Access up $1.72 to $13.22

Access traded at up $1.72 on Tuesday with limited volume.

Access traded at up $1.72 on Tuesday with limited volume.

Activity on the Junior Market saw shares in Access jumping $1.72 but on small volume. Trading closed with 7 securities traded and ending with 196,904 units changing hands valued at just $335,067. The JSE Junior Market Index gained 13.13 points to close at 736.68, with the price of 2 stocks advancing and 2 declining.
At the close of the market, there were 4 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and just 1 with a lower offer. The junior market ended with 6 securities closing with no bids to buy and 10 that had no stocks being offered for sale.
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Stocks trading in the junior market are, Access Financial trading only 100 shares at $13.22, as the price rose $1.72, Paramount Trading gained 20 cents in closing at $3.80 with 1,100 shares changing hands. Honey Bun traded 1,550 units at $1.91, Lasco Distributors ended trading with 92,800 units at $1.37 while ended with 34,354 units changing hands at $2.30, Caribbean Flavours & Fragrances lost 11 cents in trading 35,000 shares at $1.80 and General Accident Insurance lost 9 cents while trading 32,000 units to end at $1.71.

Is this Honey worth buying?

HoneyBun_280x150Honey is a sweet product savoured by many, but is this Honey likely to attract many to buy into it? Junior market listed Honey Bun is reporting first quarter results to December, last year that is not so sweet, but the results to come could get sweeter as the year unfolds based on a number of factors.
The company enjoyed increased sales of 11.6 percent, hitting $206 million and resulting in gross profit growing by 11.3 percent compared with the corresponding period last year. As gross profit margin fell slightly to 45.4 percent compared with 45.54 in 2013 and administrative and distribution cost rose by 17.4 percent, profit also declined, falling 17 percent for the quarter to $16.5 million or 17 cents per share. “This reduction was mainly due to increased distribution cost resulting from the takeover of a large contract distributor to maintain our customer service and the lease of vehicles due to accidents of two of our main distribution vehicles. Improvements in this area will be seen in the next quarter. Further, a one off cost was incurred during this period as the building on the property acquired was demolished,” management reported, in a statement accompanying the financials.
In the last fiscal year to September, profit fell from $35 million in 2013 to only $23 million partly due to added cost associated with distribution of the products that rose by 20 percent when revenues rose by only 5.7 percent, gross profit margin slipped marginally in the last fiscal year, from 42 percent to 41 percent. But Honey Bun is set to benefit from a fall in the price of fuel used in the transport area and reduced energy cost based on a reduction in rates charged by Jamaica Public Service Company.
The bulk of profit is made in the first six months of the year, with the Easter period a significant one for sales. The September period is usually a period of losses but the company should be looking at earnings in the 50-55 cents region for the current year with reduced cost in some areas and continuation of growth in sales.
“Exports continue to rise and increased year over year corresponding period by over 150 percent. This was mainly due to the export of the company’s Buccaneer Jamaica brand of fruitcakes to the UK market where Honey Bun displayed their cakes in ASDA for the first time. We have also seen increased demand in the local market.” the company’s management reported.
At the end of the period, equity stood at $325 million in contrast to borrowed funds of only $64 million and cash funds of $33 million. The current asset ratio was 1.64 to 1.
The company’s stock last traded on the junior market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange at $1.91 and should enjoy some gains if the company hits the projected profit or comes close to it. The stock closed on Thursday with a bid to buy 20,994 units at $1.91 followed by a bid for 99,900 units at $1.80 but offers start at $2.90 to sell 11,000 units.

8 junior bids more than last sale

UpIncreasegraph Activity on the Junior Market closed with 7 securities traded, ending with 123,044 units changing hands valued at a mere $321,011. The JSE Junior Market Index gained 2 points to close at 707.57, with the price of 2 stocks advancing and 2 declining.
At the close of the market, there were 8 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 stocks with offers that were lower, a strong indicator of rising prices ahead. The junior market ended with 6 securities closing with no bids to buy and 8 securities that had no stocks being offered for sale.
Stocks trading in the junior market are, Access Financial finishing trading with 10,310 units as the price gained 29 cents to $10, JM 27-3-15Lasco Financial with 49,804 shares changing hands, 2 cents higher to $1.07, Consolidated Bakeries concluding trading with 2,000 shares changing hands at 82 cents, Eppley 9.5% preference shares trading 11,694 units at $6. General Accident finishing trading with 22,470 shares at $1.67, AMG Packaging closing with 12,260 units trading lower by 24 cents at $2.25, and Honey Bun dealing in 14,506 units with a loss of 4 cents to $1.91.
Derrimon Trading 11.75% preference share, was listed on Friday but there were no trades, nor interest to buy or sell during the day.

3 junior stocks rise 3 fall on Friday

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Activity on the Junior Market closed with 8 securities traded and ending with 369,749 units changing hands valued at $569,856. The JSE Junior Market Index declined 3.23 points to close at 704.94, with the price of 3 stocks advancing and 3 declining.
JM chrt 20-3-15At the close of the market, there were 6 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with offers that were lower. The junior market ended with 3 securities closing with no bids to buy and there were 7 securities that had no stocks being offered for sale.
Stocks trading in the junior market are, Honey Bun contributing 11,567 shares with a gain of 4 cents to $1.95, Paramount Trading in concluding trading with 27,661 shares gained 10 cents to $3.60, Sweet River Abattoir finishing trading with 2,000 shares, the price gained 1 cent to $3.87.
General Accident had dealing in 104,400 shares at $1.65, Lasco Manufacturing contributing 156,182 shares at $1.15, Consolidated Bakeries finishing with 20,000 units to close lower by 8 cents to 82 cents, Lasco Distributors closing with 39,939 units as the price slipped 3 cents to $1.45, Medical Disposables finishing trading with 8,000 units to close lower by 5 cents to $1.70.

Trading picked up on junior market

Activity on the Junior Market closed with 10 securities traded, ending with 1,402,202 units changing hands valued at $2,643,265. The JSE Junior Market Index gained 0.09 points to close at 715.75, with the prices of 2 stocks advancing and 3 declining.
At the close of the market, there was 1 stock with the bid higher than the last selling price and 2 stocks with offers that were lower. The junior market ended with 4 securities closing with no bids to buy and 7 securities that had no stocks being offered for sale.
JSM 24-2-15Stocks trading in the junior market are, Blue Power closing with 127,163 shares to end with an increase of 5 cents at $6.35, Caribbean Producers closing with 78,145 shares, the price gained 5 cents to $2.15, Jamaican Teas finished with 32,214 shares changing hands to close 5 cents lower to $2.51, KLE Group closed with 54,000 shares trading 1 cent down at 99 cents, Lasco Financial ending trading with 500 shares 5 cents lower to $1.15. Derrimon Trading ended up closing with 100 shares changing hands, at $2.04. General Accident closed with 100 shares trading at $1.70, Consolidated Bakeries had 220 units trading at 90 cents, Caribbean Cream closing with 1,000 shares changing hands at 76 cents, Eppley 9.5% preference share ending with 13,235 units trading at $6, Honey Bun finishing with 196,849 shares at $1.91, Lasco Distributors finished with 30,174 shares trading at $1.50 and Lasco Manufacturing ending with 868,502 shares changing hands to close at $1.15.

Trading picked up in junior market

Trading picked up on the Junior Market on Monday with 9 securities traded and ending with 424,216 units changing hands valued at $1,129,181. The JSE Junior Market Index declined 9.60 points to close at 715.66, with the prices of 4 stocks advancing and 2 declining.
At the close of the market, there were 2 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 stocks with offers that were lower. The junior market ended with 6 securities closing with no bids to buy and there were 5 securities that had no stocks being offered for sale.
JM 23-2-15Stocks trading in the junior market are, AMG Packaging ending trading with 21,230 units and gained 9 cents at $2.31, Dolphin Cove closed with 637 shares while gaining 19 cents to $8.99, Lasco Distributors concluding trading with 24,716 shares, the price jumped 4 cents to $1.50, Lasco Financial closing with 28,289 shares while gaining 10 cents to $1.20. Blue Power traded 100,000 shares but lost 20 cents to end at $6.30, Caribbean Producers with 54,804 shares trading lost 20 cents to end at $2.10, Honey Bun trading 10,000 shares as the price ended at $1.91, Lasco Manufacturing closed with 175,000 shares traded at $1.15, Paramount Trading ended with 9,540 shares trading at $4.

Junior market inching higher

Activity on the Junior Market closed with 7 securities traded, ending with 806,830 units changing hands, valued at $1,091,417. The JSE Junior Market Index gained 7.22 points to close at709.97, with the price of 2 stocks advancing and none declining.
JM 10-2-15At the close of the market, there were 4 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 1 with a lower offer. The junior market ended with 5 securities closing with no bids to buy and 5 securities that had no stocks being offered for sale.
Stocks trading in the junior market are, General Accident closed with 22,000 shares trading 10 cents higher at $1.75, Lasco Distributors ending with 317,632 units trading to gain 5 cents to $1.45, Blue Power closed with 7,633 units trading at $6.50, Eppley 9.5% had 3,203 units trading at $6, Honey Bun closed with 300 shares changing hands at $1.91, Lasco Financial ending with 176,450 shares trading at $1.05 and Lasco Manufacturing finishing with 279,612 shares trading at $1.20.

Moderate junior market trading

Activity on the Junior Market closed with 6 securities trading, ending in 113,404 units changing hands, valued at $253,308. The JSE Junior Market Index declined 0.36 points to close at 702.75, no stock advanced and 1 declined in price.
JM 9-2-15At the close of the market, there were 5 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 1 with the offer lower. The junior market ended with 5 securities closing with no bids to buy, there were 7 securities that had no stocks being offered for sale.
Stocks trading in the junior market are, Derrimon Trading ending with 16,550 units trading and fell by 1 cent to $2.04, for a 52 weeks’ low, Caribbean Producers closed with 585 shares changing hands at $2.20, Honey Bun ending with 1,850 units at $1.91, Lasco Financial finished with 20,513 units trading at $1.05, Eppley 9.5% preference share closed with 21,762 shares changing hands at $6 and Lasco Manufacturing ending with 52,144 shares trading at $1.20.

4 junior market stocks rose Wednesday

Activity on the Junior Market closed with 7 securities trading and ending with 294,119 units valued at $359,476 changing hands. The JSE Junior Market Index gained 4.75 points to close at 703.36, with the prices of 4 advancing with 1 declining.
JM 4-2-15At the close of the market, there were 3 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with offers that were lower. The junior market ended with 4 securities closing with no bids to buy and there were 6 securities that had no stocks being offered for sale.
Stocks trading in the junior market are, Access Financial closing with 1,500 shares to end at $9.30 with an increase of 10 cents, Blue Power trading 7,500 shares to gain 10 cents to $6.50. Honey Bun closed with 6,000 units trading as the price rose 1 cents to $1.91, Lasco Distributors finished with 80,900 shares trading, rising 4 cents to $1.45.
Caribbean Cream closed with 183,600 units trading at 75 cents, Caribbean Producers finished with 13,119 units to close at $2.20 after shedding 10 cents Consolidated Bakeries closed with 1,500 units at 90 cents each.

Junior market up strongly again

Activity on the Junior Market closed with 7 securities trading and ending with 163,012 units changing hands valued at $287,277. The JSE Junior Market Index climbed 14.51 points on top of the 13.55 points gained on Friday, to close at 704.09, with the price of 3 advancing and 2 declining.
JM chrt 2-2-15At the close of the market, there were 3 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with a lower offer. The junior market ended with 4 securities closing with no bids to buy and there were 6 securities that had no stocks being offered for sale.
Stocks trading are, Caribbean Producers finishing with 41,000 units to close with a gain of 20 cents at $2.30. Consolidated Bakeries closed with 5,500 units and put on 8 cents at 90 cents, Lasco Distributors finished trading with 810 shares while gaining 10 cents to $1.40, Lasco Financial ended with 65,774 units trading, to end at $1.05. Lasco Manufacturing concluded transactions in 1,300 units at $1.20, Honey Bun closed with 9,486 units trading as the price slipped 10 cents to $1.90 and Jamaican Teas closed with 39,142 shares, trading lower by 9 cents, to $2.51.