5 new IC TOP 10 BUY RATED

The past week, was fairly quiet for Jamaica Stock Exchange with earnings season for the second quarter just about ended.
In the process, both markets reached new highs before pulling back to close the week below the record highs achieved earlier. The market activity led to a number of changes to the TOP 10 list. Consolidated Bakeries reported disappointing results for the June Quarter from strong growth in revenues and resulted in a downgrade in projected earnings, the stock along with CAC2000 and Caribbean Flavours fell from the Junior Market TOP 10. General Accident reported strong revenues and profit increase for the June quarter and half-year, resulting in earnings upgrade to 80 cents per share for the year and putting it back in the TOP 10 along with Caribbean Cream and Lasco Financial that fell under $5 on Friday.
In the Main Market TOP 10, late bloomer, Sygnus Investments fell in price along with Seprod and return to the main market TOP 10, replacing by Pulse Investments and Palace Amusement.
The three most attractive Junior Market stocks are, Caribbean Producers with projected gains of 240 percent, followed General Accident with projected gains of 171 percent and by Iron Rock with likely gains of 167 percent.
Radio Jamaica with projected gains of 198 percent leads the main market followed by Berger Paints and Carreras with potential gains of 121 percent each.
The main market closed the week with the overall PE of 17 and the Junior Market inched higher to 12.8 current year’s earnings. The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks averages 8.1 and the main market PE is now 10 3. These levels, point to big upside for TOP 10 stocks over the next 12 months and Junior Market stocks in particular as they lag, the values of the main market by a third.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 37 percent to the average for the Junior Market Top stocks and main market stocks trade at a discount of 39 percent to the overall market.
TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns within a 12 months period. Projected earnings, for each company’s current fiscal year, are used in determining, the selected stocks. The PE for and projected earnings for each stock are computed to show potential gains for the year, which are ranked in descending order. Potential 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 as new information is received that can result in changes in and out of the list.

This report is compiled by persons who may have an interest in the securities commented on.

6 new Junior Market TOP 10 stocks

Carreras heads main market TOP10.

The Jamaica Stock Exchange continued to move higher during the week and ended at the high close at 3,600.97 resulting in six stocks migrating from the Junior Market TOP 10.
Prices for Caribbean Cream, Elite Diagnostic, Everything Fresh, General Accident, Lasco Financial and Lasco Manufacturing all rose and exited the TOP 10.
Consolidated Bakeries and Caribbean Flavours that slipped from the list in the previous week, return along with CAC2000, Express Catering, Jetcon Corporation and Main Event.
In the Main Market TOP 10, late bloomer, Sygnus Credit Investments traded ta new record high in the main market of $26 and moved out of the TOP 10 to be replaced by Pulse Investments that slipped out at the end of the previous week.
n the past week, the main market continued its record-breaking run, closing the week at 581,039.04 high on its way to over 800,000 points for the All Jamaica Index.
The three most attractive Junior Market stocks are Caribbean Producers with projected gains of 233 percent, followed by Iron Rock Insurance with projected gains of 193 percent and Medical Disposables with possible gains of 186 percent.
Carreras’ earnings, were upgraded to 90 cents per share, following a 10 percent increase in revenues and 12 percent rise in profit, for the first quarter to June. The stock now leads the in the main market with potential gains of 126 percent followed by Berger Paints with projected gains of 121 percent followed and Stanley Motta with 95 percent by March next year.
The main market closed the week with the overall PE of 16.2 and the Junior Market inched higher to 12.4 current year’s earnings. The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks averages 8.4 and the main market PE is now 10 8. These levels, point to a big upside, for TOP 10 stocks over the next 12 months and Junior Market stocks in particular as they lag, the values of the main market by a third.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 32 percent to the average for the Junior Market Top stocks and main market stocks trade at a discount of 34 percent to the overall market.
TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns within a 12 months period. Projected earnings, for each company’s current fiscal year, are used in determining, the selected stocks. The PE for and projected earnings for each stock are computed to show potential gains for the year, which are ranked in descending order. Potential 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 as new information is received that can result in changes in and out of the list.

This report is compiled by persons who may have an interest in the securities commented on.

Several IC TOP 10 changes

The Jamaica Stock Exchange saw new record highs for the main and Junior Market, with attention moving decisively in favour of the latter that lagged the main market for the greater part of the year.
Prices of Consolidated Bakeries and Caribbean Flavours rose, pushing them out of the Junior Market Top 10. They were replaced, by Caribbean Cream that closed the week, with the price down at $4.25 and Everything Fresh.
In the Main Market TOP 10, Victoria Mutual Investments jumped to a record high of $9, after the company reported 9 cents in earnings per share for the June quarter and 17 cents for the half-year, just below IC Insider.com forecast of 50 cents for the full year. The stock closed at a record high of $8.20 and exited the TOP 10. Pulse Investments climbed to close the week at $3.26 and fell from the top list. Earnings for Sterling Investments were revised downwards to 23 cents per share, resulting in it leaving the TOP 10. New entrants are Grace Kennedy, Proven Investments and Scotia Group.
In the past week, the main market continued its record-breaking run, closing the week at an all-time high on its way to over 800,000 points for the All Jamaica Index as momentum continues to move the market away from long-term resistance at 520,000 points. The Junior Market rose during the week and recovered all of the 2019 losses and surpassing the previous all-time high of 3,436 points in September last year. Technical indicators point to the record be taken out soon and could happen this week with more results due. The market closed over 3,500 points for the first time in the past week.
The three most attractive Junior Market stocks are Caribbean Producers with projected gains of 233 percent, followed by Iron Rock with projected gains of 196 percent and tTech with possible gains of 167 percent.
Berger Paints heads the main market with potential gains of 122 percent followed by Radio Jamaica with 122 percent and Palace Amusement in third spot and likely to gain 92 percent by March next year.
The main market closed the week with the overall PE at 16.4 and the Junior Market moved up from 11.4 last week to 12.3 as the market shifts from consolidation in the first half of the year to be bullish now. The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks averages 8.3 versus 7.6 last week and the main market PE is now 10 4 compared to 9 at the start of last week. These levels, point to big gains for TOP 10 stocks over the next 12 months and Junior Market stocks in particular as they lag, the values of the main market by a third.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 33 percent to the average for the Junior Market Top stocks and main market stocks trade at a discount of 37 percent to the overall market.
TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns within a 12 months period. Projected earnings, for each company’s current fiscal year, are used in determining, the selected stocks. The PE for and projected earnings for each stock are computed to show potential gains for the year, which are ranked in descending order. Potential 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 as new information is received that can result in changes in and out of the list.

This report is compiled by persons who may have an interest in the securities commented on.

17 Junior Market stocks fall on Monday

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Fontana finished the trading of 3.7 million shares to end at a record close of $4.01.

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended trading on Monday with 29 securities changing hands, compared with 26 securities trading on Friday and ending with the prices of 8 securities advancing, 17 declining and 4 remaining unchanged.
Market activities led to the Junior Market index dropping 23.96 points to close at 3,119.82 as of 6,546,471 units valued at $26,108,684 were exchanged, compared to 3,598,159 units valued at $16,062,046 on Friday.
Trading ended with an average of 225,740 units for an average of $900,299 in contrast to 138,391 units for an average of $617,771 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 184,448 valued at $766,741. In contrast, February closed with average of 235,225 units valued at $679,790 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of trading, Access Financial exchanged 200 shares to close at $53, AMG Packaging ended with a loss of 18 cents at $2.31, with an exchange of 18,331 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading of 11,150 units with a loss of 8 cents to close at $4.85. Cargo Handlers settled with a loss of 20 cents at $13, with 7,500 shares trading, Caribbean Cream ended trading of 4,500 shares, for 8 cents higher at $5.20, Caribbean Producers traded 44,000 units, with a loss of 10 cents in closing at $4.50, Derrimon Trading ended 10 cents higher at $2.70, with 90,990 shares changing hands. Dolphin Cove concluded trading of 77,298 shares, with a loss of 50 cents to end at $13.50, Everything Fresh finished 2 cents higher at $1.52, trading 38,000 stock units. Elite Diagnostic rose 10 cents to $3.30, with the trading of 16,229 units, Express Catering ended trading with 16,120 shares after rising 39 cents higher to close at $7.85, FosRich Group traded 120,668 shares, with a loss of 20 cents at $3.80. Fontana finished the trading of 3,702,697 shares and rose 5 cents to end at a record close of $4.01, General Accident closed at $4.50, with 32,665 stock units crossing the exchange trading platform, Honey Bun ended trading 12,744 shares with a loss of 1 cent at $3.80, ICreate swapped 60,985 and rose 1 cent to close at $1.01. Indies Pharma lost 14 cents to close at $3, with 78,934 shares changing hands, Iron Rock settled with the trading 30,000 shares at $3.50, Jamaican Teas  lost 24 cents to close at $4, with trading 14,090 units, Jetcon Corporation  finished trading with 26,734 shares but lost 20 cents to close at $3.10.  Knutsford Express  concluded exchanging 2,670 stock units, with a loss of 87 cents to end at $12,  Lasco Distributors  finished with a loss of 9 cents at $3.70, with 985,338 units changing hands. Lasco Financial  settled 60 cents higher at $5, with an exchange of 659,332 shares, Lasco Manufacturing  ended trading with 257,520 shares after declining 24 cents at $3,  Main Event traded 7,286 shares at $5.40,  Medical Disposables  swapped 18,300 stock units with a loss of 5 cents at $6.55. Paramount Trading closed with a loss of 4 cents at $2.04, with 211,090 units changing hands, Stationery and Office Supplies concluded trading of 1,000 shares with a loss of 10 cents, at $8.40 and tTech settled with a loss of 70 cents at $5.50, with and exchange of 100 stock units.

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

Top 15 Junior market stocks for 2019

Selection of stocks is not isolated from the environment in which the companies operate. Accordingly, investors need to take developments in the wider economy and in certain sectors that can impact profit.
The data available suggest that Junior Market stocks should do better than those in the main market, in 2019. The TOP 15 Junior market stocks, selected based on the lowest PE ratio, using 2019 projected earnings and stock prices at the start of the year, are listed below.
AMG Packaging – PE 6. AMG suffered from losses incurred in their venture into the production of toilet tissue that failed, resulted in losses and dragging down profit in the box making business. Now that the segment of the business is closed, focus can be on their core business for which there is demand. Revenues should grow along powered by growth in the wider economy. The company reported a big jump in profit for the first quarter to November, from an increase in revenues and improved profit margin. The earnings projected is that for the fiscal year that ends in June 2020, when they would have implemented price adjustments to recover the fall in profit margin. IC Insider.com sees management as a weak area of its operation. Hopefully, changes in the composition of the board will address this frontally. Since the start of the year the price has moved up to $2.70 in response to the strong gains in the first quarter profit.Caribbean Cream – PE 9. The company enjoyed increased sales for the nine months to November last year but with flat sales in the second quarter and pick up in the third quarter. Importantly, the raw material prices for a number of production items fell sharply on the world market and will lower cost for them. The latest is the fall in the price of crude oil that will result in cheaper electricity cost as well and as JPS switches to lower electricity production the savings should gather steam during the year. The combination of lower input cost and increased sales will make the stock a winner in the current year. An investment in the stock around the $5.50 level that it is trading at may not pay off until the second half on 2019 when higher profit is expected. Caribbean Producers – PE 6. The company has more going for it that it has so far
delivered. The interim report to September recorded a loss of $1.3 million, but that was mostly due to write down of computer software cost and cut in the selling prices of some items that affected profit margins negatively. The core business is not affected and margins were, restored in the second quarter. The company benefits from growth in the tourism sectors in both Jamaica and St Lucia where it operates.
General AccidentPE 4.5. Investors are not seriously looking at this stock but they should. The stock is undervalued based on a PE and net asset value. Up to September, the company posted strong gains in profit for the nine months. Reports suggest that the company is looking to expand outside of Jamaica. Increased premium rates and a large pool of investible funds, are expected to deliver higher revenues and profit for the company for awhile. Continued growth in the Jamaican economy will provide a basis for above average growth in premium income and profit.
Fontana – PE 10. The PE is 10 based on current fiscal year’s earning but 7 times based on the next fiscal year results. Investors are unlikely to get this stock in the secondary market close to the IPO price any time soon. Expansion plans will make it a good investment for long term investors if bough in the $3 region. The company will be opening their newest branch in Kingston by the second half of 2019. That will result in increased revenues and profit for the 2020 fiscal year that ends in June. They also have plans for the opening of 3 more stores in the island, when completed they will result in above average growth in revenues and profit.
Elite Diagnostic PE is 6. The company recorded increased cost in 2018 as expenses associated with two new branches impacted profit negatively. The second branch is now in operation and reporting profit, while the one to open in St Anns Bay in the middle of this year should lay the foundation for continued above average growth for another year or two.
Iron Rock Insurance – PE 6. Iron Rock made profit in the September quarter for the first time and was set to report a full year of profit. Moving into 2019, revenues from increased premium income and low overhead cost and growth in the local economy are set to land a decent profit for them.
ISP Finance – PE 6. One of the smaller micro lenders ISP continues to grow and had to float a new bond to raise funds to service increased demand for loans. The September 2018 quarterly results show that interest rates charged on loans fell and that may have helped in stimulating increased demand. Loans should continue to rise and profit as well going into 2019, as cash flow from profits is invested in new loans.
Jamaican Teas – PE 7.5. The group will benefit from continued growth in the local economy and increased purchasing power of Jamaicans. The star performer, export sales have grown healthily for a number of years and should continue the growth path again. Added to this, some cost incurred in 2018, are unlikely to repeat in 2019. Importantly, accounting policy IAS 9 will see all gains or losses on investments being booked through the regular profit and loss statement and that could lift profit in 2019 as local stocks continue to grow in value.
Lasco Financial – PE 6.5. The company continues to earn from Money transfer business but the real growth potential rest in the micro lending area that enjoys high profit margin. The area is crowded but entities with size can have an advantage. Additionally, Lasco has a wide network of branches, used to reach a wide potential group for granting loans.
Lasco Manufacturing – PE 8. New products and the streamlining of the business with potential for more product lines that can be added make this entity a compelling long term investment.
Medical disposables – PE 7.5. The company started as a distributor of medical and pharmaceutical distributors but has now broadened their offering to involve consumer products. The base is established for a wider range of products, using a lot of the existing infrastructure that is adding to the attractiveness of the stock. Results for the June quarter showed strong increased revenues and profit but their usually slow second quarter saw modest increased revenues and flat profit. Importantly, gross profit increased well ahead of the growth in revenues and but for a big increase in foreign exchange losses, profit in quarter and six months would have climbed strongly. Revaluation of the Jamaican dollar in the December quarter will result in a reversal of some of the foreign exchange losses.

Stationery & Office Supplies MoBay Office

PTL- PE 7.5. The company reported growth in revenues for the half year to November resulting in improvement in gross profit. Administrative cost grew higher than revenues with depreciation accounting for 25 percent of the increased cost. The company’s joint venture lubricant plant, was operational during the period and resulted in cost and revenues excluded from the six months results but included in the 2017 figures.  Only the company’s share of profit is now included in the results amounting to $2 million. The company had moved into the repackaging of chlorine and bleach production in 2018. The last quarterly results have not shown much increased business from these two ventures, while they incurred increased staff cost to serve the market. Major improvement in profit, is not expected until the 2020 fiscal year that starts in June 2019 and will probably hold back the stock price for the greater part of the year.
Stationery and Office Supplies – PE 6. SOS delivered two good years on the Junior Market for early investors. IC Insider.com is forecasting another year of strong stock gains for the company. The company moved into the production of exercise books, mostly for schools and added note pads for the local and overseas markets.  Other products could be added to their line up in 2019.   
tTech – PE 6. Results for the September quarter almost doubled, with earnings per share reaching 12 cents, versus 6 cents in 2017, with operating revenues rising an attractive 25 percent. Profit for 2018 should hit 40 cents for the year. Management indicates that they are proactive in seeking new business locally and overseas and sees past marketing effort to attract new business now bearing fruit.

Access & Iron Rock back into IC Top 10

Thee are no change to the TOP 10 main market list. The Junior Market has two changes with Iron Rock Insurance and Access Financial returning to the TOP 10, while Stationery and Office Supplies (SOS) and Dolphin Cove moved out.
IC Insider.com lowered the earnings per share for the two that moved out, based on the most recent release of interim results. In addition, SOS moved up in price following the release of nine months results.
Last week’s big new the entry, Scotia Group moved from $50 to close at $55.95 and now awaits the full year results which be out soon, for more direction. Based on IC Insider.com forecast Scotia is set to earn around $4.60 for the 2018 year to October with the PE at just 11 times earnings.
Earnings for General Accident have been adjusted down to 40 cents per share with the latest results now out, but it still holds on to the TOP 10.
The main market closed the week with the overall PE remains at 15.3, the PE of the Junior market is at 15.6 from the prior week.
The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks average 9.4 and the main market PE is now 9.7.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 40 percent to the average for the Junior Market Top stocks but it’s a third of what the average PE for the year is likely to be of 20 times earnings. The main market stocks trade at a discount of 37 percent to the overall market.
TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns within a 12 months period. Stocks are selected based on projected earnings for each company’s current fiscal year. Based on an assumed PE for each, the likely gains are determined and then ranked, with the stocks with the highest potential gains ranked first followed by the rest, in descending order. Potential 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 based on new information received that can result in changes in and out of the list as well.

Iron Rock’s first profitable quarter

Iron Rock hits 52 weeks’ high of $4.07 on Friday.

Improvement in its bottom-line of Iron Rock Insurance continued into the September quarter, with profit of $1.1 million, the first quarterly profit in its short history. For the nine months’ period, the company suffered a loss of just $7.6 million down from $60.4 million in 2017.
For the quarter, gross premium income (GPI) increased to $99.4 million from $83.9 million in 2017 with net premium written of $41 million and net earned premium of $48.3 million. For the nine months of 2018, GPI grew 48 percent to $382 million, up from $257 million in 2017 and net earned premium increased 272 percent to $129 million from just $47 million in 2017.
Operating expenses inched up to $36.5 million in the quarter from $35 million in 2017 and grew 11 percent to $111 million from $100 million in 2017. Insurance claims jumped to $23 million from $12 million for the quarter and $61 million for the nine months, from $34 million last year.
Other income totaled $13.5 million for the quarter, from $10 million previously and $35 million for the period to September, versus $24 million. The company is projected to end the year with an overall profit.
Shareholders’ equity now stands at $525 million, down from $512 million at the end of September last year. Cash and investments now amount to $617 million, while Insurance liabilities, claims and other payables amount to $373 million.
The stock now trades on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange at $4.80.

Junior Market rise but sentiment negative

Caribbean Flavours traded on the Junior Market at a record high of $21.

The Junior Market Index advanced by 12.92 points to close at 3,429.60 at the close of trading closed with 23 securities changing hands, resulting in the prices of 4 securities rising, 7 declining and 9 remaining unchanged.
Market sentiment closed negative on Wednesday and remains negative at the close of trading on Thursday as shown by the IC bid-offer Indicator with more stocks seeming poised to decline than rise by a good margin.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 5 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 7 closed with lower offers.
Market activities, resulted in an exchange of 2,433,731 units valued at $8,326,070, compared to 28,223,468 units valued at $66,146,106 trading on Wednesday.
Trading closed with an average of 105,814 units for an average of $362,003 in contrast to 1,045,314 units for an average of $2,449,856 on Wednesday. Trading for the month to date averages 502,180 units for an average of $2,737,706 and on the prior trading day, an average of 521,373 units for an average of $2,852,740. Trading in August, averaged 244,613 units at $1,348,298 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, AMG Packaging ended with the exchanging of 372,400 stock units, and rising 4 cents higher to close at $1.94, Blue Power fell 5 cents to end at $6.50, trading 22,662 units, CAC2000 finished with the trading of 29,525 shares at $15, Caribbean Flavours traded 3,000 stock units to close $1 higher at $19, after hitting an all-time high of $21. Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 9 cents at $2.85, with 160,500 shares changing hands. Elite Diagnostic finished with a loss of 9 cents at $3.02, after exchanging 37,358 stock units, Everything Fresh closed trading with 108,150 shares changing hands at $2.10. Express Catering ended trading 82,267 shares at $8.20, FosRich Group traded with a loss of 10 cents at $3.60, with 8,726 shares, GWest Corporation closed 10 cents higher at $2.10, in the exchange of 10,000 stock units. Honey Bun ended at $4, with 10,927 units being exchanged, Indies Pharma lost 1 cent with 834,773 shares changing hands to close at $3.39. Iron Rock concluded trading of 210,000 shares, at $4.50, Jamaican Teas settled with a loss of 15 cents at $4.85, with 10,977 shares traded, Jetcon Corporation ended trading 13,860 stock units and lost 30 cents to end at $3.80. KLE Group finished trading at $4, with 300 shares, Knutsford Express closed at $12.50, in the swapping of 1,600 shares, Lasco Distributors ended at $4, exchanging 56,900 shares, Lasco Financial concluded trading 51,530 stock units and rose 2 cents higher to $5.50. Lasco Manufacturing finished at $4, exchanging 5,875 units, Main Event settled with a loss of 30 cents at $6.10, after 3,063 shares traded and Stationery and Office finished trading at $9, with 37,276 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Iron Rock improvement continues

IronRock Insurance reports vastly improved results for the second quarter and the six months period to June from rising revenues and stable administrative cost.
A loss of $4 million was incurred for the June quarter and $8.6 million for the half year compared to a loss of $19 million and $46 million in June quarter and half year in 2017 respectively.
The vastly improved bottom-line flowed from gross written premium for the half year rising 63 percent to $282 million, from $173 million in 2017 and net earned premium increasing 248 percent to $80 million, up from: $23 million in 2017. For the second quarter premium rose at a slower pace of 14 percent to $127 million and net premium income moved 213 percent from $13 million to $42 million.
Operating expenses rose to $74 million from $65 million in 2017 and moved from $33 million to $36 million in the June quarter. Insurance damages claimed $38 million for the half year, up from $21 million in 2017 and increased claims from $9 million in the June 2017 quarter to $21 million in 2018, leading to reduced underwriting loss of $30 million versus $61 million in the corresponding in 2017. Other income for the period rose to $22 million from $14 million for the 2017 period and for the June quarter, moved from $8 million to $11 million. Shareholders’ equity inched up from $512 million to $514 million helped by unrealised gains of $10 million in the equity portfolio. Total assets stood at $988 million and comprise cash and investments of $602 million, while liabilities include $360 million for claims provision.
The stock last traded at $3.10 and could enjoy some gains going forward as company extend the improvement in both the top and bottom-lines.

More Junior stocks rise than fall – Thursday

Caribbean Producers traded 52 weeks’ high on Thursday.

The Junior Market Index declined 15.45 points to close at 2,917.69, as 22 securities traded, with 9 stocks rising, 7 declining while 6 remained unchanged.
Market activity ended with two highs and 2 new lows as Caribbean Producers (CPJ) and Stationery and Office (SOS) jumped to new highs and GWest and Derrimon Trading 9% preference fell to new lows. Investors pushed SOS to new high based on expected good first quarter results while they responded to increased profits at CPJ.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 7 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and only 1 with a lower offer.
At the close of market activities, 1,858,849 units valued at $9,781,521 changed hands in contrast to Wednesday, when 19 securities were traded resulting in 1,096,815 units valued at $3,914,766.
Market activity ended with an average of 84,493 units for an average of $444,615 in contrast to 57,727 units for an average of $206,040 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 89,483 units with an average value of $350,843 and previously 90,161 units with an average value of $338,109. April closed with an average of 121,622 units at $506,803, for each security traded.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging ended 2 cents higher at $2.02, with 783 stock units traded, Caribbean Flavours closed at $12, while exchanging 12,323 stock units, Caribbean Producers finished trading 66 cents higher to a 52 weeks’ high of $5.95, with 154,000 units, Consolidated Bakeries rose 10 cents to $1.95, with 25,000 shares, C2W Music ended at 45 cents, with 83,363 shares. Derrimon Trading concluded trading 30 cents higher at $9.75, with 3,670 shares, Elite Diagnostic inched up by 1 cent at $3.26, with 34,366 units, Eppley ended trading with a loss of 2 cents at $9.20, with 438,296 shares, Express Catering traded at $5.65, with 116,168 shares. FosRich Group finished trading 5 cents higher at $2.35, with 40,874 shares, General Accident closed 9 cents higher at $3.24, with 14,650 stock units, GWest Corporation ended with a loss of 14 cents to end at a an all-time low at $2.16, with 95,500 units, Iron Rock finished at $3, with 400,000 shares. KLE Group closed with a loss of 15 cents at $2.35, with 511 shares, Knutsford Express ended with a loss of 50 cents at $12.50, with 10,000 shares, Lasco Distributors concluded trading with a loss of 6 cents at $4.25, with 51,461 stock units, Lasco Financial finished at $5.50, with 313,128 units. Lasco Manufacturing settled with a loss of 10 cents at $3.90, with 27,000 shares, Main Event ended trading 19 cents higher at $7, with 400 shares, Medical Disposables traded at $5, with 9,000 shares and Stationery and Office climbed by 70 cents to a an all-time high of $7, with 5,376 units. In the junior market preference segment, Derrimon Trading 9% ended with a loss of 10 cents close at an all-time low of $1.90, with 22,980 stock units, changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.