5 junior stocks rise 1 fall on Friday

JSE sign The junior market ended on Friday with the index rising 5.71 points to 965.51 with indications below showing that Monday should be another day of more stocks rising than declining. A total of 5 stocks advanced, 1 declined with 6 securities trading. The market ended with 1,524,288 units, valued at $3.455 million changing hands.
The market ended with 3 securities with no bids to buy, while 9 had no stocks being offered for sale. A total of 9 stocks closed with bids higher than the last traded prices and 4 closed with lower offers.
In trading, Caribbean Cream traded 20,000 shares and gained 9 cents to close at $1.80, Dolphin Cove traded 4,000 shares at $11.50, General Accident Insurance traded 24,000 units at $1.50 to gain 3 cents,JM - Trade Sht 25-9-15r Lasco Financial with 85,750 shares changing hands ended at $1.80. Lasco Manufacturing with 306,414 shares trading closed at $2.05 with a gain of 9 cents, Medical Disposables traded 621,144 shares to close unchanged at $2.50 and Derrimon Trading preference share ended with 463,000 shares changing hands to end at $2.23. The usual trading data was not available after the close on Friday as such the volumes on the bid and offers are for the most part those at 11 am on Friday morning.

Juniors close Thursday on strong note

Lasco Distributors" hot new "I Cool" drink could help light up the stock on Friday.

Lasco Distributors” hot new “I Cool” drink could help light up the stock on Friday.

The junior market ended on Thursday with a positive outlook for Fridays trading. At the close the index rose 9.32 points to 959.80. A total of 2 stocks advanced, 2 declined with 6 securities trading. The market ended with only 88,394 units, valued at a mere $353,465 changing hands.
The market ended with 3 securities with no bids to buy, while 8 had no stocks being offered for sale. A total of 8 stocks closed with bids higher than the last traded prices and 4 closed with lower offers.
In trading, AMG Packaging closed at $3.60 as 36,280 units changed hands, C2W Music had 3,700 units changing hands unchanged at 39 cents, Honey Bun had 2,054 shares trading with a fall of 2 cents to close at $4.28, Lasco Financial with 3,250 shares changing hands rose 6 cents to end at $1.61. Lasco Manufacturing with 15,000 shares trading closed at $1.96 and Eppley cumulative preference share 2019, ended with 31,700 units changing hands at $6.01.
A number of IC Insider BUY RATED stocks are in demand and seems poised to rise these include, Caribbean Cream did not trade but ended with bids in to buy 588,536 shares at $1.68 and JM - Trade Sheet 24-9-15support down to $1.65 with 215,000 shares and with offers for 20,000 units at $2 and between $2.05 and $3 a total of 186,000 shares. Lasco Distributors closed with the offer at $1.98 to buy 12,000 shares by Mayberry Investments for a client, more than the last selling price of $1.84, below that offer, is one for only 4,500 units at $1.90 and 250,000 units at $1.86. There are 4 offers, ranging between $2.03 and $2.05 for a total of 503,000 shares. Lasco Manufacturing has a bid at $2 for a small amount and 321,191 at $1.90, there are 5 offers ranging from $2.05 with 752,000 units and 34,000 units at $2.05 and 17,200 shares at $2.80.

4 junior stocks gain on Tuesday

Stocks The junior market ended on Tuesday with the index falling marginally by 0.60 points to close at 950.33. A total of 4 stocks advanced, none declined with a total of 9 securities trading. The market ended with 772,681 units, valued at $1,436,470 changing hands.
The market ended with 4 securities with no bids to buy, while 7 had no stocks being offered for sale. A total of 7 stocks closed with bids higher than the last traded prices and 2 closed with lower offers.
Stocks trading are, Caribbean Cream ended with 185,000 shares changing hands at $1.71, as the price rose 6 cents, Caribbean Producers traded 23,000 units to close at $2.35, General Accident trading 26,621 sharesCargo Handlers with 550 shares changing hands ended at $31, JM - Trade Sht 22-9-15 to end at $1.46 with a 1 cent rise. Honey Bun had 10,000 shares trading with an increase of 28 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $4.28, Knutsford Express had 8,000 shares changing hands at $6.10, Lasco Distributors with 115,800 shares trading, closed at $1.84 after rising by 2 cents. Lasco Financial ended with 174,000 shares changing hands for a decline of at $1.55, Lasco Manufacturing with 229,630 shares trading closed at $1.90.

6 juniors stocks fall on Monday

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JSE sign The junior market ended on Monday with Caribbean Producers trading over 2 million shares to be the dominant trade. The market closed with the index falling 6.93 points to close at 950.93 as no stock advanced and 6 declined with a total of 8 securities trading. The market ended with 1,136,645 units, valued at $2,179,387 changing hands.
The market ended with 6 securities with no bids to buy, while 7 had no stocks being offered for sale. A total of 5 stocks closed with bids higher than the last traded prices and 2 closed with lower offers.
Stocks trading are, AMG Packaging with 250 shares changing hands at $3.65 while losing 15 JM - Trade 21-9-15cents, Caribbean Cream ending with 440,000 shares changing hands at $1.65, as the price slipped 2 cents, General Accident trading 44,495 shares to end at $1.45, Lasco Distributors with 45,000 shares trading, closed at $1.82 after dropping 13 cents. Lasco Financial ended with 9,600 shares changing hands for a decline of 5 cents at $1.55, Lasco Manufacturing fell 6 cents with 91,400 shares trading at $1.90, Paramount Trading lost 19 cents in trading 900 units in ending at $5.81 and Derrimon Trading 11.75% preference share traded 505,000 units at a 52 weeks’ low of $2.20 after dropping 19 cents.

Weak start to week on JSE – early Monday

The week has started with very little activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange with just 5 securities changing hands after 80 minutes had passed from the opening. Activities JSE Intra 21- 09-15resulted in a volume of 622,390 units, with 1 stock declining and 2 rising.
Trading activity resulted small changes to the indices with the JSE Market Index rising 19.48 points to 96,914.67. The JSE All Jamaican Composite index gained 21.76 points to 107,263.88 and the JSE combined index advanced 55.08 points to be at 100,091.94. The junior market is up 4.11 points to 961.97.
The main trades so far are, Caribbean Cream has traded 440,000 shares at $1.65 and Sagicor Group traded 173,580 units at $12.60.

Stacking up Barita’s stock recommendations?

Pan Jam is the top selection

Pan Jam is the top selection

Thought some listings on the JSE are up in price significantly, we see opportunities for significant capital appreciation at this point in a number of stocks, a recent buy and sell recommendation by the Barita Investments said.
“Many are trading at attractive levels with trading ratios of 6-8 times price to earnings, creating a potentially good entry point in the long term, we favour companies with strategic plans to diversify their revenue streams outside of our local economy along with a return on equity that outpaces inflation”, the Barita Investments stock market outlook went on to state. Barita also states that their analysis of 10 years of price data for a number of stocks show that October, to January is the strongest period for the JSE as such, buying before that time is a wise strategy. Those findings coincides with the IC Insider’s research that shows the market predominantly, starts rallying around June to July most years and peaks in mid-May the following year.
IC Insider picked 10 stocks from Mayberry Investments’ daily recommendations along with their PE ratios to see how they matched up with that of Barita’s and listed IC Insider’s top buys as well. Barita’s recommendation report was dated September 11 while Mayberry’s recommendations were published between the September 11 and 18. Barita did not state the PE ratio for their selections but quoted prices, presumable to buy or sell at. A number of the sell recommendation stocks have risen in price since.
BILMIL-9-15rvIC Insider picked 11 stocks from Mayberry Investments’ daily recommendations along with their PE ratios to see how they matched up with that of Barita’s and listed IC Insider’s top buys as well. Barita’s recommendation report was dated September 11 while Mayberry’s recommendations were published between the September 11 and 18. Barita did not state the PE ratio for their selections but quoted prices, presumable to buy at. Based on feed-back obtained from Sean Taylor, Business Development Manager at Barita, what appeared to be sell recommendations, were in fact a part of the listing of stocks to buy.One selection Pan Jamaican is common to all three while 5 stocks are picked by 2 of the 3 these are National Commercial Bank, Caribbean Cream, Caribbean Flavours, Paramount Trading and Supreme Ventures.

Caribbean Cream profit up 138%

Caribbean Cream profit jumps 138% in Q1-2015-16

Caribbean Cream profit jumps 138% in Q1-2015-16

It seems to have taken a bit longer than expected for Caribbean Cream to start showing some of the major potential it exhibited on going in public in 2013. Slower revenue growth and higher cost are some of the factors that held back the promised profit out turn. The company now seems over those initial drags and appears poised for a fabulous year, with increased profits and big gains in the stock price, well above the $2.50 peak, reached in July.
That seems to be receding with a big jump in profits for the full year to February when profits climbed to $57 million from $35 million for 2014 and a big leap in the first quarter ending May, jumping 138 percent to $39 million. Growth was only constrained by added cost for cleaning and sanitation which helped push administrative cost to $56 million by $20 million. Loans are down $20 million and brought interest cost down. Inventories fell from $96 million to $61 million, the fall in the world market price for milk powder would have been a major factor behind this, coupled with a greater level of stability of the Jamaica dollar that would suggest there was little benefit from having large amounts of inventories. Trade receivables climbed $20 million, cash moved to $51 million from $17 million in 2014 and could end up around $200 million by the end of fiscal year to February 2016, payables declined from $109 million to $80 million and equity capital has moved to $326 million, lending strength to the company’s improving financial health.
Kremi GapntFor the quarter, revenues climbed 15 percent to $289.2 million from $251.5 million in May 2014 and was better than for the February quarter of $273 million. The growth in revenues is better than the 11 percent garnered in the February quarter. Lower operating expenses of $178 million versus $183 million in 2014 drove gross profit up 61 percent with profit margin jumping to 38 percent from 27 percent in 2014 and was helped by a 13 percent price increase ahead of the February quarter. Marketing costs remain static at $11 million while interest cost fell from $5.8 million to $4.6 million.
Earnings came in at 10 cents per share, well over the 4 cents reported in 2014 and not very far from the full year earnings of 15 cents. Earnings for fiscal year ending 2016 should hit 75 cents per share as cost savings and marketing measures take effect. The price of milk powder, a major input into the production of ice cream, fell 25 percent since the end of the May quarter to the end of August on the US market and looks like it headed lower, will result in major cost savings. The company enjoys 5 years tax free holiday commencing in 2013 when it listed on the junior market of the Jamaica Stock exchange and after that is entitled to 5 years of taxation at half the regular tax rate.
The stock traded at $1.67 on Friday on the junior market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange but was as high as $2.50 coming from a low of 61 cents earlier in the year. The next set of results due early October, will most likely give the stock another shot in the arm.

Carib Producers dominates juniors – Friday

CPJ dominates junior market trading

CPJ dominates junior market trading

The junior market ended on Friday with Caribbean Producers trading over 2 million shares to be the dominant trade. The market closed with the index barely rising with just 0.61 points to close at 957.86 as the prices of 3 stocks advanced and 2 declined with a total of 11 securities trading. The market ended with 3,428,036 units, valued at $7,336,878 changing hands.
At the close, there are signs that the supply of junior market stocks is on the decline with demand slowly rising, indicators that prices should be rising for a number of stocks while those declining should be less. The market ended with 4 securities with no bids to buy, while 8 had no stocks being offered for sale. A total of 6 stocks closed with bids higher than the last traded prices and 2 closed with lower offers.
Stocks trading are, Access Financial with 1,545 shares changing hands at $12.50 while gaining 30 cents, Caribbean Cream ending with 60,000 shares changing hands at $1.67 to gain JM - Trade Sht 18-9-152 cents, Caribbean Producers trading 2,169,800 units to close at $2.35, Consolidated Bakeries traded 2,000 shares at $1.20 Derrimon Trading ended with 32,000 shares changing hands, to end at $2.30. Dolphin Cove trading 6,556 units at $11.50. General Accident trading 38,054 shares to end at $1.45, Jamaican Teas with 46,241 shares trading, to close at $3.50, Lasco Financial ended with 990,914 shares changing hands for a decline of 10 cents to $1.60, Lasco Manufacturing fell 4 cents with 80,726 shares trading at $1.96 and Paramount Trading gained 25 cents in trading 200 units in ending at $6.

Juniors close on positive note Tuesday

StockMarkets The junior market lost ground on Tuesday with the market index falling 11.76 points to close at 954.62 as the prices of only 1 stock advancing, 5 declined and a total of 8 securities trading. Trading ended with just 444,908 units, valued at $941,966 changing hands.
At the close, there are signs that the supply of junior market stocks is on the decline, with demand slowly rising. The market ended with 3 securities with no bids to buy, while 9 had no stocks being offered for sale and 7 stocks closed with bids higher than the last traded prices and 2 closed with lower offers.
Stocks trading are, Caribbean Cream traded 17,000 shares to close with a 5 cents rise to $1.65, Caribbean Producers lost 2 cents with 103,100 shares changing hands at $2.38,JM - Trade Sheet 15-9-15 Dolphin Cove traded just 2,950 shares to end at $11.20, after falling $1.05, Honey Bun had 13,290 shares changing hands at $3.98. Lasco Distributors fell 15 cents with 63,276 units changing hands at $1.80, Lasco Financial ended with 81,090 shares changing hands for a fall of 5 cents at $1.70, Lasco Manufacturing lost 1 cent in trading 162,813 units to close at $1.89 and Medical Disposables traded 1,389 shares to close unchanged at $2.36.

Junior index drops 3.5% on Friday

Lasco Manufacturing fell 15 cents to help pull the index down

Lasco Manufacturing fell 15 cents to help pull the index down

Trading on Friday ended with just 1,575,636 units, valued at $3,382,110 changing hands from a total of 9 securities that traded. The prices of 3 stocks advanced 4 declined with the junior market index dropped 34.11 points or 3.45 percent to close at 954.91.
The large decline in the index would be due a lot, to the fall of Lasco Manufacturing with a large number of issued shares.
At the close, 5 securities ended with no bids to buy, while 7 had no stocks being offered for sale and 6 stocks closed with bids higher than the last traded prices and 1 closed with a lower offer.
Stocks trading are, Access Financial traded 2,500 shares to close with a 2 cents fall to $12, Caribbean Cream lost 30 cents with 14,300 shares changing hands at $1.60, Dolphin Cove JM - Trade 11-9-15traded just 1,210 shares with a loss of 65 cents to end at $12.25, Knutsford Express had 1,500 shares changing hands at $6.10 for a 10 cents gain. Lasco Distributors closed with 490,000 units trading at $1.90 to gain 5 cents, Lasco Financial ended with 629,255 shares changing hands at $1.80. Lasco Manufacturing closed with 191,077 units trading, ending with a loss of 15 cents at $1.80, Medical Disposables ended with 141,958 shares changing hands to close at $2.36 after gaining 1 cent and Eppley preference share 2019 traded 103,836 units at $6.05.