Junior Market recovery continues

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Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange settled on Thursday with 16 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 2,015,630 units valued at $11,835,081 compared to 1,087,963 units valued at $5,258,148 on Wednesday.
Lasco Distributors accounted for 60 percent of the volume traded as the Junior Market Index advanced by 22.19 points to close at 2,985.55. At the close of market activities, the prices of 7 securities advanced, 5 declined and 4 remained with the prices unchanged.
Trading ended with an average of 125,977 units for an average of $739,693 in contrast to 67,998 units for an average of $328,634 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 79,378 units, valued at $354,819 and an average of 76,123 with an average value of $327,928, previously. In contrast, September closed with average of 116,176 units valued at $538,652 for each security traded.
Trading ended with the market sentiments looking mixed for Tuesday trading activity as 4 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and just 1 with a lower offer.
In market activity, Access Financial settled with a loss of 1 cent at $41.20, with 734 units trading, AMG Packaging lost 9 cents to close at $3.40, with 143,540 stock units, Caribbean Cream ended trading at $5.90, with 5,816 stock units changing hands. Caribbean Producers declined 9 cents end trading at $3.65, with 27,114 units, Consolidated Bakeries jumped 76 cents to $2.81, with 1,220 stock units, Derrimon Trading ended at $7, with 1,000 stock units, Express Catering climbed 66 cents higher to $5.10, with 73,142 shares, after the company reported that profit more than doubled in the quarter to August from a 10 percent rise in revenues. Honey Bun traded 10 cents higher at $4.40, with 1,000 units, Iron Rock closed 25 cents higher at $3.15, with 61,538 shares, ISP Finance settled at $18, with 2,983 units, Knutsford Express closed 1 cent higher at $15, with 66,270 units, Lasco Distributors settled with a loss of 5 cents at $6.25, with 1,214,790 stock units changing hands. Lasco Financial concluded trading at $4.20, with 155,534 shares, Lasco Manufacturing settled with a loss of 20 cents at $4, with 14,700 units, Main Event traded 21 cents higher at $5.36, with 9,621 units and Stationery and Office ended trading 17 cents higher at $5, with 236,628 units.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

 

Juniors climb 38 points

In moderate trading, the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, ended with only 15 securities changing hands, on Tuesday, with an exchange of a mere 462,606 units valued at $2,337,749, well down on Friday’s levels.
Trading on Friday resulted in 2,090,829 units valued at $10,875,161. At the close of market activities, the prices of 9 securities advanced, 3 declined and 3 remained unchanged, leading to the Junior Market Index advancing 37.85 points to close at 2,954.25.
Trading ended with an average of 30,840 units for an average of $155,850 in contrast to 139,389 units for an average of $725,011 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 66,921 units valued at $302,510, previously. In contrast, September closed with average of 116,176 units valued at $538,652 for each security traded.
The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 71,470 units valued at $327,875 and previously 74,548 units with an average value of $323,091. In contrast, September closed with average of 116,176 units valued at $538,652 for each security traded.
Trading ended with the market sentiments looking mixed for Tuesday trading activity as 3 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
In market activity, volumes are those trades for the day and the closing prices are those at which the last trade took place. At the close of the market, Access Financial jumped $3.99 to $41.99, with only 400 units trading, Blue Power ended 10 cents higher at $44.10, with a mere 250 stock units, Caribbean Cream ended with a loss of 10 cents at $5.90, with 500 units, Consolidated Bakeries ended 3 cents higher at $2.05, with 250 units changing hands. Express Catering ended 19 cents higher at $4.69, with 1,706 stock units, Jetcon Corporation settled 40 cents higher at $4.90, with 220 stock units, Knutsford Express ended trading at $15, with 10,147 units trading, Lasco Distributors finished with a loss of 5 cents at $6.30, after 29,959 shares changed hands, Lasco Financial finished trading 25 cents higher at $4.25, with 1,891 units, Lasco Manufacturing gained 5 cents at $3.85, with 6,400 shares. Medical Disposables settled with a loss of 70 cents at $4.60, with 73,541 stock units, Stationery and Office closed 9 cents higher at $4.80, with 276,242 shares, tTech traded 1 cent higher at $7, with 21,000 units and in the junior market preference segment, Derrimon Trading traded 35,000 shares at $1.95, with Eppley ending trading at $6.55, with 5,100 stock units changing hands.

Juniors inch higher from few securities

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange finished on Friday with 15 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 2,090,829 units valued at $10,875,161 compared to 969,013 units valued at $4,496,741 on Thursday.
The Junior Market Index advanced by 7.14 points to close at 2,916.40.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 5 securities advanced, 6 declined and 4 remained with the prices unchanged.
Trading ended with an average of 139,389 units for an average of $725,011 in contrast to 48,451 units for an average of $224,837 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 74,548 units, valued at $323,091 and 61,803 units at an average value of $309,424, previously. In contrast, September closed with average of 116,176 units valued at $538,652 for each security traded.
Trading ended with the market sentiments looking mixed for Tuesday trading activity as 5 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
In market activity, volumes are those traded for the day and the closing prices are those at which the last trade took place, accordingly, Caribbean Cream traded 258,135 units at $6, Caribbean Producers closed with a loss of 12 cents at $3.60, with 154,000 stock units changing hands, Express Catering settled with a loss of 5 cents at $4.50, trading 32,961 units, Jamaican Teas ended trading 1,200 shares at $4.10, Jetcon Corporation fell 50 cents to $4.50, with 50,064 shares. Key Insurance finished with a loss of 50 cents at $3.50, with 194,997 units traded, KLE Group settled at $2.50, with 250,000 units, Knutsford Express traded 11 cents higher at $15, with 202,982 stock units, Lasco Distributors finished trading 35 cents higher at $6.35, with 282,987 shares, Lasco Financial closed with a loss of 50 cents at $4, after 47,769 units traded, Lasco Manufacturing ended 5 cents higher at $3.80, with 86,540 units. Main Event ended trading 15 cents higher at $5.30, with 18,799 stock units changing hands, Medical Disposables concluded trading with 2,000 shares at $5.30, Paramount Trading got a lift from the first quarter results showing profits more than doubling and finished 30 cents higher at $2.80, after 458,395 shares were traded and tTech finished trading with a loss of 1 cent at $6.99, with 50,000 units.

Steady trading for Junior Market

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange settled on Thursday with 20 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 969,013 units valued at $4,496,741 compared to 827,619 units valued at $4,771,002 on Wednesday.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 7 securities advanced, 5 declined and 8 remained unchanged leading to the Junior Market Index losing 2.43 points to close at 2,909.26. Trading ended with an average of 48,451 units for an average of $224,837 in contrast to 33,105 units for an average of $190,840 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 69,963 units 252,557 valued at $317,553 and 71,783 shares at an average value of $319,802, previously. In contrast, September closed with average of 116,176 units valued at $538,652 for each security traded.
Trading ended with the market sentiments looking mixed for Friday’s trading activity with 1 stock ending with the bid higher than their last selling price and 2 with lower offers.
In market activity, volumes are those traded for the day and the closing prices are those at which the last trade took place, accordingly, Access Financial closed at $38, with 4,080 units trading, AMG Packaging ended 14 cents higher at $3.49, with 8,200 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading at $44, with just 1,100 shares, Caribbean Cream traded with a loss of 70 cents at $6, after trading 46,737 shares, Caribbean Producers closed 2 cents higher at $3.72, with 392,821 units, Derrimon Trading ended trading with a loss of 99 cents at $7, with 78,700 shares. Express Catering settled with a loss of 5 cents at $4.55, with 66,900 stock units changing hands, General Accident traded 30 cents higher at $3, with 2,125 units, Honey Bun finished trading with a loss of 20 cents at $4, with 15,101 units, Jamaican Teas ended trading 9 cents higher at $4.10, with 31,362 stock units, Jetcon Corporation concluded trading at $5, with 12,000 shares changing hands, KLE Group settled 10 cents higher at $2.50, with 2,730 stock units. Knutsford Express traded at $14.89, with 6,138 shares, Lasco Distributors traded 50,544 units at $6, Lasco Financial closed at $4.50, with 62,557 shares, Lasco Manufacturing ended with a loss of 5 cents at $3.75, after exchanging 114,774 stock units, Main Event ended at $5.15, trading 4,594 stock units. Medical Disposables concluded trading at $5.30, with 41,260 shares and Stationery and Office settled 1 cent higher at $4.71, after 2,500 units traded. In the junior market preference segment, Derrimon Trading closed with a loss of 5 cents at $1.95, with 24,790 units traded.

Junior Market trading drops

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange dropped on Wednesday even with 25 securities changing hands as investors exchanged just 827,619 units valued at $4,771,002 compared to 2,217,305 units valued at $9,814,861 on Tuesday.
The Junior Market Index advanced by 9.31 points to close at 2,911.69 as 8 securities advanced, 10 declined and 9 remained with the prices unchanged.
Trading ended with an average of 33,105 units for an average of $190,840 in contrast to 100,787 units for an average of $446,130 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 71,783 units valued at $ $319,802, previously 78,790 units valued at an average of $343,165. In contrast, September closed with average of 116,176 units valued at $538,652 for each security traded.
Trading ended with the market sentiments looking mixed for Thursday’s trading activity as 3 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
In market activity, volumes are those traded for the day and the closing prices are those at which the last trade took place, accordingly, Blue Power ended trading with a loss of $5 to $44, with 2,100 stock units, CAC 2000 finished with a loss of 50 cents at $6.50, trading 30,770 shares, Cargo Handlers settled 50 cents higher at $10, with 1,500 stock units, Caribbean Cream added 60 cents to $6.70, with 4,810 stock units trading, Caribbean Flavours finished trading with a loss of 10 cents at $11.90, with 10,000 shares. Caribbean Producers closed with a loss of 4 cents at $3.70, exchanging 24,000 shares, Derrimon Trading dipped 1 cent to $7.99, with 5,000 stock units, Eppley finished at $12, with 1,517 units, Express Catering settled 10 cents higher at $4.60, with 28,301 stock units, Honey Bun finished trading with a loss of 29 cents at $3.80, with 20,003 stock units changing hands, Iron Rock gained 10 cents to end at $2.90, with 30,000 shares. ISP Finance ended with a loss of $1.95 down to $18, with 10,000 units, Jamaican Teas ended trading with a loss of 9 cents at $4.01, with 32,324 stock units, Jetcon Corporation concluded trading 50 cents higher at $5, after 1,358 units were exchanged, KLE Group ended with a rise of 12 cents to $2.40, with 47,665 stock units, Knutsford Express traded at $14.89, with 10,187 shares. Lasco Distributors finished trading at $6, with 159,013 units, Lasco Financial closed 25 cents higher at $4.50, with 10,400 stock units, Lasco Manufacturing ended 5 cents higher at $3.80, with 27,045 units, Main Event ended trading at $5.15, with 47,602 shares, Medical Disposables concluded trading 15 cents higher at $5.30, after 17,000 units changed hands. Paramount Trading finished with a loss of 30 cents at $2.50, trading 15,000 shares, Stationery and Office settled at $4.70, with 16,146 shares and tTech finished trading at $7, with 174,928 shares. In the junior market preference segment, Eppley ended trading 5 cents higher at $6.55, with 100,950 stock units being traded,

Increased cost squeezes Kremi’s profit

Caribbean Cream delivered better results in the August quarter than in May period with an increase in revenues of 18 percent versus a 1 percent increase in the first quarter.
Profit declined in the latest quarter but by 23 percent, to $35.6 million versus a 40 percent fall in for the six months to $70 million, down from $117.6 million. Cash generated from operations came in at $98 million but Kremi spent $102 million on acquisition of fixed assets.
Gross profit declined by just 4 percent in August quarter versus 14 percent in the May quarter as increase of direct cost outpaced the rise in revenues. In the end revenues came in at $354 million in the August quarter up from $319 million in the May quarter and $300 million in yin 2016 and for the six months $673 million from $615 million in 2016.
Administrative, selling and distribution expenses increased moderately from $71 million to $76 million in the quarter and form $136 million to $147 million for the half year.
At the end of August cash and equivalent amounted to $175 million and borrowed funds $90 million. Shareholders’ equity stands at $662 million.
Earnings per share for the half year is 19 cents and 9 cents for the August quarter. IC Insider.com is forecasting earnings of 50 cents for the full year to February 2018 and 75 cents for 2019. The stock last traded at $6.70 for a PE of 13.4 which is in line with the Junior Market valuation.

Junior Market trading doubles Monday’s

Trading on the Junior Market closed on Tuesday with 22 securities changing hands, resulting in a more than doubling of trading levels over Monday with an exchange of 2,217,305 units valued at $9,814,861 compared to 904,019 units valued at $4,463,382 on Monday.
The Junior Market Index declined by 3.62 points to close at 2,902.38 as market activity resulted in the prices of 5 securities advancing, 6 declining and 9 remaining unchanged.
Trading ended with an average of 100,787 units for an average of $446,130 in contrast to 43,049 units for an average of $212,542 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 78,790 units valued at $343,165, previously 74,618 units valued at an average of $323,637. In contrast, September closed with average of 116,176 units valued at $538,652 for each security traded. Trading ended with the market sentiments looking mixed for Wednesday, as 4 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
In market activity, volumes are those traded for the day and the closing prices are those at which the last trade took place. Trading ended with Access Financial plunged $4 to close at $38, with a mere 100 stock units changing hands, AMG Packaging closed 5 cents higher at $3.35, with 50,395 shares, Caribbean Cream rose by 10 cents to $6.10, with 170,000 units, Caribbean Producers ended 4 cents higher at $3.74, with 15,240 shares traded, Consolidated Bakeries settled at $2.02, with 26,000 units. Dolphin Cove closed at $17.50, with 7,438 stock units, Eppley concluded trading at $12, with 1,500 shares changing hands, Express Catering traded 10 cents higher at $4.50, with 192,607 shares, General Accident fell 3 cents at to $2.70, with 837,115 stock units traded, Honey Bun traded with a loss of 1 cent at $4.09, with 3,420 stock units. Iron Rock traded at $2.80, with 6,245 units, Jamaican Teas settled at $4.10, with 23,280 stock units, Jetcon Corporation closed with a loss of 50 cents at $4.50, with 13,419 stock units, Knutsford Express concluded trading at $14.89, with 4,188 stock shares. Lasco Distributors traded 619,619 units at $6, Lasco Financial settled at $4.25, with 52,621 shares, Lasco Manufacturing ended 25 cents higher at $3.75, trading 3,100 stock units, Main Event finished with a loss of 3 cents at $5.15, exchanging 61,685 shares, Medical Disposables lost 15 cents at $5.15, trading 1,899 shares and Stationery and Office closed at $4.70, trading 81,373 stock units. In the junior market preference segment, Eppley settled with a loss of 5 cents at $6.50, with 45,961 units changing hands.

Big run for Jamaican stocks coming

JSE Main market showing next major resistance around the 360,000 point level on the al Jamaica Index

The current state of the Jamaican stock market in one of contrast with the main market hitting 5 days of record close and with gains of 40 percent for the year to date and Junior Market that was up 31 percent in May is now up just 14 percent.
With stability present in the forex market for the Jamaican dollar, lower interest rates being paid on money market funds and with business confidence at record high levels, funds are now moving into the main market stocks with less interest being shown in the Junior Market.
Prices in the US dollar market have come off, after the index was up 63 percent at 268.73 points in February, up from 164.50 at the start of the year, but it is only up 12 percent now with the index at 184.86 points at the close of trading on Friday.

Jamaica Main market stocks itching to break out of channel that stretches back to 2014

The Junior Market was driven up by excessive buying that drove a number of the stocks to excessive valuations which the market has been correcting for, resulting in the sharp pull back from the all-time high, even then there are some that are still overvalued based on the average valuation of other stocks. The market still has several undervalued stocks but the focus on the bigger and more liquid main market is sucking some energy from the junior ones.
Based on estimated 2017 earnings, the average PE of the junior and main markets are just over 13 times earnings. The main market has more than half of the market trading below this level. Included in the list are Berger Paints with a PE of just 5, Caribbean Cement at 6, Jamaica Broilers 7, JMMB Group at 8, Grace Kennedy, NCB Financial and Sagicor Group at 10. The market has Jamaica Producers selling at 32 times 2017 earnings and Kingston Wharves at 27 times earnings with Kingston Properties at a rich 36 times and are clearly overvalued currently. Jamaica Stock Exchange and 138 Student Living at 22 are well ahead of the market average.

Junior Market under pressure, testing support around 2,900 points.

In the Junior Market Medical Disposables is priced at 6 times earnings, General Accident 6, Caribbean Producers 7, Stationery and Office Supplies, Caribbean Cream and Main Event at 10. Just under half of Junior Market stocks are trading blow the market average with about 25 percent well above the average.
Technical reading| The main market broke through major resistance for the second time since September at 290,000 points, that has its genesis in 1992 and connecting in 2005. The market faces some short term resistance around 300,000 points which should be broken through before long ahead of moving to the next sort term resistance around 360,000 points with 505,000 on the all Jamaica Index, the next big stop. The market has been trading in a distinct upward sloping channel from mid-2014 until now and seems set to break out and move higher.
The Junior Market chart is a big contrast to that of the main market.

Wigton Wind farm should list on the JSE main market in early 2017 with a large capitalization

While the latter is clearly heading higher with new highs being created, the Junior Market index is flashing negative signals. The market has formed a head and shoulder pattern which is a negative signal and the short term 45 days moving average has broken through both the medium term 200 days moving average and longer term moving averages. The market has broken through the channel that it has been trading in since late 2015. There appear to be support around the 2,900 points level but it could go down to 2,800 points where the next support is and it will left to be seen 2,900 points will be the floor ahead of third quarter results that could change the course of the movement.
With just over 2 months for the year to end investors should start to have an eye open for major factors that could make big differences to earnings in 2018 when making investment assessment now. Some of these are, more reduction in interest rates, continued strong foreign exchange growth, low inflation, increased construction activity, increased activity in the tourism sector and of course the potential for several new listings to come to market between now and then. IC Insider.com is aware of 8 such potential listings. The list include, Wigton Wind Farm, Jamaica Public Service as a result of Government of Jamaica’s planned sale of its 20 percent share in the company, Neveast Stationery, KIW International, a relatively new business in Montego Bay and a large manufacturing business, operating out of St Catherine.

Trading up index drops for Juniors – Friday

KLE Group traded more than 1.5 million shares on Friday.

Trading on the Junior Market continue to seesaw, with market Index declining 14.30 points to close at 2,932.18 on Friday with 22 securities changing hands, compared to just 13 previously.
The market closed with the prices of 9 securities advancing, 7 declining and 5 remaining unchanged. Trading increased sharply compared with 1,976,686 units valued at $6,469,834 changing hands, boosted by investors exchanging 1.5 million units of KLE Group, compared to only 208,547 units valued at $1,048,705 on Thursday.
Trading on Friday ended with an average of 89,849 units for an average of $294,083 in contrast to 16,042 units for an average of $80,670 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 81,597 units valued at an average of $348,195 and previously, 79,110 units valued at an average of $364,503. In contrast, September closed with an average of 234,437 units valued at $1,295,260 for each security traded.
Trading ended with the market sentiments looking mixed for Monday’s trading activity as 3 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
The volume quoted for securities are quantities traded and the prices are the last traded price for the day. At the close of the market, AMG Packaging closed at $3.40, with 2,845 units, Caribbean Cream ended at $6, with 4,629 stock units, Caribbean Producers gained 5 cents to end at $3.70, with 23,508 shares, Consolidated Bakeries finished 2 cents higher at $2.02, with 13,500 units, Dolphin Cove closed at $17.50, with 256 stock units changing hands, Eppley closed at $12, with 6,781 shares, Express Catering settled with a loss of 10 cents at $4.40, with 17,066 shares. General Accident ended trading 23 cents higher at $2.73, with 26,141 units, Honey Bun closed with a loss of 20 cents at $4.30, with 7,722 units, Jamaican Teas concluded trading 27 cents higher at $4.05, with 3,500 stock units, Jetcon Corporation climbed 49 cents higher to $4.99, with 44,828 units, KLE Group closed with a loss of 30 cents at $2.50, with 1,530,000 stock units. Knutsford Express closed 14 cents higher at $14.89, with 42,595 units, Lasco Distributors rose 19 cents to end at $6.29, with 179,165 shares, but only after the price hit a 52 weeks’ low of $5.90 during trading. Lasco Financial ended trading 2 cents higher at $4.20, with 22,180 units, Lasco Manufacturing dropped 48 cents to $3.50, with 37,699 stock units. Main Event settled 9 cents higher at $5.10, exchanging 1,700 units, Medical Disposables ended trading at $5.30, with 3,095 stock units, after falling by 70 cents, Paramount Trading ended with a loss of 1 cent at $2.79, with 8,000 shares, Stationery and Office traded with a loss of 7 cents at $4.78, with a mere 300 stock units, Sweet River finished at $3.86, trading just 503 units and in the junior market preference segment, Eppley 9.5% finished 25 cents higher at $7.25, with 673 shares.

Trading sinks on Junior Market

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange was lukewarm with very low volume down 93 percent compared with Wednesday’s trading, and low participation of listed securities on Thursday.
Only 13 securities changed hands, resulting in an exchange of a mere 208,547 units valued at $1,048,705 compared to 2,934,308 units valued at $12,094,964 on Wednesday, from 18 securities changing hands.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 3 securities advanced, 3 declined and 7 closed with the prices unchanged, leading to the Junior Market Index advancing 14.72 points to close at 2,946.48.
Trading ended with an average of 16,042 units for an average of $80,670 in contrast to 163,017 units for an average of $671,942 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 79,110 units valued at $364,503 and previously 92,775 units at an average value of $426,000. In contrast, September closed with average of 116,176 units valued at $538,652 for each security traded.
Trading ended with the market sentiments still looking mixed going into Friday’s trading session as 5 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
The volume and prices quoted for securities are amounts traded for the day at the last trading price. At the close of the market, AMG Packaging ended trading at $3.40, with 25,955 units, Caribbean Cream settled at $6, with 7,979 stock units, Caribbean Producers finished with a loss of 14 cents at $3.65, with 13,585 shares, Consolidated Bakeries settled with a loss of 50 cents at $2, with 7,500 stock units. Eppley finished at $12, with 1,914 shares trading, Express Catering concluded trading 30 cents higher at $4.50, with 46,800 units changing hands, Honey Bun closed at $4.50 while trading 9,967 stock units, Jetcon Corporation closed at $4.50 with 13,429 shares. Knutsford Express traded with a loss of 5 cents at $14.75, with 6,215 stock units, Lasco Distributors concluded trading at $6.10, with 50,359 stock units, Lasco Manufacturing traded 9 cents higher at $3.98, with 7,240 units, Main Event ended trading at $5.01, exchanging 15,839 stock units and Stationery and Office ended 5 cents higher at $4.85, with 1,765 units changing hands.