Another record close for Jamaican stocks

Rose Hall hotel a  Sagicor Real Estate Fund, property. The stock closed at a new high on Wednesday.

The Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange finished at another new record close of 304,331.28 for the all Jamaica Composite Index on Wednesday. The main and US dollar markets closed with 27 securities changing hands, of which 12 advanced and 5 declined.
In the main activity, Barita Investments closed at $8, with 720 units changing hands, Berger Paints settled 10 cents higher at $11.60, with 72,142 shares, Caribbean Cement finished at $27.50, with 700 units, Carreras settled with a loss of 40 cents at $11.50, with 456,367 stock units, Ciboney Group ended with a loss of 1 cent at $0.18, with 9,835 shares traded. Grace Kennedy ended 50 cents higher at $42.50, with 7,396 units, Jamaica Broilers closed trading 50 cents higher at $18.50, with 18,060 stock units, Jamaica Producers gained 40 cents to end at $16, with 13,000 shares traded, Jamaica Stock Exchange ended trading with a loss of 5 cents at $7.20, with 4,000 units, JMMB Group finished trading at $27, with 180,823 units. Mayberry Investments finished trading 11 cents higher at $4.21, with 200 stock units, 1834 Investments concluded trading 10 cents higher at $1.35, with 3,110 units, PanJam Investment finished 60 cents higher at $38.60, with 485 shares, Portland JSX settled 25 cents higher at $9, with 4,760 units, Radio Jamaica ended trading at $1.15, with 688,353 stock units changing hands. Sagicor Group closed with a loss of $1.50 at $38.50, with 385,734 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund closed 75 cents higher at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $14, with 35,500 units, Scotia Group settled $1 higher at $53, trading 35,890 shares, Seprod exchanged 24,500 stock units at $30 nd Supreme Ventures ended trading at $12, with 33,492 stock units. In the main market preference segment, JMMB Group finished trading at $1.15, with 262,000 stock units, Sagicor Bank A preference share traded 1,350 units at $1.05 and the B share saw 9,000 units trading at $1.
In the US dollar market segment, JMMB Group 6% preference share finished at $1.10, with 10,000 shares Productivity Business traded 550 shares at 60 US cents, Proven Investments closed with 483,576 units trading at 23.5 US cents and Sterling Investments traded just 100 shares at a 52 weeks’ high of 12 US cents after rising 1 cent.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

JMMB Group hits J$30 in Trinidad

JMMB Group traded at a new high of $1.60 in Trinidad on Tuesday.

JMMB Group jumped to $1.60 in trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Tuesday reaching an equivalent of J$30 or $3 more than the $27 it traded at in Kingston. The market closed with 11 securities changing hands compared to 18 on Monday.
Trading resulted in 452,687 shares changing hands at a value of only $3,307,105 compared to Monday’s trades of 778,140 units valued at $10,430,581, at the close 5 stocks advanced, 1 declined and 5 remained unchanged. Market movements resulted in the Composite Index advancing 4.71 points to 1,246.63, the All T&T Index gaining 0.05 points to 1,770.50 and the Cross Listed Index added 1.29 points to close at 97.18.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended with 3 stocks with bids higher than last selling prices and 7 with lower offers.
Gains| The last traded price of the securities rising and the volume changing hands are First Caribbean International Bank gaining 12 cents to close at $8.25 with 6,080 shares trading, Grace Kennedy closed at $2.90, with a 1 cent gain, exchanging 700 units, Guardian Holdings settled at $15.26, rising 1 cent with 103,061 shares valued at $1,572,711, JMMB Group advanced 10 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $1.60 with 24,600 shares, at the close the bid was at $1.60 to buy 5,400 units, there were no stock offered for sale and Trinidad & Tobago NGL traded 1 cent higher to $23.02 with 4,884 shares.
Losses| Clico Investment was the sole securities declining in value at the close of trading, ending at $21.40, with a loss of 5 cents as 4,819 shares were exchanged.
Firm Trades| The last traded prices of securities and the volume traded unchanged at the close of the market are, Angostura Holdings that remained at $15 with 8,000 shares, First Citizens closing at $31.76 with 8,328 shares changing hands. National Flour exchanged 231,130 shares at $2 valued at $462,260, Republic Financial Holdings closed at $101.76 with 984 units and Sagicor Financial ended at $8 with 60,101 shares valued at $480,532.

9 stocks fell on TTSE – Monday

Trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Monday closed with 18 securities changing hands compared to 16 on Thursday, leading to modest changes in the indices, after the market was closed for a public holiday, on Friday.
At the close, 3 stock advanced, 9 declined and 6 were unchanged as 778,140 shares traded valued at $10,430,581 versus 566,014 shares trading at a value of $7,445,207 on Thursday. The market closed trading with one security ending at a 52 weeks’ high and 3 at a 52 weeks’ low.
The Composite Index slipped 0.04 points to 1,241.92, the All T&T Index declined by 0.21 points to 1,770.45 and the Cross Listed Index added 0.02 points to close at 95.89.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended with 2 stocks with bids higher than last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
Gains| Securities recording gains at the last prices took place at, are, Ansa McAl traded 33,796 units valued at $2,129,486 and gained 1 cent in closing at $63.01, JMMB Group climbed to a 52 weeks’ high of $1.50 after rising by 10 cents in trading 52,486 units and Scotiabank rose 2 cents to $58.02 and ended with 20,903 shares valued at $1,212,779 changing hands,
Losses| The last traded prices of the securities declining and the volume changing hands are Agostini’s lost 1 cent in trading a mere 79 units at $20.52,Clico Investment closing at $21.45, with a loss of 3 cents and shares trading valued at $432,208, Grace Kennedy exchanged 88,845 shares at $2.89, after a loss of 1 cent, National Enterprises lost 1 cent to close at $10.35 with 138,130 units trading for a value of $1,429,647, One Caribbean Media lost 3 cents in closing at a 52 weeks’ low of $14 trading 1,141 shares. Republic Financial Holdings lost 4 cents in exchanging 21,577 shares at $101.76 with a value of $2,195,684, Trinidad & Tobago NGL settled at $23, having lost 4 cents with 28,820 stock units valued at $663,724 trading and Unilever Caribbean shed 5 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $41.90 with 5,100 shares and LJ Williams A ordinary share lost 3 in trading 1,225 shares at a 52 weeks’ low of 22 cents.
Firm Trades| The last traded prices of securities and the volume traded unchanged at the close of trading are, Ansa Merchant Bank traded 10,436 units with a value of $417,440 at $40, First Citizens closed at $31.76 in exchanging 2,000 units. Guardian Holdings ended at $15.25 with trades of 11,000 shares, Massy Holdings remained at $50.50 with 5,558 units changing hands. National Flour closed at $2 trading 10,000 shares and Trinidad Cement remained at $4.21 with 350,000 shares changing hands for a value of $1,473,500.

Jamaican stocks shooting for the stars

NCB could push JSE into breakout territory soon.

The JSE All Jamaican Composite Index raced to a record close of 300,363.16 on Friday, just around resistance level.
The market seems poised to break through the above level sooner than later.
This resistance is a short term one, going back to 2014, when the market started to move up within the channel shown in the accompanying chart. The market made a number of attempts to break out but was constrained by the upper resistance line. It is now making the second attempt to do so within a month and could finally do that, this coming week if NCB Financial makes its final attempt to really move higher in line with its fundamentals, with full year results that should at least reach $9 per share and the announcement of a big final dividend payment, just a few weeks away. Supporting the upward move is the shortage of the stock with only 33,603 units offered for sale at the close of the market on Friday. At the same time the stock trades in Trinidad at J$100.

Th all Jamaica Composite Index trades jsut at resistance and is itching to break out of the channel going back to 2014.

The market decisively broke through the long term resistance of 280,000 points, starting in Mid-September. The resistance line can be traced back to late 1994 and the then 2015 peak, signaling that a big move is ahead as there are no major resistance until the 360,000 market and then 505,000 depending on the pace of the market move.
The technical indicators point to a market that is clearly heading higher with the fundamentals lending support to the technical. The all Jamaica Composite Index has decisively broken through the long term resistance of 280,000 points, starting in Mid-September and heading to higher highs.
The fundamental factors include and growing economy, interest rates that are declining, low inflation, business and consumer confidence that are at record highs, employment on the rise, construction, tourism and the mining sectors growing and likely to have some direct impact on listed companies.

The market decisively broke through the long term resistance of 280,000 points, starting in Mid-September and now has no long term barrier to push much higher.

Bank leading is climbing well above the rate of inflation a good indicator for pickup in economic activities. Government fiscal operations are running with a surplus currently. The wayward Jamaica dollar seems to be tamed with the currency now at a slightly lower value than at the end of 2016. Importantly, there are few areas that can now compete well with the stock market.
Also supporting the rise higher is the fact that the average PE ratio of the main market is over 13, with the top half selling at 16.5, with more than half of the market priced 11 times and below, suggesting big gains ahead for underpriced stocks. The list includes big capitalized stocks such as Caribbean Cement, Grace Kennedy, Jamaica Broilers, JMMB Group, Sagicor Group, NCB Financial and Scotia Group.

Banks push JSE to new high – Friday

Stocks surged higher, at the close of trading on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Friday with the market ending at record closing levels as JMMB Group NCB Financial and Scotia Group record strong gains, pushing the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index to a record close of 300,363.16.
Trading on the main market ended with 22 securities changing hands, 7 advanced, 6 declined and 11 traded firm with 4,504,312 units valued at $68,391,852 compared to 94,545,441 units valued at $1,119,081,050 on Thursday. In the US dollar market 425,898 units traded for a value of US$102,239 for two securities.
In market activity, volumes are those trades for the day and the closing prices are those at which the last trade took place. At the close on market activity, Barita Investments ended trading with a loss of $1 at $8, with 40,452 stock units trading, Cable & Wireless finished at $1.10, with 42,361 units, Caribbean Cement settled 54 cents higher at $26.55, with 3,000 shares, Carreras closed at $12, after 462,635 stock units changed hands, Grace Kennedy closed with a loss of 5 cents at $42.75, with 12,005 shares. Jamaica Broilers ended with a loss of 5 cents at $17.95, with 1,858 units, Jamaica Producers ended trading at $16, with 2,278 stock units, Jamaica Stock Exchange concluded trading $1.20 higher at $7.20, with 1,064,940 shares switching owners, JMMB Group finished $3 higher at $26, after trading 21,667 units, Mayberry Investments ended trading with a loss of 40 cents at $4.10, with 15,378 shares. PanJam Investment ended with a loss of $3.48 to $38.52, with 9,732 units, Portland JSX ended trading after falling 50 cents to an all-time low of $8.50, with 50,000 stock units after the company reported a loss for the six months to August of US$221,251. Radio Jamaica settled at $1.15, trading 10,100 shares, Sagicor Group traded with a loss of $1.49 cents at $38.51, with 7,700 units changing hands, Sagicor Real Estate Fund finished trading 4 cents higher at $13.25, with 19,700 stock units, after it traded at an all-time high of $15. Salada Foods closed at $8.50, with 350,000 shares, Scotia Group ended $3.08 higher at $50.98, with 414,399 stock units, Seprod traded 339 units at $30 and Supreme Ventures finished 37 cents higher at $11.85, with 130,790 shares.
In the main market preference segment, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.5%, ended trading 700,000 shares at $2 and JMMB Group 7.5% ended 1 cent higher at $1.15, with 870,000 stock units changing hands.
In the US dollar market segment, Productivity Business traded 5,898 shares at 57.5 US cents and Proven Investments closed with 420,000 units trading at 23.5 US cents.

NCB stock hits J$100 in Trinidad

NCBFG trading at J$100 on the Trinidad Stock Exchange.

The Jamaican based NCB Financial Group climbed to a 52 weeks’ high of $5.30, or the equivalent of J$100, well ahead of the $89 it traded at in Kingston.
NCB gained 5 cents on the Trinidad Stock Exchange while trading 5,000 shares to be the sole stock to record a gain on Thursday. Trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Thursday closed with declining stocks overwhelming advancing ones 6 to 1 as 16 securities changed hands compared to 10 on Wednesday leading to modest fall in the indices. The market closed trading with two securities ending at a 52 weeks’ low and one at a 52 weeks’ high.
At the close, 1 stock advanced, 6 declined and 9 were unchanged as 566,014 shares traded at a value of $7,445,207 as Angostura Holdings led with 60 percent of the value of securities traded. Volume traded was ahead of Wednesday’s trades of 400,836 units, but the value was lower than the $9,581,269.
The Composite Index slipped 0.29 points to 1,241.96, the All T&T Index declined by 2.34 points to 1,770.66 and the Cross Listed Index added 0.24 points to close at 95.87.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended with 2 stocks with bids higher than last selling prices and 6 with lower offers.
Losses| The last traded prices of the securities declining and the volume changing hands are Clico Investment closing at $21.48, with a loss of 2 cents and 3,500 shares trading, National Enterprises lost 1 cent to close at $10.36 with 70 units trading, One Caribbean Media lost 7 cents in closing at a 52 weeks’ low of $14.03 trading 4,000 shares. Sagicor Financial dropped 14 cents, closing at $8 after exchanging 67,500 shares valued at $540,876, Trinidad & Tobago NGL settled at $23, having lost 4 cents with trades of 28,820 stock units valued at $663,724 and Unilever Caribbean tumbled $4.07 to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $41.95 with 5,100 shares.
Firm Trades| The last traded prices of securities and the volume traded unchanged at the close of trading are Angostura Holdings holding firm at $15 with 300,000 shares valued at $4,500,040, Ansa Merchant Bank traded 1,950 units at $40, First Citizens closed at $31.76 exchanging 2,375 units. Grace Kennedy exchanged 50,020 shares at $2.90, Guardian Holdings ended at $15.25 with trades of 4,073 shares, Massy Holdings remained at $50.50 with 2,733 units changing hands. Point Lisas closed at $4 trading 4,000 shares, Republic Financial Holdings exchanged 5,000 shares at $101.80 with a value of $509,000 and Trinidad Cement remained at $4.21 with 81,873 shares trading valued at $344,478.

Ansa McAl dominates trading

Carib Beer brewed in Trinidad by Ansa McAl Group

Trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Wednesday closed with 10 securities changing hands, the same number of trades as on Tuesday.
Trading continued to be moderate and was dominated by Ansa McAL with 59 percent of the value of securities exchanged, followed by Angostura Holdings with 24 percent.
Market activities ended with 3 stocks advancing, 1 declining and 6 holding firm as 400,836 shares traded at a value of $9,581,269 compared to Tuesday’s trades of 424,600 valued at $2,945,941.
The Composite Index gained 0.19 points to 1,242.25, the All T&T Index slipped 0.28 points to 1,773.00 and the Cross Listed Index inched higher by 0.09 points to close at 95.63.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended with 1 stock with the bid higher than last selling price and 7 with lower offers.
Gains| The last traded prices of the securities rising and the volume changing hands are First Citizens with a 1 cent gain to $31.76 exchanging 3,001 shares, Massy Holdings closing at $50.50, after rising 1 cent with 1,831 units and Trinidad & Tobago NGL that ended 3 cents higher to close at $23.04, with 31,828 shares valued at $732,264 changing hands.
Losses| Republic Financial Holdings was the sole security to fall in price and ended at 52 weeks’ closing low of $101.80, with a loss of 5 cents with 5,000 shares trading valued at $509,000.
Firm Trades| The last traded prices of securities and the volume traded unchanged at the close are Angostura Holdings closing at $15 with 151,500 shares valued at $2,272,500, Ansa McAL traded 89,176 units at $63, valued at $5,618,088, Grace Kennedy exchanging 6,500 shares at $2.90. JMMB Group held firm at $1.40, trading 2,000 units, while National Flour Mills closed at $2 trading 100,000 shares and Point Lisas closed at $4 trading 10,000 unit.

Angostura grabs 51% TTSE value traded

Angostura Holdings was the most valued trade on the TTSE on Tuesday.

Trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange closed on Tuesday with 10 securities changing hands compared to 15 on Monday but with an increase level of trading of 424,600 shares carrying a value of $2,945,941 compared to Monday’s 285,854 units valued at $1,798,521.
At the close of market activities, 1 stock advancing, 1 declining and 8 holding firm as Angostura Holdings accounted for 51 percent of the value of securities traded and National Flour Mills accounted for 75 percent of the volume.
Price movements led to moderate changes to the indices, with the Composite Index slipping just 0.10 points to 1,242.06, the All T&T Index inched 0.19 points higher to 1,773.28 and the Cross Listed Index eased 0.05 points to close at 95.54.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended with 1 stock with bid higher than last selling prices and 8 with lower offers.
Gains| Scotiabank , rose 1 cent in trading 7,253 shares valued at $420,677 to close at $58.01.
Losses| First Caribbean International Bank fell 2 cents in closing at $8.13, exchanging 439 units.
Firm Trades| The last traded prices of securities and the volume traded unchanged at the close of trading are, Angostura Holdings remaining at $15 with 99,715 shares changing hands, valued at $1,495,725, Ansa McAL trading 3,992 shares at $63, First Citizens closing at $31.75 with 1,558 units.Grace Kennedy exchanged 1,000 units at $2.90, National Flour Millsclosed at $2 trading 301,400 shares valued at $602,800, Readymix closed with 4,713 shares at $11, Sagicor Financial ended at $8.14 with trades of 2,500 shares and Trinidad & Tobago NGLholding firm at $23.01 as 2,000 shares were traded.

JSE closes 1,000 points shy of 300,000

The market made another run at the 300,000 mark on the All Jamaican Composite Index on Monday, but fell just under 1,000 points shy, with the index ending at 299,091.16 points as the investors continued their bullish attack on a limited set of stocks.
The Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended with 23 securities changing hands, 9 advanced, 12 declined and 2 traded firm with 310,999,356 units valued at $2,974,897,171 as Supreme Ventures accounted for 307 million units. One stock traded in the US market resulting in the price rising on small volume.
In market activity, volumes are those trades for the day and the closing prices are those at which the last trade took place. In the main activity, Barita Investments concluded trading 24 cents higher at $8, with 10,673 units changing hands, Cable & Wireless rose 2 cents to $1.02, with 126,398 shares, Caribbean Cement ended at $28, with just 144 units, Carreras ended trading with a loss of 2 cents at $13.48, with 252,898 stock units changing hands, Grace Kennedy finished with a loss of 40 cents at $43, in trading 38,318 units. Jamaica Broilers settled with a loss of 50 cents at $18, while exchanging 8,266 stock units, Jamaica Producers concluded trading with a loss of 80 cents at $15.20, with 6,459 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange finished 10 cents higher at $7.70, with 27,315 units, JMMB Group traded 89 cents higher at $26, with 36,897 stock units, Kingston Properties settled with a loss of 5 cents at $7.15, with 2,000 units, Kingston Wharves finished 75 cents higher at $30.75, with 20,539 shares. Mayberry Investments exchanged 9,218 stock units at $4.50, property company, 138 Student Living finished 1 cent higher at $5.41, with 2,700 shares, PanJam Investment shed $1 to end at $43, with 11,244 stock units, Pulse Investments traded with a loss of 2 cents at $1.80, trading 69,750 shares, Radio Jamaica settled with a loss of 9 cents at $1.11, with 87,688 units. Sagicor Group jumped $4.99 to a record $39.99, with 52,394 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund closed with a loss of 8 cents at $13, after trading 3,100,000 units, Scotia Group fell 96 cents to $50, with 91,270 stock units, Seprod settled with a loss of $1.50 at $28.50, with 8,160 shares and Supreme Ventures finished with a loss of 60 cents at $9.50, with 306,999,685 stock units changing hands. In the main market preference segment, JMMB Group closed at $1.15, with 600 units and in the US dollar market Productive Business Solution rose 0.25 US cents in trading 2,300 units to close at 60 US cents.

Big run for Jamaican stocks coming

JSE Main market showing next major resistance around the 360,000 point level on the al Jamaica Index

The current state of the Jamaican stock market in one of contrast with the main market hitting 5 days of record close and with gains of 40 percent for the year to date and Junior Market that was up 31 percent in May is now up just 14 percent.
With stability present in the forex market for the Jamaican dollar, lower interest rates being paid on money market funds and with business confidence at record high levels, funds are now moving into the main market stocks with less interest being shown in the Junior Market.
Prices in the US dollar market have come off, after the index was up 63 percent at 268.73 points in February, up from 164.50 at the start of the year, but it is only up 12 percent now with the index at 184.86 points at the close of trading on Friday.

Jamaica Main market stocks itching to break out of channel that stretches back to 2014

The Junior Market was driven up by excessive buying that drove a number of the stocks to excessive valuations which the market has been correcting for, resulting in the sharp pull back from the all-time high, even then there are some that are still overvalued based on the average valuation of other stocks. The market still has several undervalued stocks but the focus on the bigger and more liquid main market is sucking some energy from the junior ones.
Based on estimated 2017 earnings, the average PE of the junior and main markets are just over 13 times earnings. The main market has more than half of the market trading below this level. Included in the list are Berger Paints with a PE of just 5, Caribbean Cement at 6, Jamaica Broilers 7, JMMB Group at 8, Grace Kennedy, NCB Financial and Sagicor Group at 10. The market has Jamaica Producers selling at 32 times 2017 earnings and Kingston Wharves at 27 times earnings with Kingston Properties at a rich 36 times and are clearly overvalued currently. Jamaica Stock Exchange and 138 Student Living at 22 are well ahead of the market average.

Junior Market under pressure, testing support around 2,900 points.

In the Junior Market Medical Disposables is priced at 6 times earnings, General Accident 6, Caribbean Producers 7, Stationery and Office Supplies, Caribbean Cream and Main Event at 10. Just under half of Junior Market stocks are trading blow the market average with about 25 percent well above the average.
Technical reading| The main market broke through major resistance for the second time since September at 290,000 points, that has its genesis in 1992 and connecting in 2005. The market faces some short term resistance around 300,000 points which should be broken through before long ahead of moving to the next sort term resistance around 360,000 points with 505,000 on the all Jamaica Index, the next big stop. The market has been trading in a distinct upward sloping channel from mid-2014 until now and seems set to break out and move higher.
The Junior Market chart is a big contrast to that of the main market.

Wigton Wind farm should list on the JSE main market in early 2017 with a large capitalization

While the latter is clearly heading higher with new highs being created, the Junior Market index is flashing negative signals. The market has formed a head and shoulder pattern which is a negative signal and the short term 45 days moving average has broken through both the medium term 200 days moving average and longer term moving averages. The market has broken through the channel that it has been trading in since late 2015. There appear to be support around the 2,900 points level but it could go down to 2,800 points where the next support is and it will left to be seen 2,900 points will be the floor ahead of third quarter results that could change the course of the movement.
With just over 2 months for the year to end investors should start to have an eye open for major factors that could make big differences to earnings in 2018 when making investment assessment now. Some of these are, more reduction in interest rates, continued strong foreign exchange growth, low inflation, increased construction activity, increased activity in the tourism sector and of course the potential for several new listings to come to market between now and then. IC Insider.com is aware of 8 such potential listings. The list include, Wigton Wind Farm, Jamaica Public Service as a result of Government of Jamaica’s planned sale of its 20 percent share in the company, Neveast Stationery, KIW International, a relatively new business in Montego Bay and a large manufacturing business, operating out of St Catherine.