JSE jumps 14,819 points to record close – Thursday

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, surged 14,819.23 points on Thursday, the biggest single one day ever, bettering the increase of 12,549.67 points rise on Wednesday.
Thursday move led the All Jamaica Index to close at a record high of 433,307.22, beating the record close on Wednesday of 418,487.99 and the JSE Index rose 10,027.28 points to close at a record high 381,289.90.
Strong gains in NCB Financial Group up $10.01 to end at a record close of $160, PanJam Investment and Sagicor Group were the main contributor to the market’s record move, on a day when five stocks closed at record highs.
Market activity ended with 5 securities closing at record highs as 35 securities in the main and US dollar markets changed hands, compared to a 27 on Wednesday. At the end, prices of 13 stocks rose, 11 declined and 11 remained unchanged.
The main market ended with 9,092,070 units valued at over $158,769,688 changing hands, compared with 62,089,588 units valued at over $136,855,615 exchanged, on Wednesday.
The main market ended with Supreme Ventures leading with 3,003,893 units, accounting for 33 percent of the day’s trades, followed by Mayberry Jamaica Equities with 1,516,695 units or 16.7 percent of the day’s volume and JMMB Group with 1,064,094 units with 11.7 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 284,127 units valued at over $4,961,553, in contrast to 2,299,614 shares valued at $5,068,726 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 403,611 valued at $7,228,391, compared to 410,125 valued at $7,009,413. October closed, with an average of 290,851 shares, valued $5,213,901, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Barita Investments rose $1.01 to a record close of $24.01, trading 1,000 shares, Carreras gained 45 cents and concluded trading of 60,911 units at $9.50, Grace Kennedy declined $3 in trading of 37,477 shares at $55, Jamaica Broilers gained $1, trading 116,853 stock units at $30, Kingston Wharves dropped $2.21 in trading 799 shares to end at $75.79.  NCB Financial Group jumped $10.01 to end trading  at record close of $160 with 103,510 shares, Palace Amusement jumped $300 to finish trading 100 shares at $1,300.00, PanJam Investment jumped $1.50 to $71.50, with an exchange of 38,300 stock units, Sagicor Group rose $4.99 trading 398,452 shares at $50, Sagicor Real Estate Fund fell 40 cents to settle at $11.50, exchanging 11,315 shares. Salada Foods climbed $3.50 to end trading of 1,000 stock units at record high of $29.00, Scotia Group traded 41,371 shares and shed $1 to close at $58, Seprod added 50 cents trading of 27,408 shares, to close at $32.50, Sterling Investments rose 60 cents and closed at $4.70, with 200 shares changing hands and Supreme Ventures fell $1.39 to end at $15.60, with an exchange of 3,003,893 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 65,958 units valued at $15,630 as JMMB Group 6% preference share close trading with 1,000 units to close at US$1.05 and Proven Investments rose 1 cent and ended trading of 20,758 shares at 20 U$ cents and Sygnus Credit Investments US dollar based ordinary share dropped 2 cents in trading 44,200 units at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed with a rise of 6.77 to close  at 166.21.

 

All Jamaica hits record 433,000 points

NCB trade at a record high of $160.

NCB Financial traded just over 24,000 shares up to 12.30 PM, but jumped to a record $160 to help push the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index by 14,736.82 points to a record high of 433,224.81 and the JSE index up by 13,426.91 points to 394,716.91.
The market opened up at the start of trading with gains of 1,433.80 points for the all Jamaica and 1,306.36 for the JSE index.
The opening high follows Wednesday’s trading when the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index closed at a new all-time high of 418,487.99 and JSE Index ended at 381,289.90.
Barita Investments traded at a new high of $24.01 to more than double in value for the year so far, 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 20.08 points to 3,158.36.

All Jamaica hits record 427,000 points

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, has scaled several new highs this trading on Thursday morning on its record run that resulted in the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index hitting a record high of 426,298.79 points after rising 7,810.80 and the JSE index gaining 7,116.53 to 388,406.43 after just 51 minutes into the trading day.
The All Jamaica Composite Index has since broken the 427,000 points mark. The market opened up at the start of trading with gains of 1,433.80 points for the All Jamaica Composite Index and 1,306.36 for the JSE Index.
The opening high follows Wednesday’s trading when the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index closed at a new all-time high of 418,487.99 and JSE Index ended at 381,289.90.
Barita Investments traded at a new high of $24.01 to more than double for the year so far, NCB Financial now trades at $150 and Sagicor Group at $51.92 haven risen sharply to a record high, Scotia Group trades at $60..
The Junior Market continues under some selling pressure is not sharing in the strong gains of the more matured companies and declined by 8.22 a point to 3,170.22.

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NCB had a good 2018 fiscal year with strong profit gains that boosted interest in the stock.

There was another big insider trade, in NCB Financial Group shares following last weeks’ big trade valued at $650 million.
Jamaica’s largest financial institution, advised the Jamaica Stock Exchange that a connected party sold 2,768,165 of the group’s shares and three directors and a senior manager purchased a total of 2,836,672 shares between November 23 and 26. This development is the clearest signs that the immediate future is extremely bright for the group.
The local stock market is showing major shift in sentiment with the news that Scotia Group is selling off of its insurance arm to Sagicor Group. The announcement drove up the prices of Scotia Group, Sagicor Group and Pan Jamaican that traded at a new high on Wednesday. But NCB continued to scale new highs on each day for the week. NCB has little supply coming onto the market as demand continues to climb.
All the above stocks are now the watch list, but investors must keep watch on Barita Investments that has shot up to a record high of $23 with a bid at $24.01. There is some amount of public chatter about the performance of the company that has encouraged more interest in the stock. The company will benefit from several developments in the financial market, including the impact of the change in accounting policy that will result in gains or losses in investments whether realized or not going straight to the profit and loss account. With growth in the stock market Barita should benefit in two ways, increased value of the portfolio, for example, 48 million JSE shares owned increasing around $100 million in the December quarter so far but Barita is said to also own shares in NCB that has risen sharply in price for the quarter. The equity linked unit trust will garner more fee income based purely on the fact that the portfolio would have grown based on gains in stock price. The other financial stock to be watched is Key Insurance that has traded over 21 million shares so far with the stock having a bid of $4 to buy over 911,000 shares. The movement in the Key shares seems like the start of an aggressive stance an investor, watch developments in this one keenly. Seprod also seems poised to rise with early selling from the public offer now appearing to be abating.
Mayberry Jamaican Equities is yet another to watch as the local stock market moves higher over the next several weeks and it could drag it mother company Mayberry Investments with it.

JSE pushes to new record close – Wednesday

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, surged 11,005.53 points on Wednesday, the most, ever, leading the All Jamaica Index to close at a record high of 418,487.99 and the JSE Index rose 10,027.28 points to close at a record high 381,289.90.
Strong gains in Grace Kennedy, NCB Financial Group that ended at a record close of $149.99, Kingston Wharves, PanJam Investment that traded at a record high of $72 and Sagicor Group were the main contributor to the market’s record move.
Market activity ended with 3 securities closing at record highs as 27 securities in the main and US dollar markets changed hands, compared to a 29 on Tuesday. At the end, prices of 14 stocks rose, 7 declined and 6 remained unchanged.
The main market ended with 62,089,588 units valued at over $136,855,615 changing hands, compared with 5,592,346 units valued at $176,485,571 exchanged, on Tuesday.
The main market ended with 1834 Investments leading with 59,001,000 units, accounting for 95 percent of the day’s trades, followed by Wisynco Group with 1,542,114 units or 20.5 percent of the day’s volume and Sagicor Group with 459,741 units.
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 2,299,614 units valued at over $5,068,726, in contrast to 207,124 shares valued at $6,536,503 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 410,125 valued at $7,009,413, compared to 319,025 valued at $7,107,722. October closed, with an average of 290,851 shares, valued $5,213,901, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Barita Investments rose 35 to a record close of $23, with 37,495 shares trading, Grace Kennedy rose $3 in trading of 25,765 shares at $58, Jamaica Broilers lost $1, trading 113,869 stock units at $29, Jamaica Producers shed 40 cents to close at $24.10, trading of 23,670 shares, Kingston Wharves jumped $2.96 in trading 6,302 shares to end at $78. NCB Financial Group jumped $5.11 to end trading of 77,697 shares at record close of $149.99, PanJam Investment jumped $3 to record close of $70, with an exchange of 38,202 stock units, Sagicor Group rose $1.01 trading 459,741 shares at $45.01, Scotia Group traded 48,016 shares and shed $1 to close at $59 and Supreme Ventures rose 29 cents to end at $16.99, with an exchange of 82,913 shares. There were no trades in the US dollar market.

 

All Jamaica at record 418,488 points

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, gained the most, in its history, on Wednesday with a rise of 11,005.53, bettering the previous high of 10,534.24 points on the All Jamaica Index, to close at at a record high of 418,487.99 on Wednesday.
Prior to Tuesday the previous best gain in a day was 9,823.00 points on October 1, 2018, when the index closed at 403,100.29 on October 5 and bettered the next highest one day index gain with a rise of 9,736.35 points, to end at 416,956.11 on January 27, 2017.
Wednesday’s all-time record high beat out the previous high on the All Jamaica Composite Index of 418,450.70 on October 12, this year. The Jamaica Stock Exchange Index rose 10,027.28 points to close at a record high 381,289.90, having risen above the previous record high of 381,255.95 reached on October 12, this year.
The main market was primarily driven by gains in NCB Financial that closed at $149.99, after trading at a record high of $152, Kingston Wharves trading at $78, PanJam Investment trading at $70 and Sagicor Group ending at $45.01,
The junior market continues under some selling pressure is not sharing in the strong gains of the more matured companies and declined by just 8.73 points to close at 3,178.44.

NCB record $145, Barita record $22.65 – Tuesday

NCB Financial Group ended at a new record close of $144.88 on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Monday while Barita Investments jumped to a high of $22.65 on a day when the market indices gained the most points in a single day.
The main market took flight with the All Jamaica Index having the highest gain in a day, surging 10,574.31 points to close at 407,482.46, while the JSE Index jumped 9,634.39 points to 371,262.62. Market activity closed with 2 securities closing at record highs as 29 securities in the main and US dollar markets changed hands, compared to a 31 on Monday. At the end, prices of 14 stocks rose, 8 declined and 7 remained unchanged.
The main market ended with 5,592,346 units valued at  $176,485,571 changing hands, compared with 6,956,000 units valued at $513,002,473 exchanged, on Monday.
The main market ended with Seprod leading with 1,850,546 units, accounting for 33 percent of the day’s trades, followed by Wisynco Group with 1,125,534 units or 20 percent of the day’s volume and Scotia Group with 865,661 units or just 15.5 percent of the overall volume.
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 4 closing with lower offers.
Trading resulted in an average of 207,124 units valued at over $6,536,503, in contrast to 239,862 shares valued at $17,689,740 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 319,025 valued at $7,107,722, compared to 324,693 valued at $7,138,202. October closed, with an average of 290,851 shares, valued $5,213,901, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Barita Investments rose $1.65 to close at record $22.65, with 72,505 shares trading, Berger Paints ended trading of 23,778 units but lost $1.05 to $18, Caribbean Cement lost $4.75 to close at $43.25 in trading just 2,000 shares, Grace Kennedy shed $1 in trading of 903 shares at $55, Jamaica Broilers rose $1.50, trading 339,292 stock units at $30, Jamaica Stock Exchange gained 49 cents to close at $9.90, trading of 880 shares, JMMB Group fell 49 cents to $32.51, with an exchange of 87,335 shares,  Mayberry Jamaica Equities lost 50 cents trading 78,806 shares in closing at $9.20, NCB Financial Group jumped $4.89 to end trading  at record close of $144.88 with 84,352 shares, PanJam Investment jumped $3 to $67, with an exchange of 127,085 stock units, Sagicor Group rose $4 trading 260,532 shares at $44, Scotia Group traded 865,661 shares and gained $3.90 to close at $60, Seprod added 25 trading of 1,850,546 shares, to close at $32 and Supreme Ventures lost 29 cents to end at $16.70, with an exchange of 196,680 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 31,000 units valued at $15,630 as JMMB Group 5.75% preference share close trading with 5,000 units to gain 10 cents to close at US$2.10 and Proven Investments ended trading of 27,000 shares at 19 U$ cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed with a fall of 1.90 at 159.44.

Record gains for JSE

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, gained the most, in its history, with a rise of 10,574.31 points on the All Jamaica Index, to close at 407,482.62 on Tuesday.

The day’s move bettered the previous best gain in a day of 9,823.00 points on October 1, 2018, when the index closed at 403,100.29 on October 5 and bettered the next highest one day index gain with a rise of 9,736.35 points, to end at 416,956.11 on January 27, 2017.

The main market was being driven by gains in NCB Financial, Scotia Group and Sagicor Group, with the latter two responding to news out of Scotia in Canada of sale of the life insurance arm to Sagicor Financial.

During today’s trading, the market clocked more than 12,000 points at one stage. The junior market did not enjoy the gains of the main market and dropped 82.66 points to close at 3,187.17.

BNS huge Carib financial market shake up

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Scotiabank Canada today announced agreements with respect to certain of its Caribbean operations, as part of its strategy to focus the Bank’s efforts on its core markets with significant scale.
As part of this strategy, Scotiabank’s subsidiaries in Jamaica (Scotia Group Jamaica Limited, “Scotiabank Jamaica”) and Trinidad & Tobago (Scotiabank Trinidad & Tobago Limited, “Scotiabank Trinidad & Tobago”) announced that they will enter into a 20-year distribution agreement with Sagicor Financial Corporation (“Sagicor”) through which an enhanced suite of market-leading insurance products and solutions, underwritten by Sagicor, will be offered to Scotiabank customers in Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago. As part of this partnership, Scotiabank Jamaica and Scotiabank Trinidad & Tobago have entered into agreements to sell their respective insurance subsidiaries: Scotia Jamaica Life Insurance Company and ScotiaLife Trinidad and Tobago Limited to Sagicor.
These agreements are subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. The transaction is also subject to the closing of the announced transaction whereby Sagicor will be acquired by Alignvest Acquisition II Corporation subject to conditions in and pursuant to a plan of arrangement and the

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surviving entity will continue the Sagicor brand and be publicly-listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Scotiabank has also entered into an agreement to sell its banking operations in 9 non-core markets in the Caribbean (Anguilla, Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent & the Grenadines) to Republic Financial Holdings (“RFHL”). The agreement is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.
These transactions are not financially material to Scotiabank the release from the group stated. Until such approvals are obtained and conditions are met, and the transactions close, all Scotiabank operations in these countries will continue as usual.
“Scotiabank is proud to work with the Republic Group and Sagicor – both leaders in financial services in the Caribbean who are well positioned to invest and grow these businesses,” said Ignacio (Nacho) Deschamps, Group Head, International Banking at Scotiabank. “We are pleased to partner with Sagicor

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to deliver an enhanced suite of insurance products and services, underwritten by Sagicor, to our customers and to work with Republic Group, who is committed to delivering enhanced financial products and services that best serve customers’ needs.”
“Due to increasing regulatory complexity and the need for continued investment in technology to support our regulatory requirements, we made the decision to focus the Bank’s efforts on those markets with significant scale in which we can make the greatest difference for our customers,” continued Mr. Deschamps. “Scotiabank is committed to the Caribbean as demonstrated by the Bank’s ongoing investment in products, services and processes to provide an enhanced banking experience to customers across the region.”

Record $140 for NCB on JSE – Monday

NCB investors are having a great 2018 with the stock trading at record levels.

NCB Financial Group ended at a new record close of $139.99 after trading at $140 after trading 2.85 million shares that accounted for 41 percent of the day’s volume on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Monday.
The main market lost flight with the All Jamaica Composite Index declining 2,474.72 points to 396,908.15, while the JSE Index dropped 2,254.75 points to close at 361,628.23. Market activity closed with 2 securities ending at record highs and one at a 52 weeks’ low as 31 securities in the main and US dollar markets trading, compared to a same number on Friday. At the end prices of 12 stocks rose, 11 declined and 8 remained unchanged.
The main market ended with 6,956,000 units valued at $513,002,473 changing hands, compared with 37,219,908 units valued at $266,712,510 exchanged, on Friday.
The main market ended with NCB Financial leading with 2,849,956 units, followed by Kingston Wharves with 1,169,281 units or 16.8 percent of the day’s volume and 1834 Investments with 629,240 units or just 9 percent of the overall volume.
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 1 closing with a lower offer.
Trading resulted in an average of 239,862 units valued at over $17,689,740, in contrast to 1,283,445 shares valued at $9,196,983 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 324,693 valued at $7,138,202, compared to 329,574 valued at $6,496,704. October closed, with an average of 290,851 shares, valued $5,213,901, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Barita Investments rose $1 to close at record $21, with 254,431 shares trading, Caribbean Cement gained $3 to close at $48 in trading 15,885 shares, Grace Kennedy gained $1 in trading of 59,338 shares at $56, Jamaica Broilers lost $1.15, trading 32,172 stock units at $28.50, Jamaica Stock Exchange declined 54 cents to close at $9.41, trading of 9,469 shares, JMMB Group fell $1 to $33, with an exchange of 52,392 shares, Jamaica Producers gained 49 cents and finished trading of 21,734 units at $24.50, Kingston Wharves dropped $3 to finish at $75, with 1,169,281 stock units changing hands, Mayberry Jamaica Equities rose $1.20 trading 126,123 shares in closing at $9.70, NCB Financial Group jumped $3.49 to end trading  at record close of $139.99 with 2,849,956 shares, 138 Student Living traded 125,595 shares and declined by 14 cents to end a 52 weeks’ low of $3.35, PanJam Investment jumped $3.15 to $64, with an exchange of 63,718 stock units, Sagicor Group rose $1 and finished trading at $40, with 8,157 shares, Seprod added $1.73 trading of 63,529 shares, to close at $31.75 and Supreme Ventures gained 99 cents to end at $16.99, with an exchange of 30,541 shares.

Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 483,208 units valued at $94,621 as Margaritaville with 10,800 units to close at 25 US cents and Proven Investments ended trading of 472,408 shares at 19 U$ cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed with a rise of 1.47 at 161.34.