Main market stocks can gain 40% in 2018

Chart of main market showing the market trading in an upward sloping channel with the market currently trading just below the upper resistance line.

Last year was a great one for Jamaican stocks but an assessment of the market suggests that 2018 could be a grand year as well with overall price gains likely to be in excess of 40 percent.
Based on projected earnings for 2018, the average PE ratio suggests that the main market stock prices should grow by 26 percent. Falling interest rates could add another 20 percent to gains during the year, bringing overall gains to be in excess of 40 percent.
Technical readings of the market have the main market heading initially to around 390,000 points or 23 percent ahead of the December close, for the all Jamaica Index, before resistance sets in. Before moving much higher, later on.
Currently, the main market is caught in a wedge and trading just below the upper end of channel that can be traced to late 2015. The wedge could hold the market in consolidation mode for a short time, a month or two, before breaking out, most likely to the upside. (See Chart of market index.)
Last year was a great one for Jamaican stocks, with 14 of the 64 ordinary shares of companies that were listed prior to the December new listings, rising 100 percent or more and 16 rising between 50 and 81 percent.
IC Insider.com projects that many of the main market heavy weights will find it tough to repeat the strong gains they enjoyed in 2017, if that is the case, their impact on the market index is likely to be less than for 2017. Another factor that could make a repeat of 2017 tough, is the movement of interest rates. Last year, Treasury bill rates fell 29 percent from 6.56 percent to 4.83 percent, that level of decline, is unlikely to happen in 2018, even as some of the decline in the latter part of 2017 is yet to be fully reflected in the prices of stocks to date and should positively affect prices in 2018. IC Insider.com is forecasting rates on 182 days Treasury bill hitting 3 percent by the end of the 2018 first quarter. New listings could help move the indices in 2018, the likely impact is unknown at this point.
There are a number of other factors at play that are set to impact the market. Increasing employment is taking place with the highest number of persons employed in the country’s history. Attendant with that is the sharp fall in unemployment from more than 16.3 percent in 2013, to just over 10 percent in 2017. The annual net employment is growing around 30,000 persons per year and that could rise as the economy gains steam. This will mean more spending and increased tax collection for government. Alpart resumption of Alumina production is a big positive for the overall economy, for increased government revenues and more demand for local goods and services, some of which are provided by listed companies. The tourism sector is enjoying strong growth, apart from increasing foreign exchange intake for the country, will have direct impact on Jamaica Producers and Sagicor X Fund. Jamaica seems to be going through a construction boom with several new buildings under construction, Caribbean Cement and Berger Paints should benefit considerably from such developments.
Lower interest rates will reduce cost for many companies and revaluation of the Jamaican dollar also means lower cost but could result in lower revenues in some cases. More listings on the stock market will result in increased fee income for JSE and brokerage houses, from increased trading volumes.
The TOP 10 stocks include a few surprises while there are others that sit just outside the top stocks that investors may still want to keep a keen eye on. Investors should be looking beyond 2018 as medium term gains beyond 2018 could be strong for stocks that will benefit from current developments long term.
The TOP 10 selection is selling well below the average PE of the Main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange at just over 6.3 versus nearly 12 at the end of 2017. The hallmark of successful investing is buy low so one can sell high that is why the huge discount of the TOP 10 make them compelling choices. Successful investing is to work to be on top of the market so current sexy stocks are not the ones likely to be in the IC Insider.com’s list.
Barita Investments has moved more into fee based income and that is working well for them, with sharp growth, while net interest income stagnates. The prospects for continued strong growth in fee income continues with more investors seeking better returns than in the fixed interest market. The company should see a change in ownership soon and that could see a more aggressive approach to management that could optimize returns from exiting business and newer lines. Unrealized gains on investment ought to be factored into its earnings in valuing the stocks and that would boost its value considerably, the market is not paying attention.
Berger Paints is set to be a big winner with increasing sales coming from a buoyant construction sector resulting in increased profit and what IC Insider.com expects to be a healthy dose of dividend payments. It could become the next Carreras form a dividend yield standpoint but with growing profits. The company will benefit from lowering of overhead cost which was evident in 2017.
Jamaica Broilers continues to grow organically and from new business being acquired. Growth will continues as the Haitian market deliver greater returns form a growing market while the poultry demand in Jamaica continues to grow.
Caribbean Cement will benefit from lower operating cost, increased sales and a planned cut in financing of the lease which is said will cut hundreds of millions of dollars out of it cost that could come close to $2 per share per annum.
Palace Amusement Company, currently enjoying sell out cinemas with block busters hit is one of those unusual choices. It enjoys minimal trading but it could surprise on the upside if all goes well. Growth in the economy and increased employment will help to boost patronage going forward and will aid in profit growth as well.
JMMB Group put out outstanding Q3 results with a 39 percent increase in profit and strong gains in revenues, auguring well for 2019 outcome.

JMMB Group Q3 profit jumped 39% in 2018

The growth potential remains strong and investors in the stock will reap rich rewards down the road. Just one stock that requires patience. By the way Fees and commission income jumped an impressive 71 percent to $512 million in the quarter and 53 percent in the nine months, over the similar period in 2016 and should continue to do so going forward.
Radio Jamaica continues to disappoint with below expected revenues and profit. It could return to favour but needs to generate more income from advertising. This is one to accumulate for a payoff down the road.
The other three stocks, Sterling Investments, Grace Kennedy and Sagicor Group are undervalued and could deliver some decent returns to patient investors.
Below the TOP 10 are strong candidates to deliver decent returns this year and beyond, the list includes NCB Financial that is on a strong growth trajectory and recently listed Wisynco Group that should generate earnings around $1.10 for the 2019 fiscal year that starts in July.

Kingston Wharves jumps $5.55 to new high

Kingston Wharves jumped $5.55 to a record close on Tuesday.

Kingston Wharves closed at a new record high at the close of trading on Tuesday the Jamaica Stock Exchange with the price jumping sharply by $5.55 to $42.60, with 7,763 shares changing hands, the move helped the main market indices to close by more than 1,300 points at the close.
Market activity closed with 29 securities changing hands, as the prices 8 rose 13 declined and 8 traded unchanged. The JSE All Jamaican Composite Index surged 1,439.19 points to 317,974.26 and the JSE Index jumped 1,311.26 points to 289,710.51. This was the second consecutive day with strong gains in the indices.
The number of securities trading on the main market of rose on Tuesday but the value of shares traded dropped to low levels, leading to 5,490,162 shares valued at just $27,746,053 changing hands.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments ended 94 cents higher at $8.45, with 250 stock units, Berger Paints closed with a loss of 1 cent at $18, with 39,984 shares, Cable & Wireless concluded trading with a loss of 3 cents at $1.33, with 854 units, Carreras finished at $10.95, with 320,871 shares, Caribbean Cement settled 1 cent higher at $30.02, with 4,701 shares. Ciboney Group ended trading with a loss of 1 cent at 39 cents, with 970,762 shares, Grace Kennedy traded 40 cents higher at $43, with 3,269 stock units, Jamaica Broilers finished trading 20 cents higher at $18.20, with 6,457 units, Jamaica Producers closed 10 cents higher at $15.60, with 41,029 units. Jamaica Stock Exchange ended at $6.50, with 45,523 shares, JMMB Group concluded trading with a loss of 48 cents at $24.52, with 28,228 stock units, Mayberry Investments ended trading 5 cents higher at $5.15, with 1,950 shares. NCB Financial Group traded with a loss of 95 cents at $99, with 25,065 units, 1834 Investments finished trading at $1.20, with 2,314,148 shares, PanJam Investment ended $1.85 higher at $41.85, with 3,000 units, Pulse Investments finished at $1.80, with 6,387 shares. Radio Jamaica settled at $1.05, with 523,807 shares, Sagicor Group ended trading with a loss of 50 cents at $35.50, with 31,921 stock units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund ended trading with a loss of 1 cent at $14.85, with 17,600 shares. Salada Foods traded with a loss of $1.49 at $10.51, with 200 units, Scotia Group finished trading with a loss of $1 at $52, with 71,580 shares. Seprod closed with a loss of 40 cents at $29.60, with 195 shares, Sterling Investments ended at $9, with 4,750 shares, Supreme Ventures concluded trading with a loss of 1 cent at $11.99, with 5,795 stock units, Victoria Mutual Investments finished trading at $4.15, with 160,956 units. Wisynco Group settled at $10.75, with 802,550 shares and in the main market preference segment, JMMB Group 7.5% lost 1 cent to close at $1.03 with 567 shares and Proven Investments settled with a loss of 85 cents at $5.05, with 50,000 units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place. For more details of market activities, see “JSE in big rise again – Tuesday.”

JSE in big rise again – Tuesday

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Tuesday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index climbing 1,439.19 points to 317,974.26 and the JSE Index advancing by 1,311.26 points to 289,710.51.
Tuesday was the second consecutive day with gains of more than 1,300 in the market indices. The number of securities trading, rose above that on Monday, but the value traded fell sharply. Main market activity ended with 5,490,162 shares valued at a mere $27,746,053 changing hands, in contrast to 6,473,345 shares valued at $82,423,988 trading on Monday.
Main and US market activities ended with moderate trading levels, leading to prices of 8 securities rising, 14 falling, 9 trading firm as 31 securities changed hands, including 2 from the US market versus 27 that traded on Monday.
The major contributors to the total volume in the market include Ciboney with over 970,000 units, 1834 Investments trading over 2.3 million units, Radio Jamaica with more than 520,000 units and Wisynco with just over 800,000 units. Kingston Wharves jumped $5.55 to a new record high of $42.60, Barita Investments rose 94 cents to end at $8.45, while PanJam Investment rose $1.85 to $41.85, but NCB Financial lost 95 cents to close at $99, Salada Foods fell $1.49 to $10.51 and Scotia Group lost $1 to end at $52.
The US market closed with Margaritaville concluded trading at 22 US cents with 2,835 shares and Proven Investments fell 1.95 cents in exchanging 4,474 ordinary shares, to close at 21 US cents. The market closed with 132,964 shares trading with a value of US$27,986 and the JSE US Equities Index falling 8.95 points to close at 165.23.
Market activity ended with an average of 189,316 shares valued at $956,760, in contrast to 258,934 shares valued at $3,296,960 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 182,709 units valued at $3,152,487 and previously, 181,904 units valued at $3,455,707. January ended with an average of 239,900 units valued at $5,158,193 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and the US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closed with lower offers.

For more details of market activities see – Kingston Wharves jumps $5.55 to new high

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C&W and Wisynco in big trades on JSE

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Cable & Wireless with an exchange of 11,351,768 shares and Wisynco Group trading 4,146,449 units dominated trading with 88 percent of volume on the main market on Wednesday.
Market activity closed with 27 securities changing hands, leading to 17,559,021 shares valued at $97,721,084 changing hands. At the close the prices of 8 stocks rose, 10 declined and 9 traded firm.
At the close of the market the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 2,844.76 points to 315,947.37 and the JSE Index surged 2,591.90 points to 287,863.79.
In main market activity, Barita Investments ended with a loss of 50 cents at $7.50, with 100 stock units, Berger Paints closed with a loss of 15 cents at $17.35, with 143,691 shares, Cable & Wireless concluded trading at $1.36, with 11,351,768 units, Carreras finished with a loss of 25 cents at $11, with 799,248 shares, Caribbean Cement settled $1.50 higher at $34.50, with 26,394 shares. Grace Kennedy traded at $43.10, with 7,210 stock units, Jamaica Broilers finished trading 51 cents higher at $18.01, with 27,100 units, Jamaica Producers closed 40 cents higher at $16.90, with 17,262 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange ended with a loss of 50 cents at $6.50, with 86,312 shares. JMMB Group concluded trading $1 higher at $25, with 107,680 shares, Kingston Wharves settled at $33.50, with 24,000 units, Mayberry Investments ended trading with a loss of 1 cent at $5.99, with 1,270 shares, NCB Financial Group traded with a loss of 1 cent at $100.84, with 99,261 shares. 1834 Investments finished trading 10 cents higher at $1.30, with 11,877 shares, Pulse Investments ended with a loss of 19 cents at $1.80, with 30,876 shares, Radio Jamaica settled 2 cents higher at $1.07, with 17,435 shares, Sagicor Group ended trading with a loss of 40 cents at $35.60, with 126,082 stock units. Sagicor Real Estate Fund ended trading with a loss of 49 cents at $14.01, with 19,627 shares, Salada Foods traded with a loss of 50 cents at $10.50, with 1,355 units, Scotia Group finished trading 4 cents higher at $52.99, with 35,488 shares, Supreme Ventures concluded trading 28 cents higher at $11.98, with 92,495 stock units, Victoria Mutual Investments finished at $4.10, with 215,060 units and Wisynco Group gained 54 cents to $11.99, with 4,146,449 shares. In the main market preference segment, Jamaica Money Market 7.5% traded at $2, with 160,230 stock units, JMMB Group 7.5% closed at $1.17, with 9,651 shares, 138 Student Living ended at $6.15, with 1,000 shares, Proven Investments climbed 85 cents to a 52 weeks’ high of $5.90, with 100 units traded.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place. For more details of market activities, see “Big surge in JSE Main market – Wednesday.”

Trading picks up on JSE but prices dip

Jamaica Producers traded 2 million shares.

Market activity ended on Monday with 27 securities changing hands, leading to robust trading of 8,068,298 shares valued at $158,749,884. At the close only 8 stocks enjoyed a rise in price, 11 declined and 8 traded firm.
While three stocks traded more than 1 million units the market ended with an average of 298,826 units at $5,879,625. At the close of the market the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index dropped sharply by 3,788.87 points to 307,935.64 and the JSE Index dived 3,452.09 points to 280,564.20.
In main market activity, Barita Investments ended with a loss of 40 cents at $7.50, with 500 stock units, Berger Paints closed at $18, with 595,022 shares, Cable & Wireless concluded trading at $1.35, with 1,198,425 units, Carreras finished with a loss of 7 cents at $11.30, with 90,743 shares, Caribbean Cement plunged $4.50 to $30.50, with 100,300 shares trading. Ciboney Group ended trading with a loss of 7 cents at 27 cents, with 5,000 shares, Grace Kennedy traded at $43.45, with 291,775 stock units, Jamaica Broilers finished trading 50 cents higher at $18, with 529,600 units, Jamaica Producers closed with a loss of 50 cents at $16, with 2,009,809 shares. JMMB Group concluded trading with a loss of 1.5 cents at $24.50, with 71,211 shares, Kingston Wharves settled with a loss of $3 at $30.50, with 1,486 units, Mayberry Investments ended trading at $6.05, with 38,000 shares, NCB Financial Group traded with a loss of 21 cents at $99.59, with 259,556 shares. 1834 Investments finished trading at $1.20, with 12,919 shares, PanJam Investment ended at $41.25, with 8,108 units, Portland JSX concluded trading 30 cents higher at $11, with 2,000 shares, Pulse Investments finished 9 cents higher at $1.99, trading 8,084 shares. Radio Jamaica settled with a loss of 5 cents at $1.05, with 9,046 shares, Sagicor Group ended trading $1 higher at $36, with 676,952 stock units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund ended trading at $14, with 5,962 shares, Salada Foods traded at $12.50, with 1,735 units, Scotia Group finished trading 50 cents higher at $50.50, with 465,642 shares. Seprod closed with a loss of $1.19 at $28.81, with 874 shares, Supreme Ventures concluded trading with a loss of 25 cents at $11, with 77,665 stock units, VM Investments Limited finished 12 cents higher at $4.12, with 470,256 units and Wisynco Group settled 5 cents higher at $10.70, with 1,127,628 shares. In the main market preference segment, Jamaica Money Market traded at $2, with 10,000 stock units changing hands.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place. For more details of market activities, see “Main market in sharp fall – Monday.”

New listings dominate trading – Monday

VM Investments continues with high volume trades.

Newly listed, Victoria Mutual Investments and Wisynco Group, continue to dominate trading with the highest volume, accounting for 5.1 million of the 7.4 million units trading on Monday.
Market activity ended with 7,415,575 units valued at $202,124,322 trading from 28 securities changing hands, compared to 8,660,030 units.
At the close of trading on Monday the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index shed 1,847.64 points to 314,455.19 and the JSE Index fell 1,683.41 points to 286,504.23.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments concluded trading with a rise of 64 cents to $8.59, with just 100 units trading, Berger Paints finished with a loss of 20 cents at $17.80, with 10,610 shares, Cable & Wireless settled with a loss of 8 cents at $1.31, with 93,684 shares, Caribbean Cement ended trading $1.62 higher at $33.62, with 1,735 stock units. Carreras traded 3 cents higher at $11.43, with 67,864 units, Grace Kennedy closed with a loss of 45 cents at $43, with 17,243 shares, Jamaica Broilers ended at $18, with 22,947 stock units, Jamaica Producers concluded trading at $16.50, with 2,808 units. Jamaica Stock Exchange finished at $7, with 13,387 shares, JMMB Group settled with a loss of 65 cents at $24.35, with 54,386 shares, Kingston Wharves traded with a loss of 99 cents at $33, with 5,278 units, Mayberry Investments finished trading 69 cents higher at $6.79, with 36,270 shares. NCB Financial Group closed 10 cents higher at $99, with 1,500,810 shares, 1834 Investments ended 13 cents higher at $1.41, with 900 stock units, PanJam Investment concluded trading with a loss of $2 at $40, with 190,150 units, Pulse Investments settled with a loss of 9 cents at $2.10, with 56,090 shares, Radio Jamaica ended trading 5 cents higher at $1.10, with 100 stock units. Sagicor Group traded with a loss of 10 cents at $34.65, with 29,983 units, Sagicor Real Estate finished trading with a loss of 50 cents at $14.50, with 2,012 shares, Salada Foods closed at $11, with 34,000 shares, Scotia Group gained $1 to end at $53, with 12,970 stock units. Seprod concluded trading with a loss of $1 at $30, with 10,900 units, Supreme Ventures settled at $12, with 125,715 shares, VM Investments ended trading with a loss of 7 cents at $4, with 2,401,456 stock units and Wisynco Group traded with a loss of 41 cents at $10.39, with 2,722,139 units as investors continue to pocket gains from the IPO price.
In the main market preference segment, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.25% traded 100 units at $2.49, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.5% traded 1,838 units and rose 20 cents to close at $2 and JMMB Group 7.5% traded 100 units to close at $1.16.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place. For more details of market activities, see “JSE major indices drop sharply – Monday.”

Barita is back VM Investments out – TOP 10

There is only one change to the TOP 10 lists, since we last reported on it, with Victoria Mutual Investments rising to more than $4 from the IPO price of $2.45, after listing in December and is replaced by Barita Investments.
Junior market stocks show some noted position change due to price movements. Key Insurance slipped in price to move atop that list, while Jamaican Teas gained and moved into the second half of the listing. CAC2000 posted results that were just 2 cents lower than IC Insider.com’s forecast of 80 cents, with the price climbing to $7.31 at close of the week and should really be going higher based on those numbers. Access Financial climbed back to $42, pushing it to the bottom of the list.
Former TOP 10 listing, Main Event reported a 79 percent jump in earnings for 2018, to 38 cents per share before taxation, the price may bounce about for a while around the $6, until it is clear that 2018 earnings should hit 55 cents per share.
With the Initial Public offerings (IPOS) out of the way, more life returned to the secondary market this past week with the main market enjoying buoyant volumes and the Junior Market recording some recovery with more buying interest.
At the close of Friday, the average PE ratio for Junior Market Top stocks ended at 8.6 and 8.4 for the main market TOP 10. The average PE for the overall main market is 15 and 13.6 for the Junior Market, based on 2017 estimated earnings.
IC Insider.com’s TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 37 percent to the average of the market for Junior Market Top stocks and 44 percent for the main market.
Market Watch| Investors should still keep a keen eye on Caribbean Cement for which supply seems to be declining and word that the company is close to an agreement in refinancing the leased assets that is expected to result in major savings in cost for 2018 onwards. FosRich and GWest Corporation, pulled back from their highs this past week with FosRich hitting $2.50 in trading on Friday, this one could see some rebounding but GWest Corporation could decline some more. Others to be watched are, CAC2000, General Accident, Cable & Wireless, NCB Financial, Berger Paints, JMMB Group, Main Event, Lasco Financial, Paramount Trading and Stationery and Office. Wisynco pulled back this past week to $10.80 and may well trade around this level for a while with a PE of 15 times 2018 earnings, as profit taking continues.

VM Investments up 32% first trading day

VM Investments gained 32% to end at $3.24 on Friday

The latest listing on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, Victoria Mutual Investments, traded after listing on Friday and closed at $3.24 for a gain of 32 percent from its IPO price, after trading as high as $4 while trading 782,853 shares.
Wisynco that listed on Thursday, closed at $11.99 on heavy trading to gain 52 percent since the public issue in December.
The Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange concluded trading on Friday with 26 securities changing hands, 11 advanced, 4 declined and 11 traded firm with 10,210,190 units valued at $125,309,363.
Trading ended with the All Jamaican Composite Index surging 4,310.37 points to 316,516.11 for a gain of 50.6 percent for the year and the JSE Index jumping by 3,927.24 points to 288,381.97, ending 2017 with a rise of 50 percent versus 22 securities trading on Thursday.
In main market activity, Barita Investments concluded trading with a loss of 45 cents at $7.50, with 11,075 units, Berger Paints finished 4 cents higher at $16.55, with 12,000 shares, Cable & Wireless settled 15 cents higher at $1.25, with 918,469 shares, Caribbean Cement ended trading at $32.50, with 12,000 stock units, Carreras traded at $11.40, with 82,669 units. Grace Kennedy closed 75 cents higher at $43.75, with 118,915 shares, Jamaica Broilers ended with a loss of 30 cents at $17.70, with 13,300 stock units, JMMB Group ended trading $2 higher at $25, with 1,255,076 stock units, Jamaica Producers concluded trading at $16.70, with 104,033 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange finished 5 cents higher at $7.05, with 49,297 shares. Kingston Wharves ended trading at $32.50, with 9,204 stock units, Mayberry Investments traded at $6, with 89,353 units, NCB Financial finished trading $1.50 higher at $100, with 38,507 shares, PanJam Investment ended with a loss of 5 cents at $44.75, with 15,429 stock units. Radio Jamaica settled at $1.05, with 185,174 shares, Sagicor Group ended trading 1 cent higher at $38, with 136,913 stock units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund traded at $15, with 8,817 units, Salada Foods finished trading with a loss of 25 cents at $11.25, with 32,049 shares. Scotia Group closed $3.75 higher at $53.85, with 76,440 shares, Sterling Investments gained $1 and closed at $13, with 7,470 shares, Supreme Ventures ended trading at $11.50, with 515,544 stock units and Wisynco Group traded $1.90 higher to end at a closing record high of $11.99, with 5,090,376 units. In the main market preference segment, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.5% traded 550,000 units at $1.90, JMMB Group 7.5% traded 94,000 units at $1.15 and Proven Investments 8.25% ended with 1,227 units trading at $5.90.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place. For more details of market activities, see “JSE Main Market gains 50% for 2017.”

TOP 10 stocks – Watch for Wisynco

Wata produced by Wisynco

Movement in the TOP 10 lists, resulted in just one move out, while some changed positions notably on the list. Main Event was the sole stock dropping from the top list leaving room for Caribbean Cream to move in.
With the Initial Public offerings (IPOS) out of the way, more life returned to the secondary market this past week with the main market gaining strongly but Junior Market stocks continue to struggle but helped by gains in price of two new listings.
The year ahead will see a number of changes to the TOP listings with several of the current listing carrying over. Only ISP Finance so far is showing as a new likely TOP 10 listing for 2018 in the Junior Market. The main market list is likely to see about 4 new entrants for 2018, with Cable & Wireless, Barita Investments, Palace Amusement and Wisynco depending on when it list, joining the top stocks. Radio Jamaica sits just below the TOP 10 and could well squeeze into the 10 by the start of 2018. Profit results for the fourth quarter, are likely to impact prices of most stocks as the information will provide important fuel for price movements.
At the close of Friday, the average PE ratio for Junior Market Top stocks ended at 7.9 and 8.2 for the main market TOP 10. The average PE for the overall main market is 14.2 and 13.4 for the Junior Market, based on 2017 estimated earnings.
IC Insider.com’s TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 41 percent to the average of the market for Junior Market Top stocks and 42 percent for the main market.
Market Watch| Investors should still keep a keen eye on Caribbean Cement for which supply seems to be declining with the focus on refinancing of leased assets that is expected to result in major savings in cost for 2018 onwards. FosRich and GWest Corporation, the recent IPOs, started trading on the Junior Market last week with strong gains so far, they should be watched in the few trading days left for the year, to glean further directions as both are now richly priced. Others to be watched are, General Accident, Cable & Wireless , NCB Financial, Berger Paints, JMMB Group, Main Event, Lasco Financial, Paramount Trading and Stationery and Office. Wisynco could start trading this week and is expected to create some excitement with the issue more about twice oversubscribed.

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TOP 10 stocks – Watch FosRich on Tuesday

With the Initial Public offerings (IPOS) out of the way, more life returned to the secondary market this past week resulting in some changes to the TOP 10 lists.
Initial Public offerings for 2017 now seem to be over until they reappear in January, with Sygnus Capital Investments planning to be out of the block early. Others that were prepared to go in December could come to market in January, the start of what now appears to be another interesting year for local stocks. Coming Tuesday in the wider market, FosRich Group, the recent IPO will list and start trading on the Junior Market.
Prior to the past week, the focus on IPOs negatively affected trading in the secondary market with the Junior Market giving up almost all the gains make in the first half of the year and is still trading close to the low for the year.
The past week ended with Main Event as the only new entrant into the TOP 10 Junior Market stocks, with Blue Power leaving, as the price rose back to the $44. Sagicor Group returns to the Main Market list pushing out Pulse Investments. Interestingly, General Accident jumped to $3 by week end with limited supplies and slipped to number 2 on the list.
Investors should bear in mind that as the year closes, there will be changes to the TOP list for 2018, with a number on the current list, expected to repeat, but there will be new ones.
At the close of Friday, the average PE ratio for Junior Market Top stocks ended at 8.1 and a PE of 8.2 for the main market TOP 10. The average PE for the overall main market is 14.2 and 12.8 for the Junior Market, based on 2017 estimated earnings.
IC Insider.com’s TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 36 percent to the average of the market for Junior Market Top stocks and 44 percent for the main market.
Market Watch| The two markets seem to have found support this past week after retreating sharply over the prior two weeks. Investors should still keep a keen eye on Caribbean Cement for which supply seems to be declining fast and a focus on refinancing leased assets is expected to result in major savings in cost for 2018 onwards. FosRich, the recent IPO that starts trading on the Junior Market on Tuesday, General Accident, Cable & Wireless that appears scarce under $1, NCB Financial, Berger Paints, JMMB Group, Main Event, Lasco Financial, Paramount Trading and Stationery and Office.