Trinidad stock market remains steady – Monday

Prices of only 4 stocks changed at the close of trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Monday, with trading in 16 securities against 18 on Friday. 2 stocks advanced, 2 declined and 12 remained unchanged on a day of modest trading.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, on Friday, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 2 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers, an indication of a greater level of stability in the market.
Trading ended with 74,204 shares with a value of $1,358,010, compared to 213,988 shares with a value of $4,302,172, changing hands.
At close the Composite Index gained 0.21 points on Monday to 1,269.64, the All T&T Index rose 0.09 points to 1,701.97 while Cross Listed Index added 0.07 points to close at 113.12.
Gains|Trinidad & Tobago NGL rose 2 cents and finished at $27.02, with 1,175 units and Unilever Caribbean closed with a gain of 1 cent at $29.01, trading 20,210 shares.
Losses| National Flour closed with a loss of 4 cents and completed trading at $1.90, with 250 shares and Republic Financial Holdings shed 1 cent and finish at $101.51, with 3,281 stock units changing hands.
Firm Trades| Clico Investments concluded trading at $20, with 3,843 units, First Caribbean International Bank ended at $9.30, trading 1,500 shares,  First Citizens finished at $32.10, with 175 shares changing hands, Grace Kennedy closed at $3.40, with 18,000 units trading, JMMB Group finished at $1.80, with 4,922 stock units changing hands. Massy Holdings ended at $47, with 1,000 stock units trading, National Enterprises finished at $9.65, with 500 units, NCB Financial Group closed at $6.60, trading 5,000 shares, Point Lisas ended at $3.81, with 3,386 units. Prestige Holdings finished at $10, trading 4,645 shares, Sagicor Financial concluded trading at $7.82, with 5,453 units and Scotiabank completed trading at $61.71, with 864 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Moderate JSE main market trading

Main Market activity of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Market ended on Friday with 3,008,815 shares changing hands valued at a mere $31,052,068 as 26 securities traded ending with 9 securities rising, 8 falling, 6 trading firm.
Trading led to declines in the market indices, with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index dropping 794.62 points to 316,131.77 and the JSE Index declining by 723.99 points to 288,031.79.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments ended with a loss of 45 cents at $8, with 937 stock units, Berger Paints closed at $17.99, with 12,166 shares, Cable & Wireless concluded trading with a loss of 2 cents at $1.36, with 43,535 units, Carreras finished with a loss of 44 cents at $10.51, with 42,730 shares, Caribbean Cement settled 18 cents higher at $30.68, with 9,500 shares. Ciboney Group closed at 32 cents with 159,414 shares traded, Grace Kennedy ended trading $1 higher at $44, with 61,564 shares, Jamaica Broilers traded 5 cents higher at $18.10, with 7,050 stock units, Jamaica Producers finished trading with a loss of 1.97 cents at $15.50, with 186,991 units, JMMB Group ended at $25, with 18,977 shares. Kingston Properties concluded trading 65 cents higher at $6.65, with 7,265 shares, Kingston Wharves finished $1 higher at $42, with 1,500 stock units, Mayberry Investments settled with a loss of 6 cents at $5.99, with 1,500 units, NCB Financial Group ended trading 20 cents higher at $100, with 51,424 shares. PanJam Investment closed 95 cents higher at $41, with 37,796 stock units, Radio Jamaica finished 12 cents higher at $1.12, with 1,621,266 shares, Sagicor Group settled 40 cents higher at $36, with 11,923 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund settled at $14.90, with 56,392 shares, Scotia Group traded at $50.55, with 106,638 units. Seprod finished trading with a loss of 59 cents at $29.01, leading to 156,774 shares changing hands, Sterling Investments closed with a rise of 31 cents at $9.31, with 13,427 shares, Supreme Ventures ended at $12, with 10,983 shares, Victoria Mutual Investments concluded trading with a loss of 10 cents at $4.10, after 127,537 stock units were exchanged while Wisynco Group finished at $10.69, with 304,203 units. In the main market preference segment, Jamaica Money Market 7.25% traded 100 stock units at $2.49, and Jamaica Money Market 7.5% finished trading at $1.95, with 10,706 units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place. For more details of market activities, see “JSE main market indices fall – Friday.”

JSE main market indices fall – Friday

Grace Kennedy gained $1 to close at $44 on Friday

Trading on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Friday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index fell by 794.62 points to 316,131.77 and the JSE Index declined by 723.99 points to 288,031.79.
Market activity ended with only 3,008,815 shares valued at a mere $31,052,068 changing hands, in contrast to 3,856,461 shares valued at $40,581,082 on Thursday.
The major contributors to the total volume in the market was Radio Jamaica with 1,621,266 shares traded with the next being Wisynco Group with 304,203 units.
Main and US market activities ended with moderate trading levels, leading to prices of 11 securities rising, 7 falling, 11 trading firm as 29 securities changed hands, including just 1 from the US market versus 31 that traded on Thursday.
The securities with the largest price changes include, Grace Kennedy with a gain of $1 to $44, Kingston Wharves up $1 to $42 and PanJam Investment rose 95 cents to $41 and Jamaica Producers lost $1.77 to $15.50.
The US market closed with Proven Investments exchanged 4,000 ordinary shares, to close at 21 US cents, with a value of US$924 and the JSE US Equities Index fell 1.82 points to 165.
Trading closed with an average of 117,781 units valued at an average of $1,194,310 for each security traded. In contrast to 137,731 units for an average of $1,449,324 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 183,585 units valued at $2,815,964 and previously, 189,385 units valued at $2,973,878. In contrast, January closed with average of 349,084 units at an average of $5,801,440 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.

For more details of market activities see – Moderate JSE main market trading.

JSE majors pulled back on Thursday

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Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Thursday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index falling by 1,047.87 points to 316,926.39 and the JSE Index declining by 954.73 points to 288,755.78.
Main market activity closed with 3,856,461 shares valued at just $40,581,082 changing hands, in contrast to 5,490,162 shares valued at a mere $27,746,053 trading on Tuesday, the day before the Ash Wednesday break.
The major contributors to the total volume in the market include, Wisynco Group with 905,215 units followed by Radio Jamaica with 745,339 units and Ciboney Group with 482,108 units.
Main and US market activities ended with moderate trading levels, leading to prices of 11 securities rising, 12 falling, 8 trading firm as 31 securities changed hands, including 3 from the US market. Trading took place in 31 securities on Thursday.
The securities with the largest price changes include, Jamaica Producers rising $1.87 to $17.47, Mayberry Investments with a gain of 90 cents to $6.05, Kingston Wharves losing $1.60 to $41, while PanJam Investment fell $1.80 to $40.05 and Scotia Group lost $1.45 to end at $50.55.
The US market closed with Margaritaville lost 1 cents and closed trading at 1 US cent with 5,000 shares and Proven Investments exchanged 16,820 ordinary shares, to close at 21 US cents. JMMB 6% preference share ended at $1.08 with 400 stock units trading. The market closed with just 22,220 shares trading with a value of US$5,122 and the JSE US Equities Index rising 1.59 points to close at 166.82.
Market activity ended with an average of 137,731 shares valued at $1,449,324, in contrast to 189,316 shares valued at $956,760 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 189,385 units valued at $2,973,878 and previously, 182,709 units valued at $3,152,487. January ended with an average of 239,900 units valued at $5,158,193 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and the US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 11 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 1 closed with a lower offer.

For more details of market activities see – Subdued trading on Thursday sinks JSE index.

Subdued trading sinks JSE index – Thursday

Market activity closed on The Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday with 28 securities changing hands, as the prices 11 rose 11 declined and 6 traded unchanged as 3,856,461 shares valued at a mere $40,581,082 changed hands.
The JSE All Jamaican Composite Index fell 1,047.87 points to 316,926.39 and the JSE Index declined by 954.73 points to 288,755.78.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments ended at $8.45, with 750 stock units, Berger Paints closed with a loss of 1 cent at $17.99, with 350 shares, Cable & Wireless concluded trading 5 cents higher at $1.38, with 107,631 units, Carreras finished at $10.95, with 200,655 shares, Caribbean Cement settled 48 cents higher at $30.50, with 11,062 shares. Ciboney Group ended trading with a loss of 8 cents at $0.31, with 482,108 shares, Grace Kennedy traded at $43, with 493 stock units, Jamaica Broilers finished trading with a loss of 15 cents at $18.05, with 500 units, Jamaica Producers closed $1.87 higher at $17.47, with 34,606 shares. Jamaica Stock Exchange ended 49 cents higher at $6.99, with 279,870 shares, JMMB Group concluded trading 48 cents higher at $25, with 207,833 shares, Kingston Properties finished at $6, with 2,500 stock units, Kingston Wharves settled with a loss of 1.60 cents at $41, with 1,761 units. Mayberry Investments ended trading 90 cents higher at $6.05, with 125,353 shares, NCB Financial Group traded 80 cents higher at $99.80, with 23,974 shares, 138 Student Living ended with a loss of 15 cents at $6, with 350 shares, PanJam Investment ended with a loss of 1.80 cents at $40.05, with 3,326 units, Pulse Investments finished at $1.80, with 2,985 shares. Radio Jamaica settled with a loss of 5 cents at $1, with 745,339 shares, Sagicor Group ended trading 10 cents higher at $35.60, with 336,636 stock units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund ended trading 5 cents higher at $14.90, with 62,225 shares. Salada Foods traded with a loss of 56 cents at $9.95, with 1,000 units, Scotia Group finished trading with a loss of 1.45 cents at $50.55, with 36,870 shares. Seprod closed at $29.60, with 1,200 shares, Supreme Ventures concluded trading 1 cent higher at $12, Victoria Mutual Investments with 57,209 stock units, finished 5 cents higher at $4.20, with 177,360 units, Wisynco Group settled with a loss of 6 cents at $10.69, with 905,215 shares and in the main market preference segment, JMMB Group closed with a loss of 1 cent at $1.02, with 47,300 shares, changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place. For more details of market activities, see “JSE in big rise again – Thursday.”

39% jump in JMMB’s Q3 profit

JMMB Group enjoyed a strong third quarter, with profit after tax jumping sharply by 39 percent, to $871 million from $628 million in 2016 and earnings per share of 53 cents, from a rise in revenues, net of interest cost of 24 percent to $4.5 billion.
Interest margins slipped in the quarter year over year, from 52 percent to 49 percent but was better than the year to date performance of 48 and 47 percent respectively. Fees and commission income jumped an impressive 71 percent to $512 million in the quarter and 53 percent in the nine months, over the similar period in 2016 with significant growth in managed funds and collective investment schemes across the Group. Gains on securities trading climbed 42 percent in the December quarter and just 5 percent for the year to date, over 2016. Foreign exchange gains were up 43 percent for the quarter but down 4 percent for the nine months.
The group posted net profit of $2.58 billion and earnings per share of $1.56 for the nine months to December, while generating 11 percent increase in net operating revenue to $12.28 billion, resulting from increases in net interest income, trading gains, fees and commission income.
Net interest income, grew 12 percent or $594 million to $5.66 billion, flowing from strong growth in the loan and investment portfolios. Financial and Related Services continued to be the leading contributor to net operating revenue with 67 percent at $8.23 billion which is 11 percent more than the $7.4 billion generated in the similar period in 2016. This improvement was due mainly to growth in trading gains, asset management fees as well as net interest income. The Banking performance of $3.86 billion reflected a 10 percent increase, up from $3.52 billion and resulted from strong growth in the loan book which translated into net interest income and fee income.
Administrative Expenses climbed 13 percent in the quarter and 14 percent year to date over 2016, slower than the growth in revenues for the quarter but faster than revenues year to date.
“Jamaica’s focus remained on operationalizing our commercial bank and maximizing our cross-selling efforts across the Group. Accordingly, growth in both the loan book and our off balance sheet offerings continued to improve.” Archibald Campbell, Chairman and Keith P. Duncan, Group Chief Executive Officer stated in their comments on the quarterly.
At the end of the reporting period, the JMMB Group’s asset base totalled $271 billion, up $19 billion or 8 percent relative to the start of the financial year. This was mainly on account of higher cash holdings as well as larger loan and investment portfolios. The investment portfolio increased by $9.6 billion or 6 percent to J$182 billion, while net loans and advances grew by $6.57 billion or 14 percent to $53.7 billion. The total invested in off-balance sheet products as at the end of December 2017 stood at $117.9 billion compared to $107.64 billion as at end of December 2016.
IC Insider.com projects earnings of $2.75 for the full year. The stock last traded on the Jamaica Stock Exchange at $25 for a PE of 9.

Trinidad stock market firming up

Prices are firming up on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange with the IC bid-offer Indicator showing stocks being sold currently below the last traded prices have declined sharply from where there were late last year and in January of around 8 offers.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, on Thursday, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 2 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers, an indication of a greater level of stability in the market.
Market activity on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange ended on Thursday with trading in 16 securities against 18 on Wednesday, with 3 stocks advancing, 3 declining and 10 remaining unchanged.
Trading ended with 156,311 shares with a value of $5,255,361, compared to 107,817 shares with a value of $2,343,695, changing hands.
At close the Composite Index gained 01.55 points on Thursday to 1,270.18, the All T&T Index shed 0.11 points to 1,701.98 while Cross Listed Index rose 0.44 points to close at 113.13.
Gains| Republic Financial Holdings increased 2 cents and concluded trading at $101.52, with 34,343 stock units changing hands, Scotiabank rose 8 cents and finished at $61.71, with 2,668 stock units and Unilever Caribbean closed with a gain of 9 cents and finished at $28.99, trading 50 shares changing hands.
Losses| LJ Williams B share fell 1 cent and ended at 75 cent, trading 31,600 units, Massy Holdings shed 19 cents and finished at $47.30, with 4,712 stock units changing hands and Sagicor Financial lost 5 cents and ended at $7.83, with 1,000 units trading.
Firm Traded| Ansa Mcal finished at $60, with 9,873 units, Clico Investments end with $20, with 18,550 units, First Citizens completed at $32.10, trading 347 shares, Grace Kennedy concluded trading at $3.40, with 17,035 units, JMMB Group completed at $1.80, with 6,138 stock units changing hands.. NCB Financial Group concluded trading at $6.60, trading 21,495 shares, One Caribbean Media end with $12.50, with 300 stock units changing hands., Prestige Holdings completed at $10, trading 200 shares, Trinidad & Tobago NGL concluded trading at $27, with 5,500 units and Trinidad Cement ended at $3.50, trading 2,500 shares.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Trinidad stocks trade after Carnival

Trading resumed on the TTSE on Wednesday after braking for the Carnival celebration.

Market activity resumed on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Wednesday after closing for the Carnival celebration break, with trading in 18 securities, compared to 19 on Friday.
The market ended with, with 3 stocks advancing, 4 declining and 11 remaining unchanged leading to declines in all three market indices.
At close the Composite Index gained 0.14 points on Wednesday to 1,268.63, the All T&T Index rose 0.25 points to 1,702.09 while Cross Listed Index remained unchanged at 112.69.
Market activity ended with 107,817 shares with a value of $2,343,695, traded, compared to 211,761 shares with a value of $2,131,516 on Friday.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 3 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
Gains| Agostini’s concluded trading with a gain of 10 cents to aa a 52 weeks ‘ high of $20.86, with 3,330 shares changing hands, NCB Financial Group gained 10 cents and finished at $6.60, trading 3,000 shares and Scotiabank advanced by 12 to end at $61.63, with 500 stock units changing hands.
Losses| National Enterprises lost 2 cents and concluded trading at a 52 weeks’ low of $9.65, with 250 units, LJ Williams B share closed with a fall of 1 cent at 76 cents, trading 35,000 shares, Sagicor Financial closing at $7.88 after slipping by 1 cent, with 27,774 units and Unilever Caribbean losing 9 cents to finish at $28.90, trading 50 shares.
Firm Traded| Angostura Holdings ended trading at $15.67, with 20,094 stock units changing hands, and Clico Investments concluded trading at $20 with 15,160 units, First Citizens concluded trading at $32.10, trading with 1,861 shares. Grace Kennedy ended trading at $3.40, with 46,868 units. Guardian Holdings to finish at $17 trading 100 shares. JMMB Group fell 5 cents to $1.80 with 19,348 stock units changing hands. Massy Holdings concluded trading at $47.49, with 2,866 stock units changing hands, One Caribbean Media closed trading at $12.50, with 12,918 stock units changing hands, Trinidad & Tobago NGL concluded trading at $27 with 19,606 units, Trinidad Cement finished trading 2,454 shares at $3.50 and West Indian Tobacco closed at $88.50 with 582 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Kingston Wharves jumps $5.55 to new high

Kingston Wharves jumped $5.55 to a record close on Tuesday.

Kingston Wharves closed at a new record high at the close of trading on Tuesday the Jamaica Stock Exchange with the price jumping sharply by $5.55 to $42.60, with 7,763 shares changing hands, the move helped the main market indices to close by more than 1,300 points at the close.
Market activity closed with 29 securities changing hands, as the prices 8 rose 13 declined and 8 traded unchanged. The JSE All Jamaican Composite Index surged 1,439.19 points to 317,974.26 and the JSE Index jumped 1,311.26 points to 289,710.51. This was the second consecutive day with strong gains in the indices.
The number of securities trading on the main market of rose on Tuesday but the value of shares traded dropped to low levels, leading to 5,490,162 shares valued at just $27,746,053 changing hands.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments ended 94 cents higher at $8.45, with 250 stock units, Berger Paints closed with a loss of 1 cent at $18, with 39,984 shares, Cable & Wireless concluded trading with a loss of 3 cents at $1.33, with 854 units, Carreras finished at $10.95, with 320,871 shares, Caribbean Cement settled 1 cent higher at $30.02, with 4,701 shares. Ciboney Group ended trading with a loss of 1 cent at 39 cents, with 970,762 shares, Grace Kennedy traded 40 cents higher at $43, with 3,269 stock units, Jamaica Broilers finished trading 20 cents higher at $18.20, with 6,457 units, Jamaica Producers closed 10 cents higher at $15.60, with 41,029 units. Jamaica Stock Exchange ended at $6.50, with 45,523 shares, JMMB Group concluded trading with a loss of 48 cents at $24.52, with 28,228 stock units, Mayberry Investments ended trading 5 cents higher at $5.15, with 1,950 shares. NCB Financial Group traded with a loss of 95 cents at $99, with 25,065 units, 1834 Investments finished trading at $1.20, with 2,314,148 shares, PanJam Investment ended $1.85 higher at $41.85, with 3,000 units, Pulse Investments finished at $1.80, with 6,387 shares. Radio Jamaica settled at $1.05, with 523,807 shares, Sagicor Group ended trading with a loss of 50 cents at $35.50, with 31,921 stock units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund ended trading with a loss of 1 cent at $14.85, with 17,600 shares. Salada Foods traded with a loss of $1.49 at $10.51, with 200 units, Scotia Group finished trading with a loss of $1 at $52, with 71,580 shares. Seprod closed with a loss of 40 cents at $29.60, with 195 shares, Sterling Investments ended at $9, with 4,750 shares, Supreme Ventures concluded trading with a loss of 1 cent at $11.99, with 5,795 stock units, Victoria Mutual Investments finished trading at $4.15, with 160,956 units. Wisynco Group settled at $10.75, with 802,550 shares and in the main market preference segment, JMMB Group 7.5% lost 1 cent to close at $1.03 with 567 shares and Proven Investments settled with a loss of 85 cents at $5.05, with 50,000 units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place. For more details of market activities, see “JSE in big rise again – Tuesday.”

JSE majors jump – Monday

Scotia Group price jumped by $3 on Monday.

Sharp price changes on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange results in a rise in the market on Monday, leading to strong gains in the market indices as 7,713,887 shares valued at $88,768,495 changed hands.
Market activity closed with 25 securities changing hands, as the prices 9 rose 8 declined and 8 traded unchanged, as the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index surged 1,933.56 points to 316,535.07 and the JSE Index jumped 1,761.69 points to 288,399.25.
In the main market activity, Berger Paints closed at $18.01, with 12,000 shares, Cable & Wireless concluded trading 1 cent higher at $1.36, with 129,445 units, Carreras finished with a loss of 5 cents at $10.95, with 612,057 shares, Caribbean Cement settled with a loss of 3.04 cents at $30.01, with 176,750 shares, Ciboney Group ended trading at 40 cents, with 385,564 shares. Grace Kennedy traded with a loss of 5 cents at $42.60, with 120,827 stock units, Jamaica Broilers finished trading with a loss of 1 cent at $18, with 709,823 units, Jamaica Producers closed at $15.50, with 11,000 shares, JMMB Group concluded trading at $25, with 10,942 shares. Mayberry Investments ended trading 29 cents higher at $5.10, with 4,963 shares, NCB Financial Group traded $99.95 higher at $99.95, with 120,086 shares, 1834 Investments finished trading with a loss of 3 cents at $1.20, with 1,010,000 shares, PanJam Investment ended with a loss of 1.85 cents at $40, with 100 units. Portland JSX concluded trading 50 cents higher at $10, with 1,500 shares, Pulse Investments finished at $1.80, with 919,864 shares, Radio Jamaica settled at $1.05, with 8,710 shares, Sagicor Group ended trading $1 higher at $36, with 52,052 stock units. Scotia Group finished trading $3 higher at $53, with 440,646 shares, Seprod closed 20 cents higher at $30, with 8,668 shares, Supreme Ventures concluded trading 1 cent higher at $12, with 207,425 stock units, Victoria Mutual Investments finished with a loss of 18 cents at $4.15, with 578,368 units. Wisynco Group settled 15 cents higher at $10.75, with 339,550 shares and Sagicor Real Estate Fund ended trading with a loss of 14 cents at $14.86, with 75,555 shares. In the main market preference segment, Jamaica Money Market traded at $1.95, with 490,528 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place. For more details of market activities, see “Cement drops $3.04 Scotia up $3 – Monday.