Juniors jump 8% on – Friday

Cargo Handlers traded at a new high of $45.

Cargo Handlers traded at a new high of $45.

The junior market index jumped sharply by 159.72 points or 8 percent on top of the 72.93 points it gained on Thursday to end at 2,114.08 on Friday. As was the case on Thursday Lasco Distributors and Manufacturing made big impression on the market index. The volume traded ended with 2,723,962 units valued at $12,229,768, changing hands. The market closed with 16 active securities, 9 of which advanced and 3 declined while one stock closed at a 52 weeks’ high.
At the close of trading 4 stocks closed with bids higher than the last selling prices and just 4 ended with lower offers.
At the end of trading in a market with price gains dominated by the Lasco companies, AMG Packaging closed with a loss of 2 cents in trading 5,540 units to end at $12, CAC 2000 traded 1,400 shares 40 cents higher to close at $6.90. Cargo Handlers ended with 100 shares changing hands for a gain of $1.49 and closed at a 52 weeks’ high of $45, Caribbean Cream traded 233,322 units at $4, Caribbean Producers traded 100,000 units to end at $4, Consolidated Bakeries gained 11 cents in trading 7,870 shares to close at $1.21, Dolphin Cove traded 714 shares to close at $13. Iron Rock Insurance 28,000 units on the bid at $3.50, JM Trdng Sht 22-4-16ISP Finance had 20,719 units changing hands but lost 5 cents to close at $2.45, Jetcon Corporation had 575,835 shares trading with a gain of 3 cents at $2.50, Key Insurance rose by 5 cents to close at $2.55 after 30,114 shares changed hands, Lasco Distributors jumped $1.29 to end at $7.50 with 528,460 units trading, Lasco Financial gained 4 cents to close at $3.03, with 117,447 shares changing hands. Lasco Manufacturing gained 56 cents with 977,026 shares changing hands to close at $4.70, Medical Disposables closed at $3.10 with 50,000 shares trading with a loss of 5 cents, tTech ended with 47,415 shares changing hands with a gain of 1 cent at $4.18.

Juniors jump on – Thursday

Lasco Distributors dominated trading on the junior market on Thursday.

Lasco Distributors dominated trading on the junior market on Thursday.

The junior market index jumped sharply by 72.93 points to end at 1,954.36 on Thursday as a few big trades took place, pushing up the volume traded with 8,096,759 units valued at $42,556,334, changing hands. Lasco Distributors traded 5,469,528 units, to be the dominant trade of the day. The market closed with 13 active securities, 4 of which advanced and 2 declined with.
At the close of trading 7 stocks closed with bids higher than the last selling prices and just 5 ended with lower offers.
At the end of trading, AMG Packaging closed with a loss of 98 cents in trading 960 units to end at $12.02, Caribbean Cream traded 74,315 units at $4, the stock is encountering more selling than buying. Caribbean Producers traded 2,400 units to end at $4, General Accident traded 1,150,656 shares to close at $2.65, ISP Finance had 7,500 units changing hands at $2.50. JM Trdng Sht 21-4-16Iron Rock Insurance still has 5,003,000 units on the bid at $3.10, while the stock last traded at $3.50. Key Insurance closed at $2.50 after 7,500 shares changed hands, KLE Group traded 155,115 units at $1.40 for a 3 cents loss, Knutsford Express traded 9,415 shares unchanged at $19, Lasco Distributors gained 41 cents to end at $6.21 with 5,469,528 units trading, Lasco Financial gained 4 cents to close at $2.99, with 4,000 shares changing hands. Lasco Manufacturing gained 42 cents with 952,192 shares changing hands to close at $4.14, tTech ended with 9,829 shares changing hands at $4.17 as 2 cents were added and Eppley 10 percent preference share traded 34,120 units at $6.10.

Demand climbs for juniors – Tuesday

JM Sign The junior market index lost some ground by the close on Tuesday with a loss of 19.39 points to end at 1,855.33, but trading volumes climbed above Monday’ s levels as Caribbean Cream, Lasco Distributors and Lasco Financial Services traded over 280,000 units each. Trading ended with 16 active securities, 6 of which advanced and 5 declined while 1,514,172 units valued at $7,024,157, changed hands.
On Monday 1,099,234 shares traded valued at $4.6 million at the close of trading only 1 stock closed with the bid higher than the last selling price and just 2 ended with lower offers.
At the end of trading, AMG Packaging gained 50 cents in trading 5,700 units to end at $13, Cargo Handlers hit a new 52 weeks’ high by gaining 52 cents to close with 1,000 units changing hands at $43.51, Caribbean Cream traded 283,550 units to end at $4. Caribbean Producers traded 1,732 units but fell 7 cents to end at $3.93, Consolidated Bakeries gained 1 cent with 15,000 shares trading $1.06, Dolphin Cove traded 200 shares at $13 for a loss of $1.50, Honey Bun fell 50 cents to close at $16 while 17,300 shares changed hands. Iron Rock Insurance closed with 10,000 units changing hands to end at $3.50.JM Trdng Sht 19-4-16 Jamaican Teas rose 9 cents and closed at $3.50 after 26,085 shares changed hands, Key Insurance fell 3 cents while trading 10,000 shares to close at $2.50, Knutsford Express closed with 9,200 units changing hands at $19. Lasco Distributors gained 5 cents to end at $5.50 with 634,064 units trading, Lasco Financial rose by 41 cents and closed at $3.03, with 288,330 shares changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing gained 10 cents with 208,236 shares changing hands to close at $3.70. Medical Disposables closed at $3.15 with 2,200 shares trading and tTech ended with 1,155 shares changing hands at $4.12 as the price gained 2 cents.

AMG profit jumps 65%

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amg-2Revenues at AMG Packaging rose by only 4 percent for the February 2016 quarter to $157 million up from a decline of 1 percent in the first quarter and for the six months an increase of 1.7 percent to $308 million.
Profit for the quarter out performed revenues by a wide margin, jumping 43 percent to $23 million although the company incurred $10.5 million in startup cost for the tissue operations in the quarter and $16.4 million for the six months, pulling profit down to a 65 percent increase to $52 million.
Earnings per stock came in at 23 cents for the quarter and 51 cents for the six months with IC Insider projecting that excluding the cost for the tissue operation earnings per share should hit $1.35 for the full year. The stock last traded on The Jamaica Stock Exchange at $13.
The results showed gross profit climbing 56 percent to $55 million for the quarter and 53 percent to $106.7 million for the six months as gross profit margin climbed by 35.5 percent for the quarter from 23.6 percent in 2015 and to 35 percent for the six months from 23 percent in 2015.
Increases in administrative and other none manufacturing cost were well contained with an overall increase of only $4 million for the half year.
Information gleaned is that the tissue operation has high profit margins, this augurs well for the company going forward once the new operation which have been tested is up and running at optimal levels for a while. While management speaks to the plan to commence production in the third quarter it will be the 206/17 fiscal year that should add to revenues and profit.
AMG is currently, engaged in the production of cardboard boxes for packaging and is embarking on an expansion into tissue paper processing.

Honey Bun jumps $2.45 on Friday

Honey Bun jumped sharply on Friday.

Honey Bun jumped sharply on Friday.

The junior market closed slightly higher on Friday with a gain of 27.86 points to 1,853.36 but more stocks declined than gained as Honey Bun share price jumped 19.5 percent. Trading ended with 18 active securities, 4 of which advanced and 6 declined while only 430,780 units valued at $1,515,398, changed hands.
There were only 4 stocks closing with bids that were higher than their last selling prices and 4 ended with lower offers.
At the end of trading, AMG Packaging lost 12 cents in trading 1,060 units to end at $13, Blue Power closed with 1,179 units changing hands at $11.20, Caribbean Flavours traded 3,000 units to end at $8.55 after gaining $1.05, Caribbean Producers traded 5,750 units and lost 10 cents to end at $3.90. Consolidated Bakeries rose 18 cents with 12,000 shares trading $1.18, C2W Music closed at 33 cents with 2,000 units changing hands, General Accident Insurance traded 594 units at $2.90, Honey Bun jumped $2.45 to close at $15 while 2,748 shares changed hands. Iron Rock Insurance had 1,000 units changing hands to end at $3.65, ISP Finance closed at $2.50 after trading 48,379 units, Jamaican Teas closed at $3.41 after JM Trdng Sht 15-4-161,200 shares changed hands but ended with the offer at $3.35 to sell 68,657 shares. Jetcon Corporation ended trading with 70,611 shares at $2.55 having lost 14 cents, Key Insurance fell 35 cents while trading 91,930 shares to close at $2.65, Knutsford Express closed with 406 units changing hands at $19. Lasco Distributors gained 34 cents to end at $5.40 with 93,665 units trading, Lasco Financial closed at $2.62, with 46,756 shares changing hands, the bid closed at $2.94 to buy 38,000 units with good support down to $2.60, Lasco Manufacturing fell 20 cents with 10,233 shares changing hands to close at $3.60 and tTech ended with 37,729 shares trading to end at $4.05 as the price fell by 3 cents.

10 juniors down 4 up on Thursday

JM Sign build The junior market closed slightly higher on Thursday with a gain of 5.01 points to 1,825.50 but more stocks declined than gained. Trading ended with 18 active securities, 4 of which advanced and 10 declined while only 540,140 units valued at $2,757,260, changed hands.
There were only 3 stocks closing with bids that were higher than their last selling prices and 4 ended with lower offers.
At the end of trading, AMG Packaging traded only 395 units at $13.12, the stock closed with an offer to sell 10,000 units at $13. Blue Power declined by 75 cents with a mere 581 units changing hands at $11.20, Caribbean Cream traded 48,275 shares and fell 8 cents, to end at $4.02, Caribbean Flavours traded 12,500 units to end at $7.50 with a loss of 50 cents, Caribbean Producers traded 53,870 units and lost 7 cents to end at $4.03. Derrimon Trading closed at $5 with 10,000 units changing hands, but the offer was at $4.99 to sell 56,000 shares when trading ended, General Accident Insurance traded 63,000 units at $2.90 to gain 31 cents but at the close, 5,600 units were offered at $2.65. Iron Rock Insurance had 8,000 units changing hands with a loss of 25 cents, to end at $3.65, Honey Bun rose 5 cents to close at $12.55 while 18,000 shares changed hands, ISP Finance closed at $2.50 after trading 10,172 units, JM Trdng Sht 14-4-16Jamaican Teas fell 40 cents to close at $3.41 after 16,159 shares changed hands. Jetcon Corporation ended trading with 7,000 shares with the loss of a cent at $2.69, KLE Group traded 16,018 shares and fell 22 cents, to end at $1.43, Knutsford Express closed with 23,952 units changing hands at $19. Lasco Distributors gained 2 cents to end at $5.06 with 178,600 units trading, Lasco Financial lost 28 cents to close at $2.62, with 32,817 shares changing hands. At the close there were 2,363,963 units on the bid at $2.62. Lasco Manufacturing gained 30 cents with 30,530 shares changing hands to close at $3.80 and tTech ended with 10,271 shares trading to end at $4.08 as the price fell by 14 cents.

Results help junior activity Wednesday

AMG Packaging got a boost from the release of quarterly profits.

AMG Packaging got a boost from the release of quarterly profits.

The junior market closed slightly lower on Wednesday with a gain of 1.40 points to 1,820.49. Trading ended with 15 active securities, 6 of which advanced and 7 declined as 898,831 units valued at $4,498,985, changed hands as the release of quarterly reports for a few companies helped with improved sentiment.
There were only 2 stocks closing with bids that were higher than their last selling prices and 3 ended with lower offers.
At the end of trading, Access Financial lost 10 cents in trading 30,500 shares to close at $16.60. AMG Packaging rose 62 cents in trading 108,100 units at $13.12, as investors welcomed the 65 percent increase in profits for the for the six months, to $52 million after charging out $16 million for the start-up cost of the new tissue operation. Caribbean Cream traded 123,630 shares and gained 10 cents, to end at $4.10, after the company released full year results on Tuesday, with 40 cents per share earnings, following writing off of assets amounting to $31.4 million or 8 cents per share. Caribbean Producers traded 40,500 units and lost 7 cents to end at $4.03, Derrimon Trading closed with a gain of $1 at $5 with 18751 units changing hands, Honey Bun jumped $1.50 on news the board will be considering a subdivision of its shares to close at $12.50 while 21,550 shares changed hands. ISP Finance slipped 2 cents to close at $2.50 after trading 25,500 units, Jamaican Teas rose 1 cent to close at $3.81 after 25,000 shares changed hands, JM Trdng Sht 13-4-16KLE Group traded 270,000 shares and fell 5 cents, to end at $1.65, Knutsford Express closed with 1,601 units changing hands at $19. Lasco Distributors gained 4 cents to end at $5.04 with 59,000 units trading, Lasco Financial lost 10 cents to close at $2.90, with 40,889 shares changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing lost 10 cents and ended with 126,350 shares changing hands to close at $3.50, Medical Disposables fell 5 cents in trading 1,000 shares to close at $3.15 and Paramount Trading ended with 3,460 shares trading to end at $11.

2 new BUY RATED stocks

I$PJetcon Corporation and ISP Finance have been added to the IC Insider BUY RATED list. The list continues to sport selections that have some room to grow before they reach the stage of maturing. Some have reached levels that look like they may be close to the top and stay there for a while and the may be just be rated hold than BUY RATED at this stage of the market’s rally in Jamaica.
The Trinidad based companies appear to be saddled by the effects of the recession on their performance.
There are now a few that were previously listed as BUY RATED have moved to Watch, as these stocks are likely to be market underperformers. If these are already owned then investors may want to hold on a little longer, buying into them now, while such a move could be profitable such investment may not be the smartest move at this time. At this stage of the Jamaican market it has become more challenging to continue to back some of the strong performers to date, as their valuation has risen and future gains will most likely come from gain in profit, unless the market revalues the PE ratios higher, a factor that is expected with lower interest rates likely in the months to follow.
Knutsford Express has been to Market Watch as it close to our target price of $24 at this time and while there is more growth to come with increased frequency slated for the north coast routes, increased profits going forward could slow considerably from recent strong gains. Buy Rated gwth 2016Sagicor Group has done well since we selected it, with an increase close to 150 percent plus dividends, the immediate future looks like the gains are going to slow compared to the growth since the start of 2015. In past bull market, investors gave it a big premium over the rest of the market. That is not so now, but could change as the current bull market continues it run.
Lasco Distributors that was moved to a hold is now back to a buy, since the price has pulled back to $5, the company will benefit from taking over the overseas distribution of all of the manufacturing company products. The inflows expected from the lawsuit with Pfizer should add to the company’s value when the courts agree the amount, which management puts at more than US$300 million.
AMG Packaging, Caribbean Cream and Paramount are all up more than 300 percent but expansion into new products should give revenues and profit a kick in the not too distant future for AMG and Paramount. Caribbean Cream full year results are due shortly and should exceed 55 cents per share as the company benefited from sharp drop in raw material cost.
Jamaica Stock Exchange is now a Watch as it seems close to fairly valued currently, but dividend yield could well push it higher. In addition, of note is that while trading levels have improved they are still well off from historical highs, so there could still be much more gains ahead later on.
Trinidad is in recession and the results of companies are showing it with pressure on profit particularly for companies that earn the bulk of their income in the twin island state. As a result prices have been declining for many of the companies on the Trinidad market with a few exceptions. With the exception of Trinidad Cement that is undervalued, a hold has been placed on Trinidad based listed stocks for the time being but investors should wait for TCL to settle before buying.

Juniors take another big hit – Wednesday

JSE sign At the close, the junior market index dropped another 3.04 percent on top of the 4.9 percent it fell by on Tuesday, to close at 1,756.02, after shedding 55.06 points, on top of the 93.63 it fell by on Tuesday. The market ended with 17 active securities, 4 of which advanced and 12 declined as 2,838,527 units changed hands, valued at $11,128,849.
There were 2 stocks closing with bids that were higher than their last selling prices and 1 ended with a lower offer.
At the end of trading, AMG Packaging rose $1.40 with 2,000 shares traded to close at $12.50, Blue Power traded 385 units but lost $2.10 to close at $11.95, Caribbean Cream fell 20 cents to end at $4.50 with 15,229 units changing hands. Caribbean Flavours traded 5,335 shares and lost 11 cents to end at $7.45, Caribbean Producers traded 200,000 shares to end with a loss of 20 cents at $3.80, Consolidated Bakeries lost 3 cents in trading 51,344 units, to end at $1.21, General Accident fell by 20 cents in trading 56,296 units and closed at $2.70. Honey Bun had 8,880 units trading but dropped $1 to end at $10.50, ISP Finance lost 15 cents with 20,719 shares trading to end at $2.35, Jamaican Teas closed at $3.80 JM Trdng Sht 06-4-16after trading 41,880 units to record a loss of 20 cents. Jetcon Corporation closed at $2.90 after 398,120 shares changed hands as high as $2.95, Key Insurance gained 15 cents to close at $2.90 with 176,233 units changing hands. The stock had traded in the morning session at an intraday high of $3. KLE Group closed at $1.66 after falling 4 cents with 9,000 shares changing hands, Lasco Distributors lost 39 cents and ended with 1,548,585 units trading to close at $4.51. Lasco Financial rose by 24 cents to end at $2.99 with 37,883 shares changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing ended with 185,662 shares changing hands having risen by 44 cents to close at $3.50 and Medical Disposables traded 26,450 shares to end at $3.20 after losing 22 cents.

Junior market slipped slightly – Friday

JM Sign Key Insurance Company that listed on Thursday traded at $2.60 on Friday today above the Initial Public offering price (IPO) of $2.27. ISP Finance that was listed earlier in the week did not traded on Friday with a wide gap between the bid at $2.15 the offer price of $3, the stock traded at $2.50 on the opening day. Jetcon Coporation that was listed on the day before Easter, traded to close at $2.90, but went as high as $2.99 compared to the IPO price of $2.25.
At the close, the junior market index fell 6.29 points being added to close at 1,918.93. The market ended with 21 active securities, 4 of which advanced and 10 declined as a mere 988,659 units changed hands, valued at $3,655,969. There were 4 stocks closing with bids that were higher than their last selling prices and 3 ended with lower offers.
In trading, AMG Packaging closed with a gain of 10 cents at $11.10 with 27,099 units changing hands, CAC 2000 traded 1,000 shares and lost 47 cents to end at $6.53, Caribbean Cream traded 22,085 shares as the price rose 35 cents to end at $4.75, Caribbean Flavours had 5,300 shares changing hands to end at $7.55. Caribbean Producers traded 3,000 shares to end with a loss of 10 cents at $4.70, Consolidated Bakeries had 29,073 units trading, with a rise of 10 cents to end at $1.25, C2W Music fell 3 cents with 4,000 units changing hands to close at 37 cents. Derrimon Trading closed with 950 shares changing hands as the price slipped 21 cents to end at $4, Honey Bun had 26,150 units trading but lost 2 cents to end at $11.01, Iron Rock had 5,000 shares trading at $4, Jamaican Teas closed at $3.80 after trading 28,510 units.JM Trdng Sht-4-16 Jetcon Corporation closed at $2.90 after trading 306,956 shares, Key Insurance traded at a new high of $2.60 as 40,000 units changed hands with the price gaining 33 cents on the IPO price. KLE Group dropped 45 cents to close at $1.65 with 201,343 shares changing hands, Knutsford Express closed with 119 units changing hands to end at $22, Lasco Distributors lost 15 cents and ended with 177,390 units trading at $5.65. Lasco Financial ended at $3 with 7,077 shares changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing ended with 60,107 shares changing hands to close at $3.55, with a loss of 15 cents, Medical Disposables closed with a loss of 12 cents with 18,000 shares trading at $3.30 and tTech fell 48 cents with 17,500 shares trading to end at $4.