Watch Barita Investments again

Barita Investments headquarters

Barita Investments rose sharply last week to close at a record high of $83 after posting blockbuster quarterly results, the price could climb higher and is still one to watch.
NCB Financial continues to create waves and seems poised to move higher over the coming months with the next quarter earnings due out next week. Investors are eagerly awaited them.
Caribbean Cement failed to break higher during the past week, with results for the June quarter due out at the end of July, investors could get an incentive to buy the stock more aggressively.  Sygnus Credit Investments is coming into its own with limited supply of the stock for sale. Wisynco Group came back into the spotlight with demand pushing the price just under $20.
Fontana that continues to trade around $6, seems poised to slowly move higher as the new Kingston branch, moves closer to opening in September.

Wisynco came into inctreased buying in the past week.

Stationery and Office Supplies still has little supply offered for sale and could break over the $10 barrier at any time, especially with the June quarter ended. Elite Diagnostic with rising demand and slowing supplies seems set to bounce, having traded at $5. The company’s new branch in St Ann is slowing being built just outside of St Anns Bay at Drax Hall and may not be far from completion. Elite has more than 418,000 units on offer at $5 and that could constrain upward price movement for some time, if the selling remains during the week. Lasco Financial price bounces around $4.50. The stock is undervalued and could see increased buying interest, ahead of the June quarter results.
A number of other companies will be releasing 2019 second quarter results, between this week and mid- August that could move prices.

Watch this one – RJR Group

Investors should be watching keenly developments at Radio Jamaica as the company seems poised for a turnaround in its fortunes.
The company today reported to the Jamaica Stock Exchange that a connected party purchased 26.5 million of the company’s shares on July 5, 2019. The trade took place at $1.03 and is very significant, sending a strong message of the group fortunes ahead, but few are watching this one. The RJR purchase may not mean much to most, but IC Insider.com assessment of recent results suggests otherwise.
In November last year, IC insider.com posted an article, captioned “NCB Insiders sending powerful message.” The article highlighted the fact that some directors and executives at NCB Financial Group see big things ahead, to have put down $650 million in buying a block of 4,793,610 shares close to the highest price it traded at in recent times. Since then the stock rose from $136 to more than $200 for a gain of 47 percent, with more to come.
RJR Group, reported profits that more than doubled in the December quarter from $79 million to $168 million on revenues that climbed from $1.39 billion to $1.5 billion but for the year to March this year, the group reported a small loss of $22 million thus reversing the profit of $34 million at the end of December 2018. Operating revenues rose an attractive 9.7 percent in the March quarter to reach $1.29 billion, segment results show that revenues grew 5.3 percent for television, 7.4 percent for radio and 8.2 percent for print in the March quarter over the prior year’s March quarter. Some cost incurred in 2019 fiscal year will not repeat in 2020 while income as a result of the World Cup football, will not recur. The group lost around $40 million in doing world cup coverage and that loss will disappear in 2020. RJR ended the year with shareholders’ equity of $2.35 billion, borrowings of $387 million. Current assets amounted to $1.5 million with cash funds at $448 million and current liabilities at $662 million. In spite of the loss for the fiscal year, gross cash inflows amounted to $485 million.
The gains in revenues are an important message about future income and a very good indication that 2020 fiscal year should be a profitable one. The purchase of the block of shares when coupled with growth in revenues seems a positive indicator of what to expect for 2020.
There are few other indicators as well. Some entities placing advertisement in the Gleaner faced cancellation as a section of the paper attracted such business that they had to turn away advertising and that seemed have gone on for weeks in the June quarter. Faced with a growing economy with sales rising as well as increased competition companies will spend more on advertising to move more products and services, a trend that should continue going forward. Of significance, is that GDP growth in the first quarter of 2019 is 21 percent faster than in the same period in 2018, if this trend continues for the rest of the year growth would be in the 2.5 percent level or more. That would mean more advertising dollar spend and the RJR Group is in a good position to benefit from that going forward.
IC Insider.com projects 15 cents per share in earnings for 2020 with the stock that traded at $1.10 on teh Jamaaica Stock exchange on friday, is now at a PE of just 7, well under the market average of 15.6.

Declining TSE stocks dominate market Friday

Market activity on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange ended on Friday with trading in 19 securities against 17 on Thursday, with 2 advancing, 10 declining and 7 remaining unchanged.
At close of the market, the Composite Index declined 4.51 points on Friday to 1,384.54. The All T&T Index fell 9.44 points to 1,788.78, while the Cross Listed Index rose 0.08 points to close at 132.55.
Trading ended with 561,729 shares at a value of $5,509,075, compared to 216,609 units valued $3,950,131 on Thursday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended at 2 stocks with bids that were higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
Gains| Clico Investment Fund rose 10 cents to end at $24.25, with 29,548 units trading and Massy Holdings gained 58 cents and concluded trading of 25 stock units to close at $55.08.
Losses| Calypso Macro Index Fund fell $1 cents to close at $14 with 1,542 shares changing hands, First Citizens shares fell 7 cents and completed trading of 4,297 stock units at $40.03, Grace Kennedy lost 1 cent to close at $3.23, with 20,000 stock units changing hands. Guardian Holdings declined 10 cents and concluded trading of 13,960 stock units at $18.40, Guardian Media closed with a loss of $1.25 and settled at a 52 weeks’ low of $11.50 with an exchange of 100 units, National Flour closed 1 cent lower to at $1.70, with 433 stock units changing hands. One Caribbean Media shed 5 cents and settled at $10.10, with 4,275 units trading, Sagicor Financial closed with a loss of 1 cent at $10, after exchanging 106,521 shares, Scotiabank lost $2 to close at 52 weeks’ low of $60 in swapping of 960 shares and Unilever Caribbean dropped 30 cents and ended at $25 with 42,709 units changing hands.
Firm Traded| Ansa Mcal completed trading at $55.18, with 500 units crossing the exchange, CinemaOne closed at $9, in exchanging 1,000 units, First Caribbean International settled at $8.32, with investors exchanging 26,308 shares. JMMB Group finished trading 289,305 shares, to end at $2.25, NCB Financial settled at $9.50, after trading 9,135 shares and Republic Financial completed trading with 7,636 units at $121 and Trinidad & Tobago NGL ended trading 4,475 units at $28.05.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

5 TTSE stocks rise 3 fall – Thursday

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Trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange ended on Thursday with 17 securities changing hands against 17 on Wednesday. Prices of 5 stocks rose, 4 declined and 8 remained unchanged.
Trading ended with 216,609 units valued $3,950,131 changing hands, compared to 936,221 units valued $5,215,766 on Wednesday.
At close of the market, the Composite Index rose 1.58 points to 1,389.05. The All T&T Index fell 0.19 points to 1,798.22, while the Cross Listed Index rose 0.46 points to close at 132.47.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended at 2 stocks with bids lower than their last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
Gains| Calypso Macro Index Fund rose 50 cents to close at $15 with 66 shares changing hands, JMMB Group finished trading 41,995 shares, resulting in a rise of 5 cents to end at $2.25, Sagicor Financial added 1 cent and settled at $10.01, with investors exchanging 19,200 shares. West Indian Tobacco closed with a gain of 1 cent and ended at $110.27, with 83 stock units trading and Unilever Caribbean traded 3,040 units and rose 5 cents to settle at $25.30.
Losses| Massy Holdings fell 58 cents to $54.50, after exchanging 6,400 shares, National Enterprises lost 1 cent to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $6.65, with 42 units changing hands, Republic Financial rose 2 cents and completed trading of 13,259 shares at $121 and Trinidad & Tobago NGL lost 5 cents and ended at $28.05 trading 3,625 units.
Firm Trades| Clico Investments closed at $24.15, with investors exchanging 3,263 shares, Ansa McAL ended at $55.18, after trading 7,524 units, CinemaOne settled at $9, with investors exchanging 111 shares, First Citizens Bank ended at $40.10, with 2,936 stock units trading. Grace Kennedy settled at $3.24, with the swapping of 30,900 shares, NCB Financial completed trading of 83,316 shares at $9.50, Point Lisas traded 710 shares to close at $3.45 and Scotiabank concluded with 250 stock units changing hands at $62.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

6 TTSE stocks fall 3 rise – Wednesday

Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange Head Quarters

Trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange ended with the number of declining stocks outnumbering rising ones at the close on Wednesday.
Trading ended 17 securities against 17 on Tuesday with 3 stocks advancing, 6 declining and 8 remaining unchanged. The Composite Index lost 1.44 points to 1,387.47. The All T&T Index slipped 2.25 points to 1,798.41, while the Cross Listed Index dipped 0.08 points to close at 132.01.
Trading ended with 936,221 units valued $5,215,766 changing hands, compared to 276,861 shares valued $4,377,953 on Tuesday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended at 2 stocks with bids lower than their last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
Stocks closing with gains| JMMB Group finished trading 844,724 shares and resulted in a rise of 8 cents to end at $2.20, One Caribbean Media rose 5 cents to close at $10.15 trading 2,000 shares and West Indian Tobacco traded 15,368 shares and rose 1 cent in closing at $110.26.
Stocks closing with losses| Clico Investments fell 8 cents to $24.15, with 1,921 stock units trading, lost 1 cent and closed at $2.12, trading 5,845 units, Massy Holdings lost 1 cent to close trading of 4,074 units at $55.08. National Flour lost 1 cent and closed at $1.71 with just 200 shares trading, Point Lisas fell 16 cents to close at $3.45 while trading 600 units, Republic Financial Holdings shed 73 cents trading 7,260 units to close at $121.02. Trinidad & Tobago NGL lost 14 cents and ended at $28.10 in trading 3,026 units and Unilever Caribbean exchanged 483 shares and fell 5 cents in closing at $25.25.
Stocks trading firm| irst Caribbean International Bank closed trading of 2,112 shares to close at $8.32, First Citizens Bank traded 2,034shares at $40.10, Grace Kennedy ended trading of 11,144 shares to close at $3.24, Guardian Holdings settled at $18.50, with 12,173 stock units changing hands. NCB Financial settled at $9.50, with 2,235 units, Sagicor Financial concluded at $10.00, with 28,195 stock units trading, Scotiabank closed at $62 in exchanging 66 shares and LJ Williams B shares traded 2,700 shares at $1.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

 

6 TTSE stocks fall 1 rise – Tuesday

One Caribbean Media was the sole stock gaining on TTSE.

The majority of stocks trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange closed with prices unchanged at the close on Tuesday with trading in 17 securities against 18 on Monday.  
Trading ended with one advancing, six declining and ten remaining unchanged. The Composite Index lost 12.28 points on Tuesday to 1,388.91. The All T&T Index slipped 0.19 points to 1,800.67, while the Cross Listed Index dropped 3.37 points to close at 132.09.
Trading ended with 276,861 shares valued $4,377,953 changing hands, compared to 107,479 shares valued $3,623,099 on Monday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended at 1 stocks with bids lower than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
Stocks closing with gains| One Caribbean Media was the sole stock gaining as the price rose 3 cents to close at $10.10 as 10,992 shares traded.
Stocks closing with losses| Clico Investments fell 17 cents to $24.23, with 5,156 stock units trading, JMMB Group lost 1 cent and closed at $2.12, trading 5,845 units, Massy Holdings lost 1 cent to close trading of 4,074 units at $55.08. NCB Financial dropped 49 cents to $9.50, after exchanging 33,437 shares, Republic Financial Holdings shed 6 cents trading 409 units to close at $121.75 and West Indian Tobacco traded 900 shares and lost 2 cents in closing at $110.25
Stock trading unchanged| CinemaOne ended at $9, in trading 50 shares, First Caribbean International Bank closed trading of 3,751 shares to close at $8.3, First Citizens Bank traded 1,450 shares at $40.10, Grace Kennedy ended trading of 1,642 shares to close at $3.24, Guardian Holdings settled at $18.50, with 36 stock units changing hands. Prestige Holdings traded 400 shares to close at $9.25, Sagicor Financial settled at $10 in swapping of 139,900 shares, Scotiabank closed at $62 in exchanging 88 shares, Trinidad & Tobago NGL ended at $28.24 in trading 65,886 units, shares and Unilever Caribbean exchanged 2,895 shares in closing at $25.30.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Rising TTSE stocks beat losers – Monday

First Citizens Bank traded at 52 weeks’ high on Monday.

Trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange closed on Monday with trading in 18 securities against 16 on Friday.  
Trading ended with 7 advancing, 2 declining and 9 remaining unchanged. Citizens Bank traded at a 52 weeks’ high while Scotia Bank and CinemaOne closed at 52 weeks’ lows.
The Composite Index gained 0.54 points on Monday to 1,401.19. The All T&T Index rose 0.19 points to 1,800.86, while the Cross Listed Index added 0.12 points to close at 135.46.
Trading ended with 107,479 shares valued $3,623,099 changing hands, compared to 479,775 shares valued $4,335,325 on Friday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended at 1 stocks with bids lower than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
Stocks closing with gains| Clico Investments rose 14 cents to $24.40, with 2,371 stock units trading, First Citizens Bank gained 10 cents in trading 358 shares to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $40.10, JMMB Group closed with an increase of 3 cents and ended at $2.13, with 9,231 units crossing the exchange. Massy Holdings rose 1 cent to close trading 1,000 units at $55.09, Prestige Holdings traded 2,085 shares and rose 25 cents to close at $9.25, Republic Financial Holdings gained 76 cents trading 178 units to close at $121.81 and Unilever Caribbean rose 5 cents in exchanging 7,815 shares to close at $25.30.
Stocks closing with losses| Scotiabank lost 15 cents and closed at a 52 weeks’ low of $62 in exchanging 322 shares and CinemaOne dropped 95 cents to close a 52 weeks’ low of $9, in trading 100 shares.
Stocks traded unchnaged| Ansa McAl traded 44,355 shares at $55.18, Ansa Merchant Bank concluded trading at $37, with investors exchanging 1,740 shares, First Caribbean International Bank closed trading of 60 shares to close at $8.32, Grace Kennedy ended trading 1,500 shares to close at $3.24. Guardian Holdings closed at $18.50, in swapping 24,584 shares, Sagicor Financial ended at $10, with 6,815 units crossing the exchange, Trinidad & Tobago NGL ended at $28.24 in trading 4,409 units, Trinidad Cement ended at $2.45, trading 76 shares and West Indian Tobacco traded 480 shares at $110.27.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Watch Barita Investments

Barita Investments headquarters

NCB Financial dropped to $173 on Friday with a large volume trading but bounced to last trade at $188.  The stock may not break out of the $190 range for now but it is worth watching for future developments.
Others worth watching this week include Barita Investments with results that could be released by the end of this week or early next week. The results should be showing a big improvement over that of the similar period in 2018. The third quarter results, is rumored to be far better than the second quarter, that will be known in a few days. Importantly, the second quarter earnings posted as 65 cents should be 90 cents per share instead, with earnings equivalent to $3.60 per annum. Caribbean Cement appeared as if it was going to break higher than $80 during the past week, but did not and is worth watching this week as results for the June quarter is due out at the end of July and there is not an abundance of stock offered for sale.  Sygnus Credit Investments is coming into its own with limited supply of the stock for sale.
Caribbean Producers fell to $4.50 with buying interest around these levels and limited selling pressure. Fontana jumped to a record $6.50 this past week and that encouraged some selling to take place.
the stock remains the main attraction in trading.

Fontana upcoming Waterloo Road branch

Selling supplies remain relatively low at the close on Friday. Stationery and Office Supplies still has little supply offered for sale and could break over the $10 barrier at any time, especially with the June quarter ended. Elite Diagnostic with rising demand and slowing supplies seems set to bounce, having hit a new high on Friday. Lasco Financial price was cut down to $4.10 on Friday, but bounced back to the close at $4.50. The stock is undervalued and could see buying interest building, in the days ahead.
A number of other companies will be releasing 2019 second quarter results between this week and mid August that could move prices.Most of these stocks are in the Junior Market.

Gradual growth for Sagicor Select

There is a great deal of interest in the Sagicor Select Funds that is offering 2.5 billion shares for subscription by the general public at $1 per share and a slight discount for some selected applicants.
The company has the right to upsize the offer by an additional 1.5 billion shares. The offer opened July 3 with a closing date of July 17.
Financial Select Fund aims to give results before expenses, corresponding generally to the price and yield performance of the JSE Financial Index that seeks to mirror the financial sector companies on the Jamaica Stock Exchange. The list includes some that are not wholly financial, with NCB Financial dominating with 38 percent of the index at the beginning of March.
In order to track the performance of the Index, the Select Fund uses a replication strategy, with the Fund investing substantially all of the securities represented in the Index in approximately the same proportions as the Index. The Financial Select Fund will rebalance monthly, if necessary, to maintain the appropriate balance to track the index. On average, the Financial Select Fund will invest at least 95 percent of its total assets in the securities comprising the Index. The Index is developed and maintained by the Jamaica Stock Exchange and calculated based on market capitalization of the various companies making up the index.
The company estimates that “financial stocks will increase in price by an annual rate of 8 percent over the five-year period, with the net asset value of the total assets expected to rise to $7.2 billion in 2024. The performance of the securities held is expected to be favourably impacted by the growth in the financial sector and the consequent higher earnings for the companies whose stocks form part of the JSE Financial Index, on average,” the company stated in the prospectus.
Frankly, if that were the returns, investors would be better off investing in a number of the preference shares listed on the market that provide a rate of return that is equal or better without the same risk. Since the Financial Index started at the beginning of March this year, it has gained 22 percent as NCB Financial in the main, the largest portion of the Index and the fund, moved from $145 to last trade at $188, to be up 30 percent since the end of February.
Fortunately, with interest rates being low and continuing to fall, profits of companies will most likely rise, including financial sector ones and therefore drive the value of stock in the fund at a much higher rate than the unrealistic forecasted levels.
The positive with the fund is that if one is of the view that the sector will continue to grow at an attractive pace then it could be a good vehicle to hold without having to buy a basket of the stocks and having to manage them appropriately. The down side is that because it is not a managed fund, the value will rise and fall with the stocks in the portfolio. Additionally, the fund violates one of the carinal principle tenets of investing, that of having a balanced portfolio, so that no one investment is so large as to drag down the portfolio significantly. Investors do not need to go beyond the 1990s to see how devastating concentration of investment can be.
IC Indier.com considers the environment to be very conducive, to the fund do well going forward with a likely growth rate closer to 20 percent per annum for a few years than 8 percent, but investors should not factor in a premium to the net asset value of the fund anytime soon if at all.
Some investors just don’t want to be bothered with managing a portfolio but want direct exposure to the market and that is where a select fund is seen as useful. Each investor has to determine what it is that they want from an investment. Investors are unlikely to see the level of gains generated from the Wigton public offer from this issue in a matter of weeks, for example.

Steady trading on TTSE – Friday

NCB Financial notches yet another record high.

The majority of stocks trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange closed with prices unchanged  on Friday, with trading in 16 securities against 18 on Thursday.  
Trading ended with 2 advancing, 1 declining and 13 remaining unchanged as NCB Financial closed trading at an all time high.
The Composite Index gained 6.28 points to close at 1,400.65. The All T&T Index just rose 0.12 points to 1,800.67, while the Cross Listed Index moved 1.72 points higher to close at 135.34.
Trading ended with 479,775 shares valued $4,335,325 changing hands, compared to 589,237 shares valued $3,306,026 on Thursday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended at 4 stocks with bids lower than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
Stocks closing with gains| Clico Investments rose 1 cent to $24.16, with 88,974 stock units trading and NCB Financial rose 22 cents to close at record $9.99, with 4,000 stock units trading.
Stocks closing with losses| Republic Financial Holdings dropped 70 cents in trading 1,382 units to close at $121.05.
Stocks traded unchanged| Angostura Holdings traded 8,620 shares at $16.05, First Caribbean International Bank closed trading of 118 shares to close at $8.32, First Citizens Bank traded 930 shares at $40, Guardian Holdings concluded trading at $18.50, with investors exchanging 13,108 shares, Grace Kennedy ended trading of 29,124 shares to close at $3.24. JMMB Group ended with 220,593 changing hands at $2.10, Massy Holdings closed trading 100 units at $55.08, National Flour ended at $1.72, with 29,289 stock units changing hands, Prestige Holdings traded 508 shares to close at $9. Sagicor Financial Corporation exchanged 76,620 shares to close at $10, Scotiabank closed at $62.15 in exchanging 1,960 shares, Trinidad & Tobago NGL ended at $28.24 in trading 2,045 units and Trinidad Cement ended at $2.45, with 2,424 stock units changing hands.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.