Securities traded up but prices mixed

There was trading in 16 securities on the Trinidad Stock Exchange on Wednesday, 4 advanced, 3 declined and 9 traded firm, as 157,712 shares traded with a value of $1,646,580.
Market activity lead to two new 52 weeks highs and moderate movements in the indices, with the Composite Index edging up 0.43 points to close at 1,169.87, the All T&T Index gaining 1.73 points, to close at 1,985.33 and the Cross Listed Index declining by 0.12 points to 46.49.
TTSE sum 2-4-14Gains| First Citizens Bank contributed 17,200 shares with a value of $596,996 and gained 70 cents, to close at $34.70, Praetorian Property Fund advanced by a cent to end at $3.41, as it traded 2,000 units, Republic Bank traded a mere 83 units, as the price moved up a cent, to close at $120.17 for a new 52 weeks high and Unilever Caribbean traded just 31 shares to close 2 cents higher at $58.22, a new 52 weeks high.
Firm Trades| Stocks trading with unchanged closing prices, are Angostura Holdings with 16,470 shares valued at $181,170, to close at $11, Flavorite Foods with 33 units at $7, Grace Kennedy with 45,600 shares changing hands for a value of $159,600 and closed at $3.50, National Flour Mills 10,000 shares at $1.26, Neal & Massy 100 shares at $66.31, Prestige Holdings 500 units at $9.35, Scotiabank 138 shares at $71, Trinidad Cement 895 units at $2.06 and West Indian Tobacco 216 units at $118.
Declines| Clico Investment Fund traded 13,277 shares valued at $288,603 as the price declined by 15 cents, to end at $21.70, Jamaica Money Market Brokers traded 6,300 shares to close down 2 cents to 54 cents and Sagicor Financial Corporation with a volume of 44,667 shares traded for $312,669 as the price shed 3 cents, to end at $7.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 5 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 stocks with offers that were lower.

Mixed TTSE market action

NatMarket activity was mixed in trading on the Trinidad Stock Exchange on Tuesday with 11 securities changing hands, of which 3 advanced, 3 declined and 5 traded firm. The Composite Index declined by 1.84 points, to close at 1,169.44, the All T&T Index eased down by 3.60 points, to 1,983.60 and the Cross Listed Index inched down by 0.01 points to 46.61. A volume of 336,239 shares changed hands with a value of $2,294,276.
TTSE sum 1-4-14 Gains| Prestige Holdings had 158,395 shares changing hands, for a value of $1,480,422 as the price gained 6 cents to end at $9.35, Republic Bank traded a mere 83 units as the price moved up 5 cents, to close at $120.16, for a new 52 weeks high and Scotia Investments closed with 14,984 shares for a 1 cent gain at $1.60.
Firm Trades| Agostini’s had 20 units changing hands, to close at $17.75, Flavorite Foods 25 units at $7, Guardian Holdings contributed 45,884 shares with a value of $619,434, to close at $13.50, National Enterprises had 1,000 units trading at the close, at $18.25 and National Flour Mills added 15,000 shares valued at $18,900 as it closed at $1.26.
Declines| First Citizens Bank fell 99 cents to close at $34, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 95,653 shares being traded for $53,566, closed down 3 cents to 56 cents, and Sagicor Financial traded 4,000 units to close at $7.03 as it lost 2 cents.
At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 4

4 stocks at new highs on TTSE

Four stocks closed at new 52 weeks high, on the Trinidad Stock Exchange, on the final trading day of the week, as 5 stocks advanced and 2 declined.
Market activity resulted in the trading in 15 securities with 170,619 shares changing hands valued at $2,121,879. The Composite Index was down by 0.49 points to 1,171.28 while the All T&T Index fell by 0.98 points to close at 1,987.20 and the Cross Listed Index remained at 46.62.
Gains| Stocks advancing are Ansa Merchant Bank that contributed 1,280 shares at $38.49 by gaining 11 cents, One Caribbean Media 200 shares at $20 while gaining 25 cents to record a new 52 weeks high at the close, Republic Bank 6,854 shares at a new 52 weeks high of $120.11, with a gain of a cent, Unilever Caribbean 332 units to close at $58.20 for a 13 cents gain and LJ Williams B shares 11,650 units to close at 90 cents up 11 cents, both at new 52 weeks highs.
TTSE 28-3-14Firm Trades| Stocks trading unchanged are Clico Investment Fund 3,763 shares to end at $21.85, First Caribbean International Bank contributed 21,520 shares with a value of $123,740 and closed at $5.75, Grace Kennedy 20,000 units at $3.50, Jamaica Money Market Brokers saw 21,000 shares changing hands valued at $11,790 as the price closed at 59 cents. National Commercial Bank had 26,435 shares changing hands for a value of $30,665 as it closed $1.16, National Flour Mills traded 22,175 shares for $27,941 to close at $1.26, Neal & Massy traded 3,494 shares to close at $66.31 and Sagicor Financial Corporation 4,100 units to close at $7.05,
Declines| Stocks declining are First Citizens Bank traded 8,500 shares valued at $197,169 as the price slipped by a cent to end at $34.99, and Guardian Holdings 11,765 shares at 25 cents lower at $13.50.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 3 stocks with the bids that were higher than their last selling prices and only 1 stock with the offer that is lower.

Hibernating stocks awaken on TTSE

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A number of stocks that have either not traded in months or seldom traded from as far back 2013 surfaced from their slumber in Thursday’s trading on the Trinidad Stock Exchange. Included in the list, are Ansa Merchant Bank, Berger Paints, Flavorite Foods and Prestige Holdings. The change flushed out some stocks that were showing signs that they would fall when they next traded as offer prices were lower than their last selling price for some time.
Market activity resulted in the trading in 13 securities of which 5 advanced, 4 declined and 4 traded firm resulting in 106,402 shares changing hands, valued at $2,855,845 and moving the Composite Index down by 1.31 points to 1,171.77 while the All T&T Index fell by 2.61 points to close at 1,988.18 and the Cross Listed Index remained at 46.62.
TTSE 27-3-14Gains| Stocks recording gains in the market are Ansa Merchant Bank contributing 9,411 shares with a value of $361,226 as the price moved up 10 cents to end at $38.40, Clico Investment Fund with 24,180 shares valued at $528,333, the price advanced by 9 cents to end at $21.85. One Caribbean Media with 200 shares at $19.75 while gaining 5 cents to record a new 52 weeks high at the close and Republic Bank while trading 2,953 shares at a new 52 weeks high of $120.10 with a gain of 2 cents and Scotiabank with an increase of 90 cents to end the day at $71.00 while trading 205 shares.
Firm Trades| Angostura Holdings traded 602 shares at $11, Berger Paints 100 units at $3.60, Jamaica Money Market Brokers saw 39,340 shares changing hands for a value of $22,030 as the price closed at 56 cents and Neal & Massy traded 20,038 shares for $1,328,720 to close at $66.31.
Declines| First Citizens Bank traded 5,608 shares valued at $197,169 as the price slipped by 25 cents to end at $35, Flavorite Foods fell $1.21 to close at $7, a new 52 weeks low, Guardian Holdings 1,755 shares at 25 cents lower at $13.75, Prestige Holdings traded only 10 shares to close at $9.29 for a 1 cent decline.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 3 stocks with the bids higher than their last selling prices and only 1 stock with the offer that is lower.

Strong arbitrage position in JMMB in JSE & TTSE

Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) closed at 56 cents, the equivalent of JS$9.50 while it closed at J$7.50 in Jamaica, providing investors with a great arbitrage position, with a huge 26 percent price difference at the end of trading.
Trading overall in the Trinidad Stock market on Wednesday saw 12 securities changing hands of which 5 advanced, 5 declined and 2 traded firm resulting in the Composite Index declining by 4.54 points to close at 1,173.08, the All T&T Index falling by 8.83 points to close at 1,990.79 and the Cross Listed Index easing by 0.03 points to close at 46.62. Trading resulted in 653,357 shares changing hands, valued at $6,420,588.
TTSE 26-3-14Gains| (JMMB) was the volume leader with 186,000 shares changing hands for a value of $103,300, closing 3 cents higher to end at 56 cents, National Enterprises gained 2 cents to close at $18.27, National Flour Mills added 110,000 shares valued at $138,600 to close a cent higher at $1.26, a 52 weeks high, Neal & Massy traded only 35 units at $66.31 for a one cent gain.
Declines| First Caribbean International Bank traded 15,072 shares at $5.75, down a cent, First Citizens Bank 3,581 shares at $36.07, down 28 cents Grace Kennedy with 161,400 shares traded for $564,975 and fell 13 cents to $3.50, Scotiabank with 215 shares, close at $70.10, down $1.90 and Trinidad Cement contributed 118,574 shares with a value of $243,723 to close at $2.05.
Firm Trades| Angostura Holdings 900 shares to close at $11.00, Sagicor Financial Corporation had only 50 units changing hands to end at $7.05.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 2 stocks with the bids higher than their last selling price and 3 stocks with offers that were lower.

Trinidad’s sleepy market

Stock market activity in Trinidad on Tuesday, saw trading in 13 securities, of which 3 advanced, 2 declined and 8 traded firm as 603,335 shares changed hands, for $7,429,236. The Composite Index edged up by 0.41 points to 1,177.62, the All T&T Index declined by 0.14 points to close at 1,999.62 and the Cross Listed Index inched up by 0.13 points to 46.65.
TTSE25-3-14Gains| Clico Investment Fund traded 70,814 shares valued at $1,540,905 and gained 6 cents, to end the day at $21.76. Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 230,942 shares changing hands for a value of $122,179, closed 3 cents higher at 53 cents, Republic Bank with 955 units at $120.05 up 2 cents, a new 52 weeks high.
Firm Trades| Stock trading unchanged are Agostini’s with 471 units at $17.75, ANSA McAL 10 shares at $66.49, Angostura Holdings 10 shares at $11, National Flour Mills with a volume of 172,504 shares traded for $215,574 to close at $1.25, Point Lisas Industrial Port Development 300 shares at $3.65, Sagicor Financial Corporation 13,200 shares to close at $7.05, Guardian Media 957 units at $19.75 and West Indian Tobacco which added 17,501 shares valued at $2,065,118 to close at $118.
Declines First Citizens Bank contributed 88,671 shares with a value of $3,223,211 to close 4 cents lower at $36.35, Grace Kennedy traded 7,000 units to close with a one cent fall at $3.63.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 3 stocks with the bid higher than the last selling price and 5 stocks with offers that were lower.

Moderate demand on TTSE but 5 stocks up

Activity on the Trinidad Stock Exchange resulted in the trading of 10 securities on Friday of which 5 advanced, 3 declined and 2 traded firm.
A moderate volume of securities traded amounting to only 220,535 shares valued at $957,901. The Composite Index eased back by 0.89 points to close at 1,178.27, the All T&T Index declined by 2.73 points to 2,000.85 and the Cross Listed Index edged up by 0.13 points to close at 46.66.
TTSE21-3-14Gains| In trading, First Citizens Bank moved 54 cents higher to close at $36.69 with 4,489 shares, First Caribbean International Bank traded 5,000 units at $5.76 for a one cent gain, Jamaica Money Market Brokers gained 2 cents to close at 47 cents, with 102,137 shares changing hands, for a value of $48,004. National Flour Mills traded 60,400 shares for $75,500 with the price closing 8 cents up, to end the day at $1.25, for a new 52 weeks’ high, Republic Bank had 1,335 shares changing hands to close 2 cents higher at $120.02, for a new 52 weeks’ high.
Firm trades| Clico Investment Fund traded 7,325 shares valued at $159,040, the price held at $21.71 and Scotiabank traded 2,622 units to close at $72.
Declines| Guardian Holdings lost a cent, to close at $14.14 in trading 2,000 shares, Trinidad Cement contributed 29,657 shares with a value of $65,245 while losing 10 cents, to close at $2.20 and Sagicor Financial Corporation added 5,570 shares valued at $40,605 and closed down a cent, at $7.29.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 2 stocks with the bid higher than the last selling price and 5 stocks with offers that were lower.

No winners to be found on TTSE

Market activity on Thursday resulted in the trading of 8 securities of with none advancing, 4 declining and 4 traded firm, only 41,934 shares traded valued at $2,251,206.
The Composite Index eased by 1.08 points to close at 1,179.16, the All T&T Index declined by 2.10 points to 2,003.58 and the Cross Listed Index edged down by 0.01 points to close at 46.53.
TTSE20-3-14Firm trades| First Caribbean International Bank traded 540 units at $5.75, National Commercial Bank contributed 2,400 shares and closed at $1.17, Republic Bank had 12,718 shares changing hands for a value of $1,526,160 to close at $120, West Indian Tobacco added 1,378 shares valued at $162,604 and closed at $118.
Declines| Clico Investment Fund traded 19,700 shares valued at $427,699, the price fell 18 cents to end at $21.72, First Citizens Bank traded 1,148 units, 83 cents lower at $36.15, Grace Kennedy with 3,000 shares traded for $10,920 closed at $3.64 being down a cent and Scotiabank traded 1,050 units in falling 47 cents to close at $72.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 3 stocks with the bid higher than the last selling price and 4 stocks with offers that were lower.

Low market activity on TTSE

Trading activity on the Trinidad Stock Exchange saw 304,133 shares changing hands valued at $774,343 as 11 securities traded of which 2 advanced, 3 declined and 6 traded firm.
The Composite Index fell 1.92 points to close at 1,180.24, the All T&T Index declined by 3.82 points to 2,005.68 and the Cross Listed Index remained at 46.54.
TTSE 19-3-14Gains| Clico Investment Fund traded 10,444 shares valued at $226,889 and advanced by 5 cents to end at $21.72 and National Flour traded 10,000 shares valued at $11,700 as the price rose 2 cents to $1.17 a new 52 weeks high.
Firm trades| Stocks trading unchanged are Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 261,044 shares changing hands for a value of $117,470 as the price closed at 45 cents, Scotia Investments contributed 5,005 shares with a value of $7,958 as the price closed at $1.59, Prestige Holdings added 5,000 shares valued at $46,500 and closed at $9.30, Point Lisas Industrial Port Development 2,281 shares at $3.65, Neal & Massy 1,898 shares at $66.30 and First Caribbean International Bank 1,343 units at $5.75
Declines| First Citizens Bank traded 200 shares and lost 37 cents to close at $36.98, Guardian Holdings 4,918 units to end at $14.15, down 32 cents and Scotiabank 2,000 shares at $72.47, down 3 cents.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 3 stocks with the bid higher than the last selling price and 4 stocks with offers that were lower.

First Citizens doubles in 5 months

When Trinidad’s First Citizens Bank stock price hit $41.54 on Friday 10th January, investors who bought shares at the initial public issue price and held until this week doubled their money in just over 5 months. The stock price gained 89 percent from the initial IPO price of $22 per shares in August. The bank declared a $1.09 per share final dividend to be paid January 24, to shareholders on record as of December 31, 2013, the Ex-dividend Date is December 27.

The dividend equivalent to a 12 percent rate of return on the IPO price, when added to the return of the stock price for persons, who got shares at the IPO price and held, have seen a 100 percent gain on their investment.

The dividend policy of the First Citizens Bank enunciated in the propectus is to distribute to its ordinary shareholders funds surplus to the operating capital and strategic requirements of the Group, as determined by the Directors, with an annual target dividend pay-out percentage range of 45 to 55 percent of net profit after-tax. The 2013 dividends translates to around $273 million versus $263 million paid for 2012.

The bank reported profits of $742 million before tax and $606.5 million after tax compared to 2012 pre-tax profit of $714 million and $446 million after tax but the big increase after tax is due to tax adjustment in 2012 that depressed the after-tax profit. Based on the 2013 results IC Insider return the stock to the BUY RATED list and project the stock price to exceed $50 per share during the course of 2014.

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