Trading activity rises on JSE Main Market

Trading climbed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Friday, with a 220 percent jump in the volume of stocks traded and a more moderate rise of 39 percent in value compared to Thursday’s activities, with trading in 57 securities up from 55 on Thursday, with prices of 16 stocks rising, 20 declining and 21 ending unchanged, and ending with the market index dropping.
JMMB Group and Pulse Investments traded at intraday 52 weeks’ low of $21.90 and $1.34 respectively.
The market closed with an exchange of 26,181,772 shares for $59,057,741 compared with 8,176,004 units at $42,458,252 on Thursday.
Trading averaged 459,329 shares at $1,036,101 up from 148,655 units at $771,968 on Thursday and month to date, an average of 1,182,094 units at $11,365,796 down from 1,276,584 stocks at $12,716,237 on the prior day and June with an average of 246,425 units at $1,945,941.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 11.73 million shares for 45.1 percent of total volume followed by Palace Amusement with 10.10 million units for 38.9 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Manufacturing & Distribution Fund with 1.63 million units for 6.3 percent of the day’s trade.
The All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 439.53 points to end the day at 357,690.12, the JSE Main Index fell 675.66 points to close at 318,897.75 and the JSE Financial Index fell 0.06 points to cease trading at 67.31.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 13.9. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are based on last traded prices and earnings forecasts by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending around August 2025.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close of market activity, AS Bryden fell $1 to $37 as investors exchanged 8,526 stock units, Barita Investments climbed 60 cents and ended at $74.60, with 2,780 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement rose $2.39 to close at $64.50 after an exchange of 4,141 units. Eppley rallied $3.67 to finish at $38.67 with a transfer of 7,149 stocks, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund sank $3.38 in closing at $37.60 with investors swapping 6 shares, GraceKennedy popped 41 cents to end at $73.99 in an exchange of 12,024 units. Guardian Holdings declined $10.99 to $349 with investors trading 77 stocks, Jamaica Stock Exchange advanced 95 cents to end at $11.50 in an exchange of 1,630 stock units, Massy Holdings shed $7.90 in closing at $80 with traders dealing in 3,146 shares. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy increased $18 and ended at $108 after an exchange of 14 stock units, NCB Financial gained 79 cents to finish at $57.89 after 25,247 stocks passed through the market, Pan Jamaica rose $1.78 to close at $49.30 after a transfer of 3,442 units. Proven Investments dropped 88 cents to $19.07 with investors trading 2,528 shares, Seprod sank 90 cents to close at $79, with 1,896 stocks crossing the exchange and Sygnus Credit Investments slipped $1.04 to end at $10.95 in trading 10,154 units.
In the preference segment, Jamaica Public Service 9.5% lost $1 in closing at $2,699 after 51 stock units were exchanged and Sygnus Credit Investments C10.5% dipped $2 and ended at $108, with 2,659 shares crossing the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Gains for JSE Main Market on Thursday

Trading sank well below the previous day’s levels on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Thursday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 55 percent with the value plunging 73 percent lower than on Wednesday, with trading in 55 securities compared with 57 on Wednesday, with prices of 19 rising, 18 declining and 18 ending unchanged.
The market closed on Thursday with 8,176,004 shares being traded for $42,458,252 compared to 17,985,127 units at $154,395,179 on Wednesday.
Trading averaged 148,655 shares at $771,968 compared to 315,529 units at $2,708,687 on Wednesday and for the month to date, an average of 1,276,584 stock units at $12,716,237 compared with 1,439,408 units at $14,440,476 on the previous day and June with an average of 246,425 units at $1,945,941.
Sagicor Select Financial Fund led trading with 2.56 million shares for 31.3 percent of total volume followed by Caribbean Producers with 2.45 million stocks for 29.9 percent of the day’s trade and Wigton Windfarm with 977,128 units for 12 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index advanced 1,003.17 points to settle at 358,129.65, the JSE Main Index rallied 1,098.84 points to close at 319,573.41 and the JSE Financial Index added 0.40 points to end at 67.37.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 14. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are based on last traded prices and earnings forecasts by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending around August 2025.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows eight stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of trading, AS Bryden rallied $1.98 and ended at $38 in switching ownership of 13,248 stock units, Barita Investments popped 40 cents to $74, with 4,300 shares crossing the market, Caribbean Cement skidded $2.09 to finish at $62.11 in trading 6,297 stocks. Eppley fell 50 cents to close at $35 with 7,702 units crossing the exchange, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund climbed $3.88 in closing at $40.98 with traders dealing in 34 stocks, Jamaica Stock Exchange sank 54 cents to end at $10.55 in an exchange of 10,687 shares. JMMB Group dropped 50 cents to $23.39, with 54,461 units crossing the market, Key Insurance rose 40 cents to $2.05 with investors dealing in 1,360 stock units, Massy Holdings gained $1.90 and ended at $87.90 after closing after an exchange of 1,310 shares. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy advanced $2 to finish at $90 as investors exchanged 20 stocks, NCB Financial sank 78 cents to close at $57.10 with a transfer of 27,346 units, Proven Investments increased 95 cents to end at $19.95 after an exchange of 296 stock units and Scotia Group climbed $1.46 to $45.46, with 2,256 shares changing hands.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Beryl ruffled no ICTOP10 feathers

Hurricane Beryl while not flattening the Jamaica stock market sucked much life out during the week, with volumes and values falling sharply as the markets held up well following the end of month activity in the prior week, with the Main Market being flat and sight slippage for the Junior Market.
The Junior Market ICTOP10 closed with two stocks rising and two declining with notable losses. The Main Market has three stocks with notable gains and two losses of size.
The Junior Market ICTOP10, Caribbean Assurance mark  and closed the week up 16 percent to close at $3.85, tTech climbed 14 percent to $2.39. Caribbean Cream continues to suffer from a lack of good corporate governance by not providing investors with up-to-date information on its performance in the absence of full year and interim results, accordingly, the stocks keep on meandering between a low of $3 and $4 range, dropping 13 percent to $3.31 followed by One great Studio, down 7 percent to 83 cents.
Margaritaville the best performer in the Main Market TOP10 climbed 14 percent to $15.45, Berger Paints was up 5 percent in closing at $8.98 and Guardian Holdings popped 4 percent to close at $359.99. Declining stocks are General Accident dipping 9 percent to $6.30 and JMMB Group falling 4 percent to $24.
Iron Rock Insurance drops out of the TOP10 with trading in the stock suspended and is replaced by Dolla Financial that fell back in price during the week following the big month end run up last week.
The average PE for the JSE Main Market ICTOP 10 stands at 5.1, well below the market average of 13.9 and the Junior Market TOP10 sits at 6.7, just over half of the market, with an average of 12.9.
The Main Market ICTOP10 is projected to gain an average of 299 percent by May 2025, based on 2024 forecasted earnings and providing better values than the Junior Market with the potential to achieve 212 percent over the same period.
In the Main Market ICTOP 10, a total of 17 of the most highly valued stocks representing 33 percent of the Main Market are priced at a PE of 15 to 102, with an average of 29 and 19 excluding the highest PE ratios, and a PE of 23 for the top half and 16 excluding the stocks with overweight values.
In the Junior Market IC TOP10 are 16 stocks, or 34 percent of the market, with PEs ranging from 15 to 51, averaging 20, well above the market’s average. The average PE for the top half of the market is 18, possibly the lowest fair value measure for stocks currently.
ICTOP10 focuses on likely yearly winners, accordingly, the list includes some of the best companies in the market, but this is not always so. ICInsider.com ranks stocks based on projected earnings, allowing investors to focus on the most undervalued stocks and helping to remove emotions in selecting stocks for investments that often result in costly mistakes.
IC TOP10 stocks will likely deliver the best returns on or around May 2025 and are ranked in order of potential gains, computed using projected earnings for the current fiscal year. Expected values will change as stock prices fluctuate, resulting in weekly movements in and out of the lists. Revisions to earnings are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

Persons who compiled this report may have an interest in securities commented on in this report.

Depressed Main Market trading

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Trading remained low on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market at the close of the market on Friday, two days the following the closure of trading on Wednesday, with passage of Hurricane Beryl that affected the island. The volume of stocks traded declined 21 percent and the value rose 34 percent more than on Thursday, with trading in 50 securities similar to activity on Thursday, with prices of 18 stocks rising, 17 declining and 15 ending unchanged with Pulse Investments trading at a 52 weeks’ low of $1.41.
The market closed with 2,858,995 shares trading for just $16,546,674 compared with 3,640,057 units at just $12,309,649 on Thursday, the day the market reopened  following the passage of the hurricane Beryl on  Wednesday.
Trading averaged 57,180 shares at $330,933 compared to 72,801 units at $246,193 on Thursday and month to date, an average of 137,808 units at $577,977 compared with 162,241 stocks at $652,838 on the previous day and June that closed with an average of 246,425 units at $1,945,941.
Transjamaican Highway led trading with 1.56 million shares for 54.6 percent of total volume followed by Wigton Windfarm with 378,147 units for 13.2 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 250,108 units for 8.7 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index sank 2,298.32 points to 357,397.41, the JSE Main Index dropped 1,249.94 points to end at 319,256.54 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.19 points to 67.15.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 14.8. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are based on last traded prices and earnings forecast by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending around August 2025.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 13 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, AS Bryden increased $1.50 to close at $37.50 with investors trading 15 shares, Caribbean Cement climbed $2.99 to $64.99 with an exchange of 67,932 stock units, Caribbean Producers rose 40 cents in closing at $10, with 121,070 units crossing the market. Carreras rallied 42 cents to end at $9.70 in switching ownership of 17,684 Astocks, GraceKennedy slipped 50 cents and ended at $73.50 with investors dealing in 6,249 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange sank $1.64 to finish at $10.26 as 50 stocks passed through the market. JMMB Group skidded $1.07 and ended at $23.41 as investors exchanged 742 shares, Pan Jamaica fell $2.94 to $47 after 800 stock units changed hands, Sagicor Group lost 50 cents in closing at $40 in an exchange of 15,013 shares. Scotia Group popped 50 cents to close at $45.50 and closed with an exchange of 8,599 units, Stanley Motta advanced 44 cents to end at $5.96 in trading 1,310 stocks, Sygnus Credit Investments gained 97 cents to finish at $12.02 with 902 stock units crossing the market and Sygnus Real Estate Finance dropped $1.15 and ended at $9.50 with investors swapping 720 shares.
In the preference segment, 138 Student Living preference share rose $3 to $200 with just 2 stock units crossing the exchange.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Gains for JSE Main Market stocks

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended on Thursday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 77 percent and the value 78 percent less than on Tuesday, with trading in 50 securities compared with 51 on Tuesday, with prices of 17 stocks rising, 18 declining and 15 ending unchanged with Radio Jamaica trading at an intraday low 52 weeks’ low of 80 cents before bouncing back at the close.
The market closed with 3,640,057 shares being traded for $12,309,649 compared with 15,743,476 units at $55,749,401 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 72,801 shares at $246,193 compared to 308,696 units at $1,093,126 on Tuesday and month to date, an average of 162,241 stock units at $652,838 compared with 201,128 units at $829,641 on the previous trading day and June with an average of 246,425 units at $1,945,941.
Radio Jamaica led trading with 1.10 million shares for 30.1 percent of total volume followed by Transjamaican Highway with 791,444 units for 21.7 percent of the day’s trade and JMMB 9.5% preference share with 563,793 stocks for 15.5 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 2,786.02 points to end trading at 359,695.73, the JSE Main Index advanced 1,499.49 points to finish at 320,506.48 and the JSE Financial Index rallied 0.31 points to close at 67.34.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 14.1. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are based on last traded prices and earnings forecasts by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending around August 2025.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows six stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, AS Bryden dropped $1.60 to close at $36 in trading 9 shares, Berger Paints climbed 48 cents to $8.98 with 550 stocks changing hands, Carreras fell 42 cents to end at $9.28 with investors swapping 22,808 shares. Eppley shed $1.60 in closing at $34.90 after 187 stock units passed through the market, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund declined $2.99 and ended at $37.01 after a transfer of 375 shares, GraceKennedy increased 50 cents to finish at $74 with 27,213 stock units clearing the market. Jamaica Producers popped $1.05 to $25 with investors trading 2,192 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange rallied 90 cents in closing at $11.90 after 392 stocks crossed the market, Kingston Wharves rose 84 cents to end at $25.70 with a transfer of 363 shares. Lasco Manufacturing advanced 45 cents to finish at $6.45 after an exchange of 2,838 stocks, Pan Jamaica gained $2.94 and ended at $49.94 with investors transferring 52 units, Sagicor Group sank 50 cents to close at $40.50 in an exchange of 17,724 stock units. Seprod rose $3.99 to $83.99 with 2,786 shares passing through the market, Supreme Ventures slipped $1.40 and ended at $23.96 with an exchange of 3,084 stocks and Sygnus Credit Investments lost $1.05 to close at $11.05 after 50,100 units changed hands.
In the preference segment, 138 Student Living preference share skidded $1.44 in closing at $197 in switching ownership of just 6 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Trading bounces on the Main market

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended on Tuesday, with the volume of stocks traded rising 113 percent and the value 41 percent more than on Monday, with trading in 51 securities compared with 64 on Monday, with prices of 16 stocks rising, 19 declining and 16 ending unchanged including Carreras at closed at a 52 weeks’ high of $9.70 followed by Eppley 7.25 at $20.99 while Pulse closed at a 52 weeks’ low of $1.43 and Radio Jamaica at a low of 95 cents.
The market closed with 15,743,476 shares being traded for $55,749,401 compared with 7,386,196 stock units at $39,659,258 on Monday.
Trading averaged 308,696 shares at $1,093,126 compared with 115,409 units at $619,676 on Monday and month to date, an average of 201,128 stock units at $829,641 compared to June with an average of 246,425 units at $1,945,941.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 8.66 million shares for 55 percent of total volume followed by Lasco Manufacturing with 2.91 million stocks for 18.5 percent of the day’s trade and Transjamaican Highway with 1.90 million units for 12.1 percent of the day’s trade.
The All Jamaican Composite Index sank 1,373.96 points to close trading at 356,909.71, the JSE Main Index declined 401.33 points to conclude trading at 319,006.99 and the JSE Financial Index dipped 0.06 points to close at 67.03.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 14. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are based on last traded prices and earnings forecasts done by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending around August 2025.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 12 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Caribbean Cement dipped $2.02 in closing at $61.98, with 69,242 shares being traded, GraceKennedy fell 71 cents to $73.50 with a transfer of 26,546 units, Guardian Holdings advanced $14.99 to end at $359.99 in trading 4 shares. Jamaica Broilers popped $1.41 to close at $34.43 with 817 stock units crossing the market, Jamaica Stock Exchange skidded 86 cents and ended at $11 with investors dealing in 53,132 shares, JMMB Group sank 45 cents to finish at $24.55 in switching ownership of 15,127 units. Kingston Wharves dropped $1.13 to $24.86 after closing with an exchange of 5,726 stocks, Lasco Manufacturing fell 45 cents to $6 after an exchange of 2,910,256 stock units, Margaritaville climbed $2.29 to finish at $15.45 with investors swapping 64 shares. Pan Jamaica increased 49 cents to end at $47, with 91,349 stocks crossing the exchange, Supreme Ventures rallied 76 cents in closing at $25.36, with 11,694 stocks changing hands and Wisynco Group rose 75 cents to close at $21.25 as investors exchanged 43,238 units.
In the preference segment, Eppley 7.25% preference share gained $1.99 to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $20.99 in trading 2 stocks, Eppley 7.75% preference share rose $1.42 to end at $19.99 after an exchange of 10 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments C10.5% rallied $6 in closing at $108 after 53 units passed through the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Main Market closed higher on reduced trading

Trading fell sharply from that on Friday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Monday, with a 73 percent decline in the volume of stocks traded and 81 percent lower value than on Friday, with trading in 64 securities up from 61 on Friday, with prices of 19 stocks rising, 29 declining and 16 ending unchanged.
The market closed with an exchange of 7,386,196 shares for $39,659,258 down from 27,058,198 units at $213,443,083 on Friday.
Trading averaged 115,409 shares at $619,676 compared to 443,577 units at $3,499,067 on Friday and June with an average of 246,425 units at $1,945,941.
Transjamaican Highway led trading with 2.84 million shares for 38.5 percent of total volume followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.34 million stock units for 18.2 percent of the day’s trade and Wigton Windfarm with 1.22 million units for 16.5 percent of the day’s trade.
The All Jamaican Composite Index increased 147.08 points to end at 358,283.67, the JSE Main Index rose 488.45 points to 319,408.32 and the JSE Financial Index popped 0.24 points to settle at 67.09.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 14.1. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are based on the last traded prices and earnings forecasts by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending around August 2025.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 14.1 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
At the close of trading, AS Bryden climbed $1.60 to $37.60 with a transfer of 89 stock units, Barita Investments skidded 89 cents to $74 after 2,509 shares were exchanged, Caribbean Cement fell 98 cents and ended at $64, with 10,120 units crossing the market. Caribbean Producers popped 40 cents to end at $10 in trading 140,388 stock units, Jamaica Broilers slipped $2.48 to finish at $33.02, with 62,401 units passing through the market, Jamaica Producers sank $1.05 to close at $23.95 with investors trading 3,805 stocks. Margaritaville dipped 44 cents to $13.16 after an exchange of 900 shares, Mayberry Group rallied 68 cents to $7.99 after investors ended trading 102 stock units, Pan Jamaica rose 51 cents in closing at $46.51, with 1,198 shares crossing the exchange. Seprod lost $7.75 to close at $80.15 in switching ownership of 9,822 stock units, Supreme Ventures dropped $1.40 to finish at $24.60 after a transfer of 19,552 stocks, Sygnus Credit Investments shed 62 cents to end at $11.88 with 1,639 units changing hands and Wisynco Group declined 65 cents to $20.50 in an exchange of 45,884 shares.
In the preference segment, Eppley 7.25% preference share sank $1 in closing at $19 with 53,900 stock units clearing the market, Eppley 7.75% preference share slipped $1.42 to finish at $18.57 with traders dealing in 140 units, JMMB Group 7% preference share advanced 48 cents and ended at $3.24 in an exchange of 1,212 stocks. 138 Student Living preference share fell $1.56 to close at $198.44 with investors swapping 6 units and Sygnus Credit Investments C10.5% declined $6 to end at $102 with an exchange of 20,000 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

ICTOP10 has a brand new listing

Having fallen badly in the previous week, the Junior Market rallied a solid 5.2 percent the past week to end up above 3,800 points on Thursday and Friday and the Main Market rose 1.2 percent to close out the week, with the Junior Market ICTOP 10 blazing a trail with some lofty gains and the Main Market posting just two stocks with notable gains and a few losses of size, with one new stock entering the TOP10.
Other than the b moves in the TOP10, the market got some good news this past week. For one Jamaica Broilers reported positive full year results that were helped by a $2.3 billion one off gain, excluding those gains normal profits would have been in the order of $4.80 when taxes relating to the capital gains are excluded. The other positive news is that the Bank of Jamaica will officially start to ease the tight monetary policy pursued over the past three years. In reality, they commenced easing in early May, with CD rates falling from 11.59 percent in early April to mostly under 10 percent during June.
The other news of worth is that GDP growth for the March quarter was 1.4 percent, but that reflects a slowdown from last year and an even slower December quarter that was 1.7 percent. The latest GPD data and other available information suggest the evidence of a slow down. These include reduced first quarter results of several companies and a decline in tourist arrivals in the second quarter, suggesting that the second quarter is likely to grow at an even slower pace than the first. The positive take from any economic slowdown is that the tight monetary policy that the country is in will be eased further.
JSE Main Market had three winners and four losers. The Junior Market ended with six winners and three losers.
The Junior Market ICTOP10 saw Dolla Financial surging 30 percent to $3 followed by Consolidated Bakeries’ big recovery from last week’s big 28 percent fall and ended with a gain of 28 percent to $1.98, Access Financial gained 15 percent to end at $21.93, Caribbean Cream popped 7 percent to $3.80 and Stationery and Office Supplies rose 7 percent to close at $1.70. Declining stocks include Caribbean Assurance Brokers down 13 percent to close at $3.31 and tTech falling 9 percent to $2.10.
JMMB Group was the star performer in the Main Market TOP10, climbing 13 percent to $25.10 and Berger Paints was up 6 percent in closing at $8.52. Declining stocks are 138 Student Living and Pulse Investments dipping 6 percent to $3.86 and $1.50 respectively and Guardian Holdings dropped 4 percent to close at $345.
Dolla Financial with a 30 percent surge, dropped out of the ICTOP10 for the week and is replaced by One Great Studio.
One Great Studio was listed in September 2023 at $1 per share, the price has since slipped to a low of 80 cents per share following first quarter profit that fell 55 percent to $10 million from $23 million in 2023, following a fall in revenues from $115 million to $91 million.
The principal activities of the Group are to provide search engine optimisation, web design and development and software development services, with clients based in Jamaica, the wider Caribbean and other countries. The company is looking to add other services by way of a possible acquisition in the future to benefit from synergies.
The average PE for the JSE Main Market ICTOP 10 stands at 5.1, well below the market average of 13.9 and the Junior Market TOP10 sits at 6.7, just over half of the market, with an average of 13.3.
The Main Market ICTOP10 is projected to gain an average of 303 percent by May 2025, based on 2024 forecasted earnings and providing better values than the Junior Market with the potential to achieve 215 percent over the same period.
In the Main Market ICTOP 10, a total of 17 of the most highly valued stocks representing 33 percent of the Main Market are priced at a PE of 15 to 102, with an average of 30 and 19 excluding the highest PE ratios, and a PE of 24 for the top half and 16 excluding the stocks with overweight values.
In the Junior Market IC TOP10 are 14 stocks, or 30 percent of the market, with PEs ranging from 15 to 53, averaging 21, well above the market’s average. The average PE for the top half of the market is 18, possibly the lowest fair value measure for stocks currently.
ICTOP10 focuses on likely yearly winners, accordingly, the list includes some of the best companies in the market, but this is not always so. ICInsider.com ranks stocks based on projected earnings, allowing investors to focus on the most undervalued stocks and helping to remove emotions in selecting stocks for investments that often result in costly mistakes.
IC TOP10 stocks will likely deliver the best returns on or around May 2025 and are ranked in order of potential gains, computed using projected earnings for the current fiscal year. Expected values will change as stock prices fluctuate, resulting in weekly movements in and out of the lists. Revisions to earnings are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

Persons who compiled this report may have an interest in securities commented on in this report.

Month end bounce hits JSE Main Market

 

Stocks mostly rose to close out the half year with gains at the close of trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Friday, resulting in some stocks hitting new yearly highs and lows, with Carreras ending at a 52 weeks’ high of $9.43, Jamaica Broilers trading at an intraday high of $40, while NCB Financial sank to a multiyear closing low of $54.84, following a 98 percent jump in the volume of stocks traded with the value rising 113 percent more than on the prior day.

Carreras hits a new yearly high on Friday.

Trading ended with activities in 61 securities up from 55 on Thursday and ended with prices of 24 stocks rising, 23 declining and 14 ending unchanged, resulting in 27,058,198 shares trading at $213,443,083 compared with 13,687,861 units at $100,043,332 on Thursday.
Trading averaged 443,577 shares at $3,499,067 versus 248,870 units at $1,818,970 on Thursday. For the month to date, trading averaged 246,425 units at $1,945,941 up from with 235,472 units at $1,859,656 on the previous day and May that closed with an average of 336,947 units at $2,177,110.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 14.05 million shares for 51.9 percent of total volume followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 2.64 million units for 9.8 percent of the day’s trade, Transjamaican Highway with 2.45 million stock units for 9 percent of market share and Supreme Ventures with 1.56 million shares for 5.8 percent of total volume.
The All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 3,166.41 points to close at 358,136.59, the JSE Main Index rose 1,525.91 points to close trading at 318,919.87 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.56 points to close at 66.85.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 14.2. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are based on last traded prices and earnings forecasts by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending around August 2025.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 19 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, AS Bryden dropped $1.60 to $36 with investors transferring 222 units, Barita Investments had a typical end of quarter move with both the price and volume popping higher, with a rise of $3.14 to $74.89 and an exchange of 742,141 stocks, Caribbean Cement increased $2.98 in closing at $64.98, closing with an exchange of 32,544 shares. Caribbean Producers popped 60 cents to end at $9.60 with investors trading 878,024 units, Eppley fell $2.38 to close at $36.50, with 1,125 shares crossing the exchange, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund gained $2.99 to finish at $40 in trading 291 units. Guardian Holdings shed $5 and ended at $345 after 346 stocks passed through the market, Jamaica Broilers rose $2.50 to $35.50 with an exchange of 819,391 stock units, Jamaica Producers advanced 50 cents to finish at $25 with 142,941 shares clearing the market. Kingston Wharves dropped 49 cents in closing at $26 as investors exchanged 82,906 stock units, Mayberry Group lost 69 cents to close at $7.31 after a transfer of 324 stocks, Mayberry Jamaican Equities slipped 49 cents to end at $9 in the trading of 40,000 units. NCB Financial sank $1.16 to end at a multiyear closing low of $54.84 after an exchange of 30,415 stocks and trading as low as $52.90, Pan Jamaica declined $4.47 to finish at $46 with investors trading 360,819 shares, Sagicor Group climbed 50 cents and ended at $41 after an exchange of 93,948 stock units. Seprod popped $7.90 in closing at $87.90 after 54,417 units raced across the market and Supreme Ventures climbed $2.90 to end at $26 in an exchange of 1,563,786 stocks.
In the preference segment, Jamaica Public Service 7% rose $6.47 to close at $47.97 with investors swapping 41 units. JMMB Group 7% preference share rallied 42 cents to $2.76 with a transfer of 11 shares, 138 Student Living preference share jumped $19.55 to end at $200, with 1,183 stock units changing hands and Sygnus Credit Investments C10.5% skidded $2 in closing at $108 with traders dealing in 500 shares.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

NCB Financial hits multi year low

NCB Financial dropped during the day to an 11year intraday low of $52 before bouncing back to close at $56 on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Thursday, with the volume of stocks traded in the overall market rising just by 4 percent with the value falling 12 percent lower than on Wednesday, with trading in 55 securities down from 59 on Wednesday, with prices of 19 stocks rising, 23 declining and 13 ending unchanged.
The market closed with 13,687,861 shares being traded for $100,043,332 compared to 13,147,467 stock units at $113,060,902 on Wednesday.
Trading averaged 248,870 shares at $1,818,970 compared with 222,838 units at $1,916,286 on Wednesday. Trading  month to date, ended with an average of 235,472 stock units at $1,859,656 compared to 234,765 units at $1,861,801 on the previous day and May with an average of 336,947 units at $2,177,110.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 3.88 million shares for 28.3 percent of total volume followed by Transjamaican Highway with 3.12 million stocks for 22.8 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 2.96 million units for 21.6 percent of the day’s trade.
The All Jamaican Composite Index dipped 2,566.82 points to settle at 354,970.18, the JSE Main Index declined 2,262.58 points to 317,393.96 and the JSE Financial Index skidded 0.70 points to end the day at 66.29.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 14.9. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are based on last traded prices and earnings forecasts done by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending around August 2025.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 10 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, AS Bryden dropped $3.88 to $37.60 as investors exchanged 257 stocks, Berger Paints fell $1.29 to close at $8.51 in trading 746 units, Caribbean Cement skidded 99 cents to finish at $62 with 72,805 shares crossing the market. Guardian Holdings advanced $5 and ended at $350 with a transfer of 8 stock units, Jamaica Broilers lost 44 cents to end at $33, with 14,211 shares crossing the exchange, Kingston Wharves rose 49 cents in closing at $26.49 with investors transferring 312,439 stock units. NCB Financial declined 50 cents to $56 in switching ownership of 246,919 stocks, after trading at an intraday 52 weeks low of $52, Sagicor Group shed 50 cents to end at $40.50 with investors dealing in 4,301 units, Scotia Group climbed $1 to end at $45 with 86,230 shares clearing the market. Supreme Ventures dropped 89 cents to end at $23.10 in an exchange of 34,131 units and Wisynco Group popped 66 cents and ended at $21.22 with investors trading 40,955 stocks.
In the preference segment, Jamaica Public Service 7% sank $6.49 to close at $41.50, with 12 stocks passing through the market, JMMB Group 7% preference share slipped 90 cents to $2.34 after a transfer of 5,000 shares and 138 Student Living preference share rallied $44.71 in closing at $180.45 with traders dealing in 67 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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