Junior Market loses ground – Tuesday

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed lower on Tuesday after surging higher during morning activity after more stocks rose than fell with trading resulted in 192 percent more shares changing hands at over twice the value as on Monday.
Trading concluded with 34 securities changing hands compared to 32 on Monday and ended with 14 stocks rising, the prices of 12  declining and eight stock prices remaining unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index lost 22.73 points to settle at 2,497.45, with the average PE Ratio ended at 10.5  based on IC Insider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 6,509,165 shares for $8,991,954 compared to 2,230,691 units at $4,393,330 on Monday.
Lumber Depot led trading with 84.7 percent of total market volume, with 5.51 million shares, followed by Mailpac Group with 6.9 percent or 446,478 units and Limners and Bards with 114,036 units for 1.8 percent market share.
Trading ended with an average of 191,446 units at $264,469 in contrast to 69,709 at $137,292 on Monday. For the month to date, the average trade resulted in an exchange of 107,919 units at $231,098 compared to 101,915 units at $228,699on Monday. Trading in August resulted in an average of 104,426 units at $321,996.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows two stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial advanced 78 cents to end at $22.50 with 1,522 shares passing through the market, CAC 2000 gained $2.85 to finish at $14.75 with an exchange of 42 stocks, Caribbean Cream lost 44 cents to settle at $3.86 with 319 stock units changing hands. Caribbean Flavours jumped $1.15 to close at $18.19 after trading 25,927 units, Consolidated Bakeries rose 12 cents to end at $1.49 with investors switching ownership of 364 shares, Elite Diagnostic fell 19 cents to settle at $3.20 in an exchange of 1,863 units. Everything Fresh gained 6 cents to finish at 71 cents with investors transferring 9,769 stock units, Express Catering slipped 5 cents to $4.20 with 2,041 stocks changing hands, Fontana closed 5 cents higher at $4.70 with 89,256 stock units traded. General Accident shed 90 cents to end at $6.15 with 174 shares passing through the market, Honey Bun declined by 1 cent to finish at $4.99 in an exchange of 17,605 stock units, iCreate rose 10 cents to settle at 72 cents with investors switching ownership of 200 units. Indies Pharma lost 6 cents to end at $2.77 with 9,596 stocks changing hands, Iron Rock Insurance declined 5 cents to close at $3.05 with 10,166 stock units traded, Jamaican Teas climbed 10 cents to end at $4.35 with investors switching ownership of 66,650 stock units. Jetcon Corporation slid 3 cents to 83 cents with 82,906 units passing through the market, Lasco Distributors dropped 10 cents to close at $3 in an exchange of 816  stock units, Lasco Financial rose 5 cents to finish at $2.13 with 28,738 stocks traded. Lasco Manufacturing slipped 2 cents to $3.50 with investors transferring 26,989 units, Limners and Bards shed 18 cents to end at $2.51 with 114,036 units passing through the market, Lumber Depot increased by 6 cents to finish at $1.10 with  5,514,662 stock units changing hands. Mailpac Group gained 4 cents to settle at $2.09 in an exchange of 446,478 stocks, Main Event lost 1 cent to close at $3.37 with investors switching ownership of 3,954 units, Medical Disposables climbed 30 cents to finish at  $4.85 with 97 stock units changing hands. Stationery and Office Supplies rose 1 cent to end at $5.01 after trading 11,102 stock units and tTech advanced 20 cents to end at $6 with a mere seven stocks crossing the exchange.

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

Junior Market rose on Monday

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Monday, with the market rising after more stocks fell than rose as 28 percent fewer shares changed hands than on Friday with just six percent lower value.
Trading ended with 32 securities changing hands compared to 31 on Friday and ended with the prices of nine stocks rising, the prices of 15  declining and eight, with remaining unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index advanced 23.08 points to settle at 2,520.18, the average PE Ratio of the market ended at 10.5 based on IC Insider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 2,230,691 shares for $4,393,330 compared to 3,117,697 units at $4,670,235 on Friday. Lumber Depot led trading with 37 percent of total volume after 824,663 shares were exchanged followed by Mailpac Group with 33.3 percent or 742,481 stock units and Caribbean Assurance Brokers with 95,620 units for 4.3 percent market share.
Trading ended with an average of 69,709 units at $137,292 in contrast to 100,571 at $150,653 on  Friday. For the month to date, the average trade resulted in an exchange of 101,915 units at $228,699  in comparison to 104,252 units at $235,332 on Friday. Trading in  August resulted in an average of 104,414 units at $321,996 trading.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the  Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows three stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial shed 28 cents to end at $21.72, after exchanging 6,003  stock shares, Blue Power closed at $3.30, after losing 29 cents, with 1,587 units crossing the market, Caribbean Assurance Brokers lost 5 cents to end at $1.88, in exchanging  95,620 stock units. Caribbean Producers gained 1 cent in closing at $2.36 with 15,055 shares changing hands, Consolidated Bakeries finished at $1.37, after losing 12 cents with 3,213 units crossing the market, Derrimon Trading lost 5 cents to settle at $2.85, with investors switching ownership of 4,099 shares. Elite Diagnostic gained 34 cents after exchanging a mere 8 stock units, to settle at $3.39, Express Catering lost 5 cents to end at $4.25 in trading 11,540  units. Fontana slipped 5 cents to close at $4.65 after exchanging 57,485 shares, General Accident gained 5 cents to end at $7.05, in transferring 3,000 units, GWest Corporation lost 1 cent to finish at 97 cents after exchanging 20 units. Indies Pharma slipped 1 cent to $2.83, in transferring 4,895  shares, Iron Rock Insurance closed at $3.10, after gaining 10 cents with 13,319 stock units crossing the market, Jamaican Teas lost 30 cents to settle at $4.25, with 37,304 shares changing hands. Lasco Distributors rose 10 cents to end at $3.10, in an exchange of 42,982 shares, Lasco Financial lost 2 cents to close at $2.08, with 59,055 shares clearing the market, Limners and Bards gained 12 cents to close at $2.69 after investors switched the ownership of 60,313 shares. Lumber Depot shed 5 cents to end at $1.04 with 824,663 shares crossing the market, Mailpac Group dipped 3 cents to $2.05, with 742,481 shares changing hands, Medical Disposables dropped 59 cents to settle at $4.55, in transferring 11,448 stock units. Paramount Trading gained 11 cents to close at $1.41, with investors swapping 1,000 units, SSL Venture rose 5 cents to 75 cents in trading 2,459 units and Stationery and Office Supplies fell 58 cents to $5 in exchanging 13,215 stock units.
In the preference segment of the market, Derrimon Trading preference shares rose 10 cents to close at $2 in trading 8,017 stock units.

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

Another quiet week for IC TOP 10

For a second consecutive week, there were no changes in the companies on the IC TOP 10 listings, with the markets going sideways and little or no significant price moving news.

Barita public stock offer pulled money away from other JSE stocks.

The Jamaica Stock Exchange market activity was negatively affected by funds diverted away from the as investors moved money into the successful Barita Investments issue of new shares. The Issue closed on Wednesday gone and was upsized to $13.5 billion, resulting in a more than doubling of the issued shares from $10.88 billion to $24.38 billion and the overall equity capital to $28.74 billion.
The past week that saw the local market trading in a narrow range, with the Junior Market closing slightly down for the week after ending the previous week at the highest point since August 28 and the Main Market had the highest weekly close since the end of August.
The top three stocks in each market saw no change in ranking, leaving the top three Junior Market stocks, with the potential to gain between 292 to 695 percent by March 2021. Caribbean Producers heads the list, followed by Lasco Financial and Elite Diagnostic. The focus on all three is on the 2021 fiscal year results projected to show recovery from the 2020 financial year final numbers. The top three Main Market stocks, with expected gains of 204 to 228 percent, are Radio Jamaica, followed by Berger Paints, with the price rising 7 percent during the week and JMMB Group.
This week’s focus – Tropical Battery issue for 325 million ordinary shares at $1 each of with up to 187.5 million units reserved for priority applications, opens Tuesday, September 22, with the scheduled closing of September 30, subject to the right of the Company to close it earlier. With earnings per share around 7.7 cents, the stock is priced around a PE ratio of 13 times 2020 earnings, leaving little or no room for short term gains as it is priced 19 percent above the market average.
The targeted average PE ratio of the market is 20 based on the profits of companies reporting full year’s results, from now to the second quarter in 2021. Both the Junior and Main markets are currently trading well below this level, indicating the potential gains ahead. The JSE Main Market ended the week, with an overall PE of 15.3 and the Junior Market 11, based on IC Insider.com’s projected 2020-21 earnings. The average PE ratio of the Junior Market has been slowly rising, with better profit opportunities than the Main Market and narrowing the gap. The PE ratio for the Junior Market Top 10 stocks average a mere six at just 55 percent to the average of the overall Junior Market. The Main Market TOP 10 stocks trade at a PE of 8.2 or 54 percent of the PE of the overall market.
The average projected gain for the Junior Market IC TOP 10 stocks is 280 percent, and 151 percent for the JSE Main Market, based on 2020-21 earnings, indicates potentially more significant gains in the Junior Market than in the Main Market.
IC TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns up to March 2021 and ranked in order of potential gains, based on possible gain for each Company, taking into account the earnings and PE ratios for the current fiscal year.  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. Revisions to earnings per share are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

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

Rising stocks shine as Junior Market dips

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The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Friday, with the market declining after slightly more stocks rose than fell after 78 percent more shares traded than Thursday.
Trading resulted in the same number of securities on Thursday and Friday changing hands with 31 each day and closed with the prices of 13 stocks rising, 11 declining and seven remaining unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index dropped 11.17 points to settle at 2,497.10. The average PE Ratio of ended at 10.6 based on IC Insider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 3,117,697  shares for $4,670,235 compared to 1,750,144 units at $6,183,716 on Thursday. Lumber Depot led trading with 80 percent of total volume after 2.50 million shares changed hands, followed by Mailpac Group with 7.2 percent or 223,047 units and General Accident with 70,442 units for 2.3 percent market share.
Trading ended with an average of 100,571 units at $150,653 compared to 56,456 at $199,475 on  Thursday. For the month to date, the average trade resulted in an exchange of 104,252 units at  $235,332 compared to 104,530 units at $241,734 on Thursday. Trading in August resulted in an average of 104,426 units at $321,996.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows four stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial gained 44 cents to settle at $22, in an exchange of 4,740 shares, AMG Packaging lost 1 cent to close at $1.79 trading 600 units, Blue Power rose 9 cents to $3.59 while exchanging 100  stock units. Cargo Handlers dropped $1.34 to $6.16, in transferring 1,000 shares, Caribbean Assurance Brokers gained 1 cent and ended at $1.93 with 6,276 stock units crossing the exchange. Caribbean Producers closed at $2.35, after gaining 3 cents trading 500 shares,  Consolidated Bakeries ended 14 cents higher at $1.49, with 3,513 stock units changing hands, Elite Diagnostic lost 23 cents to finish at $3.05, with 5,000 units crossing the exchange. Express Catering gained 10 cents in clearing the market with 8,156 stocks to end at $4.30, Fontana lost 5 cents to settle at $4.70, after 32,958 shares crossed the exchange, Fosrich finished 31 cents higher at $3.95, in exchanging 16,662 stock units. Honey Bun slipped 9 cents to $5, with 2,200 units passing through the market, iCreate lost 6 cents to end at 62 cents and clearing the market with 62,218 shares, Indies Pharma rose 9 cents in closing at $2.84 while trading 1,903 stock units. Iron Rock Insurance gained 12 cents to settle at $3, with an exchange of 6,681 units, ISP Finance dropped $3 to $12 with 100 shares clearing the market, Knutsford Express gained 5 cents to close at $6.90 with an exchange of 4,334 stock units. Lasco Distributors lost 7 cents, finishing at $3, exchanging 48,120  shares, Lasco Manufacturing shed 13 cents to settle at $3.52, in trading  49,975 stocks, Limners and Bards fell by 13 cents to end at $2.57, in exchanging 43,120 shares. Lumber Depot gained 5 cents to close at  $1.09, in finishing with a transfer of 2,495,326 stock units, Mailpac Group rose 2 cents to settle at $2.08 trading 223,047 shares and Stationery and Office Supplies lost 2 cents in closing at  $5.58, with investors switching ownership of 10 stocks.
In the preference segment, CAC 2000, 9.5% preference shares gained 1 cent to close at $1.02 with 18 stock units changing hands.

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

Junior Market rallies on Thursday

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Thursday, with the market rising as more stocks rose than fell as investors traded 37 percent fewer shares than Wednesday, but with almost the same dollar value.
Trading ended with 31 securities changing hands compared to 29 on Wednesday and ended with the prices of 17 stocks rising, the prices of 10 stocks declining and four, with remaining unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index gained 25.28 points to settle at 2,508.27. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 10.7 based on IC Insider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 1,750,144 shares for $6,183,716 compared to 2,756,985 units at $6,229,918 on Wednesday.
Mailpac Group led trading with 29.2 percent of total volume resulting in an exchange of 510,609 shares followed by Main Event, with 20.7 percent for 362,231 units and Indies Pharma with 9.3 percent or 162,846 stock units.
Trading ended with an average of 56,456 units at $199,475 in contrast to 95,068 at $214,825 on Wednesday. For the month to date, the average trade resulted in an exchange of 104,530 units at $241,734 compared to 108,463 units at $245,191  on Wednesday. Trading in  August resulted in an average of  104,426 units at $321,996.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial lost 2 cents to end at $21.56 in an exchange of 100 shares, AMG Packaging gained 24 cents to finish at $1.80 after trading 4,500 stock units, Blue Power gained 46 cents to settle at $3.50 with 35,357 units changing hands. Caribbean Assurance Brokers added 1 cent to close at $1.92 with 2,093 shares passing through the market, Caribbean Cream climbed 30 cents to settle at $4.30 with investors switching ownership of a mere 1,000 stocks, Caribbean Flavours declined by 56 cents to settle at $17.04 with 46,963 stocks traded. Caribbean Producers fell 3 cents to $2.32 in an exchange of 8,000 shares, Consolidated Bakeries lost 15 cents to settle at $1.35 with investors transferring 566 shares, Dolphin Cove rose 10 cents to finish at  $7 with 100 stock units changing hands. Elite Diagnostic closed 3 cents higher at $3.28 with 26,921 units passing through the market, Everything Fresh fell 6 cents to settle at 65 cents in an exchange of 22,000 stocks, Express Catering declined 15 cents to end at $4.20 with investors trading 10,487 units. Fosrich gained 4 cents to close at $3.64 with an exchange of 19,081 stocks, General Accident jumped 70 cents to finish at $7 with 110,300 stocks traded, GWest Corporation advanced 2 cents to end at 98 cents with 500 stock units passing through the market. Honey Bun gained 38 cents to settle at $5.09 with 200 shares changing hands, Jamaican Teas advanced 50 cents to close at $4.55 while exchanging 192 stocks, Knutsford Express lost 5 cents to finish at $6.85 with 1,100 stocks traded. Lasco Distributors increased 7 cents to end at $3.07 with 2,862 stock units passing through the market,  Lasco Financial slipped 3 cents to $2.10 with investors transferring 22,581 shares Lasco Manufacturing advanced 12 cents to close at $3.65 with 123,555 stocks changing hands. Limners and Bards lost 17 cents to finish at $2.70 with an exchange of 7,432 stock units, Lumber Depot declined by 5 cents to settle at $1.04 with investors switching ownership 0f 58,541 shares, Mailpac Group traded 510,609 stock units and rose 1 cent to end at $2.06. Medical Disposables climbed 15 cents to $5.14 in an exchange of 50,000 shares, Stationery and Office Supplies climbed 2 cents to finish at $5.60 with investors transferring  1,200 stock units and tTech gained 5 cents to settle at $5.80 with 123 stocks crossing the exchange.

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

Fall for Junior Market

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Wednesday, with the market declining after almost twice as many stocks fell than rose leading to the trading of 42 percent fewer shares and 36 percent less value than on Tuesday.
Trading ended with 29 securities changing hands compared to 35 on Tuesday and concluded with the prices of nine stocks rising, the prices of 16 stocks declining and four with prices remaining unchanged.
At the close, the Market Index declined 28.78 points to settle at 2,482.99. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 10.6 based on IC Insider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings. The market closed with an exchange of 2,756,985 shares for $6,229,918 compared to 4,714,749 units for $9,788,364  on Tuesday.
Lumber Depot led trading with 56.9 percent of total volume amounting to 1.57 million shares followed by Express Catering with 12.9 percent or 357,000 units and  Jamaican Teas with 210,090 units for 7.6 percent market share.
Trading ended with an average of 95,068 units at $214,825 in contrast to 134,707 at $279,668 on  Tuesday. For the month to date, the average trade resulted in an exchange of 108,463 units at  $245,191, compared to 109,572 units at $247,707 on Tuesday. Trading in August resulted in an average of 104,426 units at $321,996.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial gained 7 cents to end at $21.58 in an exchange of 200 shares, Blue Power shed 31 cents to settle at $3.04 with 1,000 stock units traded, Caribbean Assurance Brokers declined by 14 cents to finish at $1.91 with 44,013 units changing hands. Caribbean Flavours fell 70 cents to close at $17.60 with investors transferring 28,500 shares, Caribbean Producers rose 4 cents to end at $2.35  with 7,015 stocks passing through the market, Derrimon Trading advanced  34 cents to finish at $2.90 in an exchange of 84,733 stocks.  Elite Diagnostic lost 3 cents to close at $3.25, with investors switching ownership of 450 stocks, Express Catering climbed  35 cents to settle at $4.35 with 357,000 stock units traded, Fontana advanced 5 cents to end at $4.75 with 22,975 shares passing through the market. Fosrich dropped 35 cents to finish at $3.60 with 14,243 units changing hands,  General Accident shed $1 to close at $6.30 in an exchange of 60,500 stocks, Honey Bun declined by 39 cents to settle at $4.71 with investors switching ownership of 2,153 stocks iCreate finished 2 cents lower at 68 cents with an exchange of 17,460 stock units,  Indies Pharma fell 5 cents to end at $2.75  with 1,000 stock units passing through the market,  Jamaican Teas declined by 55 cents, trading 210,090 units to close at $4.05. Jetcon Corporation gained 1 cent to settle at 86 cents with an exchange of 1,100 stocks, Lasco Financial rose 2 cents to end at $2.13 with 2,320 stocks changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing lost 17 cents to close at $3.53 with investors switching ownership of 21,700 shares. Limners and Bards climbed 22 cents to finish at $2.87 with 37,700 stock units passing through the market, Mailpac Group declined by 4 cents to end at $2.05 in an exchange of 169,935 shares, Main Event slipped 1 cent to $3.38 with investors transferring  884 stock units. Medical Disposables advanced 19 cents to close at $4.99 with 2,185 stocks passing through the market, SSL Venture fell 5 cents to settle at 70 cents with 10,000 stocks changing hands and Stationery and Office Supplies declined by 2 cents to finish at $5.58 with 1,000 shares crossing the exchange.
In the preference segment, CAC 2000 9.5% slipped 1 cent to end at $1.01 trading 48,370 shares.

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

Junior Market gave up big morning gains

Trading in the morning session of the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange saw the market index shooting past 2,560 points, up more 40 points, but the market gave back those gains and more by the close on Tuesday, to end down by 10.17 points at 2,511.77.
Trading ended with 35 securities changing hands compared to 30 on Monday and closed with the prices of 17 stocks rising, 13 declining and five remaining unchanged. At the close of the market, the average PE Ratio ended at 10.7 based on IC Insider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 4,714,749 shares, 62 percent less than 12,259,583 units on Monday. The value of stocks trading fell 36 percent to $9,788,364 compared to $15,273,356 on Monday.  Lumber Depot led trading with 65 percent of total volume and accounted for 3.06 million shares, followed by General Accident with 5.9 percent for 280,001 units and Express Catering, with 5.7 percent or 269,000 shares.
Trading ended with an average of 134,707 units at $279,668 in contrast to 408,653 at $509,112 on Monday. For the month to date, the average trade was 105,367 units at $239,176, in comparison to 106,780 units at $244,156 on Monday. Trading in August resulted in an average of 104,426 units at $321,996.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the  Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows four stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial dropped back  $4.28 to  $21.51, in exchanging 1,414 units, AMG Packaging lost 4 cents in closing at $1.56 and 22 units crossing the exchange, Blue Power gained 5 cents to end at $3.35, with 7,500 stock units passing through the market. Cargo Handlers rose 50 cents to settle at $7.50 trading  10,000 stock units, Caribbean Assurance Brokers gained 14 cents to finish at $2.05 after exchanging 36,773 shares. Caribbean Flavours closed 70 cents higher at $18.30 with investors swapping just one stock unit, Caribbean Producers lost 1 cent, in ending at $2.31 after 75,000 shares changed hands, Derrimon Trading ended at $2.56, after a 1 cent gain trading 5,267 units. Elite Diagnostic lost 11 cents to close at $3.28, with an exchange of 21,518 stock units, Everything  Fresh gained 6 cents to settle at 71 cents, with 900 units changing hands, Express Catering finished at $4, with a gain of 5 cents after 269,000 shares crossed the exchange. Fontana lost 3 cents to close at $4.70, in trading 62,396 shares, Fosrich ended 35 cents higher at $3.95 trading  9,871 units, General Accident climbed $1.30 to $7.30, with 280,001 shares changing hands. GWest Corporation slipped 2 cents to 96 cents, in trading 11,082 stock units, Honey Bun gained 39 cents to end at $5.10, with 4,000 units crossing the exchange, Indies Pharma closed at $2.80, after gaining 18 cents in transferring 1,778 units. Iron Rock Insurance gained of 3 cents to close at $2.88, after 7,808 units crossed the market, Jamaican Teas shed 9 cents in closing at $4.60, after an exchange of 80,819  shares, Lasco Distributors lost 5 cents to end at $3, with 64,640 stock units changing hands. Lasco Financial lost 1 cent to settle at $2.11 and crossing the exchange with 75,065  stocks, Lasco Manufacturing was down 9 cents to $3.70 trading 524 units, Limners and Bards rose 17 cents to $2.65, in transferring  214,286 stock units. Lumber Depot lost 1 cent to close at $1.09, clearing the market with 3,062,441 shares, MailPac Group finished 9 cents higher at $2.09 after exchanging 99,853 stocks, Medical Disposables rose 9 cents to $4.80, with 20,170 stock units changing hands. Paramount Trading shed 20 cents in closing at a 52 weeks’ low of $1.30 after crossing the exchange with 50,157 stock units, SSL Venture gained 5 cents to end at 75 cents, with investors swapping 1,106 units and Stationery and Office Supplies settled at $5.60, with gains of 40 cents exchanging 153,622 shares.
In the preference segment of the Junior market, CAC 2000 9.5% fell by 14 cents to end at $1.02, clearing the market with 1,880 units.

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

Lumber Depot dominates Monday’s trade

Lumber Depot commanded the lion’s share of Junior Market trading on Monday after the company reported a 40 percent jump in earnings to reach $29.9 million for the first quarter to July, with revenues rising 11 percent over the comparable period last year.

Lumber Depot dominated trading with

The company earned 5 cents per share for the quarter or about 20 cents for the full year.
Trading closed on Monday, with the market rising despite more stocks falling than advancing after investors traded 499 percent more shares than on Friday with the total swollen by Lumber Depot’s big trade. Trading ended with 30 securities changing hands compared to 33 on Friday and concluded with the prices of eight stocks rising, the prices of 19 companies declining and three with prices remaining unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index inched higher by 7.12 points to 2,521.94. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 10.6 based on IC Insider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 12,259,583 shares for $15,273,356 compared to 2,048,087 units at $5,393,700 on Friday.
Lumber Depot led trading with 90.7 percent of the total volume of 11.12 million shares followed by Indies Pharma with 206,274 units for 1.7 percent of the day’s trade and Mailpac Group with 181,248 units for 1.5 percent market share.
Trading ended with an average of 408,653 units at $509,112 in contrast to an average of 62,063 shares at $163,445 on Friday. For the month to date, there was an average trade of 106,7,80 units at $244,156, in comparison to 75,003 units at $216,266  on Friday. Trading in August resulted in an average of 104,426  units at $321,996.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows three stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial gained $4.28 to end at $25.79 with 254 shares changing hands, AMG Packaging lost 16 cents to finish at $1.60 with 2,515 units exchanged, Caribbean Assurance Brokers fell 14 cents to $1.91 with 2,505 shares passing through the market. Caribbean Flavors shed 84 cents to settle at $17.60 with 3,640 units traded, Caribbean Producers closed 4 cents lower at $2.32 in an exchange of 80,959 stocks, Derrimon Trading dropped 30 cents to end at $2.55 with investors switching ownership of 10,000 shares.  Dolphin Cove jumped 90 cents to finish at $6.90 with 193 shares changing hands, Everything Fresh slipped 6 cents and exchanged 29,124 units to settle at 65 cents, Express Catering rose 2 cents to close at $3.95 with investors transferring 106,049 stocks. Fontana lost 1 cent to end at $4.73 with 62,635 stocks passing through the market, Fosrich declined 5 cents to settle at $3.60 in an exchange of 16,943 stocks, General Accident dropped 8 cents to finish at $6 with 33,404 stocks units changing hands. GWest Corporation rose 2 cents to end at 98 cents with 24,000 stocks traded, Honey Bun shed 29 cents to close at $4.71 with investors transferring 5,000 units, Indies Pharma dropped 23 cents to settle at $2.62 in an exchange of 206,274 units. Lasco Distributors slipped  8 cents to close at $3.05 with 7,092 units changing hands, Lasco Financial declined by 2 cents to finish at $2.12 with 70,935 stocks traded, Lasco Manufacturing gained 6 cents to end at $3.79 with 32,978 shares passing through the market. Limners and Bards dropped 32 cents to close at $2.48 with investors switching ownership of  61,016 units, Lumber Depot exchanged 11,123,785 shares and advanced 5 cents to settle at $1.10, Mailpac Group slipped 1 cent to $2 with 181,248 stock units traded.  Main Event fell 11 cents to end at $3.39 with 2,418  stocks switching hands, Medical Disposables finished 1 cent higher at $4.71 with an exchange of 1,123  shares, Paramount Trading lost 5 cents to settle at $1.50 with investors switching ownership of 146,900 stock units. SSL Venture fell 1 cent to close at 70 cents in an exchange of 35,144 shares, Stationery and Office Supplies dropped 39 cents to end at a 52 weeks’ low of $5.20 with a mere 11 stock units trading and tTech jumped 75 cents in finishing at $5.75 with 281 units crossing the exchange.

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

Quiet week for IC TOP 10

The past week was quiet for IC TOP 10 listings, resulting in no change to the list at the end of the week that saw the local market trading in a narrow band and the Junior Market closing at the highest point since August 28 and the Main Market since the end of August.

Scotiabank profit drops in Jamaica.

The top three stocks in each market saw no change in ranking, leaving the top three Junior Market stocks, with the potential to gain between 292 to 695 percent by March 2021. Caribbean Producers heads the list, followed by Lasco Financial and Elite Diagnostic. The focus on all three is on the 2021 fiscal year results, projected to show recovery from the 2020 financial year final numbers. The top three Main Market stocks, with expected gains of 205 to 264 percent, are Berger Paints followed by Radio Jamaica and JMMB Group. All three suffered declines during the week.
This week’s focus: Scotia Group reported a net income of $5.56 billion for the nine months ending in July, compared to $9.79 billion for the corresponding 2019 period. Overall, loans advanced, grew 12 percent mainly due to the strong performance of the Commercial Banking unit, increasing 24 percent versus the prior year. Retail loan grew 5 percent year over year, driven by strong mortgage growth of 16 percent. Total revenues, excluding expected credit losses for the nine months, ended July at $32.1 billion, a reduction of $1.7 billion or 5.1 percent, compared to 2019. For the July 2020 quarter, gross revenues fell from $12.4 billion to $11 billion, with non-interest income contributing $1.1 billion to the decline. Administrative and other expenses were essentially flat at $5.8 billion year over year, a $2 billion increase in provision for expected loan loss helped push profit down in the quarter, to $1.55 billion from $4.2 billion in 2019. Notably, while loans amounting to $221 billion at the end of July grew 12 percent year over year, loans declined modestly from $223 billion at the end of April, the result of the increased credit loss provisioning.
The targeted average PE ratio of the market is 20 based on the profits of companies reporting full year’s results, from now to the second quarter in 2021. Both the Junior and Main markets are currently trading well below this level, an indication of the potential gains ahead. The JSE Main Market ended the week, with an overall PE of 15.1 and the Junior Market 10.9, based on IC Insider.com’s projected 2020-21 earnings. The average PE ratio of the Junior Market has been slowly rising, with better profit opportunities than the Main Market and narrowing the gap. The PE ratio for the Junior Market Top 10 stocks average a mere 6 at just 55 percent to the average of the overall Junior Market. The Main Market TOP 10 stocks trade at a PE of 8.2 or 54 percent of the PE of the overall market.
The average projected gain for the Junior Market IC TOP 10 stocks is 279 percent, and 153 percent for the JSE Main Market, based on 2020-21 earnings, an indication of potentially, greater gains in the Junior Market than in the Main Market.
IC TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns up to March 2021 and ranked in order of potential gains, based on likely gain for each company, taking into account the earnings and PE ratios for the current fiscal year.  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. Revisions to earnings per share are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

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

Junior Market closes with gains

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Friday, with the market rising with advancing stocks were edged out by declining ones, after an exchange of 41 percent fewer shares than on Thursday.
Trading concluded with 33 securities changing hands, up from 31 on Thursday and ended, with the prices of 13 stocks rising, the prices of 14 declining and six with prices remaining unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index increased 18.3 points to settle at 2,514.82, the highest point since August 28. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 10.6  based on IC Insider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of  2,048,087 shares for $5,393,700  compared to 3,485,582 units at $7,773,090 on Thursday. Mailpac Group led trading with 31.2 percent of total volume for 639,248 shares, followed by Lasco Distributors with 26.3 percent and 539,293 units and  Lumber Depot with 7.7 percent market share, with 158,533 shares.
Trading ended with an average of 62,063 units at $163,445 in contrast to 112,438 at $250,745 on Thursday. For the month to date, the average trade resulted in an exchange of 75,003  units at $216,266, in comparison to 76,698 units at $223,183 on Thursday. Trading in August resulted in an average of 104,426 units at $321,996.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows two stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close of the market, Access Financial dropped  $4.49 to end at $21.51 in an exchange of just 11 shares, AMG Packaging dropped 22 cents to finish at $1.76 with a mere ten units trading, Blue Power fell 12 cents to settle at $3.30 with 1,500 stock units passing through the market. Cargo Handlers lost 30 cents to close at $7, trading 10,000 shares, Caribbean Assurance Brokers gained 14 cents to end at $2.05 with 116,159 units changing hands, Caribbean Cream shed 40 cents to finish at $4 with investors switching ownership of 36,150 shares. Caribbean Flavours fell 3 cents to settle at $18.44 with 3,309 stocks passing through the market, Derrimon Trading advanced 34 cents to end at $2.85 in an exchange of 18,707 shares, Elite Diagnostic closed 33 cents higher at $3.39 with investors transferring 10,050 units. Express Catering slipped 2 cents to $3.93 with 19,201 stock units traded, Fontana lost 3 cents to finish at $4.74 with 138,448 shares passing through the market, General Accident gained 8 cents to end at $6.08 in an exchange of 868 stock units. iCreate rose 4 cents to settle at 70 cents with 3,306 stocks changing hands, Indies Pharma gained 7 cents to close at $2.85 with135,634 stock units traded, Jamaican Teas gained 14 cents to finish at $4.69 with investors switching ownership of 48,000 stock units. Jetcon Corporation lost 7 cents to end at 85 cents in an exchange of 2,550 shares, KLE Group declined by 6 cents to finish at $1.36 with 1,000 shares changing hands, Lasco Distributors traded 539,293 stock units and advanced 10 cents to settle at $3.13. Lasco Financial rose 2 cents to close at $2.14 with investors transferring 3,750 units, Lasco Manufacturing fell 6 cents to end at $3.73 in an exchange of 1,136 shares, Limners and Bards slid 2 cents to $2.80 with 75,975 shares passing through the market. Lumber Depot finished 1 cent higher at $1.05 with 158,533 shares changing hands, Mailpac Group traded 639,248 stock units and gained 1 cent to settle at $2.01, Main Event rose 5 cents to end at $3.50 in an exchange of 501 shares. Medical Disposables advanced 8 cents to end at $4.70 with investors switching ownership of 500 stocks and Paramount Trading fell 5 cents to settle at $1.55 with 14,333 units crossing the exchange.
In the preference segment, Derrimon Trading dropped 40 cents to close at $1.90, with 54,533 stocks changing hands.

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