JSE Main Market tumbles

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market dropped sharply on Tuesday following the volume of stocks trading nosediving 55 percent after 38 percent fall in value, compared to Monday with trading in 46 securities, down from 54 on Monday, resulting in prices of 16 rising, 19 declining and 11 ending unchanged.
Five stocks traded at 52 weeks’ low including Jamaica Stock Exchange, JMMB Group ordinary share, Palace Amusement, VM Investments and JMMB Group 7.35% preference share.
A total of 5,681,384 shares were traded for $75,914,996 versus 12,752,567 units at $123,366,397 on Monday.
Trading averaged 123,508 units at $1,650,326 compared to 236,159 shares at $2,284,563 on Monday and month to date, an average of 203,452 units at $1,557,922 versus 206,857 units at $1,553,986 on the previous trading day. October closed with an average of 231,243 units at $1,464,224.
Transjamaican Highway led trading with 906,272 shares for 16 percent of total volume followed by Wigton Windfarm with 790,724 units for 13.9 percent of the day’s trade and Wisynco Group with 687,585 units for 12.1 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index dived 6,421.71 points to 376,303.33, the JSE Main Index shed 4,914.99 points to close at 332,377.66 and the JSE Financial Index lost 1.11 points to settle at 79.00.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.4 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios incorporate earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 18 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close, Caribbean Producers rallied 54 cents to $12.59 in switching ownership of 8,568 shares, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund dipped $3.97 to $36.02 trading 100 stock units, First Rock Real Estate climbed $1.94 in closing at $15 with investors trading 385,998 stocks. Guardian Holdings declined $5.10 after ending at $495 trading 6,641 units, Jamaica Broilers rose 54 cents to $27.40 with 51,941 stocks clearing the market, Jamaica Stock Exchange fell $1.03 to a 52 weeks’ low of $14.90 with an exchange of  28,942 units. JMMB Group shed 90 cents to end at a 52 weeks’ low of $31.50 as investors transferred 212,943 shares, Kingston Wharves lost 59 cents in closing at $33.41 after 361,343 stock units crossed the exchange, Palace Amusement dropped $39 in ending at a 52 weeks’ low of $621 with four units changing hands. Sagicor Group popped $1 to close at $49 trading 65,818 stocks, Scotia Group lost $1.70 to settle at $32.50 as investors transferred 33,492 shares, Seprod dipped $1.99 to $67 with the swapping of 56,540 stock units and Victoria Mutual Investments fell 95 cents to a 52 weeks’ low of $3 with 209,695 units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

 

JSE Main Market volume climbs

Trading ended Monday with an increased in the volume of stocks traded but was valued less than those passing through the market on Friday after 89 percent more shares changed hands valued 13 percent less than Friday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market and ended with trading of 54 securities compared to 52 on Friday, resulting in 19 rising, 22 declining and 13 ending unchanged.
A total of 12,752,567 shares were exchanged for $123,366,397 versus 6,765,232 units at $141,934,681 on Friday.
Trading averaged 236,159 units at $2,284,563 against 130,101 shares at $2,729,513 on Friday and month to date, an average of 206,789 units at $1,553,587 compared to 205,314 units at $1,515,534 on the previous trading day. October closed with an average of 231,243 units at $1,464,224.
JMMB Group 7.35% – 2028 led trading with 3.66 million shares for 28.7 percent of the total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 1.73 million units for 13.6 percent of the day’s trade, Transjamaican Highway with 1.62 million units for 12.7 percent market share and 138 Student Living with 1.15 million units for 9 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rose 1,072.14 points to 382,725.04, the JSE Main Index shed 767.80 points to end at 337,292.65 and the JSE Financial Index shed 0.97 points to close at 80.11.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.6 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed using earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending between November and August 2023.
The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 16 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and six with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments advanced $2.46 to $89.48 in switching ownership of 29,304 shares after hitting a 52 weeks’ intraday low of $83.50, Caribbean Cement dropped $2.30 in ending at $56.50 with an exchange of 13,615 stock units, Eppley rallied $5.65 in closing at $38.65 after a transfer of 3,000 units. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund climbed $3.49 to $39.99 with 249 stocks changing hands, Guardian Holdings dropped $58.85 to end at $500.10, with 146 shares clearing the market, JMMB Group shed 60 cents to close at $32.40 in exchanging 15,598 units. Kingston Properties rose 43 cents to $6.99 in trading 98,000 stocks, Kingston Wharves popped 55 cents to $34 with the swapping of 190,708 stock units, Massy Holdings advanced 50 cents in ending at $81 after trading 564 stock units. NCB Financial gained 90 cents in closing at $84.90 after exchanging 202,064 stocks, Palace Amusement fell $59.01 to $660 with the swapping of 56 shares, Proven Investments rose 98 cents to $27.98 as investors exchanged 9,113 units. Scotia Group popped $1.45 to close at $34.20 after trading 2,803 shares, Seprod declined $1.01 to $68.99 with an exchange of 3,281 stock units, Stanley Motta dipped 48 cents to $4.47 with investors transferring 4,237 stocks and Supreme Ventures shed 79 cents to close at $24.21 in an exchange of 265,908 units.
In the preference segmentProductive Business Solutions 9.75% preference share rose $15.90 to $121.90 in exchanging 40 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

IPO closure lifts ICTOP10

The Jamaica Stock Main Market recorded gains to close out the past week on a positive note, but the performance only resulted in moderate changes in prices of ICTOP10 Main Market stocks, the Junior Market Index was flat compared with the prior week but resulted in some sizable price changes with one stock dropping out of the TOP10 as the Initial Public offer of Regency Petroleum shares was oversubscribed and closed and liquidity started returning to the market.
Access Financial dropped out of the Junior Market TOP10 after rising 11 percent for the week in making way for Medical Disposables to return.
Unlike last week when seven Junior Market TOP10 stocks declined between 3 percent and 20 percent, with only one rising this week. Rising stocks dominated, with five gaining 3 percent or more while three declined. CAC2000 ordinary share fell 15 percent to $7.06, Iron Rock Insurance was down 5 percent to $2.18 and Dolphin Cove lost 3 percent to close at $13.13. In the Junior Market, Paramount Trading recovered some of last week’s loss by rising 13 percent to $1.71, Lasco Financial popped 11 percent to close at $3, while Elite Diagnostic rose 4 percent to $3.49.
The Main Market 10 had just two stocks rising for a second week and six declining between four and nine percent last week. This past week, four rose 2 percent and 3 percent.
At the end of the week, the average PE for the JSE Main Market TOP 10 is 5.7, well below the market average of 13.4. At the same time, the Junior Market Top 10 PE sits at 5.9 versus the market at 12, an important indicator of the level of undervaluation of the ICTOP10 stocks. The Junior Market is projected to rise by 246 percent and the Main Market TOP10, an average now of 269 percent, to May 2023.
The Junior Market has 12 stocks representing a third of the market, with PEs from 15 to 35, averaging 20 compared with the above average of the market. The top half of the market has an average PE of 17. This data shows the extent of potential gains that the TOP 10 stocks possess. The situation in the Main Market is similar, with the 16 highest valued stocks priced at a PE of 15 to 73, with an average of 24.7 and 21.7 excluding the highest valued one and 19 for the top half excluding the highest valued stock.
ICTOP10 focuses on likely yearly winners, accordingly, the list includes some of the best companies in the market but not always. ICInsider.com ranks stocks based on projected earnings, allowing investors to focus on the most undervalued stocks and helping to remove emotions in selecting stocks for investments that often result in costly mistakes.
IC TOP10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns up to the end of May 2023 and are ranked in order of potential gains, computed using projected earnings for the current fiscal year. Expected values will change as stock prices fluctuate, resulting in weekly movements in and out of the lists. Revisions to earnings are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

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Weekend gain for Main Market

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Investors ended trading on Friday with an exchange of 66 percent less volume of stocks on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market, even as the value traded jumped 260 percent over Thursday, after trading took place in 52 securities against 51 on Thursday, leading to 19 rising, 24 declining and nine ending unchanged.
The market closed with an exchange of 6,765,232 shares worth a total of $141,934,681 versus 19,677,897 units at $39,419,138 on Thursday.
Trading averaged 130,101 units at $2,729,513 versus 385,841 shares at $772,924 on Thursday and month to date, an average of 205,314 units at $1,515,534 versus 209,330 units at $1,450,722 on the previous day. October closed with an average of 231,243 units at $1,464,224.
Seprod led trading with 1.70 million shares for 25.1 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.34 million units for 19.7 percent of the day’s trade and Transjamaican Highway, with 1.24 million units for 18.4 percent of market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rallied 1,783.90 points to 381,652.90, the JSE Main Index climbed 1,999.87 points to 338,060.45 and the JSE Financial Index inched 0.56 points higher to 81.08.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.4 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios incorporate earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending between November and August 2023.
The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows eleven stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Caribbean Cement popped $1.30 to $58.80 after exchanging 140 shares, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund fell $3.49 to $36.50 with a transfer of 24 stock units, Guardian Holdings shed $1.05 to $558.95 in exchanging 186 units. Jamaica Stock Exchange gained 94 cents to close at $15.94 in switching ownership of 1,102 stocks, Kingston Wharves dropped $1.54 to$33.45 with 60,233 shares changing hands, NCB Financial dipped $1 to $84 as investors exchanged 75,416 stock units. Proven Investments lost 98 cents to end at $27 after trading 165 stocks, Sagicor Group declined 54 cents in closing at $48.26 with a transfer of 7,563 units, Seprod rose $1 to $70 with the swapping of 1,698,127 stocks. Stanley Motta gained 49 cents to close at $4.95, with 7,676 shares crossing the exchange and Sygnus Real Estate Finance lost 90 cents to end at $9 with the swapping of 980 units.
In the preference segmentEppley 7.25%preference share dipped $3 to $17 after switching ownership of 5,000 stock units and JMMB Group 7% preference share shed 49 cents to close at $1.97, trading 10 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Rising stocks clobber those falling

Investors traded 51 securities compared to 53 on Wednesday, with rising stocks overwhelming those declining after prices of 30 rose, with nine declining and 12 ending unchanged as three times the volume of stocks were exchanged on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Thursday after the volume traded climbed 227 percent over Wednesday, with values declining 30 percent lower.
A total of 19,677,897 shares were exchanged for $39,419,138 versus 6,016,425 units at $56,503,512 on Wednesday.
Trading for the day averaged 385,841 units at $772,924 versus 113,517 shares at $1,066,104 on Wednesday and month to date, an average of 209,330 stock units at $1,450,722 compared to 199,577 units at $1,488.174 on the previous day. October closed with an average of 231,243 units at $1,464,224.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 14.51 million shares for 73.7 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.35 million units for 6.9 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Manufacturing & Distribution Fund with 1.12 million units for 5.7 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index fell 1,154.03 points to 379,869.00, the JSE Main Index rose 428.14 points to 336,060.58 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.52 points to settle at 80.52.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.6 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios incorporate earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending between November and August 2023.
The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows seven stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments rose $1.95 after ending at $87 with the swapping of 10,515 shares, Caribbean Cement advanced 50 cents in closing at $57.50 with an exchange of 127,191 stocks, Eppley dipped $2 to $33 in trading 3,704 stock units. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund advanced $2.59 to close at $39.99 in switching ownership of 124 units, Guardian Holdings climbed $60 to end at $560 with 323 stock units changing hands, Jamaica Broilers fell 65 cents to $26.85 in transferring 6,640 units. Jamaica Producers declined 78 cents to close at $22.22 with an exchange of 34,293 stocks, Jamaica Stock Exchange dropped $1 to $15 with 23,974 shares crossing the market, Kingston Properties rose 61 cents to $6.62 with the swapping of 6,958 shares. Kingston Wharves rallied $1.14 to end at $34.99 after exchanging 86,935 stock units, Massy Holdings popped $2.48 to $80.50 after 4,734 stocks were traded, PanJam Investment climbed $1 to $58 in an exchange of 5,336 units. Seprod advanced 50 cents to end at $69 after a transfer of 192 shares, Supreme Ventures rose 84 cents in closing at $25.25 with 15,251 units changing hands, Sygnus Credit Investments gained 42 cents to close at $12.92 after 8,699 stock units cleared the market and Sygnus Real Estate Finance rallied 85 cents to finish at $9.90 in trading 11,598 stocks.

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

A day of decline for the JSE Main Market

For a second consecutive day, the volume of stocks traded on the Main Market on Wednesday declined, with a fall of12 percent as the value dropped 23 percent lower than on Tuesday, after the trading of 53 securities similar to Tuesday, with 19 rising, 24 declining and ten ending unchanged.
JMMB Group traded at a 52 weeks’ intraday low of $32 and QWI Investments closed at a 52 weeks’ low of 61 cents.
A total of 6,016,425 shares were traded for $56,503,512, down from 6,830,613 units at $73,463,083 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 113,517 units at $1,066,104 versus 128,879 shares at $1,386,096 on Tuesday and month to date, an average of 199,577 units at $1,488,174 down from 204,819 units at $1,513,886 on the previous trading day. October closed with an average of 231,243 units at $1,464,224.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 1.95 million shares for 32.4 percent of total volume followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 705,686 units for 11.7 percent of the day’s trade and Transjamaican Highway with 568,392 units for 9.4 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index gained 909.90 points to close at 381,023.03, the JSE Main Index dropped 2,865.97 points in closing at 335,632.44 and the JSE Financial Index lost 1.43 points to settle at 80.00.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 12.4 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios incorporate earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 15 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund popped $1.38 in closing at $37.40 as investors exchanged 3,440 shares, GraceKennedy rose 94 cents to $82.05 after a transfer of 129,110 stock units, Guardian Holdings dropped $74.98 to $500, with 24 stocks clearing the market. Jamaica Stock Exchange climbed $1 to $16 in trading 39,224 units, Kingston Properties dipped $1.19 to $6.01 with an exchange of 334 stocks, Kingston Wharves gained $2.35 to close at $33.85 with the swapping of 100,981 stock units. Massy Holdings shed $2.08 to end at $78.02 in trading 1,886 units, Mayberry Investments gained 59 cents in closing at $7.15 after a transfer of 6,529 shares, NCB Financial rallied $1 to $85 in exchanging 94,262 units. PanJam Investment lost $1 to end at $57 with the swapping of 15,143 stocks, Portland JSX declined $1.20 to $9 with investors transferring 979 stock units, Proven Investments advanced $1.99 in closing at $27.99 with one share changing hands. Scotia Group fell $2.30 to $32.70 in exchanging 83,040 shares, Supreme Ventures dropped $1 to close at $24.41 in switching ownership of 48,664 stock units, Sygnus Credit Investments rallied 98 cents in ending at $12.50 after trading 3,000 stocks and Sygnus Real Estate Finance dipped $1.05 to settle at $9.05 with a transfer of 150 units.
In the preference segmentEppley 5% preference share declined 49 cents to $22.50 in exchanging 52 units and JMMB Group 7.25% preference share gained 43 cents to end at $3.38 after trading 5,876 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE Main Market rallies

Declining stocks dominated trading on The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Tuesday with 53 securities trading compared to 55 on Monday and leading to  17 rising, 20 declining and 16 ending unchanged after a 43 percent decline in the volume of stocks traded, value 9 percent higher than on Monday.
A total of 6,830,613 shares were exchanged for $73,463,083 versus 12,066,242 units at $67,419,300 on Monday.
Trading averaged 128,879 units at $1,386,096 versus 219,386 shares at $1,225,805 on Monday and month to date, an average of 204,819 units at $1,513,886 down from 209,746 units at $1,522,176 on the previous trading day. The average trade for October ended at 231,243 units at $1,464,224.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 1.10 million shares for 16.2 percent of total volume followed by Mayberry Investments with 922,741 units for 13.5 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 711,341 units for 10.4 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rose 771.52 points to close at 380,113.13, the JSE Main Index rallied 573.98 points to 338,498.41 and the JSE Financial Index inched 0.27 points higher to  81.43.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.4 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratio incorporate earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows nine stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and eight with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments dropped $2.10 to close at $85 after trading 8,149 shares, First Rock Real Estate climbed 65 cents to $13 with an exchange of 5,343 stocks, GraceKennedy declined $4.39 to $81.11 with the swapping of 69,076 stock units. Jamaica Broilers advanced $1.35 to $27.48 after 11,106 units crossed the market, JMMB Group dipped $1.30 to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $32.70 in switching ownership of 25,563 units, Kingston Wharves rallied $1.50 to $31.50 with investors transferring 235,701 stocks. Mayberry Investments lost 43 cents to end at $6.56 trading 922,741 shares, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy fell $6 to $78 with a transfer of 700 stock units, Proven Investments advanced 50 cents in closing at $26 with an exchange of 10,862 shares. Supreme Ventures shed 52 cents to finish at $25.41 with 51,545 units changing hands, Sygnus Credit Investments fell 48 cents to $11.52 while transferring 21,865 stock units.
In the preference segmentEppley 7.75% preference share lost 60 cents to settle at $20.50 after an exchange of 189 stocks and Jamaica Public Service 9.5% dipped $40 to end at $2,960 with the swapping of one unit.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE Main Market rally

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended on Monday after a merger announcement by Pan Jam Investment and Jamaica Producers gained 18 percent and 24 percent respectively and helped push the market higher at the close after the volume of stocks traded jumped 40 percent higher than on Friday but with 5 percent fall in values from the trading in 55 securities compared to 49 on Friday, with 20 rising, 20 declining and 15 ending unchanged.
JMMB Group traded at an intraday 52 weeks’ low of $32.50, Key Insurance closed at a 52 weeks’ low of$3.15 and Kingston Wharves closed at a 52 weeks’ low of $30.
A total of 12,066,242 shares were tradeded for $67,419,300 compared with 8,629,483 units at $70,734,289 on Friday.
Trading averaged 219,386 units at $1,225,805 versus 176,112 shares at $1,443,557 on Friday and month to date, an average of 209,746 units at $1,522,176 versus 209,050 units at $1,543,568 on the previous trading day. October closed with an average of 231,243 units at $1,464,224.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 6.55 million shares in accounting for 54.3 percent of total volume followed by Transjamaican Highway with 960,085 units for 8 percent of the day’s trade and Jamaica Producers with 883,329 units for 7.3 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 1,041.36 points to close at 379,341.61, the JSE Main Index rose 2,547.40 points to 337,924.43 and the JSE Financial Index climbed 1.28 points to 81.16.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.4 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios incorporate earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows ten stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and nine with lower offers.
At the close, Caribbean Cement lost 99 cents to close at $57 with an exchange of 4,428 stock units, Eppley rose $1 to $35 with investors transferring 715 units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund declined $8.87 in closing at $36.02 with a transfer of 39 stocks. Guardian Holdings popped $24.98 to $574.98 as investors exchanged 670 shares, Jamaica Producers rose $4.50 to $22.81 in trading 883,329 stocks, Kingston Properties gained $1.38 after ending at $6.91 with a transfer of 35,000 stock units. Kingston Wharves shed $4 to end at a 52 weeks’ low of $30 in exchange of 156,604 units, NCB Financial fell 97 cents in closing at $84 trading 114,161 stock units, Palace Amusement advanced $2.13 to close at $719.01 with the swapping of one unit. PanJam Investment climbed $9 to finish at $58 in switching ownership of 63,430 shares, Proven Investments dropped 50 cents to $25.50 with 10,785 stocks changing hands, Sagicor Group declined 60 cents to $48.60 after exchanging 21,029 stock units. Scotia Group lost 80 cents to end at $35 in transferring 8,573 shares, Seprod fell $1.45 to close at $68.55 with the swapping of 12,621 units, Stanley Motta dipped 54 cents to $4.46 with 3,787 stocks crossing the market. Supreme Ventures rallied $2.87 to $25.93 as investors switched ownership of 90,833 stock units, Sygnus Credit Investments USD share popped $1.72 to close at $18.96 with ten stocks changing hands. Sygnus Credit Investments dropped $1.39 to $12 with 59,342 units clearing the market and Wisynco Group advanced 45 cents to end at $18 in exchanging 44,656 shares.
In the preference segmentJamaica Public Service 9.5% rallied $169.23 to $3,000 in an exchange of 4 stock units,  JMMB Group 7.25% preference share rose 40 cents in closing at $3.08 after 6,467 stocks cleared the market and Productive Business Solutions 10.5% preference share dropped $100 to $1,050 with a transfer of 260 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Regency, Lasco Financial &138SL Stocks to Watch

Regency Petroleum is added to the Stocks to Watch following the release of its prospectus On Thursday with an issue price of $1, with the possibility of the price hitting over $2 initially. Palace Amusement is dropped for the time being with the company reporting improved results in the September quarter but still ending with a loss, but investors should be on the lookout for good things from the stock in the future as it continues to make headway to recovery.
Barita Investments and Consolidated Bakeries are removed from the list at this time with recent results suggesting that they are unlikely to move higher in the short term.
ICInsider.com watch list comprises Access Financial, Caribbean Assurance Brokers, Dolphin Cove, Caribbean Producers, Elite Diagnostic, Everything Fresh, General Accident, Guardian Holdings, Jamaica Broilers, Key Insurance, Knutsford Express, Lasco Distributors, Lasco Financial, Lasco Manufacturing, Medical Disposables, NCB Financial, 138 Student Living, One on One, Paramount Trading, Regency Petroleum, Scotia Group, Stationery and Office Supplies and Wisynco.
Major factors to consider going forward. The rebound in tourist arrivals only came back to 2019 levels since June. Providing there are no reversals, then companies who are highly dependent on the sector will enjoy a big bounce for the next nine months compared to the lower business generated since last year to April this year. The same applies to the entertainment industry as the sector only opened up after March this year. Banks will make a fortune from increased interest rates.

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Major shake up of ICTOP10

The Jamaica stock market got hit in the past week as a new Initial Public offer of Regency Petroleum shares open to the public on Thursday. The market decline is now a very pronounced feature of the market as investors seek funds to invest in the new issue and pressure prices of existing stocks and provides opportunities for savvy investors to pick up stocks at depressed prices for the eventual rally after the IPO closes.

NCB Financial Group is now back in the ICTOP10

The pricing of the IPO issue does not provide enough likely gains for it to make the ICTOP10, but it is included in the Stocks to Watch as the price is expected to jump and deliver a decent profit.
In the past two weeks, several company results were released to the public, with varying outturns, some of which led to adjustments to earnings per share for the current fiscal year. Sterling Investments and VM Investments earnings were adjusted downward and fell out of the TOP 10 and were replaced by NCB Financial Group and Key Insurance. Earnings for Berger Paints and JMMB Group were also revised downward, but they remain in the Main Market TOP10. Access Financial and Iron Rock Insurance return to the Junior Market TOP10 as General Accident and Medical Disposables dropped out.
Seven stocks in the Junior Market TOP10 declined between 3 percent and 20 percent, with only one rising. The Main Market list had two stocks gaining for a second week and six declining between four and nine percent.
Notable price changes during the week include Paramount Trading that dropped 20 percent to an attractive $1.52, Elite Diagnostic and Lasco Financial dipping 10 percent to close at $3.35 and $2.71, respectively, Lasco Distributors lost 10 percent to $3.10 and Caribbean Cream fell 4 percent to $3.86.
In the Main Market, Guardian Holdings rose 10 percent to $550. VVM Investments dropped 7 percent to $4.07 while JMMB Group and 138 Student Living fell 9 percent to $34 and $4.50, respectively, Jamaica Broilers and VM Investments fell 7 percent to $26.35 and $4.07, respectively and Radio Jamaica lost 5 percent in closing at $1.91.
At the end of the week, the average PE for the JSE Main Market TOP 10 is 5.6, well below the market average of 13.4. At the same time, the Junior Market Top 10 PE sits at 5.8 versus the market at 12, important indicator of the level of undervaluation of the ICTOP10 stocks. The Junior Market is projected to rise by 247 percent and the Main Market TOP10, an average now of 275 percent, to May 2023.
The Junior Market has 13 stocks representing a third of the market, with PEs from 15 to 30, averaging 20 compared with the above average of the market. The top half of the market has an average PE of 17. This data shows the extent of potential gains that the TOP 10 stocks possess. The situation in the Main Market is similar, with the 16 highest valued stocks priced at a PE of 15 to 90, with an average of 27 and 22.6 excluding the highest valued one and 19.4 for the top half excluding the highest valued stock.
ICTOP10 focuses on likely yearly winners, accordingly, the list includes some of the best companies in the market but not always. ICInsider.com ranks stocks based on projected earnings, allowing investors to focus on the most undervalued stocks and helping to remove emotions in selecting stocks for investments that often result in costly mistakes.
IC TOP10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns up to the end of May 2023 and are ranked in order of potential gains, computed using projected earnings for the current fiscal year. Expected values will change as stock prices fluctuate, resulting in weekly movements in and out of the lists. Revisions to earnings are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

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