9 months’ high for Junior Market – Monday

Derrimon ended at a new closing 52 weeks’ high on Monday.

The Junior Market move higher at the close of trading on Monday rising 31.40 points to close at 3,158 as the number of declining and advancing stocks were equal for a second day.
At the end of market activity, one stock traded at a 52 weeks’ intraday high and one closed at a 52 weeks’ high. Trading ended with 27 securities changing hands, compared to 26 on Friday, with 11 advancing, 7 falling and 9 remaining unchanged.
The market closed with, 2,611,628 units valued at $11,933,757 compared to 1,989,152 units valued at $15,833,326 on Friday.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 8 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 2 closed with lower offers.
Trading closed with an average of 124,363 units for an average of $568,274 in contrast to 76,506 units for an average of $608,974 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 201,586 units valued at $1,097,411, compared to 213,423 units valued at $1,178,519 previous trading day. Trading in July, averaged 154,060 units valued at $655,146 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, AMG Packaging ended at $1.95 after rising 4 cents trading 930 stock units, Blue Power jumped $5 to $45, in exchanging 10,166 units, CAC 2000 finished trading and lost 1 cent to end at $8, with 2,000 shares changing hands, Cargo Handlers climbed 89 cents to $10.89, trading 500 shares, Caribbean Producers finished trading 2,645 units with a rise of 27 cents to $6.77. Derrimon Trading concluded trading of 23,900 shares and rose $1 to end at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $25, Elite Diagnostic settled with a loss of 10 cents at $2.80, after exchanging 66,552 units, Everything Fresh traded 51,500 shares and ended at $1.90. Express Catering traded with a loss of 10 cents at $8, with 120,080 shares, FosRich Group finished trading 10 cents higher at $3, after swapping 1,116,649 shares. Honey Bun concluded trading 19,521 shares and gained 61 cents to close at $4.51, Iron Rock lost 57 cents to close at $3.50, with 13,394 shares changing hands, Jamaican Teas ended trading 24,588 stock units and added 15 cents to $4.05, KLE Group gained 31 cents to $2.81, exchanging 669 shares. Lasco Distributors concluded trading of 73,800 stock units with a loss of 1 cent to close at $3.99, Lasco Financial finished 11 cents higher at $5.90, trading 1,012,633 shares, Lasco Manufacturing settled at $4, trading 12,500 shares, Main Event ended trading 15,000 shares with a loss of 19 cents at $5.81. Medical Disposables dropped $1.20 to $5.20, with 28,901 shares and Stationery and Office closed 50 cents higher at $9.50, trading 5,700 units. In the Junior Market preference segment, Eppley 8.25% concluded trading at $6.20, with 10,000 units, changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

All 3 TTSE stock indices rise – Monday

Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange Head Quarters

Trading on Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange ended on Monday with trading in 14 securities against 15 on Friday, with 3 advancing, 4 declining and 7 remaining unchanged leading gains in all market indices.
Market activity ended with one stock ended at 52 weeks’ closing high as 203,230 shares valued at $1,737,939 changing hands, compared to 366,114 shares valued at $2,694,047, on Friday.
At the close the Composite Index rose 1.09 points to 1,232.01, the All T&T Index added 0.22 points to 1,711.96 and the Cross Listed Index gained 0.27 points to close at 101.10.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the close of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows market sentiment with 3 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
Stocks with Gains| Guardian Holdings concluded trading of 10,696 units after rising 5 cents to $16.55, NCB Financial Group added 1 cent and settled at $5.66, after exchanging 5,000 shares and Republic Financial Holdings gained 5 cents and ended trading at a 52 weeks’ high of $103, after exchanging 1,200 shares.
Stocks Losses| Clico Investments traded with a loss of 6 cents and ended at $19.94, with 23,050 stock units changing hands, First Citizens closed with a loss of 1 cent and settled at $35, after exchanging 2,963 shares, National Flour shed 4 cents and completed trading at $1.75, with 5,000 units and Unilever Caribbean lost 10 cents and ended at $26.90, with 50 stock units changing hands.
Firm Trades| Calypso Macro Index Fund traded 314 shares at $15.74, Grace Kennedy ended at $2.90, with 66,687 stock units changing hands, Massy Holdings closed at $46.90, after exchanging 281 shares, One Caribbean Media concluded trading of 796 shares at $12.29, Sagicor Financial ended at $7.50, with 65,393 stock units changing hands, Scotiabank completed trading of 900 units at $65.02 and Trinidad Cement ended at $2.90, after exchanging 20,900 shares.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Medical Disposables out AMG in TOP 10

The main market of Jamaica Stock Market indices chalked up more records last and closed the week at another record high on Friday and the Junior Market closed at a 9 months’ high as the markets continue the usual summer bounce.
A number of positive results and chronic shortage of many of the stocks are helping in putting upward pressure on prices resulting in three changes to the IC TOP 10 at the end of the week.
Medical Disposables rose to $6.40 at the end of the week and was the sole stock moving out of the TOP 10 and AMG Packaging returned to the TOP 10. Caribbean Cement traded as high as $50 on Friday as supply has virtually dried up, not surprising with the company cutting finance cost and reports of several projects slated to come on stream later this year. Berger Paints also moved higher to $21 on Friday and remains scarce. Iron Rock jumped to a new high of $4.07 on Friday as the company shows promise of making a profit sooner than later.
The coming days will see a flood of quarterly results be released and could impact the prices of stocks.
The PE ratio for Junior Market Top stocks averages 7.9 compared to an average PE for the overall market of 12, based on 2018 estimated earnings and the main market PE stands at 8.2 for the top stocks, compared to a market average of 13, a good indicator of the level of undervaluation of these stocks. Work done by IC Insider.com suggest that the PE ratio is likely to end around 16 times earnings by year as investors continue to gradually upgrade the multiple they are prepared to pay for stocks, which would lift prices sharply over the next several months from current levels.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 34 percent to the average for the Junior Market Top stocks but it’s a third of what the average PE for the year is likely to be of 20 times earnings and main market stocks traded at a discount of 39 percent to the market.
TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns within a 12 months period. Stocks are selected based on projected earnings for each company’s current fiscal year. Based on an assumed PE for each, the likely gains are determined and then ranked, with the stocks with the highest potential gains ranked first followed by the rest, in descending order. Potential values will change as stock prices fluctuate and will result in movements of the selection in and out of the lists for most weeks. Earnings per share are revised on an ongoing basis based on new information received that can result in changes in and out of the list as well.

JSE PE ratios heading higher

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The stock market combined index climbed from 82,934.95 points at the end of 2013 to 324,801.52 on Friday, for increase of 292 percent but the average PE ratio has moved from 7.3 by just under 100 percent to peak at an average of 14.5 times last year December.
During the same period, Treasury bill rates tumbled 75 percent from just over 8 percent to 2 percent or were 300 percent more than they are now. While the fall in interest rate would appear to be close to the rise in the market index, the much slower increase in the PE ratio indicates that the major part of the rise is due to increased profits.
Based on the trends in interest rates and PE ratios, coupled with the serious shortage of supply of several stocks, currently, the PE ratio of the market will rise from the current level of 12.5, first to the high of 14.5 reached at the end of December last year and should move on to around 17 to 18 by the end of the year or early 2019.
A look at the chart, indicates that investors are more cautious in moving stock valuation higher. The PE ratio seems to be moving higher each year since the sharp jump in 2015, suggesting that the increase in PE is not yet over. The other factor is that interest rates have fallen faster in 2018 than for some time, investors seem to need more time to digest the rapid change in rates and determine how long it likely to remain at very low levels.
The big question to come will be, when will interest rates start to reverse? If the PE hits 17 by year end, it would represent an approximate 35 percent increase from current levels. Quite a number of stocks are selling above the average of 12.5 presently. A total of 24 stocks in both markets trade above 12.5 and 7 each in the main market and Junior Market selling above 16 times current year’s earnings.

3 new highs for Junior Market – Friday

Iron Rock hits 52 weeks’ high of $4.07 on Friday.

The Junior Market move higher at the close of trading on Friday rising just 0.99 points to close at 3,126.60 as the number of declining and advancing stocks were equal for a second day.
At the end of market activity, three stocks traded at a 52 weeks’ high and one closed at a 52 weeks’ low.
The market closed with, 1,989,152 units valued at $15,833,325.80 compared to 17,879,196 units valued at $94,384,927 on Thursday and ended with 26 securities changing hands, compared to 22 on Thursday, with 10 advancing, 10 falling and 6 remaining unchanged.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 8 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 3 closed with lower offers.
Trading closed with an average of 76,506 units for an average of $608,974 in contrast to 812,691 units for an average of $4,290,224 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 213,423 units valued at $1,178,519, compared to 245,494 units valued at $1,311,926 previous trading day. Trading in July, averaged 154,060 units valued at $655,146 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, Access Financial closed at $36, exchanging 1,800 shares, AMG Packaging ended with a loss of 9 cents at $1.91, trading 7,000 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading at $40, with 4,820 units, Cargo Handlers settled with a loss of 89 cents at $10, trading 310,120 shares, Caribbean Flavours traded 5,000 stock units and rose 50 cents to $13. Derrimon Trading concluded trading of 236,050 shares and rose $1 to a 52 weeks’ high of $24, after trading at $25 ahead of the close as news broke that the company entered into an agreement to acquire Woodcats International. Dolphin Cove finished at $16.50, with 816 stock units changing hands, Elite Diagnostic settled 15 cents higher at $2.90, with 90,678 units, Everything Fresh traded 157,069 shares and lost 1 cent to end at 1.90, Express Catering traded 72,934 shares and ended 10 cents higher at a 52 weeks’ high of $8.10. FosRich Group finished trading 26,184 shares with a loss of 7 cents to end at $2.90, General Accident climbed 40 cents to $3.80, after trading 8,350 stock units, Honey Bun concluded trading with a loss of 41 cents at $3.90, with 1,000 shares, Iron Rock jumped 92 cents higher to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $4.07, with 553,112 shares changing hands. Jamaican Teas ended trading with a loss of 15 cents at $3.90, with 5,000 stock units, Jetcon Corporation traded at $4, with 29,302 units, Key Insurance finished trading 12,547 shares with a loss of 45 cents to end at $3.02, Knutsford Express ended with a loss of 21 cents at 52 weeks’ low of $11.30, after exchanging 2,000 shares. Lasco Distributors concluded trading at $4, with 4,740 stock units, Lasco Financial traded 68,728 units and finished 39 cents higher at $5.79, Lasco Manufacturing rose 7 cents to end at $4, trading 38,000 shares, Main Event ended trading with a loss of 85 cents at $6, with 15,400 shares traded. Medical Disposables traded 92,420 shares and rose 40 cents to $6.40, Stationery and Office closed at $9 after gaining 97 cents with 238,725 units changing hands and tTech concluded trading at $5, with 2,357 shares trading. In the junior market preference segment, Eppley 8.25% concluded trading with a loss of 1 cent at $6.20, with 5,000 units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

New closing high for JSE – Friday

The Jamaica Stock Exchange took another sizable jump to end at a record close on Friday as advancing stocks out-numbered declining stocks in continuation of the market’s record bull run.
At the close trading, the All Jamaican Composite Index rose 305.19 points to 347,001.01, the first time it closed above 347,000 points and the JSE Index climbed 278.07 points to end at a record close of 316,157.10. The market has gained 9.6 percent for the year to date, the shortage of stocks and low interest rates suggest that the gain for the rest of the year should exceed that of the first 7 months.
Trading in the main market ended with 11,481,249 units valued $123,719,859 compared to 7,873,698 units valued at $335,479,879 on Thursday.
Market activities resulted in 26 securities trading including 2 in the US dollar market compared to 28 securities trading on Thursday. At the end of trading, the prices of 13 stocks rose, 8 declined and 5 traded unchanged, including Caribbean Cement trading at an intraday high of $50 and Salada Foods trading at an all-time high of $17 before pulling back at the close, to a 52 weeks’ high of $16.50.
The day’s volume was led by, Mayberry Jamaican Equities with 9,408,575 units 81.95 percent of the main market volume, followed by Scotia Group with juts 351,092 units and Jamaica Stock Exchange with 281,270 units.
Stocks with major price changes| Berger Paints rose $1 and ended at $21, trading 9,539 stock units, Caribbean Cement fell $1.49 to $42.01 exchanging 76,432 shares, Jamaica Broilers traded 46,334 stock units and dropped $3.40 to end at $22.10, Jamaica Stock Exchange rose 49 cents to close at $8, with 281,270 shares changing hands, JMMB Group rose 50 cents and ended at $30, trading 27,350 shares. Mayberry Investments lost 75 cents to end at $8.25 trading just 8,335 shares, Kingston Wharves finished at $52.25, after rising 25 cents with 3,842 stock units, NCB Financial Group lost 80 cents and ended trading at $104, exchanging 27,159 shares, PanJam Investment jumped $1 to $52 trading 87,500 stock units. Salada Foods jumped $1.50 and ended trading at 52 weeks’ closing high of $16.50, with 35,500 stock units, Scotia Group traded 351,092 units and gained 80 cents to end at $52.80 and Sygnus Credit Investments fell 49 cents in trading 12,010 at $12.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 174,520 units valued at US$31,642 as Proven Investments fell 1 cent and closed at 19 US cents trading 3,200 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments fell 0.25 cents in trading 12,010 at 0.0975 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 3.70 and closed at 154.43
Trading resulted in an average of 478,385 units valued at an average of $5,154,994 for each security traded. In contrast to 302,835 units for an average of $12,903,072 on Thursday. For the month to date an average of 198,469 shares valued at an average of $4,438,731 versus 185,362 shares valued at an average of $5,398,127 on Thursday. July closed with an average of 169,022 units valued at $3,514,756, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 6 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 6 closing with lower offers.

2 TTSE stocks rise 3 fall – Friday

Republic Financial Holdings closes at 52 weeks’ high.

Trading on Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange ended on Friday with 366,114 shares valued at $2,694,047 changing hands, compared to 344,130 shares valued at $3,881,434, on Thursday.
Market activity ended with 15 securities changing hands compared to 12 trading on Friday and the market closed with 2 recording gains, 3 losses and 10 ending with prices unchanged. At the close of trading one stock ended at 52 weeks’ closing high.
At the close the Composite Index lost 0.20 points on Friday to 1,230.92, the All T&T Index declined 0.40 points to 1,711.74 and the Cross Listed Index remained unchanged at 100.83 points.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the close of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows market sentiment with 4 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
Stocks with Gains| First Citizens rose 1 cent and ended at $35.01, after exchanging 1,228 shares and Republic Financial Holdings closed with a gain of 3 cents and completed trading at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $102.95, after exchanging 1,845 shares.
Stocks Losses| One Caribbean Media shares fell 7 cents and completed trading at $12.29, after exchanging 20,831 shares, Trinidad & Tobago NGL share fell 1 cent and ended at $30, after exchanging 40,150 shares and Trinidad Cement shed 5 cents and completed trading at $2.90, after exchanging 100 shares.
Firm Trades| Clico Investments settled at $20, with 2,381 stock units changing hands, Grace Kennedy closed at $2.90, trading 253,750 shares, Guardian Holdings concluded trading at $16.50, with 3,000 units, JMMB Group completed trading at $1.75, after exchanging 31,000 shares, Massy Holdings completed trading of 370 shares at $46.90, Point Lisas settled at $3.70, with 223 stock units changing hands, Prestige Holdings concluded trading of 200 units at $10, Sagicor Financial settled at $7.50, with 10,912 stock units changing hands, Scotiabank closed at $65.02, with 15 units and West Indian Tobacco concluded trading at $87.99, with 109 units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

JSE end at a new close – Thursday

The Jamaica Stock Exchange took another sizable jump to end at a record close on Thursday as advancing stocks out-numbered declining stocks in continuation of the market’s record bull run.
At the close trading, the All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 2,217.67 points to 346,695.82 and the JSE Index climbed 2,020.55 points to end at a record close at 315,879.03.
Trading in the main market ended with 7,873,698 units valued at $335,479,879 compared to 3,458,733 units valued at $66,593,492 on Wednesday.
Market activities resulted in 28 securities trading including 2 in the US dollar market compared to 27 securities trading on Wednesday. At the end of trading, the prices of 12 stocks rose, 8 declined and 8 traded unchanged, including Grace Kennedy trading at an intraday high of $58 and Mayberry Investments trading at an all-time high of $9 before pulling back at the close.
The day’s volume was led by, Grace Kennedy with 5,253,678 units accounting for 66.72 percent of the main market volume, followed by Carreras with 899,233 units or just 11.42 percent of the day’s volume and JMMB Group 7.50% preference share with 500,000 units and 6.35 percent of the day’s volume.
Major price changes| Grace Kennedy jumped $1.01 to finish at a record high of $58.05, JMMB Group rose 40 cents ended at $29.50, trading 13,087 shares. Mayberry Investments climbed $1.60 to end a record closing high of $9 trading just 1,000 shares, Kingston Wharves finished at $52, after falling 50 cents with 3,842 stock units NCB Financial Group gained 60 cents and ended trading at $104.80, trading 27,159 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose 50 cents and settled at $14.50 exchanging 3,300 shares, Sterling Investments gained 40 cents to $14.50 after 68,200 shares traded, Scotia Group traded 351,092 units and gained $1.30 to end at $52.80 and Seprod added 99 cents to finish trading at $34, with an exchange of just 750 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 5,754 units valued at US$5,330 as JMMB Group 6% preference share completed trading of 16,500 stock units and rose 1 cent to end at $1.05, Proven Investments fell 1 cent and closed at 19 US cents trading 3,200 shares. The JSE USD Equities Index closed unchanged at 154.43
Trading resulted in an average of 302,835 units valued at an average of $12,903,072 for each security traded. In contrast to 138,349 units for an average of $2,663,740 on Wednesday. For the month to date an average of 185,362 shares valued at an average of $5,398,127 versus 157,082 shares valued at an average of $2,241,849 on Wednesday. July closed with an average of 169,022 units valued at $3,514,756, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.

Junior Market bounces – Thursday

The Junior Market move higher at the close of trading on Thursday rising 39.96 points to close at 3,125.61 as the number of declining and advancing stocks were equal but with a bounce in volume.
The market closed with, 17,879,196 units valued at $94,384,927 compared to 6,775,011 units valued at $40,419,386. on Wednesday. Lasco Financial accounted for bulk of the trade with 16.75 million units.
Trading ended with 22 securities changing hands, compared to 22 on Wednesday, with just 6 advancing, 6 falling and 10 remaining unchanged. General Accident traded at a 52 weeks’ high of $3.90 but closed lower at $3.40.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 7 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 2 closed with lower offers.
Trading closed with an average of 812,691 units for an average of $4,290,224 in contrast to 307,955 units for an average of $1,837,245 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 245,494 units valued at $1,311,926, compared to 105,288 units valued at $575,717 previous trading day. Trading in July, averaged 154,060 units valued at $655,146 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, Access Financial closed at $36, trading 4,041 shares, AMG Packaging ended 10 cents higher at $2, exchanging 1,200 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading at $40, with 200 units, Caribbean Producers finished trading 100,000 units but lost 27 cents at $6.50, Derrimon Trading concluded trading 15,000 shares at $23. Elite Diagnostic settled at $2.75, trading 6,000 units, Eppley ended trading 78 cents higher at $9.96, with 15,030 shares, Everything Fresh traded 96,968 shares and lost 7 cents to end at $1.91. Express Catering traded with a loss of 10 cents at $8, with 41,451 shares changing hands, FosRich Group finished trading 41,146 shares and rose 40 cents to $2.97, with shares. General Accident closed with a loss of 46 cents at $3.40, trading 27,032 stock units, Honey Bun concluded trading and rose 6 cents to $4.31, with 7,000 shares, Iron Rock finished trading at $3.15, with 50,052 shares, Jamaican Teas ended trading 5 cents higher at $4.05, with 25,091 stock units changing hands. Jetcon Corporation traded 18,720 units at $4, Lasco Distributors concluded trading 412,642 stock units, at $4, Lasco Financial finished 10 cents higher at $5.40, with 16,753,104 units, Lasco Manufacturing settled at $3.93, exchanging 40,000 shares. Main Event ended trading at $6.85, with 2,006 shares changing hands, Medical Disposables traded with a loss of 20 cents at $6, with 50,000 shares and Stationery and Office closed with a loss of 1 cent at $8.03, trading 72,513 units. In the junior market preference segment, Eppley 9.5% finished at $5.98, with 100,000 shares.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

3 TTSE stocks each rise & fall – Thursday

Republic Bank traded at a 52 weeks’ high of $102.92.

Trading on Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange ended on Thursday with 344,130 shares valued at $3,881,434 changing hands, compared to 214,080 shares valued at $2,940,696, on Wednesday.
Market activity ended with 12 securities changing hands compared to 17 trading on Thursday, and the market closed with 3 recording gains, 3 losses and 6 ending with prices unchanged. At the close of trading two stocks ended at 52 weeks’ closing highs and one at a low.
At the close the Composite Index lost 0.14 points on Thursday to 1,231.12, the All T&T Index added 0.05 points to 1,712.14 and the Cross Listed Index lost 0.04 points to 100.83.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the close of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows market sentiment with 2 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
Stocks with Gains| Republic Financial Holdings concluded trading of 474 shares and gained 4 cents and ended at a 52 weeks’ high of at $102.92, Scotiabank added 1 cent in completing trading at $65.02, after exchanging 5,800 units and Trinidad & Tobago NGL increased 27 cents and settled at a 52 weeks’ high of $30.01, after exchanging 8,879 shares.
Stocks Losses| First Citizens closed with a loss of 1 cent at $35, after exchanging 1,516 shares,

National Enterprises shed 50 cents and ended at a 52 weeks’ low of $9, with 2,310 stock units changing hands and West Indian Tobacco lost 1 cent and completed trading at $87.99, with 2,497 units.
Firm Trades| Ansa Merchant settled at $40, after exchanging 1,000 shares, Clico Investments ended at $20, with 34,595 stock units changing hands, First Caribbean International Bank completed trading 200 units at $8.49, National Flour ended trading 2,500 units at $1.79, One Caribbean Media concluded market activity at $12.36, after exchanging 6,000 shares and Sagicor Financial ended at $7.50, with 278,359 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.