Bulls want to take over JSE

BullMarket600x250Wednesday’s activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 14 stocks rising and only 5 declining as 26 securities changed hands, ending in 7,178,648 units trading, valued at $38,478,576, in all market segments. Wednesday is the second day within less than a week, that the prices of more than 13 stocks rose, with only a few falling.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 3 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 1 stock with a lower offer.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index gained 980.87 points to 76,024.35, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 1,096.76 points to close at 83,717.11 and the JSE combined index gained 980.32 points to 77,780.11. The market indices rose higher during trading, than the levels they closed at, but settled back lower at the close.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Cable & Wireless completed trading with 1,302,045 shares with the price rising 1 cent to 46 cents. Supply of the stock has fallen sharply since trading on Tuesday, now with only 12 offers to sell 6.5 million units, between 50 cents and $1 each. Caribbean Cement closed trading with 11,000 units and put on 1 cent to $2.41, Desnoes & Geddes concluded trading with 70,750 shares changing hands, with a gain of 1 cent to $4.66. Grace Kennedy ended with 20,239 units to close with a gain of 51 cents to $60.51, Jamaica Broilers finished trading with 228,433 shares, with the price rising by 1 cent to $4.06. Jamaica Producers contributed 155,000 units and put on $1.04 to $17, National Commercial Bank ended trading with 176,050 shares to end with an increase of 30 cents to $18.50, Scotia Group closed with trading in 977,666 shares, the price ended at 40 cents higher at $20.50 and Scotia Investments finished trading with 4,500 shares with a gain of 41 cents to $21.51.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Ciboney ending with 2,000 shares trading at 7 cents. Jamaica Money Market Brokers closed with 11,000 ordinary shares trading at $7, Kingston Wharves ended with 200 shares at $6 and Sagicor Group ended trading with 65,547 shares changing hands to close at $9.96.
JSE sum 10-12-14 Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Berger Paints closing with 30,350 units as the price slipped 9 cents to $1.51, a new 52 weeks’ low. Carreras finished with 68,034 shares trading lower by 84 cents to $36.16, Mayberry Investments ended with 1,224 shares with a loss of 3 cents to $1.49, Sagicor Real Estate Fund ended trading with 137,095 units and closed at 25 cents to $7 and Supreme Ventures closed with 2,000 units as the price slipped 5 cents to $1.90.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.50% preference share traded 27,800 units to close at $3.50.

$1.2B gaming losses force SVL to act

SupremeVenturesSVLAcropolislogo150x150$1.2 billion is the number for losses at the Gaming and Hospitality segment at Supreme Ventures Limited Revenues in three years. Losses worsened from $252 million in 2012 when it jumped to $553 million last year but was down to $376 million up to September this year from $440 million in 2013.
There were no noticeable improvements in the losses in the September quarter. The substantial losses amounting to 47 percent of profit in the lottery segment in 2013 and 31 percent in 2014, with no noticeable reduction in the losses, forced management hands to take action. The losses in this segment coupled with losses in sport betting, contributed significantly in negating the profits from the lottery segment.
On December 1, (SVL) advised that they will close operations at the Odyssey Gaming Lounge at Market Place in Kingston and Castle Gaming Lounge VLT operations, in Portmore on December 1. SVL advised that the Lottery and Sports Betting Unit at the facility in Portmore will remain open for normal business operations and that it will focus all its energies on the flagship gaming lounge – Acropolis Barbican, with enhancements to its offerings in these locations.
The company further advised, that it will focus its energies on the continued development, of what it says is its profitable Acropolis Gaming Lounge. Over the next two to three months SVL will be expand the gaming floor, along with greater focus on improving the customer experience through wider game options, increased payouts and improved food & beverage offerings. The consolidation will result in a re-allocation of staff and other resources to meet the expanded needs at Acropolis Barbican. However, approximately 20 positions will be made redundant, after a reallocation of staff resources to meet the new needs at Acropolis Barbican. Will those changes be enough to eliminate the more than $500 million loss in the segment is left to be seen? The move should reduce the losses going into 2015 with less rent and staff cost.
The company also has to deal with the Sports betting losses which worsened even as revenues climbed from $177 million in 2013 to $418 million in 2014. The sharp growth in sports betting is attributable to betting on world cup football games. The segment lost $87 million in 2013 and $148 million in 2014 so far.

This market is going much higher

Graph showing market breaking resistance at 82,000, yellow line on the way to 91,000 points brown line.

The main market had 11 stocks gaining at the last traded prices and only 1 declining, at the end of trading, pushing the market indices to their highest point since early May this year.
Technically, the market has broken through resistance at 82,000 points on the all Jamaica Index on the November 19, retreated a bit but seems to be moving away from that point now. The next target is 91,000 points, the level reached in December 2012, which could well be reached by year end. The latest break of the 82,000 is the first of three attempts that the market has made to break through the descending trendline going back to late 2011 that has been successful. Supporting the move upwards, is the crossover of the short-term moving average line over the medium term moving average, the shortage of supply of most stocks and the lowering on Treasury bill rates, starting earlier this year and continuing up to the latest auction in November.
In trading on Friday, Grace Kennedy was the leading stock trading on Friday with 2 million units with a value of $120.7 million this was followed by Scotia Group with 258,000 shares valued at $5.2 million and Carreras with 123,000 units with a value of $4.5 million.

Grace off

Gains| The stocks ending with gains on Friday are, Caribbean Cement ending with 1,164 units trading with a gain of 4 cents at $2.44. Carreras completed trading with 123,082 shares, the price rose 1 cent to $37, Desnoes & Geddes saw trading in 29,970 units and put on 9 cents to $4.69, Jamaica Broilers concluded trading with 11,700 shares changing hands with a gain of 5 cents to $4.05. Jamaica Stock Exchange concluded trading with 7,000 units, to close with a gain of 7 cents to $1.57, National Commercial Bank closed with 13,210 units and put on 4 cents to $18.20, Sagicor Group finished with 67,188 shares to end with an increase of 3 cents at $9.93. Sagicor Real Estate Fund ended with 750 shares as the price gained 44 cents to $7.25, a new 52 weeks high, Scotia Group finished trading with 257,719 shares, the price jumped 49 cents to $20.50, Seprod contributed 819 shares as the price climbed 1 cent to $12.01 and Supreme Ventures ended trading with 40,000 shares traded with a gain of 5 cents to $1.95.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Grace Kennedy ended with 2,009,457 shares changing hands to close at $62 and Hardware & Lumber with only 500 shares trading, closed at $6.50.
Declines| Cable & Wireless was the only main market stock to fall with a 1 cents loss to 44 cents with1,363 units.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share traded 4,000 shares trading at $2.

JSE main market marching slowly up

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Grace stock gained $1 to end at $62.

Grace stock gained $1 to end at $62.

Activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, was moderate on Thursday and resulted in the prices of 5 stocks rising and 4 declining as 18 securities changed hands, ending in 585,056 units trading, valued at $6,337,184, in all market segments. The main market seems poised to record gains in the coming period as increased demand has come in for some of the main market stocks.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 9 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 stocks with offers that were lower as demand increases to buy stocks ahead of the year end close.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index gained 419.22 points to 74,769.09, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 468.75 points to close at 82,313.54 and the JSE combined index gained 394.17 points to close at 76,575.63.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Grace Kennedy completed trading with 10,952 shares changing hands, with a gain of $1 to $62, National Commercial Bank saw trading in 17,306 units with a gain of 16 cents to $18.16. Sagicor Group finished trading with 337,678 shares with the price rising 2 cents to $9.90, Scotia Group ended trading with 24,212 units, the price put on 46 cents to $20.01 and Scotia Investments concluded trading with 25,000 shares changing hands with a gain of 5 cents to $22.55.
JSE sum 4-12-14 Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Cable & Wireless ended with 34,400 units and closed at 45 cents, Jamaica Broilers exchanged 41,577 shares at $4 each, Kingston Wharves concluded trading with 9,700 shares changing hands to close at $6. Proven Investments had 525 shares changing hands to close at 18.5 US cents, Radio Jamaica contributed 4,758 shares to close at $1.18 and Supreme Ventures ended trading with 8,300 shares at $1.90.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Carreras ending with 11,848 units, as the price slipped 1 cent to $36.99, Gleaner closing at a new 52 weeks’ low while trading 20,000 shares at 99 cents, by slipping by 1 cent and Jamaica Money Market Brokers finished with 14,600 shares with a loss of 4 cents to $7.06.
Preference| Proven Investments 8% preference share traded 150 units at $5.50.

Market slips but 5 stocks rose 4 fell

Supreme Ventures stock rose nearly 6% to $1.90 on Wednesday

Supreme Ventures stock rose nearly 6% to $1.90 on Wednesday

Wednesday’s activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 5 stocks rising and 4 declining as 21 securities changed hands, ending in 3,129,094 units trading, valued at $14,571,498, in all market segments.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator showed 5 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 6 stocks with offers that were lower.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index lost 108.71 points to 74,349.87, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index fell 121.55 points to close at 81,844.79 and the JSE combined index gained declined by 180.61 points to close at 76,181.46
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Cable & Wireless that saw only 112,228 shares changing hands with a gain of 2 cents to 45 cents, Carreras in trading with 3,855 units with a gain of 11 cents to $37. Jamaica Producers concluded trading with 2,000 shares, the price rose 1 cent to $15.96, Scotia Group ended trading with 66,782 units and put on 5 cents to $19.55 and Supreme Ventures had 8,100 shares trading to end with an increase of 10 cents to $1.90.
JSE sum 3-11-14 Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Caribbean Cement with 4,592 shares for $2.40, Grace Kennedy concluded trading with 5,098 shares, changing hands to close at $61. Jamaica Broilers exchanged 10,970 shares at $4 each, Jamaica Money Market Brokers ended trading with 200 ordinary shares changing hands to close at $7.10. Jamaica Stock Exchange completed trading with 30,000 shares at $1.50, Kingston Wharves saw trading in 15,700 shares at $6, National Commercial Bank finished trading with 222,853 shares changing hands at $18 and Seprod concluded trading with 2,000 shares at $12.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Sagicor Group finished with 114,849 shares with a loss of 2 cents to $9.88 and Sagicor Real Estate Fund finished trading with 4,270 units and fell 4 cents to $6.81.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.50% preference share contributed 3,000 units at $3.50 and the Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share ended trading with 2,357,859 shares changing hands at $3.

Profit jump 440% at Supreme Ventures

SupremeVenturesSVL_150x150Profit for the September quarter, at Supreme Ventures jumped 440 percent over the 2013 results, hitting $184 million in the process and a sharp climb from the $34 million realized in the 2013 period.
For the nine months ending September this year, profit after tax rose by a strong 41 percent, to $617 million, with earnings per share of 23 cents, putting the company on target to hit 30 cents per share for the full year to December. The gambling industry can have fettle results from time to time as has happened in the past at this company.
The strong improved profit results, flowed from a 16 percent sales rise in sales revenue in the quarter, to $9.9 billion and a stronger 22 percent for the nine months, to $30.1 billion. Gross profit grew at a slower pace of 7 percent for the three months and 11 percent for the nine months.
Segment results| Segment results show Supreme with challenges. While lottery earnings, climbed 35 percent for the year to date, to reach $1.22 billion and other areas grew from $102 million to $108 million, Sports betting losses are worsening even as revenues climbed from $177 million in 2013 to $418 million in 2014. The sharp growth in sports betting is attributable to betting on world cup football games. The segment lost $87 million in 2013 and $148 million in 2014 so far. Revenues fell for the Gaming and hospitality segment, from $394 million in 2013, to $314 million in 2014, but the losses were reduced from $440 million to $376 million. There are no noticeable improvements in the losses in the September quarter, for either loss making segments.
SVL chrt 9-14Administrative expenses dropped 18 percent, in the quarter due mainly to lower charges for professional fees, compared with the 2013, quarter and 4 percent for the nine months to September. While taxation increased, it was much slower than the growth in pretax profit. If the company could cut out the segment losses or sharply reduce them, earnings could jump as the losses amount to about 20 cents per share after tax.
The financials remain strong with equity of close to $3.9 billion and cash and investments of $1.9 billion against current liabilities of $1.6 billion.

7 stocks gained & 7 declined on JSE

Tuesday’s activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 7 stocks rising and 7 declining as 24 securities changed hands, ending in 13,351,835 units trading, valued at $51,923,241, in all market segments.
JSE 25-11-14 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 4 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 6 stocks with offers that were lower.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index lost 15 points to 74,547.05, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index fell 16.77 points to close at 82,065.27 and the JSE combined index gained 20.59 points to close at 76,494.36.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Cable & Wireless that concluded trading with 5,523,062 shares while gaining 1 cent to 44 cent, Jamaica Broilers finished trading with 30,061 shares, with the price rising 8 cents to $4.10. Scotia Group ended trading with 254,039 shares, with an increase of 5 cents to $19.55, Seprod closed with 18,854 shares as the price climbed 30 cents to $11.80 and Supreme Ventures finished trading with 43,500 shares changing hands, to close 4 cents higher at $1.80.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Caribbean Cement that had 138,200 shares changing hands to close at $2.40, Jamaica Money Market Brokers exchanged 30,232 ordinary shares at $7, Jamaica Stock Exchange contributed 200,000 shares in trading at $1.55. Kingston Wharves ended trading with only 350 units at $6, Mayberry Investments had 114,164 units to close $1.50, Proven Investments ended with 9,762 shares at 17.30 US cents.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Carreras ended with 157,195 units as the price slipped 50 cents to $36.50, Desnoes & Geddes closed with 32,446 shares trading 2 cents lower at $4.83. Grace Kennedy finished with 122,717 shares and lost 1 cent to end at $60, National Commercial Bank had 1,271,881 shares changing hands to close 40 cents lower at $18.85 and Sagicor Group concluded trading with 4,000 shares changing hands to close at 11 cents lower to $9.88.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 31,380 shares at $3.

NCB & Carreras dominant on JSE

NCB Nkgn -2014Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, on Wednesday was extend by an hour, to close at 2 PM, instead of the usual 1 PM close, problem with the stock exchange computer system, prevented some brokers from logging on to the system during the regular hours, hence the extension.
At the conclusion of trading the prices of 8 stocks rising and 6 declining as 25 securities changed hands, ending in 6,166,523 units trading, valued at $52,443,460, in all market segments. Of the total amount traded Carreras and National Commercial Bank that reported improved results for the period to September this over 2013 had $26,045,350 and $18,446,572 being invested in their stocks respectively.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 3 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 stocks with offers that were lower.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index gained 475.78 points to 74,488.38, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 531.99 points to close at 81,999.67 and the JSE combined index gained 506.05 by points to close at 76,389.41.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Cable & Wireless finished trading with 2,623,534 shares to close with an 8 cents gain to 50 Cents, Carreras concluded trading with 723,500 shares, and climbed $1 to $36, Desnoes & Geddes exchanged 29,700 shares to gain 5 cents at $4.90, Jamaica Broilers dealt in 34,809 shares as the price ended at 1 cents up to $4.01. Jamaica Money Market Brokers contributed 4,534 ordinary shares with the price moving 3 cents higher at $6.60 and National Commercial Bank finished trading with 969,173 shares, to end with an increase of 54 cents at $19.05.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Ciboney with 1,600 shares changing hands, closed at 7 cents, Hardware & Lumber concluded trading with 9,100 shares, at $6.50. Mayberry Investments finished trading with 258,123 shares changing hands at $1.50, Radio Jamaica with 6,005 shares changing hands, ended at $1.18 and Supreme Ventures ended trading, with only 1,900 shares, at $1.76.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Gleaner closing with 10,000 units, the price slipped 5 cents to a new l52 weeks’ low $1. Jamaica Stock Exchange finished with 10,000 shares trading, 29 cents lower to an all-time low of $1.55, Pan Jamaican Investment with 2,155 shares trading, lost 1 cent to end at $50.26, Scotia Group finished trading with 60,649 shares changing hands, 22 cents down, at $19.40 and Seprod shed 38 cents in trading 273,005 units, to close at $11.50.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 34,600 units at $3.

8 up 9 down on JSE

Tuesday’s activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 8 stocks rising and 9 declining as 27 securities changed hands, ending in 4,235,650 units trading, valued at $51,526,408, in all market segments.
JSE sum 18-11-14 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 3 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 8 stocks with offers that were lower.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index fell 194.52 points to 74,012.60, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index declined 217.50 points to close at 81,467.68 and the JSE combined index dropped 146.86 points to close at 75,883.36.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Jamaica Money Market Brokers, finishing trading with 50,000 ordinary shares, 7 cents higher at $6.57. National Commercial Bank finished trading with 49,500 shares while gaining 1 cent to $18.51, Pan Jamaican Investment saw trading in 4,039 units, to close with a gain of 1 cent to $50.27, Scotia Group 108,965 shares traded at 22 cents higher to close at $19.62 and Supreme Ventures with 74,000 shares changing hands, gained 1 cent to $1.76.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Gleaner with 110 shares at $1.05, Jamaica Broilers closing with 501,266 shares changing hands at $4, Jamaica Producers concluded trading with 5,000 shares at $15.50. Kingston Wharves had 4,285 shares changing hands $6, Mayberry Investments ended trading with 74,610 shares changing hands to close at $1.50 and Scotia Investments closed with 30,000 shares at $22.51.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Cable & Wireless finished trading with 1,670,678 units and fell 7 cents to 42 cents, Caribbean Cement concluded trading with 10,728 units with a decline of 1 cent to $2.40, Carreras exchanged 1,128,573 shares in trading, with a loss of $2 to close at $35, for Desnoes & Geddes there was dealing in 145,000 units, to close with a 5 cents fall to $4.85. Grace Kennedy contributed just 1,520 shares to trading but lost of 50 cents to end at $60.50, Palace Amusement concluded trading with 100 units to fall $13 to a 52 weeks’ low of $77, Proven Investments exchanged 80,033 units with a decline of 0.49 cent to 17.5 US cents and Sagicor Group ended trading with 145,000 units, with a decline of 1 cent to $9.99.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded with 155 units changing hands with a gain of 1 cent to $3 and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% finished trading with 14,500 shares trading at $2.

C&W & declining stocks dominate

CWJ off full vwThursday’s activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 5 stocks rising and 7 declining, as 19 securities changed hands, ending in 10,308,932 units trading, valued at $11,431,758, in all market segments. Cable & Wireless, continuing to trade in higher than normal volumes this year, accounted for 9.77 million of the volume.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator showed 5 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 6 stocks with offers that were lower, a neutral situation.
Main Market indices| The JSE Market Index gained 153.62 points to 73,236.56, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 171.76 points to close at 80,599.95 and the JSE combined index gained 115.71 points to close at 75,056.62.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Carreras finishing trading with 66,822 shares changing hands, to gain 55 cents at $35.55, Desnoes & Geddes concluded trading with 60,000 shares, 3 cents higher to $4.95, National Commercial Bank ended with 30,960 shares while gaining 10 cents to $17.11, Sagicor Group closed with 10,233 units with a gain of 20 cents to $9.80 and Seprod finished trading with 16,528 units, the price rose 63 cents to $11.88.
JSE sum 13-11-14 Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Berger Paints having 6,363 shares changing hands, to close at $1.60, Grace Kennedy concluded trading with 5,000 shares at $62, Jamaica Broilers exchanged 27,954 shares at $4, Radio Jamaica contributed 5,478 shares, in trading at $1.18 and Supreme Ventures ended trading with 3,000 shares at $1.75.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Cable & Wireless ending with 9,771,352 units, trading between 60 cents and 50 cents, at the close the price slipped 1 cent to 50 cents, as selling increased from Wednesday. The stock traded mostly above 56 cents, but traded 476,700 units at 51 cents and 445,000 units at 50 cents less than 2 minutes from the close, to pull the price down and the end.
Jamaica Money Market Brokers ordinary share, closed with 101,200 units trading to fall 20 cents to $6.80, Jamaica Producers finished with 2,000 shares, loss 1 cent to $15.50 and Scotia Group ended trading with 36,844 units to fall 57 cents to $19.40.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share had 66,000 units changing hands at $3.