Wigton profit to help light up JSE

Wigton stock could spike on Wednesday.

Profits drive stock prices like nothing else. The Jamaica Stock exchange should see a big hike at the close of trading as a number of companies release some excellent results days before the main earnings season for the half-year ends.
Some main market companies are reporting big gains in earnings after the market closed on Tuesday and these could push prices up on Wednesday. Wigton Windfarm posted positive results for the June quarter, with profit jumping from $175 million to $366 million with modest foreign exchange gains, resulting in earnings per share of 3.3 cents that should translate to over 10 cents for the year. Revenues grew 12 percent at Kingston Wharves to $3.8 billion, over the corresponding period in 2018 and net profit attributable to shareholders increased by 40 percent to $1.2 billion. For the June quarter, net profit rose 54 percent to $729 million on revenues that rose 12 percent to $19.7 billion. Importantly, Kingston Wharves reported earnings of 51 cents per share for the second quarter (annualized $2 per share) and 82 cents for the half-year.
Jamaica Producers increased second-quarter revenues by 12 percent to $5.4 billion over the 2018 period and net profit attributable to shareholders increasing 52 percent to $399 million.

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For the half-year, JP posted profit due to the group’s shareholders of $629 million compared to $415 million with revenues that rose from $9.3 billion to $10.16 billion. PanJam Investment reports net profit attributable to shareholders of $3.055 billion for the June quarter, up from $982 million in 2018 and $3.95 billion for the six months from $1.8 billion in the 2018 period.
PanJam results benefited from investments gains and gains from the sale of shares in an associated company. Productivity Business Solutions posted a rise in profits toUS$724,000 in the June quarter compared to a profit of $372,000 in 2018 and a profit of US$184,000 for the six months to June.

Improved Q4 results at Productivity Business

Productivity Business Solutions reported a 21 percent reduction in loss for 2017 to US$1.7 million for the December quarter and an increase of 76 percent to US$4.9 million for the full year after taxation of US$1.17 million for the quarter and US$2 million for the year.
Revenues grew 9.25 percent to US$46.36 million in the quarter up from $42.43 in 2016 and for the full year it was up a mere 1 percent to US$172 million from US$171 in 2016.
Administrative expenses rose 7 percent to $18.55 million for the quarter and by 2 percent for the year to $68 million and finance cost 31 percent for the quarter and to $2.9 million and by 37 percent to $9.35 million for the year. Devaluation losses seem to have negatively affect finance cost in the December quarter and pushing the operations into a loss position before tax, for the year, expenses connected for refinancing and capital transactions relating to new business in Suriname and Columbia, helped in pushing cost up in this area.
Based on the fourth quarter results, with a small loss with increased foreign exchange losses, 2018 could turn out to be a profitable year.
The shares last traded on the US dollar market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange at 55 US cents.

Main market retreats moderately

In trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Friday the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index declined by 585.03 points to 316,302.83 and the JSE Index fell 533.03 points to close at 288,187.64 with 27 securities changing hands, of which 12 advanced, 6 declined and 9 traded firm.
Amongst stocks that declined are the two newly listed companies that fell with multi-million shares exchanged in each case.
Trading on the Main Market ended with 8,660,030 units valued at $83,892,685 compared to 19,253,045 units valued at $1,098,475,593 from 24 securities changing hands on Thursday.
Trading ended with an average of 320,742 units for an average of $3,107,136 in contrast to 802,210 units for an average of $45,769,816 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 457,513 units valued at $12,985,543 and previously 504,258 with a value of $16,361,708. December closed with average of 686,156 units valued at an average of $8,654,832 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 7 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with Productivity Business exchanging 1,759 units with a loss of 0.5 cent to close at 57 cents with a value of US$9,436. The JSE US Equities Index closed unchanged at 175.18.
The major movers at the close of the market are, Jamaica Broilers with 1,219,377 shares trading at $18 at the close, Victoria Mutual Investments, closed trading with 3.6 million shares with the price ending $4.07 and recent listed Wisynco traded 2.7 million shares closing at $10.80. Caribbean Cement dropped $3.50 to $32, Kingston Wharves jumped $2.98 to $33.99, PanJam Investment rose $1.50 to $42, Portland JSX jumped $1.05 higher at $11, Salada Foods ended with a loss of $2 at $11 and Scotia Group gained $1 to $52.

For more details of market activities see – New listings retreat on Friday.

NCB in big trade on Jamaican stock market

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NCB Financial traded more than 10m shares.

NCB Financial accounted for more than half of the shares on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday with 10 million units leading to 19,253,045 units valued at $1,098,475,593 passed through the market, compared to 9,357,015 units valued at $91,768,857 on Wednesday.
The Jamaica Stock Exchange All Jamaican Composite Index declined by 70.24 points to close at 316,887.86 and the JSE Index declined by 64.00 points to close at 288,720.67.
Market activity ended with 24 securities changing hands, up from 29 on Wednesday as 10 advanced, 11 declined and 4 traded firm.
Trading ended with an average of 802,210 units for an average of $45,769,816 in contrast to 322,656 units for an average of $3,164,443 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 504,258 with a value of $16,361,708. December closed with average of 686,156 units valued at an average of $8,654,832 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 7 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with Proven Investments exchanging 511,100 units with a rise of 1 cent to close at 22 cents with a value of US$117,453. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 0.14 points to end at 175.18.
The major movers at the close of the market other than NCB Financial are, Radio Jamaica with 1.3 million shares trading at $1.05 at the close, Victoria Mutual Investments, closed trading with 2.96 million shares with the price closing $4.40 and recent listed Wisynco Group, traded 1.85 million shares closing at $11.50. Caribbean Cement jumped $4.03 to $35.50, JMMB Group dropped $2 to $25, Mayberry Investments added $1 to close at $6, PanJam Investment fell $3 to $40.50.

For more details of market activities see – JSE main market consolidating.

Trading picks up on JSE Main Market

Wisynco producers of Wata, traded 3 million shares on Wednesday.

The Jamaica Stock Exchange All Jamaican Composite Index declined by 180.58 points to close at 316,958.10 on Wednesday and the JSE Index slipped 164.53 points to 288,784.67 from a pickup in market activity, with 29 securities changing hands versus 26 on Tuesday.
Cable & Wireless trading 2.1 million units, recently listed, Victoria Mutual Investments, closed trading with 1.9 million shares with the price rising to a new closing high of $4.40 for a gain of 40 cents and recent listed Wisynco traded 3 million shares and closed at $12.
Trading on the Main Market ended with 12 securities advancing, 10 declining and 7 traded firm with 9,357,015 units valued at $91,768,857 changing hands, compared to 11,226,286 units valued at $102,330,476 on Tuesday.
Trading ended with an average of 322,656 units for an average of $3,164,443 in contrast to 431,780 units for an average of $3,935,788 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 374,242 units valued at $ 3,529,079. December closed with average of 686,156 units valued at an average of $8,654,832 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 7 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with Productivity Business closing at 57 cents with 2,541 stock units changing hands and Proven Investments exchanged  3,070,230 units at 21 cents with the total value of of all shares traded amounting to US$705,914. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 8.87 points to end at 175.04.
The major movers at the close of the market are, Berger Paints jumped $1 to $18, JMMB Group surged $3 to $27, Mayberry lost $1 to $5, Pan Jam Investment fell $1.50 to $43.50, Salada Foods jumped by $1 to a new high of $13, Scotia Group dropped $1.90 to $51.10 and Supreme Ventures ended with a gain of $1.58 at $11.59.

For more details of market activities see – “JSE Main Market chills.”

JSE Main Market gains 50% for 2017

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended with the All Jamaican Composite Index jumping 4,310.37 points to close at 316,516.11 for a gain of 50.6 percent for the year and the JSE Index advancing by 3,927.24 points to 288,381.97 ending 2017 with a rise of 50 percent.
Trading on the Main Market ended on Friday with 26 securities changing hands, 11 advanced, 4 declined and 11 traded firm resulting in 10,210,190 units valued at $125,309,363 trading, compared to 4,648,646 units valued at $69,664,482 from 22 securities changing hands on Thursday.
The exchange latest listing, Victoria Mutual Investments, traded on the main market on Friday and closed at $3.24 for a gain of 32 percent from its IPO price of $2.45, after trading as high as $4. Previously listed Wisynco traded 5 million shares and closed at $11.99 after hitting an all-time high of $13.80 during the day.
Trading ended with an average of 392,700 units for an average of $4,819,591 in contrast to 211,302 units for an average of $3,166,567 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 686,156 units valued at an average of $8,654,832 and previously 701,126 units valued at an average of $8,851,977. In contrast, November 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 in the main and the US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 15 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
Traded in the US dollar market ended with Productivity Business Solutions trading 65,374 shares and closed 57.5 US cents after rising 0.50 cent and Proven Investments US ordinary share gained 2 US cents with 3,400 units changing hands to end at 21 US cents, the total value of trading amounted to US$38,138 with the JSE USD Equities Index closing 6.84 points higher at 166.17.
The major movers at the close of the market are, JMMB Group traded 1.26 million shares and rose by $2 to $25, NCB Financial climbed $1.50 to $100, Sagicor Group jumping by $2.24 to $37.99, Scotia Group surged $3.75 to $53.85 and Wisynco traded 5 million shares and rose $1.90 to $11.99. Cable & Wireless traded with a gain of 15 cents to end at $1.25 before news officially broke that the majority owners were making an offer of $1.45 for each minority share.

For more details of market activities see – “VM Investments up 32% on first trading day.”

JSE market indices in sharp upturn

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended with the All Jamaican Composite Index jumping 2,370.07 points to 312,205.74 and the JSE Index climbing 2,159.40 points to 284,454.73 with 22 securities changing hands, versus 21 Securities on Wednesday.
Wisynco shares were listed on the Exchange on Thursday with the price rising $2.22 to end at $10.09 while trading 2,925,359 shares.
At the close of trading, the prices of 8 stocks advanced, 3 declined and 11 traded firm with 4,648,646 units valued at $69,664,482 compared to 18,689,826 units valued at $192,233,164 on Wednesday.
Trading ended with an average of 211,302 units for an average of $3,166,567 in contrast to 50,618 units for an average of $856,086 on Wednesday.
The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 701,126 units valued at an average of $8,851,977 and previously 730,183 units valued at an average of $9,191,043. In contrast, November 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 in the main and the US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 9 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
Trading in the US dollar market, ended with Productivity Business Solutions exchanging 12,900 shares and rose 2 US cents to 57 US cents and Proven Investments US ordinary share losing 1 US cent with 3,653 units changing hands at 19 US cents, the total value of trading amounted to US$7,948 with the JSE USD Equities Index closing 6.11 points lower at 159.33.
The major movers at the close of the market are, Caribbean Cement that gained 99 cents to $32.50, JMMB Group falling by $1 to $23, Sagicor Group jumping by $2.24 to $37.99, Scotia Group that fell $1.90 to $50.10 and Salada Foods rising by $1 to a 52 weeks’ high of $11.50.
Recent initial Public Offering Victoria Mutual Investments will be listed on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Friday.

For more details of market activities see – “Wisynco jumps 28% to $10.09.”

Gains exceed losses but indices drop

Scotia Group’s stock price jumps $3.74 on Thursday

In trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday, the All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 2,129.59 points to 304,965.84 and the JSE Index dived 1,940.29 points to 277,858.36.
Trading ended with 21 securities changing hands, of which 9 advanced, 4 declined and 8 traded firm.
Trading jumped to 171,582,338 units valued at $1,664,149,762 compared to 1,811,480 units valued at $72,434,801 from 27 Securities on Wednesday. Supreme Ventures traded 168.7 million units to dominate market activities after accounting for 98.3 percent of volume traded.
An average of 8,170,588 units for an average of $79,245,227 traded, in contrast to 67,092 units for an average of $2,682,770 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 758,238 units valued at $10,351,426 and previously, 290,793 units valued at $5,669,323. In contrast, November 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 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 2 with lower offers.
Trading in the US dollar market, ended with Proven Investments US ordinary share having 50,000 units changing hands at 22 US cents and Sterling Investments exchanging just 100 units and rising moderately in price to 0.1221 US cents from 0.12 cents. The total value of trading amounted to US$11,012 with the US dollar Equities Index closing 2.24 points down, at 169.22.
The major movers at the close are, JMMB Group lost 90 cents in trading 1,905,342 shares, Kingston Wharves gaining $1 and NCB Financial Group closing $1.49 lower, but Scotia Group jumped $3.74.

For more details of market activities see – “Supreme Ventures in big Thursday trade .”

JSE makes big gains on Wednesday

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange led to sharp gains in the market indices, with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index surging 1,929.83 points to 307,095.43 and the JSE Index climbing 1,758.29 points to close at 279,798.65 as the year-end rally continues.
At the close of trading, Main market activity ended with 27 securities changing hands, 12 advanced, 9 declined and 3 traded firm with 1,811,480 units valued at $72,434,801 compared to 2,309,034 units valued at $75,261,191 on Tuesday from 20 securities changing hands. At the close 138 Student Living ended at a 52 weeks’ high of $6.08.
Trading ended with an average of 67,092 units for an average of $2,682,770 in contrast to 109,954 units for an average of $3,583,866 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 290,793 units valued at 5,669,323 and previously, 310,531 units valued at $5,955,270. In contrast, November 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 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 2 with lower offers.
Traded in the US dollar market ended with Productivity Business Solutions US ordinary share having 2,650 units changing hands valued at US$1,471 in closing at 55 US cents, after falling by 2 cents, with the JSE USD Equities Index closing 1.38 points down at 171.46.
The major movers at the close, are Berger Paints rising 90 cents Jamaica Broilers ending with a fall of 90 cents, JMMB Group dropping by $1.10, Kingston Wharves gaining $1 and NCB Financial Group closing $1.01 higher.
For more details of market activities see – “Rising JSE stocks edged out decliners.”

Consolidation ahead of Christmas rush

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Thursday with the market indices slipping moderately as 21 securities changing hands, of which 7 advanced, 7 declined and 5 traded firm with 3,984,045 units valued at $54,400,232 changing hands.
Price movements were dominated by Caribbean Cement, NCB Financial Group, Scotia Group and Sterling Investments. Barita Investments concluded trading at $8, with 24,584 units, Berger Paints finished with a loss of 11 cents at $16.89 with 5,225 shares trading, Cable & Wireless settled 10 cents higher at $1.10, with 117,487 shares, Caribbean Cement jumped $2.49 higher to $34.50, with a mere 1,781 stock units, Carreras traded at $11.50, with 91,328 units. Grace Kennedy closed at $43, with 5,561 shares, Jamaica Broilers ended with a loss of 40 cents at $18, with 47,667 stock units, Jamaica Producers concluded trading 50 cents higher at $15.50, with 80,157 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange finished 23 cents higher at $7.25, with 7,660 shares. JMMB Group settled 30 cents higher at $28.35, with 335,902 shares, Kingston Wharves traded with a loss of 40 cents at $32.50, with 12,116 units, NCB Financial Group closed $1.90 higher at $99.40, with 94,324 shares, PanJam Investment concluded trading at $41.50, with 46,281 units. Radio Jamaica ended trading with a loss of 9 cents at $1, with 2,210,747 stock units, Sagicor Group traded 50 cents higher at $37, with 607,088 units, Salada Foods closed with a loss of 80 cents at $10, with 2,000 shares, Scotia Group ended with a loss of $1.30 at $51.20, with 42,816 stock units changing hands. Sterling Investments finished with a loss of $1 at $12, with 3,702 shares and Supreme Ventures settled at $10.50, with 200,528 shares. In the main market preference shares segment, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.25% traded 4,091 units to close at $2.49, JMMB Group 7.5% ended at $1.10 with 43,000 units, JMMB Group 7.5% preference share ended trading at $1.10, with 50,000 stock units, in the US dollar market JMMB Group US 6% preference share ended trading at $1.121, with 14,159 stock units, Productivity Business lost 2 US cents in trading 3,600 units at 55 US cents and Proven Investments traded 103,248 ordinary shares at 23.97 US cents after rising 4 cents.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.