Stock split who is next?

Paramount with the stock priced at $17.50 with virtually no supply seems a candidate for a stock split.

Paramount with the stock priced at $17.50 with virtually no supply seems a candidate for a stock split.

Companies on the Jamaican Stock Exchange have either announced or effected stock splits or bonuses this year, to loud applause by investors who have driven the stocks sharply upwards in response to the news.
The first to do so was Jamaican Teas with the price doubling after the announced split. Honey Bun followed with the price climbing sharply after the announcement as well as after the split. RJR did both a split and a bonus. Grace and Pan Jamaican that have seen their stock struggling for a long time at very low levels, finally get the lift with the announcement of a stock split. Jamaica Producers effected a bonus with the similar price movement. Cargo Handlers and Jamaica Stock Exchange announced stock splits and the investors immediately responded positively to them by driving the prices up. If the trend seen with other splits holds, the prices of the stocks of the latest announcements will rise further after the split takes place.
Stocks bonuses were a regular feature of the market for years until government removed the tax incentive for them. Only the three Lasco companies split their stocks to create greater liquidity in 2014. With mostly 20 percent of junior market companies’ shares in the wider public’s hands and with some of the twenty percent closely held, supply is not always easy to come by. Splitting the stock encourages increased valuation of the companies and allows for some to be sold to the wider market, thus increasing liquidity.
Palace Amusement with a price tag of $170 and virtually no supply should be a prime candidate of a split.

Palace Amusement with a price tag of $170 and virtually no supply should be a prime candidate of a split.

There are more stock splits to come, so who are the likely candidates. One would expect that Eppley, with a $735 price tag and very limited trading activity, would be a good candidate and so would Palace, with a price of $170. Based on what has happened in the past don’t count on these two to take such action anytime soon, but the directors of these companies are going to be pressured into making a move. Management who are conscious of the valuation the market places on the stock would do the things that would boost investors’ confidence in the stock. With limited liquidity, the companies are losing out on one of the most important benefit of listing which is the constant publicity garnered from having the company’s name repeated publicly daily.
Other candidates ripe for a split, include Paramount Trading, a stock that has limited supply, the company is yet to announce its annual general meeting and that seems a very god time for it to be approved. Blue Power now priced at $21 with very little supply is a prime stock for such action. Others that could well do it are Access Financial Services,
AMG Packaging with a new chairman who is stock market friendly could deliver a split sooner than later.

AMG Packaging with a new chairman who is stock market friendly could deliver a split sooner than later.

AMG Packaging with a change in chairmanship who is a stock market follower should land a split sooner than later and Knutsford Express in the junior market.
There appear few main market stocks that need to consider one but National Commercial Bank with the price struggling around $40 with good results could well do one to increase investors interest and so could Scotia Group and of course Montego Ice.
If stock splits are so popular in Jamaica, why is it not being used in Trinidad that only has limited trading taking place daily. Management is depriving their company of maximum exposure for the cost of listing and preventing their shareholders from enjoying a more liquid market in which to trade.

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