Lousy Monday trading on JSE

Monday’s activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, sank to a low level with only 526,642 units trading, valued at just $2,883,385, in all market segments. At the close the prices of 5 stocks rose and 9 declined as 21 securities changed hands.
JSE sum 27-10-14 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 4 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 7 stocks with offers that were lower.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index fell 23.45 points to 71,642.45, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index declined 26.22 points to close at 78,817.51 and the JSE combined index dipped 65.01 points to close at 73,502.73.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Carreras with 17,100 shares trading, gained 10 cents to $34.60, Desnoes & Geddes rose 28 cents to $4.98 in trading 1,000 shares, Grace Kennedy exchanged 9,580 shares at $58, rising by 5 cents and Sagicor Group had 9,850 shares changing hands, 10 cents higher to $9.60.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Cable & Wireless with 11,500 units at 29 cents, Ciboney’s 211,200 shares traded to close at 7 cents, Jamaica Broilers 7,200 units at $4, Mayberry Investments with 12,550 shares closed at $1.40, Proven Investments with 16,950 shares ended at 18 US cents and Radio Jamaica had 2,040 units changing hands at $1.15.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Kingston Wharves with 1,230 ordinary shares traded 40 cents lower at $5.10, National Commercial Bank closed with 5,850 units trading after slipping 25 cents to $17.55, followed by Pan Jamaican with 2,000 shares, and closed down 80 cents at $49.20, Sagicor Real Estate Fund traded 3,000 shares, and closed with a loss 35 cents at $6.65 and Scotia Group had 35,184 shares changing hands and ended 10 cents lower at $19.40.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share traded 5,000 units at $2.

JSE market rises 8 stocks gained

Thursday’s activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 8 stocks rising and 5 declining as 20 securities changed hands, ending in 4,909,570 units trading, valued at $42,492,455, in all market segments.
JSE sum 23-10-14 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 7 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 7 stocks with offers that were lower.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index gained 145.50 points to 71,551.67, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 162.69 points to close at 78,716.00 and the Combined Index closed at 73,521.95 after rising 279.05 points.
Gains| Stocks gaining at the last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Cable & Wireless with 2,296,328 shares trading, rose 1 cent to 29 cents, Kingston Wharves had 250 shares changing hands 40 cents higher at $5.50, National Commercial Bank saw trading in 12,330 shares, the price ended at $17.99, after rising 9 cents, Sagicor Group had 23,373 shares changing hands 4 cents higher to $9.55, Scotia Group with 14,700 shares, closed 39 cents higher at $19.50 and Seprod closed with 56,250 shares changing hands, 5 cents higher at $10.95.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Berger Paints with 91,230 shares, traded at $1.60, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 31,523 ordinary shares trading, ended at $7, Jamaica Producers 88,984 shares changing hands, closed at $15.50, Radio Jamaica closed at $1.15, after trading 5,882 shares and Sagicor Real Estate Fund traded 12,220 units at $6.60.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Carreras with 1,037,041 shares, lost 65 cents to end at $34.34, Grace Kennedy traded 10,300 shares, closed with a loss of $1.39 in ending at $56.61, Jamaica Broilers exchanged 58,000 shares at $4 while losing 5 cents and Mayberry Investments traded 744,406 shares, after slipping 19 cents to close at $1.36, a new 52 weeks’ low.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 346,100 units and closed at $2.98.

3 sevens clash again on JSE

Wednesday’s activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 7 stocks rising and 7 declining as 21 securities changed hands, culminating in 1,774,287 units trading, valued at $11,185,286, in all market segments.
JSE 22-10-14 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 9 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 6 stocks with offers that were lower.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index lost 478.38 points to 71,406.17 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index declined 534.89 points to close at 78,553.31.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Caribbean Cement with 3,000 units, increased 1 cents to $2.13, Jamaica Broilers exchanged 3,350 shares, 5 cents higher at $4.05, National Commercial Bank saw trading in 459,910 shares as the price ended 39 cents higher to $17.90, Pan Jamaican Investment with 5,000 shares closed 10 cents higher to $49.10, Proven Investments with 414 shares added 0.99 cents to 18 US cents and Scotia Group had 10,400 shares changing hands, 4 cents higher to $19.11.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Carreras with 17,596 shares trading to close at $34.99, Gleaner with 140,883 units closed at $1.05 and Mayberry Investments traded 1,357 shares at $1.55.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Desnoes & Geddes in trading 14,000 shares at $4.79, slipped 1 cent, Jamaica Money market Brokers with 14,420 ordinary shares, closed 50 down at $7, Jamaica Stock Exchange with 592 units, lost 5 cents to end at $1.84, Kingston Wharves traded 98,465 units with a fall of $1.40 to close at $5.10 and Salada Foods with only 6,100 shares, closed with a 5 cents loss at $7.85.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 1,067 units at $2.98 and Proven Investments 8% preference share traded 12,200 units at $5.

Only 2 stocks rose & 7 fell on JSE

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For the final day of the week, activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of only 2 stocks rising and 7 declining as just 14 securities changed hands, culminating in 2,431,851 units trading, valued at $5,193,407, in all market segments.
JSE sum 17-10-14 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 7 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 6 stocks with offers that were lower.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index gained 49.61 points to 72,232.91 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 55.47 points to close at79,477.72.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Cable & Wireless with 1,362,300 ordinary shares trading one cent higher at 29 cents and Scotia Group with 30,534 rose 4 cents rise to $19.07.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Jamaica Broilers with 1,950 units, closed at $4, Sagicor Real Estate Fund with 10,000 shares closed at $6.60 and Scotia Investments traded 27,028 units at $21.40.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Carreras with 11,388 shares, lost 10 cents to end at $34.90, Grace Kennedy traded just 8,960 units, with a loss of $1 to end at $58, National Commercial Bank closed with 25 cents decline to $17.75 as 1,682 shares traded and Sagicor Group with 42,800 gave up 17 cents to $9.40.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 339,669 units at $2.99 and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share traded 568,400 units at $2.

8 stocks up 8 down on JSE

Thursday’s activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 8 stocks rising and 8 declining as 23 securities changed hands, culminating in 4,981,371 units trading, valued at $38,684,054, in all market segments.
JSE 16-10-14 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 5 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 stocks with offers that were lower.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index lost 369.76 points to 72,183.30 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index declined 413.45 points to close at 79,422.25.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Carreras with 29,815, gained 35 cents rise to $35, Desnoes & Geddes 503,359 shares changed hands, 1 cent higher at $4.80, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 2,100 ordinary shares traded with a gain of 50 cents to $7.50, Proven Investments with 1,083,333 shares traded with a gain of 0.01 cent to 17.01 US cents and Sagicor Group put through 100,219 units, 2 cents higher to $9.57
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Cable & Wireless had 31,764 shares changing hands 28 cents, Grace Kennedy had just 1,150 units trading at $59 and Radio Jamaica with 1000 shares ended at $1.15.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Jamaica Broilers with 22,400 shares closed 1 cents lower at $4, Sagicor Real Estate Fund traded 15,000 shares lost 4 cents to end at $6.60, Scotia Group with 10,700 units, gave up 2 cents to end at $19.03 and Scotia Investments with 21,772 shares, lost 60 cents to close at $21.40.
Preference| There was trading in 745,000 Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share at $2, Jamaica Public Service 9.5% preference share traded at 8138 units at $1,006.10 and was down $44.04 from the price it was listed at in 2012 and Proven Investments 8% preference share, traded 100 units at $5.

Stocks gaining edge out decliners on JSE

Wednesday’s activity on day on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 4 stocks rising and 3 declining as 16 securities changed hands, culminating in 5,387,514 units trading, valued at $30,063,697, in all market segmentsJSE  15-10-14
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 7 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 6 stocks with offers that were lower.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index gained 417.93 points to 72,553.06 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index climbed 467.31 points to close at 79,835.70.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Jamaica Broilers inched up a cent with 2,000 shares to $4.01, National Commercial Bank with 60,658 shares trading, put on 20 cents to $18 and Scotia Investments with only 1,050 shares changing hands, gained of 25 cents to $22.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Berger Paints with 257,920 units closed at $1.60, Carreras had 16,420 share being traded to close at $34.65, Gleaner enjoyed pick up in trading with 1,094,096 shares at $1.05, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 4,041 ordinary shares closed at $7, Sagicor Group had 19,615 shares changing hands at $9.55 and Scotia Group put through 1,280,705 shares to close at $19.05.
Declines| Cable & Wireless with 1,872,639 shares is the only stock to end with a decline, down a cent at 28 cents.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share traded 781 units at $2 and the 8.75% preference share traded 9,859 units with a cent off at $2.99.

Ethanol hurts profit but US to boost it

Jamaica Broilers' ethanol plant

Jamaica Broilers’ ethanol plant

Jamaica Broilers profit was hit hard from losses in the ethanol operation, as the sector plummeted from a profit last in 2013 of $16 million from sales of $248 million to a loss of $89 million from revenues of only $16 million.
The results for the first quarter to August, also suffered from increased taxation of $6 million and finance cost of $21 million, resulting in profit after tax declining moderately to $111 million versus $128 million last year. After factoring amounts due to shareholders in subsidiaries, the decline in profits for the group widened, with profit of $114 million, down from $140 million in 2013. Ethanol was not the only area that delivered losses. The category Other operations, saw a negative turn-around from a profit of $39 million in 2013 on revenues of $310 million the division made a loss of $21 million on revenues to third parties of $373 million to August.
The US operations was the crown jewel for the quarter with much improved numbers. Revenues in the division from third parties jumped from $805 million to $1.58 billion and contributed $287 million in segment profit compared with $76 million in 2013 and profit of $333 million for the 2014 fiscal year. The change was substantially due to the acquisition in 2013 of the poultry operations in the USA.
The Best Dressed foods division contributed revenues of $3.82 billion up from $3.5 billion in 2013 and segment profit of $235 million in 2014 versus $234 million in 2013 and the HIPRO-ACE division’s revenue was $2.1 billion down from $2.16 billion in 2013 with profit of $157 million for the 2014 period compared with $149 million in 2013.
The company’s management reported that they are “ responding to approaches from a number of parties who have expressed interest in entering new fuel processing contracts.” With the price of oil at $81 per barrel and prediction that it may go lower, the question to be asked is will there be short term viability of this operation?
Cash down borrowings up| Broilers saw a big increase in inventories over the August 2014 level a as well as for the April year end rising from $3.5 billion a year ago and $3.7 as of April to $4.8 billion for a billion dollar increase. Cash and equivalent dropped from $1.42 billion in 2013 to just under $1.2 billion, amounts tied up in receivables was slightly down to $2.7 billion and borrowings climbed to $6.7 billion from $5.3 billion in 2013.
For the year to April the ethanol division made a loss of $66 million and the Other operation, reported a profit of $452 million having made a profit of $340 million in the last period of the fiscal year. Some of the inputs into chicken processing have declined on the world market and therefore could lead to increased profit margins that along with what should be a substantially, increased profit from the US operations, should see profits for the current year rising well above the 80 cents per share or $957 million made in 2014.

Moderate price changes on JSE stocks

Tuesday’s activity on day on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 3 stocks rising and 4 declining as 22 securities changed hands, culminating in 755,690 units trading, valued at just $5,210,508, in all market segments.
JSEsum 14-10-14 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 4 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 8 stocks with offers that were lower.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index lost 76.73 points to 72,135.13 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index fell 85.80 points to close at 79,368.39.
Gains| Stocks gaining and last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Caribbean Cement with 500 shares, closed at a cent higher at $2.12, Mayberry Investments traded 16,900 units, to gain 5 cents to $1.55 and Scotia Group with only 168 units ended with a cent gain at $19.05.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Cable & Wireless with 10,000 units to close at 29 cents, Carreras closed at $34.65 with 5,210 shares trading, Desnoes & Geddes with 650 shares closed at $4.79, Grace Kennedy with 2,685 shares ended at $59, Jamaica Broilers 13,226 units traded at $4, Kingston Properties closed at $3.85 with 10,000 shares, Kingston Wharves had only 230 shares changing hands to end at $6.50, National Commercial Bank 52,881 shares, closed at $17.80, Sagicor Group with 10,170 shares closed at $9.55, Sagicor Real Estate Fund traded 8,900 shares at $7 and Supreme Ventures closed at $1.80 with 18,077 shares changing hands.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 5,730 ordinary shares, lost a cent to end at $7 and Proven Investments traded 108,000 units at 0.50 cent less to 17 US cents.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 194,415 units at $3 and lost 2 cents and Proven Investments 8% preference share traded 144,893 units at $5.

Scotia Group & Kingston Wharves push index

SBJ HqFriday’s activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 9 stocks rising and 4 declining as 18 securities changed hands, culminating in 20,710,115 units trading, valued at $66,213,940, in all market segments. Cable & Wireless traded just over 10 Million units, Desnoes & Geddes 2 million and Kingston Wharves 3 million units.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index gained 1,023.10 points to 72,675.75 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 1,144.00 points to close at 79,972.88.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator showed 5 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 9 stocks with offers that were lower. Although the signal is weak most of the weakness is in the junior market.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Cable & Wireless with 10,149,579 shares to close a cent higher, at 30 cents, Carreras had only 262 units being active, but gained 15 cents to $34.65, Jamaica Broilers returned to trade at $4 by putting on 15 cents in trading 45,621 shares, Kingston Wharves enjoyed a buoyant day with 3,190,455 shares, the price gained $1, to land at $6.50, Proven Investments traded 63,730 ordinary shares at 0.5 cent up to close at 17.5 US cents, Radio Jamaica gained 11 cents with 3,965 units, to end at $1.15, Sagicor Group had 9,880 units changing hands, as the price rose 2 cents to $9.50, Scotia Group had a good volume of 1,254,000 shares, the price climbed 50 cents to $20 and Scotia Investments had 38,228 units changing hands, to rise 4 cents to $21.75.
JSE sum 10-10-14 Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Desnoes & Geddes in closing trading with 2,073,524 shares at $4.70, followed by Jamaica Money Market Brokers with only 1,100 ordinary shares at $7.01 and Supreme Ventures with 39,000 shares at $1.80.
Declines| Gleaner with 1,400 shares lost 1 cent in closing at $1.05 and Grace Kennedy with 10,566 shares, lost 50 cents at $58.50, were the only two stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market.

Moderate gains for Jamaican stocks

Tuesday’s activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 4 stocks rising and 5 declining as 17 securities changed hands, culminating in 1,996,522 units trading, valued at $19,658,187, in all market segments.
JSE sum 7-10-14IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator showed 6 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 8 stocks with offers that were lower.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index garnered just 15.98 points after three straight days of losses to end at 71,310.04 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 17.87 points to close at 78,445.77.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 1,731 ordinary shares trading, 5 cents higher at $7 and Sagicor Group with 45,035 shares, the price gained 1 cent to $9.51.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close with the last traded prices remaining unchanged are, Caribbean Cement with 62,230 units at $2.36, Grace Kennedy with 3,000 shares at $58, National Commercial Bank 323,483 shares to close at $17.85, Sagicor Real Estate Fund with 8,800 shares at $6.60 and Scotia Group 80,896 shares closing at $19.02 .
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Carreras with 3,457 shares, lost 2 cents to end at $34.50, Hardware & Lumber with only 217 units at 40 cent down to $6.10, Jamaica Broilers 309,664 shares closed with a loss of 49 cents to end at 52 weeks low of $3.51 and Proven Investments with 498,890 shares traded with a loss of 0.99 cent to end at 17 US cents.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.50% preference share traded 10,000 units at 7 cents higher at $3.43 Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 20,000 at $3.02.