Prestige profit slips & slides

Prestige Holdings brand – TGIF

Profit at Trinidad’s fast food franchise operators, Prestige Holdings fell a sharp 35 percent to TT$7.7 million for the quarter ending in August, compared to $11.8 million for the similar period in 2017 as economic pressures continued to affect the Twin island state of Trinidad & Tobago, where the bulk of the income is generated.

The operation includes, Prestige Holdings’ of KFC, Pizza Hut, Subway and Starbucks, Weekenders Trinidad Limited (TGI Fridays Trinidad) and Prestige Restaurants Jamaica, (TGI Fridays Jamaica).
Revenues slipped in the quarter to $268 million from $273 in 2017 quarter, dragging down gross profit to $90 million versus $95 million in the 2017 period, as cost of sales remained flat at roughly $178 million in both periods.
For the nine months to August, revenues increased a mere 1 percent to $790 million and profit after tax declined 24 percent to $21 million, from $27.7 million in the previous year. For the 2017 fiscal year, the company reported $32.9 million in after tax profit, from revenues of $1.04 billion.
Earnings per share for the nine months ended at 34 cents compared to 45 cents for the same period in 2017. The results were generated from an average number of 123 restaurants, the company stated in a release with the quarterly results.
Other operating expenses were flat in the quarter but rose moderately, by just $5 million to $170 million for the nine months. Administrative expenses edged up slightly, in both the quarter and year to date period, to $20.6 million from $20 million and from $61 million to $63.7 million respectively.
According to the Chairman, Christian Mouttet in his report to shareholders, “our less than stellar performance for the nine months of 2018, as mentioned in my Half Year Report, has been driven primarily by higher costs, a still recovering local economy and consumers who are very price and value sensitive. As mentioned then, we are implementing initiatives and making changes to our operations that over time will improve our performance and strengthen our business. Additionally, we opened our tenth Pizza Hut restaurant in Princes Town on 1 October 2018.”
“We do not anticipate any significant changes in the macroeconomic environment in the short term and expect to finish the year broadly in line with the previous nine months.”
The Board approved an interim dividend of 12 cents per common share (2017 – 14 cents) to be paid on October 31.
Prestige closed the period with shareholders’ equity of $290 million, Current assets of $131 million and Current liabilities of $131 million. Non-current liabilities amounted to $54 million. The stock closed at $7.52 or a PE ratio of 17 on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Monday.

Barita could spike higher this week

Barita last traded on the JSE as high as $20 on Friday.

The main market of the stock exchange ended the week at another record close with a number of individual stocks hitting new highs but this coming week could well be more challenging, investors have to bear in mind that the supplies for several stocks are very limited and could result in big price movements as happened last week.
Technical chart shows NCB Financial heading to $155 but it traded at new high of $134 during the past week which is not very far from the target of potential resistance. Whether it goes higher during the coming days is anyone’s guess but it is worth watching. Caribbean Cream moved up to $7.90 from $6.16 at the end of the previous week. The company posted better profit results in the August quarter but with less gains than in the first, as administrative cost rose to negate some of the top line growth. Those results may be unlikely to move the stock forward in the short term.
The Junior Market continues to inch forward as it appears that investors are waiting on results. They got Caribbean Cream and Paramount Trading at the end of week, but no major upward price movement is expected.

Caribbean Cream sales & profit slowed in Q2.

The indicators point to continued increased interest in the main market stocks with a number of them are high on the list to watch for this week with less indications that Junior Market stocks will move upwards in droves anytime soon. Stocks of interest this week are Grace Kennedy, Barita Investments with limited supply and technical indicators pointing to a price of $22.50 initially before going on to $27.50. Berger Paints, Jamaica Producers has very little stock offered for sale and that could result in a sharp spike in price at any time, Mayberry Jamaican Equities (MJE), Mayberry Investments that will benefit from increased profit of MJE, NCB Financial, Wisynco Group that has gone back above the $10 price level, CAC2000 that is very scarce, Main Event and Stationery and Office Supplies that seem to have exhausted selling at $09.50 with $10 being the possible next level. A number of these have limited supplies for sale.
With the average PE of the market now at a comfortable 16 times 2018 earnings, stocks valued less than the market average could see increased interest as investors look for bargains.
Grace Kennedy seems ready to break out of the $60 range as there is no big supply on offer now and during the past

Caribbean Cement price is stuck in the mud for now.

week, it traded as high as $75. Caribbean Cement keeps trading between $46 and $50, but there appears no real desire to move the price forward, this one could be negatively affected by foreign exchange losses in the September quarter. Kingston Wharves has always had limited supply, so it could move higher going forward, even the valuation is rich. Supply of JMMB Group has dried up and that could create the environment for the price to continue to move higher, it is also one of the lower valued stock in the main market. Investors need to bear in mind that the price is currently at a resistance level at $37, so it may move sideways with an upward bias for a while, unless strong buying pushes over this level.
An overall view of stocks indicates that the main market continues to be steered higher by an upward sloping support line as well the 45 and 125 day moving averages, lending support just below. The Junior Market is being guided by an upward rising long-term support line and a golden cross. The golden cross is a very strong bullish long-term signal, but market needs fuel of rising profits.

Witco jumps $1 in TTSE trading – Monday

3 for 1 stock split coming for Witco

West Indian Tobacco climbed $1 in exchanging just 32 shares, to end at $90 in trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Monday as investors await the result of the 3 for 1 stock split vote on October 30.
The market enjoyed heightened levels of participating securities trading on Monday with 20 securities changing hands including two with just 3 units each, against 19 trading on Friday.
Trading closed with the price of 5 rising, 4 declining and 11 remaining unchanged, leading to the Composite Index rising 0.32 points to 1,229.70, the All T&T Index adding 0.75 points to 1,703.15, while the Cross Listed Index shed 0.02 points to close at 101.67.
The market ended trading of 674,102 shares at a value of $11,376,325 compared to 184,966 shares at a value of $3,912,783 changing hands on Friday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading closed with 7 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
Stocks closing with gains| First Caribbean International Bank gained 1 cent and concluded trading 1,000 units at $8.50, Guardian Holdings rose 14 cents to $16.89, with 59,854 units trading, National Enterprises finished trading after an increase by 1 cent and settled at $8.97, with 60,000 stock units changing hands and Scotiabank ended trading with an increase of 4 cents at $64.89, with 159 units changing hands.
Stocks closing with losses| First Citizens shares fell 5 cents and ended at $32.65, after exchanging 16,783 shares, Sagicor Financial share fell 1 cent and settled at $7.69, trading 453 stock units, Trinidad & Tobago NGL shed 3 cents and ended at $29.28, after exchanging 13,184 shares and Trinidad Cement lost 1 cent and completed trading at $2.74, after exchanging just 3 shares.
Stocks trading with no price change| Ansa Mcal concluded trading of 140,003 units at $56.99, Ansa Merchant ended at $38.25, after exchanging a mere 3 shares, Calypso Macro Index Fund traded 871 shares to close at $15.81, Clico Investments settled at $19.50, with 18,426 stock units changing hands, JMMB Group completed trading at $1.70, after exchanging 4,580 shares, Massy Holdings completed trading at $47, after exchanging 2,355 shares, National Flour concluded trading at $1.65, with 7,687 units, One Caribbean Media completed trading at $12, after exchanging 4,105 shares, Prestige Holdings concluded market activity at $7.52, with 2,958 units, Republic Financial Holdings completed trading at $106.01, after exchanging 3,058 shares and Unilever Caribbean settled at $25.50, with 244 stock units changing hands.

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

Grace, Proven, Access & Iron Rock in TOP 10

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Decline in the prices of three stocks during the week and gains by others resulted in changes to the IC Insider.com TOP 10 list this week.
Grace Kennedy pulled back to $59.50 and Proven Investments down to 21 US cents and Access Financial falling, with the offer at $45.50, Dolphin Cove and Iron Rock declining to $4.50 moved into the top stock list, taking the place of Sagicor Group that moved up to $42.55 and Salada Foods that moved up to $24.95 in the main market, while Caribbean Cream that fell to $6.16 to enter last weeks’ list moved up in price to $7.68 and with a slight downgrade to earnings to 65 cents per share, fell out of the top list and Caribbean Producers climbed to $7 and is also out.
The main hit new historical highs on Friday resulted in the overall PE for the main market rising to 16.3 up from 15.8 from the previous week, the PE of the Junior market remained unchanged at 15.8.
The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks average 9.5 and the main market PE is now 9.9, marginally higher than the prior week’s level, as the market continues to see an upward revaluation of the multiple.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 40 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. The main market stocks trade at a discount of 39 percent to the overall 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.

Record high for JSE – Friday

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market captured another record high, in trading on Friday, with the All Jamaica Composite Index hitting 419,855.25 with just 40 minutes before midday.
The market pulled back by the close to end at a record close to be up by 32 percent for the year. At the end of trading, the All Jamaica Composite Index advanced by 1,454.53 points to record closing high of 418,450.70 and the JSE Index gained 1,325.24 points to record close of 381,255.95.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 9 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
A total of 30 securities traded including 1 in the US dollar market, compared to 32 trading on Thursday with the prices of 11 securities rising, 16 declining and 3 holding firm.
Barita Investments ended at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $20, Mayberry Investments closed at an all-time high of $11.50, and Jamaica Producers ended at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $33 and Sagicor Group traded at a 52 weeks’ intraday high of $43.01.
Trading ended with 17,261,656 units valued at $203,142,878 changing hands, compared with 5,137,117 units valued at $72,997,097 on Thursday.
Trading closed with Wisynco Group with 8,160,974 units and 47.3 percent of the day’s volume, dominating trading, followed by JMMB Group 7.5% preference share with 6 million units and 34.75 percent of volume traded and Scotia Group trading 960,106 units or 5.6 percent of the day’s volume.
Trading resulted in an average of 595,230 units valued at $7,004,927, in contrast to 197,581 shares valued at $2,807,581 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 406,926 shares, valued $7,181,976 and previously, 387,353 shares, valued $7,202,432. September closed, with an average of 1,022,243 shares valued $15,752,876, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments gained 50 cents and closed at a 52 weeks’ high of $20, trading with 10,951 shares, Grace Kennedy lost $1.48 and ended trading at $59.50, exchanging 93,322 shares. Jamaica Broilers jumped $3.87 in trading 44,646 stock units to close at $32.42, Jamaica Producers finished $3 higher to a record close of $33 with 9,964 units changing hands, JMMB Group gained $1.01 and ended at $35.01, trading 21,829 shares, Kingston Wharves fell 50 cents in exchanging 10,448 stock units, to close at $82, PanJam Investment closed 70 cents higher to $65.50, with 40,350 stock units trading, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose 40 cents to $14.90, trading 11,223 shares, Salada Foods fell $1 to $25.50 in trading 550 shares, Scotia Group lost $1.10 trading 960,106 units to close at $58, Seprod dropped sharply by $12.50 and finished trading at $49.50, with 2,000 shares changing hands, Supreme Ventures dived $3.39 to end at $17.51, with 69,706 shares changing hands and Wisynco Group advanced 45 cents to end at $10.30, trading 8,160,974 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 4,897 units valued at US$1,046, changing hands as Proven Investments was the sole stock trading and fell 1 cent to close at 21 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index lost 2.53 points to 168.68.

Republic jumped $2.25 in TTSE trading – Friday

Republic Bank traded at a 52 weeks’ high.

Republic Financial Holdings recorded the biggest price movement in trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Friday, in jumping $2.25 in exchanging 9,667 shares, to end at a 52 weeks’ high of $106.01.
For the second trading day, the market enjoyed heightened levels of participating securities trading on Friday with 19 securities changing hands against 18 trading on Thursday.
Trading closed with the price of 6 rising, 5 declining and 8 remaining unchanged, leading to the Composite Index rising 8.20 points on Friday to 1,229.38, the All T&T Index adding 7.51 points to 1,702.40, while the Cross Listed Index rose 1.22 points to close at 101.69.
The market ended trading of 184,966 shares at a value of $3,912,783, compared to 674,102 shares at a value of $4,897,703 changing hands on Thursday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading closed with 4 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
Stocks closing with gains | First Caribbean International Bank finished trading 300 units and rose 9 cents to $8.49, Grace Kennedy closed with an increase of 29 cents to $2.99, with 30 stock units changing hands, Guardian Holdings ended trading of 562 units after gaining 3 cents to settle at $16.75, National Flour finished trading 2,979 units and rose by 5 cents to $1.65, and Trinidad & Tobago NGL concluded trading with a rise of 6 cents to $29.31, after exchanging 1,700 shares.
Stocks closing with losses| Clico Investments closed with a loss of 1 cent and at $19.50, with 41,149 stock units changing hands, Prestige Holdings closed with a loss of 4 cents and settled at a 52 weeks low of $7.52, trading 30,234 units, Sagicor Financial shed 6 cents and completed trading at $7.70, with 63,499 stock units changing hands, Scotiabank lost 5 cents and settled at $64.85, with 191 units trading and Unilever Caribbean ended trading 75 cents lower to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $25.50, with 910 stock units changing hands.
Stocks trading with no price change| Angostura Holdings completed trading at $15.76, with 11,122 stock units changing hands, Calypso Macro Index Fund traded 4,974 shares to close at $15.81, First Citizens closed at $32.70, after exchanging 1,870 shares, JMMB Group ended at $1.70, after trading 3,136 shares, Massy Holdings ended at $47, in exchanging 406 shares, National Enterprises completed trading at $8.96, with 150 stock units changing hands, Trinidad Cement ended at $2.75, after trading 1,787 shares and West Indian Tobacco settled at $89, with 10,300 units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Junior Market make gains on Friday

Trading on the Junior Market closed with 26 securities changing hands, compared to 28 on Thursday 14 securities, ending with 10 rising 8 declining stocks, while 8 remained unchanged, leading to the market index rising 29.78 points to close at 3,412.86.
Market activities, resulted in an exchange of 1,506,696 units valued at $5,686,695, compared to 2,338,738 units valued at $20,372,922 on Thursday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 3 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 5 closed with lower offers.
Trading closed with an average of 57,950 units for an average of $218,719 in contrast to 82,094 units for an average of $348,230 on Thursday. Trading for the month to date averages 76,799 for an average of $357,368 compared to averages of 78,752 for an average of $371,731 previously. September, ended with an average of 484,335 at $2,628,299 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, AMG Packaging ended at $1.95, with 26,115 stock units changing hands, Blue Power concluded trading of 27,738 units with a loss of 4 cents at $6, Cargo Handlers settled with a loss of 10 cents at $13.65, with 1,307 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream ended trading of 8,690 shares with a loss of 22 cents at $7.68, Caribbean Flavours traded 27,566 stock units and rose 20 cents to $18.50. Caribbean Producers finished trading 7,363 units and rose 49 cents to $7, Derrimon Trading ended 10 cents higher at $3, with 117,113 shares changing hands, Elite Diagnostic finished 10 cents higher at $3.50, exchanging 203,518 stock units, Everything Fresh traded 141,590 shares and fell 7 cents to close at $2, Express Catering ended trading at $8.42, with 11,102 shares. FosRich Group traded with a loss of 10 cents at $4, exchanging 13,357 shares, General Accident finished trading 400 shares 2 cents higher at $4, GWest Corporation closed 5 cents higher at $1.80, with 54,970 stock units being exchanged, Honey Bun ended at $3.95, with 50,538 units trading. Indies Pharma shed 4 cents and ended with 88,392 shares changing hands, to close at $3.35. Iron Rock concluded trading with a loss of 1 cent at $4.50, with 70,907 shares, Jamaican Teas settled with a loss of 11 cents at $4.39, exchanging 10,000 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended the trading of 75,000 stock units, and gained 2 cents to $3.92, Lasco Distributors ended at $4.10, with 104,532 shares changing hands. Lasco Financial concluded trading of 12,300 stock units at $5.45, Lasco Manufacturing finished 5 cents higher at $3.75, with 49,640 units changing hands, Main Event settled 24 cents higher at $6.24, trading 2,760 shares, Medical Disposables ended trading at $6.50, with 54,775 shares. Paramount Trading rose 5 cents higher to $2.75, trading 10,000 shares and Stationery and Office finished trading at $9.50, with 42,523 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

JSE closed with some sharp price changes

Seprod jumped $12 to a record high of $62.

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market climbed robustly on Thursday with reduced market activity but with rising stocks outpacing falling ones as the market close with some big price changes.
At the end of trading, All Jamaica Composite Index surged 4,547.81 points to close at a record close of 416,996.17 and the JSE Index jumped 4,143.57 points to record close of 379,930.71.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 5 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers, suggesting a fairly even match, between rising and declining stocks on Thursday.
A total of 30 securities traded including 4 in the US dollar market, compared to 32 trading on Wednesday with the prices of 13 securities rising, 7 declining and 10 holding firm.
Mayberry Investments traded at an all-time intraday high of $10.01, Sagicor Group ended at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $42.51, Salada Foods closed at a 52 weeks’ high of $26.50 and Seprod closed at a 52 weeks’ high of $62.
Trading ended with major contraction in trading volume in the main market compared to Wednesday’s levels, with 5,137,117 units valued at $72,997,097 compared with 16,795,459 units valued at $285,223,377 changing hands on Wednesday.
Trading closed with Jamaica Stock Exchange led with 1,418,661 units and 27.62 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Mayberry Investments with 1,140,593 units, accounting for 22.20 percent of volume traded and Wisynco Group with 511,686 units and 9.96 percent of the day’s volume.
Trading resulted in an average of 197,581 units valued at over $2,807,581, in contrast to 559,849 shares valued at $9,507,446 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 387,353 shares, valued $7,202,432 and previously, 406,855 shares, valued $7,710,282. September closed, with an average of 1,022,243 shares valued $15,752,876, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Jamaica Broilers dived $3.86 in trading 16,347 stock units to close at $28.55, JMMB Group dropped $3 and ended at $34, with 241,121 shares trading, Kingston Wharves lost 50 cents in exchanging 4,609 stock units, to close at $82.50, NCB Financial Group rose $1.99 and settled at $129.99, with 25,724 units changing hands, Salada Foods rose 50 cents to a record close of $26.50 in trading 18,000 shares, Sagicor Group climbed $1.51 to a 52 weeks’ high of $42.51, after trading 222,370 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose 30 cents to end at $14.50, trading 79,469 shares, Scotia Group lost 90 cents trading 38,937 units to close at $59.10, Seprod jumped $12 and finished trading at record $62, with 3,637 shares changing hands, Supreme Ventures jumped $5.40 to end at $20.90, with 218,727 shares changing hands and Wisynco Group lost 15 cents to end at $9.85, trading 511,686 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 44,592 units valued at US$26,775, changing hands, JMMB Group ended gained 1 cent to close at $1.08 trading 20,000 stock units, Margaritaville settled at 25 US cents with 583 shares trading,Proven Investments traded 21,809 shares to close at 22 US cents and Sygnus Credit traded 2,200 units and lost 1 cents to end at 10.50 cents. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 0.49 points to 171.21.

Rising Junior Market stocks dominant – Thursday

Trading on the Junior Market saw a major improvement in advance decline ratio with compared to 8 stocks advancing and 10 declining on Wednesday.
The market closed 14 securities rising just 5 declining stocks, while 9 stocks remained unchanged as 28 securities changed hands, compared to 27 securities on Wednesday, leading to the market index declining 1.27 points to close at 3,383.08.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 6 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 5 closed with lower offers. reflecting a bias to losing stocks in trading on Friday.
Market activities, resulted in an exchange of 2,338,738 units valued at $20,372,922, compared to 2,216,539 units valued at $9,402,220 on Wednesday.
Trading closed with an average 83,526 units for an average of $727,604 in contrast to 82,094 units for an average of $348,230 on Wednesday. Trading for the month to date averages 78,752 for an average of $371,731 compared to averages of 78,153 for an average of $327,047 previously. September, ended with an average of 484,335 at $2,628,299 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, Access Financial closed 10 cents higher at $46.10, with 267,525 shares traded, AMG Packaging ended at $1.95, with an exchange of 34,000 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading of 5,115 units and rose 4 cents higher to $6.04, CAC2000 finished at $19.25, with 11,500 shares trading, Cargo Handlers settled at $13.75, with an exchange of 721 shares. Caribbean Cream ended trading 27,802 shares, 30 cents higher at $7.90, Caribbean Producers finished trading 12,199 units and rose 1 cent higher to $6.51, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 10 cents at $2.90, with 366,880 shares changing hands, Elite Diagnostic finished with a loss of 15 cents at $3.40, in exchanging 27,890 stock units. Everything Fresh traded 14,500 shares and gained 7 cents to close at $2.07, Express Catering ended trading of 116,508 shares with a loss of 3 cents at $8.42, FosRich Group traded 30 cents higher at $4.10, with 19,998 shares changing hands, General Accident closed 18 cents higher at $3.98, in the trading of 78,000 shares, Honey Bun ended 10 cents higher at $3.95, after 16,970 units traded. Indies Pharma added 14 cents and ended with 642,308 shares changing hands, at $3.39. Iron Rock concluded trading 90,000 shares, with a rise of 1 cent to close at $4.51, Jamaican Teas settled at $4.50, with just 150 shares trading, Jetcon Corporation ended trading with a loss of 6 cents at $3.90, with 70,869 stock units, KLE Group finished trading of 10,000 shares and rose 5 cents to close at $3.80. Knutsford Express closed at $12, with 14,878 shares changing hands, Lasco Distributors ended 10 cents higher at $4.10, exchanging 37,500 shares, Lasco Financial concluded trading of 58,107 stock units, and rose by 2 cents to $5.45, Lasco Manufacturing closed at $3.70, with 5,808 units changing hands. Medical Disposables ended trading at $6.50, with an exchange of 27,262 shares, Paramount Trading closed with a loss of 5 cents at $2.70, with 3,600 shares, Stationery and Office finished trading 11,865 stock units at $9.50 and tTech ended 5 cents higher at $5.45, with 64,106 shares changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Jump in number of TTSE stocks trading – Thursday

Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange Head Quarters

The Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange had an increase in the number of listings trading on Thursday with 18 securities changing hands against 14 trading on Wednesday.
Trading closed with the price of 5 rising, 4 declining and 9 remaining unchanged, leading to the Composite Index rising 0.03 points to 1,221.18, the All T&T Index adding 0.60 points to 1,694.89, while the Cross Listed Index shed 0.08 points to close at 100.47.
The market ended trading of 674,102 shares at a value of $4,897,703, compared to 680,826 shares at a value of $23,759,560 changing hands on Wednesday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading closed with 7 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
Stocks closing with gains | Ansa Merchant finished trading with a rise of 23 cents, ending at $38.25, after exchanging 800 shares, Clico Investments gained 1 cent and settled at $19.51, with 85,380 stock units changing hands, Sagicor Financial rose 1 cent and settled at a 52 weeks’ high of $7.76, with 3,957 stock units changing hands, with the stock closing with the bid at $106 to buy 3,400 units. Trinidad Cement finished 5 cents higher at $2.75, after exchanging 4,500 shares and West Indian Tobacco concluded trading of 10,000 units and gained 28 cents to close at $89.
Stocks closing with losses| Guardian Holdings lost 2 cents and concluded an exchange of 5,300 units at $16.72, JMMB Group ended trading 2 cents lower at $1.70, after exchanging 14,732 shares, NCB Financial Group concluded trading with a loss of 1 cent at $5.74, after exchanging 8,000 shares and One Caribbean Media traded 500 shares with a loss of 11 cents to close at $12.
Stocks trading with no price change| Angostura Holdings settled at $15.76, with 1,000 stock units changing hands,First Citizens ended at $32.70, after exchanging just 644 shares, Grace Kennedy settled at $2.70, with 505,007 stock units changing hands, Massy Holdings completed trading at $47, after exchanging 12,000 shares, National Enterprises settled at $8.96, with 200 stock units changing hands, National Flour concluded trading of 3,400 units at $1.60, Point Lisas settled at $3.62, with 15,857 stock units changing hands, Prestige Holdings concluded market activity at $7.56, with 363 units and Trinidad & Tobago NGL ended at $29.25, after exchanging 2,462 shares.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.