JSE stocks retreat from Thursday’s record

Mayberry Jamaican Equities traded 1M shares & the price hits a new high of $10 but retreated by Friday’s close.

The All Jamaican Composite Index of the Jamaica Stock Exchange and the JSE index fell more than 2,000 points as main market stocks retreated from Thursday’s record close as the market set its sight on breaking through the 350,000 mark this coming week.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 2,312.28 points to 346,726.53 and the JSE Index dived 2,106.75 points to 315,907.02. Market activities resulted in 31 securities trading including 3 in the US dollar market compared to 27 securities trading on Thursday.
At the end of trading, the prices of 12 stocks rose, 12 declined and 7 traded unchanged. Trading in the main market ended with 12,389,267 units valued $54,066,117, compared to 7,549,926 units valued at $378,631,059 on Thursday.

The day’s volume was led by, JMMB Group 7.5% preference share concluded trading at $1.03, with 8,590,090 shares with 69.3 percent of the traded volume, followed by Mayberry Equities that closed at $9 in trading 1,046,000 shares, for just 8.4 percent of the day’s volume after trading at an intraday high of $10 and Supreme Ventures with 604,043 units and 4.9 percent of the main market volume.
Stocks with major price changes| Caribbean Cement jumped $2.50 and finished at $47.50, trading 73,872 shares, Grace Kennedy rose 85 cents and ended trading at $59.50, with 41,775 shares, JMMB Group lost $1 and ended at $29, exchanging 120,176 shares, Mayberry Investments gained 39 cents to settle at $7.89, with 10,100 units, PanJam Investment fell 80 cents and concluded trading 42,221 shares and closed at $51.60, Portland JSX lost 50 cents and ended at $8 trading 2,700 units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund dived $2.90 to $12, with 11,200 shares, Salada Foods shed $1 to close at $17, in exchanging 48,271 units, Scotia Group rose 50 cents in traded 113,232 shares to close at $53,  Seprod finished trading 4,500 shares, and gained 59 cents to close at $36.10, ended at $15, with 21,164 shares after losing 30 cents, Victoria Mutual Investments lost 42 cents in concluding trading at $3.51, with 604,043 stock units and Wisynco Group fell 25 cents and finished trading 105,450 shares to end at $9.05.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with Margaritaville traded 9,700 shares and ended at 18 US cents Proven Investments trading 44,500 shares, falling 0.09 cent and closed at 19.01 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments traded 9,000 shares and rose 0.03 cent to 10 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index slipped 0.12 points to end at 159.24.
Trading resulted in an average of 492,474 units valued at over $1,930,933, in contrast to 290,382 shares valued at $14,562,733 on Thursday. For the month to date an average of 231,530 shares valued at an average of $4,665,985 versus 211,092 shares valued at an average of $4,956,066 on Thursday. July closed with an average of 169,022 units valued at $3,514,756, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 5 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 closing with lower offers.

JSE stocks eye 350,000 points – Thursday

At the close of trading on Thursday, the Jamaica Stock Exchange jumped more than 3,900 points to new record close with the All Jamaican Composite Index sitting less than 1,000 from the 350,000 mark.
At 12:30 the All Jamaican Composite Index surged 5,035.03 to 348,774.63 points but pulled back after to close the day with a leap of 4,299.21 points to a record closing high of 349,038.81 and the JSE Index 3,917.07 points to a record close of 318,013.77. Market activities resulted in 27 securities trading including 1 in the US dollar market compared to 29 securities trading on Wednesday.
At the end of trading, the prices of 8 stocks rose, 9 declined and 10 traded unchanged. Caribbean Cement traded at an intraday high of $56 but ended at $45 by the close.
Trading in the main market ended with 7,549,926 units valued at $378,631,059 versus 7,397,463 units valued at $122,484,133 on Wednesday.
The day’s volume was led by, Kingston Wharves with 4,05,328 units and 53 percent of the main market volume, followed by NCB Financial Group exchanging 1,012,510 shares and 13.4 percent of the day’s trades and PanJam Investment with 708,674 units accounting for 9.4 percent of traded volume.
Stocks with major price changes| Kingston Wharves rose 80 cents and finished at $52.50, with 4 million shares, Mayberry Investments fell 50 cents and settled at $7.50, with 9,200 units, Mayberry Equities climbed 50 cents to $9 in trading 231,400 shares, NCB Financial jumped $2 and finished trading of just over 1 million shares at $105, Sagicor Group shed 43 cents to close at $37.57, in exchanging 29,508 units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund climbed 90 cents and settled at $14.90, with 17,616 shares, Seprod finished trading 10,732 shares, but lost 49 cents to close at $35.51, Supreme Ventures ended at $15, with 21,164 shares after losing 30 cents, Sygnus Credit Investments dropped $2.29 to a 52 weeks’ low of $10 in trading 10,000 shares and Wisynco Group gained 30 cents and finished trading at $9.30,with 67,338 units.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with Proven Investments trading 7,966 shares valued at US$1,593 and closed at 20 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index was unchanged at 159.36.
Trading resulted in an average of 290,382 units valued at $14,562,733, in contrast to 273,980 shares valued at $4,536,449 on Wednesday. For the month to date an average of 211,092 shares valued at an average of $4,956,066 versus 203,253 shares valued at an average of $3,906,599 on Wednesday. July closed with an average of 169,022 units valued at $3,514,756, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 closing with lower offers.

JSE main market stocks rose – Wednesday

Caribbean Cement traded at a new high of $56 on Wednesday.


At the close of trading on Wednesday, the Jamaica Stock Exchange moved higher with stocks gaining edging out declining stocks by a ratio 3 to 2.
At the close the All Jamaican Composite Index added 625.35 points to end at 344,739.60 and the JSE Index gained 569.76 points to 314,096.70
Market activities resulted in 29 securities trading including 2 in the US dollar market compared to 28 securities trading on Tuesday. At the end of trading, the prices of 12 stocks rose, 8 declined and 9 traded unchanged. Caribbean Cement traded at an intraday high of $56 but ended at $45 by the close.
Trading in the main market ended with 7,397,463 units valued at $122,484,133 compared to 4,859,195 units valued at $60,716,560 on Tuesday.
The day’s volume was led by, Wisynco Group with 2,011,245 units and 27.2 percent of the main market volume, followed by Sagicor Group exchanging 1,110,079 shares and 15 percent of the day’s trades and Carreras with 737,830 units accounting for 10 percent of traded volume.
Stocks with major price changes| Barita Investments gained 60 cents to $9.60 exchanging 82,479 shares, Berger Paints dropped $4 and ended at $18 after 251,380 stock units changing hands, Jamaica Broilers traded 667,653 shares and shed $2.50 to end at $23, JMMB Group rose $1 to $30 trading 40,771 shares, NCB Financial lost 50 cents and finished trading 64,477 shares at $103, Portland JSX fell 50 to settle at $8.50, trading 836 shares, Sagicor Group gained 53 cents to close at $38, in exchanging 1,110,079 units and Supreme Ventures rose 30 cents in trading 66,987 shares at $15.30.
The Trading in the US dollar market closed with 10,189 units valued at US$1,891 as Margaritaville traded 2,339 shares at 18 US cents and Proven Investments cents and closed at 20 US cents trading 2,850 shares. JSE USD Equities Index rose 0.12 points to 159.36.
Trading resulted in an average of 273,980 units valued at an average of $4,536,449 for each security traded, in contrast to 186,892 units for an average of $2,335,252 on Tuesday. For the month to date an average of 203,253 shares valued at an average of $3,906,599 versus 195,162 shares valued at an average of $3,826,002 on Tuesday. July closed with an average of 169,022 units valued at $3,514,756, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 closing with lower offers.

More fall for JSE stocks – Tuesday

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Salada Foods traded at a all-time high of $18 on Tuesday.

In moderate trading, the Jamaica Stock Exchange fell for the second day in a row on Tuesday, leading to, the All Jamaican Composite Index declining 2,005.90 points to 344,114.23 and the JSE Index shedding 1,827.60 points to 313,526.94.
Trading in the main market ended with 4,859,195 units valued at $60,716,560 compared to 4,879,200 units valued at $45,250,338 on Monday.
Market activities resulted in 28 securities trading including 2 in the US dollar market compared to 29 securities trading on Monday. At the end of trading, the prices of 13 stocks rose, 7 declined and 8 traded unchanged, including Grace Kennedy that ended at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $58.50 and Salada Foods at a closing all time high of $18.
The day’s volume was led by, Mayberry Jamaican Equities with 1,244,346 units and 25.6 percent of the main market volume, followed by 1834 Investments with 1,006,761 units and 20.7 percent of the day’s volume and Carreras with 740,950 units accounting for 15.25 percent traded volume.
Stocks with major price changes| Berger Paints ended at $22 after rising 99 cents with 4,801 stock units changing hands, Caribbean Cement dropped $5 to $45 exchanging 260,066 shares, Jamaica Broilers traded 17,670 stock units and added $1.50 to end at $25.50, JMMB Group lost $1 and ended at $29 trading 343,345 shares, PanJam Investment rose 50 cents and finished trading 28,787 shares at $52.50, Sagicor Real Estate Fund finished with a loss of 50 cents to close at $14, exchanging 57,552 units, Salada Foods jumped $1.50 to settle at an all-time high of $18, trading 13,000 shares Scotia Group traded 16,750 units and rose 52 cents to end at $52.52, Seprod jumped $2 in trading 6,994 units at $36 and Supreme Ventures fell 51 cents in trading 56,290 shares at $15.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 60,825 units valued at US$11,992, as Proven Investments rose 12 cents and closed at 20 US cents trading 59,325 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments traded 1,500 shares at 10 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index eased 0.07 points to 159.24.
Trading resulted in an average of 186,892 units valued at an average of $2,335,252 for each security traded. In contrast to 180,711 units for an average of $1,675,938 on Monday. For the month to date an average of 195,162 shares valued at an average of $3,826,002 versus 196,186 shares valued at an average of $4,035,512 on Monday. July closed with an average of 169,022 units valued at $3,514,756, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 6 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 closing with lower offers.

Profit results could ignite market

There is little doubt that the summer rally is on for Jamaica stocks and is being helped by some good results for a number of the companies. Release of results over the next two days could be a huge catalyst for the market in the days ahead.
Last week a number of stocks traded at 52 weeks’ highs or historical highs. Profit results are expected to flood the market over the next two days and could have a big impact on prices.
Last week a number of on the Watch list traded at record high levels and more of that is expected this week.
Stocks with scarce supplies and could spring surprises include Grace Kennedy, NCB Financial, Berger Paints, Caribbean Cement, Kingston Wharves, PanJam Investment, Sagicor Group, Salada Foods, Seprod and Scotia Group. The main market is not the only segment with limited supplies. The Junior Market supplies continue to be limited for many of the listings. The list includes, Blue Power, Caribbean Flavours, Cargo Handlers, Caribbean Producers, Derrimon Trading, Express Catering, General Accident,Caribbean Cream, Medical Disposables and Stationery and Office Supplies.
The main market continues to be steered higher by an upward sloping support line as well the 45 and 125 day moving averages, lending support just below the index and the Junior Market that is at a 9 months’ high, is being steered by an upward rising long-term support line and the start of a golden cross. The golden cross is a very bullish long-term signal.

JSE lost altitude – Monday

Carib Cement jumped $7.99 to end at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $50.

In moderate trading, the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed down on Monday after the All Jamaica Composite Index hit a new high of 347,919.92 points in early trading.
At the close trading,  advancing stocks were the same as stocks, leading to the All Jamaican Composite Index to decline by 880.86 points to 346,120.15 and the JSE Index in shedding 802.56 points to end at a record close of 315,354.54.
Trading in the main market ended with 4,879,200 units valued at over $45,250,338 compared to 11,481,249 units valued $123,719,859 on Friday.
Market activities resulted in 29 securities trading including 2 in the US dollar market compared to 26 securities trading on Friday. At the end of trading, the prices of 9 stocks rose, 9 declined and 11 traded unchanged, including
Caribbean Cement traded at an all-time closing high of $50 with very low volume while the Jamaica Stock Exchange traded at a 52 weeks’ high of $8.50 but pulled back at the close to $8.
The day’s volume was led by, Mayberry Jamaican Equities with 2,626,900 units and 53.84 percent of the main market volume, followed by Jamaica Stock Exchange with 822,926 units and Victoria Mutual Investments with 298,913 units.
Stocks with major price changes| Barita Investments lost 50 cents and ended at $9, trading 7,186 stock units, Caribbean Cement jumped $7.99 to a 52 weeks’ closing high of $50 exchanging a mere 610 shares, but ended with the being offered at $45 Jamaica Broilers traded 27,922 stock units and added $1.90 to end at $24, Mayberry Investments lost 25 cents to end at $8 trading just 18,821 shares, Kingston Wharves lost 75 cents to end at $51.50, after trading 2,500 stock units, NCB Financial Group lost 50 cents and ended trading at $103.50, exchanging 42,838 shares, Scotia Group traded 9,910 units and shed 80 cents to end at $52, Supreme Ventures fell 29 cents in trading 81,921 at $15.51 and Wisynco Group fell 25 cents to close at $9.25 after trading 197,432 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 35,200 units valued at US$65,830 as JMMB Group 5.75% preference share rose 12 cents and closed at US$2.15 trading 35,200 shares and Margaritaville rose 1 cent in trading 5,000 shares at 18 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 0.47 points to 159.31.
Trading resulted in an average of 180,711 units valued at over $1,675,938, in contrast to 478,385 shares valued at $5,154,994 on Friday. For the month to date an average of 196,186 shares valued at an average of $4,035,512 versus 198,469 shares valued at an average of $4,438,731 on Monday. July closed with an average of 169,022 units valued at $3,514,756, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 10 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 closing with lower offers.

New closing high for JSE – Friday

The Jamaica Stock Exchange took another sizable jump to end at a record close on Friday as advancing stocks out-numbered declining stocks in continuation of the market’s record bull run.
At the close trading, the All Jamaican Composite Index rose 305.19 points to 347,001.01, the first time it closed above 347,000 points and the JSE Index climbed 278.07 points to end at a record close of 316,157.10. The market has gained 9.6 percent for the year to date, the shortage of stocks and low interest rates suggest that the gain for the rest of the year should exceed that of the first 7 months.
Trading in the main market ended with 11,481,249 units valued $123,719,859 compared to 7,873,698 units valued at $335,479,879 on Thursday.
Market activities resulted in 26 securities trading including 2 in the US dollar market compared to 28 securities trading on Thursday. At the end of trading, the prices of 13 stocks rose, 8 declined and 5 traded unchanged, including Caribbean Cement trading at an intraday high of $50 and Salada Foods trading at an all-time high of $17 before pulling back at the close, to a 52 weeks’ high of $16.50.
The day’s volume was led by, Mayberry Jamaican Equities with 9,408,575 units 81.95 percent of the main market volume, followed by Scotia Group with juts 351,092 units and Jamaica Stock Exchange with 281,270 units.
Stocks with major price changes| Berger Paints rose $1 and ended at $21, trading 9,539 stock units, Caribbean Cement fell $1.49 to $42.01 exchanging 76,432 shares, Jamaica Broilers traded 46,334 stock units and dropped $3.40 to end at $22.10, Jamaica Stock Exchange rose 49 cents to close at $8, with 281,270 shares changing hands, JMMB Group rose 50 cents and ended at $30, trading 27,350 shares. Mayberry Investments lost 75 cents to end at $8.25 trading just 8,335 shares, Kingston Wharves finished at $52.25, after rising 25 cents with 3,842 stock units, NCB Financial Group lost 80 cents and ended trading at $104, exchanging 27,159 shares, PanJam Investment jumped $1 to $52 trading 87,500 stock units. Salada Foods jumped $1.50 and ended trading at 52 weeks’ closing high of $16.50, with 35,500 stock units, Scotia Group traded 351,092 units and gained 80 cents to end at $52.80 and Sygnus Credit Investments fell 49 cents in trading 12,010 at $12.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 174,520 units valued at US$31,642 as Proven Investments fell 1 cent and closed at 19 US cents trading 3,200 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments fell 0.25 cents in trading 12,010 at 0.0975 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 3.70 and closed at 154.43
Trading resulted in an average of 478,385 units valued at an average of $5,154,994 for each security traded. In contrast to 302,835 units for an average of $12,903,072 on Thursday. For the month to date an average of 198,469 shares valued at an average of $4,438,731 versus 185,362 shares valued at an average of $5,398,127 on Thursday. July closed with an average of 169,022 units valued at $3,514,756, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 6 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 6 closing with lower offers.

JSE end at a new close – Thursday

The Jamaica Stock Exchange took another sizable jump to end at a record close on Thursday as advancing stocks out-numbered declining stocks in continuation of the market’s record bull run.
At the close trading, the All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 2,217.67 points to 346,695.82 and the JSE Index climbed 2,020.55 points to end at a record close at 315,879.03.
Trading in the main market ended with 7,873,698 units valued at $335,479,879 compared to 3,458,733 units valued at $66,593,492 on Wednesday.
Market activities resulted in 28 securities trading including 2 in the US dollar market compared to 27 securities trading on Wednesday. At the end of trading, the prices of 12 stocks rose, 8 declined and 8 traded unchanged, including Grace Kennedy trading at an intraday high of $58 and Mayberry Investments trading at an all-time high of $9 before pulling back at the close.
The day’s volume was led by, Grace Kennedy with 5,253,678 units accounting for 66.72 percent of the main market volume, followed by Carreras with 899,233 units or just 11.42 percent of the day’s volume and JMMB Group 7.50% preference share with 500,000 units and 6.35 percent of the day’s volume.
Major price changes| Grace Kennedy jumped $1.01 to finish at a record high of $58.05, JMMB Group rose 40 cents ended at $29.50, trading 13,087 shares. Mayberry Investments climbed $1.60 to end a record closing high of $9 trading just 1,000 shares, Kingston Wharves finished at $52, after falling 50 cents with 3,842 stock units NCB Financial Group gained 60 cents and ended trading at $104.80, trading 27,159 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose 50 cents and settled at $14.50 exchanging 3,300 shares, Sterling Investments gained 40 cents to $14.50 after 68,200 shares traded, Scotia Group traded 351,092 units and gained $1.30 to end at $52.80 and Seprod added 99 cents to finish trading at $34, with an exchange of just 750 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 5,754 units valued at US$5,330 as JMMB Group 6% preference share completed trading of 16,500 stock units and rose 1 cent to end at $1.05, Proven Investments fell 1 cent and closed at 19 US cents trading 3,200 shares. The JSE USD Equities Index closed unchanged at 154.43
Trading resulted in an average of 302,835 units valued at an average of $12,903,072 for each security traded. In contrast to 138,349 units for an average of $2,663,740 on Wednesday. For the month to date an average of 185,362 shares valued at an average of $5,398,127 versus 157,082 shares valued at an average of $2,241,849 on Wednesday. July closed with an average of 169,022 units valued at $3,514,756, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.

Profit jumps 58% at Proven

Investors in shares of PROVEN Investments pushed the price to a year’s low of 12 US cents last month but data now available suggest that they made a big mistake, as the stock now trades back at 20 US cents and profit that suffered from foreign exchange losses in the second half of 2018 fiscal year is now back up.
The investment bank just released first quarter results to June showing profit attributable to shareholders jumping 58.43 percent to US$1.79 million from the US$1.13 million in the same period last year. Annualized return on average equity translate to 8.56 percent and is consistent with Proven target set when they went public. The sharp jump in earnings resulted from net revenue for the quarter rising a 17.4 percent to US$8.5 million compared to US$7.25 million earned in the June 2017 quarter. According to the CEO Christopher Williams, “this was mainly due to a more efficient carry trade strategy and significant improvement in foreign exchange gains.”
Earnings per share for the quarter amounted to 0.29 US cent versus 0.20 US cents in 2017. An interim dividend of 0.25 US cent per share will be paid to shareholders on September 10.
According to the report released with the financials “spread income was the major contributor to revenue during the period, with a 16.97 percent improvement compared with the same period last year as net interest income totalled US$5.28 million. This increase reflects success in the carry trade strategy as the company was able to concurrently increase interest income while reducing interest expense by 18.30 percent.
Net foreign exchange gains totalled US$1.20 million, compared to just US$200,000 in the same period last year. While foreign exchange grew fees and commission income declined from $1.2 million to $894,000 due to change in reporting some fee income with some income now being booked over the period that they cover rather than at the time of billing, the impact for the full year should not reflect a major difference, IC Insider.com was informed.
Proven invests in a number of privately held entities except for Access Finance. The investment strategy seems to be working with most entities delivering increased returns in the quarter.

Christopher Williams, Proven Investments CEO.

According to the release Proven Wealth net income totalled US$0.93 million for the quarter, representing more than a six -times increase compared to the same period last year. The firm continues its strategy to offer investment products to clients in reducing the previous reliance on repurchase agreements. Total Assets of the company as at June 2018 stood at US$120.5 million.
Proven Fund Managers continues to be one of the top players in the Asset and Pension Fund Management and Administration business. Profitability increased by almost 68 percent compared to the same period last year, with net profit of US$220,000 compared to US$130,000 million for 2017.
Access Financial Services appears to be maturing contributing nearly 21 percent increase in net profits attributable to PIL of US$790,000 or 44 percent of the group’s profit for the quarter. But according to Williams, profit at Access is growing around $10 million on a monthly basis and is expected to continue for the rest of the fiscal year barring unforeseen negative development. IC Insider.com gathers that they may be more acquisition in the period ahead for this subsidiary in a new market. Access seems to have absorbed the acquisitions last year that led to a hike in doubtful loan provisioning being above normal in the 2018 fiscal year. The loan portfolio was US$24.4 million up 22 percent over the balance at June 2017.
BOSLIL Bank headquartered in St Lucia is Proven Investments’ most recent acquisition and currently 75 percent owned by the group. BOSLIL contribution to group profits was just below Access at US$610,000 million. Total Assets of the bank stood at US$271 million and seems set to increase as the group has signed an agreement to acquire yet another banking entity that will fall under the arm of Boslil.
PROVEN REIT is involved in residential real estate development with two new developments scheduled to commence construction and are expected to be completed and sold over the next twelve to eighteen months. But the current fiscal year is not likely to benefit from these is they are successfully executed.
Operating expenses increased by 11.5 percent to US$5.6 million compared to US$4.9 million in 2017 but the expenses include US$236,000 in preference dividends that will not repeat as the company retires the preference shares on which dividend was paid while there was just over $400,000 provision made relating to the impact of IFRS 9. Excluding these two items profit for the quarter would have been much greater than reported.

Access Financial contributed much to Proven profit in the quarter.


At the end of June total assets amounted to US$575 million down slightly from US$599 million at June 2017 and liabilities fell from US$509 million in 2017 to US$470 million. Shareholders’ Equity grew to US$82 million from US$71 million as at June 2017 mainly from increased in the share capital following the rights issue last year.
The group has not been able to put the new capital fully to work as they awaited regulatory approval for the plan acquisition of a brokerage company in Cayman Island which has now been granted with the acquisition said by Proven to close at the end of the month. That may not be the only acquisition for Proven this fiscal year as the group seek to grow its overseas business and take advantage of the many investment opportunities management sees within the region.
In going forward, investors need to pay attention to the impact of foreign exchange trading and movement in the rate of exchange and the impact on profits positively or negatively, so the strong gains enjoyed in the quarter may not repeat in the rest of the year. The preference dividend and the provision for IFRS provisioning should not repeat and are likely to reduce cost going forward. Access continues to grow profit on a quarterly basis as the company increase loans granted and securities trading can add or subtract from profits depending how well the investment portfolio is managed.
With the continued focus on acquisition, the future could be brighter for the group, in addition IC Insider.com is forecasting a rise in the PE ratio from an average of 12.5 now to a higher level by year end.
The stock that was in the IC TOP 10 and slipped out this past week traded at 19 US cents on Thursday on the JSE US dollar market and sits just outside the Top list.

AJ Index new record of 345,405 points – Tuesday

The All Jamaican Composite Index of the Jamaica Stock Exchange traded at an intraday record high of 347,551.83 in the morning session but drifted lower to close just above 345,000 points for the second day in a row.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index gained 354.82 points to end at a record close of 345,405.03 and the JSE Index advanced by 323.28 points to end at a record close of 314,702.97.
Trading in the main market ended with 3,687,476 units valued at over $83,983,141 compared to 4,818,830 units valued at $56,754,894, on Friday.
Market activities resulted in 33 securities trading including 3 in the US dollar market compared to 29 securities trading on Friday. At the end of trading, the prices of 11 stocks rose, 12 declined and 10 traded unchanged.
The day’s volume was led by, Scotia Group with 841,089 units for 22.81 percent of the main market volume, followed by Carreras with 764,451 units or 20.73 percent of the day’s volume and Radio Jamaica ended with 547,000 units and accounting for 14.83 percent of the day’s volume.
Major price changes| Berger Paints traded 8,650 shares with a gain of 74 cents to close at $20, Caribbean Cement lost 30 cents and finished at $41.20, with 171,284 shares, Grace Kennedy jumped $1.05 to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $57.05, trading with 122,139 shares, NCB Financial Group climbed $3 ended trading 45,133 shares, at $104, with 1834 Investments lost 15 cents traded at a 52 weeks’ low of 90 cents, with 18,000 shares. Mayberry Investments declined $1.14 to end $7.11 trading 24,638 shares, PanJam Investment concluded trading of 4,384 shares at $51.25, after slipping $1.30, Portland JSX climbed $1 and ended at $9, exchanging 20,000 units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund fell 50 cents to settle at $14.00, with 1,000 shares, Scotia Group traded 841,089 units and fell $1.50 to end at $51.50, Seprod lost 49 cents and finished trading at $32.01, with 2,500 shares. Sterling Investments gained 60 cents and closed at $14.10, with 13,727 shares, Supreme Ventures lost 30 cents and ended at $15.50, with 65,275 shares trading.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 154,010 units valued at US$128,075 as JMMB Group 6% preference share completed trading of 115,000 stock units and gained 1 cent to end at $1.05, Proven Investments added 1 cent and closed at 20 US cents trading 38,800 shares and Sygnus Credit closed 10 US cents in trading 210 shares. The JSE USD Equities Index lost 0.71 points and closed at 154.43
Trading resulted in an average of 122,916 units valued at an average of $2,799,438 for each security traded. In contrast to 185,340 units for an average of $2,182,881 on Friday. For the month to date an average of 162,724 shares valued at an average of $2,114,773 versus 185,258 units traded for an average of $1,727,278 on Friday. July closed with an average of 169,022 units valued at $3,514,756, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 5 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.