JSE drops back again on Tuesday

JSE sgn shrtpng The Jamaica Stock Exchange on Tuesday closed with main market indices dropping once more with declining stocks exceeding advancing ones but with a big jump in the amount of money involved in the trades. The market closed with a fairly high participation rate of 32 securities changing hands.
there were 9,467,807 units trading, valued at $111,559,301 with JMMB Group and National Commercial Bank accounting for the largest trades. At the close 7 stocks rose, 10 declined, in all market segments and the JSE Market Index fell 422.05 points to 98,349.41. The JSE All Jamaican Composite index lost 471.73 points to close at 108,867.21 and the JSE combined index dropped 671.77 points to end at 101,050.04.
JSE sum- 25-08-15r IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had a reading that reflects continuation of declining stocks having the upper hand over advancing ones with 6 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 12 with offers that were lower.
In trading, Cable and Wireless gained 3 cents with 77,930 units and closed at 43 cents, Caribbean Cement had 436,403 units changing hands at $8, Carreras closed with 253,200 shares trading 91 cents lower at $49.50, Grace Kennedy closed with 500,134 shares trading $64, Jamaica Broilers traded at $5.60 with 119,948 shares changing hands. JMMB Group traded 1,957,370 shares to close 2 cents up at $7.52, Mayberry Investments ended with 200,000 JSE fn Qts-25-08-15shares changing hands to close at $3.40 for a gain of 52 cents, National Commercial Bank traded 980,250 shares to end with a decline of $1.25 at $28.75, Pan Jamaican gained 55 cents to end at $61.25 with 5,500 units changing hands. Radio Jamaica traded 20,000 shares unchanged at $3.01, Sagicor Group with 40,000 shares changing hands, closed 1 cent lower at $12.95, Sagicor Real Estate Fund with 76,290 shares closed 50 cents lower at $7.80. Scotia Group traded 200,000 units to close with a loss of $1.64 at $24.36, Supreme Ventures ended at $3.80 with 112,413 units to be up by 46 cents and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share traded 499,600 units at $2.

JSE decline continues on Thursday

Bear The Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday closed with main market indices recording tripe digit losses, adding to the big losses on Wednesday. The market closed with a fairly high participation rate of 30 securities changing hands but with low activity resulting in just 2,344,156 units trading, valued at only $14,789,149 with 9 stocks rising, 10 declining with 2 stocks closing at 52 weeks high and 1 at a 52 weeks’ low, in all market segments.
At the close, the JSE Market Index fell 657.55 points to 98,441.76, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index dived 734.97 points to close at 108,970.43 and the JSE combined index dropped 731.14 points to end at 101,943.74.
JSE sum- 20-08-15 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had a reading that reflects continuation of declining stocks having the upper hand over advancing one with 6 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 9 with offers that were lower.
In trading, Cable and Wireless had 214,092 shares changing hands to end at 40 cents, Caribbean Cement had 112,969 units changing hands at $8.01, Desnoes & Geddes traded 212,380 shares at $7 for a gain of 21 cents, Gleaner closed with 17,000 shares and fell 20 cents to $1.80. JSE fn Qts-20-08-15Jamaica Broilers traded at $5.85 with 8,550 shares changing hands for a loss of 20 cents, JMMB Group traded 383,750 shares at $7.95, National Commercial Bank traded 26,130 shares to end lower by $1 to $29, Proven Investments ordinary share traded 225,030 units at 19.5 US cents, up 0.50 cents. Sagicor Group with 17,030 shares changing hands, closed 51 cents down at $12.95, Sagicor Real Estate Fund fell 25 cents to close at $8.50 while trading a mere 865 units, Scotia Group traded 11,272 units to close at $23.75, up 5 cents. Supreme Ventures ended at $3.35 with 92,500 units to be down by 15 cents and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share traded 75,000 units at $2.

JSE drops sharply on Wednesday

JSE sgn shrtpng The Jamaica Stock Exchange on Wednesday closed with main market indices recording big losses, cancelling out the gains made in yesterday’s trading. The market closed with a fairly high participation rate of 33 securities changing hands accounting for 3,862,624 units trading, valued at $45,895,747 with 9 stocks rising, 16 declining with 1 stock closing at 52 weeks high, in all market segments.
At the close, the JSE Market Index fell 2,316.03 points to 99,099.31, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index dived 2,588.67 points to close at 109,705.40 and the JSE combined index dropped 2,164.74 points to end at 102,674.88.
The eve of and the actual Treasury bill auction days, historically have not been good for the local stock market. Stockbrokers main focus is on the outcome of the auction and interest rates out turn as well as how successful their bidding was. Wednesday’s sluggishness and pull back in prices could be related to this development with today being the day when Treasury bill bids are opened. At the close of trading on Tuesday the signals were for a weaker market on Wednesday as such today’s declines should come as no great surprise.
JSE sum- 19-08-15r IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had a reading that is better than Tuesday’s reading, with only of 3 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 9 with offers that were lower. Today’s reading is 4 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 6 with offers that were lower, a reading that still carries some negative undertone.
In trading, Cable and Wireless had 306,499 shares changing hands with a loss of 3 cents, to end at 40 cents, Caribbean Cement had 19,000 units changing hands at $8, Gleaner closed with 23,326 shares and fell 17 cents to $2. Grace Kennedy traded firm at $64 with 54,439 shares, Jamaica Broilers traded at $6.05 with 42,876 shares changing hands, Jamaica Producers traded at $18.25 with 4,000 shares changing ownership with a loss of 25 cents. JMMB Group traded 5,909 shares at $7.95 to add 22 cents, with the company reporting strong increase in profit for the first quarter. Jamaica Stock Exchange lost altitude and traded with a decline of $1.50 to $7.50 with only 7,100 shares changing hands.JSE fn Qts-19-08-15 Mayberry Investments had 242,254 shares trading down 26 cents to $3.14, National Commercial Bank traded 421,180 shares to end at $30, Palace Amusement gained $10 in trading 2,500 shares to end at $75, Pan Jamaican Investment closed at $60.70 after trading 1,539 shares with a loss of $1.30. Sagicor Group with 1,077,602 shares changing hands, closed 50 cents up, at $13.50, Sagicor Real Estate Fund gained 95 cents to close at $8.75 while trading 10,095 units, Scotia Group traded 471,710 units to close at $23.70, down 80 cents, Supreme Ventures ended at $3.50 with 56,004 units to be down by $1 and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share traded 150,200 units at $2.

JSE up but looks weak at close

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Jamaica Stock Exchange Traded at a new high of $9 on Tuesday.

Jamaica Stock Exchange Traded at a new high of $9 on Tuesday.

The Jamaica Stock Exchange on Tuesday closed with main market indices recording strong gains but with high levels of stocks rising and falling. The market closed with a high participation rate of 39 securities changing hands accounting for 2,172,400 units trading, valued at $19,484,355 with 15 stocks rising, 14 declining with 3 stocks closing at 52 weeks high, in all market segments.
At the close, the JSE Market Index jumped 687.52 points to 101,415.34, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 768.46 points to close at 112,294.07 and the JSE combined index gained 530.40 points to end at 104,839.62.
JSE sum- 18-08-15r IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had a reading that was very negative with only of 3 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 9 with offers that were lower.
In trading, Cable and Wireless with 154,750 shares changing hands with a loss of 1 cent to end at 43 cents, Caribbean Cement had 50,227 units changing hands with a gain of 50 cents at $8, Carreras traded at $50 with 8,706 shares changing hands, Gleaner closed with 63,082 shares and fell 56 cents at $2.17. Grace Kennedy traded at $64 down $1 with 79,842 shares, Hardware & Lumber ended up at $17, after adding $1 with just 500 units changing hands. Jamaica Broilers traded at $6.05 with 8,300 shares changing ownership and lost 94 cents, Jamaica Producers traded at $18.40 with 4,198 shares changing ownership with a loss of 60 cents. JMMB Group traded 20,084 shares at $7.73 to lose 26 cents, with the company reporting strong increase in profit for the first quarter, Jamaica Stock Exchange traded 70 cents up at a new high of $9 with only 9,990 shares changing hands. Mayberry Investments had 50,000 shares trading at $3.40, National Commercial Bank traded 62,888 shares at $30, JSE fn Qts-18-08-15Palace Amusement gained $5 in trading 566 shares to end at $65, encouraged by the company reporting earnings of $26.56 per share for the year ended June. Pan Jamaican Investment closed at $62 after trading 27,303 shares to gain $1. Sagicor Real Estate Fund lost 30 cents to close at $7.80 while trading 140,000 units, Salada Foods ended with 2,750 units trading at $8.50 with a loss of $1.90. Scotia Group traded 25,980 units to close at $24.50, up 50 cents, Supreme Ventures ended at $4.50, with 20,000 units to be up 50 cents but the bid at the end of the day was at $4 to sell 300,000 units and Proven Investments ordinary share traded 137,105 units at 19 US cents, up from 18.5 US cents.

JSE slips slightly at close Monday

JSE The Jamaica Stock Exchange on Monday closed with main market indices undergoing small losses. The Jamaica stock market closed with 8 stocks rising, 12 declining as 28 securities changed hands with 3,402,118 units trading, valued at $40,255,758, in all market segments.
At the close, the JSE Market Index dropped 80.85 points to 100,727.82, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index shed 90.37 points to close at 111,525.61 and the JSE combined index dipped 54.59 points to end at 104,309.22.
JSE sum- 17-08-15 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had a reading of 7 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 6 with offers that were lower.
In trading, Berger Paints had 27,080 shares changing hands with a gain of 5 cents to end at $2.60, Carreras dropped $1.50 to $50 with 157,969 shares changing hands, Gleaner closed with 70,665 shares and gained 2 cents at $2.73 after the price had fallen in the morning session to $2.30. Hardware & Lumber ended up at $16, after adding $1 with 13,500 units changing hands. Jamaica Producers traded at $19 with 100,000 shares changing ownership. JSE fn Qts-17-08-15JMMB Group traded 12,000 shares up to $7.99 to gain 19 cents, with the company reporting strong increase in profit for the first quarter, National Commercial Bank traded 99,530 shares at $30 while losing 10 cents. Pulse Investments lost 10 cents in trading 57,000 shares to end at 35 cents, Radio Jamaica traded 27,440 shares to end at $4, with a gain of 5 cents, Sagicor Group ended trading with 1,770,848 units at $13, Sagicor Real Estate Fund lost 20 cents to close at $8.10 while trading 23,990 units. Scotia Group did not trade but had a bid at $24.51 that is higher than the last selling price of $24 and Scotia Investments traded 9,157 with decline of 69 cents to $27.30.

20 stocks rose to 6 falling on JSE

RJR closed at a new 52 weeks high of $4.30.

RJR closed at a new 52 weeks high of $4.30.

The Jamaica stock market closed with 20 stocks rising, 6 declining as 34 securities changed hands with 7,947,402 units trading, valued at $51,560,091 and 6 stocks closed at new 52 weeks’ high in all market segments.
JSE Market Index gained 276.39 points to 101,233.39, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 308.93 points to close at 112,399.62 and the JSE combined index climbed 207.08 points to end at 105,082.11.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had a reading of 5 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with offers that were lower.
JSE sum- 12-08-15In trading, Cable and Wireless ended with 1,182,806 units changing hands at 40 cents, Caribbean Cement stock gained 51 cents to close at $8.50, Carreras traded 6,834 units to close at $52, Desnoes & Geddes had 43,637 shares changing hands at $6.80, up 29 cents. Gleaner closed with 250,132 shares traded at new closing 52 weeks’ high of $2.51 for a gain of 36 cents. The stock had traded as high as $2.70 during trading. Grace Kennedy traded 72,578 shares to end at $64, Jamaica Broilers had 11,419 shares changing hands, in closing at $7 for a gain of 30 cents. Jamaica Producers (JP)dropped $1.20 to $18.80 with 986,248 units trading. JP reported earnings for the second quarter attributable to shareholders of $414 million but the bulk of that it, $319 million came from gain on sale of fixed assets and investments. The year-to-date to June net profit attributable to JP shareholders was $589 million compared to $138 million in 2014 of which $429 million came from gains on disposal of fixed assets and investments. JMMB Group traded 10,600 units and fell 39 cents to end at $7.60, JSE fn Qts-12-08-15 Mayberry Investments had 219,866 shares trading at $3.15 for a loss of 35 cents, National Commercial Bank traded 44,926 shares at $31 with a gain of 50 cents. Radio Jamaica traded just 8,132 shares to end at $4.30, a new 52 weeks’ high, Sagicor Group ended trading with 17,790 units at $13.05, and lost 15 cents. Proven Investments closed at 17.5 US cents after falling 0.50 US cents with 200,000 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund closed at $8.30 while trading 295,742 units, Scotia Group gained 44 cents and ended with 109,216 units trading at $26.45, Scotia Investments ended with 15,000 shares changing hands at $27.99, up 99 cents and Supreme Ventures traded 1,974,455 shares at $4.50, a new all-time high by adding 92 cents.

Bulls rampant with 6 new highs on Monday

Supply is virtually dried up for NCB

Supply is virtually dried up for NCB

The Jamaica stock market closed with 9 stocks rising, 9 declining as 29 securities changed hands with 5,404,858 units trading, valued at $37,217,088 and 6 stocks closed at new 52 weeks’ high in all market segments.
At the close, the JSE Market Index slipped 397.37 points to 100,596.16, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index fell 444.16 points to close at 111,377.32 and the JSE combined index declined 363.68 points to end at 104,273.27.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had a reading of 8 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 7 with offers that were lower.
In trading, Cable and Wireless ended with 734,138 units changing hands and lost 1 cent to JSE sum- 10-08-15rend at 39 cents, Carreras traded 9,440 units to close at $52, Desnoes & Geddes had 64,610 shares changing hands at $6.55, down 15 cents. Gleaner traded at $1.89, and gained 37 cents after just 100 shares changed hands, in continued response to the merger of the company’s media operations, with that of Radio Jamaica. At the close, Gleaner closed with the bids above the last traded price at $2.09 with 6,238 shares for a new 52 weeks high. Grace Kennedy lost $1 in trading 10,933 shares to end at $63,

Jamaica Broilers

had 29,700 shares changing hands, in closing at $7 for a rise of 63 cents. Jamaica Producers traded 24,294 shares to end at $20 by gaining $1.15, The Jamaica Stock Exchange stock traded 104,900 units at $6.60, for a loss of 20 cents, Kingston Wharves ended with 699,999 shares changing hands at $7.05, to gain 5 cents. Mayberry Investments had 116,000 shares trading at $3.50 to gain 40 cents, for a new 52 weeks’ high, National Commercial Bank traded 66,421 shares at $30.01 after it traded earlier in the day at $30.50. At the close the JSE fn Qts-10-08-15stock was offered at $32.50 to sell 245 units, the only other offers posted are, at $33 to sell 503 units and at $60 to sell 2,000 shares, the bid was at $30.01 to buy 51,091 units. Radio Jamaica traded just 106,922 shares to end at a 52 weeks’ high of $4 as the price gained 10 cents, Sagicor Group ended trading with 97,240 units at $13.50, to gain 54 cents. Sagicor Real Estate Fund lost 20 cents and closed at $8.30 while trading 48,229 units, Scotia Group ended with 768,044 units trading at $26 but traded as low as $23.66 during the day and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference traded 882,500 units at $2 after shedding 1 cent.

Sagicor funds unmasked

HiltonThe best way to make money in the stock market or to minimise losses is to understand what is being invested in an avoid overpriced stocks. Investors have bought heavily into the concept of tourism industry being a winner in Jamaica but they need to know that it is highly seasonal with the bulk of the income earned in the period from Christmas Eve to somewhere in April and again between July and August.
Entities involved in the hotel traded will note that earnings slump sharply for the rest of the year but cost fall much more slowly. Against this factor is not surprising to see the Sagicor Real Estate Fund’s highly inflated first quarter profit, gave way to more realistic results in the company’s second quarter, with profit of 8 cents per share in the June quarter down from 11 cents in the June 2014 quarter. Buoyed by an abnormal first quarter results, earnings ended at 46 cents per share to June versus 27 cents for the six months to June last year. As the year progresses earnings per share should fall, with the lower tourism inflows for the remainder of the year.
The fund acquired the Hilton Rose Hall in January 2015, adding 489 hotel rooms directly under its ownership. The acquisition helped the fund to report $570 million in profit after tax for the March quarter. Not disclosed to investors, is the fact that the expenses reflected in the March interim results were not the normal amount one would expect from the level of business attained. While the income in both the June and the Hilton 2March quarters were virtually the same, operating expenses were nearly $200 million more in the June quarter than in March. Why is this so? In all probability the former operators of the hotel would have spent on marketing and refurbishing that would have helped to generate the income without some of the attendance cost, not so in the June quarter. While profit before taxation in the first quarter was $293 million from revenues of $1.19 billion, the net position in the June quarter was only $72 million from just $37 million less income from the hotel.
What can be expected is that revenues could be down by about 30-40 percent while expenses won’t fall much, resulting in large losses for the rest of the year. With the rate of exchange of the local dollar stabilizing, appreciation from the units held in the Sagicor Unit Trust is unlikely to show much gain. What now exist is a company whose earnings, at best may have peaked and at worse, could end up being lower than the 46 cents per share reported to date, then there is 2016 when the hotel expenses will reflect a full year’s expenditure and profits from it won’t be as robust as in the March quarter. Where will the profits come from to justify the high stock price? These are questions that investor should be asking themselves and management.
The FSC and the Stock Exchange need to ask themselves if allowing companies to leave inadequate information in the market place is the best way to protect investors and the integrity of the capital market?

Slow JSE morning session

Activity on the JSE is subdued on Tuesday resulted in only 202,616 units changing hands as 17 securities traded with 5 coming from the junior market, so far 7 stocks gained in price and 4 declined.
JSE Intra 4- 08-15After 95 minutes of trading, gains in a number of stocks including Sagicor Real Estate Fund, that traded at a new all-time high of $9, pushed the all Jamaican Composite index up 941.71 points to 110,064.79 points. JSE Combined Index gained 793.37 points to 102,590.33, JSE Index trades at 99,420.89 points after rising 842.51 points and Junior Market Index slipped 0.10 points to 977.08.
The Real Estate Fund reported profit of 8 cents in the June quarter down from 11 cents in the June 2014 quarter and 46 cents to June versus 27 cents for the six months to June last year. As the year progress earnings per share should fall, with the lower tourism inflows.

JSE continues up

Scotia Climb keeps indices rising

Scotia Climb keeps indices rising

Prices on the Jamaica Stock Exchange continued in a positive mode on the second day of July, albeit not as strong as on the first, but it ended on a high, with Scotia Group climbing for the second day, after it posted gains of $1.25 on Wednesday. The movement in the banking group stock price, was again the main contributor to the rise of the main indices on Thursday.
The market closed with a large number of stocks showing softness suggesting that there could be large number of declines evens as advances may pick up from today’s levels.
Trading ended with 9 stocks rising, 5 declining as 23 securities changed hands and ending in 1,876,486 units trading, valued at $10,673,692 and 1 stock closed at 52 weeks’ high in all market segments.
The JSE Market Index declined 284.62 points to 99,026.54 the JSE All Jamaican Composite index gained 318.14 points to close at 109,624.01 but the JSE combined index rose 223.92 points to end at 101,440.59 thanks to gains in the junior market offsetting declines in the main market.
JSE sum 2-7-15 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator was showing a poor reading of only 13 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 13 with offers that were lower, in contrast 6 to 7 at the close on Wednesday.
In trading, Cable & Wireless had 539,627 units changing hands to close at 46 cents. Caribbean Cement had 117,440 units trading at $5.50 after shedding another 20 cents on top of 30 cents on Wednesday. Desnoes and Geddes traded 7,086 shares at $7.39 to end down 15 cents, Gleaner ended with 30452 shares changing hands, to gain 2 cents, for a 52 weeks’ high of $1.50. Jamaica Broilers gained 30 cents to reach $5.75 while only 2,000 shares changed hands, the stock closed with an off at $5.65,JSE fn-Qts 2-7-15 Jamaica Stock Exchange traded just 2,000 shares and shed 35 cents in closing at $5.75, at the close the bid was at $6.15. National Commercial Bank in trading 26,067 shares, to close higher by 86 cents at $29.90, Pan Jamaican rose 50 cents to $62 with 22,779 shares trading, the stock was mostly down on the day at $61.10. Sagicor Group with 20,883 units trading, ended unchanged at $13.01, Sagicor Real Estate Fund traded 80,000 units with a decline of 38 cents to $7.62 and Scotia Group that traded 106,740 shares to close at $24.94 to gain 43 cents but closed with the offer at $24.50. Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 649,316 to gain 2 cents at $3.