Investors shun Junior stocks for the oldsters

Black Panther mash up Palace bottom-line with a huge increase in profit that pushed to stock to no 1 for 2018 in the main market.

Investors shunned Junior Market stocks in 2018 for the older more established Main market stocks. At least that is what the data from the exchange is showing.
According to the Jamaica Stock Exchange report of trading to the end of July, volume and value on the main market is up while that on the junior market is well down on 2017 figures, even as the gains in the overall market shows juniors up 14 percent for the year to the end of July and 9 percent for the main market.
Junior Market volume is down year to July by a stunning 69 percent to 571 million units while the value fell 64 percent to $2.69 billion, less than half of the $6.6 billion traded for all of 2017. In contrast main market stocks traded 1.57 billion units, up 28.5 percent over 2017, for a total value of $32 billion, a strong 79.4 percent increase over 2017 and just shy of the $35.7 million traded for all of 2017.
The big winners for the year to July are, Palace with an increase of 154 percent, that was helped by the huge success of the Black Panther film that ran for several months, Pulse Investments up 67 percent, Kingston Wharves 60 percent, Jamaica Broilers 45 percent and Salada Foods 41 percent, as investors responded to improved profit. In the Junior Market, C2W Music and Derrimon Trading beat all others by huge margins, rising 233 percent after it announced a 10 to 1 stock split and 197 percent respectively. Express Catering climbed 86 percent, Stationery and Office Supplies up 65 percent and CAC 2000 up 51 percent.
The big losers in the main market are, Ciboney, having sold off the property it owned and paid out most of the proceeds as a dividend is down 68 percent, 138 Student Living fell 35 percent, Kingston Properties 31 percent, Wisynco Group 24 percent, Portland JSX 20 percent and in the Junior Market, GWEST Corporation down 36 percent, AMG Packaging 33 percent, tTech 23 percent, Knutsford Express 23 percent and Eppley 17 percent.

Eppley in another big trade

Eppley traded 20m shares on Thursday.

Having traded 10 million shares on Wednesday Eppley traded 20 million shares on Thursday driving Junior Market trading to 22,525,167 units valued at $250,208,093 compared to 12,129,589 units valued at $129,945,469.
Trading ended on Thursday with 23 securities changing hands up from 22 securities on Wednesday, resulting in the prices of 6 securities advancing, 6 declining and 11 remaining unchanged. The Junior Market Index declined by 8.15 points to close at 2,745.62.
Trading ended with an average of 979,355 units for an average of $10,878,613 in contrast to 551,345 units for an average of $5,906,612 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to units 589,979 valued at $3,373,542 and previously 561,183 valued at $2,818,504. In contrast, November closed with average of 107,477 units valued at $545,989 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 7 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial closed at $36, with 4,200 shares, AMG Packaging ended at $3, with 40,000 stock units, C2W Music finished 6 cents higher at $0.51, with 26,245 shares, CAC 2000 settled at $1.22 higher at $6.50, with 10,000 shares, Cargo Handlers ended trading with a loss of 10 cents at $10.80, with 2,147 stock units. Caribbean Cream traded at $6, with 19,920 units, Caribbean Producers closed 25 cents higher at $4.25, with 351,376 shares, Consolidated Bakeries ended at $1.80, with 2,487 stock units, Dolphin Cove lost 99 cents to close at $16, with 26,000 shares trading. FosRich traded at an intraday high of $3.70 but ended with a loss of 20 cents at $3.25 in trading of 408,846 shares, Eppley settled at $12, with 20,000,400 shares, Express Catering ended trading 70 cents higher at $5, with 81,427 stock units, newly listed, GWest traded with a loss of 54 cents in trading 1,067,765 shares in closing price of $3.21, Honey Bun finished trading 9 cents higher at $4, with 500 shares, Iron Rock closed at $2.85, with 23,019 shares. Jetcon Corporation finished with a gain of 40 cents at $4.80, with 120,000 shares, Knutsford Express traded at $15, with 55,128 units, Lasco Distributors finished trading with a loss of 1 cent at $3.98, with 127,481 shares, Lasco Manufacturing ended with a loss of 23 cents at $3.70, with 130,028 stock units. Main Event concluded trading with a loss of 72 cents at $5.28, with 4,155 units, Paramount Trading settled at $3, with 22,885 shares and Stationery and Office ended trading at $4.90, with 828 stock units. In the junior market preference segment, Eppley 10% concluded trading at $7.20, with a mere 330 units trading.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Access & NCB in TOP 10

NCB Financial Group enters TOP 10

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed at new record high on Friday, the seond week in a row that it doing so and in the process the all Jamaica Composite Index broke the 300,000 mark for the first time.
While the main market is making new highs, with gains of 43 percent for 2017, the junior market with gains of 30 percent at its peak this year, is now up just 12 percent for the year to date. Access Financial returned to the Junior Market list and NCB Financial to the main market list even as the latter price moved back to $91 at the end of the week and with just 33,603 units being offered for sale.
Suspension of the trading in Berger Paints shares is expected lifted on Tuesday, October 17. At the time of this report, no information was available on the level of take up of the buyout offer for the minority of the company’s shares by Ansa Coatings. The stock that traded at $11.25 when trading was suspended, should climb with the March 2018 full year’s earnings should hit $2.30 per share.
Investors continue to switch attention from Junior Market, to main market stocks, with the latter having pierced resistance around 300,000 points on the all Jamaica Composite Index could now be heading much higher as it moves on to the next major resistance at 360,000 point range on or before the end of the year.
At the close of Friday, the average PE ratio for the Junior Market Top stocks is at 7.9 and a PE at 7.1 for the main market TOP 10. The average PE for the overall main market trades at 13.5 and 13.1 for Junior Market, based on 2017 estimated earnings.
At the close of the week, IC Insider.com’s TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 40 percent to the average of the market for Junior Market Top stocks and it remains at 47 percent for the main market.

10 Junior stocks rise 8 fall on Friday

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Stationery & Office Supplies traded the most shares on the Junior Market on Friday.

Trading on the Junior market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Friday with 22 securities changing hands, 10 advanced, 8 declined and 4 traded firm with 3,210,758 units valued at $13,020,965 compared to 1,314,753 units valued at $5,648,856 on Thursday.
The market index follow up the loss of 27.42 points on Thursday with a moderate fall of 4.08 points to close at 3,082.57. The Junior Trading ended with an average of 145,944 units for an average of $591,862 in contrast to 54,781 units for an average of a mere $235,369 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 269,679 units valued at $1,666,377 compared to 277,412 units valued at $1,733,535 previously. In contrast, July closed with average of 536,395 units at $1,905,441 for each security traded.
Trading ended with the market sentiments still looking mixed, as 4 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, the last traded prices of securities and volume changing hands are, AMG Packaging concluding at $3.48 with 4,000 shares, Blue Power with a loss of $1.50 to settled at $40 with 862 shares, CAC 2000 finished at $7.95 with 5,574 shares, Cargo Handlers climbed 50 cents higher to settle at $10 with 3,064 units, Caribbean Producers gained 20 cents to end at $3.80 with 526,752 stock units. Eppley dropped $1 and ended at $12 with 17,606 shares, Express Catering fell 2 cents to $4.49 with 72,414 shares, Honey Bun climbed 77 cents higher to $5.50 with 34,946 units, Iron Rock fell 22 cents to $2.88 with 94,238 stock units. ISP Finance closed $1 higher to $20 with 6,101 shares, Jamaican Teas added 15 cents to finish at $4.90 with 16,266 units, Jetcon Corporation finished at $5 with 119,344 shares, KLE Group rose 15 cents to $2.75 with 154,726 shares, Knutsford Express climbed 80 cents higher and concluded trading at $14.50 with 4,512 shares, Lasco Distributors closed 20 cents higher at $7 with 29,318 shares, Lasco Financial jumped 50 cents higher to $4 with 4,649 shares. Lasco Manufacturing concluded trading at $4.50 with 61,225 shares, Main Event ended with a loss of 5 cents, at $4.50 with 94,318 shares, Medical Disposables closed with a loss of 50 cents at $5 with 6,459 shares, Paramount Trading gave back 40 cents and ended at $2.60 with 10,000 shares, Stationery and Office rose 15 cents to $4 closing with 1,933,085 shares changing hands, including a lot of 1,322,345 units at $3.95 and tTech ended with a loss of $1 at $7 with 11,299 shares.

10 Junior Market stocks rise 11 fall

Market activity on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange returned to more normal levels after heightened levels on Wednesday closing trading on Thursday with 1,314,753 units valued at $5,648,856 traded.
On Wednesday 26,534,388 units valued at $115,148,200 changed hands.
At the close on Thursday 24 securities changing hands resulting in 10 gaining, 11 falling and 3 trading firm, leading to the market index dropping 27.42 points to 3,086.65.
The Junior Trading ended with an average of just 54,781 units for an average of a mere $235,369 in contrast to 160,538 units for an average of $5,757,410 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 277,412 units valued at $1,733,535 compared to 292,254 units valued at $1,833,412 previously. In contrast, July closed with average of 536,395 units at $1,905,441 for each security traded.
Trading ended with the market sentiments looking mixed for Friday’s activity, as 3 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers, the same level as Wednesday.
At the close of the market, the last traded prices of securities and volume traded and are: AMG Packaging with a loss of 2 cents, to $3.48 with 11,359 shares, CAC 2000 concluded trading at $7.95 with 1,842 shares, Cargo Handlers ending with a loss of 50 cents, to $9.50 with 4,000 shares, Caribbean Cream with a loss of 69 cents, to close at $5.90 with 147,103 shares. Caribbean Flavours closed at $13 with 750 shares, Caribbean Producers ending with a loss of 1 cent at $3.60 with 9,800 shares, Consolidated Bakeries recovered 45 cents in closing at $2.30 with 4,000 shares, Eppley climbed 61 cents higher and concluded trading at $13 with 700 shares, Express Catering finished with a loss of 49 cents at $4.51 with 110,541 shares, Honey Bun closed with a loss of 27 cents at $4.73 with 850 shares, Iron Rock closed 10 cents higher to finish at $3.10 with 2,750 shares, ISP Finance rose 50 cents higher and closed at $19 with 2,000 shares, Jamaican Teas finished with a loss of 43 cents at $4.75 with 11,000 shares, Jetcon Corporation lost 45 cents and closed at $5 with 129,150 shares, KLE Group climbed 34 cents higher and ended at $2.60 with 479,000 shares, Knutsford Express with a loss of 8 cents, finished at $13.70 with 5,879 shares, Lasco Distributors ended 5 cents higher at $6.80 with 112,407 shares, Lasco Financial concluded trading at $3.50 with 11,120 shares, Lasco Manufacturing closed with a loss of 2 cents at $4.50 with 12,148 shares, Main Event with a loss of 45 cents, ended at $4.55 with 5,514 shares, Medical Disposables traded 20 cents higher to $5.50 with 8,973 shares, Paramount Trading gained 10 cents to close at $3 with 7,712 shares, Stationery and Office Supplies climbed 5 cents higher to $3.85 with 222,755 shares and tTech jumped $1.50 higher and finished at $8 with 13,400 shares.

Lasco group trades 24m Junior Market shares

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed Wednesday with a big surge in trading volume of 26,534,388 units, valued at $115,148,200 compared to 2,495,496 units valued at $13,050,346 on Tuesday. Three Lasco companies accounted for 24 million of the shares trading in the market.
The Junior Market index dipped 13.70 points to end at 3,114.07 as 20 securities changed hands of which 7 advanced, 10 declined and none trading firm.
The Junior Trading ended with an average of 1,841,847 units for an average of $5,757,410 in contrast to 124,775 units for an average of $652, 517 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 404,342 units valued at $1,833,412 compared to 301,663 units valued at $1,553,127 previously. In contrast, July closed with average of 536,395 units at $1,905,441 for each security traded.
Trading ended with the market sentiments looking mixed for Thursday’s activity, as 3 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, the last traded prices of securities and the volume traded and are: AMG Packaging settling with a loss of 50 cents at $3.50 with 84,705 shares, CAC 2000 ended 10 cents higher at $7.95 with 1,600 shares, Cargo Handlers fell 50 cents and concluded trading at $10 with 1,938 shares, Caribbean Cream ending with a loss of 11 cents, at $6.59 with 120,416 units, Consolidated Bakeries with a loss of 30 cents to $1.85 with 41,650 shares, Dolphin Cove with a loss of 10 cents, to close at $17.40 with 3,387 shares. Express Catering lost 10 cents to end at $5 with 89,449 shares, ISP Finance finished $1.24 higher at $18.50 with 1,440 shares, Jamaican Teas added 3 cents higher to $5.18 with 869,166 shares, Corporation concluded trading 4 cents higher t0 $5.45 with 62,479 shares, KLE Group ending with a loss of 24 cents to $2.26 with 535,402 shares, Knutsford Express with a loss of 49 cents, finished at $14.50 with 16,444 shares, Lasco Distributors fell 5 cents and finished at $6.75 with 4,559,191 shares, Lasco Financial traded 12,091,213 shares with a loss of 50 cents to end at $3.50, Lasco Manufacturing ending trading 2 cents higher to $4.52 with 7,446,903 shares. Main Event inched 9 cents higher and finished at $5 with 102,913 shares, Medical Disposables climbed 10 cents to $5.30 with 335 stock units, Paramount Trading ended with a loss of 4 cents, to $2.90 with 70,970 shares, Stationery and Office lost 20 cents, to end trading at $3.80 with 429,587 shares and tTech closed with a loss of 94 cents, to $6.50 with 5,200 shares.

12 Junior stocks rose as 6 fall

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Tuesday with 20 securities changing hands, 12 advanced, 6 declined and 3 traded firm with 2,495,496 units valued at $13,050,346 compared to 4,968,253 units valued at $16,371,552 on Monday.
The Junior Trading ended with an average of 124,775 units for an average of $652, 517 in contrast to 225,830 units for an average of $744,161 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 301,663 units valued at $1,553,127 compared to 315,269 units valued at $1,622,404 previously. In contrast, July closed with average of 536,395 units at $1,905,441 for each security traded.
Trading ended with the market sentiments looking mixed for Wednesday’s activity, as 4 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, stocks trading and their last traded prices are: Access Financial closed 5 cents higher and finished at $46.25 with 12,437 shares, AMG Packaging climbed 50 cents and ended at $4 with 70,000 shares, Blue Power climbed $1.50 and settled at $41.50 with 30,840 shares, Caribbean Cream rose 70 cents to $6.70 with 50,972 shares, Consolidated Bakeries traded at $2.15 with 106,223 shares, C2W Music gained 5 cents and closed at 43 cents with 10,000 shares, Dolphin Cove added 9 cents and ended at $17.50 with 4,303 shares, Express Catering with a loss of 15 cents, finished at $5.10 with 167,140 shares, General Accident closed at $2.60 with 53,470 shares, Jamaican Teas settled 15 cents higher at $5.15 with 1,753 shares, Jetcon Corporation with a loss of 29 cents, closed at $5.41 with 3,007 shares, KLE Group ended 5 cents higher at $2.50 with 12,450 shares, Knutsford Express inched 2 cents higher to finish at $14.99 with 5,102 shares, Lasco Distributors lost 20 cents and concluded trading at $6.80 with 98,840 shares, Lasco Financial moved 5 cents higher to $4 with 210,222 shares, Lasco Manufacturing ended 17 cents higher to close at $4.50 with 1,025,000 shares, Main Event with a loss of 17 cents, finished at $4.91 with 11,664 shares, Stationery and Office trimmed 20 cents and finished at $4 with 411,573 shares as some investors move for the exit after a successful public issue and strong gains in the price after listing, tTech jumped $1.44 higher to $7.44 with 190,000 shares and Derrimon Trading preference share, lost 10 cents in traded 20,500 shares at $2.10.

Junior market inched higher on Monday

The majority of Junior Market stocks gained at the close of trading on Monday as 22 securities changing hands. The prices of 9 stocks rose, 7 declined and 6 traded firm, with the market Index rising 7.61 points to end at 3,132.76.
The market closed with 4,968,253 units valued at $16,371,552 changing hands compared to 1,716,953 units valued at $8,024,988 on Friday. KLE Group accounted for 46 percent of trading volume and recently listed Stationery and Office 19 percent.
The Junior Trading ended with an average of 225,830 units for an average of $744,161 in contrast to 85,848 units for an average of $401,249 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 315,269 units valued at $1,622,404, compared to 322,723 units valued at $1,695,591 previously. In contrast, July closed with average of 536,395 units at $1,905,441 for each security traded.
Trading ended with the market sentiments looking mixed for Tuesday’s activity, as 7 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 6 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, the last traded prices of stocks trading and the volume of securities changing hands are: AMG Packaging ending with 11,050 shares at $3.50, Blue Power traded 1,757 shares at $40, CAC 2000 finished with 20,800 shares at $7.85, Cargo Handlers lost 50 cents and settled at $10.50 with 15,000 shares, Caribbean Cream dropped 74 cents, to end at $6 with 28,405 stock units, Caribbean Producers rose 1 cent and settled at $3.61 with 116,193 shares, Consolidated Bakeries closed at $2.15 with 626,000 shares, Derrimon Trading added 10 cents and finished trading at $7.10 with 10,800 shares, Dolphin Cove ended with a loss of 9 cents, at $17.41 with 14,197 units, Express Catering closing 2 cents higher to settle at $5.25 with 320,722 shares, Honey Bun ending 20 cents higher at $5 with 5,904 shares, Jamaican Teas settling at $5 with 55,118 shares, Jetcon Corporation climbing 20 cents higher to $5.70 with 95,850 shares, KLE Group finished trading 2,305,004 shares, 35 cents higher to $2.45, Knutsford Express concluded trading with a loss of 3 cents, traded at $14.97 with just 190 units. Lasco Distributors concluded trading 30 cents higher, to $7 with 206,005 shares, Lasco Financial jumped 55 cents higher to settle at $3.95 with 106,434 shares, Lasco Manufacturing lost 41 cents to finish at $4.33 with 20,206 shares, Main Event inched 8 cents higher to $5.08 with 26,603 shares, Paramount Trading finished at $2.94 with 15,000 shares, Stationery and Office declined 29 cents, to $4.20 with 961,015 shares, Sweet River traded just 863 units at $3.52 and tTech with a loss of 90 cents, settled at $6 with 6,000 shares changing hands.

Advancing Junior stocks edge out decliners

Jamaican Teas one of teh more active stocks on the Junior Market after the company released 9 months results.

Trading closed with 20 securities changing hands, 7 advanced, 5 declined and 8 traded firm with 1,716,953 units valued at $8,024,988 compared to 13,753,371 units valued at $73,391,001 on Thursday.

Trading ended with the Junior Market Index rising 1.89 points to close at 3,125.15. The market closed with  an average of 85,848 units at an average of $401,249 trading, in contrast to an average of 687,669 units at an average of $3,669,550 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 322,723 units valued at $1,695,591 compared to 309,916 units valued at $1,627,630 previously. In contrast, July closed with average of 536,395 units at $1,905,441 for each security traded.
Trading ended with the market sentiments looking strong for Monday’s activity as 7 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, stocks trading and their last traded price are: AMG Packaging with 21,000 shares at $3.50, Blue Power trading 700 shares at $40, CAC 2000 closed 35 cents higher at $7.85 with 3,000 shares, Caribbean Cream rose 4 cents to $6.74 with 54,000 shares, Caribbean Producers gained 21 cents to end at $3.60 with 32,362 shares, Consolidated Bakeries closed at $2.15 with 22,500 shares, Express Catering inched higher by 3 cents to $5.23 with 158,852 shares, General Accident closed at $2.60 with 11,757 shares, Honey Bun lost 20 cents and closed at $4.80 with 110 shares, Jamaican Teas closed 5 cents higher at $5.00 with 221,554 shares, after it traded at $5.30 in the morning session. Jetcon Corporation closed 9 cents higher at $5.50 with 95,280 shares, KLE Group closed at $2.10 with 277,000 shares, Knutsford Express closed at $15 with 4,171 shares, Lasco Distributors closed at $6.70 with 6,450 units, Lasco Financial lost 40 cents and ended at $3.40 with 155,500 shares, Lasco Manufacturing climbed 36 cents higher to $4.74 with 7,390 shares, Medical Disposables declined by 10 cents, to $5.20 with 13,000 shares, Paramount Trading closed at $2.94 with 2,872 shares, Stationery and Office Supplies traded 422,213 units with the price sliding 31 cents to $4.49 and tTech ended with a loss of 10 cents, at $6.90 with 207,242 shares changing hands.

89% of trades to 2 Lasco companies

Lasco Manufacturing & Lasco Distributors, combined, traded 89% shares on Thursday.

Two Lasco companies dominated trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday, accounting for 89 percent of the volume traded. Lasco Distributors accounted for 4.9 million units and the manufacturing sister company 7.35 million units.
Trading closed with 20 securities changing hands, 5 advanced, 5 declined and 7 traded firm with 13,753,371 units valued at $73,391,001 compared to 28,446,953 shares valued at $130,472,160 on Wednesday when Jamaican Teas traded over 25 million shares. The Junior Market Index rose 10.72 points to close at 3,123.26.
Trading ended with an average of 687,669 units for an average of $3,669,550 in contrast to 1,293,043 units for an average of $5,930,553 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 344,257 units valued at $1,813,259 compared to 309,916 units valued at $1,627,630 previously. In contrast, July closed with average of 536,395 units at $1,905,441 for each security traded.
Trading ended with the market sentiments looking stronger for Friday’s activity as 10 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
The volume of stocks changing hands on Thursday and the last traded prices are: Access Financial with 27,855 shares at $46.20, AMG Packaging with 3,100 shares at $3.50, Blue Power losing $1.50 in trading 550 shares at $40, CAC 2000 closing at $7.50 with 1,659 shares, Cargo Handlers closed at $11 with 550 shares, Consolidated Bakeries lost 11 cents and ended at $2.15 with 2,000 shares, Dolphin Cove closed at $17.50 with 100 shares, Express Catering closed at $5.20 with 78,372 shares, General Accident closed at $2.60 with 89,694 stock units, Jamaican Teas ended at $4.50 with 793,230 units, Jetcon Corporation closed at $5.41 with 168,148 shares, KLE Group closed at $2.10 with 168,011 shares, Knutsford Express closed at $15 with 2,000 shares, Lasco Distributors exchanged 4,911,909 shares at $6.70, Lasco Financial closed at $3.80 with 6,898 shares after falling 5 cents, Lasco Manufacturing rose 5 cents to $4.38 with 7,352,203 shares, Medical Disposables climbed 30 cents to $5.30 with 165 shares, Paramount Trading rose 9 cents to $2.94 with 10,000 shares, Stationery and Office Supplies traded 122,333 units with the price rising 40 cents to $4.80 and tTech closed at $7 with 14,584 shares.