Massive demand for Express Catering

Gary Peart of Mayberry,King of the the IPO market.

Trading on the Junior Market picked up sharply on Friday as the newly listed Express Catering started trading but hardly contributed to the level of trading with supply being low and demand overwhelming, that would have resulted in the price reaching $3, if the circuit breaker did not prevent it.
By the close there were more than 7.64 million units on the bid for Express Catering, ranging from $2.20 to a high of $3.15, which were all cancelled, in addition, those between $2.01 up to $2. The official position at the close was the highest bid of $2 with interest to buy 1.045 million units, the stock can trade at $2.60 maximum on Monday, which is 30 percent higher than the bid of $2.
Trading was dominated by Caribbean Flavours with 1.4 million units, Jetcon Corporation with over 600,000 shares and Lasco Manufacturing with nearly 2.3 million shares. In the end the, 8,428,003 shares valued at $32,387,101 traded with the new listing accounting for just 100 units at $1.74 to record a gain of 24 cents on the initial public issue price. In contrast, on Thursday, only 565,346 shares valued at $3,255,463 traded. At the close, the market index rose 15.05 points to 2,956.28
At the close 20 securities traded, down from 21 on Thursday with 8 stocks gaining and 1 declining. Trading closed with 4 stocks having a higher bids than the last traded price and 2 closing with lower offers.
The Junior Market ended trading with an average of just 421,400 units for an average value of $1,619,355 compared to 26,921 units for an average value of $155,022 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 74,208 units valued at $366,206 compared 51,062 units valued at $282,663 previously. In contrast, June closed with averages of 395,969 units valued at $1,799,200 for each security traded.
At the close of the market, Access Financial Services added 49 cents to close at $46.50 in trading traded 413 units AMG Packaging gained 40 cents to close at $3.50 with 8,000 units changing hands, CAC 2000 rose just 1 cents with 36,639 shares trading to end at $6.71, Cargo Handlers ended trading 1,312 shares to close at $13.75, Caribbean Cream closed trading with 35,000 units at $5, Caribbean Flavours traded 1,400,000 units to end at $12, Caribbean Producers lost 10 cents and closed trading with 15,936 units, at $3.30, Derrimon Trading ended at $8 with 10,404 shares changing hands, Dolphin Cove ended at $17.50 with 1,000 shares changing hands, Eppley jumped $1.15 and closed trading with 3.481 shares at $12.95, General Accident lost 2 cents and closed trading with 9,637 shares to end at $2.70, ISP Finance jumped $3 and closed with 5,858 units changing hands at $14, Jetcon Corporation traded 635,488 shares to end at $4.54, Key Insurance ended at $3.05 with 12,101 shares changing hands, Knutsford Express traded 11,540 shares to end at $14, Lasco Distributors closed 6 cents higher at $6.31 after trading 128,623 units, Lasco Financial ended with 15,048 shares changing hands at $3.55, Lasco Manufacturing gained 20 cents and ended with 2,260,729 shares trading at $4.80, Main Event closed with 11,972 shares trading at $5.60 and strong> Medical Disposables ended at $5.50 with 6,100 units trading, Paramount Trading ended with 1,140 units changing hands at $2.75.

Express Catering trading fiasco

Ian Dear, Managing Director of Express Catering

The Jamaica Stock Exchange indicated that the maximum price Express Catering could trade at on Friday was $1.86 which came about from a 15 percent average, of the price that triggered the circuit breaker which is $1.75 and the IPO price of $1.50.
Had the first trade, taken place at $1.95 it would have shut down trading in the stock for an hour, but that price would have stood, being 30 percent above the IPO price.
Regardless, investors placed a large number of bids to acquire the stock which was heavily oversubscribed, when the shares were issued to the public. The attached picture shows the bids above $2.20 at the close which are expected to be cancelled, with the closing bids limited to $2 which is the indicative starting price on Monday. That price will determine the maximum price the stock can trade at on Monday. Something must be wrong if investors can place orders into the system only to see them manually cancelled by the exchange after trading ends. This development is public relations and bad news for the exchange, but not many persons seem to care.
The circuit breaker rule put in place to try and prevent wild daily movements in a stock prices seems to have out lived its life. It is not working well with new listings as it is preventing orderly trading in most new listings in the early days of trading.

All the above orders amounting millions of shares in Express Catering will be cancelled after trading on Friday

According to an extract sent by the Jamaica Stock Exchange the Circuit Breaker Rule states that “No stock should trade +/-15% from the close price or the effective close price at the opening of the market. The effective close price is determined whenever the closing bid is greater than the close price or whenever the closing ask is less than the close price. Use the closing bid as the effective close price, if the value is greater than the close price or use the closing ask as the effective close price, if the value is less than the close price. However, during the day if the Circuit Breaker is triggered for a security, the trades at prices outside of the original prescribed band for the security will be disallowed for an hour to allow for the release of market news and a cool down period. The price of the trade that triggered the Circuit Breaker should not be +/-15% outside of the original prescribed price band. After the hour has passed the security will be released for trading within a new prescribed price band based on the new reference price, which is a simple average of the trigger price and the close price. The new reference price will be used to determine the trade range for the remainder of the day. The stock will not be allowed to trade +/- 15% of the new reference price.”
If it is were conceded that there is need for a daily price limit, the above rules have been made more complex than needs be the case. There is no logic in limiting one stock to trade at a 30 percent above the last traded price or indicative price and another to be limited to a lesser amount on the same day because an investor buys a stock at 30 percent above the prior days last price another at 15.1 percent above it which limits the trading for the rest of the day to less than 30 percent in the latter case. The new rules that were approved by the stock exchange in 2014 made no reference to a limit to the bid or offer that can be made during the day, exchange personnel have decided amongst themselves to improperly invoke the additional change that limits trading unnecessarily. The stock exchange should make good sense prevail and allow the above rules to be implemented fully as stated without the introduction of rules that the updated regulations do not include and from all indications were not signed off by the stock exchange council, went the change was submitted for approval. If that is done, it would remove the nonsense that now prevails in the Express Catering trading, with a huge line up of bids above $2 that are slated to be cancelled after trading today.

Junior Market falls again on Thursday

Caribbean Cream ended at a 52 weeks’ low of $5.

The Junior Market closed lower on Thursday with the market index slipping 19.82 points to 2,941.23 as 565,346 shares valued at $3,255,463 traded, versus a mere 192,720 units traded valued at $1,219,105 on Wednesday.
At the close 21 securities traded, down from 14 on Wednesday with 4 stocks gaining and 7 declining. Trading closed with 3 stocks having a higher bids than the last traded price and 3 closing with lower offers.
The Junior Market ended trading with an average of just 26,921 units for an average value of $155,022 compared to 13,766 units for an average value of $87,079 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 51,062 units valued at $282,663 compared 52,787 units valued at $291,780 previously. In contrast, June closed with averages of 395,969 units valued at $1,799,200 for each security traded.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging fell 65 cents to close at $3.10 with 18,689 units changing hands, Blue Power saw just 200 shares trading to end with a loss of $1 at $49, Cargo Handlers ended trading 24,500 shares to close at $13.75, Caribbean Cream closed trading with 8,000 units and fell $1.60 to end at a 52 weeks’ low of $5, Caribbean Flavours traded 2,500 units to end at $12, Caribbean Producers lost 10 cents and closed trading with 15,936 units, at $3.30. Derrimon Trading ended at $8 with 16,000 shares changing hands, Dolphin Cove ended at $17.50 with 1,900 shares changing hands, General Accident gained 2 cents and closed trading with 3,000 shares to end at $2.72, Honey Bun gained 30 cents and closed trading with 19,359 shares at $6, ISP Finance dropped $2 and closed with 31,752 units changing hands at $11, Jamaican Teas lost 20 cents and ended trading 82,972 shares at $4, Jetcon Corporation traded 266,595 shares to end at $4.54, Key Insurance ended at $3.05 with 12,101 shares changing hands, Knutsford Express traded 19,583 shares to end at $14, Lasco Distributors closed 1 cent lower at $6.25 after trading 7,138 units, Lasco Financial ended with 5,301 shares changing hands at $3.55, after rising 15 cents, Main Event rose 10 cents with 13,322 shares trading to end at $5.60, Medical Disposables ended at $5.50 with 6,100 units trading, Paramount Trading ended with 7,785 units changing hands at $2.75 and tTech traded 1,813 units to close at $10.

Junior Market trading nosedives – Wednesday

Trading continued on a down ward path each day of the week and hit rock bottom on Wednesday as a mere 192,720 units traded on the Junior Market on Tuesday down from 401,316 units on Tuesday. Traded value declined to $1,219,105 from $2,286,974.
At the close 14 securities traded, down from 16 on Tuesday with the market index posting a loss of 9.36 points to end at 2,961.05 with no stock gaining and 6 declining.
Trading closed with 6 stocks having a higher bids than the last traded price and 5 closing with lower offers.
The Junior Market ended trading with an average of just 13,766 units for an average value of $87,079 compared to 25,082 units for an average value of $142,936 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 52,787 units valued at $291,780 compared 55,788 units valued at $307,527 previously. In contrast, June closed with averages of 395,969 units valued at $1,799,200 for each security traded.
At the close of the market, CAC 2000 lost 3 cent to end at $6.70 with 20,000 shares trading, Consolidated Bakeries ended with 6,300 units changing hands, to close at $2.62. Derrimon Trading ended at $8 with 2,909 shares changing hands, Dolphin Cove ended at $17.50 with 2,805 shares changing hands, General Accident closed trading with 2,960 shares to end at $2.70, Honey Bun closed trading with 8,000 shares at $5.70, Jamaican Teas ended trading 28,604 shares at $4.20, Jetcon Corporation traded 13,500 shares to end at $4.54, Knutsford Express traded 23,400 shares to end at $14, after falling 50 cents, Lasco Distributors closed 11 cents lower at $6.26 after trading 598 units, Lasco Financial ended with 1,500 shares changing hands to end at $3.40, Lasco Manufacturing fell 17 cents and ended with 37526 shares trading at $4.60, Main Event ended with 46,415 shares trading to end at $5.50, Sweet River fell 1 cent and ended with 863 units changing hands at $3.50 and strong> tTech traded 300 units to close at $10.

More declines for Junior Market – Tuesday

Trading which dropped sharply on the Junior Market on Monday declined even more on Tuesday with only 401,316 units changing hands down from 671,349 units trading on Monday. Traded valued also declined to $2,286,974 from $3,163,547.
At the close 16 securities traded, up from 21 on Monday with the market index posting a loss of 16.66 points to end at 2,970.41 as the price of 6 stocks advanced and 5 declined. Trading closed with 3 stocks having a higher bids than the last traded price and 3 closing with lower offers.
The Junior Market ended trading with an average of just 25,082 units for an average value of $142,936 compared to 31,969 units for an average value of $150,645 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 55,788 units valued at $307,527 compared 58,347 units valued at $321,243 previously. In contrast, June closed with averages of 395,969 units valued at $1,799,200 for each security traded.
At the close of the market, Access Financial Services lost 4 cents to close at $46.01 in trading traded 413 units, CAC 2000 gained 1 cent to end at $6.73 with 10,000 shares trading, Caribbean Producers lost 10 cents and closed trading with 17,628 units, at $3.40, Consolidated Bakeries ended with 29,635 units changing hands, to close at $2.62 General Accident closed trading with 2,960 shares to end at $2.70, Honey Bun . lost 14 cents to close trading with 2,000 shares at $5.70, ISP Finance dropped 50 cents and closed with 12,000 units changing hands at $13, Jamaican Teas ended trading 9,700 shares at $4.20, Jetcon Corporation traded 12,961 shares and rose 5 cents to end at $4.54, Knutsford Express traded 750 shares to end at $14.50, after falling 20 cents, Lasco Distributors closed at $6.37 after trading 164,442 units, Lasco Financial ended with 500 shares changing hands to end at $3.60, Lasco Manufacturing fell 3 cents and ended with 117,131 shares trading at $4.77, Main Event rose 32 cents with 3,048 shares trading to end at $5.50, tTech added $2 trading 17,148 units to close at $10 and Eppley 9.5% preference share lost 5 cents to close at $6 with 1,000 units trading.

Junior Market trading drops sharply – Monday

Trading dropped sharply on the Junior Market on Monday with only 671,349 units changing hands well off the 3,595,987 units trading on Friday. Traded valued also declined to $3,163,547 from $20,377,796.
At the close 21 securities traded, up from 18 on Friday with the market index posting a loss of 21.57 points to end at 2,987.07 as the price of 6 stocks advanced and 11 declined. Trading closed with 5 stocks having a higher bids than the last traded price and 3 closing with lower offers.
The Junior Market ended trading with an average of just 31,969 units for an average value of $150,645 compared to 199,777 units for an average value of $1,132,100 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 58,347 units valued at $321,243 compared 60,745 units valued at $336,751 previously. In contrast, June closed with averages of 395,969 units valued at $1,799,200 for each security traded.
At the close of the market, Access Financial Services lost 45 cents to close at $46.05 in trading traded 166 units AMG Packaging fell 25 cents to close at $3.75 with 11,335 units changing hands, Blue Power saw investors buying 2,082 shares at $50, CAC 2000 rose 15 cents to end at $6.72 with 10,000 shares trading, Cargo Handlers dropped 75 cents in trading 3,000 shares to close at $13.75, Caribbean Cream closed trading with 500 units and fell 40 cents to end at $6.60, Caribbean Producers added 49 cents and closed trading with 300,000 units, at $3.50, / Derrimon Trading ended with 2,133 units changing hands, to close at $8 after falling 2 cents. General Accident closed trading with 300 shares to end at $2.70, Honey Bun lost 27 cents to close trading with 5,000 shares at $5.84, >ISP Finance dropped 6 cents and closed with 6,700 units changing hands at $13.50, Jamaican Teas gained 20 cents and ended trading 300 shares at $4.20, Jetcon Corporation traded 10,354 shares and rose 19 cents to end at $4.49, Knutsford Express traded 1,700 shares to end at $14.75, after falling 10 cents, Lasco Distributors added 12 cents and closed at $6.37 after trading 115,667 units, Lasco Financial ended with 94,678 shares changing hands to end at $3.60, Lasco Manufacturing rose 10 cents and ended with 6,363 shares trading at $4.80, Main Event dropped 75 cents with 75,392 shares trading to end at $5.18, Medical Disposables ended at $5.50 with 21,679 units trading, and tTech dived $2 trading 2,425 units to close at $8.

Trading jumps on Junior Market – Friday

Caribbean Producers commanded the largest trade on Friday.

Trading picked up on the Junior Market with more than 3,595,987 units changing hands, well up on the 786,779 units trading on Thursday. Traded valued also climbed sharply over Thursday’s low level of $4,004,721 to end at $20,377,796.
At the close 18 securities traded, up from 17 on Thursday, with the market index posting a loss of 31.61 points to end at 3,008.64, as the price of 6 stocks advanced and 8 declined. Trading closed with 1 stock having a higher bid than the last traded price and 4 closing with lower offers.
The Junior Market ended trading with an average of 199,777 units for an average value of $1,132,100 compared to 46,281 units for an average value of $235,572 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 60,745 units valued at $336,751, compared 46,842 units valued at $257,217 previously. In contrast, June closed with averages of 395,969 units valued at $1,799,200 for each security traded.
At the close of the market, Blue Power saw investors buying 419 shares and close $6 higher at $50, Caribbean Producers shed 68 cents and closed trading with 2,407,473 units, at $3.01, Derrimon Trading ended with 500 units changing hands, to close at $8.02 after adding 2 cents. Dolphin Cove dived $2.50 to end at $17.50 with 503,584 shares changing hands, General Accident closed trading with 59,606 shares to end at $2.70, Honey Bun climbed 57 cents to close trading with 281,092 shares at $6.11, ISP Finance dropped $2.39 and closed with 1,500 units changing hands at $13.56, Jamaican Teas gained 20 cents and ended trading 200,000 shares at $4, Jetcon Corporation traded 12,400 shares and fell 20 cents to end at $4.30, KLE Group ended at $2.10 with 450 shares changing hands, Knutsford Express traded 1,610 shares to end at $14.85, after falling 15 cents, Lasco Distributors fell 73 cents and closed at $6.25 after trading 18,200 units, Lasco Financial ended with 12,497 shares changing hands and fell 10 cents to end at $3.60, Lasco Manufacturing rose 30 cents and ended with 27,727 shares trading at $4.70, Main Event rose 33 cents with 14,828 shares trading to end at $5.93, Medical Disposables ended at $5.50 with 747 units trading, Sweet River fell 4 cents and ended with 12,000 units changing hands at $3.51 and tTech traded 41,354 units to close at $10.

Junior Market jumps – Thursday

Caribbean Cream ended down with a sharp fall in Q1 profit.

Trading on the Junior Market continues to remain low, with 786,779 units valued $4,004,721 trading, resulting from 17 active securities, up from 14 on Wednesday when 246,438 units valued at $1,330,403 passed through the market.
The market index continued the recovery from the steep fall recently, posting 57.54 points rise to end at 3,040.25 as the price of 7 stocks advanced and 8 declined. Trading closed with 3 stocks having higher bids than their last traded prices and 3 closing with lower offers.
The Junior Market ended trading with an average of only 46,281 units for an average value of $235,572 compared to 17,603 units for an average value of $95,029 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 46,842 units valued at $257,217, compared 46,904 units valued at $259,622 previously. In contrast, June closed with averages of 395,969 units valued at $1,799,200 for each security traded.
At the close of the market, Access Financial Services rose 50 cents to close at $46.50 in trading 101 units, Caribbean Cream lost 30 cents and ended at $7 with 115,109 shares trading, after the company posted lower profit in the first quarter ending in May, with earnings of 9 cents per share versus 19 cents in the similar quarter in 2016. Caribbean Producers rose 19 cents and closed trading with 1,416 units to end at $3.69, Consolidated Bakeries closed trading with 62,875 shares and lost 10 cents, to close at $2.62, Derrimon Trading ended with 11,510 units changing hands, to close at $8 after slipping 5 cents. Dolphin Cove jumped $2.50 to end at $20 with 3,095 shares changing hands, General Accident closed trading with 16,215 shares to end at $2.70, after falling 20 cents, Honey Bun fell 16 cents to close trading with 6,419 shares to end at $5.54, ISP Finance closed with 263 units changing hands at $16, Jamaican Teas ended trading 139,044 shares, to end at $3.80, Jetcon Corporation traded 1,000 shares and fell 30 cents to end at $4.50, Knutsford Express traded 1,208 shares to end at $15, after falling 49 cents, Lasco Distributors rose 73 cents and closed at $6.98 after trading 201,000 units, Lasco Financial ended with 207,492 shares changing hands and rose 10 cents to end at $3.70, Lasco Manufacturing rose 10 cents and ended with 9,820 shares trading, to close at $4.40, Main Event rose 42 cents with 212 shares trading to end at $5.60, and Paramount Trading ended at $2.99 with 10,000 units trading.

Junior Market breaks fall – Wednesday

Trading on the Junior Market remains very low, with just 246,438 units valued at $1,330,403 trading resulting from 14 securities trading, down from 16 securities on Tuesday.

On Tuesday 405,167 units valued at $2,384,673 passed through the market.
The market index breaks its recent decent, as it is approaches close to a short term support level and rose a mere 3.48 points, to end at 2,982.71, as the price of 1 stock advanced and 3 declined.
Trading closed with 5 stocks having higher bids than their last traded prices and 5 closing with lower offers.
The Junior Market ended trading with an average of only 17,603 units for an average value of $95,029 compared to 11,587 units for an average value of $96,328 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 46,904 units valued at $259,622, compared 50,567 units valued at $280,196 previously. In contrast, June closed with averages of 395,969 units valued at $1,799,200 for each security traded.
At the close of the market, Caribbean Cream lost 50 cents and ended at $7.30 with 2,000 shares trading, Caribbean Producers closed trading with 1,647 units to end at $3.50, Consolidated Bakeries closed trading with 8,000 shares at $2.72, Derrimon Trading closed at $8.05 with 2,387 shares changing hands, Dolphin Cove dropped $2.50 to end at $17.50 with 100 shares changing hands, General Accident closed trading with 1,000 shares to end at $2.90, Honey Bun closed trading with 3,000 shares to end at $5.70, ISP Finance closed with 3,183 units changing hands at $16, Jamaican Teas ended trading 71,714 shares, to close at $3.80, Jetcon Corporation traded 1,054 shares and fell 5 cents to end at $4.80, Lasco Distributors closed at $6.25 after trading 122,492 units, Lasco Financial ended with 17,499 shares changing hands at $3.60, Main Event rose 8 cents with 10,862 shares trading to end at $5.18 and tTech traded 1,500 units to close at $10.

 

Junior Market declines slow on Tuesday

tTech traded at a record high of $10 on Tuesday.

The Junior Market trading sank to an extreme on Tuesday, as trading levels dipped 54 percent from Monday’s levels on top of the 77 percent fall on Monday from Friday’s trades.
The market index continued it decent but at a more moderate pace of 19 points, far less than 60 and 69 points fall, on the two previous trading days.
Market activity resulted in 16 securities trading versus 18 on Monday, with the price of 5 advancing and 4 declining stocks and leading to the index closing at 2,979.23 having lost 19.19 points. Investors exchanged just 185,394 units valued at $1,541,248.37 compared with a mere 405,167 units valued at $2,384,673 on Monday.
Trading closed with just 2 stocks having higher bids than their last traded prices and 6 closing with lower offers.
The Junior Market ended trading with an average of only 11,587 units for an average value of $96,328 compared to 22,509 units for an average value of $132,482 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 50,567 units valued at $280,196, compared with 65,529 units valued at $357,539 previously. In contrast, June closed with averages of 395,969 units valued at $1,799,200 for each security traded.
At the close of the market, Access Financial Services lost 20 cents to close at $46 in trading 5,300 units, Caribbean Cream ended at $7.80 with 1,905 shares trading, Dolphin Cove jumped $1.75 to end at $20, with 4,855 shares changing hands, Eppley dropped $1.15 with 2,000 units changing hands to close of $11.80, General Accident closed trading with 100 shares to end at $2.90, ISP Finance closed with 7,517 units changing hands at $16, Jamaican Teas lost 10 cents trading 5,000 shares, to end at $3.80, Jetcon Corporation traded 5,150 shares at $4.85, Knutsford Express traded 16,339 shares to end at $15.49, Lasco Distributors added 25 cents, closing at $6.25 after trading 73,820 units, Lasco Manufacturing lost 25 cents and ended with 35,633 shares trading, to close at $4.30, Main Event ended trading 23,412 shares at $5.10, Medical Disposables ended at $5.50 with 1,000 units trading, Sweet River rose 5 cents and ended with 2,000 units changing hands at $3.55, tTech jumped $1.50 in trading 463 units to close at a record high of $10 and Derrimon Trading preference share ended with 100 units changing hands, to close at $2.50 after rising 30 cents.