Another big drop for JSE main market – Friday  

After the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange suffered one of its largest declines in its history, with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index having dived 10,996.27 points on Thursday, the index plunged another 9,551.77 points on Friday to close at 412,491.83 on a day of mostly falling prices.
The JSE Index dropped 8,702.74 points, following the fall of 10,018.84 on Thursday to close at 375,826.72 on Friday. The market got hit with the sharp pull back in the prices of some heavily weighted stocks with NCB Financial, Sagicor Group and Scotia Group leading the pack with the former pulling back from $159 to $149.90, the Sagicor declining from $47.50 to $41 and Scotia declining from $59 at the start of Thursday to $54.01 on Friday.
At the end, 28 securities changed hands in the main and US dollar markets with prices of just 6 rising, 16 declining and 6 remaining unchanged compared to 30 securities trading on Thursday.
The main market ended with 5,896,056 units valued at $161,797,148 trading, compared with 1,266,059 units valued at $39,894,741 changing hands on Thursday.
The main market ended with Mayberry Investments trading 1,715,395 units, accounting for just over 29 percent of the volume, followed by Sagicor Group with 1,388,644 units or 23.55 percent of the day’s volume and JMMB Group with 1,314,699 units and 22.30 percent of the day’s volume.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.
Trading resulted in an average of 226,771 units valued at over $6,222,967, in contrast to 46,891 shares valued at $1,477,583 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 128,316 units with a value of $3,599,881 compared to 104,614 units valued at $2,135,092, previously. November closed, with an average of 405,528 valued at $7,755,942, for each security.
In main market activity, Barita Investments dropped $1.48 to end at a record close of $31.52, with 6,543 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement jumped $5.35 and finished trading 35,500 shares at $49, Grace Kennedy dropped 50 cents and ended trading 8,938 shares at $58. Jamaica Producers finished trading of 22,814 units with a gain of 49 cents to close at $25, JMMB Group jumped $1 and ended at $34 with 1,314,699 shares changing hands, Kingston Wharves fell 70 cents to $75, with 6,800 stock units changing hands. Mayberry Investments fell 50 cents trading 1,715,395 shares in closing at $9, Mayberry Equities fell 50 cents trading only 756 shares in closing at $9.50, NCB Financial Group dived $9.10 to end trading of 108,978 shares at $149.90, PanJam Investment lost 95 cents to close at $65.05, with an exchange of 9,904 stock units, Sagicor Group fell $3 to finish trading of 1,388,644 shares at $41, Seprod traded 68,880 shares, dropping 80 cents in the process to close at $32.20 Supreme Ventures rose 99 cents and ended at $16.99, with 149,695 shares exchanged.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 5,000,166 units valued at $550,037 as Proven Investments rose 1 cents and ended at 22 US cents with just 166 shares changing hands and Sygnus Credit Investments US dollar based ordinary share rose 1 cent trading 5 million units to end at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed with a rise of 4.95 points to close at 171.32.

Scotia Group stuck in neutral

Investors could find themselves in shark infested waters if they are not careful with the prices of several stocks now at very high levels. Investors need to be careful of being sucked into attractive profit results that are not based on sustainable earnings.
A case in point is Scotia Group. In the July quarter the interim results showed a big jump in profits, but that was based on an unsustainable rise in foreign exchange earnings due to the slippage of the Jamaican dollar, resulting in nearly $2 billion raked in for the quarter. For the October quarter only $396 million is reported for that line item, but the year shows a big jump from $2.5 billion to $4 billion. Net interest income is on the slide, falling from $26.64 billion in 2017 to $25.2 billion in 2018 and in the quarter the decline continues with October falling to $6.1 billion from $6.3 billion in July and $6.7 billion in the October quarter in 2017. While loan provisioning is down, year over year to October, to $1.9 billion from $2.2 billion it rose in the final quarter to $744 million from $695 in 2017 and $620 million in July this year. Net fee income has been steady for the various quarters at just over $2 billion but fell in the fiscal 2018 year to $8.1 billion from $8.6 billion.
Operating expenses rose to $5.74 billion in the October quarter from $5.1 in July and $5.18 billion for the 2017 final quarter. For the full year operating expenses rose to $22 billion from $21.3 billion. The group had a gain on disposal of a subsidiary of $753 million which saved profit from falling for the latest year with a rise to $12.78 billion from $12.17 billion in 2017. For the quarter, profit dropped to just $1.6 billion from $3.36 billion in 2017.
Importantly, the loan portfolio that rose strongly in the July quarter to $177 billion is up at a slower pace of 3.2 percent to $183 billion, an annual pace of 13 percent, but it needs to increase further to really deliver a reasonable increase in profit going forward.
The stock closed at $54.05 on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday, but its recent profit performance does not send very encouraging signals to buy.

Huge dive in JSE main market – Thursday

Barita climbs to a new high of $33 on Thursday.

After two days of modest gains the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, suffered one of its largest declines in its history, with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index plunging 10,996.27 points to 422,043.60 and the JSE Index nosediving 10,018.84 points to close at 384,529.46 on a day of modest volume.
At the end, 30 securities changed hands in the main and US dollar markets with prices of 11 stocks rising, 11 declining and 8 remaining unchanged compared to 28 securities trading on Wednesday.
Barita Investments ended trading at another record close of $33.
The main market ended with a mere 1,266,059 units valued at $39,894,741 changing hands, compared with 4,455,571 units valued at $87,653,782 that were exchanged on Wednesday.
The main market ended with Seprod leading with 342,787 units, accounting for 27 percent of the day’s trades, followed by JMMB Group with 168,541 units or 13 percent of the day’s volume.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 5 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.
Trading resulted in an average of 46,891 units valued at an average of $1,477,583 for each security traded. In contrast to 171,368 units for an average of $3,371,299 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 104,614 units valued at $2,135,092 compared to 123,855 units with a value of $2,354,261, previously. November closed, with an average of 405,528 valued at $7,755,942, for each security.
In main market activity, Barita Investments jumped $1.99 to end at a record close of $$33, with 6,800 shares changing hands, Berger Paints gained 50 cents and ended at $18.50, with 5,130 stock units trading, Caribbean Cement dropped $6.35 and finished trading 8,895 shares at $43.65, Grace Kennedy rose 50 cents and ended trading 5,821 shares at $58.50. Jamaica Stock Exchange rose 61 cents to $9.01, trading 2,510 shares, JMMB Group dropped $1.99 ending at $33 with 168,541 shares changing hands, Kingston Wharves fell 70 cents to $75, with 6,800 stock units changing hands. Mayberry Equities fell 50 cents trading 85,414 shares in closing at $10, NCB Financial Group added $1.99 to end trading of 66,148 shares at $159, PanJam Investment added 90 cents to $66, with an exchange of 7,665 stock units, Sagicor Group fell $3.50 to finish trading of 77,462 shares at $44, Salada Foods ended trading with a rise of $1 to close at $30 trading 2,000 stock units, Scotia Group traded 4,641 shares and dropped $4.95 to close at $54.05 Supreme Ventures lost $1 and ended at $16, with 125,696 shares exchanged.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 107,117 units valued at $22,155 as JMMB 6% preference share rose 1 cent and ended trading at $1.06 with 800 stock units and Margaritaville ended at 24 US cents with 415 shares changing hands and Sygnus Credit Investments US dollar based ordinary share lost 1 cent trading 1,801,000 units to end at 10 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed with a rise of 1.11 points to close at 167.36.

Barita directors to consider rights issue

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Barita Investments advised the Jamaica Stock Exchange that a meeting of the Board of Directors will be held on December 13, 2018, at which the consideration of rights issue of the ordinary shares of the company is being considered.
IC Insider.com, has been reliably informed that a large portion of the recent $5 billion bond issue that was raised by Conerstone Investments Holdings the new majority Barita Investment shareholder is earmarked for the rights issue.
The company will need to call an extraordinary meeting of shareholders to get shareholders approval for the rights, it is therefore unlikely that if approved by the directors it will take effect until late January 2019 at best.

Sharp drop in JSE Indices

The Jamaica Stock Exchange had one of its largest fall with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index dropping 10,996.27 points to 422,043.60 and the JSE Index nosediving 10,018.84 points to close at 384,529.46 at the close.
Earlier in trading the market had slipped appreciably but dived in the last few minutes of trading with NCB Financial trading at $150 before moving back to last trade at $159 and Sagicor Group down to $140 but last traded at $144. The Junior Market inched higher by 2.46 points.
Scotia Group reported poor final quarter profit and that could weight on the market on Friday.

Modest trading in JSE main market – Wednesday

Barita ended on the JSE at a record close of $31.01.

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, made modest gains at the close of trading on Wednesday resulting from the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index advancing 51.12 points to 433,039.87 and the JSE Index gaining 46.57 points to close at 394,548.30.
At the end, 28 securities changed hands in the main and US dollar markets with prices of 14 stocks rising, 11 declining and 6 remaining unchanged compared to 31 securities trading on Tuesday.
Barita Investments ended trading at a record close of $31.01.
The main market ended with 4,455,571 units valued at $87,653,782 changing hands, compared with just 4,732,702 units valued at $78,353,687 that were exchanged on Tuesday.
The main market ended with Victoria Mutual Investments leading with 1,246,476 units, accounting for 28 percent of the day’s trades, followed by JMMB Group 7.25% preference share with 989,957 units or 22 percent of the day’s volume and Wisynco Group with 447,047 units with 10 percent of the day’s trades.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 5 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 4 closing with lower offers.
Trading resulted in an average of 171,368 units valued at over $3,371,299, in contrast to 157,757 shares valued at $2,611,790 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 123,855 units with a value of $2,354,261 compared to 101,394 units valued at $1,873,480, previously. November closed, with an average of 405,528 valued at $7,755,942, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Barita Investments jumped $2.01 to end at a record close of $$31.01, with 17,647 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement jumped $6 and finished trading 9,130 shares at $50, Jamaica Broilers fell 25 cents trading 26,439 stock units at $29.75.  Jamaica Stock Exchange dropped $1.60 to $8.40, trading 337,162 shares, Kingston Wharves fell $1.60 to $75.70, with 28,919 stock units changing hands. Mayberry Investments declined by 38 cents trading 50,012 shares in closing at $9.60, Mayberry Equities jumped $1.29 cents trading 50,012 shares in closing at $10.50, NCB Financial Group shed $2.49 to end trading of 185,214 shares at $157.01, PanJam Investment dropped $2.90 to $65.10, with an exchange of 342,886 stock units, Sagicor Group fell $1.05 to finish trading of 46,813 shares at $47.50, Scotia Group traded 8,700 shares and rose $1 to close at $59 and Seprod rose $1 in trading of 158,334 shares, to close at $33.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 107,117 units valued at $22,155 as Proven Investments ended trading 103,717 at 21 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments US dollar based ordinary share traded 3,400 units at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed with a rise of 1.11 points to close at 167.36.

JSE marked time in trading on Tuesday

Barita ended on the JSE at a record close of $29.

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, made gains at the close of trading on Tuesday resulting in the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index advancing by 116.66 points to close at 432,988.75 and the JSE index rising 106.29 points to 394,501.73. 
At the end, 31 securities cahnged hands in the main and US dollar markets with prices of 14 stocks rosing, 11 declining and 6 remaining unchanged. Barita Investments ended at a record close and Salada Foods traded at an intraday high at $30.The main market ended with 4,732,702 units valued at $78,353,687 changing hands, compared with just 843,989 units valued at $24,687,711 that were exchanged on Monday.
Wisynco Group lead trading with 2,609,218 units, accounting for 55 percent of the day’s trades, followed by Stanley Motta with 509,500 units or 10.8 percent of the day’s volume and Victoria Mutual Investments with 230,707 units with 4.9 percent of the day’s trades.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 6 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
Trading resulted in an average of 157,757 units valued at over $2,611,790, in contrast to 33,760 shares valued at $987,508 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 101,394 units valued at $1,873,480. November closed, with an average of 405,528 valued at $7,755,942, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Barita Investments rose $1.50 to end at a record close of $29, with 5,515 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement fell 95 cents and finished trading of 37,015 shares at $44, Grace Kennedy climbed $1.50 in trading of 93,277 shares at $58, Jamaica Broilers fell 55 cents trading 25,312 stock units at $30.  Jamaica Stock Exchange climbed $1 to $10, trading 142,593 shares, Kingston Wharves rose $4 to $77, with 4,216 stock units changing hands. Mayberry Investments rose 41 cents trading 171,927 shares in closing at $9.98, NCB Financial Group gained $2.50 to end trading of 96,175 shares at $159.50, PanJam Investment dropped $2 to $68, with an exchange of 57,080 stock units, Palace Amusement gained $150 to $1,450, with 100 shares trading, Portland JSX rose 49 cents and ended at $7.50, with 638 units changing hands, Sagicor Group fell 95 cents to finish trading of 97,063 shares at $48.55, Sagicor Real Estate Fund fell 75 cents and settled at $11.10, with 14,650 shares. Scotia Group traded 55,696 shares and rose $1 to close at $58, Seprod fell 40 cents in trading of 86,259 shares, to close at $32 and Sygnus Credit Investments fell 35 cents to close at $10.65 trading 53,395 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 72,343 units valued at $14,988 as Proven Investments ended trading at 21 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed with a fall of 2.30 points to close at 166.25.

JSE fails to hang on to record – Monday

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, surged to a new record high in early morning trading after just 7 minutes of the opening with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index rising 5,319.88 to a record 435,784.80 points and briefly moved higher to more than 435,900 points before pulling back, at the close the index put on 2,407.17 points to 432,872.09.
The JSE index climbed 4,847.01 points to a record of 397,049.24 after 7 minutes of trading pulled back at the close but still put on 2,589.66 points to close at 392,202.23.
Market activity resulted in 3 securities trading at record highs but ended with 2 securities closing at record highs and one closing at 52 weeks’ ow, as 26 securities in the main and US dollar markets changed hands, compared to a 31 on Friday. At the end, prices of just 6 stocks rose, 15 declined and 5 remained unchanged.
The main market ended with just 843,989 units valued at $24,687,711 changing hands, compared with 12,946,386 units valued at $522,988,358 that were exchanged on Friday.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 7 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
Trading resulted in an average of 33,760 units valued at over $987,508, in contrast to 446,427 shares valued at $18,034,081 on Friday. November closed, with an average of 405,528 valued at $7,755,942, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Barita Investments fell 50 cents to close of $27.50 after trading at new in  intraday record high of $31, with 19,020 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement climbed $1.45 and finished trading of 2,755 shares at $44.95, Carreras concluded trading of 103,177 units at $9.10 after falling 40 cents, Grace Kennedy dropped $1.50 in trading of 34,081 shares at $56.50, Jamaica Stock Exchange fell 63 cents and closed at $9, trading 19,650 shares, Kingston Wharves fell $2.79 to $73, with 6,817 stock units changing hands. Mayberry Jamaica Equities lost 85 cents trading 7,993 shares in closing at $9.15, NCB Financial Group declined by $2.05 to end trading of 66,427 shares at $157, PanJam Investment dropped $4 to  $70, with an exchange of 13,890 stock units, Sagicor Group fell 50 cents to finish trading of 57,553 shares at $49.50, Scotia Group traded 14,660 shares and rose $2 to close at $57, Seprod added $2.40 trading of 27,970 shares, to close at $32.40.

Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 40,224 units valued at over $8,569 as Proven Investments lost 1 cent and ended trading at 21 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed with a rise of 0.87 points to close at 168.55.

All Jamaica hits record 435,785 points

In early morning trading after just 7 minutes of the opening the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index (AJI) rose 5,319.88 to a record 435,784.80 points and the JSE index climbed 4,847.01 points to 397,049.24.
Later on, the market briefly moved higher into the 435,900 points level on the AJI, but fell back to 435,061.21.
he market hit a record high follows on Thursday last week Barita Investments traded at a new high of $24.01, NCB Financial hit a record $160, PanJam Investment traded at $72, Sagicor Group at $51.95 haven risen sharply to a record high, but the bid is at $55 to buy 49,301 shares, Scotia Group trades at $60 and Seprod at $33.65.
The junior market continues under some selling pressure is not sharing in the strong gains of the more matured companies and declined by 2.81 points to 3,179.52 with just one stock trading so far.
In today’s trading Scotia Group is back at $60, along with Grace Kennedy that traded at $57, NCB and Supreme Ventures are the major contributors to the rise.

Most JSE stocks rise indices dip Friday

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, took a break from record making runs with the All Jamaica Index closed a fall of 2,842.30 points to 430,464.92 and the JSE Index declined by 2,589.66 points to close at 392,202.23.
Market activity resulted in 3 securities trading at record highs but ended with 2 securities closing at record highs and one closing at 52 weeks’ low, as 31 securities in the main and US dollar markets changed hands, compared to a 35 on Thursday. At the end, prices of 16 stocks rose, 7 declined and 8 remained unchanged.
The main market ended with 12,946,386 units valued at $522,988,358 changing hands, compared with 9,092,070 units valued at $158,769,688 exchanged, on Thursday.
The main market ended with Jamaica Broilers leading with 8,048,990 units, accounting for 62 percent of the day’s trades, followed by Wisynco Group with 1,699,655 units or 13 percent of the day’s volume and NCB Financial with 1,409,918 units with 10 percent of the day’s trades.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.
Trading resulted in an average of 446,427 units valued at over $18,034,081, in contrast to 284,127 shares valued at $4,961,553 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 405,528 valued at $7,755,942, compared to 403,611 valued at $7,228,391 previously. October closed, with an average of 290,851 shares, valued $5,213,901, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Barita Investments rose $3.99 to a record close of $28, trading 2,000 shares, Grace Kennedy climbed $3 in trading of 36,609 shares at $58, Jamaica Broilers gained 55 cents, trading 8,048,990 stock units at $30.55, Jamaica Producers rose 41 cents and finished trading 27,898 units, at $24.51,  JMMB Group jumped $2.49 to end at $35, trading 96,088 shares, Mayberry Jamaica Equities jumped 98 cents trading 42,500 shares in closing at $10, NCB Financial Group lost 95 cents to end trading at $159.05 with 1,409,918 shares, PanJam Investment jumped $2.50 to a record $74, with an exchange of 113,647 stock units, Portland JSX lost 79 cents and ended at 52 weeks’ low of $7.01, exchanging 7,642 units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund gained 30 cents to settle at $11.80, exchanging 26,427 shares, Scotia Group traded 71,726 shares and shed $3 to close at $55, Seprod dropped $2.50  trading of 234,387 shares, to close at $30, Sterling Investments rose 30 cents and closed at $5, with 21,174 shares changing hands, Supreme Ventures fell $1.39 to end at $16.95, with an exchange of 60,986 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments gained 44 cents in trading 67,625 units.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 44,122 units valued at $8,705 as Proven Investments rose 2 cents and ended trading of 38,222 shares at 22 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments US dollar based ordinary share traded 5,900 units at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed with a rise of 1.47 to close at 167.68.