9 new IPOs for 2018

Last year (2017), was a great year for Jamaican stocks with prices of several stocks more than doubling on the Jamaican Stock Exchange and 10 new companies listing on the exchange.
2018 seems poised to be another year for a number of new issues on the market as business owners take advantage of a buoyant market for equity investments.
The local market should have new 9 issues, Marlene Streete-Forrest, the JSE Managing Director confirmed. Streete-Forrest expects that 5 issues will list on the Junior Market and 4 for the main market. New financial entity Sygnus Capital is said to be heading to the public in January. Other listings expected shortly are Caribbean Insurance Brokers, NevEast and Elite Diagnostics. University College of the Caribbean with its main operations in Kingston, Jamaica, is expected to be the first educational institution to seek to list on the stock exchange. The listing is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2018. Mayberry Investment is also expected to bring their subsidiary, Mayberry West Indies to market by February.
In 2017, the Jamaica Stock Exchange had 10 new companies listing on the exchange, including 2 new companies listing preference shares. Two new listings were on the main market one on the US dollar market and 5 on the Junior Market.
Scotia Investments, Trinidad Cement, Montego Bay Ice and Margaritaville preference share were delisted during the year.

More securities trade with less volume

Agostini’s traded at a 52 weeks’ high on Tuesday.

The number of securities trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Tuesday, climbed to 18, compared to 14 on Monday. Unlike Monday, when just 1 stock advanced, trading on Tuesday threw up 4 winners 3 losers and 11 trading unchanged, with 1 closing at 52 weeks’ high and 1 at a 52 weeks’ Low.
In spite of the rise in the number of securities trading market activity ended with a mere 556,707 shares trading at a value of $4,534,786, well down from the 1,413,505 shares trading at for $8,688,584 on Monday.
The Composite Index fell 0.76 points to 1,257.20, the All T&T Index declined 1.90 points to 1,721.95 while the Cross Listed Index inched 0.05 points to close at 106.81.

Trinidad Cement closed at a 52 weeks’ low on Tuesday.

IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended with 3 stocks with bids higher than last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
Gains| In trading Agostini’s exchanged 694 shares, gaining 21 cents to end at 52 weeks’ high of $20.75, Angostura Holdings closed trading with just 20 shares at $15.20 after rising by 20 cents, Sagicor Financial gained 1 cent to end at $7.97, trading 275,873 shares with a value of $2,206,084 and Trinidad & Tobago NGL recovered the 30 cents it lost on Monday to close at $26.50, with 9,502 shares changing hands.
Losses| The last traded prices of the securities declining are Grace Kennedy with a loss of 1 cent, in closing at $2.99 in exchanging 217,463 shares at a value of $649,365, Guardian Holdings lost 27 cents in closing at $17.03 with 11,600 stock units changing hands and Trinidad Cement lost 20 cents to end at a 52 weeks’ low of $3.75 with 1,085 stock units trading.
Firm Trades| The last traded prices of securities closing unchanged are Clico Investments closing unchanged at $21 with 700 units trading, First Citizens closed at $32 with 8,303 units changing hands, First Caribbean International Bank trading 9,000 units at $9.30, National Enterprises exchanged 1,200 units at $9.80, Prestige Holdings closed at $10.70 with 1,453 shares trading, ReadyMix traded 500 shares at $11. Republic Financial Holdings traded a mere 5 units to settle at $100, Scotiabank closed at $60 in exchanging 1,766 units, Unilever Caribbean closed at $29, trading 500 shares, West Indian Tobacco closed at $100 with 6,948 shares with a value of $688,504 trading but traded at an intraday 52 weeks’ low of $96.99, before the close and LJ Williams B share traded 10,095 units at 70 cents.

Witco drops to 1 year low

West Indian Tobacco hit another 52 weeks’ low on Friday.

Trading levels on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange closed on Friday down on Thursday’s levels as 13 securities changed hands compared to 16 on Thursday. The market closed with a weak West Indian Tobacco closing at a 52 weeks’ low.
The market closed with 321,584 shares traded at a value of $4,433,970 compared to Thursday’s trades of 513,696 units valued at $5,023,038 as the prices of 4 securities rose, 3 declining and 6 remained unchanged.
The Composite Index declined by 10.91 points to 1,259.04, the All T&T Index fell 4.19 points to 1,726.51 while the Cross Listed Index was down 2.41 points to close at 106.69.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended with 5 stocks with bids higher than last selling prices and 6 with lower offers.
Gains| The last traded prices of the securities rising at the close of the market are,Guardian Holdings with gains of 30 cents, to close at $17.30 while trading 44,762 shares valued at $762,473, JMMB Group gaining 9 cents to settle at $1.59 with 95,509 shares changing hands, Sagicor Financial closed at $7.96, gaining 1 cent with 47,404 shares valued at $376,984 and Trinidad & Tobago NGL traded at $26.50, rising 30 cents in exchanging 38,959 shares valued at $1,032,542.
Losses| The last traded prices of the securities declining at the close of the market are, NCB Financial Group ending at $6, with a loss of 30 cents in trading 40,150 shares, Scotiabank lost 1 cent to close at $60.09 with 760 units and West Indian Tobacco declined by $1.80 to a 52 weeks’ low of $100 with 293 units changing hands and remains weak at the close with the stock being offered below the closing price and no buying showing at the close.
Firm Trades| The last traded prices of securities closing unchanged are, Clico Investment that closed at $21 with 22,800 shares valued at $478,800 trading, Massy Holdings traded 26,060 shares at $48 valued at $1,251,492, National Flour Mills closed at $1.90 with 2,300 shares trading. Republic Financial Holdings remained at $100 with 197 units changing hands, Trinidad Cement closed at $3.95 with 950 units and Unilever Caribbean held firm at $30 with 1,440 shares exchanged.

9 TTSE stock down in weak market

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After a long drawn out period when investors were felling out each other to try and get the best price for stocks, finally, patience seems to have worn thin, as the prices of several stocks were finally allowed to trade lower than the asking prices a month or two ago.
By the look of trading and market quotes the downward correction is not yet over and with the Trinidad Economy still in deep recession the decline in market prices could go well into 2018 as the downward price adjustments take time to be fully reflected in trading.
Trading levels on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange closed on Thursday, fell below Wednesday’s volumes and values, and ended with 9 stocks declining, 7 holding firm and none gaining at the close.
At the end the Composite Index declined by 10.93 points to 1,269.95, the All T&T Index shed 12.64 points to 1,730.70 and the Cross Listed Index was down 1.25 points to close at 109.10.
The market closed with 16 securities changing hands compared to 15 on Wednesday leading to 513,696 shares trading, valued at $5,023,038 compared to Wednesday’s trades of 750,792 valued at $10,300,305.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended with 2 stocks with bids higher than last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
Losses| The last traded prices of the securities declining at the close of the market are, Ansa McAL losing 2 cents to close at $63 trading 12,000 shares valued at $756,000, Guardian Holdings closed 98 cents lower to $17, with 2,000 shares exchanged and JMMB Group ended at $1.50, losing 9 cents exchanging 273,754 shares valued at $410,631. Massy Holdings declined by $1, closing at $48 with 1,146 units, National Enterprises ended with a loss of 20 cents at $9.80 with a mere 25 units trading, NCB Financial Group settled at $6.30, losing 20 cents, exchanging 40,850 shares, but only after it traded at a new high of $6.75 befoe pulling back by the close. Scotiabank traded 90 cents lower to $60.10 with 100 units changing hands, West Indian Tobacco fell by $1.05 to a new 52 weeks’ low of $101.80 trading 13,000 shares valued at $1,323,400 and Trinidad & Tobago NGL dropped 30 cents, in closing at $26.20 with 5,462 shares changing hands.

West Indian Tobacco hit another 52 weeks’ low on Thursday.

Firm Trades| The last traded prices of securities closing unchanged are, Clico Investment closing at $21 with 17,680 shares valued at $371,280, First Citizens remaining at $32 with 1,100 units changing hands, National Flour Mills closing at $1.90 with 1,747 shares. Republic Financial Holdings closed at $100 trading 5,657 shares valued at $565,700, Sagicor Financial remained at $7.95 with 123,670 shares valued at $982,164, Trinidad Cement closed at $3.95 with trades of 15,005 shares and Unilever Caribbean traded 500 units at $30.

2 new highs 2 new lows on TTSE

Scotiabank traded at a 52 weeks’ high on Thursday.

Falling stock prices, outpaced rising stocks more than 2 to 1, at the close of trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Wednesday. All three market indices declined, as two declining stocks shed large amounts, while 2 each traded at 52 weeks’ high and low.
Ansa McAL declined by $3.03, to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $60 with just 2,028 shares trading, Republic Financial Holdings also closed at a 52 weeks’ low after losing $1.50 to end at $100.50, with 252 units changing hands while Scotiabank advanced $1 to settle at a 52 weeks’ high of $61 with 1,500 shares and Trinidad & Tobago NGL gained $1.95 to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $27 trading 3,300 shares. Scotiabank’s move is reflective of a rise in profit before Taxation of 11 percent and 5 percent after an increase in corporation tax rate in that country. Earnings per share ended the year at $3.73 for a PE ratio of 16.35.

T&T NGL closed at a record high on TTSE on Thursday.

Market activity ended with 14 securities changing hands compared to 13 on Wednesday leading to 3 stocks advancing, 7 declining and 4 holding firm.
A total of 221,067 shares traded at a value of $3,013,733 compared to Wednesday’s trades of 482,160 valued at $15,366,284.
The Composite Index declined by 6.28 points to 1,274.03, the All T&T Index lost 10.08 points to 1,743.57 and the Cross Listed Index was down 0.33 points to close at 108.44.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended with 4 stocks with bids higher than last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
Gains| The other stock that gained is Clico Investment with a rise of 29 cents, in closing at $20.79 with 71,572 shares valued at $1,486,816.
Losses| Securities declining based on the last traded price are Grace Kennedy losing 4 cents in exchanging 25,000 shares to close at $2.96. JMMB Group closed at $1.88, with a loss of 2 cents trading 1,754 shares, Point Lisas fell 1 cent to $3.89 with 11,128 shares changing hands, Prestige Holdings ended with a loss of 5 cents, at $10.70 with 1,000 units, and Sagicor Financial traded 4 cents lower to $7.91 with 73,828 shares valued at $584,108.
Firm Trades| The last traded prices of securities closing with unchanged prices are Massy Holdings in exchanging 1,484 shares at $49, One Caribbean Media ending at $14 with 23,361 shares valued at $369,054, Trinidad Cementthat traded 650 units at $3.95 while Unilever Caribbean remained at $34 with 1,210 shares trading.

Massy Holdings dominates TTSE

Massy traded 90% of the value of stocks trading on Wednesday.

Massy Holdings traded $13.9 million worth of shares, dominating trading with 90 percent of the value of the securities exchanged on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange at close on Wednesday, with 13 securities changing hands, the same as on Tuesday.
At the close, the price of 1 stock advanced, 4 declined and 8 remained unchanged as 482,160 shares traded at a value of $15,366,284 compared to Tuesday’s trades of 1,117,124 valued at $6,876,070.
The Composite Index lost 0.16 points to 1,280.31, the All T&T Index gained 1.73 points to 1,753.65 and the Cross Listed Index was down 0.28 points to close at 108.77.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended with 5 stocks with bids higher than last selling prices and 6 with lower offers.
Gains| The sole security with a rise in price is Massy Holdings with a gain of 5 cents, in closing at $49 trading 283,195 shares valued at $13,876,555.
Losses| The securities declining at the close on Wednesday are, Clico Investment declined by 30 cents to settle at $20.50, with 10,925 shares changing hands, JMMB Group closed 8 cents lower to $1.90, with 43,461 shares exchanged, Point Lisas lost 4 cents, ending at $3.90 with 3,000 shares and Scotiabank lost 1 cent and closed at $60 with 7,261 shares valued at $435,694 trading.
Firm Trades| Securities trading unchanged at the close based on the last traded price are, Angostura Holdings with 2,700 shares, closed at $15.05, First Citizens held firm at $32.01 with 1,189 shares, Grace Kennedy remained at $3 with 4,970 shares trading. National Flour Mills closed at $1.90 with 1,900 shares changing hands, One Caribbean Media exchanged 500 units at $14, Sagicor Financial traded 8,989 shares at $7.95, Trinidad Cement exchanged 109,000 shares at $3.95 valued at $430,553 and Trinidad & Tobago NGL held firm at $25.05 with 5,070 shares changing hands.

TTSE trading sinks to just 50,000 units

Market activity on Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Wednesday remains anaemic, with just over 50,000 shares trading, the lowest volume since the start of the month coming from 16 securities changing hands.
Trading closed with 4 stocks advancing, 5 declining, 7 holding firm as 50,488 shares traded at a value of $553,082 compared to Tuesday’s trades of 528,994 valued at $2,520,342 from 13 securities trading. At the close of trading 2 stock hit 52 weeks’ high and one ended at a 52 weeks’ low.
The Composite Index climbed 2.15 points to 1,277.73, the All T&T Index declined by 0.87 points to 1,743.27 and the Cross Listed Index gained 0.71 points to close at 109.49.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended with 2 stocks with bids higher than last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
Gains| The last traded prices of the securities rising are Grace Kennedy with gains of 5 cents, and closing at a 52 weeks’ high of $3.10 with 300 units changing hands. Guardian Holdings closed at $16.50, rising 50 cents in exchanging 13,670 shares, NCB Financial Group gained 10 cents, ending at $6 with trades of 10,300 units and Trinidad & Tobago NGL rose to a new 52 weeks’ high of $24.25, advancing 20 cents with an exchange of 2,650 shares.
Losses| Securities closing down at last traded prices are JMMB Group that lost 1 cent and closed at $2.09 with 1,975 shares trading, L.J. Williams B with a loss of 7 cents, traded at 70 cents with 1,650 shares, Republic Financial Holdings declined by 19 cents to settle at $101.50, after trading at a low for the day at $100.50 with 405 units exchanged. Sagicor Financial closed at $7.94, losing 1 cent with 1,175 shares and Unilever Caribbean lost 5 cents, falling to a 52 weeks’ low of $34.95 with 100 units changing hands.
Firm Trades| Stock with last traded prices remaining unchanged of the close of trading are Angostura Holdings closed at $15.05 with a mere 10 units, Clico Investment exchanged 47 units at $21, First Citizens trading 20 units at $31.95 and National Enterprises that closed at $9.70 with 508 units. Prestige Holdings closed at $10.75 exchanging 9,131 shares trading, Readymix ended at $11 with 618 units and Trinidad Cement closed at $3.95 trading 7,929 shares.

Citizens Bank dominates TTSE trading

Trading ended with 13 securities changing hands on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Tuesday compared to 14 on Monday as First Citizens Bank dominated market activity with 69 percent of the volume of securities traded and 87 percent of the value.
The market closed with 2 stocks advancing, 5 declining and 6 holding firm as 651,650 shares traded at a value of $16,389,752 compared to Monday’s trades of 363,319 valued at $3,307,599.
The Composite Index declined by 3.51 points to 1,280.43, the All T&T Index added 0.14 points to 1,754.98 and the Cross Listed Index lost 0.98 points to close at 108.61.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended with 4 stocks with bids higher than last selling prices and 6 with lower offers.
Gains| At the close of the market First Citizens rose by 4 cents to close at $31.85 trading 447,445 shares valued at $14,250,791 and JMMB Group gained 5 cents, closing at $2.20 with 1,080 units exchanged.
Losses| Securities declining based on the last traded price are, Clico Investment trading with a loss of 50 cents, in closing at $20.50 with 19,991 shares valued at $414,710 changing hands, Massy Holdings slid 8 cents to close at $48.92 in exchanging 3,883 shares, National Flour Mills closed at a 52 weeks’ low of $1.90, losing 5 cents with 100,000 shares. Republic Financial Holdings with a loss of 1 cent, closed at $101.69 with 229 units and Sagicor Financial ending at $7.80, after falling by 15 cents with trades of 4,052 shares.
Firm Trades| The securities trading unchanged at the close of trading are Angostura Holdings that closed at $15.05 with 8,100 shares, Guardian Holdings exchanged just 92 units at $15.60, NCB Financial Group held firm at $5.90 with 1,500 units trading. One Caribbean Media closed at $14 with 58,580 shares valued at $820,120, Scotiabank remained at $58.50 with 5,650 shares valued at 330,518 and Trinidad Cement exchanged 1,048 units at $3.95.

NCB Financial in big drop in Trinidad – Monday

NCB Financial Group dropped 9.2% on the TTSE.

NCB Financial Group dropped sharply at the close of trading Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Monday, shedding 60 cents or 9.2 percent in closing at $5.90 after exchanging 159,506 shares.
The market ended with 14 securities changing hands compared to 12 on Friday as the prices of 4 stocks advanced, 3 declined and 7 closed unchanged. Total volume passing through the market was 363,319 shares at a value of $3,307,599 compared to Friday’s trades of 337,266 valued at $3,015,209.
The Composite Index declined by 12.34 points to 1,283.94, the All T&T Index gained 0.03 points to 1,754.84 and the Cross Listed Index slid 3.39 points to close at 109.59.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended with 3 stocks with bids higher than last selling prices and 6 with lower offers.
Gains| The last traded price of the securities rising and the volumes changing hands are Ansa McAL with gains of 3 cents, closed at $63.03 with 7,314 shares valued at $460,991, Clico Investment traded 20 cents higher, closing at $21 with 25,533 shares valued at $535,150, National Flour Mills ended at $1.95, gaining 1 cent with 1,500 units traded and Trinidad & Tobago NGL closed at $23.70, after trading as high as $23.90, but closed with a gain of 4 cents, in trading 13,497 shares valued at $322,571.
Losses| The last traded price of the securities declining on Monday are, JMMB Group with a loss of 5 cents, to settle at $2.15 with 25,925 shares exchanged, NCB Financial Group closed 60 cents lower to $5.90 trading 159,506 shares valued at $961,048, the stock closed with 40,494 units on offer at $5.90 with no buying interest expressed at the close and Republic Financial Holdings fell 5 cents, closing at $101.70 with 15 units.
Firm Trades| The last traded prices of securities and the volumes traded unchanged at the close of trading are First Citizens traded 340 units at $31.81, Grace Kennedy closed at $3 exchanging 50,000 shares, Massy Holdings remained at $49 with 1,217 units, Readymix with trades of 345 units, closed at $11. Sagicor Financial held firm at $7.95 with 74,196 shares valued at $589,818, Scotiabank ended at $58.50 exchanging 2.526 shares and Trinidad Cement closed at $3.95 with 1,405 units traded.

4 TTSE stocks fell 1 gained – Wednesday

Trading volume picked up on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Wednesday with the market exchanging 11 securities compared to just 9 on Tuesday.
At the close, 1 stock advanced, 4 declined and 6 were unchanged as 239,293 shares traded at a value of $1,003,289 compared to Tuesday’s trades of 52,590 valued at $1,117,150.
The Composite Index advanced 5.92 points to 1,295.18, the All T&T Index remained unperturbed at 1,752.55 and the Cross Listed Index rose 1.62 points, closing at 112.99.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended with 4 stocks with bids higher than last selling prices and 7 with lower offers.
Gains| The sole security advancing in price is Grace Kennedy with gains of 3 cents, as it closed at $3 trading 52,452 shares.
Losses| The last traded price of the securities declining and volume changing hands are, JMMB Group down 5 cents, in closing at $2.15 with 91,831 shares, L.J. Williams B share fell 1 cent, to settled at 77 cents exchanging 31,000 shares, Sagicor Financial closing at $7.96, losing 3 cents trading 13,691 shares and Trinidad Cement with a loss 5 cents, ending at $3.95 with 8,500 shares.
Firm Trades| At the close of trading, Clico Investment remained at unchanged $21 with 2,102 shares traded, First Citizens closed at $31.80 with 2,380 shares changing hands, First Caribbean International Bank last traded at $9 after hitting a high for the day of $9.25 to end the day trading 33,937 shares valued at $313,667. Massy Holdings last traded at $49.50 exchanging 490 units, National Enterprises traded 200 units at $9.75 and NCB Financial Group held firm at $6.50 with 2,710 shares.