Junior Market drops again on Wednesday

The Junior Market Index dropped 40.27 points to close at 3,346.27 in trading on Wednesday with 28 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 2,186,515 units valued at $8,022,205, compared to 2,166,309 units valued at $10,544,793 on Tuesday from 29 securities that traded.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 7 securities advanced, 11 declined and 10 remained unchanged.
Trading ended with an average of 78,090 units for an average of $286,507 in contrast to 74,700 units for an average of $363,614 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 76,725 units valued at $351,970 and 76,601 for an average of $357,960 previously. September, ended with an average of 484,335 at $2,628,299 for each security traded.
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, while 4 closed with lower offers.
At the close of trading, Access Financial closed with a loss of 60 cents at $45.50, trading 200 shares, AMG Packaging fell 5 cents to end at $1.90, with 181,500 stock units changing hands, Blue Power concluded trading at $6.50, with 2,500 units, CAC2000 finished at $20, with 1,700 shares traded, Cargo Handlers settled with a loss of 5 cents at $13.45, with 1,320 shares changing hands Caribbean Cream ended trading at $6.75, with 20,000 shares, Caribbean Producers finished trading 19 cents higher at $6.89, with 126 units, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 20 cents at $2.80, exchanging 100,659 shares, Elite Diagnostic finished with a loss of 10 cents at $3.40, with 18,495 stock units changing hands. Eppley settled at $9, trading 489 units, Everything Fresh traded 153,000 shares to close at $1.90, Express Catering ended trading 9 cents higher at $8.50, exchanging 57,736 shares, FosRich Group traded 7,954 shares with a loss of 27 cents at $3.33, General Accident finished trading of 26,850 shares at $3.70. GWest Corporation closed 10 cents higher at $1.90, with 43,253 stock units being exchanged, Indies Pharma ended with 283,523 shares changing hands at $3. Iron Rock concluded trading of 2,000 shares and rose 10 cents to $4.50, Jamaican Teas dropped 58 cents to $3.80, with 84,000 shares changing hands, Jetcon Corporation ended trading of 276,043 stock units with a loss of 40 cents at $3.50. Knutsford Express closed with a loss of 50 cents at $11.50, with 14,400 shares trading, Lasco Distributors ended at $4.10, with 242,367 shares changing hands, Lasco Financial concluded trading 282,547 stock units with a loss of 12 cents at $5.35, Lasco Manufacturing finished with a loss of 3 cents at $3.72, in exchanging 35,767 units. Main Event settled 10 cents higher at $6.05, with 68,659 shares changing hands, Medical Disposables ended trading 99 cents higher at $7.49, with 300 shares, SSL Venture Capital traded 268,584 shares at $2, Stationery and Office finished trading 12,043 stock units after rising 38 cents higher to end at a record closing high at $9.98 and tTech ended at $5, with 500 shares changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Junior Market drops on Tuesday

Trading on the Junior Market closed with an exchange of 29 securities, compared to 26 on Friday , ending with 5 securities rising 14 declining, while 10 remained unchanged, leading to the market index declining 26.32 points to close at 3,386.54.
Market activities, resulted in an exchange of 2,166,309 units valued at $10,544,793, compared to 1,506,696 units valued at $5,686,695 on Friday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 3 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, while 2 closed with lower offers.
Trading closed with an average of 74,700 units for an average of $363,614 in contrast to 57,950 units for an average of $218,719 on Friday. Trading for the month to date averages 76,601 for an average of $357,960 compared to averages of 76,799 for an average of $357,368 previously. September, ended with an average of 484,335 at $2,628,299 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, AMG Packaging ended at $1.95, trading 13,884 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading of 43,000 units, ending 50 cents higher at $6.50, CAC2000 finished trading 562 shares with a rise of 75 cents to end at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $20, Cargo Handlers lost 15 cents to settle at $13.50, with 2,000 shares changing hands. Caribbean Cream fell 93 cents and ended trading 36,206 shares at $6.75, Caribbean Producers lost 30 cents in closing trading at $6.70, with 6,951 units, Derrimon Trading ended $3 trading 134,178 shares, Elite Diagnostic traded 47,045 stock units at $3.50, Eppley closed with a loss of $1 at $9, with 1,750 units changing hands, Everything Fresh traded 157,312 shares and fell 10 cents to close at $1.90, Express Catering fell just 1 cent and ended trading with 30,921 shares at $8.41, FosRich Group lost 40 cents in trading 15,689 shares to close at $3.60, General Accident declined by 30 cents and finished trading 120,380 shares at $3.70, GWest Corporation closed with 23,782 stock units changing hands at $1.80, Honey Bun rose 5 cents and ended at $4, in exchanging 30,915 units, Indies Pharma shed 35 cents and ended with 558,055 shares changing hands, to close at $3. Iron Rock concluded trading of 1,500 shares after declining 10 cents at $4.40, ISP Finance finished trading of 61,459 shares at $20, Jamaican Teas shed 1 cent to close at $4.38, with 10,600 shares changing hands. Jetcon Corporation lost 2 cents and ended trading 165,963 stock units at $3.90, Knutsford Express closed at $12 while exchanging 5,795 shares, Lasco Distributors ended at $4.10, in trading 52,046 shares, Lasco Financial rose 2 cents in concluding trading of 100,287 stock units to close at $5.47, Lasco Manufacturing finished at $3.75, with 2,880 units changing hands, Main Event settled with a loss of 29 cents at $5.95, with 20,000 shares trading,Medical Disposables ended trading at $6.50, with 482,684 shares, Paramount Tradingclosed with the trading of 10,000 shares at $2.75, Stationery and Office rose 10 cents and finished trading of 15,215 stock units at a record closing high of $9.60 and tTech shed 45 cents in trading 15,250 shares at $5.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Mayberry Equities profit rises

Mayberry Investments

Strong growth in the Jamaican stock market drove the net assets of Mayberry Jamaican Equities to $15.6 billion at the end of September from $7.4 billion at September last year and from $8.9 billion at the end of December.
Mayberry reported an after-tax profit of $250 million for the September 2018 quarter, up sharply from $65 million in 2017. For the year to September this year, profit rose to $690 million from just $84 million in 2017 but a strong increase of $615 million in the September quarter and $1 billion year to date were the main drivers of the increased results in 2018. The performance resulted in Earnings per share of 21 cents for the quarter and 57 cents for the nine months.
Total comprehensive income for Q3 amounted to $4.25 billion, compared to $295 million for the corresponding quarter of 2017 and the booking of $6 billion for the nine months period reflecting gains from stocks held in the portfolio.
Net Revenues increased to $658 million from just $23 million in the 2017 quarter and is up to $1.26 billion for the nine months to September from a mere $32 million for the similar period in 2017.
Unrealized gains on investment, accounted for the bulk of the income while dividend Income amounted to $69 million in the quarter versus $29 million in 2017 and for the year to September, $296 million versus just $65 million in 2017. The addition of Supreme Ventures to the portfolio would have contributed in a major way to the increase.
Operating expenses increased to $390 million in the quarter from $8 million in 2017, for the year to date it moved to $548 million from $36 million in 2017 due to incentive and management fees for Investment management services and, also, Legal and Professional fees for a corporate loan of $2.2 billion acquired to expand the equity portfolio.
At the end of the quarter the company had cash funds of $1.37 billion and investments of $16.95 billion and amounts due creditors of $482 million and Net Book Value per share moved to J$13.01, at September 30 but fell by October 5, 2018 to $11.96, the company reported on the website of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
The company’s portfolio comprises 31 securities including, Lasco Financial Services, Caribbean Producers, Blue Power, Iron Rock Insurance and Supreme Ventures.

Junior Market make gains on Friday

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Trading on the Junior Market closed with 26 securities changing hands, compared to 28 on Thursday 14 securities, ending with 10 rising 8 declining stocks, while 8 remained unchanged, leading to the market index rising 29.78 points to close at 3,412.86.
Market activities, resulted in an exchange of 1,506,696 units valued at $5,686,695, compared to 2,338,738 units valued at $20,372,922 on Thursday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 3 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 5 closed with lower offers.
Trading closed with an average of 57,950 units for an average of $218,719 in contrast to 82,094 units for an average of $348,230 on Thursday. Trading for the month to date averages 76,799 for an average of $357,368 compared to averages of 78,752 for an average of $371,731 previously. September, ended with an average of 484,335 at $2,628,299 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, AMG Packaging ended at $1.95, with 26,115 stock units changing hands, Blue Power concluded trading of 27,738 units with a loss of 4 cents at $6, Cargo Handlers settled with a loss of 10 cents at $13.65, with 1,307 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream ended trading of 8,690 shares with a loss of 22 cents at $7.68, Caribbean Flavours traded 27,566 stock units and rose 20 cents to $18.50. Caribbean Producers finished trading 7,363 units and rose 49 cents to $7, Derrimon Trading ended 10 cents higher at $3, with 117,113 shares changing hands, Elite Diagnostic finished 10 cents higher at $3.50, exchanging 203,518 stock units, Everything Fresh traded 141,590 shares and fell 7 cents to close at $2, Express Catering ended trading at $8.42, with 11,102 shares. FosRich Group traded with a loss of 10 cents at $4, exchanging 13,357 shares, General Accident finished trading 400 shares 2 cents higher at $4, GWest Corporation closed 5 cents higher at $1.80, with 54,970 stock units being exchanged, Honey Bun ended at $3.95, with 50,538 units trading. Indies Pharma shed 4 cents and ended with 88,392 shares changing hands, to close at $3.35. Iron Rock concluded trading with a loss of 1 cent at $4.50, with 70,907 shares, Jamaican Teas settled with a loss of 11 cents at $4.39, exchanging 10,000 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended the trading of 75,000 stock units, and gained 2 cents to $3.92, Lasco Distributors ended at $4.10, with 104,532 shares changing hands. Lasco Financial concluded trading of 12,300 stock units at $5.45, Lasco Manufacturing finished 5 cents higher at $3.75, with 49,640 units changing hands, Main Event settled 24 cents higher at $6.24, trading 2,760 shares, Medical Disposables ended trading at $6.50, with 54,775 shares. Paramount Trading rose 5 cents higher to $2.75, trading 10,000 shares and Stationery and Office finished trading at $9.50, with 42,523 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Rising Junior Market stocks dominant – Thursday

Trading on the Junior Market saw a major improvement in advance decline ratio with compared to 8 stocks advancing and 10 declining on Wednesday.
The market closed 14 securities rising just 5 declining stocks, while 9 stocks remained unchanged as 28 securities changed hands, compared to 27 securities on Wednesday, leading to the market index declining 1.27 points to close at 3,383.08.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 6 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 5 closed with lower offers. reflecting a bias to losing stocks in trading on Friday.
Market activities, resulted in an exchange of 2,338,738 units valued at $20,372,922, compared to 2,216,539 units valued at $9,402,220 on Wednesday.
Trading closed with an average 83,526 units for an average of $727,604 in contrast to 82,094 units for an average of $348,230 on Wednesday. Trading for the month to date averages 78,752 for an average of $371,731 compared to averages of 78,153 for an average of $327,047 previously. September, ended with an average of 484,335 at $2,628,299 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, Access Financial closed 10 cents higher at $46.10, with 267,525 shares traded, AMG Packaging ended at $1.95, with an exchange of 34,000 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading of 5,115 units and rose 4 cents higher to $6.04, CAC2000 finished at $19.25, with 11,500 shares trading, Cargo Handlers settled at $13.75, with an exchange of 721 shares. Caribbean Cream ended trading 27,802 shares, 30 cents higher at $7.90, Caribbean Producers finished trading 12,199 units and rose 1 cent higher to $6.51, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 10 cents at $2.90, with 366,880 shares changing hands, Elite Diagnostic finished with a loss of 15 cents at $3.40, in exchanging 27,890 stock units. Everything Fresh traded 14,500 shares and gained 7 cents to close at $2.07, Express Catering ended trading of 116,508 shares with a loss of 3 cents at $8.42, FosRich Group traded 30 cents higher at $4.10, with 19,998 shares changing hands, General Accident closed 18 cents higher at $3.98, in the trading of 78,000 shares, Honey Bun ended 10 cents higher at $3.95, after 16,970 units traded. Indies Pharma added 14 cents and ended with 642,308 shares changing hands, at $3.39. Iron Rock concluded trading 90,000 shares, with a rise of 1 cent to close at $4.51, Jamaican Teas settled at $4.50, with just 150 shares trading, Jetcon Corporation ended trading with a loss of 6 cents at $3.90, with 70,869 stock units, KLE Group finished trading of 10,000 shares and rose 5 cents to close at $3.80. Knutsford Express closed at $12, with 14,878 shares changing hands, Lasco Distributors ended 10 cents higher at $4.10, exchanging 37,500 shares, Lasco Financial concluded trading of 58,107 stock units, and rose by 2 cents to $5.45, Lasco Manufacturing closed at $3.70, with 5,808 units changing hands. Medical Disposables ended trading at $6.50, with an exchange of 27,262 shares, Paramount Trading closed with a loss of 5 cents at $2.70, with 3,600 shares, Stationery and Office finished trading 11,865 stock units at $9.50 and tTech ended 5 cents higher at $5.45, with 64,106 shares changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Falling Junior Market shares dominate again

Trading on the Junior Market saw an improved advance, decline ratio with 8 stocks advancing and 10 declining compared to Tuesday when declining stocks overwhelmed advancing ones by 25 percent, while 9 stocks remained unchanged.
The market closed with 27 securities changing hands, compared to 31 securities on Tuesday leading to the market index declining 18.84 points to close at 3,384.35.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 6 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 1 closed with a lower offer, reflecting a more balanced out turn for gains and losses in trading on Thursday.
Market activities, resulted in an exchange of 2,216,539 units valued at $9,402,220, compared to 3,020,667 units valued at $12,499,505 on Tuesday.
Trading closed with an average of 82,094 units for an average of $348,230 in contrast to 97,441 units for an average of $403,210 on Tuesday. Trading for the month to date averages 78,153 for an average of $327,047 compared to averages of 77,610 for an average of $324,129 previously. September, ended with an average of 484,335 at $2,628,299 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, Access Financial closed at $46, trading 400 shares, AMG Packaging traded 75,910 stock units and ended at $1.95, Blue Power concluded trading of 500 units with a loss of 4 cents to close at $6, CAC2000 finished at an all-time high after moving 25 cents higher to $19.25, with 10,000 shares changing hands, Cargo Handlers settled at $13.75, in exchanging 3,180 shares. Caribbean Cream ended trading with a loss of 10 cents at $7.60, with 59,379 shares being traded, Caribbean Producers finished trading of 12,801 units and rose 50 cents to $6.50, Derrimon Trading ended at $3, in exchange 401,846 shares, Dolphin Cove concluded trading of 2,613 shares at $16. Elite Diagnostic finished 25 cents higher at $3.55, with 54,177 stock units changing hands, Everything Fresh ended trading of 94,000 shares at $2, Express Catering ended trading 5 cents higher at $8.45, with 196,402 shares, FosRich Group traded 80,690 shares after a loss of 20 cents to end at $3.80, GWest Corporation closed with a loss of 15 cents at an all-time low of $1.75, with an exchange of 13,259 stock units. Honey Bun ended with a loss of 10 cents at $3.85, with 82,309 units changing hands, Indies Pharma shed 5 cents and ended with 445,397 shares changing hands, to close at $3.25. Iron Rock concluded trading of 8,035 shares at $4.50, Jamaican Teas settled with a loss of 10 cents at $4.50, trading 65,300 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended trading with a loss of 2 cents at $3.96, with 62,500 stock units. Knutsford Express closed at $12, with an exchange of 4,025 shares, Lasco Distributors ended with a loss of 8 cents at $4, with 124,373 shares trading, Lasco Financial concluded trading 1 cent higher at $5.43, with 90,600 stock units, Lasco Manufacturing finished with a loss of 10 cents at $3.70, exchanging 86,172 units. Main Event settled 5 cents higher at $6, trading 40,499 shares, Stationery and Office finished trading 67,530 stock units and rose 20 cents to close at $9.50 and tTech ended 25 cents higher at $5.40, with 319 shares changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

46% Junior Market ordinary prices fall

17 Junior Market stocks fell, representing 46 percent of all listed ordinary shares, with 6 rising in trading on Tuesday as 31 securities changed hands, compared to 28 securities on Tuesday.
The market index declined 21.90 points to close at 3,403.19 after hitting a record intraday high of 3,440.48 in early trading.
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, 2 closed with lower offers, reflecting a more balanced out turn for gains and losses in trading on Wednesday.
Market activities, resulted in an exchange of 3,020,667 units valued at $12,499,505, compared to 1,710,272 units valued at $8,314,488 on Monday.
Trading closed with an average of 97,441 units for an average of $403,210 in contrast to 61,081 units for an average of $296,946 on Monday. Trading for the month to date averages 77,610 for an average of $324,129 compared to averages of 73,884 for an average of $309,271 previously. September, ended with an average of 484,335 at $2,628,299 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, AMG Packaging ended at $1.95, trading 75,600 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading 19 cents higher at $6.04, with 1,435 units, CAC2000 closed 20 cents higher at $19, trading 11,673 shares, Caribbean Cream ended trading with 20,481 shares, after declining 19 cents to $7.70, Caribbean Flavours traded 8,958 stock units with a loss of 70 cents at $18.30. Caribbean Producers finished trading of 311,647 units with a loss of 20 cents at $6, Consolidated Bakeries closed with a loss of 10 cents at $2.30, with 700 shares changing hands, Derrimon Trading ended at $3, with an exchange of 105,951 shares, Dolphin Cove concluded trading with a loss of 1 cent at $16, with 7,287 shares. Elite Diagnostic finished with a loss of 15 cents at $3.30, after trading 15,110 stock units, Everything Fresh ended trading of 28,000 shares at $2, Express Catering ended trading 148,971 shares at $8.40, FosRich Group traded 233,061 shares with a loss of 1 cent at $4, after trading at a an all-time high of $4.49. General Accident finished trading 7,900 shares with a loss of 20 cents at $3.80. GWest Corporation closed with a loss of 3 cents at $1.90, exchanging 60,083 stock units, after it traded at an all-time low of $1.86, Honey Bun ended at $3.95, with 15,000 units changing hands, Indies Pharma shed 5 cents and ended with 344,287 shares changing hands, to close at $3.30. Iron Rock concluded trading of 50,000 shares with a loss of 50 cents at $4.50, Jamaican Teas settled 9 cents higher at $4.60, exchanging 8,480 shares. Jetcon Corporation ended trading 3 cents higher at $3.98, with 163,169 stock units, KLE Group finished trading of 350 shares at $3.75, Knutsford Express closed at $12, with 7,700 shares traded, Lasco Distributors ended 9 cents higher at $4.08, with 228,680 shares changing hands. Lasco Financial concluded trading of 268,679 stock units with a loss of 3 cents at $5.42, Lasco Manufacturing finished with a loss of 19 cents at $3.80, in exchanging 43,705 units, Main Event settled with a loss of 69 cents at $5.95, with an exchange of 5,000 shares, Medical Disposables ended trading 43 cents higher at $6.50, with 81,247 shares changing hands. Paramount Trading ended with a loss of 15 cents at $2.75, with 8,936 shares being exchanged, Stationery and Office finished trading 15,456 stock units with a loss of 15 cents at $9.30 and tTech ended with a loss of 45 cents at $5.15, with just 200 shares changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Junior Market moved higher – Monday

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended trading on Monday with 28 securities changing hands, as 10 securities advanced, 7 declined and 8 remained unchanged. The Junior Market Index advanced 9.89 points to 3,425.09.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 6 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 5 closed with lower offers, a negative pointer for trading on Tuesday.
Market activities, resulted in an exchange of 1,710,272 units valued at $8,314,488 compared to 2,257,896 units valued at $8,866,130 on Friday, from the trading of 28 securities.
Trading closed with an average of 61,081 units for an average of $296,946 in contrast to 80,639 units for an average of $316,647 on Friday. Trading for the month to date averages 73,884 for an average of $309,271 compared to averages of 76,500 for an average of $311,790 previously. September, ended with an average of 484,335 at $2,628,299 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, AMG Packaging ended at $1.95, after trading 162,000 stock units, CAC 2000 finished at $18.80, with 4,628 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream ended trading $1.73 higher to close at $7.89, with 92,416 shares, Caribbean Flavours traded 2,000 stock units at $19, Caribbean Producers finished trading 125,661 units with a loss of 8 cents at $6.20. Consolidated Bakeries closed 40 cents higher at $2.40, with 270 shares traded, Derrimon Trading ended at $3, with 66,000 shares changing hands, Dolphin Cove concluded trading of 66,405 shares $1 higher at $17, Elite Diagnostic finished 25 cents higher at $3.45, exchanging 620 stock units. Everything Fresh ended trading of 114,400 shares and fell 10 cents to $2, Express Catering ended trading 166,739 shares and rose 1 cent higher to $8.40, FosRich Group traded 17,253 shares and rose 1 cent to close at a 52 weeks’ high $4.01, General Accident finished trading 29,810 shares and rose 20 cents higher to $4, GWest Corporation closed 3 cents higher at $1.93, trading 7,012 stock units. Honey Bun ended 4 cents higher at $3.95, while exchanging 46,014 units, Indies Pharma gained 5 cents and ended with 336,300 shares changing hands to close at $3.35. Iron Rock concluded trading 11,100 shares at $5, Jamaican Teas settled with a loss of 9 cents at $4.51, with 8,468 shares being exchanged, Jetcon Corporation ended trading 50,514 stock units with a loss of 1 cent to end at $3.95. KLE Group finished trading 300 shares at $3.75, Knutsford Express closed at $12, with 1,100 shares trading, Lasco Distributors ended with a loss of 2 cents at $3.99, in exchanging 260,460 shares, Lasco Financial concluded trading with a loss of 2 cents at $5.45, with 61,065 stock units. Lasco Manufacturing closed 13 cents higher at $3.99, exchanging 4,868 units, Main Event settled with a loss of 1 cent at $6.64, after trading 500 shares, Paramount Trading traded with a loss of 1 cent at $2.90, with 1,000 shares and Stationery and Office finished trading at $9.45, with 7,401 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Review of 2018 stock market forecast

Palace hits a new high of $1,500 to be top performer in 2018 so far.

“ Assessment of the market, suggests that 2018 could be a grand year, with overall price gains likely to be in excess of 40 percent”, a quote from IC Insider.com in February, this year.
“Based on projected earnings for 2018, the average PE ratio suggests that main market stocks should grow by 26 percent. Falling interest rates could add another 20 percent to gains during the year, bringing overall gains in excess of 40 percent.”
“Technical readings of the market have the main market heading initially to around 390,000 points or 23 percent ahead of the December close, for the all Jamaica Index, before resistance sets in and then moving much higher, later on’ the IC Insider.com forecast for 2018 stated.
With almost three more months to go, before the year ends, the main market is broken through the 390,000 points mark to be up 31.7 percent for the year to date, there seems no stopping it for now.
The report in February stated that the main market was caught in a wedge formation, trading just below the upper end of channel that can be traced to late 2015. The wedge could hold the market in consolidation mode for a short time, a month or two, before breaking out, most likely to the upside.
IC Insider.com projects that many of the main market heavy weights will find it tough to repeat the strong gains they enjoyed in 2017, if that is the case, their impact on the market index is likely to be less than for 2017. Another factor that could make a repeat of 2017 tough, is the movement of interest rates. Last year, Treasury bill rates fell 29 percent from 6.56 percent to 4.83 percent, that level of decline, is unlikely to happen in 2018, even as some of the decline in the latter part of 2017 is yet to be fully reflected in the prices of stocks to date and should positively affect prices in 2018. IC Insider.com is forecasting rates on 182 days Treasury bill  hitting 3 percent by the end of the 2018 first quarter. Treasury bill rates in 2018 at 1.7 percent, have fallen more sharply than in 2017.
The original piece stated that “there are a number of other factors at play that are set to impact the market. Increasing employment is taking place with the highest number of persons employed in the country’s history. Attendant with that is the sharp fall in unemployment from more than 16.3 percent in 2013, to just over 10 percent in 2017. The annual net employment is growing around 30,000 persons per year and that could rise as the economy gains steam. This will mean more spending and increased tax collection for government. Alpart resumption of Alumina production is a big positive for the overall economy, for increased government revenues and more demand for local goods and services, some of which are provided by listed companies. The tourism sector is enjoying strong growth, apart from increasing foreign exchange intake for the country, will have direct impact on Jamaica Producers and Sagicor X Fund. Jamaica seems to be going through a construction boom with several new buildings under construction, Caribbean Cement and Berger Paints should benefit considerably from such developments.”
“More listings on the stock market will result in increased fee income for JSE and brokerage houses, from increased trading volumes.”
The TOP 10 stocks include a few surprises while there are others that sit just outside the top stocks that investors may still want to keep a keen eye on. Investors should be looking beyond 2018 as medium term gains beyond 2018 could be strong for stocks that will benefit from current developments, long term.
The TOP 10 selection is selling well below the average PE of the Main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange at just over 6.3 versus nearly 12 at the end of 2017.

Barita last traded on the JSE as high as $20 on Friday.

Barita Investments moved more into fee based income and that is working well for them, with sharp growth, while net interest income stagnates. The prospects for continued strong growth in fee income continues with more investors seeking better returns than in the fixed interest market. The company should see a change in ownership soon and that could see a more aggressive approach to management that could optimize returns from exiting business and newer lines. Unrealized gains on investment ought to be factored into its earnings in valuing the stocks and that would boost its value considerably, the market is not paying attention.
Berger Paints is set to be a big winner with increasing sales coming from a buoyant construction sector resulting in increased profit and what IC Insider.com expects to be a healthy dose of dividend payments. It could become the next Carreras from a dividend yield standpoint but with growing profits. The company will benefit from lowering of overhead cost which was evident in 2017.
Jamaica Broilers continues to grow organically and from new business being acquired. Growth will continue as the Haitian market deliver greater returns form a growing market while the poultry demand in Jamaica continues to grow.
Caribbean Cement will benefit from lower operating cost, increased sales and a planned cut in financing of the lease which is said will cut hundreds of millions of dollars out of it cost that could come close to $2 per share per annum.
Palace Amusement Company, currently enjoying sell out cinemas with block buster hit, is one of those unusual choices. It enjoys minimal trading but it could surprise on the upside if all goes well. Growth in the economy and increased employment will help to boost patronage going forward and will aid in profit growth as well.
JMMB Group put out outstanding Q3 results with a 39 percent increase in profit and strong gains in revenues, auguring well for 2019 outcome.
The growth potential remains strong and investors in the stock will reap rich rewards down the road. Just one stock that requires patience. By the way fees and commission income jumped an impressive 71 percent to $512 million in the quarter and 53 percent in the nine months, over the similar period in 2016 and should continue to do so going forward.
Radio Jamaica continues to disappoint with below expected revenues and profit. It could return to favour but needs to generate more income from advertising. This is one to accumulate for a payoff down the road.
The other three stocks, Sterling Investments, Grace Kennedy and Sagicor Group are undervalued and could deliver some decent returns to patient investors.
Below the TOP 10 are strong candidates to deliver decent returns this year and beyond, the list includes NCB Financial that is on a strong growth trajectory and recently listed Wisynco Group that should generate earnings around $1.10 for the 2019 fiscal year that starts in July.

More gains for Junior Market – Friday

The Junior Market Index rose 14.27 points to close at 3,415.20, after 28 securities changed hands, resulting in the prices of 12 securities rising, 7 declining and 9 remaining unchanged.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 7 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 3 closed with lower offers.
Market activities, resulted in an exchange of 2,257,896 units valued at $8,866,130 compared to 2,660,833 units valued at $11,718,330 on Thursday, from trading 28 securities.
Trading closed with an average of 80,639 units for an average of $316,647 in contrast to 104,192 units for an average of $364,931 on Thursday. Trading for the month to date averages 76,500 for an average of $311,790 compared to averages of 75,437 for an average of $310,542 previously. September, ended with an average of 484,335 at $2,628,299 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, Access Financial lost $2 to close at $46, in exchanging 1,790 shares, AMG Packaging ended at $1.95, trading 134,947 stock units, CAC 2000 finished at $18.80, trading 1,028 shares, Cargo Handlers settled 24 cents higher at $13.75, with 3,400 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream ended trading 50,052 shares with a loss of $1.69 at $6.16. Caribbean Flavours traded 760 stock units, at $19, Caribbean Producers rose 3 cents trading 67,300 units to close at $6.28, Consolidated Bakeries closed at $2, with 6,068 shares trading, Derrimon Trading ended 10 cents higher at $3, with 230,398 shares changing hands. Elite Diagnostic finished 5 cents higher at $3.20, with 170,003 stock units being exchanged, Everything Fresh ended trading of 241,493 shares at $2.10, Express Catering ended trading 158,804 shares and rose 4 cents to $8.39, FosRich Group traded 15 cents higher at $4, with 6,459 shares changing hands, GWest Corporation closed at $1.90, with 5,000 stock units changing hands. Honey Bun ended with a loss of 4 cents at $3.91, after trading 211,872 units, Indies Pharma rose 10 cents and ended with 671,846 shares changing hands to close at $3.30. Iron Rock concluded trading of 800 shares at $5, Jamaican Teas settled with a loss of 5 cents at $4.60, exchanging 100 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended trading 157,389 stock units and rose 6 cents to $3.96, KLE Group finished trading with a loss of 5 cents at $3.75, with 31,700 shares, Knutsford Express closed at $12, in exchanging 5,632 shares, Lasco Distributors ended with a loss of 9 cents at $4.01, with 33,567 shares changing hands, Lasco Financial concluded trading 5 cents higher at $5.47, with 23,234 stock units. Lasco Manufacturing finished 13 cents higher at $3.86, trading 13,500 units, Main Event settled with a rise of 15 cents to $6.65, trading 1,000 shares, Medical Disposables ended trading 7 cents higher at $6.07, with 7,526 shares being exchanged, SSL Venture Capital traded 1,000 shares at $2.30 after trading at a 52 weeks’ high of $2.50 and Stationery and Office finished trading with a loss of 5 cents at $9.45, with 21,228 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.