JSE main market drops – Monday

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index declined by 2,600.36 points to close at 301,598.10 and the JSE Index declined by 2,369.22 points to close at 274,789.99.
The market finished on Monday with 23 securities changing hands, 6 advanced, 10 declined and 6 traded firm with 3,390,479 units valued at $79,727,658 compared to 581,428 units valued at $23,062,993 on Friday from 16 securities changing hands.
Trading ended with an average of 147,412 units for an average of $3,466,420 in contrast to 36,339 units for an average of $1,441,437 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 145,056 units valued at $3,297,675 and previously, 144,699 units valued at $3,267,354. 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 4 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
Proven Investments US ordinary share was the sole trade in the US dollar market, with 100,000 units valued at US$23,485 changing hands in closing 2 cents higher to 23.5 US cents, with the index rising 4.06 points to 176.96.
The major movers at the close, are Berger Paints falling $2.45, NCB Financial jumping $2.50 following last Friday’s announcement of a bid to acquire majority shares in Guardian Holdings, Sagicor Group fell $3.30 in trading 1,594,318 units, while Scotia Group rose $1.
For more details of market activities see report – Falling prices dominant for JSE major – Monday

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Trading falls on JSE main market – Friday

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Friday with 16 securities changing hands, 5 advanced, 6 declined and 5 traded firm, with 581,428 units valued at $23,062,993 changing hands.
The JSE All Jamaican Composite Index rose 604.57 points to close at 304,198.46 and the JSE Index gained by 550.84 points to close at 277,159.21.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments concluded trading with a loss of 25 cents at $7.75, with 21,322 units, Berger Paints fell $2.45 to $14.55, with 3,000 shares, Cable & Wireless settled 9 cents higher at $1.09, with 2,660 shares, Carreras traded at $10.50, with 116,842 units, Grace Kennedy closed at $43, with 2,000 shares. Jamaica Broilers ended at $17.70, with 3,000 stock units, Jamaica Stock Exchange finished 50 cents higher at $7, with 2,300 shares, JMMB Group settled at $24, with 1,414 shares, Mayberry Investments finished trading 95 cents higher at $5.95, with 106,457 shares. NCB Financial Group closed $4.75 higher at $97, with 197,918 shares, after the Group announced a bid to acquire up to 32 percent more shares in Guardian Holdings, to take their holdings in the Trinidadian finance house to 62 percent. PanJam Investment concluded trading with a loss of $1.12 at $41.38, with 4,962 units, Pulse Investments settled with a loss of 25 cents at $1.50, trading 41,191 shares, Sagicor Group traded 10 cents higher at $38.10, with 26,739 units. Salada Foods Jamaica closed with a loss of 50 cents at $9, with 5,000 shares, Scotia Group ended with a loss of $2 at $51, with 4,623 stock units and Supreme Ventures settled at $10, with 42,000 shares.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.
For more details of market activities see report “NCB pushes JSE main market up – Friday.”

9 JSE stocks rise 6 fall – Thursday

Berger Paints price jumped $2.45 on Thursday

When trading closed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index fell 954.19 points to 303,596.51 and the JSE Index declined by 869.38 points to 276,610.75 as the prices of 9 stocks advanced, 6 declined and 4 traded firm resulting in 714,979 units valued at $14,275,297 trading.
In the main market activity, Berger Paints jumped $2.45 higher to $17, with 2,243 shares, an indication that selling at lower levels is limited. Cable & Wireless settled with a loss of 2 cents at $1, with 19,950 shares, Carreras traded with a loss of 10 cents at $10.50, with 54,125 units, Grace Kennedy closed $1 higher at $43, with 24,781 shares, Jamaica Broilers ended 54 cents higher at $17.70, with 1,864 stock units. Jamaica Producers concluded trading 90 cents higher at $15.10, with 10,000 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange finished with a loss of 50 cents at $6.50, with 3,000 shares, JMMB Group settled with a loss of $1 at $24, with 48,960 shares, Kingston Wharves traded 20 cents higher at $32.70, with 11,539 units. NCB Financial Group closed with a loss of $1.65 at $92.25, as 66,022 shares traded, Portland JSX finished 20 cents higher at $8.50, with 1,929 shares, Pulse Investments settled 30 cents higher at $1.75, with 61,000 shares, Radio Jamaica ended trading at $1, with 2,316 stock units. Sagicor Group traded at $38, with 28,366 units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund finished trading at $14.50, with 10,279 shares, Salada Foods closed 69 cents higher at $9.50, with 60,000 shares, Scotia Group ended 20 cents higher at $53, with 18,587 stock units. Seprod finished at $30, with 25,000 shares and Supreme Ventures ended trading with a loss of 1 cent at $10, with 101,330 stock units. In the main market preference segment, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.5% preference share ended trading at $1.90, with 6,837 units and JMMB Group 7.5% preference share ended trading at $1.15, with 156,851 stock units.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.
For more details of market activities see report “JSE main market falls back – Thursday.”

Virtually flat profits at Scotia Group

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Scotia Group head quarters in Kingston.

Profit after tax rose just 7.7 percent at Scotia Group for the year to October, resulting in $12.17 billion realized attributable to the Group’s shareholders. For the October quarter profit rose to $3.36 billion from $3.1 billion in 2016.
Net interest income grew by $1.27 billion to $26.64 billion for 2017 versus $25.38 billion in 2016, but a sharp climb in bad loan provisioning of $746 million, reduced the impact of the rise in net interest income. Other income grew by $1.6 billion for the year to $15 billion.
Operating Expenses amounted to $21.3 billion for the year, an increase of $595 million or 3 percent compared to prior year. Employees’ costs increased $212 million, while other operating expenses were up $159 million. Asset tax increased by $112 million or 12 percent to $1.1 billion. The productivity ratio moved from 53.38 percent last year to 51.09 percent.
Loans remained flat, year over year at $166.5 billion, according to the company, the performance in this area is “driven by an overall decline in our foreign currency portfolio. Our small business, residential mortgages and personal loans continue to show solid performance quarter over quarter and year over year.”
Deposits by the public, increased to $260.6 billion, from $248.4 billion in the previous year, but the increase is not being put to the best use with no growth in the loan portfolio.
Results for the October quarter does not shine any light to suggest that the slow growth period is behind them. With soft demand for loans, and decline in interest rates in the wider economy, Scotia faces a tough road for the next fiscal year, in this environment the focus is going to be on cost cutting. Already, all the express locations that they currently operate will be closed in early January, the acquisition of all the minority shares in Scotia Investments is yet another move to cut cost.
On the balance sheet, assets held for sale amounted to $664 million and most likely represents the assets of CrediScotia that was subsequently sold.

In Thursday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange the stock closed at $53 at a PE of 13.5 based on earnings per share of $3.93.

10 JSE stocks rise 7 fall – Wednesday

The prices of 10 securities advanced, 7 declined and 6 traded firm in trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Wednesday as trading concluded with 24 securities trading, leading to 9,894,407 units valued at $132,996,713 changing hands.
At the close of market activities, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 1,711.67 points to 304,550.70 and the JSE Index climbed 1,559.52 points to 277,480.13.
At the close of trading, Barita Investments concluded with just 145 units changing hands at $8, Cable & Wireless settled 3 cents higher at $1.02, with 54,429 shares, Caribbean Cement ended $1.85 higher at $31.85, with 11,349 stock units. Carreras fell 39 cents to $10.60, with 34,465 units, Grace Kennedy closed with a loss of $1 at $42, as 624,979 shares changed hands, Jamaica Broilers ended 15 cents higher at $17.16, with 1,270,187 stock units, Jamaica Producers concluded trading 20 cents higher at $14.20, with 459 units. Jamaica Stock Exchange finished 10 cents higher at $7, with 34,700 shares, JMMB Group settled at $25, with 11,454 shares, Mayberry Investments finished trading at $5, with 117,316 shares, NCB Financial Group closed $1.40 higher at $93.90, with 51,016 shares trading. 1834 Investments ended with a loss of 5 cents at $1.15, with 30,511 stock units, 138 Student Living closed at $6, with 2,900 shares, PanJam Investment concluded trading 50 cents higher at $42.50, with 4,808 units, Portland JSX finished with a loss of 20 cents at $8.30, with 9,200 shares, Pulse Investments settled with a loss of 5 cents at $1.45, with 200 shares, Radio Jamaica ended trading with a loss of 9 cents at $1, with 100,723 stock units. Sagicor Group traded at $38, with 23,114 units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund finished trading 20 cents higher at $14.50, with 18,752 shares, Scotia Group ended 30 cents higher at $52.80, with 16,186 stock units, Seprod concluded trading 50 cents higher at $30, with 200 units. Sterling Investments finished at $12, with 2,500 shares and Supreme Ventures settled with a loss of 49 cents at $10.01, with 7,426,588 shares. In the main market preference segment, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.5% preference share ended trading at $1.90, with 48,226 stock units changing hands.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.
For more details of market activities see report “JSE main market in big jump – Wednesday.” 

JSE close down again on Tuesday

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on with 22 securities changing hands versus 26 on Monday as 7 securities advanced, 7 declined and 8 traded firm.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index declined 1,062.41 points to 302,839.03 and the JSE Index fell 967.97 points to close at 275,920.61 as 2,992,590 units valued at $57,473,157 traded.
In main market activity, Barita Investments concluded trading 25 cents higher at $8, with 500 units, Berger Paints finished with a loss of $2.25 to $14.55, with 13,213 shares trading, Caribbean Cement ended trading with a loss of $1.50 to close at $30, with 3,700 stock units. Carreras traded at $10.99, with 33,604 units, Grace Kennedy closed at $43, with 132,200 shares, Jamaica Broilers ended with a loss of 99 cents at $17.01, with 1,896,189 stock units, Jamaica Stock Exchange finished at $6.90, with 32,935 shares. JMMB Group fell $1.50 to $25, with 514,862 shares, Kingston Wharves traded at $32.50, with 17,837 units, Mayberry Investments finished trading with a loss of 1 cent at $5, with 115,425 shares, NCB Financial Group closed $1.98 higher at $92.50, with 15,738 shares. 1834 Investments ended at $1.20, with 2,630 stock units, 138 Student Living closed at $6, with 1,833 shares, PanJam Investment concluded trading $1 higher at $42, with 1,992 units, Pulse Investments settled at $1.50, with 50,000 shares, Radio Jamaica ended trading 4 cents higher at $1.09, with 10,500 stock units, Sagicor Group traded $1.20 higher to $38, with 12,466 units. Sagicor Real Estate Fund finished trading with a loss of 20 cents at $14.30, with 200 shares, Scotia Group ended with a gain of $1.50 at $52.50, with 11,209 stock units, Seprod concluded trading with a loss of 50 cents at $29.50, with 20,800 units, Sterling Investments finished at $12, with 50,000 shares and Supreme Ventures settled 50 cents higher at $10.50, with 54,757 shares.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.
For more details of market activities see report “Drop in JSE main market on Tuesday.”

JSE up with minority of stocks rising

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Monday with 26 securities changing hands, of which 5 advanced, 11 declined and 10 traded firm, resulting in 5,044,996 units valued at $75,889,380 changing hands.
The JSE All Jamaican Composite Index advanced by 1,541.93 points to 303,901.44 and the JSE Index advanced by 1,404.87 points to close at 276,888.58.
In main market activity, Barita Investments concluded trading with a loss of 25 cents at $7.75, with 250,300 units traded, Berger Paints finished with a loss of 20 cents at $16.80, with 3,664 shares, Cable & Wireless settled 3 cents higher at 99 cents, with 88,985 shares. Caribbean Cement ended trading with a loss of 25 cents at $31.50, with 9,345 stock units, Carreras traded 9 cents higher at $10.99, with 7,210 units, Ciboney Group finished trading at 35 cents, with 198,773 shares, Grace Kennedy closed at $43, with 6,162 shares. Jamaica Broilers ended 50 cents higher at $18, with 1,478,292 stock units changing hands, Jamaica Producers concluded trading with a loss of $1.10 cents following Friday’s fall of $1.12 to close at $14, with 3,552 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange finished 10 cents higher at $6.90, with 2,920 shares, JMMB Group settled at $26.50, with 15,805 shares trading. Kingston Wharves traded at $32.50, with 500 units, Mayberry Investments finished trading at $5.01, with 117,300 shares, NCB Financial Group closed with a loss of $1.49 at $90.52, with 93,264 shares, 1834 Investments ended with a loss of 1 cent at $1.20, with 100,000 stock units, 138 Student Living closed at $6, with 6,100 shares, PanJam Investment concluded trading with a loss of 50 cents at $41, with 7,500 units. Portland JSX finished with a loss of 45 cents at $8.50, with 25,669 shares, Pulse Investments settled with a loss of 28 cents at $1.50, with 8,753 shares, Radio Jamaica ended trading with a loss of 3 cents at $1.05, with 866,047 stock units, Sagicor Group traded 30 cents higher at $36.80, with 16,886 units. Sagicor Real Estate Fund finished trading at $14.50, with 1,500 shares, Scotia Group ended at $51, with 404,829 stock units, Seprod concluded trading at $30, with 4,865 units, Sterling Investments finished at $12, with 124,000 shares and Supreme Ventures settled with a loss of $1 at $10, with 1,202,775 shares.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.
For more details of market activities see report “More recovery for JSE main market.”

NCB climbs $1.96 to help JSE rise

NCB Financial Group jumped $1.96 to help push the JSE up on Friday.

The JSE All Jamaican Composite Index advanced by 309.14 points to close at 302,359.51 and the JSE Index advanced by 281.66 points to close at 275,483.71. The market closed with 2,765,894 units trading valued at $114,523,797 as 19 securities changing hands, 4 advanced, 8 declined and 7 traded firm.
A rise of $1.96 in the price of NCB Financial is the main reason behind the rise on Friday.
In main market activity, Barita Investments concluded trading at $8, with 500 units, Berger Paints finished 80 cents higher at $17, with 85,586 shares, Cable & Wireless settled with a loss of 2 cents at 96 cents, with 222,509 shares, Caribbean Cement ended trading with a loss of 25 cents at $31.75, with 65,067 stock units, Carreras lost 9 cents to end at $10.90, with 8,200 units. Ciboney Group finished trading with a loss of 15 cents at 35 cents, with 54,318 shares trading, Grace Kennedy closed at $43, with 4,500 shares, Jamaica Broilers ended at $17.50, with 5,614 stock units, Jamaica Producers concluded trading with a loss of $1.12 to $15.10, with 5,050 units. Jamaica Stock Exchange finished at $6.80, with 100 shares, JMMB Group settled with a loss of 50 cents at $26.50, with 46,461 shares, Kingston Wharves traded at $32.50, with 200 units, NCB Financial Group closed $1.96 higher at $92.01, with 445,090 shares. PanJam Investment concluded trading with a loss of 25 cents at $41.50, with 44,988 units, Radio Jamaica ended trading at $1.08, with 18,000 stock units, Sagicor Group traded 50 cents higher at $36.50, with 1,530,650 units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund finished trading at $14.50, with 7,129 shares. Scotia Group ended with a loss of 2 cents at $51, with 209,940 stock units and Supreme Ventures settled 70 cents higher at $11, with 11,992 shares.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Advancing prices crushed by decliners – Thursday

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Thursday with 25 securities changing hands, 6 advanced, 11 declined and 6 traded firm, with 5,195,513 units valued at $74,800,685 compared to 13,175,593 units valued at $360,574,899 on Wednesday.
The JSE All Jamaican Composite Index declined by 2,034.00 points to close at 302,050.37 and the JSE Index declined by 1,853.20 points to close at 275,202.05.
In main market activity, 1834 Investments ended with a loss of 9 cents at $1.21, with 10,000 stock units, Barita Investments concluded trading with a loss of 10 cents at $8, with 20,561 units, Berger Paints finished at $16.20, with 1,084 shares, Cable & Wireless settled at $0.98, with 669,689 shares, Caribbean Cement ended trading with a loss of 1 cent at $32, with 32,950 stock units. Carreras traded with a loss of 1 cent at $10.99, with 3,008,091 units, Grace Kennedy closed at $43, with 33,063 shares, Jamaica Broilers ended with a loss of 40 cents at $17.50, with 46,915 stock units, Jamaica Producers concluded trading 22 cents higher at $16.22, with 34,050 units. Jamaica Stock Exchange finished with a loss of 20 cents at $6.80, with 51,195 shares, JMMB Group settled with a loss of 50 cents at $27, with 19,455 shares, Kingston Wharves traded at $32.50, with 107,220 units, Mayberry Investments finished trading at $5.01, with 414,751 shares. NCB Financial Group closed 4 cents higher at $90.05, with 258,394 shares, 1834 Investments ended with a loss of 9 cents at $1.21, with 10,000 stock units, PanJam Investment concluded trading 75 cents higher at $41.75, with 12,050 units, Portland JSX finished 5 cents higher at $8.95, with 1,600 shares, Pulse Investments settled 13 cents higher at $1.78, with 10,000 shares. Radio Jamaica ended trading 3 cents higher at $1.08, with 45,500 stock units, Sagicor Group traded with a loss of $1 at $36, with 31,555 units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund finished trading at $14.50, with 30,633 shares, Scotia Group ended with a loss of $1.48 at $51.02, with 77,645 stock units. Seprod concluded trading with a loss of 1 cent at $30, with 400 units and Supreme Ventures settled with a loss of 70 cents at $10.30, with 66,712 shares. In the main market preference segment, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50%, traded 125,000 units at $1.90, JMMB Group 7.5% ended trading at $1.10, with 87,000 stock units and Proven Investments traded 46,657 shares at $5.50.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.
For more on main market trading follow Main Market drops again on Thursday

Main market drops again on Thursday

The JSE All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 2,034.00 points to close at 302,050.37 and the JSE Index dived 1,853.20 points to 275,202.05 at the close on Thursday with 25 securities changing hands, 6 advanced, 11 declined and 6 traded firm on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
Trading ended with 5,195,513 units valued at $74,800,685 compared to 13,175,593 units valued at $360,574,899 on Wednesday from 22 securities changing hands.
Trading ended with an average of 207,821 units for an average of $2,992,027 in contrast to 598,891 units for an average of $16,389,768 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 349,084 units valued at $5,801,440 and previously 356,262 units valued at $5,944,195. In contrast, October closed with average of 1,185,251 units valued at $16,528,582 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 saw just one security changing hands with the market index remaining unchanged at 179.28 from 150 units valued at just US$36. Proven Investments US ordinary share traded only 150 units in closing at 23.98.
The major movers at the close are Sagicor Group that fell $1 and Scotia Group losing $1.48, volume wise Carreras traded 3,008,091 units.

For detailed information on trading in the main market see Advancing prices crushed by decliners – Thursday