8 up 9 down on JSE

Tuesday’s activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 8 stocks rising and 9 declining as 27 securities changed hands, ending in 4,235,650 units trading, valued at $51,526,408, in all market segments.
JSE sum 18-11-14 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 3 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 8 stocks with offers that were lower.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index fell 194.52 points to 74,012.60, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index declined 217.50 points to close at 81,467.68 and the JSE combined index dropped 146.86 points to close at 75,883.36.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Jamaica Money Market Brokers, finishing trading with 50,000 ordinary shares, 7 cents higher at $6.57. National Commercial Bank finished trading with 49,500 shares while gaining 1 cent to $18.51, Pan Jamaican Investment saw trading in 4,039 units, to close with a gain of 1 cent to $50.27, Scotia Group 108,965 shares traded at 22 cents higher to close at $19.62 and Supreme Ventures with 74,000 shares changing hands, gained 1 cent to $1.76.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Gleaner with 110 shares at $1.05, Jamaica Broilers closing with 501,266 shares changing hands at $4, Jamaica Producers concluded trading with 5,000 shares at $15.50. Kingston Wharves had 4,285 shares changing hands $6, Mayberry Investments ended trading with 74,610 shares changing hands to close at $1.50 and Scotia Investments closed with 30,000 shares at $22.51.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Cable & Wireless finished trading with 1,670,678 units and fell 7 cents to 42 cents, Caribbean Cement concluded trading with 10,728 units with a decline of 1 cent to $2.40, Carreras exchanged 1,128,573 shares in trading, with a loss of $2 to close at $35, for Desnoes & Geddes there was dealing in 145,000 units, to close with a 5 cents fall to $4.85. Grace Kennedy contributed just 1,520 shares to trading but lost of 50 cents to end at $60.50, Palace Amusement concluded trading with 100 units to fall $13 to a 52 weeks’ low of $77, Proven Investments exchanged 80,033 units with a decline of 0.49 cent to 17.5 US cents and Sagicor Group ended trading with 145,000 units, with a decline of 1 cent to $9.99.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded with 155 units changing hands with a gain of 1 cent to $3 and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% finished trading with 14,500 shares trading at $2.

5 up 4 down on JSE

Tuesday’s activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 5 stocks rising and 4 declining as 20 securities changed hands, ending in 2,144,368 units trading, valued at 12,272,863.83, in all market segments.
JSE sum 28-10-14 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 6 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 10 stocks with offers that were lower.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index lost 76.43 points to 71,566.02 the JSE All Jamaican Composite index declined 85.47 points to close at 78,732.04 and the JSE combined index gained declined by 46.84 points to close at 73,455.89.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Jamaica Broilers exchanged 29,600 shares and rose 15 cents to at $4.15, Jamaica Producers with 13,114 shares as the price ended a cent higher at $15.51.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Berger Paints had 22,799 shares trading at $1.60, Cable & Wireless with 40,855 shares changing hands ended at 29 cents, Jamaica Money Market Brokers had 15,100 ordinary shares changing hands at $7, National Commercial Bank with 422,293 shares traded at $17.55, Proven Investments had 7,000 units to close at 18 US cents, Sagicor Group 7,084 shares closed at $9.60 after trading as high as $10 earlier in the day, Sagicor Real Estate Fund with 16,000 units closed at $6.65, Scotia Investments with 555 shares at $21.40 and recently listed Sterling Investments with 100 shares changing hands, closed at $134.
Declines| The only stock with losing at the end of trading in the main market is, Scotia Group with 52,894 shares to close with a loss of 29 cents at $19.11.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 691,050 units at $3 and Proven Investments 8% preference share traded 6,000 units at $5.

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.

JSE dips but more stocks rose than fell

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Monday’s activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 7 stocks rising and 6 declining as 22 securities changed hands, culminating in 1,554,769 units trading, valued at only $5,881,456, in all market segments.
JSEsum -13-10-14 Main Market| The JSE Market Index fell 463.89 points to 72,211.86 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index declined 518.69 points to close at 79,454.19.
IC 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 7 stocks with offers that were lower.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Desnoes & Geddes with 15,000 shares trading, closed 9 cents higher at $4.79, Grace Kennedy had only 500 shares changing hands and closed 50 cents higher to $59, National Commercial Bank had 100,468 shares trading with a gain of 10 cents at $17.80, Sagicor Group with 43,824 shares changing hands, 3 cents higher at $9.55 and Sagicor Real Estate Fund had 4,155 shares traded with a gain of 40 cents to $7.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Ciboney with 334,000 shares at 7 cents, Jamaica Broilers with 25,897 units closed at $4, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 47,314 ordinary share closed at $7.01, Jamaica Producers had 26,228 units trading at $15.50, Pan Jamaican Investment with 2,500 shares ended at $49, Seprod put through 5,955 units to close at $10.90 and Sterling Investments, a the stock exchange latest listing had 10,075 units trading at $134.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Berger Paints had 21,140 trading at $1.60, down 6 cents, Cable & Wireless with 429,210 shares, lost a cent at 29 cents, Caribbean Cement with 80,648 shares fell 25 cents to $2.11 and Scotia Group traded 3,000 shares with the loss of 96 cents to end at $19.04.

Producers’ improving performance

Jamaica Producers HQ in Kingston Jamaica

Jamaica Producers HQ in Kingston Jamaica

Revenues climbed an impressive 30 percent, for Jamaica Producers Group for the June quarter this year over 2013, to $2.39 billion. Net profit attributable to shareholders was $104 million, a 42 percent increase relative to the same period last year.
For the half year to June, net profit attributable to shareholders was $138 million, a 13 percent decline, compared with the similar period in 2013. This year’s performance only had $17 million of gain on sales of fixed assets and investments compared with $105 million in 2013. The 2013 result was negatively affected by $36 million in restructuring cost, there was no such charge this year, resulting in the quality of earnings from ongoing operations being better than in 2013.
Europe| In the 2014 second quarter, the Europe division earned revenues of $1.78 billion and pre-tax profits of $167 million, a 33 percent increase in revenues and 196 percent increase in pre-tax profits relative to the 2013 second quarter. Europe is still facing tough economic conditions, resulting in further monetary easing recently, leading to the Euro slipping sharply in value. This development could negatively affect Producers profit for the rest of the year. The results for 2015 could benefit from the monetary easing as the economy could benefit from the stimuli. The local currency could stay stable for some time thus robbing it of the gains make due to currency slippage in the first half of the year.
JP Tropical Division includes businesses located in the Caribbean that faced particularly challenging production and trading environment that adversely affected margins. The division experienced a loss during the 2014 second quarter of $43 million compared to a profit of $27 million for the same period in the prior year, although revenue grew 25 percent. The loss to JP shareholders is $20 million.
jamaica_producers+Tropicallogo150x150JP Tropical Foods experienced growth in its snack foods product lines, particularly in the USA and UK markets. During the quarter, we launched a new tropical snack brand of plantain and cassava chips for the Dominican Republic market.
Gross profit climbed slower than operating revenues at 24.7 percent in the June quarter to $549 billion but was in line with revenues in the year to date period with gross profit rising 17.8 percent to $977 million.
Subsequent to the quarter the group acquired 11.59 percent more Kingston Wharves shares raising its stake to approximately 42 percent to become an even more dominant shareholder of the company. The rate of return on this latest investment is likely to be around 8 percent, or just slightly better than government of Jamaica current Treasury bill rate. But Producers’ focus would be on the longer term growth prospects that will accrue from the expansion of the port, and the increased business that they expect, especially with the opening of an expanded Panama Canal.
The main activities of the group are juice and food manufacturing, the cultivation, marketing and distribution of fresh produce locally, logistics, land management and the holding of investments.
Finances|At the end of June, the group had debt close to $1.2 billion, that should rise with the acquisition of the Kingston Wharves share purchase, as it was partially funded by borrowed money. Equity stood at $5.9 billion and they had cash funds and investments of $987 million. Current assets to current liability was below norm, at $2 billion to $1.5 billion.
Encouraging results| The results for 2014 so far is encouraging, importantly, Jamaica Producers is adding new products to the existing lines, both in the Caribbean and Europe, this is one of the surest ways of improving profitability as it is less costly to add new lines as much of the overheads cost are already built into the system. This is clearly a stock to be watched.

JSE down for the third day

Monday’s activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 4 stocks rising and 9 declining as 20 securities changed hands, culminating in 2,797,280 units trading, valued at $8,903,664, In all market segments.
JSEsum 6-10-14 IC 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 lost 411.15 points to 71,294.06 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index fell 459.74 points to close at 78,427.90. Monday is the third consecutive day of declines for the market.
Gains| Only 2 stocks recorded gains with Cable & Wireless trading 516,153 with a 1 cent gain, to 30 cents and Pan Jamaican Investment with 5,000 shares changing hands was 1 cent higher at $49.01.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Hardware & Lumber with 200 shares, closed at $6.50, Jamaica Broilers 10,211 units closed at $4, Jamaica Producers with 4,959 shares at $15.50, Radio Jamaica traded 3,000 shares at $1.04, Scotia Group with 10,241 shares at $19.02 and Sagicor Group trading 29,804 units at $9.50.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading, in the main market are, Caribbean Cement with 72,884 shares, the price lost 4 cents to end at $2.36, Carreras traded just 33,415 units with an 8 cents loss to $34.52, Grace Kennedy with 4,929 shares, closed with a loss of $1 to $58, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 39,000 ordinary shares trading, closed with a loss of 5 cents at $6.95, National Commercial Bank with 184,870 shares closed 9 cents higher at $17.85, Proven Investments had 1,110 changing hands with a loss of 0.01 cents at 17.99 US cents and Scotia Investments with 6,179 units lost 5 cents to $21.75.
Preference| Proven Investments 8% preference share traded 500 units at $5.

More JSE securities trade but less stocks

The number of securities trading Friday, on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, climbed to 22, up from 17 on Thursday and 13 on Wednesday. Price movements were confined to just 9 stocks, with the prices of 4 rising and 5 declining. A total of only 709,978 units traded, valued at $9,562,974, In all market segments.
JSE sum 3-10-14 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator showed only 4 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 8 with offers that were lower, which is a slight improvement over Thursday, with 5 to 10, but a continuing negative indicator for the markets, for the current time.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index fell 270.90 points to 71,705.21 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index declined 302.92 points, to close at 78,887.64.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the close of the main market are, Grace Kennedy with 109,905 shares, rising 80 cents to $59, National Commercial Bank 50,200 shares changing hands, gained 14 cents to $17.94 and Sagicor Real Estate Fund, closed 10 cents higher at $6.60, with 10,000 units.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Cable & Wireless exchanging 20,000 units to close at 29 cents, Jamaica Broilers with only 2,000 shares, closed at $4, Jamaica Money Market Brokers having 29,193 ordinary shares trading to close at $7, Jamaica Producers ended with 9,751 units at $15.50, Mayberry Investments closed with 4,080 shares at $1.50, followed by Radio Jamaica, 11,000 units trading at $1.04 and Seprod having 2,080 shares at $10.90.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Carreras in trading just 154 shares lost 3 cents to end at $34.60, Kingston Wharves closed with 38,664 units, after losing 50 cents to end at $5, Sagicor Group 72,000 units led to a 15 cents fall to $9.50 and Scotia Group 6,469 units closed 3 cents lower at $19.02.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 10,000 units at $3.02 and their 7.50% preference share contributed 301,000 units at $2.

Low market activity on JSE

Thursday is the second consecutive day, of painfully low participation and very low level of trading activity, on the Jamaica Stock Exchange. At the close of the market, the prices of 5 stocks rose and 7 declined, as 17 securities changed hands, culminating in only 554,449 units trading, valued at a mere $5,499,290, in all market segments.
JSE sum 2-10-14 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator was negative, showing 6 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 10 stocks with offers that were lower.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index declined 892.06 points to 71,976.11 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index fell 997.48 points to close at 79,190.56.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Carreras with 3,210 shares, increasing 8 cents to $34.63, Jamaica Money Market Brokers ordinary trading 11,168 units at an increase of 5 cents to end at $7 and Scotia Group with 35,420 shares gained 3 cents to $19.05.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Desnoes & Geddes with 42,950 units, closed a$4.77, Mayberry Investments 420 shares closed at $1.50, Proven Investments with 9,000 units, ended at 18 US cents and Sagicor Group put through 271,779 shares at $9.65.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Cable & Wireless with 113,885 units changing hands, for the loss of a cent at 29 cents,
Jamaica Producers 333 shares changing hands 25 cents lower at $15.50, Kingston Wharves 750 shares traded 80 cents lower at $5.50, National Commercial Bank with 14,694 units, ended losing 14 cents to $17.80 and Pan Jamaican Investment with 25,000 shares traded 10 cents down, at $49.
Preference| Proven Investments 8% preference share traded 14,290 units 7 cents off at $5.

Market closes out month down

Tuesday’s activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, culminated in the prices of 8 stocks rising and 7 declining, as 21 securities changed hands. A total of 5,217,834 units traded, valued at $54,942,294, in all market segments.
JSE sum 30-9-14 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator showed 14 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 stocks with offers that were lower. The increase is probably due to month end window dressing by some portfolio managers would want to impact the value of the funds under management at the end of the month and quarter.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index lost 160.31 points to 72,238.36 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index declined by 179.24 points, to close at 79,483.81.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Caribbean Cement, with 109,500 shares changing hands, ended 4 cents higher at $2.40, Grace Kennedy put through 19,208 units with a gain of 70 cents to $58.20, Jamaica Producers had 122,728 shares changing hands, gained 25 cents to $15.75, Mayberry Investments with 5,420 shares closed 4 cents higher at $1.50 and Sagicor Group traded 738,840 units, with an increase of 65 cents, to $9.90.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Berger Paints with 3,500 units, closing at $1.66, Cable & Wireless with 453,827 shares at 29 cents, Desnoes & Geddes 45,000 share at $4.77, Pan Jamaican Investment 417,537 shares trading to close at $49.10, Proven Investments 27,700 ordinary shares, to close with the price at 18 US cents and Seprod with 40,000 shares, closed at $10.90.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the close of the main market are, Carreras, down 8 cents to end at $34.55, in trading 93,336 units, Jamaica Broilers with 500,000 shares lost 50 cents to end at $4, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 42,087 ordinary shares trading, lost 5 cents at $6.95, National Commercial Bank had 452,630 units changing hands, with a 5 cents loss, at $17.94 and Scotia Group with 351,187 shares, closed 5 cents off at $19.25 .
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.50% preference share traded 222,593 units, with a gain of 5 cents to $3.50 and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share traded 110,462 units at $2.

JSE slips back with 7 stocks up 7 down

Monday’s activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 7 stocks rising and 7 declining with 16 securities changing hands, a total of 2,648,086 units traded, valued at $28,212,290, In all market segments.
JSE 29-9-14 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator showed 10 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 6 stocks with offers that were lower.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index fell 106.01` points to 72,398.67 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index declined 118.54 points to close at 79,663.05.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Cable & Wireless with 217,861 shares trading, with a 1 cent rise to 29 cents, Jamaica Broilers 18,500 shares changed hands, 10 cents higher at $4.40, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 4,500 ordinary closed up 5 cents at $7, followed by Jamaica Producers with 19,231 units, to gain 30 cents at $15.50, Pan Jamaican Investment put through 59,124 shares, 10 cents higher to end at $49.10 and Seprod had 36,500 shares changing hands, 10 higher at $10.90.
Firm| The only stock in the main market to close without a change in the last traded price is Ciboney, with 155,500 units at 7 cents.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Carreras with 60,148 shares, lost 2 cents to end at $34.63, Desnoes & Geddes traded 100,825 units at a loss of 3 cents, to end at $4.77, Grace Kennedy ended at $57.50, down by $1.95 with only 572 units trading, National Commercial Bank with 222,880 shares, closed with a cent loss at $17.99, Sagicor Group price slipped 40 cents to $9.25 with 1,188,145 shares and Scotia Group declined by 20 cents to $19.30 with 315,896 shares trading.
Preference| No trading took place in the preference section.