed with 3,042,400 units changing hands, accounting for 44.24 percent of the volume traded and Jamaica Producers took 28.5 percent of the day’s volume with 1,958,288 units.
Trading resulted in an average of 264,526 shares valued at $2,653,054, for each security traded, compared to 108,162 shares valued at $1,672,560 on Thursday. The average for the month to date is 807,049 shares with a value of $4,437,293 and previously 846,561 shares with a value of $4,577,870. In contrast, March closed with an average of 626,526 units with an average value at $20,492,207 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 6 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with a lower offers.
For more details of market activities see – Kingston Wharves pushes JSE to new record.

Junior Market jumps 47 points – Friday

The Junior Market fell at the close of trading on Friday with 19 securities changing hands as the prices of 7 securities advanced, 5 declined and 7 remained unchanged as market Index jumped 46.58 points to 2,947.73.
Trading ended with an exchange of 2,462,706 units valued at $9,020,103 up sharply from 1,190,114 units valued at $4,531,582 on Thursday.
Market activity ended with an average of 129,616 units for an average of $474,742 compared to an average of 62,638 units for an average of $997,673 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 266,611 units at $566,937 compared to 140,892 units at $573,523 on the prior trading day. March closed with an average of 149,999 units valued at $623,819, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows just 3 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 6 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Caribbean Cream ended trading 80 cents higher at $4.80, with 30,000 shares changing hands, Caribbean Producers rose 35 cents to close at $5, with 14,955 units, Consolidated Bakeries closed with a loss of 5 cents at $1.95, trading 542 shares, Derrimon Trading concluded trading 10 cents higher at $9.50, with 40,270 shares, Elite Diagnostic settled with a loss of 5 cents at $3.15, exchanging 129,503 units. FosRich Group fell 14 cents to $2.41, with 13,924 shares, General Accident closed with a loss of 14 cents at $3.01, with 4,967 stock units trading, GWest Corporation ended at $2.50, with 9,050 units, Honey Bun concluded trading 15 cents higher at $4.60, with 86,460 shares. Iron Rock finished at $3, with 200,000 shares, ISP Finance settled 1 cent higher at $15.01, with 30,000 shares, Jetcon Corporation traded 25 cents higher at $4.50, with 131,031 units, KLE Group closed at $2.45, with 3,383 shares. Lasco Distributors concluded trading 13 cents higher at $4.15, with 147,874 stock units, Lasco Financial finished at $5.20, with 194,766 units, Lasco Manufacturing closed at $4, with 126,625 shares, Stationery and Office closed at $5.90, with 231,203 units and tTech concluded trading with a loss of 28 cents at $5.50, as 68,153 shares traded. In the junior market preference segment, newly listed Derrimon Trading 9% preference share closed at $2, with 1,000,000 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Profit up at West Indian Tobacco

Profit before corporate taxes rose 6.8 percent to $105.8 million, for the three months ended March 2018, over the corresponding period in 2017 for Trinidad and Tobago’s West Indian Tobacco company.
Profit for the quarter, after tax ended at $72.5 million, an increase of 7.6 percent over 2017. The improvement flowed from slightly lower cost of sales, amounting to $46.4 million versus $46.5 million in 2017, pushing gross profit to $141.45 million over the $124.65 generated for the similar period in 2017. Distribution costs rose to $6.3 million from $5.14 million while Administrative expenses rose to $15.65 million from $14.9 million in 2017 but other operating expenses rose sharply to $14 million from $5.7 million in 2017.
Cash flow of $144 million was generated and after paying taxes of $42 million, net cash from operating activities amounted to $102 million.
The Board approved the payment of a first interim dividend of 82 cents per share to be paid on 21 May 2018, an increase over 76 cents paid in the similar period in 2017.
At the end of the quarter, Current assets amounted to $426 million and included Cash and cash equivalents of $333 million, while Current liabilities was $117 million and Shareholders’ equity was $450 million. In 2017 the company suffered a sharp fall in revenues and profit resulting from increased taxation and lower revenues. Profit for the year ending December 2017 amounted to $380 million down 26 percent from $515 million as revenues dived from $1.24 billion in 2016 to $1.09 billion in 2017.

The stock closed on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange at $88.55 on Friday.

2 gains 2 losses on TTSE – Friday

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Market activity on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange ended on Friday with trading in 13 securities against 14 on Thursday, with 2 advancing, 2 declining and 9 remaining unchanged.
Trading ended with 305,552 shares at a value of $8,200,326 compared to 329,306 shares at a value of $2,890,817 on Thursday.
At close of the market the, Composite Index shed 0.98 points on Friday to 1,229.27, the All T&T Index rose 0.37 points to 1,693.50, while the Cross Listed Index fell 0.32 points to close at 102.98.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows the market continuing to be weak as it closed with 3 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 5 with lower offers, an indication of the continuation of a weak market currently.
Gains| National Flour rose 9 cents and ended at $1.75, after exchanging 3,476 shares and West Indian Tobacco closed with a gain of 4 cents and settled at $88.55, with 49,215 stock units changing hands.
Losses| Grace Kennedy ended trading 4 cents lower to $3.10, with 45,861 units and NCB Financial Group concluded trading with a loss of 1 cent and at $5.49, after exchanging 22,700 shares.
Firm Traded| First Caribbean International Bank ended trading at $8.90, after exchanging 2,183 shares, First Citizens completed trading at $32.55, with 317 shares, JMMB Group settled at $1.90, with 625 stock units changing hands, Massy Holdings closed at $47.40, with 50,399 units changing hands, Republic Financial Holdings settled at $101.58, with 10 shares trading, Sagicor Financial closed at $7.80, with an exchange of 123,978 units, Scotiabank ended at $62.51 trading 1,434 shares, Trinidad & Tobago NGL concluded at $27.50, with 2,954 units and Trinidad Cement ended at $2.60, after exchanging 2,400 units.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

JSE trading in record territory

Kingston Wharves jumped to a record $50 in trading 2,600 shares on Friday morning on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange and helped to push the All Jamaica Index to an all-time record.
At 11.22 am, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 3,135.84 points to a to be in intraday record high territory of 328,106.42 and the JSE Index was up 2,850.36 points to 298,942.03 another record level. Jamaica Producers traded 1.85 million units and rose to $16.
The Junior Market was more subdued and traded with a rise of just 3.52 points rise to 2,904.67.

Junior Market falls on Thursday

The Junior Market fell at the close of trading on Thursday with 19 securities changing hands, versus 20 on Wednesday, with gains in 8, declines in 7, while 4 remained unchanged. The Junior Market Index declined by 15.38 points to close at 2,901.15.
Trading ended with an exchange of 1,190,114 units valued at $4,531,582 down sharply from 4,712,347 units valued at $19,953,457 on Wednesday.
Market activity ended with an average of 62,638 units for an average of $997,673 compared to an average of 235,617 units for an average of $997,673 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 140,892 units at $573,523 compared to 146,912 units at $599,293 on the prior trading day. March closed with an average of 149,999 units valued at $623,819, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows just 6 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging gained 1 cent and closed at $2.07, with 65,019 stock units, Consolidated Bakeries closed with 2,000 shares after rising 5 cents to $2, Derrimon Trading concluded trading 25 cents higher at $9.40, with 2,337 shares, Elite Diagnostic added 2 cents to end at $3.20, with 374,941 units trading, Eppley ended trading with a loss of 9 cents at $9.41, as 1,698 shares changed hands. Express Catering traded with a loss of 3 cents at $5.30, with 52,423 shares, FosRich Group finished trading at $2.55, with 174,580 shares, GWest Corporation ended at $2.50, with 19,256 units, Honey Bun concluded trading 3 cents higher at $4.45, with 3,315 shares. Jamaican Teas ended trading with a loss of 3 cents at $5 and an exchange of 29,556 stock units, Jetcon Corporation traded 9 cents higher at $4.25, with 11,763 units, Knutsford Express ended at $14, with 18,116 shares, Lasco Distributors concluded trading with a loss of 13 cents at $4.02, with 295,257 stock units. Lasco Financial finished at $5.20, with 7,000 units, Lasco Manufacturing rose 1 cent to settle at $4, with 28,500 shares, Main Event ended trading 10 cents higher at $6.20, with 47,452 shares, Medical Disposables traded with a loss of 10 cents at $5, after exchanging 10,647 shares, Stationery and Office closed with a loss of 10 cents at $5.90, swapping 17,722 units and tTech fell 2 cents to $5.78, with 28,532 shares changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Witco jumps $3.51 on TTSE – Thursday

West Indian Tobacco recovers $3.51 it lost on Wednesday.

West Indian Tobacco recovered the $3.51 drop on Wednesday to end at $88.51 and was the main reason for the rise in the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange index on Thursday.
Market activity ended on Thursday with trading in 14 securities against 10 on Thursday, with 2 advancing, 4 declining and 8 remaining unchanged.
Trading ended with 329,306 shares at a value of $2,890,817 compared to 351,112 shares at a value of $12,063,114 on Wednesday.
At close of the market the, Composite Index shed 0.75 points on Wednesday to 1,230.25, the All T&T Index gained 5.61 points to end at 1,693.13, while the Cross Listed Index fell 1.00 points to close at 103.30.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows the market continuing to be weak as it closed with 3 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 4 with lower offers, an indication of the continuation of a weak market currently.
Gains| Sagicor Financial closed with a gain of 10 cents and concluded trading at $7.80, with 105,000 units and West Indian Tobacco jumped $3.51 and settled at $88.51, with 200 stock units changing hands.
Losses| Grace Kennedy shed 1 cent to end at $3.14, with 1,000 units, Massy Holdings lost 4 cents and settled at $47.40, with 547 stock units changing hands, National Enterprises ended trading 10 cents lower at $9.65, with 10 units and NCB Financial Group concluded trading with a loss of 15 cents at $5.50, after exchanging 106,242 shares.
Firm Traded| Angostura Holdings settled at $15.72, with 220 stock units changing hands, Clico Investments concluded trading at $20.16, with 46,425 units, First Caribbean International Bank ended at $8.90, after exchanging 100 shares, First Citizens completed trading at $32.55, in exchanging 3,231 shares, JMMB Group settled at $1.90, with 52,665 stock units changing hands, Scotiabank ended at $62.51, after exchanging 100 shares, Trinidad & Tobago NGL concluded at $27.50, with 10,167 units and Trinidad Cement ended at $2.60, after trading 3,399 shares.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

US$ rate rises in BOJ FX auction

A total of 29 offers from dealers amounting to $18.35 million were presented for sale to Bank of Jamaica in the second buy side of B-FXITT foreign exchange auction held on Wednesday this week.
The bank accepted 22 offers for the US$12 million it offered to buy. Despite the excess supply, the rate for the US dollar rose above the average rates dealers sold to the general public at since beginning of last weeks. The average in the first buy auction held on April 11, resulted in an average rate of $125.42. The average rate came out at 125.93 for accepted offers but was J$126.24 for all amounts that were offered for sale. The highest priced offer was at U$127.50 and the lowest J$124.90.

Junior Market strengthens – Wednesday

Lasco Distributors traded 3.78M shares.

The Junior Market rose at the close of trading on Wednesday with 20 securities changing hand, similar to that on Tuesday, leading to gains in 10 and declines in 5, while 5 remained unchanged. The Junior Market Index gained 11.96 points to end at 2,916.53.
Trading ended with an exchange of 4,712,347 units valued at $19,953,457 compared with just 1,074,280 units valued at a mere $4,821,468.
Market activity ended with an average of 235,617 units for an average of $997,673 compared to an average of 53,714 units for an average of $241,073 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 146,912 units at $599,293 compared to 139,096 units at $564,194 on the prior trading day. March closed with an average of 149,999 units valued at $623,819, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows just 9 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging ended 6 cents higher at $2.06, with the trading of 76,950 stock units, Caribbean Producers finished trading with a loss of 35 cents at $4.65, with 41,835 units, C2W Music ended with a loss of 1 cent at 43 cents, with 14,000 shares, Derrimon Trading concluded trading 15 cents higher at $9.15, with 67,000 shares, Elite Diagnostic settled with a loss of 1 cent at $3.18, trading 34,294 units. Eppley ended trading with a loss of 1 cent at a 52 weeks’ low of $9.50, with 17,350 shares changing hands, Express Catering traded 8 cents higher at $5.33, with 20,000 shares, FosRich Group finished trading at $2.55, with 143,514 shares, General Accident closed 15 cents higher at $3.15, with 25,000 stock units. ISP Finance settled 1 cent higher at $15, with 17,607 shares, Jamaican Teas ended trading after rising 3 cents to $5.03, with 25,000 stock units, Jetcon Corporation traded 1 cent higher at $4.16, with 73,064 units, Key Insurance finished trading with a rise of 40 cents to $3.40, with 121 shares. Knutsford Express ended at $14, with 200 shares traded, Lasco Distributors gained 13 cents to close at $4.15, with 3,775,816 stock units, Lasco Financial finished at $5.20, with 117,512 units, Lasco Manufacturing settled with a loss of 1 cent at $3.99, with 40,184 shares. Main Event ended trading 5 cents higher at $6.10, with 70,000 shares, Paramount Trading finished trading at $3.10, with 5,000 stock units and Stationery and Office closed at $6, with 147,900 units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Witco heads falling TTSE prices – Wednesday

West Indian Tobacco stock price dropped $3.51 to end at $85 and was the main reason for a big dip in the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange index on Wednesday.
Declining stocks had the upper hand over advancing ones five to one as the market index sank further for the week to date. The number of securities traded dropped to 10 against 17 on Tuesday as the market closed with just 1 stock advancing, 4 declining and 5 remaining unchanged. Trading ended with 351,112 shares at a value of $12,063,114 compared to 96,389 shares at a value of $1,565,623 on Friday.
At close of the market the, Composite Index shed 5 points on Wednesday to 1,231.00, the All T&T Index dropped 9.87 points to 1,687.52, while the Cross Listed Index remained unchanged to close at 104.30.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows the market continuing to be weak as it closed with 3 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 5 with lower offers, an indication of the continuation of a weak market currently.
Gains| Trinidad & Tobago NGL settled with a gain of 2 cents at $27.50, after exchanging 13,275 shares.
Losses| Guardian Holdings closed with a loss of 30 cents and completed trading at $15, after exchanging 59,627 shares, Scotiabank lost 14 cents in closing at $62.51 with 148,531 units changing hands, Trinidad Cement lost 27 cents and ended trading at $2.60, with 1,600 stock units changing hands West Indian Tobacco concluded trading with a loss of $3.51 to close at $85, after exchanging a mere 150 shares.
Firm Traded| Clico Investments traded 12,785 units at $20.16, First Caribbean International Bank completed trading at $8.90, after exchanging 33,030 shares, First Citizens settled at $32.55, after exchanging 1,850 shares, Republic Financial Holdings concluded market activity at $101.58, with 2,197 stock units changing hands and Sagicor Financial ended trading 10 cents lower and $7.70, trading 74,685 units.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.