More Junior Market decline – Tuesday

The Junior Market ends Tuesday down 24.14 points to close at 2,397.40 as 31 securities changed hands with the prices of 12 securities rising, 13 declining and five remaining unchanged.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The market closed with negative sentiments, with the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading showing just one stock ending with the bid higher than the last selling price and seven with lower offers.
The day’s activities ended with, resulting in an exchange of 8,459,553 units valued at $18,358,764 compared to 3,914,568 units valued at $10,441,625 from 31 securities on Monday.
Trading closed with an average of 272,889 units at $592,218 for each security traded in contrast to 126,276 units for an average of $336,827 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 200,478 units valued at $455,751 and previously 165,404 units valued at $389,650. In contrast, April closed with an average of 44,863 units valued at $1,028,076 for each security traded.
At the close of the market, Access Financial dropped $3.90 in trading 200 shares to settle at $22.10, AMG Packaging added 1 cent to close at $1.66 with 37,605 stock units exchanged, Blue Power declined by 55 cents in the swapping of 44,143 units to end at $3.20. Caribbean Cream rose 1 cent in exchanging 50,000 shares to close at $2.01, Caribbean Producers declined by 11 cents to settle at $2.40 in the swapping of 250,367 shares, Derrimon Trading fell 2 cents to $1.90 with an exchange of 115,538 units. Express Catering ended with a loss of 1 cent at $3.34 with 6,229 stock units changing hands, Fontana closed 29 cents higher after trading 233,655 shares to end at $5.29, Fosrich lost 4 cents in the exchange of 1,500 shares to settle at $3.85. General Accident closed trading of 1,241,712 units and gained 27 cents to end at $4.43, Honey Bun finished 5 cents higher at $6 with 120,638 units changing hands, iCreate ended the day at 44 cents, after gaining 2 cents and exchanging 68,754 stock units. Indies Pharma closed trading of 25,051 units and gained 19 cents to end at $2.38, Iron Rock Insurance dropped 48 cents to $2.16 in the swapping of 7,966 shares, Jamaican Teas climbed 2 cents and exchanged 35,234 shares to settle at $4.18. Knutsford Express shed $1.78 in trading of 25,134 units to finish at $7.21, Lasco Distributors closed 5 cents higher at $3.05, with 146,146 stock units crossing the exchange, Lasco Financial picked up 30 cents, exchanging 1,000 shares to end at $2.70. Lasco Manufacturing slipped 1 cent to $3.99 with 33,640 stock units changing hands, Limners and Bards dipped 3 cents in trading of 55,556 units to end at $1.90, Lumber Depot shed 5 cents in the swapping of 385,452 units to close at $1.09. MailPac Group climbed 1 cent to $1.68 after an exchange of 5,104,090 shares, Main Event jumped by $1.02 to settle at $4.89 with 1,100 shares changing hands, Paramount Trading lost 2 cents in trading 135 units to close at $1.98 and SSL Venture declined by 19 cents to settle at 73 cents with 396,000 stock units crossing the exchange.

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

JSE Junior Market slips on Monday

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Monday lifted the market index to more than 2,445 points just a few points on Friday’s close, but the market could not build on the early momentum and ended the day with a modest loss of 11.90 points to close at 2,421.54.
At the close of market activities with 31 securities changed hands, with the prices of 12 securities advanced, 12 declined and seven remained unchanged and the average PE of Junior Market. Stocks ended at 8.9 times 2020-21 earnings. Trading ended, resulting in an exchange of 3,914,568 units valued at $10,441,625 compared to 6,671,271 units valued at $14,495,961 on Friday.
Trading ended with an average of 126,276 units at $336,827 for each security trading in contrast to 202,160 units for an average of $439,272 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 165,404 units valued at $389,650 and previously 150,098 units valued at $541,417. Trading in April closed with an average of 44,863 units valued at $1,028,076 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows six stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial gained 1 cent to end at $26 in trading 4,000 shares, AMG Packaging dipped 10cents in trading of 2,505 units at $1.65, Carib Assurance Brokers exchanged 91,717 shares and fell 1 cent to close at $2.19. Caribbean Cream closed with a loss of 15cents at $2, after the swapping of 550,000 shares, Caribbean Producers closed 1 cent higher at $2.51, with 257,834 stock units trading, Consolidated Bakeries gained 18 cents to end at $1.69, transferring 644 units. Derrimon Trading declined by 9cents to settle at $1.92, Fontana fell by 28 cents in trading 395,419 units at $5, General Accident lost 33cents in trading of 440,645 units at $4.16, GWest Corporation ended with 1,000 shares crossing through the market, after rising 2 cents to end at 90 cents. Honey Bun closed trading of 3,726 units and gained 15 cents to settle at $5.95, iCreate dipped 4 cents in trading of 282,100 units at 42 cents. Indies Pharma shed 21cents in transferring 25,044 units at $2.19. Iron Rock Insurance closed trading of 88,386 units and gained 54 cents to end at $2.64, Jamaican Teas climbed 14 cents and exchanged 253,859 shares at $4.16, Jetcon Corporation closed 19 cents higher at $1.05, with 29,000 stock units trading. Knutsford Express ended trading with 4,906 shares, after rising 49 cents to end at $8.99. Lasco Distributors closed with 66,146 shares, after rising 2 cents to end at $3, Lasco Financial closed market activity trading 15,365 shares to close at $2.40 after shedding 30 cents. Lasco Manufacturing closed 33 cents higher at $4, with 34,040 stock units trading, Limners and Bards ended market activity exchanging 225,138 shares to close at $1.93, after falling by 2 cents, Lumber Depot ended with a loss of 1 cent at $1.14 with 193,918 stock units changing hands. MailPac Group finished with a loss of 1 cent at $1.67 with an exchange742,719 stock units and tTech gained $1.04 to end at$4.75 in trading 400 shares.

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

Just two IC TOP 10 changes

The week just ended saw investors knocking bank stocks down following the surprise announcement by Bank of Jamaica to get banks to suspend the payment of dividends for the remainder of 2020 and that helped to push the market index sharply lower with some recovery on the last three days of the week.
Caribbean Cement and NCB Financial released first-quarter results in the past week with lower profit than the previous year’s March quarter. As if investors expected the outturn, the stock prices did not seem to react to them.
The Junior Market, after attempting to close higher for the past six days finally did so on Friday a sign that it could be heading higher in the days ahead as it traded as high as 2,478 points on Friday just below the close on April 16.
 The Junior and Main Market, IC Insider.com TOP 10 closed the week with one change each. Dropping from the list are Access Financial Services for the Junior Market and replaced by Stationery and Office Supplies, while Stanley Motta dropped from the Main Market listing and replaced by Victoria Mutual Investments.
The three top Junior Market stocks with the potential to gain between 344 to 660 percent by 2021 are Caribbean Producers leading, followed by Lasco Financial and KLE Group. In the Main Market, Radio Jamaica continues to lead, followed by Berger Paints and JMMB Group, with projected gains of 173 to 213 percent.
This week’s focus: Stationery and Office Supplies fell from a high of $16.35 last august is now trading at a discount of 61.5 percent to that price. The stock had moved from $6.85 in May last year to the high after revenues climbed by 23 percent for the half-year to $639 million to $519 million and profits rose 63 percent from $56 million to $92 million. The half years revenues compare favourably with the $702 million generated in the twelve months in 2016, the year before listing in 2017. Revenues grew around 12 percent from 2013 to 2016, then increased to 17.4 percent for 2018 and 14.5 percent for 2019. The company has an excellent management team that is growth-oriented as such investors can look forward to revenues growing in the 15-20 percent range going forward. In pursuit of this objective, the company is putting in place additional storage facilities to accommodate a robust expansion of sales. Investors should not rule out the possibility that they could expand from acquisitions as well as was the case with the addition of the business making the SEEK brand. While the disruption caused by the Coronavirus could derail the medium-term growth, it will only be a matter of time for management to pick up and return to the pre virus growth levels.
The targeted average PE ratio of the market is 20 based on the profits of companies reporting full year’s results for the financial year ending after this year’s second quarter and up to the second quarter in 2021. Both the Junior and Main markets are currently trading well below this level. The JSE Main Market ended the week, with an overall PE of 12.5 and the Junior Market a mere 9, based on current 2020-21 earnings. The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks averages a mere 5.3 with the Main Market at a much higher level of 8.3.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at a discount of 43 percent of the average for Junior Market and Main Market stocks trade at a discount of 34 percent to the overall market. The average projected gain for the IC TOP 10 stocks is 319 percent, for the Junior Market and 148 percent for the JSE Main Market, based on 2020-21 earnings.
IC TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns to March 2021. Forecasted earnings and PE ratio for the current fiscal year are in determining potential gains. The ranking of stocks is in order of likely increases, with the highest-ranked, being the most attractive. Expected 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 when new information is received that can affect earnings significantly.

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

Junior Market holds Fridays’ gains

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The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange finally broke the stranglehold that kept it from rising above previous days’ close for the past three trading days to close on Friday with gains of 26.02 points in the market index at 2433.44 after trading as high as 2,478.48 points in Friday’s early session.
Trading on the concluded with 33 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 6,671,271 units valued at $14,495,961, compared to 5,285,092 units valued at $16,777,095 on Thursday.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 15 securities advanced, 13 declined and five remained unchanged. The market’s PE ratio closed at 8.7 times 2020-21 earnings.
Trading ended with an average of 202,160 units for $439,272 for each security, in contrast to 165,159 units at an average of $524,284 on Thursday. In contrast, April closed with an average of 568,732 units valued at $3,447,957 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close of the market, Access Financial Services gained 1 cent to end at $25.99, trading 90 shares, AMG Packaging closed trading of 5,057 units and gained 10 cents to end at $1.75, Blue Power closed 35 cents higher at $3.75, with an exchange of 26,362 stock units. Caribbean Assurance Brokers traded 88,627 shares, losing 8 cents and closed at $2.20, Caribbean Cream climbed 15 cents and exchanged 1,376,796 shares at $2.15, Caribbean Flavours closed with a loss of 98 cents at $9, after hitting a 52 weeks’ intraday low of $8 in swapping 5,633 shares. Caribbean Producers shed 20 cents in transferring 1,082,082 units at $2.50, Consolidated Bakeries lost 25 cents trading of 2,500 units at $1.51, Derrimon Trading shed 19 cents in exchanging 99,326 shares at $2.01, Elite Diagnostic closed 15 cents lower in trading of 14,617 units at $3.55. Everything Fresh closed 2 cents higher at 80 cents, with 28,697 stock units changing hands, Express Catering gained 10 cents to settle at $3.35, with 29,227 stock units traded, Fontana dipped 6 cents in trading of 246,424 units at $5.28. Fosrich lost 11 cents in an exchange of 1,102 units at $3.89, GWest Corporation ended with a loss of 1 cent at 88 cents with 16,863 stock units changing hands, Honey Bun closed with 137,950 units crossing the exchange and gained 31 cents, to end at $5.80. Indies Pharma closed with 4,940 units trading and gained 4 cents to end at $2.40, Iron Rock Insurance closed 5 cents higher at $2.10, with 100,000 stock units trading, Jamaican Teas ended market activity transferring 204,425 shares to close at $4.02, after falling 2 cents. Jetcon Corporation shed 16 cents in exchanging 21,867 units to close at a 52 weeks’ low of 86 cents after hitting a low of 80 cents during trading, Lasco Distributors closed trading of 254,571 units and rose 13 cents to settle at $2.98, Lasco Manufacturing declined by 13 cents in transferring of 16,117 units at $3.67. Limners and Bards climbed 9 cents and exchanged 4,000 shares at $1.95, Lumber Depot ended trading with 646,793 shares, after rising 3 cents to end at $1.15, Main Event closed trading of 746 units and gained 6 cents to end at $3.87. Medical Disposables declined 46 cents to settle at $5.99, Stationery and Office Supplies closed trading of 5,000 units and gained 25 cents to end at $6.30 and SSL Venture closed with 12,841 units exchanged and gained 2 cents to close at 92 cents.

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

Junior Market gave up 61.5 points by close

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange failed to hold on to its early gains that saw the market index rising 61.5 points to 2,477.08 in the morning session on Thursday, and finished the day with a decline of 8.16 points to close at 2,407.42 after rising 103 points for April.  

Junior Market trades

The market close with 32 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 5,285,092 units for $16,777,095, compared to 3,721,917 units valued at $8,632,508 on Wednesday.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 17 securities advanced, 12 declined and three remained unchanged leading the Junior Market
Trading ended with an average of 165,159 units at $524,284 for each security traded, in contrast to 112,785 units, for an average of $261,591 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 447,863 valued at $1,028,076 and previously 462,965 units valued at $1,054,990. In contrast, March closed with an average of 226,230 units valued at $542,563 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows seven stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial climbed $1.48 to settle at $25.98 with 1,000 shares changing hands, Blue Power decline 45 cents in trading of 7,560 units at $3.40, Caribbean Cream dipped 15 cents in trading of 999,791 units at $2. Caribbean Producers fell by 6 cents to settle at $2.70, Consolidated Bakeries climbed 4 cents and exchanged 500 shares at $1.76, Derrimon Trading closed trading of 1,000 units and gained 21 cents to end at $2.20. Dolphin Cove closed trading of 123 units and gained 22 cents to end at $7.22, Elite Diagnostic climbed 10 cents and exchanged 4,000 shares at $3.70, Everything Fresh ended trading with 100 shares, after rising 11 cents to end at 78 cents. Express Catering closed 15 cents higher at $3.25, with 2,759 stock units changing hands, Fontana closed 4 cents higher at $5.34, with 145,155 stock units trading, Fosrich closed 6 cents higher at $4, with 151,000 stock units crossing the exchange. General Accident dipped 41 cents in trading of 1,893,851 units at $4.49, GWest Corporation closed trading of 27,004 units and gained 1 cent to end at $0.89, Honey Bun ended trading with 73,032 shares, after rising 9 cents to end at $5.49. iCreate ended trading with 1,200 shares, after rising 4 cents to end at 46 cents, Indies Pharma added 1 cent and exchanged 26,749 shares at $2.36, Jamaican Teas ended market activity exchanging 129,520 shares to close at $4.04 after falling 4 cents. Knutsford Express ended trading with 1,450 shares, after rising 7 cents to end at $8.50, Lasco Distributors fell 12 cents in trading of 93,450 units at $2.85, Lasco Financial lost 5 cents in trading 118,782 shares to close at 2.70 cents. Limners and Bards lost 7 cents in trading of 41,463 units at $1.86, Lumber Depot declined 4 cents in trading of 257,140 units at $1.12, Mailpac Group lost 2 cents in trading of 299,127 units at $1.68. Medical Disposables fell 3 cents in trading 103,945 units at $6.45, SSL Venture exchanged 200 units and gained 16 cents to end at 90 cents, Stationery and Office Supplies closed trading of 34,800 units and rose 5 cents to end at $6.05 and tTech fell 49 cents with 500 units changing hands at $3.71.

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

Junior Market rally fades at close – Wednesday

The Junior Market made strong early gains in trading on Wednesday, but as the market moved towards the close, the increase started to slowly evaporate with the index giving up all the rise to close down a mere 0.42 points to end at 2,415.58.
Trading concluded with 33 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 3,721,917 units valued at $8,632,508 compared to 12,280,544 units valued at $26,562,508 from 29 securities on Tuesday. Market activities ended with the prices of 12 securities rising, 19 declining and two holding firm. The average PE ratio of the Junior Market ended at 8.8 based on 2020-21 earnings.
The day ended with an average of 112,785 units at $261,591 for each security traded, in contrast to 423,467 units, for an average of $915,949 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 462,965 units valued at $1,054,990 and previously 483,382 units valued at $1,101,248. In contrast, March closed with an average of 226,230 units valued at $542,563 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging dropped 15 cents in the trading of 484 units at $1.65, Blue Power gained 10 cents and exchanged 30,200 units to settle at $3.85, Caribbean Assurance Brokers finished 6 cents lower at $2.19 with 15,673 units changing hands. Caribbean Cream fell 12 cents to $2.15 in the exchange of 478,724 shares, Caribbean Flavours slipped 2 cents after swapping 3,000 units to settle at $9.98, Caribbean Producers finished at $2.76 after climbing 24 cents with 574,589 units traded. Consolidated Bakeries ended 3 cents lower at $1.72 with 3,000 shares traded, Derrimon Trading added 4 cents in the exchange of 1,100 units to close at $1.99, Dolphin Cove shed 50 cents to close at $7 with 3,454 shares changing hands. Elite Diagnostic dropped 15 cents to $3.60 in the trading of 900 units, Everything Fresh swapped 113,549 shares and lost 5 cents to end at 67 cents, Express Catering fell 20 cents trading 99,779 stock units to close at $3.10. Fontana gained 1 cent to finish at $5.30 with an exchange of 63,656 units, Fosrich settled at $3.94 after slipping 1 cent and trading 1,000 shares, General Accident closed trading 8 cents lower at $4.90 with 347,579 units changing hands. Honey Bun gained 5 cents to close at $5.40 with 5,166 stock units trading, iCreate ended 3 cents lower at 42 cents with 162,858 stock units crossing the exchange, Indies Pharma gained 5 cents and swapped 5,306 units to end at $2.35. Jetcon Corporation added 2 cents to close at $1.02 with 20,300 shares changing hands, KLE Group finished 5 cents higher at $1.65 with an exchange of 6,000 units, Knutsford Express closed trading of 3,445 units and dropped 56 cents to end at $8.43. Lasco Distributors picked up 2 cents in exchanging 1,103 shares to close at $2.97, Lasco Financial finished $2.75 after losing 17 cents in switching ownership of 42,023 units, Lasco Manufacturing fell 10 cents to $3.80 with 27,911 shares changing hands. Limners and Bards slipped 1 cent and exchanged 8,000 shares to end at $1.93, Lumber Depot closed 3 cents higher at $1.16 with 88,633 stock units trading, MailPac Group had another significant trading day with 1,472,605 units exchanged to settle at $1.70 after losing 6 cents. Main Event dropped $1.19 to end at $3.81 with 28,442 shares trading, Medical Disposables leaped 93 cents to $6.48 with 33,957 shares traded, SSL Venture slipped 1 cent and 120 shares switched ownership to end at 74 cents and tTech climbed 22 cents to $4.20 with 991 units crossing the exchange.

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

Junior Market regains footing – Tuesday

The Junior Market recovered from a slight dip on Monday to record modest gains on Tuesday even as the number of securities declining outweigh those advancing as trading picked up, buoyed by dominant activity in shares of Lumber Depot, Main Event and Mailpac.  

Lumber Depot dominated trading with 4.8 million shares

At the close of the market, the index advanced 17.20 points to close at 2,416. Market activities concluded with the prices of ten securities advancing, 13 declining and six remaining unchanged. The market average PE ratio ended at 9 times 2020-21 earnings.
Trading ended on Tuesday with 29 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 12,280,544 units valued at $26,562,508 compared to 11,413,765 units valued at $23,915,377 from 34 securities on Monday.
Trading ended with an average of 423,467 units at $915,949, for each security traded, in contrast to 335,699 units for an average of $703,393 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 483,382 units valued at $1,101,248 and previously 486,618 units valued at $1,111,255. In contrast, March closed with an average of 226,230 units valued at $542,563 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows one stock ended with bids higher than its last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close of the market, Caribbean Assurance Brokers gained 5 cents to close at $2.25 with 647,069 units changing hands, Caribbean Cream gained 1 cent to settle at $2.27, exchanging 140,204 shares, Caribbean Producers ended with a loss of 8 cents at $2.52 in the swapping of 120,967 shares. Consolidated Bakeries rose 5 cents to $1.75 with 559 shares traded, Elite Diagnostic declined by 13 cents and swapped 32,000 units to settle at $3.75, Everything Fresh finished at 72 cents after falling 14 cents and trading 52,159 units. Fontana ended with a loss of 1 cent at $5.29 with 71,023 stock units changing hands, Fosrich exchanged 26,217 shares and climbed, 30 cents to end at $3.95, General Accident declined by 32 cents to settle at $4.98 with 51,100 shares changing hands. iCreate slipped 1 cent to 45 cents with an exchange of 1,007,244 units d, Jamaican Teas shed 2 cents in trading of 4,262 units to settle at $4.08, Jetcon Corporation declined 2 cents with 5,278 units crossing the market to close at $1. Knutsford Express climbed $1.99 to settle at $8.99 with 46,231 shares changing hands, Lasco Distributors shed 3 cents in trading of 43,601 units at $2.95, Lasco Financial closed market activity with 14,650 units crossing the exchange and gained 4 cents to end at $2.92. Lasco Manufacturing exchanged 32,261 shares and rose 2 cents to end at $3.90, Limners and Bards fell 6 cents to $1.94 in trading of 12,443 units, Lumber Depot declined 2 cents in swapping 4,795,516 units to finish at $1.13. Mailpac Group ended activity 1 cent higher at $1.76 with 1,472,663 shares traded, Main Event climbed 5 cents to settle at $1.19 with 1,880,010 shares changing hands, Medical Disposables exchanged 114,000 shares and rose 54 cents to end at $5.55. Stationery and Office Supplies closed with a loss of 50 cents at $6 in the swapping of 67,329 shares and tTech shred 77 cents to settle at $3.98 with 238,233 shares crossing the exchange.

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

Junior Market faltered on Monday

Friday’s rally was short-lived as the Junior Market lost 15.44 points to close at 2,398.80 on Monday after the prices of 16 securities advanced, 14 declined and four remained unchanged as trading picks up over Friday’s levels.

MailPac traded 8 million shares to dominate Junior Market trading.

The market average PE ratio ended at 8.8 times 2020-21 earnings.
Trading concluded on Monday with 34 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 11,413,765 units valued at $23,915,377 compared to 2,927,416 units valued at $8,165,325 from 30 securities on Friday. MailPac dominated the day’s activities, controlling 72 percent of the volume of stocks traded for roughly $14.3 million.
Trading ended with an average of 335,699 units for $703,393 for each security traded in contrast to 97,581 units for an average of $272,177 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date continues to exceed March levels, with 486,618 units valued $1,111,255 trading and previously 496,819 valued at $1,138,825. In contrast, March closed with an average of 226,230 units valued at $542,563 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial climbed 49 cents after exchanging 10,000 shares to settle at $24.50, Blue Power closed trading of 104,545 shares and gained 5 cents to end at $3.75, Cargo Handlers climbed 75 cents to $6.50 with 6,730 units changing hands. Caribbean Assurance Brokers lost 15 cents to close at $2.20 with an exchange of 208,207 shares, Caribbean Cream dipped 14 cents in trading of 51,020 units to end at $2.26, Caribbean Producers declined 34 cents to $2.60 with 337,028 units changing hands. Consolidated Bakeries closed 18 cents higher at $1.70 with 5,012 stock units swapped, Derrimon Trading fell 24 cents in trading of 497,649 units to close at $1.95, Everything Fresh closed at 86 cents after exchanging 74,325 shares and adding 3 cents. Express Catering closed trading of 150,541 units and gained 5 cents to end at $3.30, Fontana lost 18 cents in trading of 520,997 units to close at $5.30, Fosrich climbed 20 cents and exchanged 162,750 to settle at $3.65. General Accident closed 30 cents higher at $5.30 with 59,100 stock units trading, GWest Corporation added 10 cents and exchanged 1,106 shares to end at 88 cents, Honey Bun traded of 40,520 units and gained 35 cents to finish at $5.35. iCreate slipped 1 cent to 46 cents with 158,393 stock units changing hands, Indies Pharma closed 4 cents higher at $2.30, with 67,161 units trading, Iron Rock Insurance declined by 35 cents to settle at $2.05 with 165,995 shares exchanged. Jamaican Teas dropped 10 cents in the trading of 49,299 units to close at $4.10, Jetcon Corporation climbed 12 cents and exchanged 1,137 shares to settle at $1.02, KLE Group fell 10 cents in trading of 50,000 units to finish at $1.60. Lasco Distributors closed trading of 2,323 units and gained 1 cent to end at $2.98, Lasco Financial lost 7 cents in trading 10,995 shares to close at $2.88, Lasco Manufacturing exchanged 9,020 shares to settle at $3.88 after falling 2 cents. Limners and Bards dipped 1 cent to $2 with 5,446 stock units changing hands, Lumber Depot ended with a loss of 1 cent at $1.15 with 297,770 units trading, MailPac Group swapped 8,166,074 shares and rose 7 cents to end at $1.75. Medical Disposables fell 49 cents to $5.01 with 160,455 shares exchanged, Stationery and Office Supplies climbed 40 cents and traded 582 shares to close at $6.50 and tTech climbed 54 cents to $4.75 with 2,000 shares crossing the exchange.

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

Three IC TOP 10 changes

The Main and Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange lost more ground this past week as investors continued profit but left the vast majority of the IC Insider.com TOP 10 stocks holding on the lists.

General Accident is IC TOP 10 focus with an expected cut in MV claims.

The Main Market closed the week with two changes, resulting from down-grading of their earnings. Dropping from the list are PanJam Investment and Sagicor Group and replaced by Jamaica Broilers and Stanley Motta. Only Mailpac Group moved out of the Junior Market TOP 10 and replaced by Access Financial Services that fell to $24.01 on Friday.
The three top Junior Market stocks remain unchanged from last week with Caribbean Producers leading, followed by KLE Group and Lasco Financial with the potential to gain between 307 to 546 percent by 2021. In the Main Market, Radio Jamaica leads the pact, followed by Berger Paints and JMMB Group, with projected gains of 150 to 208 percent.
This week’s focus: General Accident is set to do very well. Last year’s earnings grew 48 percent from an increase of 22 percent in gross premium income and a 25 percent increase in net premium. The company acquired majority shares in the Trinidad based MotorOne Insurance that will add to revenues in 2020. One of the most critical development that investors seem to be ignoring is the likely sharp reduction in claims for motor vehicle accidents during the period of business disruption when there is far less traffic on the roads. Last year, claims amounted to $100 million per month. Historical trends show that the stock tends to remain fairly flat until the second half of a year.
Uncertainties exist in the economy and financial markets accordingly, and it is not possible to determine the exact impact on company earnings for the rest of the year. Actual earnings could vary materially from IC Insider.com’s forecast. Looking beyond the immediate fallout or benefits for companies can be useful in guiding investment decisions for above-average gains in the period ahead.
The targeted average PE ratio of the market is 20 based on the profits of companies reporting full year’s results for the financial year ending after this year’s second quarter, up to the second quarter in 2021. Both the Junior and Main markets are currently trading well below this level. The JSE Main Market ended the week, with an overall PE of 12.8 and the Junior Market a mere 9, based on current 2020-21 earnings. The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks averages a just 5.3 with the Main Market at a much higher level of 8.5.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at a discount of 41 percent of the average for Junior Market and Main Market stocks trade at a discount of 34 percent to the overall market. The average projected gain for the IC TOP 10 stocks is 298 percent, for the Junior Market and 140 percent for the JSE Main Market, based on 2020-21 earnings.
IC TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns to March 2021. Forecasted earnings and PE ratio for the current fiscal year are in determining potential gains. The ranking of stocks is in order of likely increases, with the highest-ranked, being the most attractive. Expected 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 when new information is received that affects earnings significantly.

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

Junior Market breaks losing streak

After attempting to rally on the previous four days with gains in the morning sessions and getting hit by selling that push the market lower on each occasion, the Junior Market finally relented and rose on Friday.
At the close, the Junior Market Index advanced 35.13 points to close at 2,414.24 after risen over 50 points at one stage of the day and left the average PE ratio ended at 8.8 times 2020-21 earnings. Market activities resulted in prices of 6 securities advancing, 12 losing and 12 remaining unchanged.
Trading concluded on Friday with an exchange of 30 securities, resulting in 2,927,416 units valued at $8,165,325 changing hands, compared to 24,912,363 units valued at $54,086,454 on Thursday. The stock exchange daily trading report for Friday has the incorrect total volume and value traded.
Trading ended with an average of 97,581 units at $272,177 for each security traded, in contrast to 711,782 units at an average of $1,545,327 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 496,819 valued at $1,138,825 and previously 546,675 units valued at $1,193,792. In contrast, March closed with an average of 226,230 units valued at $542,563 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows four stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close of the market, Access Financial lost 99 cents in trading 1,165 shares to close at $24.01, Blue Power climbed 40 cents and exchanged 1,000 shares at $3.70, Caribbean Producers rose 19 cents and traded 140,238 shares at $2.94. Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 1 cent at $2.19 with 577,500 stock units changing hands, Express Catering fell by 10 cents in trading of 227,833 units at $3.25, Fosrich closed 35 cents higher at $3.45, with 60,000 stock units trading. Fontana declined 8 cents to settle at $5.48, in trading 381,191 shares, GWest Corporation ended with 14,437 stock units changing hands, after rising 3 cents to end at 78 cents. Honey Bun shed 50 cents in exchanging 57,476 units at $5, iCreate ended with a loss of 1 cent at 47 cents, with 5,793 stock units changing hands, Jamaican Teas fell 10 cents to close at $4.20, with 4,500 shares passing through the market, Knutsford Express lost $1 to close at $7, with 4,591 stock units changing hands. Lasco Financial closed trading of 5,750 units and gained 5 cents to end at $2.95, Lasco Manufacturing lost 7 cents in trading 3,747 shares to close at $3.90. Mailpac Group ended with a loss of 1 cent at $1.68 with 356,247 stock units changing hands, Main Event shed 4 cents in trading 100,880 units at $3.81 and tTech climbed one cent and exchanged 260 shares at $4.21.

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