13 Junior Market stocks to watch in 2023

To make the 2023 ICTOP15, projected gains have to exceed 280 percent over the next 18 months at a projected PE of 22.5 times earnings. That level of growth is what the lowest on the list, Access Financial is projected to deliver over the period.
So great are the prospects of the Junior Market that IC Insider.com thought it important to highlight these additional companies for investors to see the great potential to make money over the next 18 months. This publication has never before put out such a list to start the year, in addition to the ICTOP15.
While the IC TOP15 2023 listings reflect 15 companies that show the greatest potential to be the top performers up to May 2024, a number of companies have the potential to do exceedingly well over the period but are likely to underperform those in the ICTOP15, even then, the future is not assured and some in the watch list could outperform projections and end in the top performers for the period.
The watch list shows that investors do not have to hit home runs to make decent gains in the stock market, but observation in the local market suggests that many persons may not have the patience to build gains over time.
These may or may not be the best companies in the market based on management, products or services and financial health, but they are undervalued and could deliver above average gains as well as pay attractive dividends in the 2023 to 2024 period.
The market has demonstrated that the ability to increase profits is the most important factor that will drive stock prices and is the primary area for investors to focus on going forward.
CAC2000 Projection EPS $1.
The company has the potential to do exceedingly well, especially with an upsurge in the construction of homes and hotels. But it is not without risk and disappointment from quarter to quarter as projects take time to complete, resulting in jerkiness in earnings. This is definitely a stock to consider from a longer time horizon and not one that can be relied on to deliver instant gains, but it could surprise.
Cargo Handlers
This company is not one that will be on every investor’s list for 2023, don’t let that dissuade you from taking a closer look. One of the smaller Junior Market companies and is highly profitable and holds over $500 million in cash funds and with add to it yearly.  The company serves one of the fastest growing regions of Jamaica with the continued expansion of the tourist sector that fuels above average economic activities and the BPO sector that lead to increased imports through the Montego Bay port where its operation is centred. Last year’s earnings per share were 77 cents and ICInsider.com is forecasting $1.10 for the current year, that should be enough to push the price towards $20 or more.
An important factor to consider is the cash that they hold which is available for investment in other entities that could add to improved profits going forward. By the way, don’t ignore the dividends they pay.
Dollar Financial came to the Junior Market in June last year and is now accredited by Bank of Jamaica to operate as a micro financial institution. For the nine months to September 2022, profit before tax amounted to $201 million, 257 percent higher than in 2021. Profit before tax for the quarter ending September 2022 increased a solid 214 percent to $70 million, an indication of what could be coming down the road.
The increase in profits was fueled by loans receivable of $1.2 billion to September 2022, an increase of $650 million or 125 percent over the  September 2021 position. Up to September, secured loans represented 72 percent of total loans and unsecured 28 percent.
The company recently raised $1.17 billion in debt financing and expanded the resources available for lending. These funds plus additional cash from profit to be generated provide more than adequate fuel for strong loan expansion that will result in continued above average profit growth. The company plans to use some of the funds raised to expand to the Bahamas and the Eastern Caribbean and capitalize Ultra Financier Limited, their asset based lender. The company could turn out to be exceptionally profitable if the resources are managed well to prevent heavy loan loss provisioning that could eat away at profits. ICInsider.com projects earnings of 35 cents per share for 2023 and that should be good enough to send the stock flying with gains of more than 200 percent.
Express Catering EPS is projected at 65 cents for 2023/4
The company started to benefit from the rebound in tourism but importantly the first half of the 2022 calendar year saw a decline in visitor arrivals compare to 2019, with the numbers for 2023 set to show a major increase over 2022first quarter numbers. The first quarter should be up over 50 plus percent compared with that of 2022. That will have a major impact on the revenues, with its entire operation within the Sangster International Airport. It is worth noting also that the company will have additional restaurants within the airport during the new fiscal year and this is going to add to revenues and profitability for the company.
With the stock price hovering around $5 per share this stock is selling slightly less than eight times earnings and shows the potential to do even better than the revenues and the earnings per share projections. With many Junior Market companies selling at PE ratios around 20 one should expect the stock to deliver a 200 percent rise in value over the next 18 months or so.
Fontana stock could gain 150 percent for the period. looking back, for the first quarter to September, revenues rose a healthy 26 percent and profit jumped 43 percent to $87 million. The projection is for revenues to continue to grow around the 26 percent level into 2023, with profit to rise to 80 cents per share for the year and $1.50 in the 2024 fiscal year ending June. With the stock priced around $9 it is nicely positioned for a bounce to provide an excellent return over the next year and a half.
The company is adding a new store in Portmore that should come into operation during the first half of 2023 and add revenues and profits to the business, but this may not be significant until the 2024 fiscal year. Expected growth in the local economy and a big bounce in tourism traffic will have a positive impact on stores in the western end of the country and deliver increased revenues and increased profit as a result. For the year to June 2022, profit was up 12 percent to $415 million from a 21 percent rise in revenues to $4.7 billion.
Image Plus Consultants – EPS 30 cents 2023 and $0.35 for 2023-4
The Image Plus stock failed to sparkle on listing in January, rising just 10 percent by the close of its first day on the market in heavy trading of nearly 12.4 million shares, the second heaviest traded Junior Market stock on opening, following an IPO. The price has now fallen below the issue price providing a good entry point for investors but has since bounced just above $2 with the release of nine months’ results to November. (See articles on analyzing the IPO and the nine months’ results.)
Jamaican Teas – earnings could hit 30 cents per share for the current fiscal year. Some input costs have declined following shipping facilities normalizing, resulting in lower shipping costs as well a reduction in some raw material prices worldwide. The forecast includes a sizable contribution from QWI Investments and a contribution from the real estate development that should see sales of its current development being concluded in the current fiscal year.
The group is expanding the product range for the local and export markets which will add to revenues and profits going forward.
The stock has seen increased buying from individual and institutional investors which is an excellent sign as it lends solid support for trading.

Knutsford Express

Knutsford Expressprojected EPS of $1 and $1.40 for 2024.
The company suffered, in a meaningful way, from lower revenues when business activities were severely curtailed with the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic in Jamaica which resulted in major disruption in the economy. In the latest fiscal year to May, revenues were back to pre-pandemic levels in dollar terms but profits lagged as increased costs grew faster than revenues, resulting in the 2022 full year results being 38 percent of 2019 but more than twice 2020.
For the August quarter, revenues rose 78 percent to $415 million and profit jumped from $9 million to $84 million. For the half year to November, revenues rose to $813 million from $473 million in 2021 with profit surging from $13 million after tax to $143 million. Third quarter profit rose from just $2 post-tax to $59 million. The Drax Hall Business Centre is contributing fully to profit with all available space occupied with several tenants already open for business and the company looking to generate income in the order of $100 million a year from the complex.
The company is benefiting from the upsurge in visitor arrivals both directly and indirectly from persons working in the industry.

Main Event returns to IC TOP 10.

Main Event – EPS is projected at $1.10 for 2023 
There is the potential for the stock price to gain 180 percent over the next 18 months. Profits for the nine months last year jumped 147 percent to $243 million over 2021 as revenues rose from $501 million to just over $1 billion dollars representing 85 percent increase over the previous year.  Revenues for the September quarter rose 147 percent to $602 million with profits for the quarter jumping a solid 332 percent to $104 million as profits rose by $95 million over the previous year, suggesting that the results of 2022 will be outstanding and that could carry over well into 2023.
What is worth noting is that revenues for the first quarter were just $203 million and for the April quarter $290 million, well below third quarter numbers. By contrast, revenues were $458 million in the first quarter of 2019 and $438 million in the second quarter, well ahead of those for the 2022 periods, this has a lot of significance for revenue growth in the first half of the 2023 year. The data show that there should be a significant pick up in revenues and profitability in the corresponding 2023 period and a major uptick in revenues for the year and profits. There is a bit of seasonality in earnings and this could have implications in 2023. The final results for 2022 will provide good guidance on this.
The lesson to be drawn from the numbers for the first three quarters of the year is that profit for 2023 will be up substantially up on the ultimate results for 2022. There is a level of uncertainty along with various developments in the local economy that makes it challenging to project with certainty the level of business that Main Event will undertake, this is the major reason why the stock is placed on the watch list. The final numbers could impact the stock price significantly.
Of note, the third quarter revenues are the highest record in the company’s history in the quarter. The company indicates that the increased business was due to added activity in its core business. The entertainment industry has seen a strong return to outdoor events and lifestyle experiences after a two year break.

Medical Disposables EPS is projected at 40 cents for fiscal 2023 and 70 cents for 2024
This company is not one to take at face value as they quietly build the infrastructure on which to deliver increased business going forward. The company is focusing on laying the foundation for growth in consumer products as increased business opportunities in the medical area slow. The dental area that is operated by the newly formed subsidiary has room for expansion outside of the western region and should be able to ride on the parent company’s infrastructure that currently exists in the next year or two.
The company in the meantime has increased expenditure to attract and keep talent within its employ to grow business, this development resulted in increased costs in the current fiscal year and negatively affected growth in profits for the fiscal year to date.
There is the possibility that more shares could be available in the market over the next year or so.
One on One Educational EPS is projected at 20 cents
The stock raced out the blocks on the fifth day of listing in the latter part of last year to hit $2.50 but the price has fallen to a low of $1.10 in December, with investors concerned that they may have lost a major client and the negative impact that may have on profit. The prospectus stated that in August 2021, 63 percent of the Company’s revenue came through Business to Business contracts and 37 percent through the Company’s end user consumers’ business line. Neither the 2022 audited accounts nor the first quarter results show any fall out of business, in fact, revenues almost doubled in the quarter with profit rising to $12 million before tax from a loss of $1.8 million in 2021. The price could be considered appropriate based on results released so far but as more results become available, the current price may appear to be a gift.
Funds raised in the public issue in 2022 net of loan repayment were earmarked for the development of technological infrastructure for expansion. Regardless, the major reasons to invest in this company is not its short-term fortunes or misfortunes but the major potential its operations have to deliver above average growth within Jamaica and overseas.
Spur Tree Spices EPS is projected at 40 cents.
The company recorded a 9.4 percent growth in revenues to $672M for the nine-months ended September 2022, from $614 million in 2021. Gross Margin increased from 31 percent in 2021 to 35.4 percent in 2022.
For the September quarter revenues slipped to $233 million from $247 but improved profit margin resulted in a gross profit of $75 million versus $73 million in the prior year. Profit before Taxation fell to $30 million in the quarter from $33 million in 2021, but climbed 30 percent to $119 million for the year to September compared with $91 million in 2021 and was just shy of the $124 million for the full year in 2021.
The company implemented investment projects to expand the Exotic Products factory infrastructure to double production capacity, purchase of building in Port Morant to establish a production facility and upgraded the Spur Tree Spices production capacity.
They also advanced $100 million to purchase a controlling interest in Canco, an ackee canning company, and if combined with Exotic Products could result in a major jump in production and improved efficiency. They also appointed Massy Distributions agents for regional distribution.
This company has a lot of promise but the valuation placed on the stock ran ahead of results as such improved results in 2023 are unlikely to be reflected fully in the stock price and provide above average growth for the stock but it could be good enough to deliver a reasonable gain that investors would be normally pleased with even if it does not put it in the top ranking of stocks. Additionally, it has growth potential going beyond 2023 that could help deliver above average long term growth.

Stationery & Office Supplies recording record 2022 profits.

Stationary and Office Supplies should deliver gains of 250 percent for the period. The company has done exceptionally well in 2022 and is one of the top performing stocks for that year, gaining 140 percent as a result of very strong profit performance during the year that came from an incredible 60 percent increase in revenues that should end close to $1.8 billion for the year and $2.3 billion for 2023. The company generated a profit of $250 million for the nine months to September that should reach $360 million for the full year and just over $550 million in 2023.
ICInsider.com does not expect the performance to be at the same level in 2023 but sees continued attractive growth in earnings that should put it at about $2.20 per share, up from around $1.35 per share in 2022.
The business continues to increase from local and overseas demand. Information is that a deal was struck with a Trinidad company to sell their furniture in that market in addition the possibility exists that they could be getting into other Caribbean countries to add to the organic growth of the business. There is the possibility for acquisitions of small businesses during the year that could benefit from synergies within the company and deliver above average returns from such investments. Investors should not ignore the possibility of a stock split that could provide additional spice to make the performance of the stock an attractive one.
Finally, the company is well managed and financially healthy with limited debt and increasing shareholders’ equity.

More declines for Junior Market

Trading closed on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Friday with moderate changes from Thursday after trading took place in 45 securities down from 47 on Thursday, and ended with 17 rising, 14 declining and 14 closing unchanged and resulting in a fall in the market index by 19.95  points to 3,940.47 and ending the week lower than the start of the year.
A total of 6,415,297 shares were exchanged for $16,382,248 against 5,986,665 units at $16,728,284 on Thursday.
Trading averaged 142,562 shares at $364,050 compared to 127,376 units at $355,921 on Thursday. Trading for the month to date averages 163,960 units at $417,012 compared with 174,426 stock units at $442,917 on the previous day. January closed with an average of 239,755 units at $646,375.
Tropical Battery led trading with 1.52 million shares for 23.6 percent of total volume followed by recently listed Image Plus Consultants, with 968,564 units for 15.1 percent of the day’s trade and iCreate with 927,094 units for 14.5 percent of market share.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.8. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for the financial years ending between November 2022 and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial dipped 99 cents in closing at $23.01 in an exchange of 204 shares, CAC 2000 advanced $1.25 to close at $8.35 in switching ownership of 12 stock units, Caribbean Assurance Brokers lost 10 cents to finish $2.04 in trading 500 stocks. Fontana rallied 40 cents after ending at $9 and trading 49,813 units, Fosrich gained 15 cents to close at $3.68 as investors exchanged 338,220 units, GWest Corporation popped 13 cents to end at $1.10 after transferring 3,064 stock units. Honey Bun shed 36 cents in ending at $7.07 in switching ownership of 3,327 shares, iCreate rose 22 cents to $2.15 with the swapping of 927,094 stocks, following a release of the company signing an agreement to acquire Visual Ideas Execution Limited, ISP Finance popped 44 cents to $27.94 after exchanging 721 units. JFP Ltd gained 7 cents to settle at $1.77, with 293,494 shares crossing the market, Knutsford Express fell $1.50 to $11 with 1,948 stocks changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing rose 64 cents to $4.70 with a transfer of 28,371 stock units. Main Event fell $1.04 to $9.20 after 7,713 units passed through the market, Medical Disposables shed 80 cents to close at $4.61 after trading 20,474 stocks, MFS Capital Partners gained 20 cents in closing at $3.21 after an exchange of 441,437 stock units. Stationery and Office Supplies popped 50 cents to end at $15.50 with investors transferring just 1,627 shares and Tropical Battery gained 15 cents in closing at $2.60 after 1,515,045 stock units cleared the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market still 2023 positive after sharp fall

Stocks mostly dropped in trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Wednesday with the market index diving 62.44 points to 3,995.80, leaving the market in positive territory for the year to date, following a 42 percent fall in the volume of stocks traded, with 71 percent lower value than on Tuesday with trading of 45 securities similar to trading on Tuesday and ended with 11 rising, 25 declining and 9 closing unchanged.
A total of 10,060,543 shares were traded for $24,020,110 compared to 17,230,599 units at $84,183,965 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 223,568 shares at $533,780 compared with 382,902 units at $1,870,755 on Tuesday. January closed with an average of 239,755 units at $646,375.
ONE on ONE Educational led trading with 3.74 million shares for 37.2 percent of the total volume, Regency Petroleum followed with 998,836 units for 9.9 percent of the day’s trade and MFS Capital Partners with 909,926 units for 9 percent market share. The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 13. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for the financial year endings that fall between November 2022 and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows nine stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial declined $1.99 in closing at $24.01 after trading 654 shares, Blue Power fell 44 cents to end at $2.43 in an exchange of 50,000 units, CAC 2000 shed $1.37 to $7.10 with a transfer of 1,106 stock units. Cargo Handlers lost 10 cents in ending at $13.20 with 189,491 stocks changing hands, Caribbean Flavours dipped 13 cents to $1.62 in switching ownership of 5,313 stock units, Dolphin Cove dropped 34 cents to $15 in an exchange of 4,854 stocks. EduFocal gained 12 cents in ending at $2.31 after 34,935 shares cleared the market, Express Catering popped 25 cents to close at $5.25 in trading 32,900 units, Fontana fell 65 cents to end at $8.50 as investors switched ownership of 40,274 units. Fosrich dipped 7 cents in closing at $3.69 with the swapping of 865,091 stocks, Future Energy Source lost 9 cents in ending at $4.77 afte365,816 stock units were traded, GWest Corporation fell 16 cents to end at 97 cents with 10,000 shares crossing the market. Honey Bun dipped 20 cents to $7.24 as investors exchanged 73,077 stocks, iCreate lost 10 cents to close at $1.69 after a transfer of 103,865 units, Indies Pharma shed 48 cents in closing at $2.80 with 19,857 shares changing hands. Iron Rock Insurance fell 23 cents to finish at $2.17 trading 140 stock units, ISP Finance declined $1 ending at $25 after clearing the market with 126 stocks, Knutsford Express advanced $1.50 to $12.50 with investors transferring 7,526 stock units. MFS Capital Partners gained 18 cents to end at $3.04 with 909,926 shares changing hands, Spur Tree Spices lost 40 cents in closing at $2.95 with the swapping of  100,088 units and  Stationery and Office Supplies fell 70 cents to $15.15 after transferring 2,000 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market highest close since November 10

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The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange jumped a solid 91.02 points to close at 4,058.24 on Tuesday, following two previous days of healthy gains as the market closed at the highest point since November 10 last year with 1.8 percent rise for 2023 to date. Trading resulted in an 18 percent rise in the volume of stocks changing hands with the value surging  143 percent higher than on Monday after trading took place in 45 securities, similar to Monday, and ended with 25 rising, 13 declining and 7 closing unchanged.
A total of 17,230,599 shares were traded for $84,183,965, compared with 14,577,720 units at $34,703,364 on Monday.
Trading averaged 382,902 shares at $1,870,755 compared with 323,949 units at $771,186 on Monday with the month to date averaging 239,755 units at $646,375 compared to 232,638 stock units at $585,494 on Monday, the previous day. December closed with an average of 333,420 units at $925,533.
Spur Tree Spices led trading with 3.79 million shares for 22 percent of total volume followed by Regency Petroleum with 2.58 million units for 15 percent of the day’s trade, Knutsford Express with 2.02 million units for 11.7 percent market share, Future Energy Source with 1.34 million units for 7.8 percent, Fosrich with 1.24 million units for 7.2 percent and Stationery and Office Supplies with 1.02 million units for 5.9 percent market share.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.9. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for the financial year ending that fall between November 2022 and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Caribbean Cream rose 50 cents to end at $4 in exchanging just two shares, Dolphin Cove gained 34 cents in closing at $15.34 after a transfer of 6,499 stock units, Future Energy Source popped 21 cents after ending at $4.86 in trading 1,336,935 units. Honey Bun rose 34 cents to $7.44 in switching ownership of 16,639 stocks, Indies Pharma popped 15 cents to $3.28 with 991,855 units changing hands, KLE Group lost 19 cents to settle at $1.71 in trading 6,468 stock units. Knutsford Express fell $1.47 to close at $11 with an exchange of 2,016,500 stocks, Lasco Manufacturing gained 35 cents to finish at $4.60 after 14,215 shares cleared the market, Limners and Bards rallied 33 cents to end at $2.80 in an exchange of 640,442 shares. Mailpac Group gained 17 cents in ending at $2.15 after investors transferred 801,490 stock units, Medical Disposables rose 40 cents to $5 in trading 112 units, Paramount Trading rallied 18 cents to $2.19 trading 500 stocks. Regency Petroleum popped 17 cents to end at $1.92 after 2,583,810 stock units passed through the market, Spur Tree Spices gained 34 cents in closing at $3.35 with the swapping of 3,785,671 stocks and Stationery and Office Supplies advanced $2.95 to close at $15.85 with the swapping of 1,023,291 units.
In the preference segmentCAC 2000 9.5% preference share shed 15 cents to settle at $1.02 with investors transferring 7,788 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market climbs for a second day

Trading jumped on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Monday with the Market Index rising 29.17 points to 3,967.22, following a 54 points rally on Friday and a 33 percent rise in the volume of stocks traded and the value 28 percent above Friday’s trades from 45 securities trading compared with 44 on Friday, ending with 19 rising, 21 declining and five closing unchanged.
A total of 14,577,720 shares were traded for $34,703,364, up from 10,955,295 units at $27,089,084 on Friday.
Trading averaged 323,949 shares at $771,186 compared with 248,984 units at $615,661 on Friday, with the month to date averaging 232,638 units at $585,494, up from 227,860 stock units at $575,778 on the previous trading day. December closed with an average of 333,420 units at $925,533.
Image Plus Consultants led trading with 3.14 million shares for 21.5 percent of total volume followed by ONE on ONE Educational with 2.48 million units for 17 percent of the day’s trade, MFS Capital Partners with 1.82 million units for 12.5 percent and Fosrich with 1.81 million units for 12.4 percent market share.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.6. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for the financial year ending that fall between November 2022 and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling price and three with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial rose 45 cents in closing at $25.99 after trading 8,427 shares, Caribbean Assurance Brokers popped 17 cents to settle at $2.17 in a transfer of 1,000 stocks, Caribbean Cream dipped 25 cents to $3.50 after investors exchanged 12,936 units. Consolidated Bakeries advanced 26 cents to $2.11 after 3,272 stock units cleared the market, EduFocal lost 11 cents to end at $2.19 with 46,458 shares changing hands, Everything Fresh gained 7 cents in ending at $1.47 after 59,072 stock units passed through the market. Express Catering rallied 28 cents to $5 after an exchange of 51,999 units, Fosrich popped 45 cents to close at $3.80 with 1,807,371 stocks changing hands, General Accident fell 53 cents to $4.46 in switching ownership of 3,724 shares. GWest Corporation gained 16 cents in closing at $1.13 after a transfer of 3,010 units, Honey Bun shed 59 cents to end at $7.10 with investors transferring 8,380 stocks, iCreate rallied 11 cents to $1.79 after 279,256 stock units crossed the market. Image Plus Consultants popped 11 cents to finish at $2.04 with the swapping of 3,140,961 units, Indies Pharma advanced 83 cents to  $3.13 in switching ownership of 380,654 stock units, ISP Finance declined $1 to close at $26 as investors exchanged 900 stocks. KLE Group gained 19 cents to end at $1.90 in trading 40 shares, Lasco Manufacturing shed 54 cents ending at $4.25 with a transfer of just 511 stocks, Limners and Bards popped 21 cents in closing at $2.47 in an exchange of 374,170 stock units. Main Event advanced $1.15 to $10.27 with 300 shares changing hands, Medical Disposables declined 40 cents to $4.60 with the swapping of 173 units, Paramount Trading lost 9 cents to close at $2.01 in transferring 313,900 shares. Regency Petroleum rose 15 cents to $1.75 trading 903,498 units, Spur Tree Spices gained 19 cents to end at $3.01 in exchanging 747,070 stocks, Stationery and Office Supplies dropped $1.60 in closing at $12.90 in switching ownership of 7,846 stock units and Tropical Battery lost 7 cents in ending at $2.32 after 27,229 units were traded.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Juniors bounce on Friday

Stocks mostly rose on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Friday, pushing the Market Index 53.99 points higher to 3,938.05, recovering most of the 57 points loss on the previous day, as the market closed with a 13 percent fall in the volume of stocks traded as the value fell 15 percent from Thursday’s activities after trading of 44 securities compared with 46 on Thursday and ending with 21 rising, 13 declining and ten closing unchanged.
Investors traded 10,955,295 shares for $27,089,084 compared with 12,623,385 units at $31,723,485 on Thursday.
Trading averaged 248,984 shares at $615,661 versus 274,421 units at $689,641 on Thursday, with the month to date averaging 227,860 units at $575,778 compared with 226,721 stock units at $573,627 on the previous day. December closed with an average of 333,420 units at $925,533.
Image Plus Consultants led trading with 2.41 million shares for 22 percent of total volume, followed by Dolla Financial with 1.60 million units for 14.6 percent of the day’s trade, Fosrich with 1.32 million units for 12 percent market share and ONE on ONE Educational with 1.29 million units for 11.8 percent of stock traded.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.8. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks use ICInsider.com projected earnings for the financial year ending between November 2022 and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial rallied 55 cents to $25.54 in exchange of 18 shares, Cargo Handlers rose $1.65 in closing at $13.30 after clearing the market with 3,800 stocks, Caribbean Assurance Brokers shed 18 cents to end at $2 after an exchange of 413,448 stock units. Consolidated Bakeries dipped 29 cents to $1.85 in transferring 302 units, Dolphin Cove gained 8 cents to end at $15 with the swapping of 42,378 stocks, Fosrich gained 34 cents to close at $3.35 with 1,315,735 stock units changing hands. Future Energy Source lost 14 cents to end at $4.64 after 640,143 shares passed through the market, General Accident popped 89 cents in closing at $4.99, trading 313 units, Honey Bun gained 19 cents to settle at $7.69 in switching ownership of 6,915 stocks. Indies Pharma shed 30 cents to close at $2.30 with the swapping of 299,425 units, KLE Group fell 19 cents to close at $1.71 in exchanging 1,900 stock units, Knutsford Express advanced $2.34 to $12.44 after 2,804 shares crossed the exchange. Medical Disposables rose 40 cents to $5, trading 31,703 shares, MFS Capital Partners lost 13 cents in closing at $2.83 as investors exchanged 289,128 stock units and Tropical Battery gained 9 cents to end at $2.39 in switching ownership of 207,578 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market big Thursday drop

The Junior Market Index of the Jamaica Stock Exchanged dropped points to 3,884.06 on Thursday with a 13 percent rise in the volume of stocks trading, following a 23 percent increase in the value passing through the market compared to Wednesday following trading in 46 securities, similar to Wednesday and ended with 15 rising, 22 declining and nine closing unchanged.
A total of 12,623,385 shares were traded for $31,723,485 compared to 11,166,116 units at $25,766,396 on Wednesday.
Trading averaged 274,421 shares at $689,641 compared with 242,742 units at $560,139 on Wednesday with the month to date averaging 226,721 units at $573,627 versus 223,871 stock units at $566,697 on Wednesday, the previous day. December closed with an average of 333,420 units at $925,533.
Fosrich led trading with 3.11 million shares for 24.7 percent of total volume followed by ONE on ONE Educational with 1.72 million units for 13.6 percent of the day’s trade, Image Plus Consultants with 1.41 million units for 11.2 percent market share, Dolla Financial with 1.38 million units for 10.9 percent market share and Limners and Bards with 1.03 million units for 8.1 percent market share. The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.6. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks uses ICInsider.com projected earnings for the financial year ending that fall between November 2022 and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows two stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial rose 49 cents to $24.99 after exchanging six shares, Cargo Handlers fell $1.74 in closing at $11.65 after investors traded 382 stocks, Caribbean Assurance Brokers rose 27 cents to finish at $2.18 in an exchange of 1,520 stock units. Dolphin Cove rallied $1.10 to $14.92 with an exchange of 802 units, Express Catering lost 36 cents to close at $4.72 trading 114,019 units, Fontana gained 30 cents to close at $9.20 with 39,581 shares changing hands. Fosrich shed 26 cents to close at $3.01 in exchanging 3,113,891 stocks, General Accident declined $1.20 to $4.10 in switching 34,018 stock units, Image Plus Consultants gained 9 cents in ending at $1.95 after 1,408,841 stocks were traded. Indies Pharma lost 16 cents to close at $2.60 with investors transferring 209,616 units, KLE Group gained 19 cents to end at $1.90 with one stock unit crossing the market, Limners and Bards dipped 20 cents to $2.20 with the swapping of 1,025,029 shares. Main Event fell 89 cents to $9.11 after investors transferred 3,202 units, Medical Disposables popped 9 cents to end at $4.60 trading 59,036 shares and Stationery and Office Supplies advanced 25 cents to $14.50 after a transfer of 49,516 stock units.
In the preference segmentCAC 2000 9.5% preference share gained 15 cents in closing at $1.17 in exchanging 852 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Gains for Junior Market

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange recovered more than half of Tuesday’s 64 points drop in the market index as it closed on Wednesday after a 32 percent decline in the volume of stocks traded and a 36 percent fall in the value from trading in 46 securities compared with 48 on Tuesday and ending with prices of 21 stocks rising, 14 declining and 11 closing unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index rose 35.91 points to settle at 3,940.68.
A total of 11,166,116 shares were exchanged for $25,766,396 versus 16,319,167 units at $40,158,085 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 242,742 shares at $560,139 up from 339,983 units at $836,627 on Tuesday with a month to date average of 223,871 stocks at $566,697 versus 222,672 stock units at $567,113 on the previous day. December closed with an average of 333,420 units at $925,533.
JFP Ltd led trading with 3.33 million shares for 29.8 percent of total volume followed by Image Plus Consultants with 1.91 million units for 17.1 percent of the day’s trade and ONE on ONE Educational with 1.45 million units for 13 percent market share.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.9. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for the financial year ending that fall between November 2022 and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows seven stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial dipped $1.05 to $24.50 with an exchange of 12,765 shares, Blue Power gained 19 cents to close at $2.89 after 11 units cleared the market, CAC 2000 advanced $1.27 to end at $8.48 as investors exchanged three stocks. Caribbean Cream gained 42 cents to close at $3.80 trading 2,605 stock units, Consolidated Bakeries rose 28 cents to end at $2.13 with investors transferring 233 shares, Dolphin Cove lost 18 cents to close at $13.82 with 17,654 units changing hands. Elite Diagnostic popped 10 cents to settle at $3.20 with a transfer of 4,000 stocks, Express Catering gained 8 cents to end at $5.08 in switching ownership of 44,901 stock units, Fontana rallied 40 cents in ending at $8.90 in an exchange of 33,298 units. Fosrich fell 12 cents to $3.27 after 804,631 shares passed through the market, Future Energy Source lost 7 cents to end at $4.78 trading 476,514 stock units, General Accident rose 22 cents to close at $5.30 in exchanging 48,612 stocks. Iron Rock Insurance popped 22 cents in ending at $2.39 with 1,000 stock units being traded, Jetcon Corporation gained 7 cents in closing at $1.13, with 135,605 stocks changing hands, Knutsford Express fell $1.90 to $10.10 with the swapping of 20,344 shares. Lasco Distributors gained 15 cents in closing at $2.71 in exchanging 8,753 units, Lasco Financial advanced 31 cents to $2.84 in trading 3,105 units, and Lasco Manufacturing popped 64 cents to close at $4.80 with 57,968 shares changing hands. Lumber Depot rallied 7 cents in ending at $2.37 with an exchange of 3,479 stocks, Main Event rose 80 cents to $10 after clearing the market with 41,403 stock units and Tropical Battery lost 8 cents to end at $2.33 with a transfer of 760,527 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Big fall for Junior Market

Newly listed Image Plus Consultants closed below the IPO price of $2 in trading on Tuesday with 6.23 million shares as the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed sharply lower with the volume of stocks traded rising 4 percent and the value moderately lower than Monday, after 48 securities were exchanged compared with 49 on Monday and ended with prices of just 10 rising, 29 declining and nine closing unchanged.
A total of 16,319,167 shares were exchanged for $40,158,085 compared with 15,746,039 units at $40,681,154 on Monday.
Trading averaged 339,983 shares at $836,627 compared to 321,348 units at $830,228 on Monday. Trading month to date averages 222,672 units at $567,113 compared with 214,342 stock units at $547,976 on Monday, the previous day. December closed with an average of 333,420 units at $925,533.
Image Plus Consultants led trading with 6.23 million shares for 38.2 percent of total volume followed by Dolla Financial with 1.97 million units for 12.1 percent of the day’s trade, Spur Tree Spices chipped in with 1.44 million units for 8.8 percent of stocks traded and Fosrich with 1.16 million units for 7.1 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index shed 64.19 points to settle at 3,904.77.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.6. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for the financial year ending that fall between November 2022 and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows six stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
At the close, Access Financial advanced $3.44 to $25.55 after the trading of 6,480 shares, Blue Power dipped 16 cents to close at $2.70 with 11,243 stocks crossing the exchange, CAC 2000 fell $1.27 to $7.21 in transferring 859 stock units. Caribbean Assurance Brokers lost 21 cents to close at $1.92 with investors switching ownership of 146,880 units, Caribbean Cream shed 42 cents in closing at $3.38 after an exchange of 887 stocks, Consolidated Bakeries lost 30 cents to end at $1.85 with the swapping of 5,977 stock units. Dolphin Cove gained 32 cents to close at $14 with 77,593 units changing hands, Express Catering dipped 40 cents to close at $5 with the swapping of 22,919 shares, Fontana fell 50 cents in closing at $8.50 in an exchange of 88,390 stock units. Fosrich lost 15 cents in ending at $3.39 trading 1,163,398 shares, General Accident rose 37 cents to end at $5.08 after a transfer of 23,988 units, GWest Corporation lost 9 cents to finish at $1 with an exchange of 18,833 stocks. Image Plus Consultants dipped 10 cents to an all time low of $1.90 in switching ownership of 6,233,417 shares, Indies Pharma shed 19 cents in closing at $2.76 with 6,218 stocks changing hands, Iron Rock Insurance fell 23 cents to $2.17 after 381 units crossed the market. ISP Finance declined $1 to close at $27 with investors transferring 33 stock units, JFP Ltd gained 17 cents in ending at $1.79 with an exchange of 474,334 stocks, Knutsford Express declined 49 cents in closing at $12 after 9,100 units cleared the market. Lasco Financial dropped 31 cents to end at $2.53 as investors exchanged 86,710 stock units, Limners and Bards dipped 17 cents to $2.40 in trading 5,620 shares, Lumber Depot lost 16 cents after ending at $2.30 in switching ownership of 70,202 units. Main Event rallied 10 cents to $9.20 with a transfer of 24,720 stocks, Paramount Trading shed 18 cents in closing at $2.15 in an exchange of 2,156 shares, Stationery and Office Supplies dropped 74 cents to end at $14.25 while trading 17,420 stock units and tTech fell 35 cents to close at $2.50 with investors transferring 4,262 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market loses altitude

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange was dominated by falling stock prices on Monday with all the 49 list securities trading up from 46 on Friday as the volume of stocks traded declined by22 percent, with the value exchanged being 19 percent lower than on Friday and leading to prices of 10 stocks rising, 29 declining and 10 closing unchanged.
A total of 15,746,039 shares were exchanged for $40,681,154 versus 20,295,875 units at $50,102,944 on Friday.
Trading averaged 321,348 shares at $830,228 down from 441,215 units at $1,089,194 on Friday with the month to date average of 214,342 stock units at $547,976 compared to 205,980 stocks at $525,918 on Friday, the previous day. Trading in December averaged 333,420 units at $925,533.
Image Plus Consultants led trading with 7.81 million shares for 49.6 percent of total volume followed by Fosrich with 2.48 million units for 15.7 percent of the day’s trade and Regency Petroleum with 896,948 units for 5.7 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index shed 24.95 points to close at 3,968.96.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.5. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks use ICInsider.com projected earnings for the financial year ending that falls between November 2022 and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial dropped $1.39 to end at $22.11 with a transfer of 2,512 shares, Cargo Handlers advanced $1.76 to $13.40 after trading 181 stock units, Caribbean Cream popped 60 cents to $3.80 in an exchange of 500 units. Dolphin Cove fell $1.52 to $13.68 after 226,485 stocks passed through the market, EduFocal fell 16 cents to $2.23 with the swapping of 86,766 stocks, Express Catering lost 10 cents to settle at $5.40 with an exchange of 10,208 shares. Fosrich shed 11 cents in closing at $3.54 with 2,478,099 stock units changing hands, Honey Bun rose 50 cents to $7.52 after 8,438 units crossed the market, iCreate lost 7 cents after ending at $1.71 trading 277,134 shares. Image Plus Consultants shed 20 cents to close at $2 as investors exchanged 7,813,398 stocks, as low as $1.90, Indies Pharma advanced 25 cents to $2.95 with a transfer of 98,685 stock units, ISP Finance dropped 40 cents in closing at $28 after switching ownership of 51 units. JFP Ltd lost 10 cents in ending at $1.62 with 157,396 stock units changing hands, KLE Group fell 19 cents to $1.71 with the swapping of 1,689 shares, Lasco Distributors dipped 15 cents to end at $2.58 as investors exchanged 27,760 stocks. Lasco Financial gained 24 cents to close at $2.84 with a transfer of 31,621 units, Lasco Manufacturing shed 39 cents in closing at $4.16 after exchanging 8,420 units, Lumber Depot gained 16 cents in ending at $2.46 after trading 136,511 stock units. Main Event dipped 30 cents to $9.10 in switching ownership of 41,568 shares, MFS Capital Partners declined 12 cents to close at $2.85 with an exchange of 533,814 stocks, Paramount Trading rallied 13 cents to close at $2.33 after clearing the market with 2,652 stock units and Tropical Battery lost 8 cents to settle at $2.41 after a transfer of 340,762 shares.
In the preference segmentCAC 2000 9.5% preference share fell 14 cents to $1.02 in trading 2,970 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.