4 new additions to IC TOP 10

The bullishness continued on Jamaica Stock Market during the past week with the main market reaching new record level on Thursday and the Junior Market closing at the highest level since November 3, last year.
Several companies released results during the week, some showed strong gains and others were in line with the prior year’s period or slightly below and some were in line with expectations, investors reacted accordingly. The chronic shortage of many of the stocks continue to put upward pressure on prices. Following the release of results some companies profit forecast were adjusted. This resulted in Radio Jamaica and Palace Amusement falling from the TOP 10. Palace forecast for 2019 fiscal year is now placed at $100 per share up from earnings of $96 for 2018 including gain on sale of property. Key Insurance reported another quarter of losses and full year’s earnings were revised downwards putting it outside the top listing. Indies Pharma, the other Junior Market stock to jump ship, rose to $2.36 after listing earlier in the week and is up 57 percent from the IPO price of $1.50.
Paramount Trading fell to $2.10 on low volume to jump into the list and Lasco Distributors fell to $3.85 climbed in as well. Paramount is now in a new fiscal year and is expected to record much improved results over the outturn for the year to May as the company enjoys the benefits of increased revenues and profit from the two new ventures started earlier this year in chlorine, bleach and manufacturing of lubricants. Lasco reported improved results of the year to March with the first quarter to June this year recording improvement over 2017 an indication for increased sales and profit in 2019.
Existing TOP 10 stock, Caribbean Cement continues to undergo wild swings in prices and traded as high as $56 during the past week but closed the week at $47.50, on Friday as supply has virtually dried up, not surprising with the company cutting finance cost and reports of several projects slated to come on stream later this year. Berger Paints moved down from $21 to $18 during the past week as direct cost rose sharply by 46 percent in the June quarter to negate a 35 percent rise in revenues but profit after tax rose 13 percent over 2017.
Salada Foods was recently in the Top 10 but moved out based on increased price, reenters with a fall in price to $17 and benefits from improved nine months’ results suggesting earnings of $2 per share. Management expressed concerns as to the impact that the imposition of a cess on coffee could have on sales. Sygnus Credit Investment is a new entrance to the main market and enters as the price fell sharply during the week to $10, but closed with the bid at $10.50.
The PE ratio for Junior Market Top stocks averages 7.9 compared to an average PE for the overall market of 12.5, based on 2018 estimated earnings and the main market PE stands at 8 for the top stocks, compared to a market average of 13, a good indicator of the level of undervaluation of these stocks, currently. Work done by IC Insider.com suggest that the PE ratio is likely to end around 16 or 17 times earnings by year end, as investors continue to gradually upgrade the multiple they are prepared to pay for stocks, which would lift prices sharply over the next several months from current levels. In addition, the latest Treasury bill offer, saw rates dropping to 1.7 percent on the 91 days instrument and 1.88 percent on the 182 days instrument. These rates suggest more funds will be going into stocks as liquidity remains high.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 37 percent to the average for the Junior Market Top stocks but it’s a third of what the average PE for the year is likely to be of 20 times earnings and main market stocks traded at a discount of 39 percent to the market.
TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns within a 12 months period. Stocks are selected based on projected earnings for each company’s current fiscal year. Based on an assumed PE for each, the likely gains are determined and then ranked, with the stocks with the highest potential gains ranked first followed by the rest, in descending order. Potential values will change as stock prices fluctuate and will result in movements of the selection in and out of the lists for most weeks. Earnings per share are revised on an ongoing basis based on new information received that can result in changes in and out of the list as well.

Falling Junior stocks edged out rising ones

Derrimon Trading. shares dropped $5.60 to $19.90 on Friday.

Trading on the Junior Market, with market index slipping just 6.38 points to 3,193.25 with 27 securities changing hands, compared to 25 on Thursday, resulting in 9 securities advancing, 11 declining and 7 remaining unchanged.
The day’s trading to 3,738,180 units valued at $13,115,097 compared to 22,380,747 units valued at $56,082,379 on Thursday.
Two stocks, Express Catering and newly listed Indies Pharma traded at a 52 weeks’ high.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 5 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 2 closed with lower offers.
Trading closed with an average of 138,451 units for an average of $485,744 in contrast to 828,917 units for an average of $2,077,125 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 238,538 units valued at $993,170, compared to 174,894 units valued at $1,111,004 previous trading day. Trading in July, averaged 154,060 units valued at $655,146 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, Access Financial closed at $46.70, in exchanging 11,965 shares, AMG Packaging ended at $1.95, with 20,000 stock units changing hands, Blue Power concluded trading at $47, with 600 units, CAC 2000 finished with a loss of 55 cents at $9, with just 600 shares trading, Cargo Handlers rose 5 cents to $10.94, with 23,800 shares. Caribbean Cream lost 5 cents to end at $5.75, trading 4,065 shares, Caribbean Producers finished trading at $6.85, with 17,622 units, Derrimon Trading suffered a big fall, concluding trading with a loss of $5.60 to $19.90, with 45,084 shares changing hands, Dolphin Cove added 50 cents to close at $17, trading 1,500 stock units. Elite Diagnostic settled 5 cents higher at $2.90, with 90,264 units changing hands, Everything Fresh traded 118,444 shares and ended with a gain of 25 cents at $2.50, to be back at the IPO price, Express Catering traded 40,113 shares after rising 61 cents to a 52 weeks’ closing high of $8.90, FosRich Group finished trading 112,934 shares after rising 25 cents to $3, General Accident closed with a loss of 50 cents at $3.20, exchanging 64,073 stock units. GWest Corporation fell 10 cents to $2.17, with 53,435 units traded, Honey Bun concluded trading with a loss of 30 cents at $4.20, with 13,200 shares, Indies Pharma traded 2,038,664 shares gaining 11 cents and closed at an all-time high of $2.36, Jamaican Teas ended trading 29 cents higher at $4.29, trading 66,655 stock units, Jetcon Corporation traded 322,018 units with a loss of 1 cent at $4.10, KLE Group closed at $3, exchanging 45,000 shares, Lasco Distributors concluded trading 512,100 stock units with a loss of 14 cents at $3.85, Lasco Financial finished with a loss of 30 cents down to $5.50, with 86,600 units, Lasco Manufacturing settled with a loss of 10 cents at $3.90, with 9,390 shares. Main Event ended trading 5,000 shares with a rise of 25 cents to $6.50, with, Medical Disposables closed at $6.50 higher with 2,776 shares changing hands, Paramount Trading ended at $2.10, trading 1,400 shares and Stationery and Office finished trading with a loss of 87 cents to $8.10, with 30,878 stock units trading.

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

Indies trades 21m shares on Junior Market

The chairman and founder of Indies Pharma

On the second day of listing of the most recent addition to the Junior Market, Indies Pharma traded on Thursday and closed with a gain of 75 cents to close with a gain of 50 percent on the IPO price of $1.50.
In the end, Indies traded 21.2 million units, helping to push the day’s trading to 22,380,747 shares valued at $56,082,379 compared to 2,963,010 units, valued at $8,928,557 on Wednesday.
The Junior market index 37.74 points to close at 3,199.63 with 27 securities changing hands, compared to 25 on Tuesday. Trading resulted in the prices of 13 securities advancing, 6 declining and 8 remaining unchanged. Two stocks traded at a 52 weeks’ high but drifted back at the close and one ended the day at a 52 weeks’ low.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 5 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 3 closed with lower offers.
Trading closed with an average of 828,917 units for an average of $2,077,125 in contrast to 118,520 units for an average of $357,142 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 174,894 units valued at $1,111,004, compared to 182,596 units valued at $994,997 previous trading day. Trading in July, averaged 154,060 units valued at $655,146 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, Access Financial closed at $46.70, trading 500 shares, Blue Power concluded trading $2 higher at $47, in the exchange of 2,728 units, Cargo Handlers settled at $10.89, with 3,665 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream ended trading of 29,762 shares at $5.80, Caribbean Producers finished trading 74,861 units at $6.85. Derrimon Trading concluded trading of 116,160 shares at $25.50, but hit a new high of $30 during trading, Elite Diagnostic settled with a loss of 5 cents at $2.85, exchanging 77,748 units, Eppley ended trading with a loss of 78 cents close at $9.18, with 430 shares, Everything Fresh traded 36,000 shares and ended with a gain of 15 cents at $2.25 as investors continue to respond positively to half year results showing profit of 4 cents per share for the June quarter on rising gross profit margin. Express Catering traded 14 cents higher at $8.29, with 1,600 shares. FosRich Group finished trading of 8,000 shares with a loss of 1 cent at $2.75, General Accident traded at a 52 weeks’ high of $5 but closed at $3.70, with 41,607 stock units, Honey Bun concluded trading 700 shares at $4.50, Iron Rock finished 25 cents higher at $3.50, with 134,006 shares. Jetcon Corporation traded 16,842 units and rose 6 cents to $4.11, Key Insurance finished trading at $3.16, with 2,950 shares, Knutsford Express ended 1 cent higher at $11.36, after 3,000 shares traded, Lasco Distributors concluded trading of 62,800 stock units and added 4 cents to close at $3.99. Lasco Financial finished at $5.80, exchanging 354,663 units, Lasco Manufacturing settled for a rise of 10 cents to $4, with 78,339 shares, Main Event ended trading 107,682 shares and rose 44 cents to end at $6.25, Medical Disposables traded 1 cent higher at $6.50, with 3,024 shares. Paramount Trading dropped 60 cents to end at a52 weeks’ low of $2.10, trading 3,600 stock units, Stationery and Office closed with a loss of 3 cents at $8.97, with 8,060 units and tTech concluded trading of 15,440 shares and climbed 50 cents to $5.

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

All Indies trades cancelled at end of play

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The most recent Junior Market Indies Pharma started trading on Wednesday and closed with a gain of 80 cents to closed with a gain of 53 percent on the IPO price of $1.50. The stock opened at $2.50 but drifting lower during the day to close at $2.30, well that is what the stock exchange trading platform showed.
None of that mattered in the end as all 774,145 shares that was recorded as trading were cancelled.
But there is something awfully wrong wat the JSE, this problem has been occurring ever since the exchange introduced the current trading platform. First, the rule that limit prices to no more than 30 percent in a day is outmoded. Secondly, just about all new junior market listings have traded well above the limit on opening day sending a clear message that the limit at least for new listings made no sense. The exchange management is clearly behind the market place and need to step up the demands of the market.
The Junior market index climbed 26.04 points to close at 3,161.89 with 25 securities changing hands, compared to 25 on Tuesday. At the close, the prices of 8 securities advanced, 10 declined and 7 remained unchanged with one stock closing at a 52 weeks’ low. Trading resulted in 2,963,010 units valued at $8,928,557 changing hands compared to 1,564,416 units valued at $8,693,578 on Tuesday.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 7 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 2 closed with lower offers.
Trading closed with an average of 118,520 units for an average of $357,142 in contrast to 62,577 units for an average of $347,743 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 174,894 units valued at $918,332, compared to 182,596 units valued at $994,997 previous trading day. Trading in July, averaged 154,060 units valued at $655,146 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, Access Financial jumped $10.70 and closed at $46.70, with only 1,407 shares changing hands, CAC 2000 concluded trading 96,403 units $1.55 higher at $9.55, Caribbean Cream traded just 650 shares and climbed $1.08 to $5.80, Caribbean Flavours dropped $1.50 to $13, trading 4,854 shares, Caribbean Producers traded with a loss of 4 cents at $6.85, after 7,700 stock units were exchanged, Consolidated Bakeries finished trading at $2.17, with 13,000 units. C2W Music closed with a loss of 3 cents at $1.72, exchanging 20,000 shares, Elite Diagnostic gained 5 cents to end at $2.90, with 1,270,903 stock units changing hands, Everything Fresh traded 1,100,731 shares and ended with a gain of 20 cents at $2.10 as investors responded to half year results showing profit of 4 cents per share for the June quarter on rising gross profit margin. Express Catering rose 12 cents to $8.15, with 6,623 shares, General Accident finished trading 48,811 shares at $3.70. Honey Bun ended at $4.50, with 13,399 units, Iron Rock concluded trading with a loss of 25 cents at $3.25, with 82,741 shares, Jamaican Teas settled at $4, trading 124,700 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended trading at $4.05, with 46,250 stock units. Key Insurance fell 31 cents to $3.16, exchanging 12,050 units, KLE Group finished trading at $3, with 358 shares, Knutsford Express closed at $11.35, with 9,628 shares, Lasco Distributors ended with a loss of 4 cents at $3.95, after 45,000 shares traded. Lasco Financial concluded trading 30 cents higher at $5.80, with 10,275 stock units, Lasco Manufacturing traded 8,757 stock units and fell 5 cents to $3.90, Paramount Trading ended trading with a loss of 30 cents at $2.70, with 1,000 shares, Stationery and Office traded with a loss of 50 cents at $9, with 29,412 shares and tTech closed with a loss of 50 cents at a 52 weeks’ low of $4.50, with 3,340 units. In the junior market preference segment, Eppley 9.5% ended trading at $5.98, with 5,018 shares changing hands.

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

13 Junior Market stocks gain – Tuesday

In Junior Market trading on Tuesday 4 stocks traded at a 52 weeks’ high and one at a 52 weeks’ low as the prices of 13 securities advanced, 7 declined and 4 remained unchanged.
In spite of the positive price movement at the close, the Junior market index declined 22.15 points to close at 3,135.85 with 25 securities changing hands, compared to 27 on Monday. Trading resulted in 1,564,416 units valued at $8,693,578 changing hands compared to 2,611,628 units valued at $11,933,757 on Monday.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 2 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 3 closed with lower offers.
Trading closed with an average of 62,577 units for an average of $347,743 in contrast to 124,363 units for an average of $568,274 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 182,596 units valued at $994,997, compared to 201,586 units, valued at $1,097,411 previous trading day. Trading in July, averaged 154,060 units valued at $655,146 for each security traded.
At the close of trading Cargo Handlers settled at $10.89, with 308 shares, Caribbean Cream ended trading with a loss of $1.08 at $4.72, trading 30,431 shares, Caribbean Flavours traded 15,000 stock units and jumped $1.50 to a 52 weeks’ high of $14.50, Caribbean Producers finished trading 88,000 units and gained 12 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $6.89, after trading as high as $7.15, Consolidated Bakeries closed 1 cent higher at $2.17, with 229,179 shares changing hands. C2W Music ended with a gain of 4 cents to $1.75, as 1,400 shares traded, Derrimon Trading concluded trading 120,000 shares and climbed 50 cents to a new closing high of $25.50, Dolphin Cove finished at $16.50, while exchanging 184 stock units, Elite Diagnostic settled 5 cents higher at $2.85, with 5,000 units. Everything Fresh traded 244,413 shares and ended at $1.90, Express Catering traded 3 cents higher at $8.03, with 131,000 shares, FosRich Group finished trading of 64,858 shares with a loss of 24 cents at $2.76, General Accident closed with 13,000 stock units trading and fell 10 cents to $3.70, GWest Corporation ended 7 cents higher at $2.27, with 36,282 units. Honey Bun concluded trading with a loss of 1 cent at $4.50, in exchanging 13,700 shares, Iron Rock finished at $3.50, with 186,606 shares, Jamaican Teas ended trading with a loss of 5 cents at $4, with 8,401 stock units changing hands, Jetcon Corporation traded 256,529 units and gained 5 cents to end at $4.05. Key Insurance finished trading 9,147 shares and rose by 45 cents to $3.47, KLE Group closed 19 cents higher at $3, with 6,129 shares trading, Knutsford Express ended with a rise of 5 cents to $11.35, as 17,350 shares were traded, Lasco Distributors concluded trading of 45,066 stock units at $3.99. Lasco Financial finished with a loss of 40 cents at $5.50, exchanging 12,136 units, Lasco Manufacturing settled with a loss of 5 cents at $3.95, with 28,671 shares and Medical Disposables jumped $1.29 in trading 1,626 shares at $6.49.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Profit results could ignite market

There is little doubt that the summer rally is on for Jamaica stocks and is being helped by some good results for a number of the companies. Release of results over the next two days could be a huge catalyst for the market in the days ahead.
Last week a number of stocks traded at 52 weeks’ highs or historical highs. Profit results are expected to flood the market over the next two days and could have a big impact on prices.
Last week a number of on the Watch list traded at record high levels and more of that is expected this week.
Stocks with scarce supplies and could spring surprises include Grace Kennedy, NCB Financial, Berger Paints, Caribbean Cement, Kingston Wharves, PanJam Investment, Sagicor Group, Salada Foods, Seprod and Scotia Group. The main market is not the only segment with limited supplies. The Junior Market supplies continue to be limited for many of the listings. The list includes, Blue Power, Caribbean Flavours, Cargo Handlers, Caribbean Producers, Derrimon Trading, Express Catering, General Accident,Caribbean Cream, Medical Disposables and Stationery and Office Supplies.
The main market continues to be steered higher by an upward sloping support line as well the 45 and 125 day moving averages, lending support just below the index and the Junior Market that is at a 9 months’ high, is being steered by an upward rising long-term support line and the start of a golden cross. The golden cross is a very bullish long-term signal.

Medical Disposables out AMG in TOP 10

The main market of Jamaica Stock Market indices chalked up more records last and closed the week at another record high on Friday and the Junior Market closed at a 9 months’ high as the markets continue the usual summer bounce.
A number of positive results and chronic shortage of many of the stocks are helping in putting upward pressure on prices resulting in three changes to the IC TOP 10 at the end of the week.
Medical Disposables rose to $6.40 at the end of the week and was the sole stock moving out of the TOP 10 and AMG Packaging returned to the TOP 10. Caribbean Cement traded as high as $50 on Friday as supply has virtually dried up, not surprising with the company cutting finance cost and reports of several projects slated to come on stream later this year. Berger Paints also moved higher to $21 on Friday and remains scarce. Iron Rock jumped to a new high of $4.07 on Friday as the company shows promise of making a profit sooner than later.
The coming days will see a flood of quarterly results be released and could impact the prices of stocks.
The PE ratio for Junior Market Top stocks averages 7.9 compared to an average PE for the overall market of 12, based on 2018 estimated earnings and the main market PE stands at 8.2 for the top stocks, compared to a market average of 13, a good indicator of the level of undervaluation of these stocks. Work done by IC Insider.com suggest that the PE ratio is likely to end around 16 times earnings by year as investors continue to gradually upgrade the multiple they are prepared to pay for stocks, which would lift prices sharply over the next several months from current levels.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 34 percent to the average for the Junior Market Top stocks but it’s a third of what the average PE for the year is likely to be of 20 times earnings and main market stocks traded at a discount of 39 percent to the market.
TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns within a 12 months period. Stocks are selected based on projected earnings for each company’s current fiscal year. Based on an assumed PE for each, the likely gains are determined and then ranked, with the stocks with the highest potential gains ranked first followed by the rest, in descending order. Potential values will change as stock prices fluctuate and will result in movements of the selection in and out of the lists for most weeks. Earnings per share are revised on an ongoing basis based on new information received that can result in changes in and out of the list as well.

Junior Market continues to climb – Tuesday

The Junior Market Index moved higher by 20.70 points to close at 3,150.90 on Tuesday after closing on Monday, for the Independence Day public holiday and being up in 6 of the last 7 trading sessions.
Trading ended with 25 securities changing hands, compared to 23 on Friday, with 7 advancing, 4 falling and 14 remaining unchanged. Medical Disposables traded at a 52 weeks’ high after June Quarter profit climbed sharply. The market closed with, 510,714 units valued at $2,313,622.29 changing hands, compared to 771,621 units valued at $2,972,863 on Friday.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 2 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, one with a lower offer.
Trading closed with an average of 20,429 units for an average of $92,545 in contrast to 57,100 units for an average of $240,564 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 38,741 units valued at $161,485, compared to 49,641 units valued at $202,520. Trading in July, averaged 154,060 units valued at $655,146 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, AMG Packaging ended at $2, after trading 4,221 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading 513 units at $40, CAC 2000 finished at $9, with 5,383 shares changing hands, Cargo Handlers settled at $10.89, in exchanging 6,000 shares, Caribbean Cream ended trading 5,395 shares rising 30 cents higher at $5.80. Caribbean Flavours traded with a loss of 20 cents at $12.50, with 3,000 stock units changing hands, Caribbean Producers finished trading 911 units at $6.22, Consolidated Bakeries closed at $2.16, exchanging 7,500 shares, C2W Music ended at $1.71, with 8,000 shares changing hands. Derrimon Trading ended at $23, with 19,545 units changing hands, Elite Diagnostic finished at $2.90, trading 28,545 stock units, Everything Fresh traded 198,030 shares to end at $1.98. Express Catering ended trading 29,883 shares and rose 5 cents to $8, General Accident finished trading 14 cents higher at $3.47, while exchanging 3,570 shares, GWest Corporation closed at $2.20, with 49,760 stock units changing hands. Honey Bun ended at $4.51, trading 5,505 units, Jamaican Teas settled with a loss of 20 cents at $4.30, with 11,758 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended trading 4,900 stock units and gained 2 cents to $4.05, KLE Group finished trading at $3, with 2,791 shares. Knutsford Express closed 44 cents higher at $11.95, trading 3,022 shares, Lasco Distributors ended at $4, with 45,380 shares changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing finished 5 cents higher at $4.15, with 9,796 units, Medical Disposables jumped 88 cents higher to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $6.68, with 1,793 shares, Stationery and Office fell 8 cents to $8.04, with 50,993 stock units and tTech ended with a loss of 25 cents at $5, trading 4,520 shares.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Grace set to make big price leap

Grace Kennedy traded at a 52 weeks’ high on JSE on Friday..

The Jamaica stock market is at an interesting stage, with supply of many stocks offered for sale, getting more scarce by the day, while interest rates are at their lowest levels in Jamaica’s history but are most are valued  at levels when interest rates were in the teens.
The main market has gained 8,387.30 points in July, and is now a record high as of Friday with gains of 9,486.57 since the start of July, thus mirroring the start of the usual summer rally on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, while the Junior Market continues to bounce and is now at a 9 months’ high.
Liquidity is very high and forcing interest rates lower as investors try to place funds on hands. As liquidity rise in the market supply of stocks is on the decline. Some of stock with scarce supplies include Grace Kennedy that has just one offer priced at $80 when the market closed on Friday, NCB Financial that is now trading over $100 is not far behind with limited offers. It has been years that the supply of Grace stock has been this low and suggest a big upward price move.

The All Jamaica Composite index now braking out of a narrow upward sloping channel going back to November 2017.

Berger Paints, Caribbean Cement, JMMB Group, Kingston Wharves, PanJam Investment, Sagicor Group, Seprod and Scotia Group with only 362,000 units on offer are amongst some that have very limited supplies being offered for sale on the market. But the main market is not the only segment with limited supplies.Over in the Junior market where demand is not as great as in 2017, supplies are limited for many of the listings. The list includes, Blue Power, Caribbean Flavours, Cargo Handlers, Derrimon Trading, Express Catering, Caribbean Cream, Medical Disposables and Stationery and Office Supplies. Caribbean Producers closed trading at $5.80 at the end of the previous week and ended this past week at $6.22 and may well go higher this coming week as it closed with a bid at $6.20. A number of these stocks could lead the break out of the markets in a big way when investors on a whole come to the realization that with interest rates now below 2 percent,

Medical Disposables profit jumps 49 percent before foreign exchange loss in Q1.

that the old accepted PE ratio of 10 being reasonable to value stocks, is no longer accepted and that ratios of 20 to 30 will become the norm going forward. Investors only need to look at stocks in in Trinidad and Tobago where PEs have been in the 20 level for years to understand where we will be heading in the not too distant future.
The main market continues to be steered higher by an upward sloping support line as well the 45 and 125 day moving averages, lending support just below the index and the Junior Market that is at a 9 month high, is being steered by an upward rising long term support line and the start of a golden cross.

Medical Disposables back in IC TOP 10

Medical Disposables back in IC TOP 10

The main market of Jamaica Stock Exchange ended at a record close on Friday and the Junior Market closed at a 9 months’ high as the markets keep moving higher resulting changes to the IC TOP 10.
At the close on Friday, Proven Investments ended at 19 US cents and fell out of the top list and is replaced by Victoria Mutual Investments. Jetcon Corporation and Paramount Trading dropped out of the top flight, to be replaced by Fosrich Group and Medical Disposables. IC insider.com lowered profit forecast for Paramount with the company showing only a small profit of less than a million dollars in the fourth quarter compared to nearly $11 million in 2017 after gross profit rose 29 percent or $28 million. Jetcon squeezed out by price changes, elsewhere Medical Disposables rose to $5.80 but made it back in the list with strong profit out turn for the first quarter to June and an upgrade of earnings for the full year, of 65 cents per share from 60 cents.
The PE ratio for Junior Market Top stocks averages 7.4 compared to an average PE for the overall market of 12, based on 2018 estimated earnings and the main market PE stands at 8 for the top stocks, compared to a market average of 13, a good indicator of the level of undervaluation of these stocks.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 38 percent to the average for the Junior Market Top stocks but it’s a third of what the average PE for the year is likely to be of 20 times earnings and main market stocks traded at a discount of 40 percent to the market.
TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns within a 12 months period. Stocks are selected based on projected earnings for each company’s current fiscal year. Based on an assumed PE for each, the likely gains are determined and then ranked, with the stocks with the highest potential gains ranked first followed by the rest, in descending order. Potential values will change as stock prices fluctuate and will result in movements of the selection in and out of the lists for most weeks. Earnings per share are revised on an ongoing basis based on new information received that can result in changes in and out of the list as well.