5 junior stocks rise 4 fall – Friday

AMG stock price jumped $2.50 in trading on Friday to $19.20.

AMG stock price jumped $2.50 in trading on Friday to $19.20.

The Junior market closed on Friday, with Lasco Distributors dominating trading volume with 82 percent of the total market volume. Far fewer securities traded than on Thursday, the market index fell 22.64 points, to close at 2,276.21.
Trading ended with 844,487 units changing hands, 54 percent less than on Thursday, while the value traded dropped 41 percent from Thursday, with $5,439,011 changing hands on Friday. At the close 5 stocks gained, while 4 declined out of 12 securities that traded, down from 19 on Thursday.
Market activities ended with 5 securities closing with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 ending with ICI Jm sum 9-09-16lower offers as the supply of many stocks continue to evaporate.
At the close, AMG Packaging climbed $2.50 and ended at $19.20, with just 2,450 units changing hands, Caribbean Cream closed with 16,000 shares changing hands with a loss of 50 cents at $8, Consolidated Bakeries traded 18,293 shares to close at $2.20 after falling 5 cents. C2W Music closed at 20 cents with 40,000 units changing hands, General Accident traded 11,553 units to end at $2.30. Honey Bun traded 4,000 units and gained 2 cents to end at $5.52, Jamaican Teas rose 60 cents in trading just 1,133 shares to close at $4 but was on offer to sell 3,900 units at $3.80, ICI jm trade 9-09-16Lasco Distributors ended with 689,330 shares changing hands and gained 35 cents to close at $7.05. Lasco Financial had just 100 shares changing hands at $3.50, for a loss of 2 cents, Lasco Manufacturing closed at $4.50 with 10,128 shares trading and tTech rose 25 cents in trading 1,500 shares at $5.25.
Stocks to watch in the coming week are AMG Packaging, Blue Power, Cargo Handlers, Caribbean Cream, Honey Bun, ISP Finance, Jetcon, Knutsford Express, Lasco Financial, Paramount and tTech. The supplies for most of these stocks have pretty much dried up around current prices.

7 junior stocks rise – Friday

ISP Finance traded at a new high of $6 on Friday

ISP Finance traded at a new high of $6 on Friday


The Junior market closed on Friday with a fall of just 4.13 points in the market index, to close at 2,176.88 as the market continues in consolidation mood but as Cargo Handlers jumped $5.99 to a new high of $82, with 915 shares changing hands, to record gains of 116 percent for the year to date. ISP Finance jumped 78 cents and gained 200 percent since listing in March, to close at a new high of $6 while trading 22,082 shares.
At the end of trading only 7 stock rose up from 1 on Thursday and 3 declined down from 8 on Thursday out of 15 securities that traded on Friday.ICI Jm sum 2-09-16r The market closed with 1,387,475 units trading, 76 percent less than on Thursday, valued 60 percent less than on Thursday with $6,454,746 changing hands on Friday. Trading ended with 8 securities closing with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 ending with lower offers.
At the close, AMG Packaging closed with a gain of 14 cents at $13.70 with 1,750 units changing hands, Blue Power closed with 1,789 units changing hands at $20, Caribbean Cream closed with 92,693 shares changing hands and rose 24 cents to $7.25, after trading as high as $7.95. Caribbean Producers had 187,080 units changing hands, to close with a rise of 3 cents, at $3, Consolidated Bakeries traded 16,455 shares to close at $2.20. ICI Jm sum 2-09-16rDolphin Cove traded 2,105 units at $15 after falling 20 cents, Honey Bun closed with 26,817 shares changing hands at $5.30, Knutsford Express traded 33,650 shares to close at $25, Lasco Distributors fell 20 cents to end with 24,854 shares changing hands at $6.70, Lasco Financial ended with 552,729 shares changing hands at $3.50, after rising 15 cents. Lasco Manufacturing lost 16 cents and closed at $4.41 with 409,706 shares trading, Medical Disposables traded 12,130 shares with the price gaining 35 cents to close at $3.55 and Sweet River had 2,000 shares trading to end at $3.85.

8 junior stocks fall 1 rise – Thursday

Blue Power rose to a 52 weeks' high of $20 on Thursday

Blue Power rose to a 52 weeks’ high of $20 on Thursday

The junior market closed on the first day of September with a drop of 35.92 points in the market index , to close at 2,181.01 as the market index continues in consolidation mood but as Caribbean Producers dropped 53 cents in light of a sharp fall in audited profits for the financial year to June, released by company on Wednesday.
At the end of trading only 1 stock rose and 8 declined out of 13 securities that traded. The market closed with 5,883,994 units valued at $16,028,801 changing owners. One stock traded to close at a new high and two traded at intraday highs.ICI Jm sum 1-09-16 Trading ended with 7 securities closing with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 ending with lower offers.
At the close, Blue Power closed with a rise of 20 cents with 211 units changing hands at a new high of $20, Caribbean Cream closed with 7,500 shares changing hands at $7.01 after declining by 4 cents. Caribbean Producers after reporting a sharp fall in profit to only 10 US cents per share, had 3,539,137 units changing hands, to close with a loss of 53 cents, at $2.97, C2W Music traded 114,500 units at 24 cents, Consolidated Bakeries lost 14 cents in trading 43,245 shares to close at $2.20. General Accident traded 2,000,000 units at $2.05 after falling 25 cents,ICI jm trade 1-09-16 Honey Bun declined by 50 cents with 4,500 shares changing hands, to close at $5.30, Jetcon Corporation ended with a loss of 31 cents to end at $2.90 after first hitting a new intraday high of $3.23, with just 70,243 shares changing hands. Knutsford Express traded 19,435 shares to close at $25 after hitting an intraday 52 weeks’ high of $26.11, Lasco Distributors fell 9 cents to end with 7,571 shares changing hands at $6.90, Lasco Manufacturing closed at $4.57 with 23,652 shares trading. Medical Disposables traded 4,000 shares with the price declining by 30 cents to close at $3.20 and tTech had 50,000 shares trading to end at $4.50.

ISP Finance revving to expand

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ISP Finance plans to issue $150m in bonds in September.

ISP Finance plans to issue $150m in bonds in September.

Newly junior market listed ISP Finance is getting ready to expand, grow revenues and profit by way of a $150 million public issue of a 10 percent Secured Corporate Bonds due 2019 which are expected to be listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange. The minimum subscription is $20,000 for each application. Interest will be payable quarterly.
The issue opens at 9 am on September 1 and will close at 4:30 pm on September 22, 2016. The Company will have the option to prepay the bonds at par before the due date. ISP reported revenues of J$52 million, a 7.2 percent increase over the J$49 million record in the second quarter of 2015, according to its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June, this year. Gross profit amounted to J$49 million compared to J$44 million in the comparative quarter in 2015. Net profit for the June quarter came out at J$11.7 million representing a 240 percent the $3.4 million generated in 2015, however, the company reversed $7.9 million in the June quarter, cost relating to the IPO, which it expensed in the first quarter, thus inflating the second quarter profit. For the six months to June revenues grew to $106 million from $99 million in 2015. Net profit for the six months ended at $8.6 versus $3 million in 2015.
The increase in the company’s revenue in the 2nd quarter of 2016 resulted from increased business activities, while the decrease in interest expenses in the 2nd quarter of 2016 was due to repayment of a loan to commercial bank.
At the end of December 2015, the company’s loan portfolio, before loan loss provision stood at J$304 million and grew marginally to J$305 million at the end of June. After loan loss provision of $70 million, it stood at $234 million as of June this year versus $241 million at December and is up from the $225 million at the end of March 2016. Cash on hand stood at $67 million while the amount borrowed fell to $127 million including overdraft balance of $38 million from $328 million at the end of 2015.
The funds being raised could propel loan growth significantly and with it profits particularly in 2017 as the funds would be available for a full year compared to a few months for 2016. Importantly, more funds will be available for the busy Christmas period. IC Insider forecast earnings for 2016 at of $59 million or 57 cents per share with earnings jumping sharply higher in 2017, if most of the bond funds are received and are on lent.
The company is not without risk and success will be highly dependent on management’s ability to make proper credit assessment and police tightly loan repayments by its clients.

Juniors make full recovery – Tuesday

ISP Finance closed at a new high on Tuesday.

ISP Finance closed at a new high on Tuesday.

The junior market dropped sharply on Tuesday with 18 securities changing hands as trading ended with 1,683,513 units, valued at $7,988,309 changing hands. At the close 8 stocks rose while 4 declined with one closing at new highs. The market index recovered 81.85 points to close at 2,238.07.
ISP Finance Services is the only stock trading at new highs on Tuesday. At the end of trading 7 stocks closed with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 ended with lower offers.
At the close, AMG Packaging rose by 62 cents, to close with 24,500 units changing hands at $13.12, JM sum 16-8-16Cargo Handlers ended with 3,719 shares changing hands at $72, after trading at an intraday high of $72.02. Caribbean Cream had 3,030 shares changing hands, to close at $7.05, Caribbean Flavours traded 2,900 units to end at $7 with a gain of 48 cents, Caribbean Producers fell 13 cents, in trading 63,478 units to close at $3.30, Consolidated Bakeries traded 80,000 units and lost 5 cents, to end at $2.50. Derrimon Trading ended at $3.05 with 35,868 shares changing hands, General Accident had 239,266 shares changing hands to close 20 cents higher, at $2.20. Honey Bun had 84,181 shares changing hands with a gain of 6 cents, to close at $5.59, ISP Finance Services had 34,654 shares changing hands with a rise of 22 cents to end at 52 weeks’ high of $5. JM Trdng Sht 16-8-16Jamaican Teas traded 9,000 units and fell 20 cents to close at $3.80, Jetcon Corporation traded 99,225 shares and gained 1 cent to close at $2.70, after trading as high as $3. Knutsford Express closed with 176 units changing hands at $20. Lasco Distributors ended with a rise of 20 cents while 222,361 shares changed hands at $7, Lasco Financial traded 43,419 units to close at $3.30, Lasco Manufacturing closed at $5 with 705,000 shares trading, after rising 48 cents. Medical Disposables traded 28,247 shares to close at $3.50 and tTech dropped 65 cents and ended with 4,489 units changing hands at $3.85.

Juniors dropped sharply – Monday

The two big Lasco companies hit the junior market index hard on Monday.

The two big Lasco companies hit the junior market index hard on Monday.

The junior market dropped sharply on Monday with 19 securities changing hands as trading ended with 1,526,008 units, valued at $8,120,692 changing hands, of which 5 stocks rose while 9 declined with 3 closing at new highs. The market index dived 80.25 points to close at 2,156.22, with Lasco Distributors and Lasco Manufacturing had sizable falls.
Stocks trading at new highs are Blue Power, Cargo Handlers and Paramount Trading. At the end of trading 6 stocks closed with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 ended with lower offers.
JM sum 15-8-16At the close, Blue Power rose by 50 cents, to close with 765 units changing hands at an all-time high of $17, CAC 2000 traded 5,000 shares but fell 40 cents, to close at $6, Cargo Handlers jumped $4 and ended with 1,500 shares changing hands, at an all-time high of $72. Caribbean Cream lost 25 cents with 2,500 shares changing hands, to close at $7.05, Caribbean Producers fell 2 cents, in trading 11,065 units at $3.43, Consolidated Bakeries traded 26,500 units, to end at $2.55, General Accident had 88,928 shares changing hands to close 8 cents lower, at $2. Honey Bun had 115,709 shares changing hands with a loss of 17 cents, to close at $5.53, Iron Rock Insurance traded 4,768 units and fell 2 cents to close at $3.28, ISP Financial Services had 800 shares changing hands with a loss of 15 cents to end at $5. JM Trdng Sht 15-8-16Jetcon Corporation traded 37,411 shares at $2.69, Key Insurance traded 75,413 units to close at $2.50, Knutsford Express closed with 19,324 units changing hands at $20 after rising by 75 cents. Lasco Distributors ended with a loss of 20 cents while 646,920 shares changed hands at $7, Lasco Financial traded 155,762 units and gained 4 cents to close at $3.30, Lasco Manufacturing closed at $4.52 with 330,420 shares trading, but lost 43 cents. Medical Disposables traded 2,700 shares to close at $3.50, Paramount Trading climbed 60 cents to end with 123 shares changing hands at a new high of $12.10 and tTech ended with 400 units changing hands at $4.50.

5 rising stocks steady juniors – Monday

The junior market rose moderately on Monday with 12 active securities. 5 stocks rose and 1 declined including a jump of $2.30 in the price of Knutsford Express. The market index rose 2.66 points to close at 2,193.86, with only 257,522 units trading, valued at $1,655,683.
JM sum 8-8-16At the end of trading 4 stocks closed with bids higher than their last selling prices and none ended with a lower offer.
At the close, Caribbean Cream gained 3 cents with 1,000 shares changing hands at $7.03, Consolidated Bakeries did not trade, but the bid for the stock climbed to $2.44, there were just two offers posted at the close, to sell 15,000 units. The stock last traded to close at $2.13, Dolphin Cove traded 300 shares to close at $14. General Accident traded 42,019 shares and gained 1 cent to end at $2.16, Honey Bun had 26,357 shares changing hands, to close at $5.60, ISP Finance traded 4,000 shares at $5.15,JM Trdng Sht 8-8-16 Jetcon Corporation ended with 3,700 shares changing hands at $2.70, KLE Group ended at $1.30 with 918 shares changing hands. Knutsford Express closed with 23,977 units changing hands at $19, after climbing $2.30, Lasco Distributors lost 20 cents and ended with 77,580 shares changing hands at $6.80, Lasco Financial ended with 2,860 shares changing hands at $3.49, for a gain of 24 cents. Lasco Manufacturing closed at $5 with 74,311 shares trading and Derrimon Trading preference share ended with 500 units changing hands at $2.10.

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Juniors end with 3 new highs – Thursday

Blue Power hit a new high of $16.50 on Thursday.

Blue Power hit a new high of $16.50 on Thursday.

The junior market rose slightly on Thursday with 19 active securities of which 9 stocks rose and 5 declined. Three stocks closed at a 52 weeks’ high and one traded at an intraday low. The market index gained 12.34 points to close at 2,196.84, as a total of 910,288 units traded, valued at $3,268,885.
A total of 2 stocks closed with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 ended with a lower offer.
At the close, Access Financial traded just 163 shares at $17.50, Blue Power Group ended with 5,000 shares changing hands with a gain of 40 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $16.50, CAC 2000 had 2,589 units changing hands to close with a loss of 10 cents at $6.40.JM sum 4-8-16 Caribbean Cream closed 10 cents lower with 38,177 shares changing hands at $6.90, Caribbean Producers traded 16,000 units with at $3.25, Consolidated Bakeries gained 5 cents in trading 4,104 shares to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $2.25. C2W Music closed with a gain of 1 cent as 33,000 units changed hands to close at 30 cents, the stock traded at an intraday low of 25 cents. Dolphin Cove rose by 35 cents while 2,000 units were traded, to close at $14, Honey Bun had 47,118 shares changing hands, to close with a gain of 10 cents, at $5.55. Iron rock Insurance gained 42 cents while trading 1,000 shares to close at $3.60, ISP Finance jumped 65 cents to a new high of $5.15 with only 1,000 shares changing hands. Key Insurance traded 2,000 units at $2.60, JM Trdng Sht 4-8-16rKLE Group ended at $1.35 with 100,000 shares changing hands, after rising by 5 cents, Knutsford Express closed with 30,000 units changing hands at $19.52, after rising by 52 cents. Lasco Distributors ended with 37,152 shares changing hands at $7, Lasco Financial ended with 32,985 shares changing hands at $3.35, for a rise of 5 cents, Lasco Manufacturing lost 5 cents and closed at $5 with 88,000 shares trading. Medical Disposables traded with a loss of 35 cents to close at $3.15 with 20,000 shares changing hands and Derrimon Trading preference share, traded 449,000 units at $2.07.

ISP Finance jumps 125% since listing

ISP Finance up 125% since its 2016 IPO

ISP Finance up 125% since its 2016 IPO

The junior market listed ISP Finance jumps 125% since going public in March this year when it traded 5,000 shares and gained 40 cents on Thursday to end at $4.50 and is only the second junior market stock to gain more than 100 percent for the year to date with Honey Bun gaining 347 percent. ISP closed with bids amounting
The market closed with more stock prices declining than those that rose leading to a fall in the market index with 19 securities being active, the highest for since July 11, when a similar number traded. The index closed 35.06 points lower, at 2,158.37 as 5 stocks gained and 7 declined with 1 closing at a new high. A total of 816,187 units traded, valued at $3,553,629.
A total of 7 stocks closed with bids higher than their last selling prices and none ended with a lower offer.
JM - Sum 28-7-16rAt the close, AMG Packaging closed at $12.50 with 1,000 units changing hands, Blue Power closed with 10,300 units changing hands to close at $13.70 with a loss of $1.30, Caribbean Cream rose 11 cents with 152,336 shares changing hands to close at $6.81, Caribbean Flavours traded 28,448 units to end at $6.53 with a fall of 47 cents. Caribbean Producers traded 52,670 units at $3.25, with a fall of 1 cent, Consolidated Bakeries gained 10 cents in trading 185,000 units at $2.15, Derrimon Trading fell 1 cent to end at $3.06 with 9,627 shares changing hands, Dolphin Cove ended at $13.65 with 5,000 shares trading to gain 74 cents. General Accident traded 44,000 units at $2.05, Honey Bun had 28,735 shares changing hands, to close at $5.50. JM Trdng Sht 28-7-16Lasco Distributors ended with 40,453 shares changing hands, to end at $7.40, Lasco Financial ended with 93,581 shares changing hands to close at $3.40, Lasco Manufacturing rose 5 cents and closed at $5 with 64,682 shares trading, Medical Disposables traded 18,106 shares and fell 45 cents to close at $3.55. Sweet River traded 1,000 shares and fell 1 cent to close at $3.85, tTech traded 48,502 units to end at $4 and Derrimon Trading preference share ended with 24,148 shares changing hands to close at $2.07.

Juniors gain – Wednesday

The junior market closed with the market index closing higher by 39.61 points to end at 2,083.69 with just 209,776 shares trading with a value of $1,025,220 from 9 active securities with 4 advancing 1 declining. Trading is down from the 14 securities that traded, accounting for 724,885 units valued at $2,996,936, on Tuesday.
JM - Sum 13-7-16uThe junior market was recording strong gains in the market index with Lasco Distributors‘ price climbing 50 cents to $6.55 while trading 22,000 shares and Caribbean Cream (Kremi) trading 74,400 shares at $5.50 without a change to the Tuesday’s closing price but climbing based on the input into the index movement. Investors were responding to Kremi’s 81 percent jump in profit, to $71 million, for the May quarter.
At the end of trading, 7 stocks closed with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 ended with lower offers.
JM Trdng Sht 13-7-16At the close, AMG Packaging ended at $12.51 with 5,051 units changing hands, General Accident traded 1,987 units at $2.05, Honey Bun gained 5 cents while trading 28,826 shares to close at $5.60, Iron Rock Insurance gained 15 cents in trading 49,100 shares and closed at $3.35. Jetcon Corporation had 43,056 units changing hands at $2.70, Key Insurance closed with 1,000 units changing hands at $2.65, after rising by 5 cents, Lasco Financial ended with 24,200 shares changing hands, at $3.40, after gaining 2 cents and Lasco Manufacturing closed at $5 with 9,256 shares trading and fell 1 cent.