JSE climbs on Friday

Jamaica Stock Exchange faulty indices movement.

The Jamaica Stock Exchange continues to have challenges with their new trading system that was implemented in February. Making matters worse is that personnel at the exchange have refused to vet reports they put out in the public’s domain. The end result is that indices changes are sometime wrong or cant be relied and some stocks are left off the trading reports.
The latest error shows the indices falling sharply, much different from what the actual performance was on Friday. The report shows the indices above the closing levels on Thursday but the official market report shows that main market and composite indices fell by more than 1,200 points and the junior market rising only 7.21 points when the closing index on Thursday and Friday show a rise of 29.39 points.
The market closed on Friday with 24 securities changing hands with 2 trading in the US dollar market. In the main market, 12 stocks advanced and 8 declined.
Trading levels in main market ended at 7,683,386 units valued at $59,552,400 compared to 5,370,742 units valued at $94,687,874 at the close on Thursday. Trading in the US dollar market accounted for 6,499 units valued at US$1,825.
The All Jamaica Composite Index advanced 911.85 points to close at 244,424.85 the JSE Market Index gained 830.80 points to finish at 222,698.74 and the JSE US dollar market index lost 7.95 points to 210.21.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
The main market ended trading with an average of 282,723 units on Friday, compared to an average of 184,556 units on the previous trading day. The average volume for the month to date, ended at 248,740 units versus 214,756 units on the prior trading day. The average volume and value for February, ended at 223,938 units and $1,379,459.
In market activity, Barita Investments traded 28,170 shares at $6.90, Berger Paints advanced $2 to close at $15, trading 25,128 shares, Cable and Wireless closed at $1.34, adding 4 cents with trades of 1,975,825 shares, Caribbean Cement closed 20 cents higher to $32 with an exchange of 14,902 units. Carreras traded at $69.50 with 7,400 shares changing hands, Grace Kennedy closed $1.40 higher to $42.50 with trades of 4,978 units, Jamaica Broilers exchanged 538,378 shares at $16, Jamaica Producers traded 50 cents lower to $15.50 with 12,638 shares changing owners, Jamaica Stock Exchange closed at $7.30, for a loss of 66 cents with an exchange of 3,058,750 units. JMMB Group slid 48 cents, closing at $17.50 with trades of 532,746 units, Kingston Properties closed at $16.35, rising 15 cents in trading 20,976 shares, Kingston Wharves gained 20 cents to close at $31.20, with 6,693 units changing owners, Mayberry Investments added 10 cents, closing at $5.30 with an exchange of 5,000 shares, NCB Financial Group closed with gains of 99 cents to $61.99, after exchanging 31,659 shares, 138 student Living closed 10 cents lower to $4.50, with 199,483 units being exchanged, Pan Jamaican rose 19 cents higher to $34.25, trading 192,491 shares. Sagicor Group closed at $33.50 trading 60,520 shares, Sagicor Real Estate fund lost 20 cents to close at $10.55 with an exchange of 6,600 shares, Scotia Group added 15 cents to close at $38.35, with 23,403 units traded, Scotia Investments climbed $1.50 in trading 13,000 shares at $36, Seprod closed at $38.55, for a loss of 45 cents with trades of 10,500 shares, Supreme Ventures closed at $6.29, with 37,777 shares changing hands. Margaritaville Turks traded 7 US cents lower to close at 23 US cents with 1,875 units exchanged, Proven Investments gained 2 US cents to close at 29 US cents trading 5,499 ordinary shares and JMMB Group 7.5% preference share closed at $1.10 with trades of 866,369 units.

Stocks mostly rise in moderate trading

Trading in the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed Thursday with 23 securities changing hands and 1 trading in the US dollar market. In the main market, 12 stocks advanced and 7 declined in the main market.
Trading levels in main market ended at 5,370,742 units valued at $94,687,874 compared to 4,735,330 units valued at $232,334,549 at the close on Wednesday. Trading in the US dollar market accounted for 22,600 units valued at US$6,642.
The All Jamaica Composite Index advanced 207.42 points to close at 243,513.01 the JSE Market Index gained 188.98 points to finish at 221,867.93 and the JSE US dollar market index lost 4.47 points to end at 218.16.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 10 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
The main market ended trading with an average of 184,556 units on Thursday, compared to an average of 189,413 units on the previous trading day. The average volume and value for February, ended at 223,938 units and $1,379,459.
In market activity, Berger Paints closed at $13, with gains of 90 cents while trading 90,275 shares, Cable and Wireless closed at $1.30, adding 1 cent with trades of 211,079 units, Caribbean Cement closed 60 cents higher to $31.80 with an exchange of 9,127 units. Carreras dropped 51 cents to close at $69.50 trading 16,967 shares, Grace Kennedy closed $1.90 lower to $41.10 with 9,968 units, Jamaica Broilers gained 50 cents to close at $16, with an exchange of 31,624 shares, Jamaica Producers traded 76,500 shares at $16, Jamaica Stock Exchange closed at $7.96, with 39,382 units changing hands. JMMB Group gained 48 cents, closing at $17.98 with trades of 59,426 units, Kingston Wharves advanced $1 to $31, with 144,600 units changing owners, Mayberry Investments lost 5 cents and closed at $5.20 with an exchange of 1,867 shares, NCB Financial Group slipped $1 to $61, after exchanging 76,297 shares, 1834 Investments gained 10 cents, closing at $1.60 with 500 shares changing hands, Palace Amusement jumped $5 in closing at an all-time high of $200, with just 100 units being exchanged, Pan Jamaican dropped $2.94 to close at $34.06 trading 1,665,400 shares, Portland JSX closed 99 cents higher to $10.99 in exchanging 850 units, Pulse Investments traded 27,271 units at $8.50. Sagicor Group closed at $33.50 with gains of 2 cents trading 298,726 shares, Scotia Group added 10 cents to close at $38.20, with 42,312 units traded, Seprod closed at $39 with trades of 3,160 shares, Supreme Ventures closed 29 cents higher to $6.29, with 1,516,503 shares changing hands. Proven Investments lost 4 US cents to close at 27 US cents trading 22,600 ordinary shares, JMMB Group 7.25% preference share exchanged 1,000 units at $1.50, and JMMB Group 7.5% preference share closed at $1.10 with trades of 1,047,808 units.

Cement developments

Carib Cement silos.

There is some amount of excitement in the air, regarding developments in the Jamaican economy. Many investors are interpreting see the change signaling meaningful growth that will lead to increased demand for cement as developers increase their building activities to meet a growing demand for housing and commercial space.
According to Anya Levy of ReMax Elite realtors, demand is extremely high for space to accommodate Business Outsourcing Operations as foreign operations fall in love with the opportunities Jamaica is offering. The problem she states, is that the demand is mostly for 30-60,000 square foot space that is currently is in short supply. In a number of cases, existing commercial space is being converted to meet demand. But it is not only in the commercial arena that there is demand she states.
There are lots of residential units coming on stream. The Millsborough area in Kingston, is slated she says for some major developments for Townhouses in the US$500-600,000 price range. More units are expected that will be similar to the high rise 20 South building going up on South Avenue in Kingston, with another slated to be constructed next door to it. The story does not end there, Levy states that a number of units to be built in the country largest city, will be slated for the short term rental market.
All of this means more demand for cement. Investors expect, the country’s sole cement plant to benefit from the surge in demand that is expected to flow form these new developments as well as the office complexes to be built by Grace Kennedy and the Ministry of foreign affairs in downtown Kingston. Added to the list is the build out of 5,000 hotel rooms in the western side of the island and the many other smaller developments that are planned or started. It may be more than all of that, Levy intimated that she understands that a price increase is on the cards for cement.
Investors are keeping keen eyes on the operations of Caribbean Cement, with great expectations for a major rise in the stock price in 2017 with the company having cut cost and expected to reap increased sales from increased demand in the local economy with increased exports also expected. Against this background the RMOD arm of the Jamaica Stock Exchange wrote to the Company formally on Thursday, March 9, 2017, requesting their response for the reasons of an increase in “contracted” lease payment to Trinidad Cement and the increase in raw materials and consumables costs that rose by 33 percent and seems out of line with the increase in the sales.
The 2015 accounts show that US$22,500,000 (J$2,700,675,000) was due in lease payments in 2016. At an exchange rate of $128.44:US$1 the amount expensed in 2016 was $3,323,635,000 or US$25,876,946. The amount seems to conflict with the reduction by US$22,500,000 of the remaining lease commitment outstanding from US$66,500,000 to US$44,000,000 at the end of 2016.
According to information provided to IC Insider.com, the company who had promised a response by March 20, now indicates that a response is drafted for sign off by management.

Stocks continue wild swings Friday

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Caribbean Cement stock price dived sharply on Friday.


Trading in the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Friday with stocks prices continuing to swing wildly as 22 securities changed hands the main market and 2 trading in the US dollar market. At the close, 7 stocks advanced and 11 declined in both markets.
Trading levels in main market ended at 13,300,572 units valued at $443,256,966 compared to 4,648,288 units valued at $125,237,837 at the close on Thursday. Trading in the US dollar market accounted for 8,744 units valued at US$2,692.
The All Jamaica Composite Index fell 1,975.38 points to close at 246,003.16 the JSE Market Index declined 1,766.34 points to finish at 224,136.77 and the JSE US dollar market index lost 0.83 points to close at 227.28.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 12 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
The main market ended trading with an average of 604,571 units on Friday, compared to an average of 248,178 units on the previous trading day. The average volume for the month to date ended at 416,933 units versus 229,294 units on the prior trading day. The average volume and value for February, ended at 223,938 units and $1,379,459.
In market activity, Berger Paints closed lower at $11, losing $3.50 with trades of 91,830 shares, Cable and Wireless lost 4 cents to close at $1.35 with 273,290 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement tumbled $4.79 to $31.20 trading 3,375 shares, Carreras traded 9,350 units at $68.60, Grace Kennedy advanced $1 to $43.50, with 18,936 units changing hands. Jamaica Broilers lost 30 cents to close at $14.20 with trades of 61,983 shares, Jamaica Producers closed $2.17 lower to $15.01, with an exchange 5,957,112 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange closed at $8, with 179,123 units changing hands, JMMB Group gained 2 cents to close at $17.03 trading 110,362 units. Kingston Properties traded 500 shares at $16.35, Kingston Wharves closed $1 lower at $31 with 1,504 units changing owners, NCB Financial Group closed at $63.02, but lost $1.88, after exchanging 4,114,559 shares, Pan Jamaican lost 10 cents to close at $35.90 trading 1,511,194 shares, Pulse Investments closed with a loss of $1.74 to $7.01 with 118,331 units exchanged, Radio Jamaica added 19 cents to close at $1.90, with 8,399 units traded. Sagicor Group closed with gains of 10 cents to $33.15 trading 283,210 shares, Sagicor Real Estate fund closed at $10.50 with trades of 9,981 units, Scotia Group fell to $38.61, losing 39 cents with 233,173 shares changing hands. Scotia Investments lost $1 to close at $35 trading 13,260 units, Sterling Investments closed at $16.75, with gains of 20 cents trading 1,000 shares, Supreme Ventures closed 47 cents higher to $6.37, with trades of 300,000 shares. Margaritaville Turks closed at 30 US cents with an exchange of 304 shares, Proven Investments traded 8,440 ordinary shares at 31 US cents and JMMB Group 7.5% preference share gained 11 cents to close at $1.20 trading 100 units.

Jamaica Broiler’s profit rises strongly

Jamaica Broiler’s profit from continuing operation climbed 25 percent to $721 million up from $579 million for the January quarter and rose just 4 percent to $1.55 billion compared to $1.49 billion for the nine months to January.
Sales of table eggs in Haiti, penetrated the market sharply for the group, with market share nearly doubling to 21 percent of the market up from 13 percent in 2015, the company reported in their latest fiscal quarterly, to January this year.
The strong growth in market share, helped profit in the Caribbean division to climb 161 percent from $115 million to $299 million from continuing operations, but profit in the Jamaican operations fell 20 percent to $1.9 billion while the US division recorded flat profits. Importantly, the Jamaican operations recorded an increase of 24 percent in segment results reversing the negative growth experience in the previous quarters. Gross profit margin for the year to date, fell slightly to 25.8 percent from 25.9 percent in 2016 but grew nicely in the January 2017 quarter, to 26.3 percent from 25.6 percent in the prior year. The improved margin enjoyed in the January quarter over the previous two quarters, translates to increased profit before tax of $200 million per year.
Earnings per share ended at 60 cents for the quarter and $1.29 for the nine months and should end up around $1.70 for the full year, from net profit of $2 billion. The 2018 fiscal profit is preliminarily forecasted by IC Insider at $2.
Revenue for the group climbed 12 percent, to $11.7 billion in the latest quarter, from $9.9 billion and $32 billion compared to $28 billion for the nine months to January. Divisionally, revenues to third parties in the Caribbean division climbed 23 percent from $1.15 billion, the Jamaican operations rose 13 percent to $23.4 billion while the US division recorded an increase of 20 percent to $7.5 billion. Broilers produced positive cash flows of $2.4 billion in the nine months, but ended up with just $303 million more at the end of the period after a net inflows of loan proceeds, paying dividends and capital spend, as the group continues to expand.
The stock traded at $15 on Tuesday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange for a PE of 7.5 based on 2018 estimated earnings and is well below the market average of 12.6.

JSE stocks in partial recovery – Monday

Berger price closed at a 52 weeks’ high of $15.

Stocks in the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange made some spirited recovery for the sharp fall on Friday as trading closed on Monday with 23 securities changing hands with 1 trading in the US dollar market. In the main market, 8 stocks advanced and 7 declined in the main market.
Trading levels in main market ended at 2,432,176 units valued at $44,491,086 compared to 3,117,227 units valued at $95,348,879 at the close on Friday. Trading in the US dollar market accounted for 12,035 units valued at US$3,662 contributing to total trades between the two markets of $46,015,960.
The All Jamaica Composite Index advanced 2,331.84 points to close at 250,967.19 the JSE Market Index gained 2,085.08 points to finish at 228,783.81 and the JSE US dollar market index fell 6.38 points to close at 224.79.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 9 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 6 with lower offers.
In market activity, Barita Investments closed at $7 with trades of 900 units, Berger Paints gained $1 to close at 52 weeks high of $15 with an exchange of 11,900 shares, Cable and Wireless traded 549,079 shares at $1.40, Caribbean Cement closed higher at $36.75, after gaining 75 cents in trading 4,580 shares. Carreras traded at $72, with 3,556 units changing hands, Grace Kennedy closed lower at $41, losing 67 cents with trades of 165,139 units, Jamaica Broilers gained $2.32 to close at $16.50 with 243,848 units changing hands, Jamaica Producers declined $1.15, closing at $15.85 while trading 52,904 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange closed at $7.70, losing 10 cents with an exchange of 198,265. JMMB Group closed $1.95 lower at $18 with 66,844 units changing hands, Kingston Properties traded 45 cents higher, closing at a 52 weeks’ high of $16 with trades of 879 shares, Kingston Wharves advanced $2.50 to $32.50 trading 4,150 units, Pan Jamaican declined $3 to close at $34, after exchanging 45,867 shares, Portland JSX traded 116 shares at $10.99, Pulse Investments closed at a 52 weeks’ high of $10, with gains of $1.45 and 5,000 units changing hands, Radio Jamaica closed at $1.80, with 290,709 units traded. Sagicor Group closed at $35, with an exchange of 629,820 shares, Sagicor Real Estate fund gained 50 cents to close at $11 trading 63,566 units, Scotia Group closed $1.45 lower at $38.55 with 6,811 shares changing hands, Seprod closed at $40, with an exchange of 42,193 shares. Sterling Investments traded 5,172 shares at $18.20, Supreme Ventures closed at a 52 weeks’ high of $6.18, gaining 10 cents in trading 39,778 shares, Proven Investments lost 1 US cent to close at 31 US cents with trades of 12,035 ordinary shares and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.5% preference share closed at $2.05 with 1,100 units changing hands.

Blue chip stocks pull market down Friday

Scotia Investments suffered big drop on Friday.

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed sharply lower on Friday, the day after the government presented details of the 2017/18 budget. Big decline in the average prices of Scotia Investments, National Commercial Bank, Sagicor Group and Scotia Group inflicted much damage to close out a week of see saw movement for the market.
The All Jamaica Composite Index plummeted 6,139.33 points to close at 248,635.35, the JSE Market Index dropped 5,489.64 points to finish at 226,698.73 while the JSE US dollar market index gained 3.00 points to close at 231.17.
At the close 18 securities changed hands with 1 trading in the US dollar. In the main market, 7 stocks advanced and 5 declined. The US dollar market recorded no price change.
Trading levels in main market ended at 3,117,227 units valued at $95,348,879 compared to 90,132,738 units valued at $1,840,545,568 at the close on Thursday. Trading in the US dollar market accounted for 85,600 units valued at US$26,904, bringing the total traded in both markets to $98,798,014.
The main market ended trading with an average of 173,179 units for an average value of $5,297,160 traded, compared to an average of 3,605,310 units for an average value of $73,621,823 on the previous trading day. The average volume for the month to date ended at 1,103,492 units versus 2,033,805 units on the prior trading day
The average volume and value for February, ended at 223,938 units and $1,379,459.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 7 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
In market activity, Barita Investments closed at $7 trading 587 shares, Cable and Wireless lost 10 cents, closing at $1.40 with 204,500 shares traded, Caribbean Cement closed at $36, gaining 50 cents with an exchange of 6,335 shares. Carreras traded at $72, with 37,074 units changing hands, Grace Kennedy closed at $41.67 with trades of 326,371 units, Jamaica Broilers closed at $14.18, losing 82 cents with 10,000 units changing hands, before the company released third quarter results with strong gains in the latest quarter. Jamaica Producers lost 10 cents to close at $17 trading 309,509 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange traded 278,128 shares at $7.80, JMMB Group closed at $19.95, gaining 95 cents with 49,414 units exchanged after trading as low as $16.29 during the day, National Commercial Bank declined 70 cents to close at $62.30, after swapping 229,081 units, Pulse Investments gained $1.55 to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $8.55 with 5,000 units changing hands, Radio Jamaica closed at $1.80, with a 1 cent gain and 109,729 units traded. Sagicor Group closed at $35, with an exchange of 107,230 shares, Scotia Group gained $1, closing at $40 trading 1,323,228 shares, Scotia Investments closed at $34, losing $5 with trades of 23,555 shares, Seprod closed at $40, with an exchange of 580 shares, Sterling Investments gained 70 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $18.20 with 1,000 units changing hands, Supreme Ventures closed at $6.08, gaining 8 cents trading 95,906 shares and Proven Investments added 2 US cents to close at 32 US cents with trades of 85,600 ordinary shares.

Big day for Jamaica Stock Exchange Thursday

70 million units of Sagicor Real Estate Fund traded on Thursday.

Heavy volume of 70 million units of Sagicor Real Estate Fund and 16 million units of National Commercial Bank pushed trading on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange to more than 90 million units valued more than $1.8 billion at the close on Thursday.
In the main market, 25 securities changed hands and 3 in the US dollar market as 8 stocks advanced and 9 declined in the main market. One stock in the US dollar market fell.
The main market ended with 90,132,738 units valued at $1,840,545,568 changing hands, compared to 5,763,845 units valued at $145,264,722 at the close on Wednesday. Trading in the US dollar market accounted for 102,002 units valued at US$55,576.
The main market ended trading with an average of 3,605,310 units for an average value of $73,621,823 traded, compared to an average of 221,686 units at $5,587,104 on the previous trading day. The average volume for the month to date ended at 2,033,805 units versus 462,300 units on the prior trading day
The All Jamaica Composite Index advanced 1,564.45 points to close at 254,774.68 the JSE Market Index gained 1,398.89 points to finish at 232,188.37 and the JSE US dollar market index lost 6.63 points to close at 228.17.
In market activity, Barita Investments closed at $7 trading 1,500 shares, Berger Paints gained $1.40 to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $14 trading 25,712 units, Cable and Wireless closed at $1.50 with gains of 15 cents and 321,552 shares traded, Caribbean Cement closed $2.50 lower at $35.50 with an exchange of 5,300 shares. Carreras lost $2 trading at $72, with 6,682 units changing hands, Grace Kennedy closed at $41.67 with trades of 17,013 units, Jamaica Broilers gained 50 cents to close at $15 with 19,700 units changing hands, Jamaica Producers closed at $17.10 with gains of 10 cents trading 130,718 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange lost 10 cents to close at $7.80 with an exchange of 277,240 shares. JMMB Group closed at $19 while losing 59 cents with 388,575 units being exchanged, Kingston Properties advanced $1.55 to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $15.55 trading just 2,000 units, Kingston Wharves dropped $3.50 to $30, in an exchange of 34,503 shares, Mayberry Investments closed at $5.30, losing 52 cents with only 3,200 units traded. National Commercial Bank declined $1.50 to $63, after swapping a big block of 16,216,132 units, 138 Student Living closed at $4.50 trading 2,008 units, Pan Jamaican closed at $37 with 173,447 shares changing hands, Radio Jamaica closed at $1.79 with trades of 234,048 units. Sagicor Group closed at $35, with a loss of 60 cents and an exchange of 1,367,358 shares, while Sagicor Real Estate Fund closed at $10.50, with gains of 3 cents and a large volume of 70,119,164 shares changing hands, Scotia Group closed at $39 trading 71,318 shares, Scotia Investments closed at $39 with trades of 10,000 shares, Seprod closed at $40, with an exchange of 202 shares, Supreme Ventures closed at $6, gaining 30 cents with 535,366 shares changing hands. Margaritaville Turks closed at 30 US cents trading 1,666 shares, Proven Investments lost 2 US cents to close at 30 US cents with trades of 70,366 ordinary shares. JMMB 7.5% preference share lost 1 cent to close at $2.15 with 100,000 units changing hands and JMMB Group US 6% preference traded at $1.11 with an exchange of 30,000 units.

Sagicor Real Estate Fund National Commercial Bank

JSE stock drops 90c with 36M shares

Scotiabank pumped up the JSE on Friday.

Jamaica Stock Exchange had a big block of 36,298,043 shares trading on Friday with with the price ending at $7.50, with a loss of 90 cents. The shares were sold by Stocks & Securities and bought by Sagicor Stockbrokers. The trade means that Stocks & Securities are no longer major shareholders in exchange.
Trading ended on Friday with 25 securities changing hands with 2 trading in the US dollar market on day when Scotia Group jumped $5.49 to be the main pusher in the market indices. In the main market, 7 stocks advanced and 14 declined in the main market, while two stock rose in the US dollar market. Trading levels in main market ended at 42,703,583 units valued at $422,229,138 compared to 6,321,606 units valued at $60,670,887 at the close on Thursday. Trading in the US dollar market accounted for 871,891 units valued at US$291,484.
The All Jamaica Composite Index jumped sharply by 3,676.85 points to close at 256,245.23, just over 1,000 points shy of the all-time record close of 257,395.71 reached on February 10. The JSE Market Index advanced 3,287.75 points to finish at 233,503.31 and the JSE US dollar market index gained 18.12 points to close at 238.66.
In market activity, Berger Paints gained 50 cents, closing at $11.50 with trades of 9,008 units, Cable and Wireless lost 10 cents to close at $1.35 with 1,513,758 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement closed lower by $1.90 to $36.10 trading 17,650 shares. Carreras closed at $66.50 with an exchange of 1,740 units, Grace Kennedy slid 16 cents to close at $41.51 trading 100,176 units, Jamaica Broilers closed at $14.54, losing $1.46 trading 70,774 shares, Jamaica Producers lost 70 cents trading 192,548 units at $16.80,. JMMB Group closed 98 cents lower to $19.51 with an exchange of 98,812 units, Kingston Wharves gained 50 cents to close at $32 trading 15,322 shares, Mayberry Investments jumped $1.39 cents to a 52 weeks’ high of $6.39 with trades of 182,245 units. The stock has not seen this price level since June 15, 2005, when it traded at $6.45, after it was listed in April and reached a high of $8.20 on April 26, 2005. National Commercial Bank fell 50 cents to $62.50, after swapping 63,512 units, Pan Jamaican closed at $35.20, losing 80 cents with an exchange of 22,498 shares, Radio Jamaica gained 5 cents to close at $1.65 trading 120,820 units, Sagicor Group closed at $36.26, losing 24 cents with trades of 2,938,603 units. Sagicor Real Estate Fund closed 22 cents higher at $10.47 with 2,100 units changing hands, Scotia Group closed at $44, with gains of $5.49 trading 456,247 shares, Scotia Investments traded 1,600 shares at $39.50, Seprod lost 49 cents to close at $40.51 with trades of 16,229 shares. Sterling Investments traded at a 52 weeks’ high of $17.50 with gains of $1.30 and an exchange of 1,000 units, Supreme Ventures closed at $5.70, losing 30 cents with 405,888 shares being exchanged, Proven Investments gained 2 US cents to close at 32 US cents trading 859,891 ordinary shares. JMMB 7.5% preference share closed at $1.75 with gains of 4 cents and 3,296 units changing hands, JMMB Group 7.5% preference share gained 2 cents trading 114,502 units at $1.07 and JMMB Group US$ 6% preference share closed at US$1.10 with trades of 12,000 units.

The TOP 10 no brainer investing

Caribbean Cement highly rated in TOP 10

Investing in the TOP 10 junior or main market stocks is a no brainer. These stocks are valued well below the average of the market PE ratio and at an even larger discount to the valuation based on 2016 earnings, around 20 times.
Investors would be well advised to leave emotions out of investment decision making and get and stick to facts. Investors who bought Jamaica Stock Exchange at $14 now and now seeing it trading at $7 after just a few weeks, can attest to that. Even investors at current prices may find that the price could fall further when the company post its first quarter results. Those results will not enjoy the big income generated in the first quarter of 2016, estimated at $110 million, from the transfer of the shares in Desnoes and Geddes and should result in a big fall in profit for the 2017 quarter. Investors also pushed Jamaica Producers to dizzying heights, only to see a marked decline in the share price after, from $22 down to the $16 level and may have cause to worry with 2016 earnings from continuing operations not supporting the high valuation placed on it.
The market appears to be consolidating with a number of 2016 results not sending strong buy signals currently.
Prices of Access Finance, Dolphin Cove and Jetcon Corporation rose during the past week and exited the IC Insider.com’s Top 10 junior market list. These stocks are still within striking distance for the top tier listing but market activity in the coming week could change all of that.
Jetcon rose 22 percent during the week and 522 percent since it was listed in March last year. Entering the top list are Lasco Distributors, the expectations are that the company will benefit from the claim for damages, with much of the funds retained for income generation purposes,Lasco Manufacturing and AMG Packaging as the prices of all three slipped during the week. AMG Packaging approved 5 for 1 stock split, is to be effected on March 10, after much delay.
In the main market of teh Jamaica Stock Exchange, Cable & Wireless reported larger losses than expected in the nine months to December, as a result IC Insider.com revised the forecast for 2017 down to just 10 cents on the assumption of continued strong growth in revenues. The stock fell out of the top list as a result of the earnings down grade. The move by Cable & Wireless let Jamaica Broilers into the list with the stock prices falling to $14.54 on Friday.