Solid buy – Stationery and Office Supplies

Stationary and Office Supplies – Montego Bay offices.

Stationery and Office Supplies stock is under pressure, having traded around the $5 level for some time, dropped to $4 in trading during last week with minimal demand for the stock currently.
But investors should probably be taking a different approach to the stock and piling into it for a big rally down the road as the fundamentals are strong and getting better.
Revenues climbed 23.7 percent in the June quarter to $212 million and 22 percent to $432 million for the half year, by the September quarter the growth climbed to 37 percent to $233 million, pushing revenues for the year to September to an increase of 27 percent to $665 million. Based on the bounce in revenues that some companies received after listing, the strong growth in revenues seen in the third quarter is said to have continued for the December quarter. Full year results are expected, by the first week in March and should be in the range of $100 million based on IC Insider.com projections. Reports are that the full year results for 2017 exceeded expectations which was around $70 million at the time the IPO was offered and adjusted internally upwards based on third quarter results. At the end of September profit before tax reached $69 million well ahead of the $48 million recorded at the same time in 2016 and vastly more than the $53 million reported for all of 2016. The 2017 results are not likely to show any weakness as occurred in 2016.
SOS had acquired a building which was converted to a warehouse to allow for expansion of It’s offerings, this is now in use with some 6,000 square feet occupied. According to reports there are “lots of plans and expectations going forward for good business growth”. IC Indsider.com gathers that the December quarter that is normally the worse quarter for them due to the holidays, but the 2017 last quarter was the best quarter in the company’s history.
IC Insider.com projects earnings before tax at 50 cents per share for 2017 based on the average number of shares issued for the year, up from 40 cents when the shares were offered for sale and 75 cents for 2018 based on projection for continued strong growth in revenues.
At a last traded price of $4.50 on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, the stock remains a buy as it will benefit from strong growth in 2017 and future growth in 2018 and beyond. Investors should take advantage of the current softness in the stock price and wait for the inevitable strong gains ahead.

Junior Market up in modest trading

In a moderate trading on Monday, the Junior Market closed with a modest rise in the Index of 25.47 points to close at 2,926.53 with just 18 securities changing hands versus 22 on Friday.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 6 securities advanced, 8 declined and 4 remained unchanged. Trading resulted in an exchange of 1,064,473 units valued at $4,105,299 compared to 1,088,888 units valued at $5,102,530 on Friday.
Trading ended with an average of 59,137 units for an average of $228,072 in contrast to 49,495 units for an average of $231,933 on Friday. An average of 152,676 units at an average value of $1,188,048 traded, and previously 163,753 units at an average value of $1,301,730. In contrast, January closed with an average of 122,386 shares, valued at $489,704 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 7 stocks ending with the bid higher than the last selling price and 6 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial closed at $45.01, with 8,000 shares, AMG Packaging closed 5 cents higher at $2.05, with 16,500 shares, Cargo Handlers finished at $10.50, with 2,300 shares, Caribbean Cream settled at $5.70, with 28,113 shares, Caribbean Producers traded with a loss of 10 cents at $4.50, exchanging 82,670 stock units, Consolidated Bakeries finished trading with a loss of 22 cents at $1.78, with 2,014 units. Express Catering settled at $4.68, with 13,733 stock units, FosRich Group traded 552,833 shares and lost 40 cents to close at $2.30, the lowest price since it listed but still above the IPO price of $2. General Accident traded 2 cents higher at $2.87, with 105,000 shares, Honey Bun closed 28 cents higher at $5.40, with 28,319 stock units. ISP Finance concluded trading with a loss of $2.08 at $10, with 24,312 shares, Jamaican Teas finished with a loss of 5 cents at $4.60, with 1,240 shares, Knutsford Express finished trading 49 cents higher at $15, with 1,000 shares, Lasco Distributors closed with a loss of 45 cents at $4.50, with 28,886 shares. Lasco Financial ended 1 cent higher at $5.20, with 31,570 shares, Lasco Manufacturing concluded trading with a loss of 23 cents at $4.17, with 130,459 stock units, Paramount Trading ended trading at $3.10, with 1,024 shares and tTech closed 60 cents higher at $6, with 6,500 units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Cement drops $3.04 Scotia up $3 – Monday

Scotia Group head quarters in Kingston.

A $3 jump in the price of Scotia Group and $1 rise in Sagicor Group helped to move the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange up strongly on Monday.
The upper pressure on the market indices was eased by declines $3.04 in the price of Caribbean Cement, after the company posted profit that was lower than in 2016, Jamaica Broilers and PanJam Investment that both fell $1. At the close the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 1,933.56 points to 316,535.07 and the JSE Index climbed by 1,761.69 points to 288,399.25.
1834 Investments traded 1 million units and Pulse Investments with 919,864 units to lead the volume traded.
Main and US market activities ended with moderate trading levels leading to prices of 9 securities rising, 8 falling, 10 trading firm as 27 securities changed hands, including 2 from the US market versus 28 that traded on Friday. Main market activity ended with 6,473,345 shares valued at $82,423,988 changing hands, in contrast to 5,977,622 shares valued at $168,448,904 trading on Friday.
The US market closed with Proven Investments exchanging 4,474 ordinary shares, at 22.95 US cents, and Sterling Investments trading 3,150 shares finishing at 12 US cents. The market closed with a value of US$723 leading to the JSE US Equities Index rising just 0.09 points to close at 174.18.
Market activity ended with an average of 258,934 shares valued at $3,296,960, in contrast to 221,393 shares valued at $6,238,848 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 181,904 units valued at $3,455,707 and previously, 172,863 units valued at $3,477,159. January ended with an average of 239,900 units valued at $5,158,193 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and the US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 1 closed with a lower offer.

For more details of market activities see – JSE majors jump – Monday.

JSE majors jump – Monday

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Scotia Group price jumped by $3 on Monday.

Sharp price changes on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange results in a rise in the market on Monday, leading to strong gains in the market indices as 7,713,887 shares valued at $88,768,495 changed hands.
Market activity closed with 25 securities changing hands, as the prices 9 rose 8 declined and 8 traded unchanged, as the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index surged 1,933.56 points to 316,535.07 and the JSE Index jumped 1,761.69 points to 288,399.25.
In the main market activity, Berger Paints closed at $18.01, with 12,000 shares, Cable & Wireless concluded trading 1 cent higher at $1.36, with 129,445 units, Carreras finished with a loss of 5 cents at $10.95, with 612,057 shares, Caribbean Cement settled with a loss of 3.04 cents at $30.01, with 176,750 shares, Ciboney Group ended trading at 40 cents, with 385,564 shares. Grace Kennedy traded with a loss of 5 cents at $42.60, with 120,827 stock units, Jamaica Broilers finished trading with a loss of 1 cent at $18, with 709,823 units, Jamaica Producers closed at $15.50, with 11,000 shares, JMMB Group concluded trading at $25, with 10,942 shares. Mayberry Investments ended trading 29 cents higher at $5.10, with 4,963 shares, NCB Financial Group traded $99.95 higher at $99.95, with 120,086 shares, 1834 Investments finished trading with a loss of 3 cents at $1.20, with 1,010,000 shares, PanJam Investment ended with a loss of 1.85 cents at $40, with 100 units. Portland JSX concluded trading 50 cents higher at $10, with 1,500 shares, Pulse Investments finished at $1.80, with 919,864 shares, Radio Jamaica settled at $1.05, with 8,710 shares, Sagicor Group ended trading $1 higher at $36, with 52,052 stock units. Scotia Group finished trading $3 higher at $53, with 440,646 shares, Seprod closed 20 cents higher at $30, with 8,668 shares, Supreme Ventures concluded trading 1 cent higher at $12, with 207,425 stock units, Victoria Mutual Investments finished with a loss of 18 cents at $4.15, with 578,368 units. Wisynco Group settled 15 cents higher at $10.75, with 339,550 shares and Sagicor Real Estate Fund ended trading with a loss of 14 cents at $14.86, with 75,555 shares. In the main market preference segment, Jamaica Money Market traded at $1.95, with 490,528 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place. For more details of market activities, see “Cement drops $3.04 Scotia up $3 – Monday.

Cargo Handlers Q1 profit falls

Overvalued Cargo Handlers.

Montego Bay’s based, Cargo Handlers suffered a 13 percent dip in profit, for the December quarter to $40 million from $46.2 million in 2016 from flat operating revenues of $86.57 million compared to $86.99 million in 2016 and resulted in earning per share 11 cents.
Gross profit margin declined in the quarter to 59 percent from 61 percent in the 2016, as wages increased ahead of income, leading to Other Operating Expenses rising 7 percent to $35.75 million. Other income fell 84 percent to $544,786 from $3.42 million and interest income declined by 36 percent to $470,000. Revaluation of the Jamaican dollar would have had a negative impact on other income. Administrative expenses rose 20 percent to $5.4 million and finance cost climbed by 35 percent, to $336,038. Taxation payable on the profit fell from $6.66 million in 2016 to $5.76 million.
Gross cash flow, brought in $58 million but increased working capital needs reduced cash inflows to $27 million and raising cash funds to $272 million.
At the end of December, shareholders’ equity stands at $390 million with borrowings at just $0.9 million. Net current assets ended the period at $331 million well above payables of just $17 million.
The stock that traded at a high of $30 in early 2017, last traded at $10.50 on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, with a PE ratio of 21 times IC Insider.com projected earnings of 50 cents for 2018. The average PE for the market is now 10, suggesting that Cargo Handlers stock price could slip back or remain around the present level for a prolonged period.

12 stocks rose 12 fell in JSE trading – Friday

The prices of 12 stocks securities trading on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange rose on Friday leading to strong gains in the market indices, with 7,713,887 shares valued at $88,768,495 changing hands at the close.
Market activity closed with 27 securities changing hands, as the prices 12 declined and 3 traded unchanged, as the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index declined 1,081.34 points to 314,601.51 and the JSE Index lost 985.23 points to 286,637.56.
In the main market activity, Berger Paints closed 1 cent higher at $18.01, with 41,028 shares, Cable & Wireless concluded trading 3 cents higher at $1.35, with 41,397 units, Carreras finished 10 cents higher at $11, with 233,446 shares, Caribbean Cement fell of 95 cents t0 $33.05, with 24,235 shares, Ciboney Group ended trading at $0.40, with 364,871 shares. Grace Kennedy traded with a loss of 35 cents at $42.65, with 9,176 stock units, Jamaica Broilers finished trading $1 higher at $19, with 196,391 units, Jamaica Producers declined by $2.50 at $15.50, with 15,000 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange rose 1 cent to $6.50, with 204,800 shares. JMMB Group concluded trading with a loss of 1 cent at $25, with 6,005 shares, Kingston Wharves settled 55 cents higher at a 52 weeks’ high of $37.05, with 9,600 units, Mayberry Investments ended trading with a loss of $1.08 at $4.81, with 220,225 shares, NCB Financial Group declined by 45 cents and ended at $99.55, with 1,249,021 shares trading, 1834 Investments traded with a loss of 16 cents at $1.23, with 3,850 shares. PanJam Investment closed $2.35 higher at $41.85, with 2,070 stock units, Pulse Investments concluded trading at $1.80, with 17,900 shares, Radio Jamaica finished with a loss of 1 cent at $1.05, with 550,640 shares, Sagicor Group settled at $35, with 33,150 shares. Sagicor Real Estate Fund settled 35 cents higher at $15, with 22,618 shares, Salada Foods ended trading 80 cents higher at $12, with 300 stock units, Scotia Group traded with a loss of $1 at $50, with 330,717 units, Seprod finished trading with a loss of 20 cents at $29.80, with 14,946 shares, Sterling Investments closed with a loss of 10 cents at a 52 weeks’ low of $9, with 131,823 shares. Supreme Ventures ended 29 cents higher at $11.99, with 30,479 shares, Victoria Mutual Investments concluded trading with a loss of 7 cents at $4.33, with 221,578 stock units and Wisynco Group finished 15 cents higher at $10.60, with 741,658 units. In the main market preference segment, Jamaica Money Market 7.5% traded 5 cents higher at $1.95, with 1,260,698 stock units changing hands.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place. For more details of market activities, see “JSE main market falls on Friday.”

JSE main market falls on Friday

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Friday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index falling 1,081.34 points to 314,601.51 and the JSE Index shedding 985.23 points to 286,637.56.
Main and US market activities ended with moderate trading levels leading to prices of 12 securities rising, 12 falling, 4 trading firm as 28 securities traded, including 1 from the US market versus 27 on Thursday.
Main market activity ended with 5,977,622 shares valued at $168,448,904 changing hands, in contrast to 7,713,887 shares valued at $88,768,495 trading on Thursday.
The US market closed with Proven Investments exchanging 4,000 ordinary shares, at 22.95 US cents, with a value of US$918 and leading to the JSE US Equities Index easing just 0.05 points to close at 174.09.
Market activity ended with an average of 221,393 shares valued at $$6,238,848, in contrast to 296,688 shares valued at $3,414,173 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 172,863 units valued at 3,477,159 and previously, 165,819 units valued at 3,005,225. January ended with an average of 239,900 units valued at $5,158,193 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and the US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 9 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closed with lower offers.
Major price changes at the close of the market are, Caribbean Cement dipped 95 cents to $33.05, Jamaica Broilers rose $1 to $19, Jamaica Producers dropped $2.50 to $15.50, Mayberry Investments fell $1.08 to $4.81, PanJam Investment rose $2.35 to $41.85 and Scotia Group lost $1 to end at $50. Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.5% preference share traded 1.26 million units, NCB Financial traded just under 1.25 million units and Wisynco Group traded 742,000 units to close at $10.60.

For more details of market activities see – 12 stocks rose 12 fell in JSE trading – Friday.

Junior Market index gains modestly

The Junior Market index closed trading on Friday with a modest rise in the Index of 15.60 points to 2,901.06 with 22 securities changing hands versus 21 on Thursday.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 7 securities advanced, 11 declined and 4 remained unchanged. Trading resulted in an exchange of 1,088,888 units valued at $5,102,530 compared to 3,844,782 units valued at $15,082,949 on Thursday.
Trading ended with an average of 49,495 units for an average of $231,933 in contrast to 183,085 units for an average of $718,236 on Thursday. An average of 163,753 units at an average value of $1,301,730 traded, and previously 183,089 units at an average value of $1,482,772. In contrast, January closed with an average of 122,386 shares, valued at $489,704 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 3 stocks ending with the bid higher than the last selling price and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial closed $2.25 higher at $47.40, with 2,050 shares, AMG Packaging ended with a loss of 5 cents at $2, with 150,822 stock units, Caribbean Cream ended trading with a loss of 50 cents at $5.70, with 4,375 shares, Caribbean Producers finished trading 40 cents higher at $4.60, with 40,875 units, Consolidated Bakeries closed at $2, with 2,500 shares. Derrimon Trading concluded trading 12 cents higher at $7.12, with 18,238 shares, Dolphin Cove finished with a loss of 50 cents at $16.50, with 1,920 stock units, Express Catering ended trading with a loss of 3 cents at $4.68, with 29,407 shares, FosRich Group traded at $2.70, with 163,869 shares. General Accident finished trading 5 cents higher at $2.85, with 22,523 shares, GWest Corporation closed with a loss of 10 cents at $2.90, with 41,331 stock units, Jamaican Teas settled 5 cents higher at $4.65, with 287 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended trading with a loss of 39 cents at $4.21, with 24,269 stock units. Key Insurance traded with a loss of 20 cents at $3.80, with 9,994 units, Knutsford Express closed 51 cents higher at $14.51, with 77,705 shares, Lasco Financial concluded trading 9 cents higher at $5.19, with 96,182 stock units, Lasco Manufacturing finished with a loss of 5 cents at $4.40, with 376,865 units. Main Event settled with a loss of 76 cents at $5.71, with 3,000 shares, Medical Disposables ended trading at $5, with 2,861 shares, Paramount Trading traded with a loss of 5 cents at $3.10, with 3,536 shares, Stationery and Office finished trading with a loss of 19 cents at $4.81, with 11,279 stock units and tTech ended at $5.40, with 5,000 shares changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Falling stocks pressure Trinidad market – Friday

Market activity on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange ended on Friday with trading in 19 securities, compared to 15 on Thursday.
The market ended with, with 2 stocks advancing, 5 declining and 12 remaining unchanged leading to declines in all three market indices.
At close the Composite Index slipped 2.04 points on Thursday to 1,268.49, the All T&T Index fell 2.61 points to 1,701.84 while Cross Listed Index eased 0.20 points to close at 112.69.
Market activity ended with 535,011 shares with a value of $7,931,043, traded, compared to 898,047 shares with a value of $7,532,438 on Thursday.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 3 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
Gains| JMMB Group closed with a rise of 2 cents and finished at $1.85, with 625 stock units changing hands and Sagicor Financial ended trading with 6 cents gain and concluded trading at $7.89, with 10,525 units.
Losses| Grace Kennedy lost 10 cents and finished at $3.40, with 10,191 units, One Caribbean Media ended trading 25 cents lower at a 52 weeks’ low of $12.50, with 20,000 stock units changing hands, Scotiabank lost 49 cents and completed trading at $61.51, with 5,820 stock units changing hands. Trinidad Cement traded with a loss of 25 cents and ended at a 52 weeks’ low of $3.50, exchanging 63,317 shares and Unilever Caribbean closed with a loss of 1 cent and ended at $28.99, trading 11,804 shares.
Firm Traded| Angostura Holdings concluded trading at $15.67, with 925 stock units changing hands., Ansa Mcal ended at $60, with 324 units trading, Bourse Brazil finished at $8.40, with 3,000 stock units changing hands, Clico Investments concluded trading at $20, with 2,800 units, First Caribbean ended at $9.30, trading 116,010 shares. LJ Williams B share closed trading at 77 cents, in exchanging 15,254 shares, Massy Holdings ended trading at $47.49, with 2,343 stock units changing hands. NCB Financial Group finished at $6.50, trading 229,784 shares, Prestige Holdings closed at $10, trading 70 shares, Republic Financial Holdings finished at $101.50, with 330 stock units changing hands, Trinidad & Tobago NGL finished trading at $27, with 889 units and West Indian Tobacco closed at $88.50, with 41,000 stock units changing hands.

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

11 stocks rose 9 fell in JSE trading – Thursday

Bulls active

The prices of 11 stocks securities trading on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange rose on Thursday leading to strong gains in the market indices, with 7,713,887 shares valued at $88,768,495 changing hands at the close.
Market activity closed with 28 securities changing hands, as the prices 9 declined and 8 traded with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index climbing 1,482.29 points to 315,682.85 and the JSE Index rising 1,350.53 points to 287,622.79.
In the main market activity, Berger Paints closed at $18, with 35,618 shares, Cable & Wireless concluded trading with a loss of 1 cent at $1.32, with 880,420 units, Carreras finished with a loss of 10 cents at $10.90, with 230,990 shares, Caribbean Cement settled 25 cents higher at $34, with 42,753 shares, Ciboney Group ended trading with a loss of 1 cent at 40 cents, as 1,063,621 shares changed hands. Grace Kennedy fell 15 cents to $43, with 12,213 stock units, Jamaica Broilers lost $1 to close at $18, with 40,445 units, Jamaica Producers closed $2.50 higher at $18, with 33,828 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange gained 4 cents to $6.49, with 22,982 shares. JMMB Group concluded trading $1.01 higher at $25.01, with 182,000 shares, Mayberry Investments ended trading 13 cents higher at $5.89, with 47,990 shares, NCB Financial Group rose 1 cent to $100, with 501,618 shares, 1834 Investments finished trading with a loss of 1 cent at $1.39, exchanging 385 shares. 138 Student Living ended at $6.15, with 1,083 shares, PanJam Investment ended at $39.50, with 66,575 units, Portland JSX concluded trading with a loss of 61 cents at $9.50, with 3,000 shares, Radio Jamaica settled 1 cent higher at $1.06, with 64,747 shares, Sagicor Group ended trading with a loss of 1 cent at $35, with 54,549 stock units. Salada Foods traded 69 cents higher at $11.20, with 102,000 units, Scotia Group finished trading $1 higher at $51, with 46,822 shares, Seprod closed 50 cents higher at $30, with 3,080 shares, Supreme Ventures concluded trading with a rise of 5 cents to $11.70, with 45,769 stock units. Victoria Mutual Investments finished at $4.40, with 216,776 units and WISYNCO Group settled with a loss of 10 cents at $10.45, with 1,219,288 shares. In the main market preference segment, Jamaica Money Market 7.5% traded at $1.90, with 797 stock units, JMMB Group 7.5% closed at $1.10, with 2,794,538 shares, changing hands.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place. For more details of market activities, see “Strong up day for JSE main market – Thursday.”