Insurance companies join ICTOP10

Junior Market IC TOP10 stocks experienced a great deal of volatility in the past week but Main Market stocks were very stable, with minor price changes and resulted in two charges to listings with Iron Rock Insurance replacing Lasco Financial in the Junior Market, while Key Insurance in the main market replaced Radio Jamaica.
During the week in the Junior Market, Caribbean Cream jumped 18 percent to $4.70, Elite Diagnostic climbed 8 percent to $5.84, Lasco Financial rose 7 percent to $2.95 and Lasco Distributors gained 5 percent to $3.10. Caribbean Assurance Brokers declined 15 percent to $2.30, CAC 2000 dropped 14 percent to $6.90, Access Financial dipped 9 percent to $20 while General Accident fell 7 percent to $5.05.
At the end of the week, the average PE for the JSE Main Market TOP 10 is 6.2, well below the market average of 13.4, while the Junior Market Top 10 PE is at 5.8 versus the market at 12.9, important indicators of the level of undervaluation of the ICTOP10 stocks. The Junior Market is projected to rise by 251 percent and the Main Market TOP10 is projected to gain an average of 238 percent, by May 2023.
The Junior Market currently sells at an average PE around 13 but already there are 15 stocks or a third of the market, with PEs from 16 to 33 averaging 21. The top half of the market has an average PE of 18. This data shows how much potential gains reside in the top 10. The situation in the main market is very similar, with the 15 highest valued stocks priced at a PE of 15 to 84, averaging 25 and 21 excluding the highest valued one.
Currently, the Junior Market is slightly negative but is poised to move higher in the weeks ahead but the main market is under negative clouds that could send the market index lower as NCB Financial and other financial companies continue to trade with inadequate support.
ICTOP10 focuses on likely yearly winners, accordingly, the list includes some of the best companies in the market but not always. ranks stocks based on projected earnings, allowing investors to focus on the most undervalued stocks and helping to remove emotions in selecting stocks for investments that often result in costly mistakes.
IC TOP10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns up to the end of May 2023 and are ranked in order of potential gains, computed using projected earnings for the current fiscal year. Expected values will change as stock prices fluctuate and result in weekly movements in and out of the lists. Revisions to earnings are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

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