JSE slips slightly at close Monday

JSE The Jamaica Stock Exchange on Monday closed with main market indices undergoing small losses. The Jamaica stock market closed with 8 stocks rising, 12 declining as 28 securities changed hands with 3,402,118 units trading, valued at $40,255,758, in all market segments.
At the close, the JSE Market Index dropped 80.85 points to 100,727.82, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index shed 90.37 points to close at 111,525.61 and the JSE combined index dipped 54.59 points to end at 104,309.22.
JSE sum- 17-08-15 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had a reading of 7 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 6 with offers that were lower.
In trading, Berger Paints had 27,080 shares changing hands with a gain of 5 cents to end at $2.60, Carreras dropped $1.50 to $50 with 157,969 shares changing hands, Gleaner closed with 70,665 shares and gained 2 cents at $2.73 after the price had fallen in the morning session to $2.30. Hardware & Lumber ended up at $16, after adding $1 with 13,500 units changing hands. Jamaica Producers traded at $19 with 100,000 shares changing ownership. JSE fn Qts-17-08-15JMMB Group traded 12,000 shares up to $7.99 to gain 19 cents, with the company reporting strong increase in profit for the first quarter, National Commercial Bank traded 99,530 shares at $30 while losing 10 cents. Pulse Investments lost 10 cents in trading 57,000 shares to end at 35 cents, Radio Jamaica traded 27,440 shares to end at $4, with a gain of 5 cents, Sagicor Group ended trading with 1,770,848 units at $13, Sagicor Real Estate Fund lost 20 cents to close at $8.10 while trading 23,990 units. Scotia Group did not trade but had a bid at $24.51 that is higher than the last selling price of $24 and Scotia Investments traded 9,157 with decline of 69 cents to $27.30.

20 stocks rose to 6 falling on JSE

RJR closed at a new 52 weeks high of $4.30.

RJR closed at a new 52 weeks high of $4.30.

The Jamaica stock market closed with 20 stocks rising, 6 declining as 34 securities changed hands with 7,947,402 units trading, valued at $51,560,091 and 6 stocks closed at new 52 weeks’ high in all market segments.
JSE Market Index gained 276.39 points to 101,233.39, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 308.93 points to close at 112,399.62 and the JSE combined index climbed 207.08 points to end at 105,082.11.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had a reading of 5 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with offers that were lower.
JSE sum- 12-08-15In trading, Cable and Wireless ended with 1,182,806 units changing hands at 40 cents, Caribbean Cement stock gained 51 cents to close at $8.50, Carreras traded 6,834 units to close at $52, Desnoes & Geddes had 43,637 shares changing hands at $6.80, up 29 cents. Gleaner closed with 250,132 shares traded at new closing 52 weeks’ high of $2.51 for a gain of 36 cents. The stock had traded as high as $2.70 during trading. Grace Kennedy traded 72,578 shares to end at $64, Jamaica Broilers had 11,419 shares changing hands, in closing at $7 for a gain of 30 cents. Jamaica Producers (JP)dropped $1.20 to $18.80 with 986,248 units trading. JP reported earnings for the second quarter attributable to shareholders of $414 million but the bulk of that it, $319 million came from gain on sale of fixed assets and investments. The year-to-date to June net profit attributable to JP shareholders was $589 million compared to $138 million in 2014 of which $429 million came from gains on disposal of fixed assets and investments. JMMB Group traded 10,600 units and fell 39 cents to end at $7.60, JSE fn Qts-12-08-15 Mayberry Investments had 219,866 shares trading at $3.15 for a loss of 35 cents, National Commercial Bank traded 44,926 shares at $31 with a gain of 50 cents. Radio Jamaica traded just 8,132 shares to end at $4.30, a new 52 weeks’ high, Sagicor Group ended trading with 17,790 units at $13.05, and lost 15 cents. Proven Investments closed at 17.5 US cents after falling 0.50 US cents with 200,000 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund closed at $8.30 while trading 295,742 units, Scotia Group gained 44 cents and ended with 109,216 units trading at $26.45, Scotia Investments ended with 15,000 shares changing hands at $27.99, up 99 cents and Supreme Ventures traded 1,974,455 shares at $4.50, a new all-time high by adding 92 cents.

Bulls rampant with 6 new highs on Monday

Supply is virtually dried up for NCB

Supply is virtually dried up for NCB

The Jamaica stock market closed with 9 stocks rising, 9 declining as 29 securities changed hands with 5,404,858 units trading, valued at $37,217,088 and 6 stocks closed at new 52 weeks’ high in all market segments.
At the close, the JSE Market Index slipped 397.37 points to 100,596.16, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index fell 444.16 points to close at 111,377.32 and the JSE combined index declined 363.68 points to end at 104,273.27.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had a reading of 8 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 7 with offers that were lower.
In trading, Cable and Wireless ended with 734,138 units changing hands and lost 1 cent to JSE sum- 10-08-15rend at 39 cents, Carreras traded 9,440 units to close at $52, Desnoes & Geddes had 64,610 shares changing hands at $6.55, down 15 cents. Gleaner traded at $1.89, and gained 37 cents after just 100 shares changed hands, in continued response to the merger of the company’s media operations, with that of Radio Jamaica. At the close, Gleaner closed with the bids above the last traded price at $2.09 with 6,238 shares for a new 52 weeks high. Grace Kennedy lost $1 in trading 10,933 shares to end at $63,

Jamaica Broilers

had 29,700 shares changing hands, in closing at $7 for a rise of 63 cents. Jamaica Producers traded 24,294 shares to end at $20 by gaining $1.15, The Jamaica Stock Exchange stock traded 104,900 units at $6.60, for a loss of 20 cents, Kingston Wharves ended with 699,999 shares changing hands at $7.05, to gain 5 cents. Mayberry Investments had 116,000 shares trading at $3.50 to gain 40 cents, for a new 52 weeks’ high, National Commercial Bank traded 66,421 shares at $30.01 after it traded earlier in the day at $30.50. At the close the JSE fn Qts-10-08-15stock was offered at $32.50 to sell 245 units, the only other offers posted are, at $33 to sell 503 units and at $60 to sell 2,000 shares, the bid was at $30.01 to buy 51,091 units. Radio Jamaica traded just 106,922 shares to end at a 52 weeks’ high of $4 as the price gained 10 cents, Sagicor Group ended trading with 97,240 units at $13.50, to gain 54 cents. Sagicor Real Estate Fund lost 20 cents and closed at $8.30 while trading 48,229 units, Scotia Group ended with 768,044 units trading at $26 but traded as low as $23.66 during the day and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference traded 882,500 units at $2 after shedding 1 cent.

Sagicor funds unmasked

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HiltonThe best way to make money in the stock market or to minimise losses is to understand what is being invested in an avoid overpriced stocks. Investors have bought heavily into the concept of tourism industry being a winner in Jamaica but they need to know that it is highly seasonal with the bulk of the income earned in the period from Christmas Eve to somewhere in April and again between July and August.
Entities involved in the hotel traded will note that earnings slump sharply for the rest of the year but cost fall much more slowly. Against this factor is not surprising to see the Sagicor Real Estate Fund’s highly inflated first quarter profit, gave way to more realistic results in the company’s second quarter, with profit of 8 cents per share in the June quarter down from 11 cents in the June 2014 quarter. Buoyed by an abnormal first quarter results, earnings ended at 46 cents per share to June versus 27 cents for the six months to June last year. As the year progresses earnings per share should fall, with the lower tourism inflows for the remainder of the year.
The fund acquired the Hilton Rose Hall in January 2015, adding 489 hotel rooms directly under its ownership. The acquisition helped the fund to report $570 million in profit after tax for the March quarter. Not disclosed to investors, is the fact that the expenses reflected in the March interim results were not the normal amount one would expect from the level of business attained. While the income in both the June and the Hilton 2March quarters were virtually the same, operating expenses were nearly $200 million more in the June quarter than in March. Why is this so? In all probability the former operators of the hotel would have spent on marketing and refurbishing that would have helped to generate the income without some of the attendance cost, not so in the June quarter. While profit before taxation in the first quarter was $293 million from revenues of $1.19 billion, the net position in the June quarter was only $72 million from just $37 million less income from the hotel.
What can be expected is that revenues could be down by about 30-40 percent while expenses won’t fall much, resulting in large losses for the rest of the year. With the rate of exchange of the local dollar stabilizing, appreciation from the units held in the Sagicor Unit Trust is unlikely to show much gain. What now exist is a company whose earnings, at best may have peaked and at worse, could end up being lower than the 46 cents per share reported to date, then there is 2016 when the hotel expenses will reflect a full year’s expenditure and profits from it won’t be as robust as in the March quarter. Where will the profits come from to justify the high stock price? These are questions that investor should be asking themselves and management.
The FSC and the Stock Exchange need to ask themselves if allowing companies to leave inadequate information in the market place is the best way to protect investors and the integrity of the capital market?

Slow JSE morning session

Activity on the JSE is subdued on Tuesday resulted in only 202,616 units changing hands as 17 securities traded with 5 coming from the junior market, so far 7 stocks gained in price and 4 declined.
JSE Intra 4- 08-15After 95 minutes of trading, gains in a number of stocks including Sagicor Real Estate Fund, that traded at a new all-time high of $9, pushed the all Jamaican Composite index up 941.71 points to 110,064.79 points. JSE Combined Index gained 793.37 points to 102,590.33, JSE Index trades at 99,420.89 points after rising 842.51 points and Junior Market Index slipped 0.10 points to 977.08.
The Real Estate Fund reported profit of 8 cents in the June quarter down from 11 cents in the June 2014 quarter and 46 cents to June versus 27 cents for the six months to June last year. As the year progress earnings per share should fall, with the lower tourism inflows.

JSE continues up

Scotia Climb keeps indices rising

Scotia Climb keeps indices rising

Prices on the Jamaica Stock Exchange continued in a positive mode on the second day of July, albeit not as strong as on the first, but it ended on a high, with Scotia Group climbing for the second day, after it posted gains of $1.25 on Wednesday. The movement in the banking group stock price, was again the main contributor to the rise of the main indices on Thursday.
The market closed with a large number of stocks showing softness suggesting that there could be large number of declines evens as advances may pick up from today’s levels.
Trading ended with 9 stocks rising, 5 declining as 23 securities changed hands and ending in 1,876,486 units trading, valued at $10,673,692 and 1 stock closed at 52 weeks’ high in all market segments.
The JSE Market Index declined 284.62 points to 99,026.54 the JSE All Jamaican Composite index gained 318.14 points to close at 109,624.01 but the JSE combined index rose 223.92 points to end at 101,440.59 thanks to gains in the junior market offsetting declines in the main market.
JSE sum 2-7-15 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator was showing a poor reading of only 13 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 13 with offers that were lower, in contrast 6 to 7 at the close on Wednesday.
In trading, Cable & Wireless had 539,627 units changing hands to close at 46 cents. Caribbean Cement had 117,440 units trading at $5.50 after shedding another 20 cents on top of 30 cents on Wednesday. Desnoes and Geddes traded 7,086 shares at $7.39 to end down 15 cents, Gleaner ended with 30452 shares changing hands, to gain 2 cents, for a 52 weeks’ high of $1.50. Jamaica Broilers gained 30 cents to reach $5.75 while only 2,000 shares changed hands, the stock closed with an off at $5.65,JSE fn-Qts 2-7-15 Jamaica Stock Exchange traded just 2,000 shares and shed 35 cents in closing at $5.75, at the close the bid was at $6.15. National Commercial Bank in trading 26,067 shares, to close higher by 86 cents at $29.90, Pan Jamaican rose 50 cents to $62 with 22,779 shares trading, the stock was mostly down on the day at $61.10. Sagicor Group with 20,883 units trading, ended unchanged at $13.01, Sagicor Real Estate Fund traded 80,000 units with a decline of 38 cents to $7.62 and Scotia Group that traded 106,740 shares to close at $24.94 to gain 43 cents but closed with the offer at $24.50. Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 649,316 to gain 2 cents at $3.

Declining stocks on top Monday

Carreras drops $2.20

Carreras drops $2.20

Activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended with 10 stocks rising, 13 declining as 27 securities changed hands and ending in 1,461,974 units trading, valued at $16,575,879 and 2 stocks closed at 52 weeks’ high in all market segments but a third traded at an intraday 52 weeks’ high. The main market closed with 7 stocks advancing to 10 falling.
JSE sum 29-6-15The JSE Market Index declined 236.68 points to 97,430.27 the JSE All Jamaican Composite index fell 264.54 points to close at 107,839.80 but the JSE combined index dropped 234.79 points to end at 100,012.08.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator was showing a poor reading of 5 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with offers that were lower.
In trading, Cable & Wireless had 128,943 units changing hands at 45 cents at the close, after shedding 2 cents. Caribbean Cement had 68,775 units trading at $5.50, Carreras lost $2.20 while trading 20,000 shares to close at $48.30, Desnoes and Geddes traded at $7.56 with 35,000 shares, JSE fn qts 29-6-15Gleaner ended with 5,600 shares changing hands to gain 10 cents, for a 52 weeks’ high of $1.29. Grace Kennedy ended with 21,158 units at $63.50 by dropping 50 cents, Jamaica Broilers gained 50 cents in trading 7,605 units to end at $6, JMMB Group added 10 cents in trading 400,538 shares and ended at $7.50. Mayberry had 36,805 shares trading, to end at a $2.52, National Commercial Bank fell 47 cents while trading 99,459 shares, to close at $29.03, Sagicor Group fell 15 cents with 485,685 units trading, to end at $12.55, but only after it traded during the day at a 52 weeks’ high of $13.10, Sagicor Real Estate Fund saw trading in 6,053 units but lost 40 cents in closing at $7.30, Scotia Group had 11,027 units trading 4 cents up at $23.25.

17 stocks rose 6 declined

Activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended with 17 stocks rising, 6 declining as 28 securities changed hands and ending in 1,670,491 units trading, valued at $31,272,240 and 4 stocks closed at 52 weeks’ high in all market segments. The main market closed with 12 stocks advancing to 4 falling.
JSE sum 26-6-15The JSE Market Index gained 616.53 points to 97,666.95, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 689.12 points to close at 108,104.34 but the JSE combined index added 631.68 points to end at 100,236.87.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator was showing a worse reading than Thursday’s close of 12 to 5. The reading at the end of Friday’s trading is 7 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 6 with offers that were lower as the market continues to swing between ups and down.
In trading, Carreras put on $2.23 while trading 1,000 shares to close at $50.50, Gleaner ended with 13,000 shares changing hands to gain 12 cents for a 52 weeks’ high of $1.19, Jamaica Broilers gained 50 cents in trading 7,605 units to end at $6, JMMB Group added 10 cents in trading 219,702 shares and ended at $7.50.JSE fn qts 26-6-15 Kingston Wharves climbed 15 cents to $7.15 with 14,071 shares, Montego Bay Ice has not traded in more than two years finally traded today but lost $2.95 to end at $15 while 1,560 shares traded to end at a 52 weeks low. National Commercial Bank rose 40 cents while trading 137,540 shares to close at $29.40, Proven Investments traded 132,278 share to close at 19 US cents, Sagicor Group inched up 9 cents with 105,691 units trading, to end at $12.70, Sagicor Real Estate Fund saw trading in 101,000 units but lost 30 cents in closing at $7.70 and Scotia Investments climbed $1 to $28.50 with 677,500 units, most of the stock traded at $2.

JSE closes up with 15 stocks rising

Sagicor Group traded at day a new 52 weeks' high on Thursday.

Sagicor Group traded at day a new 52 weeks’ high on Thursday.

Activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 15 stocks rising, 8 declining as 30 securities changed hands, ending in 2,795,375 units trading, valued at $21,467,371 and 3 new 52 weeks’ high in all market segments.
TheJSE Market Index gained 372.85 points to 97,630.76, theJSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 416.74 points to close at 108,063.88 and the JSE combined index gained 368.09 points to end at 100,321.14.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, JSE sum 18-6-15the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 10 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 7 with offers that were lower.
In trading, Cable & Wireless ended trading with 391,410 shares to end at 45 cents. Caribbean Cement ended with 1,019,125 shares but the price fell 40 cents to $5, Carreras ended trading with 7,660 shares to gain 41 cents to $48.50, Grace Kennedy closed with 32,022 units changing hands, 40 cents higher at $63.90. Jamaica Broilers traded 140,665 shares and was down 5 cents to $5.40, Jamaica Producers jumped $1.46 to $20 on a small volume of 7,239 shares. JMMB Group traded 176,877 shares but remained unchanged at $7.50, National Commercial Bank closed trading with 52,710 units changing hands and gained 5 cents to $29.50, JSE fn qts 18-6-15Sagicor Group traded at a new 52 weeks’ high of $13 during the morning but closed at new 52 weeks’ close of $2.61, 1 cent higher with 69,030 shares trading. Sagicor Real Estate Fund ended with 11,619 shares trading and remained unchanged at $8.
Scotia Group had trading in 208,096 shares to gain just 3 cents at $23.14, Supreme Ventures closed with 64,000 shares changing hands at $3.70. Proven Investments traded 91,678 shares and put on 0.38 US cents at the close, for a new closing high of 22 US cents, while Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share, traded 48,470 units at $2 and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 30,500 units and lost 1 cent, to end at $2.98.

JMMB dominates trading as JSE rises

JMMB_Building600x250 JMMB Group dominated trading with 9.9 million units valued at $74.5 million on Wednesday in activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange but the stock price was up only moderately.
In trading the prices of 14 stocks rose, 6 declined as 28 securities changed hands, ending in 13,740,198 units trading, valued at $109,298,383, with two new closing 52 weeks’ high, in all market segments but with Jamaica Broilers trading at a 52 weeks’ high during the day.
TheJSE Market Index gained 661.40 points to 97,257.91, theJSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 739.27 points to close at 107,647.14 and the JSE combined index gained 659.28 points to end at 99,953.05.
Stocks trading include, JSE sum 17-6-15Caribbean Cement adding 800,705 shares to gain 40 cent to close at $5.40 for a new closing 52 weeks’ high, Desnoes & Geddes lost 40 cents to $7.60 with 7,235 shares trading, Hardware and Lumber traded 210,000 shares at $18 but the bid that was at $18 was moved down to $16, shortly the trade. Jamaica Broilers had 47,213 shares trading to close at $5.45 for a gain of 25 cents but traded earlier in the day at $6. JMMB Group traded 9,935,904 shares at $7.50, up from $7.41 on Tuesday, the shares were sold in 10 lots by JMMB Securities and all but 96,142 were purchased by NCB Capital Markets for clients. Mayberry traded 147,3000 shares at $2.88, National Commercial Bank trading only 4,777 shares as high as at $29.99 but closed at $29.45, Pan Jamaican Investment closed at a new 52 weeks’ high of $63.51 with only 5,000 shares but traded at $63.75 during the day. JSE fn qts 17-6-15Sagicor Group in trading 1,773,139 shares, ended up 10 cents higher at $12.40 at the close. Sagicor Real Estate Fund gained 30 cents in trading 23,151 units and closed at $8, Scotia Group ended with 61,864 shares at $23.11, Supreme Ventures had 59,656 shares trading at $3.70 at the end and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 143,000 units to lose 1 cent and close at $2.99.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 11 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with offers that were lower well down on the 19 bids and 7 offers on Tuesday.