Juniors close above 1,500 – first time

The junior market index closed above 1,500 points on Friday & could be heading for over 2,000 mark but not just yet.

The junior market index closed above 1,500 points on Friday & could be heading for over 2,000 mark but not just yet.

The junior market crossed over the 1,400 mark on Wednesday and closed with a rise of 20.35 at 1,512.59 points on Friday. The junior market gained 12 percent for this week as the index grew by 187.64 points and brings the total gains to 120 percent for the year against all stocks on the market rising 79 percent based on the combined index.
The junior market ended trading in 14 securities as 5 stocks advanced and 4 declined. A total of 3,259,403 units, valued at $12,418,302 changed hands. The market ended with 3 stocks closing at new 52 weeks’ high and 1 at 52 weeks’ intraday high. Three (3) securities ended with no bids to buy and 9 had no stocks being offered for sale. A total of 5 stocks closed with bids higher than the last traded prices and 1 closed with a lower offer.
In trading, AMG Packaging closed at $5 with 1,710 units changing hands, Blue Power closed at $13 with 11,908 units trading, Caribbean Cream ended with 102,200 shares changing hands at a new 52 weeks’ high of $4.35 to gain 40 cents, Caribbean Flavours traded 1,218,881 units to end at a new 52 weeks’ high of $4.60. Consolidated Bakeries fell 30 cents to end at $1.65, with 233,930 units changing hands, Derrimon Trading ended with 10,000 shares trading at $3, Dolphin Cove had 7,800 shares changing hands at $13 after rising 50 cents, JM - Trade 6-11-15General Accident gained 10 cents with 4,000 shares trading, in closing at $2, Honey Bun ended with 84,605 units changing hands at $5.20. Jamaican Teas fell 10 cents with 109,490 shares trading, to close at $3.80, KLE Group ended with 15,000 units trading at 45 cents, Lasco Distributors closed with 171,484 shares changing hands with a gain of 45 cents to $4, for a new all-time closing high. Lasco Financial closed with an increase of 15 cents at a new 52 weeks’ high $2.95 with a total of 731,001 shares changing hands and Lasco Manufacturing fell 10 cents to end at $3.80 with 557,394 shares changing hands.

Juniors just 8 points from 1,500

Lasco Distributors closed at a new high on Thursday of $4

Lasco Distributors closed at a new high on Thursday of $4

The junior market just crossed over the 1,400 mark on Wednesday and closed less than 8 points from the 1,500 marks as bulls continue to their forward march. At the close on Thursday the index climbed 4.5 percent or 64.32 to at another record close of 1,492.24. The junior market ended trading in 17 securities as 8 stocks advanced and 4 declined. A total of 2,644,357 units, valued at $8,917,979 changed hands.
The market ended with 4 stocks closing at new 52 weeks’ high, while 3 securities ended with no bids to buy and 11 had no stocks being offered for sale. A total of 5 stocks closed with bids higher than the last traded prices and 2 closed with lower offers.
In trading, AMG Packaging closed with a gain of 15 cents to end at $5 with 10,575 units changing hands, Blue Power closed at $13 with 8,900 units changing hands, Caribbean Flavours traded 410,645 units to end at $4.50, Caribbean Producers traded 467,769 units and ended at $3.05. Consolidated Bakeries gained 15 cents to end at $1.95, with 10,000 units changing hands. Dolphin Cove had 6,739 shares changing hands at $12.50 after rising $1.47, General Accident ended with 37,959 shares changing hands, in closing at $1.90, Honey Bun ended with 14,160 units trading with a gain of 10 cents close at a new 52 weeks’ high of $5.20. Jamaican Teas had 10,501 shares trading, to close at $3.90, Knutsford Express closed with 19,622 shares trading, with a loss of 45 cents at $6.55, KLE Group end with 130,073 units trading at 45 cents for a rise of 1 cent, Lasco Distributors ended with 237,120 shares changing hands and closed with a gain of 45 cents at $4, for a new all-time closing high.JM - Trade 5-11-15 Lasco Financial closed with an increase of 15 cents at a new 52 weeks’ high $2.70, after trading earlier at $2.80, with a total of 774,689 shares changing hands. Lasco Manufacturing fell 10 cents to end at $3.80 with 349,918 shares changing hands, Medical Disposables closed at $3.40 with 108,574 shares trading and lost 10 cents, Paramount Trading ended with 3,102 shares changing hands and gained of 11 cents to $7.21 for a new 52 weeks’ high and Sweet River ended with 44,011 units changing hands at $3.86 after losing 1 cent.

Q4 Profit jumps 215% at AMG

AMG Packaging enjoyed a great year to August, with 74 percent jump in profits to $79 million over 2014 and 86 percent before expenses incurred for the new toilet tissue operation. For the last quarter of the fiscal year things were even better with a 215 percent jump to $27 million.

AMG Packaging report big gains in profit for 2015

AMG Packaging report big gains in profit for 2015

Earnings per share for the full year to August amount to 78 cents, up from 45 cents in 2014.
A sharp $4.5 million fall in fuel cost and repairs and maintenance respectively, a 50 percent cut in selling and distribution expenses amounting to $7 million, and lesser declines in wages, electricity along with an increase in revenues helped to improve gross profit, margins and the results for the year.
Gross cash flow generated from operations came in at $92 million, up from $58 million in 2014. Going forward its unclear what impact the new operations will have, barring any major losses IC Insider is forecasting $1.05 per share after tax for 2016, the first year of reduced taxation will be payable. The company paid dividends of $18.4 million during the fiscal year and in the prior year $20.5 million.
Looks like a greater stability in raw material cost and attention paid to cost in a number of areas, paid rich dividend in the past four quarters and in particular the final quarter. Cost of sales fell from $491 million in 2014 to $484 million and gross profit jumped to $149.4 million from $116 million, an increase of 28.6 percent. Revenues rose moderately by 3 percent for the quarter to $172 million and 4 percent increase for the full year to hit $633 million. While the growth in revenues may not appear electric closer look indicates a growth of around 7 percent on a quarter over quarter basis for the last 4 quarters.
Administrative expenses rose from $48.5 million to $51.4 million in 2015 and finance cost declined form $10 million to $8.7 million.
Borrowings grew to $151.6 million while cash funds rose $64 million from $22 million in 2014. The balance sheet shows $59 million deposited to purchase equipment for the new tissue operation. Current assets stood at $335 million and current liabilities at $60 million. Equity capital grew to $377 million from $316 million.
AMG Packaging is in the business of manufacturing paper based boxes for the packaging and its shares are listed on the junior market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange and last traded at $4.80 with a gain of 82 percent for the year to date.

Junior at new record close on Friday

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Consolidated Bakeries with their Purity brand closed at a new 52 weeks' high on Friday

Consolidated Bakeries with their Purity brand closed at a new 52 weeks’ high on Friday

The junior market enjoyed wide spread trading as 14 securities were active and the market index rose 13.41 points to end at a new all-time closing of 1,324.96. A total of 4,209,966 units, valued at $13,863,050 changed hands, as 5 stocks advanced and 5 declined.
The market ended with 2 stocks closing at a 52 weeks’ high while 3 securities ended with no bids to buy and 7 had no stocks being offered for sale. A total of 7 stocks closed with bids higher than the last traded prices and none closed with a lower offer.
In trading, AMG Packaging closed at $4.80 with 11,653 units changing hands, the company reported big increase in profits after trading closed, with earnings for the full year to August of 78 cents per share, up from 45 cents in 2014. Blue Power had 12,850 shares changing hands at $13, Caribbean Cream with 733,032 shares changing hands ended at $3.40, Caribbean Flavours gained 6 cents while trading 68,950 units at $4.06, Caribbean Producers traded 51,000 units for a loss of 9 cents to end at $3.01. Consolidated Bakeries traded 417,000 shares, to end at $2 with a gain of 10 cents, for a 52 weeks’ high. Derrimon Trading had 71,260 units trading at $2.80 at the close with a loss of 20 cents, Dolphin Cove recovered from the big loss on Wednesday, to end at $13, with a gain of $1.40 on Friday, as 130,300 units changed hands.JM - Trade sht 30-10-15
General Accident ended with 65,155 shares changing hands at $1.70 after falling 20 cents, Knutsford Express traded 778 shares at $6.50. Lasco Distributors with 924,890 shares changing hands and closed with a loss of 30 cents to $3.10. Lasco Financial closed with a 15 cents decline at $2.40 after trading earlier at $2.60. A total of 597,056 shares changed hands, Lasco Manufacturing traded 804,759 shares to end with an increase of 3 cents to $3.43, Medical Disposables ended with 331,133 units changing hands to end with a gain of 50 cents to a new all-time high of $3 and Derrimon Trading 11.75% preference share had just 3,000 units changing hands at $2.20.

11 junior stocks rose 2 down

Dolphin Cove share recover some of Wednesday's losses.

Dolphin Cove share recover some of Wednesday’s losses.

The junior market enjoyed wide spread trading as 16 securities were active but the market index rose 23.19 points to close at 1,311.54. A total of 1,859,693 units, valued at $6,149,063 changed hands as 11 stocks advanced and 2 declined.
The market ended with 1 stock closing at a 52 weeks’ high while 3 securities ended with no bids to buy and 7 had no stocks being offered for sale. A total of 3 stocks closed with bids higher than the last traded prices and none closed with a lower offer.
In trading, AMG Packaging lost 9 cents to close at $4.80 with 51,861 units changing hands, Blue Power had 12,850 shares changing hands at $13, Cargo Handlers closed at a new 52 weeks’ high of 33 with 9,000 shares while adding $1. Caribbean Cream rose 20 cents and closed at $3.40 with 304,730 shares changing hands. Caribbean Producers traded 18,000 units for a gain of 2 cents to end at $3.10, Consolidated Bakeries traded 256,212 shares to end at $1.90 with a gain of 25 cents, for a 52 weeks’ high, Dolphin Cove recovered from the big loss on Wednesday, to gain $1.60, with 51,015 units changing hands, to end at $11.60. JM - Trade sht 29-10-15General Accident ended with 30,000 shares changing hands at $1.90, Honey Bun traded 19,052 shares at $5 to gain 82 cents, Jamaican Teas had 22,043 shares trading for 2 cents more at $3,42, KLE Group traded down 1 cent at 44 cents with 29,000 units, Knutsford traded 222 shares and gained 30 cents to a new all-time high of $6.50. Lasco Distributors with 486,615 shares changing hands, closed with a gain of 35 cents for a closing 52 weeks’ high of $3.41, after the price hit $3.45, during trading. Lasco Financial closed with a 15 cents gain to $2.60 after trading earlier at $2.67, a total of 307,061 shares changed hands, Lasco Manufacturing traded 162,035 shares to end with an increase of 15 cents to $3.40 and Medical Disposables ended with 99,997 units changing hands to end at $2.50.

Access sheds 22% in 2 days

Access fell 22% in 2 days to $10.50

Access fell 22% in 2 days to $10.50

Access Financial shed 22 percent in value in just two days as one investor speedily offloaded 228,000 shares between today and Tuesday. The junior market enjoyed wide spread trading as 13 securities were active but the market index fell 8.06 points to close at 1,288.35.
A total of 3,241,986 units, valued at $12,588,381 changed hands as 3 stocks advanced and 8 declined. The market ended with 1 stock closing at a 52 weeks’ high while 3 securities ended with no bids to buy and 6 had no stocks being offered for sale. A total of 5 stocks closed with bids higher than the last traded prices and none closed with a lower offer.
In trading, Access Financial closed with a loss of $2 to $10.50 with 170,271 units changing hands, AMG Packaging lost 1 cent to close at $4.99 with 200 units changing hands, Caribbean Cream fell 15 cents and closed at $3.20 with 19,195 shares changing hands. Caribbean Flavours closed at $4 with 145,904 shares changing hands, Caribbean Producers traded 557,978 units for a loss of 2 cents to end at $3.08, Consolidated Bakeries traded 17,444 shares to end at $1.65, Derrimon Trading ended with 1,400 shares changing hands at a 52 weeks’ high of $3. Dolphin Cove lost $1.20 with 295,515 units changing hands to end at $10, after trading, the company reported a 4 percent increase in profit after tax for the nine months to September, of $412 million over the outturn for the 2014 and a 17 percent increase in the September quarter, to $128 million. JM - Trade sht 28-10-15 General Accident ended with 400,882 shares changing hands and fell 15 cents to $1.90, Lasco Distributors with 442,302 shares changing hands, closed 5 cents higher at $3.06 after hitting $3.40 during trading. Lasco Financial lost ground with results that were flat, but with promise of improvement later, fell 18 cents to $2.45, after trading earlier at $2.65, with 841,230 shares changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing traded 270,065 shares to end at $3.25 while gaining 14 cents and Medical Disposables ended with 80,000 units changing hands for 5 cents lower to end at $2.50.

Junior market slips below 1,300 on Tuesday

Consolidated Bakeries with their Purity brand closed at a new 52 weeks' high on Tuesday

Consolidated Bakeries with their Purity brand closed at a new 52 weeks’ high on Tuesday

The junior market enjoyed wide spread trading as 13 securities changed hands leading to the market index falling 19.83 points to close at 1,296.41. A total of 3,546,444 units, valued at $11,640,858 changed hands as 7 stocks advanced and 5 declined.
The market ended with 4 stocks closing at 52 weeks’ high and one traded at an intraday high. At the close 3 securities ended with no bids to buy, while 5 had no stocks being offered for sale. A total of 5 stocks closed with bids higher than the last traded prices and none closed with a lower offer.
In trading, Access Financial closed with a loss of 36 cents to $12.50 with 57,729 units changing hands, AMG Packaging closed with a gain of 63 cents at $5 with 43,796 units changing hands for a 52 weeks’ high, Caribbean Cream rebounded with a 15 cents rise and closed at $3.35 with 1,170,036 shares changing hands. Caribbean Flavours fell 8 cents to $4 with 300,685 shares changing hands, Caribbean Producers traded 346,000 units for a gain of 14 cents end at $3.10, Consolidated Bakeries traded 20,556 shares with a gain of 15 cents to end at $1.65, to close at a new 52 weeks’ high.JM indx 27-10-15 Dolphin Cove had 4,585 units changing hands to end at $11.20 having lost $1.80, KLE Group ended with 39,000 shares changing hands and gained 2 cents to end at 45 cents. Lasco Distributors with 532,514 shares changing hands, closed 5 cents lower at $3.01 after hitting an intraday for a 52 weeks high of $3.40, Lasco Financial gained 23 cents and closed at $2.63 to close at a 52 weeks high while 740,049 shares changed hands. Lasco Manufacturing traded 283,090 shares to end at $3.11 while shedding 34 cents, Paramount Trading ended with 4,504 units changing hands for 10 cents higher to end at $7.10 and Derrimon Trading preference share ended with 1,400 shares changing hands to end at $2.20

Junior market brakes 1,300 Mark

AMG Packaging closed at a new 52 weeks' high on Friday

AMG Packaging closed at a new 52 weeks’ high on Friday

The junior market closed over the 1,300 mark for the first time on Friday, gaining 91 percent so far for 2015 and is heading even higher as several junior market stocks are undervalued. Trading resulted in 14 securities traded as the market index rose by 17.52 points to 1,310.65 for a new closing high. A total of 1,446,535 units, valued at $6,684,912 changed hands as 10 stocks advanced and 1 declined.
The market ended with 4 stocks closing at 52 weeks’ high. 4 securities ended with no bids to buy, while 7 had no stocks being offered for sale. A total of 8 stocks closed with bids higher than the last traded prices and none closed with a lower offer.
In trading, AMG Packaging closed with a gain of 57 cents at a 52 weeks’ high of $4.37 with 13,830 units changing hands, Caribbean Cream rebounded with a 20 cents gain and closed at $3.30 with 97,766 shares changing hands. Caribbean Flavours rose 18 cents to $3.98 with 270,000 shares changing hands to close at a new 52 weeks’ high. Caribbean Producers traded 31,000 units with a loss of 49 cents end at $2.50, Derrimon Trading had 32,804 units changing hands to end at $2.40 having gained 10 cents, Dolphin Cove rose 10 cents in trading 220,000 shares, to end at $13. General Accident ended with 80,000 shares changing hands, gained 30 cents and ended at a 52 weeks’ high of $2.20,JM - Trade sht 23-10-15 Jamaican Teas had 30,000 units changing hands for 9 cents higher to end at $3.44. Lasco Distributors with 22,240 shares changing hands, closed 8 cents higher at $2.95, Lasco Financial gained 4 cents and closed at $2.45 while 427,767 shares changed hands. Lasco Manufacturing traded 192,350 shares to end at $3.30, Medical Disposables closed at $2.55 with 883 shares trading, Paramount Trading ended with 15,000 shares changing hands with a rise of 50 cents to end at $7 for a 52 weeks’ high and Eppley 9.5% preference share, closed at $6 with 12,095 units trading.

Another new record close for juniors

Caribbean Flavours traded at a 52 weeks' high of $3.50.

Caribbean Flavours traded at a 52 weeks’ high of $3.50.

The junior market ended at a new record  high at the close, with 13 securities traded and the junior market index rising by 23.09 points to 1,285.78 with 1,356,689 units, valued at $3,717,777 changing hands while 7 stocks advanced and 3 declined.
The market ended with 5 securities closing with no bids to buy, while 4 had no stocks being offered for sale. A total of 8 stocks closed with bids higher than the last traded prices and 1 closed with a lower offer.
In trading, AMG Packaging closed with a loss of 8 cents with 26,909 units changing hands at $3.80 at the end of trading, Cargo Handlers ended with 712 shares changing hands, for a gain of $1 and closed at a new all-time high of $32, Caribbean Cream price slipped 7 cents and closed at $3.23 with 75,719 shares changing hands. Caribbean Flavours traded at a new 52 weeks’ high of $3.50 with 23,708 shares as the price rose 20 cents, Caribbean Producers traded 7,100 units to end at $3, Consolidated Bakeries rose 2 cents in traded 173,007 shares, to end at $1.20. Derrimon Trading ended with 335 shares changing hands to gain 3 cents and end at $2.33, Honey Bun had 10,222 units changing hands at $4, for an increase of 35 cents. Jamaican Teas had just 7,175 shares changing hands at $3.35, Knutsford Express traded 5,000 shares at $6.15 after adding 15 cents for a new all-time high, Lasco Distributors with 66,215 shares changing hands, closed at $2.83. Lasco Financial closed at a new all-time high of $2.50 while 549,875 shares changed hands with the price rising 24 cents and Lasco Manufacturing traded 410,712 shares to end at $3.35 after trading shedding 10 cents.

Juniors up on Thursday with 5 gains

Caribbean Flavours traded at a 52 weeks' high of $3.30.

Caribbean Flavours traded at a 52 weeks’ high of $3.30.

Focus on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday was mostly on main market stocks with only 7 junior market securities trading up to midday. By the close, 10 securities traded and the junior market index was up 27.38 points to 1,232.17 with 2,227,302 units, valued at $6,746,786 changing hands as 5 stocks advanced and 1 declined.
The market ended with 5 securities ended with no bids to buy, while 3 had no stocks being offered for sale. A total of 7 stocks closed with bids higher than the last traded prices and 2 closed with lower offers.
In trading, AMG Packaging gained 8 cents to close at $3.88, with 1,072,687 units changing hands, Caribbean Cream fell 8 cents to $3.30 with 2,000 shares changing hands, Caribbean Flavours added 22 cents in trading 10,000 units at an all-time high of $3.30, JM - Trade sht 15-10-15Caribbean Producers traded 51,678 units and gained of 20 cents to end at $3. Consolidated Bakeries had 169,000 units changing hands at $1.18, Derrimon Trading had 635,700 shares changing hands at $2.30, KLE Group traded 10,000 units at 43 cents. Lasco Distributors rose 29 cents with 20,000 shares changing hands and closed at $2.80, Lasco Financial closed at $2.25 while 156,219 shares changed hands and Lasco Manufacturing traded 100018 shares to end at $3.29 after trading gaining 28 cents.