Gains for JSE main market – Monday

Trading on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Monday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index climbing 1,009.19 points to 317,140.96 and the JSE Index gaining 919.48 points to 288,951.27.
Market activity ended with 4,327,589 shares valued at $91,755,917 changing hands, in contrast to 3,062,698 shares valued at a mere $31,052,068 on Friday.
The major contributors to the total volume in the market was JMMB Group with 3,074,791 shares traded with the next being Wisynco Group with 282,109 units.
Main and US market activities ended with moderate trading levels, leading to prices of 11 securities rising, 9 falling and 8 trading firm as 29 securities changed hands, including just 1 from the US market versus 28 that traded on Friday.
The securities with the largest price changes include, Grace Kennedy with a gain of $1 to $44, Kingston Wharves up $1 to $42 and PanJam Investment rose 95 cents to $41 and Jamaica Producers lost $1.77 to $15.50.
The US market closed with Proven Investments exchanging 7,978 ordinary shares, as the price gained 1 cent to close at 22 US cents, with a value of US$1,722 and the JSE US Equities Index rose 2.75 points to 167.75.
Trading closed with an average of 160,281 units valued at an average of $3,398,367 for each security traded. In contrast to 117,781 units valued at an average of $1,194,310 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 181,777 units valued at $2,865,105 and previously, 183,585 units valued at $2,815,964. In contrast, January closed with average of 349,084 units at an average of $5,801,440 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer reading shows 9 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 1 with a lower offer.
For more details of market activities see –JMMB dominates JSE trading.

JMMB dominates JSE trading

Market activity ended with only 4,327,589 shares valued at $91,755,917 changing hands as 27 securities traded ending with 10 securities rising, 9 falling and 8 trading firm.
Trading in JMMB Group accounted for 71 percent of the volume of shares traded for the day. Trading led to gains in the market indices. The JSE All Jamaican Composite Index gained 1,009.19 points to 317,140.96 and the JSE Index advanced by 919.48 points to end at 288,951.27.
In the main market activity, Berger Paints ended with a loss of 49 cents at $17.50, with 633 stock units, Cable & Wireless concluded trading 1 cent higher at $1.37, with 190,477 units, Carreras finished with a gain of 44 cents at $10.95, with 35,877 shares, Caribbean Cement jumped $2.32 to close at $33, with a mere 2,525 shares, Ciboney Group ended trading with a loss of 7 cents to 25 cents, with 20,000 shares, with the stock trading ex-dividend of 34 cents. Grace Kennedy traded 25 cents higher at $44.25, with 19,093 stock units, Jamaica Broilers finished trading with a rise of 50 cents at $18.60, as 8,066 units were exchanged, Jamaica Producers lost 50 cents at $15, with 126,900 shares trading, Jamaica Stock Exchange fell 29 cents to $6.70, with 3,300 shares. JMMB Group concluded trading at $25, with 3,074,791 shares, Kingston Wharves settled 60 cents higher at $42.60, trading 15,526 units, Mayberry Investments ended trading with a loss of 49 cents to $5.50, as 57,345 shares were exchanged, NCB Financial Group slipped 48 cents to $99.52, with 22,553 shares. PanJam Investment lost 45 cents to end at $40.55, with 46,642 units, Portland JSX concluded trading at $10, with 30,650 shares, Pulse Investments finished at $1.80, as 25,000 shares changed hands, Radio Jamaica settled at $1.12, with 10,174 shares. Sagicor Group ended trading at $36, with 14,598 stock units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund settled with a loss of 85 cents at $14.05, with 175,214 shares, Salada Foods traded $1.05 higher to $11, with 10,000 units, Scotia Group finished trading and gained 5 cents to $50.60, with 100 shares, Supreme Ventures ended at $12, trading 8,840 stock units. Victoria Mutual Investments finished 2 cents higher at $4.12, with 136,776 units, Wisynco Group traded 282,109 units but lost 20 cents to end at $10.49 and In the main market preference segment, JMMB Group 7.5% closed at $1.02, with 300 shares, 138 Student Living ended at $6, with 100 shares, Proven Investments 8.25% settled 4 cents higher at $5.09, with 10,000 units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place. For more details of market activities, see “Gains for JSE main market stocks – Monday.”

Junior Market in sharp drop – Monday

CAC closed at a new high on Monday.

The Junior Market suffered a sharp 2 percent drop with the index shedding 59.56 points to close at 2,871.76 on Monday, as the prices of 7 securities advanced, 9 declined and 4 remained unchanged.
The market closed with 20 securities changing hands, resulting in 6,699,330 shares valued at $22,327,925 trading, compared to 8 securities trading on Friday with 3,826,595 shares valued at $11,225,879 securities changing hands.
Trading ended with an average of 334,967 units for an average of $1,116,396 in contrast to 212,589 units for an average of $582,881 on Friday. An average of 211,318 units at an average value of $1,500,635 traded, and previously 200,424 units at an average value of $1,534,489. In contrast, January closed with an average of 122,386 shares, valued at $489,704 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 6 stocks ending with the bid higher than the last selling price and 3 with lower offers.
The market will have Elite Diagnostics trading for the first time on Tuesday, following the heavy over subscription of the Initial public issue.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging ended 10 cents higher at $2.10, with 3,023,130 stock units, Blue Power dropped 79 cents to end trading at $33.01, with 3,500 units, CAC 2000 gained 94 cents to close at an all time high of $9.99, with 935 shares, Cargo Handlers settled at $10.90, with 1,000 shares, Caribbean Cream ended trading with a loss of 20 cents at $5, after 3,715 shares changed hands. Caribbean Producers finished trading 20 cents higher at $4.40, with 1,280 units, Derrimon Trading fell 50 cents to $7, with 8,337 shares, Dolphin Cove finished with a loss of $2.50 at $16, and 6,835 stock units traded, Express Catering fell 10 cents to $4.60, with 10,000 shares. FosRich Group traded with a loss of 10 cents at $2.50, with 5,621 shares, General Accident finished down 4 cents at $2.80, with 101,661 shares, GWest Corporation closed 4 cents higher at $2.74, with 551 stock units, Honey Bun ended at $5.25, with 67,143 units. Jetcon Corporation ended trading at $4.60, with 218,429 stock units, Knutsford Express closed $2 higher at $15, with 617 shares, Lasco Distributors ended with a loss of 17 cents at $4.35, with 83,262 shares, Lasco Financial concluded trading at $5.25, with 43,680 stock units. Lasco Manufacturing finished with a loss of 80 cents at $3.70, with 3,010,717 units, Main Event rose 4 cents to close at $5.80, with 5,909 shares and Stationery and Office finished trading 31 cents higher at $5.51, with 103,008 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Trinidad stock market remains steady – Monday

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Prices of only 4 stocks changed at the close of trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Monday, with trading in 16 securities against 18 on Friday. 2 stocks advanced, 2 declined and 12 remained unchanged on a day of modest trading.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, on Monday, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 2 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers, an indication of a greater level of stability in the market.
Trading ended with 74,204 shares with a value of $1,358,010, compared to 213,988 shares with a value of $4,302,172, changing hands.
At close the Composite Index gained 0.21 points on Monday to 1,269.64, the All T&T Index lost 0.09 points to 1,700.97 while Cross Listed Index added 0.07 points to close at 113.12.
Gains|Trinidad & Tobago NGL rose 2 cents and finished at $27.02, with 1,175 units and Unilever Caribbean closed with a gain of 1 cent at $29.01, trading 20,210 shares.
Losses| National Flour closed with a loss of 4 cents and completed trading at $1.90, with 250 shares and Republic Financial Holdings shed 1 cent and finish at $101.51, with 3,281 stock units changing hands.
Firm Trades| Clico Investments concluded trading at $20, with 3,843 units, First Caribbean International Bank ended at $9.30, trading 1,500 shares,  First Citizens finished at $32.10, with 175 shares changing hands, Grace Kennedy closed at $3.40, with 18,000 units trading, JMMB Group finished at $1.80, with 4,922 stock units changing hands. Massy Holdings ended at $47, with 1,000 stock units trading, National Enterprises finished at $9.65, with 500 units, NCB Financial Group closed at $6.60, trading 5,000 shares, Point Lisas ended at $3.81, with 3,386 units. Prestige Holdings finished at $10, trading 4,645 shares, Sagicor Financial concluded trading at $7.82, with 5,453 units and Scotiabank completed trading at $61.71, with 864 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Improved Q4 results at Productivity Business

Productivity Business Solutions reported a 21 percent reduction in loss for 2017 to US$1.7 million for the December quarter and an increase of 76 percent to US$4.9 million for the full year after taxation of US$1.17 million for the quarter and US$2 million for the year.
Revenues grew 9.25 percent to US$46.36 million in the quarter up from $42.43 in 2016 and for the full year it was up a mere 1 percent to US$172 million from US$171 in 2016.
Administrative expenses rose 7 percent to $18.55 million for the quarter and by 2 percent for the year to $68 million and finance cost 31 percent for the quarter and to $2.9 million and by 37 percent to $9.35 million for the year. Devaluation losses seem to have negatively affect finance cost in the December quarter and pushing the operations into a loss position before tax, for the year, expenses connected for refinancing and capital transactions relating to new business in Suriname and Columbia, helped in pushing cost up in this area.
Based on the fourth quarter results, with a small loss with increased foreign exchange losses, 2018 could turn out to be a profitable year.
The shares last traded on the US dollar market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange at 55 US cents.

Moderate JSE main market trading

Main Market activity of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Market ended on Friday with 3,008,815 shares changing hands valued at a mere $31,052,068 as 26 securities traded ending with 9 securities rising, 8 falling, 6 trading firm.
Trading led to declines in the market indices, with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index dropping 794.62 points to 316,131.77 and the JSE Index declining by 723.99 points to 288,031.79.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments ended with a loss of 45 cents at $8, with 937 stock units, Berger Paints closed at $17.99, with 12,166 shares, Cable & Wireless concluded trading with a loss of 2 cents at $1.36, with 43,535 units, Carreras finished with a loss of 44 cents at $10.51, with 42,730 shares, Caribbean Cement settled 18 cents higher at $30.68, with 9,500 shares. Ciboney Group closed at 32 cents with 159,414 shares traded, Grace Kennedy ended trading $1 higher at $44, with 61,564 shares, Jamaica Broilers traded 5 cents higher at $18.10, with 7,050 stock units, Jamaica Producers finished trading with a loss of 1.97 cents at $15.50, with 186,991 units, JMMB Group ended at $25, with 18,977 shares. Kingston Properties concluded trading 65 cents higher at $6.65, with 7,265 shares, Kingston Wharves finished $1 higher at $42, with 1,500 stock units, Mayberry Investments settled with a loss of 6 cents at $5.99, with 1,500 units, NCB Financial Group ended trading 20 cents higher at $100, with 51,424 shares. PanJam Investment closed 95 cents higher at $41, with 37,796 stock units, Radio Jamaica finished 12 cents higher at $1.12, with 1,621,266 shares, Sagicor Group settled 40 cents higher at $36, with 11,923 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund settled at $14.90, with 56,392 shares, Scotia Group traded at $50.55, with 106,638 units. Seprod finished trading with a loss of 59 cents at $29.01, leading to 156,774 shares changing hands, Sterling Investments closed with a rise of 31 cents at $9.31, with 13,427 shares, Supreme Ventures ended at $12, with 10,983 shares, Victoria Mutual Investments concluded trading with a loss of 10 cents at $4.10, after 127,537 stock units were exchanged while Wisynco Group finished at $10.69, with 304,203 units. In the main market preference segment, Jamaica Money Market 7.25% traded 100 stock units at $2.49, and Jamaica Money Market 7.5% finished trading at $1.95, with 10,706 units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place. For more details of market activities, see “JSE main market indices fall – Friday.”

JSE main market indices fall – Friday

Grace Kennedy gained $1 to close at $44 on Friday

Trading on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Friday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index fell by 794.62 points to 316,131.77 and the JSE Index declined by 723.99 points to 288,031.79.
Market activity ended with only 3,008,815 shares valued at a mere $31,052,068 changing hands, in contrast to 3,856,461 shares valued at $40,581,082 on Thursday.
The major contributors to the total volume in the market was Radio Jamaica with 1,621,266 shares traded with the next being Wisynco Group with 304,203 units.
Main and US market activities ended with moderate trading levels, leading to prices of 11 securities rising, 7 falling, 11 trading firm as 29 securities changed hands, including just 1 from the US market versus 31 that traded on Thursday.
The securities with the largest price changes include, Grace Kennedy with a gain of $1 to $44, Kingston Wharves up $1 to $42 and PanJam Investment rose 95 cents to $41 and Jamaica Producers lost $1.77 to $15.50.
The US market closed with Proven Investments exchanged 4,000 ordinary shares, to close at 21 US cents, with a value of US$924 and the JSE US Equities Index fell 1.82 points to 165.
Trading closed with an average of 117,781 units valued at an average of $1,194,310 for each security traded. In contrast to 137,731 units for an average of $1,449,324 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 183,585 units valued at $2,815,964 and previously, 189,385 units valued at $2,973,878. In contrast, January closed with average of 349,084 units at an average of $5,801,440 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.

For more details of market activities see – Moderate JSE main market trading.

Junior Market rose modestly on Friday

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended with the prices of 9 securities advancing, 4 declining and 5 remaining unchanged leading to the market Index advancing 5.72 points to 2,941.32.
The market closed with 18 securities changing hands, resulting in 3,826,595 shares valued at $11,225,879 trading, compared to 21 securities trading on Thursday with 4,506,090 shares valued at $11,225,879 securities changing hands.
Trading ended with an average of 212,589 units for an average of $582,881 in contrast to 214,576 units for an average of $434,566 on Thursday. An average of 200,424 units at an average value of $1,534,489 traded, and previously 199,377 units at an average value of $1,616,445. In contrast, January closed with an average of 122,386 shares, valued at $489,704 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 9 stocks ending with the bid higher than the last selling price and 4 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial closed 1 cent higher at $45.02, with 18,500 shares, AMG Packaging ended at $2, with 3,056,419 stock units trading, Cargo Handlers settled at $10.90, with 974 shares, Derrimon Trading concluded trading 38 cents higher at $7.50, with 6,441 units, Express Catering ended trading 10 cents higher at $4.70, with 67,234 shares. FosRich Group traded 10 cents higher at $2.60, with 1,300 stock units, General Accident finished trading with a loss of 1 cent at $2.84, with 193,992 shares, GWest Corporation closed with a loss of 5 cents at $2.70, with 109,788 stock units, Honey Bun ended 15 cents higher at $5.25, with 28,443 units. Iron Rock concluded trading at $3, with 110,000 shares, Jamaican Teas settled at $4.50, with 14,330 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended trading 39 cents higher at $4.60, with 10,502 stock units, Knutsford Express closed with a loss of 50 cents at $13, with 1,000 shares. Lasco Distributors ended 6 cents higher at $4.52, with 66,915 shares, Lasco Financial concluded trading 4 cents higher at $5.25, with 4,590 stock units, Lasco Manufacturing finished at $4.50, with 36,296 units, Main Event settled with a loss of 34 cents at $5.76, with 4,667 shares and Stationery and Office finished trading 20 cents higher at $5.20, with 95,204 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Trinidad stock market steady – Friday

Prices were mostly steady at the close of trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange with on Friday with trading in 18 securities against 16 on Thursday, with 1 stock advancing, 2 declining and 15 remaining unchanged resulting in modest change in the market indices.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, on Thursday, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 2 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers, an indication of a greater level of stability in the market.
Trading ended with 213,988 shares with a value of $4,302,172, compared to 156,311 shares with a value of $5,255,361, changing hands.
At close the Composite Index shed 0.75 points on Friday to 1,269.43, the All T&T Index fell 0.92 points to 1,701.06 while Cross Listed Index declined 0.08 points to close at 113.05.
Gains|Unilever Caribbean increased 1 cent to finished at $29, trading 17,247 shares.
Losses| Massy Holdings traded with a loss of 30 cents at a 52 weeks’ low of $47, with 39,420 stock units changing hands and Sagicor Financial closed with a loss of 1 cent to end at $7.82, with 21,500 units.
Firm Traded| Ansa Mcal finished at $60, with 300 units, Ansa Merchant completed at $40, trading 1,000 shares, Clico Investments end with $20, with 24,410 units, First Citizens completed at $32.10, trading 1,722 shares, Grace Kennedy concluded trading at $3.40, with 35,000 units. LJ Williams B share closed at 75 cents, trading 3,300 units, National Enterprises completed trading at $9.65, with 9,937 stock units, NCB Financial Group concluded trading at $6.60, trading 20,022 shares, One Caribbean Media end with $12.50, with 6,100 stock units changing hands. Prestige Holdings completed at $10, trading 8,401 shares, Republic Financial Holdings concluded trading at $101.52, with 3,189 stock units changing hands, Scotiabank finish at $61.71, with 163 stock units changing hands, Trinidad & Tobago NGL concluded trading at $27, with 7,290 units, Trinidad Cement end at $3.50, trading 13,964 shares and West Indian Tobacco ended at $88.50, with 1,023 stock units changing hands.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

JSE majors pulled back on Thursday

Interest rates are falling and will drive stocks higher in 2018.

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Thursday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index falling by 1,047.87 points to 316,926.39 and the JSE Index declining by 954.73 points to 288,755.78.
Main market activity closed with 3,856,461 shares valued at just $40,581,082 changing hands, in contrast to 5,490,162 shares valued at a mere $27,746,053 trading on Tuesday, the day before the Ash Wednesday break.
The major contributors to the total volume in the market include, Wisynco Group with 905,215 units followed by Radio Jamaica with 745,339 units and Ciboney Group with 482,108 units.
Main and US market activities ended with moderate trading levels, leading to prices of 11 securities rising, 12 falling, 8 trading firm as 31 securities changed hands, including 3 from the US market. Trading took place in 31 securities on Thursday.
The securities with the largest price changes include, Jamaica Producers rising $1.87 to $17.47, Mayberry Investments with a gain of 90 cents to $6.05, Kingston Wharves losing $1.60 to $41, while PanJam Investment fell $1.80 to $40.05 and Scotia Group lost $1.45 to end at $50.55.
The US market closed with Margaritaville lost 1 cents and closed trading at 1 US cent with 5,000 shares and Proven Investments exchanged 16,820 ordinary shares, to close at 21 US cents. JMMB 6% preference share ended at $1.08 with 400 stock units trading. The market closed with just 22,220 shares trading with a value of US$5,122 and the JSE US Equities Index rising 1.59 points to close at 166.82.
Market activity ended with an average of 137,731 shares valued at $1,449,324, in contrast to 189,316 shares valued at $956,760 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 189,385 units valued at $2,973,878 and previously, 182,709 units valued at $3,152,487. January ended with an average of 239,900 units valued at $5,158,193 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and the US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 11 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 1 closed with a lower offer.

For more details of market activities see – Subdued trading on Thursday sinks JSE index.