Elite Diagnostics grabs 77% of trades

Recently listed Elite Diagnostics dominated trading on Junior Market on Friday with 4 million shares or 77 percent of trading, with no trade exceeding 172,000 units.
On Thursday the company accounted for just over 84 percent of volume of stocks trading resulting in 6,672,725 units, up from 2,520,373 shares that were exchanged on Wednesday. The market closed on Friday with 21 securities changing hands, up from 18 on Thursday, resulting in an exchange of 5,241,602 units valued at $19,221,963, compared to 7,902,138 units valued at $25,165,370 on the prior trading day.
The Junior Market index advanced 12.59 points to close at 2,928.28 as the prices of 7 securities advanced, 7 declined and 7 remained unchanged.
Trading ended with an average of 249,600 units for an average of $915,332 compared to an average of 439,008 units for an average of $1,398,076 on Thursday. An average of 288,936 units at an average value of $1,632,571 traded, and previously 291,636 units at an average value of $1,681,793. In contrast, January closed with an average of 122,386 shares, valued at $489,704 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks ending with the bid higher than the last selling price and 1 with a lower offer.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging ended 40 cents higher at $2.45, with 20,000 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading at $34.87, with 910 units, CAC 2000 finished at $9, with 7,000 shares, Caribbean Cream ended trading $1.53 higher at $7.52, with 296,348 shares, Caribbean Producers finished trading 10 cents higher at $4.40, with 70,595 units. C2W Music ended with a loss of 6 cents at $0.45, with 58,350 shares, Dolphin Cove finished 15 cents higher at $17, with 100,200 stock units, Elite Diagnostic settled with a loss of 11 cents at $2.90, with 4,055,011 units, Eppley ended trading with a loss of 40 cents at $10.10, with 100 shares. FosRich Group finished trading 10 cents higher at $2.70, with 12,000 shares, General Accident closed with a loss of 5 cents at $2.80, with 61,920 stock units, Iron Rock finished at $3, with 111,500 shares, Jamaican Teas ended trading 28 cents higher at $4.78, with 9,700 stock units. Jetcon Corporation traded at $4.60, with 67,077 units, Lasco Distributors concluded trading with a loss of 3 cents at $4.37, with 31,891 stock units, Lasco Financial finished at $5, with 104,930 units, Lasco Manufacturing settled at $4.43, with 2,783 shares. Main Event ended trading at $6, with 5,067 shares, Medical Disposables fell 15 cents to $4.85, with 16,950 shares, Stationery and Office closed with a loss of 6 cents at $5, with 24,091 units and tTech concluded trading 40 cents higher at $5.40, with 185,179 shares changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

All 3 TTSE indices falter – Friday

Market activity on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange closed on Friday with trading in 17 securities, against 14 trading on Thursday, resulting in 4 stocks rising, 5 declining and 8 remaining unchanged.
At close of the market the, Composite Index shed 2.02 points on Friday to 1,268.71, the All T&T Indexfell 0.37 points to 1,701.57, while the Cross Listed Index inched 0.51 points lower to close at 112.78.
Trading ended with 1,126,271 shares at a value of $14,736,676, compared to 171,497 shares at a value of $1,699,257.
IC bid-offer Indicator| IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, on Friday, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 6 stocks with bids lower than their last selling prices and 6 with lower offers.
Gains| First Citizens added 1 cent and ended at $32.11, trading 1,212 shares, JMMB Group gained 2 cents and ended at $1.85, with 315,994 stock units changing hands, Scotiabank rose 5 cents and settled at $61.76, trading 44,460 shares and West Indian Tobacco closed with a gain of 5 cents to settle at $88.55, trading 248 shares.
Losses| Agostini’s fell 45 cents and concluded at $20.55, trading 450,000 shares, Grace Kennedy closed with a loss of 5 cents and completed trading at $3.35, with 32,699 units, National Flour shed 4 cents and settled at $1.86, trading 1,000 shares, NCB Financial Group lost 7 cents and concluded trading at $6.53, with 244,510 shares and Sagicor Financial ended trading 6 cents lower at $7.82, with 15,443 units changing hands.
Firm Traded| Ansa Mcal closed trading at $60, with 100 units changing hands, Clico Investments closed at $20, trading 7,954 units, First Caribbean International Bank settled at $9.30, trading 246 shares, LJ Williams B share concluded trading at 75 cents, with 3,707 stock units. National Enterprises completed market activity at $9.65, with 100 units, Point Lisas closed at $3.81, with 600 units, Prestige Holdings settled at $10, trading 1,171 shares and Trinidad & Tobago NGL concluded trading at $27.10, trading 6,827 shares.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Elite Diagnostics dominates trading with 84%

Elite Diagnostics accounted for 84.4% of Thursday’s Junior Market trading.

Recently listed Elite Diagnostics accounted for just over 84 percent of volume of stocks trading resulting from 6,672,725 units, up from 2,520,373 shares that were exchanged on the Junior Market, on Wednesday.
The market closed on Thursday with 18 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 7,902,138 units valued at $25,165,370 compared to 4,892,740 units valued at $17,902,241 on Wednesday.
The Junior Market index advanced 24.40 points to close at 2,915.69 as the prices of 4 securities advanced, 6 declined and 8 remained unchanged.
Trading ended with an average of 439,008 units for an average of $1,398,076 down from an average of 212,728 units for an average of $778,358 on Wednesday. An average of 291,636 units at an average value of $1,681,793 traded, and previously 282,425 units at an average of $1,699,526. In contrast, January closed with an average of 122,386 shares, valued at $489,704 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks ending with the bid higher than the last selling price and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging ended with a loss of 5 cents at $2.05, with 302,021 stock units, CAC 2000 finished with a loss of 99 cents at $9, with 13,372 shares, Cargo Handlers settled at $10.90, with 2,000 shares, Caribbean Cream ended trading at $5.99, with 109,883 shares, Elite Diagnostic settled with a loss of 2 cents at $3.01, with 6,672,725 units. Eppley ended trading at $10.50, with 1,356 shares, Express Catering traded 10 cents higher at $4.70, with 22,638 shares, FosRich Group finished trading 10 cents higher at $2.60, with 208,907 shares, Honey Bun concluded trading with a loss of 12 cents at $5.13, with 92,847 shares. Iron Rock finished at $3, with 2,099 shares, KLE Group closed at $2.30, with 60,000 shares, Knutsford Express ended $1.90 higher at $15, with 300 shares, Lasco Distributors concluded trading at $4.40, with 80,604 stock units. Lasco Financial finished at $5, with 170,459 units, Lasco Manufacturing settled 3 cents higher at $4.43, with 57,395 shares, Main Event ended trading with a loss of 50 cents at $6, with 22,170 shares, Stationery and Office closed at $5.06, with 34,000 units and tTech concluded trading with a loss of 40 cents at $5, with 49,362 shares changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Trinidad stocks inched higher – Thursday

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Market activity on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange was moderate on Thursday with trading in just 14 securities, against 11 trading on Wednesday. The market closed with 4 stocks rising, 3 declining and 7 remaining unchanged.
At close of the market the, Composite Index gained 0.87 points on Thursday to 1,270.73, the All T&T Indexrose 0.73 points to 1,701.94, while the Cross Listed Index inched higher by 0.14 points to close at 113.29.
Trading ended with 171,497 shares at a value of $1,699,257, compared to 143,873 shares with a value of $1,406,116.
IC bid-offer Indicator| IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, on Thursday, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 3 stocks with bids lower than their last selling prices and 6 with lower offers.
Gains| Agostini’s finished 13 cents higher and ended at a 52 weeks’ high of $21, trading 6,502 shares, JMMB Group rose 3 cents and completed trading at $1.83, with 18,346 stock units changing hands, Massy Holdings added 30 cents and ended at $47.30, with 1,061 stock units trading, and Republic Financial Holdings gained 1 cent to $101.52, with 3,650 stock units changing hands.
Losses| Clico Investments traded with a loss of 35 cents and settled at $20, with 18,360 units, First Citizens closed with a loss of 1 cent and ended at $32.10, trading 4,737 shares and Scotiabank fell 1 cent and concluded trading at $61.71 with 2,124 shares.
Firm Traded| Angostura Holdings
completed trading at $15.67, with 650 stock units changing hands, Grace Kennedy settled at $3.40, with 4,000 units, LJ Williams B share ended at 75 cents, trading 80,000 units, National Enterprises settled at $9.65, with 25,000 units. National Flour concluded market activity at $1.90, trading 1,000 shares, One Caribbean Media closed trading at $12.50, with 2,275 stock units changing hands and Trinidad & Tobago NGL ended at $27.10, trading 3,792 shares.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Elite Diagnostics shares jump 52%

Heavily oversubscribed Initial Public Issue, Elite Diagnostics rose $1.03 for a 52 percent gain from the IPO price, to close at $3.03 after trading as high as $3.40, as a total of 2,520,373 shares were exchanged on the Junior Market, on Wednesday.
Elsewhere, GWest dropped to $2.50 following investors’ reaction to the results for the December quarter that showed a loss of $48 million and $76 million for the nine months. The results are in line with the company’s forecast in the prospectus of $111 million for the full year so it is interesting that investors are now reacting negatively to the numbers after they traded in heavy volumes after it listed in December as high as $4. GWest closed with a weak bid to buy just 5,000 units at $2.16.

GWest dropped to $2.50 after reporting a loss for the nine months to December.

Caribbean Cream traded at a 52 weeks’ low of $4.65 but stockbroker, Stocks and Securities posted a bid to 6.4 million units at $5.99 and the price moved up to close at $5.99.  Unconfirmed report is that the company is in takeover talks for an entity that is in similar field to it.
The Junior Market index advanced 7.61 points to close at 2,891.29 on Wednesday, as the prices of 9 securities advanced, 7 declined and 7 remained unchanged.
The market closed with 23 securities changing hands compared to 18 securities trading on Tuesday, but the level of trading fell sharply with just 4,892,740 shares valued at $17,902,241 trading, with 24,250,087 shares valued at $100,904,262 securities changing hands.
Trading ended with an average of 212,728 units for an average of $778,358 down from an average of 1,347,227 units for an average of $5,605,792 on Tuesday. An average of 282,425 units, averaging $1,699,526 traded, and previously 806,402 units at an average value of $1,779,476. In contrast, January closed with an average of 122,386 shares, valued at $489,704 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 6 stocks ending with the bid higher than the last selling price and 4 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial closed with a loss of 2 cents at $45, trading 5,000 shares, AMG Packaging ended at $2.10, with 205,479 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading $1.02 higher at $34.87, with 10,000 units, CAC 2000 finished at $9.99, with 1,863 shares, Cargo Handlers settled at $10.90, with 3,027 shares. Caribbean Cream ended trading $1.09 higher at $5.99, with 195,881 shares, Derrimon Trading concluded trading 15 cents higher at $7.15, with 1,000 shares, Eppley settled at $10.50, with 300 units, FosRich Group traded with a loss of 1 cent at $2.50, with 327,958 shares. General Accident finished trading 5 cents higher at $2.85, with 163,298 shares, GWest Corporation closed with a loss of 24 cents at $2.50, with 5,400 stock units, Honey Bun ended at $5.25, with 14,273 units, Jamaican Teas settled at $4.50, with 1,444 shares. Jetcon Corporation ended trading at $4.60, with 100 stock units, Knutsford Express closed at $13.10, with 4,285 shares, Lasco Distributors ended with a loss of 10 cents at $4.40, with 1,232,072 shares, Lasco Financial concluded trading with a loss of 20 cents at $5, with 19,707 stock units. Lasco Manufacturing finished with a loss of 5 cents at $4.40, with 66,248 units, Main Event settled 74 cents higher at $6.50, with 4,899 shares, Stationery and Office finished trading with a loss of 34 cents at $5.06, with 96,695 stock units and tTech ended 40 cents higher at $5.40, with 11,507 shares. In the junior market preference segment, Eppley 9.5% concluded trading 5 cents higher at $7.25, with 1,931 units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Trinidad stock market in steady mode – Wednesday

Market activity on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange was moderate on Wednesday with trading in just 11 securities, against 19 trading on Tuesday. The market closed with 3 stocks rising, 1 declining and 6 remaining unchanged.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, on Friday, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 4 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers, an indication of a greater level of stability in the market.
Trading ended with 143,873 shares with a value of $1,406,116, compared to 305,086 shares with a value of $4,018,435, changing hands.
At close the Composite Index shed 0.11 points on Wednesday to 1,269.86, the All T&T Index closed unchanged at 1,701.21 while Cross Listed Index slipped 0.03 points to close at 113.15.
Gains|Clico Investments concluded trading with a gain of 35 cents and finished at $20.35, with 1,285 units, First Citizens added 1 cent to finish at $32.11, trading 6,213 shares, the price of LJ Williams B share increased by 5 cents and finished at 75 cents, with 37,328 shares traded and Sagicor Financial rose 6 cents and finished at $7.88, with 36,259 units.
Losses| Trinidad & Tobago NGL fell 40 cents and finished at $27.10, trading 14,127 shares.
Firm Traded| Grace Kennedy end at $3.40, with 10,000 units, JMMB Group finished at $1.80, with 5,000 stock units changing hands, National Enterprises closed at $9.65, with 500 units, NCB Financial Group ended at $6.60, trading 18,465 shares, Republic Financial Holdings closed trading at $101.51, with 2,696 stock units changing hands and Trinidad Cement concluded trading at $3.50, with 12,000 stock units traded.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

JSE main market rise again- Tuesday

The Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Tuesday with gains in the indices for a second day. At the close the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index gained 731.91 points to 317,872.87 and the JSE Index advanced by 666.86 points to 289,618.13.
Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Tuesday with as 9 advanced, 10 declined and 9 traded with prices unchanged.
The securities with the largest price changes include, Caribbean Cement with a fall of $1.80 to $31.20 and Scotia Group with a gain of 90 cents to end at $51.50.
Market activity ended with 2,910,640 shares valued at $68,467,853, in contrast to 4,327,589 shares valued at $91,755,917 on Monday.
Scotia Group with 733,630 units traded was the leading security trading followed by Ciboney Group with 474,739 units and Sagicor Real Estate Fund with 337,800 units.
The market closed with average of 111,948 units trading with an average of $2,633,379 for each security traded. In contrast to 160,281 units for an average of $3,398,367 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 161,245 units valued at $3,699,796 and previously, 181,777 units valued at $2,865,105. In contrast, January closed with average of 349,084 units at an average of $5,801,440 for each security traded.
Traded in the US dollar market ended with Margaritaville lost 2 cents and settled at 19 US cents with 4,780 units and Proven Investments exchanging 14,213 ordinary shares, as the price closed at 22 US cents. The total value of US$4,070 and the JSE US Equities Index rose 85 points to 168.60.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 10 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
For more details of market activities see – Moderate JSE main market trading – Tuesday.

Elite list on Junior Market but no trade – Tuesday

Elite Diagnostics fresh from a recent initial Public Issue that was heavily oversubscribed failed to record a trade at the close of the market on Tuesday but investors put through trades in the market up to $3.30 with 391,447 shares which were canceled at the close.
Elite can trade up to $3.38 on Wednesday. At the end of trading, the stock close with bids to buy 2.95 million shares at $2.60, 30 percent higher than the IPO price of $2. Elsewhere, Caribbean Producers traded 20 million shares at $4.30 and Iron Rock Insurance traded 3.9 million units at $3 on a day of heightened volume.
The Junior Market index advanced 11.92 points to close at 2,883.68 on Tuesday, as the prices of 5 securities advanced, 8 declined and 5 remained unchanged.
The market closed with 18 securities changing hands, resulting in 24,250,087 shares valued at $100,904,262 trading, compared to 20 securities trading on Monday with 6,699,330 shares valued at $22,327,925 securities changing hands.
Trading ended with an average of 1,347,227 units for an average of $5,605,792 in contrast to an average of 334,967 units averaging $1,116,396 on Monday. An average of 806,402 units at an average value of $1,779,476 traded, and previously 211,318 units at an average value of $1,500,635. In contrast, January closed with an average of 122,386 shares, valued at $489,704 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 7 stocks ending with the bid higher than the last selling price and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Blue Power concluded trading 84 cents higher at $33.85, with 140 units, Caribbean Cream ended trading with a loss of 10 cents at $4.90, with 711,797 shares, Caribbean Flavours traded with a loss of 1 cent at $10.89, with 2,700 stock units, Caribbean Producers finished trading with a loss of 10 cents at $4.30, with 20,002,400 units, Dolphin Cove finished 85 cents higher at $16.85, with 3,868 stock units. FosRich Group traded 1 cent higher at $2.51, with 19,710 shares, General Accident finished trading at $2.80, with 10,450 shares, GWest Corporation closed at $2.74, with 1,540 stock units, Honey Bun ended at $5.25, with 9,227 units. Iron Rock concluded trading at $3, with 3,192,000 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended trading at $4.60, with 300 stock units, Knutsford Express closed with a loss of 1.90 cents at $13.10, with 3,330 shares, Lasco Distributors ended 15 cents higher at $4.50, with 39,144 shares. Lasco Financial concluded trading with a loss of 5 cents at $5.20, with 39,231 stock units, Lasco Manufacturing finished 75 cents higher at $4.45, with 76,794 units, Main Event settled with a loss of 4 cents at $5.76, with 42,810 shares, Stationery and Office finished trading with a loss of 11 cents at $5.40, with 56,198 stock units and tTech ended with a loss of 60 cents at a 52 weeks’ low at $5, with 38,448 shares changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Trinidad stocks inched higher – Tuesday

Market activity on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange ended on Tuesday with trading in 19 securities with 4 trading 5 units or less, against 16 trading on Monday. The market closed with 3 stocks advancing, 1 declining and 15 remaining unchanged.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, on Tuesday, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 5 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers, an indication of a greater level of stability in the market.
Trading ended with 305,086 shares with a value of $4,018,435, compared to 74,204 shares with a value of $1,358,010, changing hands.
At close the Composite Index gained 0.33 points on Tuesday to 1,269.97, the All T&T Index rose 0.24 points to 1,701.21 while Cross Listed Index added 0.06 points to close at 113.18.
Gains|Agostini’s concluded trading and rose 1 cent to finish at a 52 weeks’ high of $20.87, trading just 2 shares, Scotiabank added 1 cent to complete trading at $61.72, with 2,802 stock units changing hands and strong>Trinidad & Tobago NGL increased 48 cents and finished at $27.50, with 6,833 units changing hands.
Losses| LJ Williams B share ended trading 5 cents lower at $0.70, trading 200 shares.
Firm Traded| Angostura Holdings concluded trading at $15.67, with 2,127 stock units changing hands Ansa Mcal ended at $60, with a mere 2 units trading, Ansa Merchant finished at $40, trading just 2 shares, Clico Investments concluded trading at $20, with 19,063 units, First Caribbean International Bank ended at $9.30, trading 946 shares. First Citizens finished at $32.10, trading 3,108 shares, Grace Kennedy closed trading at $3.40, with 161,520 units, Massy Holdings ended at $47, with 25,428 stock units changing hands. National Enterprises finished at $9.65, with only 5 units trading. National Flour completed trading at $1.90, trading 845 shares, NCB Financial Group closed at $6.60, trading 22,620 shares, Point Lisas concluded trading at $3.81, with 29,514 units, Sagicor Financial traded 2,150 units at $7.82, Trinidad Cement closed at $3.50, trading 16,036 shares and West Indian Tobacco finished at $88.50, with 11,883 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Main market stocks can gain 40% in 2018

Chart of main market showing the market trading in an upward sloping channel with the market currently trading just below the upper resistance line.

Last year was a great one for Jamaican stocks but an assessment of the market suggests that 2018 could be a grand year as well with overall price gains likely to be in excess of 40 percent.
Based on projected earnings for 2018, the average PE ratio suggests that the main market stock prices should grow by 26 percent. Falling interest rates could add another 20 percent to gains during the year, bringing overall gains to be in excess of 40 percent.
Technical readings of the market have the main market heading initially to around 390,000 points or 23 percent ahead of the December close, for the all Jamaica Index, before resistance sets in. Before moving much higher, later on.
Currently, the main market is caught in a wedge and trading just below the upper end of channel that can be traced to late 2015. The wedge could hold the market in consolidation mode for a short time, a month or two, before breaking out, most likely to the upside. (See Chart of market index.)
Last year was a great one for Jamaican stocks, with 14 of the 64 ordinary shares of companies that were listed prior to the December new listings, rising 100 percent or more and 16 rising between 50 and 81 percent.
IC Insider.com projects that many of the main market heavy weights will find it tough to repeat the strong gains they enjoyed in 2017, if that is the case, their impact on the market index is likely to be less than for 2017. Another factor that could make a repeat of 2017 tough, is the movement of interest rates. Last year, Treasury bill rates fell 29 percent from 6.56 percent to 4.83 percent, that level of decline, is unlikely to happen in 2018, even as some of the decline in the latter part of 2017 is yet to be fully reflected in the prices of stocks to date and should positively affect prices in 2018. IC Insider.com is forecasting rates on 182 days Treasury bill hitting 3 percent by the end of the 2018 first quarter. New listings could help move the indices in 2018, the likely impact is unknown at this point.
There are a number of other factors at play that are set to impact the market. Increasing employment is taking place with the highest number of persons employed in the country’s history. Attendant with that is the sharp fall in unemployment from more than 16.3 percent in 2013, to just over 10 percent in 2017. The annual net employment is growing around 30,000 persons per year and that could rise as the economy gains steam. This will mean more spending and increased tax collection for government. Alpart resumption of Alumina production is a big positive for the overall economy, for increased government revenues and more demand for local goods and services, some of which are provided by listed companies. The tourism sector is enjoying strong growth, apart from increasing foreign exchange intake for the country, will have direct impact on Jamaica Producers and Sagicor X Fund. Jamaica seems to be going through a construction boom with several new buildings under construction, Caribbean Cement and Berger Paints should benefit considerably from such developments.
Lower interest rates will reduce cost for many companies and revaluation of the Jamaican dollar also means lower cost but could result in lower revenues in some cases. More listings on the stock market will result in increased fee income for JSE and brokerage houses, from increased trading volumes.
The TOP 10 stocks include a few surprises while there are others that sit just outside the top stocks that investors may still want to keep a keen eye on. Investors should be looking beyond 2018 as medium term gains beyond 2018 could be strong for stocks that will benefit from current developments long term.
The TOP 10 selection is selling well below the average PE of the Main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange at just over 6.3 versus nearly 12 at the end of 2017. The hallmark of successful investing is buy low so one can sell high that is why the huge discount of the TOP 10 make them compelling choices. Successful investing is to work to be on top of the market so current sexy stocks are not the ones likely to be in the IC Insider.com’s list.
Barita Investments has moved more into fee based income and that is working well for them, with sharp growth, while net interest income stagnates. The prospects for continued strong growth in fee income continues with more investors seeking better returns than in the fixed interest market. The company should see a change in ownership soon and that could see a more aggressive approach to management that could optimize returns from exiting business and newer lines. Unrealized gains on investment ought to be factored into its earnings in valuing the stocks and that would boost its value considerably, the market is not paying attention.
Berger Paints is set to be a big winner with increasing sales coming from a buoyant construction sector resulting in increased profit and what IC Insider.com expects to be a healthy dose of dividend payments. It could become the next Carreras form a dividend yield standpoint but with growing profits. The company will benefit from lowering of overhead cost which was evident in 2017.
Jamaica Broilers continues to grow organically and from new business being acquired. Growth will continues as the Haitian market deliver greater returns form a growing market while the poultry demand in Jamaica continues to grow.
Caribbean Cement will benefit from lower operating cost, increased sales and a planned cut in financing of the lease which is said will cut hundreds of millions of dollars out of it cost that could come close to $2 per share per annum.
Palace Amusement Company, currently enjoying sell out cinemas with block busters hit is one of those unusual choices. It enjoys minimal trading but it could surprise on the upside if all goes well. Growth in the economy and increased employment will help to boost patronage going forward and will aid in profit growth as well.
JMMB Group put out outstanding Q3 results with a 39 percent increase in profit and strong gains in revenues, auguring well for 2019 outcome.

JMMB Group Q3 profit jumped 39% in 2018

The growth potential remains strong and investors in the stock will reap rich rewards down the road. Just one stock that requires patience. By the way Fees and commission income jumped an impressive 71 percent to $512 million in the quarter and 53 percent in the nine months, over the similar period in 2016 and should continue to do so going forward.
Radio Jamaica continues to disappoint with below expected revenues and profit. It could return to favour but needs to generate more income from advertising. This is one to accumulate for a payoff down the road.
The other three stocks, Sterling Investments, Grace Kennedy and Sagicor Group are undervalued and could deliver some decent returns to patient investors.
Below the TOP 10 are strong candidates to deliver decent returns this year and beyond, the list includes NCB Financial that is on a strong growth trajectory and recently listed Wisynco Group that should generate earnings around $1.10 for the 2019 fiscal year that starts in July.