General Accident is back in IC TOP 10

General Accident released six months’ results at the top of the week, but the market did not like it, with falling premium and profit in the June quarter leaving the stock price languishing at $6.40, having closed the prior week at $7.20. The fall elevating it back into the Junior Market TOP 10, with Lasco Distributors dropping out, while there was no change to the main market list.
Noticeable changes in the TOP 10, during the week, was a $3.90 rise in the price of Scotia Group to end at $48. Grace Kennedy slipped 99 cents to close at $56.01, Jamaica Broilers lost $3 to close at $23 and Access Financial rose 98 cents to last trade at $23.50 and closed, with the bid at $24.
The top three stocks in each market saw little change in ranking, leaving the top three Junior Market stocks, with the potential to gain between 258 to 692 percent by March 2021. Caribbean Producers heads the list, followed by Lasco Financial and Elite Diagnostic, the focus on all three is on the 2021 fiscal year results that are projected to show recovery from the 2020 financial year final numbers.
The top three Main Market stocks, with expected gains of 188 to 223 percent, are Berger Paints followed by Radio Jamaica and JMMB Group.
The targeted average PE ratio of the market is 20 based on the profits of companies reporting full year’s results, from now to the second quarter in 2021. Both the Junior and Main markets are currently trading well below this level, an indication of the potential gains ahead. The JSE Main Market ended the week, with an overall PE of 15 and the Junior Market 10.6, based on IC’s projected 2020-21 earnings. The average PE ratio of the Junior Market has been slowly rising, with better profit opportunities than the Main Market and narrowing the gap. The PE ratio for the Junior Market Top 10 stocks average a mere six at just 56 percent to the average of the overall Junior Market. The Main Market TOP 10 stocks trade at a PE of 8.1 or 54 percent of the PE of the overall market.
The average projected gain for the Junior Market IC TOP 10 stocks is 277 percent, and 153 percent for the JSE Main Market, based on 2020-21 earnings, an indication of potentially more significant gains in the Junior Market than in the Main Market.
IC TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns up to March 2021 and ranked in order of potential gains, based on possible gain for each company, taking into account the earnings and PE ratios for the current fiscal year.  Expected values will change as stock prices fluctuate and will result in movements of the selection in and out of the lists for most weeks. Revisions to earnings per share are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

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