NCB jumps out Indies in IC TOP 10

The main market of Jamaica Stock Market ended at a record close on Friday with NCB Financial jumping $3.01 to $100.01 as Jamaica’s largest financial group dropped out of the IC Insider.com’ Top 10 main market stock list.
NCB price jumped on Friday, as investors responded positively to the group’s June results and was replaced by Carreras at 9th position. NCB remains an excellent stock to hold for long term growth and increased dividends. In the Junior market Caribbean Producers rose to $5.80 and Medical Disposables to $5.51 to ease out of the top listing and were replaced by recent Initial Public Offer, Indies Pharma at number 9 and Jetcon at 10.
The PE ratio for Junior Market Top stocks averages 7.4 compared to an average PE for the overall market of 12, based on 2018 estimated earnings and the main market PE stands at 7.8 for the top stocks, compared to a market average of 13, a good indicator of the level of undervaluation of these stocks.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 37 percent to the average for the Junior Market Top stocks but it’s a third of what the average PE for the year is likely to be of 20 times earnings and main market stocks traded at a discount of 40 percent to the market.
TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns within a 12 months period. Stocks are selected based on projected earnings for each company’s current fiscal year. Based on an assumed PE for each, the likely gains are determined and then ranked, with the stocks with the highest potential gains ranked first followed by the rest, in descending order. Potential values will change as stock prices fluctuate and will result in movements of the selection in and out of the lists for most weeks. Earnings per share are revised on an ongoing basis based on new information received that can result in changes in and out of the list as well.

Record high for JSE stocks – Friday

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange jumped to new record highs at the end of trading on Friday, after trading at an intraday record high of 341,378.20 on the All Jamaica Composite Index.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 1,753.85 points to a closing record high of 340.434.99 and the JSE Index climbed 1,597.96 points to end at a record closing high of 310,174.71.
Trading in the main market ended with 5,657,684 units valued at $158,095,077 compared to 12,872,984 units valued at $191,208,699 on Thursday.
Market activities resulted in 25 securities trading including 2 in the US dollar market compared to 26 securities trading on Thursday. At the end of trading, the prices of 8 stocks advanced, 13 declined and 4 closed unchanged.
The day’s volume was led by Carreras with 1,409,425 units and 24.91 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Grace Kennedy with 1,066,861 units accounting for 18.86 percent of the day’s volume and NCB Financial Group with 590,804 units or 10.44 percent of the total volume.
Stocks with major price changes are, Caribbean Cement climbing $1.49 trading 19,732 shares at $41.50, Grace Kennedy that rose 53 cents to $52.60, with 1,066,861 stock units trading. Jamaica Broilers adding 70 cents, closing trading at $26 trading 502,394 shares. Kingston Wharves dropped $2.89 to $50.10 in trading 600 shares. NCB Financial Group jumped $3.01 and ended trading at $100.01, Sagicor Group settled at $38, after falling 99 cents in trading 17,126 shares, Scotia Group lost 50 cents in trading 50,560 units at $51.50, Seprod ended at $32.01, after shedding $1.99 in trading 1,780 shares, Sterling Investments rose 50 cents and end at $12, with 60,000 units and Sygnus Credit Investments closed with 88,360 units trading at $12.50 after falling 50 cents.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 502,180 units valued at US$50,395 as Proven Investments rose 0.99 cent to 18 US cents with 2,180 shares trading and Sygnus Credit Investments closed with 500,000 units trading with a decline of 0.5 cents to 10 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 2.42 points to 144.71.
Trading resulted in an average of 245,986 units valued at an average of $6,873,699 compared to 252,649 units valued at an average of $5,757,925 for each security traded on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts 173,907 units valued at $3,499,633 compared to 165,957 units valued at $3,192,366 on Thursday. June closed with an average of 250,168 shares with a value of $5,895,281, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 7 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.

Falling JSE stocks beat out gainers

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange suffered moderate losses in the main indices with just over 30 points drop at the close on Thursday as advancing stocks out-paced decliners.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index lost just 38.40 points to close at 337,480.52 and the JSE Index fell a mere 34.99 points to close at 307,482.85.
Trading in the main market ended with 12,872,984 units valued at $191,208,699 compared to 12,872,984 units valued at $191,208,699 on Wednesday.
Market activities resulted in 26 securities trading including 3 in the US dollar market compared to 26 securities trading on Wednesday. At the end of trading, the prices of 11 stocks advanced, 13 declined and 7 closed unchanged.
NCB Financial released third quarter results to June, after the market closed, with net profit attributable to stockholders increasing 40 percent to $20.7 billion, from $5.9 billion in the prior year’s nine months period. The group recorded $4.4 billion in one off gains from the acquisition of the majority shares in Clarien bank in Bermuda.
The day’s volume was led by, PanJam Investment that closed at $52.65, with 2,20,403 stock units, Radio Jamaica with 1,082,403 shares, JMMB Group 7.5% preference share trading 943,000 units, Carreras with 791,670 units and Berger Paints with 600,602 shares.
Stocks with major price changes are, Berger Paints with 600,602 shares changing hands with the price gaining 68 cents to $19.50 Caribbean Cement dropped 99 cents in trading 11,500 shares at $40.01, Carreras with 791,670 units but fell 50 cents to $9, Grace Kennedy lost 93 cents to $52.07, with just 6,600 stock units trading, Jamaica Stock Exchange shed 49 cents and closed trading at $7.50 trading 6,857 shares. JMMB Group 59,948 shares but fell $1.49 to $28.51, Kingston Wharves jumped $2.09 to $52.99 in trading 10,715 units. NCB Financial Group rose 50 cents and ended trading with 17,389 shares at $97, Sagicor Group settled at $38.99, after rising 49 cents in trading 31,626 shares, Sterling Investments rose 98 cents and end at $11.50, with 1,141 units and Supreme Ventures ended at $16, after gaining 90 cents in trading 26,089 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 328,462 units valued at US$40,221 as Margaritaville rose 0.10 cent and ended at 16.90 US cents with 900 shares and Productivity Business ended trading 6 cents lower to 50 cents with 541 shares, Proven Investments lost 1.09 cents to 17.01 US cents with 72,171 shares trading and Sygnus Credit Investments closed with 254,850 units trading with a decline of 1.5 cents to 10.50 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index fell  9 points to 142.29.
Trading resulted in an average of 252,649 units valued at an average of $5,757,925 compared to 559,695 units valued at an average of $8,313,422 for each security traded on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts 170,611 units valued at $3,337,283 compared to 165,957 units valued at $3,192,366 on Wednesday. June closed with an average of 250,168 shares with a value of $5,895,281, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 10 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.

14 JSE stocks rise 7 fall on Wednesday

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The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange suffered moderate losses in the main indices with just over 30 points drop at the close on Wednesday as advancing stocks out-paced decliners.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index lost just 38.40 points to close at 337,480.52 and the JSE Index fell a mere 34.99 points to close at 307,482.85.
Trading in the main market ended with 12,872,984 units valued at $191,208,699 compared to 2,446,501 units valued $62,753,272 on Tuesday.
Market activities resulted in 26 securities trading including 3 in the US dollar market compared to 27 securities trading on Tuesday. At the end of trading, the prices of 14 stocks advanced, 7 declined and 5 closed unchanged.
Supreme Ventures released second quarter results after the market closed with lower profit in the second quarter of $432 million from $502 million in the 2017 quarter. For the half year, profit of $1.05 billion was realized versus $920 million in 2017. Quarterly reports are expected from NCB Financial and Caribbean Cement on Thursday but Proven Investments that was also expected to report, will not do so until August.
The day’s volume was led by, Jamaica Broilers with 3,750,148 units and 29.13 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Jamaica Stock Exchange with 2,659,680 units 20.66 percent, Carreras with 2,607,344 units, accounting for 20.25 percent of the day’s volume, Wisynco Group concluded trading with 1,894,754 stock units and Jamaica Producers traded 1,291,459 shares.
Stocks with major price changes are, Caribbean Cement rising $1 and finished trading 24,225 shares at $41, Grace Kennedy jumped $1.24 to $53, with just 100 stock units trading, Jamaica Stock Exchange gained 59 cents and closed trading at $7.99, NCB Financial Group fell 50 cents and ended trading with 20,560 shares at $96.50, PanJam Investment lost 55 cents and closed at $52.45, with 7,553 stock units, Sagicor Group settled at $38.50, after falling 33 cents in trading 9,418 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose 90 cents and end at $14.95, with 11,661 units. Salada Foods climbed 90 cents, trading 10,000 stock units at $12.50, Scotia Group climbed $1.75 to end at $52.00, in exchanging 9,281 units and Supreme Ventures ended at $15.10, after gaining 59 cents as 240,095 shares traded.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 45,640 units valued at US$11,330 as JMMB 6% ended with a gain of 2 cents and closed at $1.05 in trading 4,070 stock units, Proven Investments rose 1.1 cent to 18.10 US cents with 33,900 shares trading and Sygnus Credit Investments closed with 7,670 units trading with a gain of 1 cent t0 12 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 4.60 points to 151.29.
Trading resulted in an average of 559,695 units valued at an average of $8,313,422 compared to 106,370 units valued at an average of $2,728,403 for each security traded on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts 165,957 units valued at $3,192,366 compared to 145,966 units valued at $2,917,169 on Tuesday. June closed with an average of 250,168 shares with a value of $5,895,281, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 10 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.

 

JSE indices jump on Tuesday

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange recovered nearly 30 percent of Monday’s losses with the main indices rising more than 1,800 points at the close on Tuesday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 2,051.32 points to close at 337,518.92 and the JSE Index climbed 1,868.99 points to close at 307,517.84.
Trading in the main market ended with 2,446,501 units valued $62,753,272 compared to 4,603,500 units valued $97,930,099 on Monday.
Market activities resulted in 27 securities trading including 4 in the US dollar market compared to 29 securities trading on Monday. At the end of trading, the prices of 12 stocks advanced, 12 declined and 5 closed unchanged.
The day’s volume was led by, Scotia Group with 722,516 shares and 29.53 percent of the day’s volume followed by Carreras with 18.82 percent of trading in an exchange of 460,377 shares and Jamaica Broilers with 256,820 units, accounting for 10.5 percent of the day’s volume.
Stocks with major price changes are, Caribbean Cement lost $2 and finished trading 8,484 shares at $40, Carreras fell 50 cents to finish at $9, Grace Kennedy dropped 25 cents to $51.76, with 46,464 stock units trading, Jamaica Broilers gained 56 cents and closed trading at $26.01, with 256,820 stock units, Kingston Wharves rose 65 cents and ended at $51, trading 6,020 shares, Supreme Ventures ended at $14.51, after falling 50 cents as 138,024 shares traded and Sygnus Credit Investments rose 50 cents to $13 trading 61,700 units.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 102,860 units valued at US$17,357 as JMMB 6% ended with a gain of 0.5 cent and closed at $1.03 in trading 2,200 stock units and Productivity Business fell 2 cents and completed trading at $0.56 with 500 shares changing hands, Proven Investments rose 0.95 cents to 17 US cents with 59,160 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments closed with 41,000 units trading with a loss of 1.48 cents at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index slipped 0.21 points to 146.69.
Trading resulted in an average of 106,370 units valued at an average of $2,728,403 compared to 164,411 units valued at an average of $3,497,504 for each security traded on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts 145,966 units valued at $2,917,169 compared to 148,084 units valued at $2,927,889 on Monday. June closed with an average of 250,168 shares with a value of $5,895,281, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 12 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.

Iron Rock improvement continues

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

JSE in sharp fall on Monday

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange dropped sharply on Monday falling more than 3,350 points, as the market pulled back sharply from the recent record high, but advance decline ratio was even.
Trading in the main market ended with 4,603,500 units valued $97,930,099 compared to 2,441,530 units valued $54,632,965 on Friday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index dived 3,687.52 points to close at 335,467.60 and the JSE Index declined by 3,359.74 to 305,648.85.
Market activities resulted in 29 securities trading including 1 in the US dollar market compared to 26 securities trading on Friday. At the end of trading, the prices of 12 stocks advanced, 12 declined and 5 closed unchanged and JMMB Group traded at an intraday all-time high of $31 but fell back to $30.02 at the close.
The day’s volume was led by, Carreras for the second in a row with 28.13 percent of trading in an exchange of 1,294,964 shares, followed by Scotia Group with 775,144 shares and 16.84 percent of the day’s volume and Ciboney Group with 707,000 units, accounting for 15.36 percent of the day’s volume.
Stocks with major price changes are, Carreras lost 50 cents to finish at $9, Grace Kennedy dropped 99 cents to $52.01, with 21,707 stock units trading, Kingston Wharves rose 35 cents and ended at $50.35, trading 2,100 shares, NCB Financial jumped $2 to $97 trading 63,512 units. Portland JSX fell $1 to $8, in trading 900 units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund dropped 45 cents and closed at $14.05, exchanging 20,468 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments declined 50 cents to $12.50 trading 153,800 units.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 45,000 units valued at US$7,426 as Proven Investments was the only stock trading with the price rising 1.04 cents to 16.05 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 5.86 points up to 146.90.
Trading resulted in an average of 164,411 units valued at an average of $3,497,504 for each security traded. In contrast to 90,427 units for an average of $2,023,443 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts 148,084 units valued at $2,927,889 compared to 146,947 units valued at $2,885,584 on Friday. June closed with an average of 250,168 shares with a value of $5,895,281, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 9 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.

Stocks to Watch this week

The main market pulled back on but blasted to a new intraday high on Friday confirming that the bull run is in its early stages, while the Junior Market continues to bounce around.
The main market has gained nearly 3,600 points for July, thus mirroring the start of the usual summer rally on the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
The main market is being steered higher by an upward sloping support line as well the 45 and 125 day moving averages, lending support just below the index and the Junior Market is being steered by an upward rising long term support line and the start of a golden cross.
The market saw many developments that confirm that a bull market is in place with all three initial public offers closing ahead of the scheduled close.
The past week saw a few strong results being posted and more are expected this week that should include NCB Financial and Proven Investments. Barita Investments got the offer to buy 75% of the shares at $9.20 each. IC Insider.com is of the view that the stock is worth much more with good prospects to build on the strong foundation that it has. Jamaican Stock Exchange released strong gains in profit and announced a dividend as well, and could benefit from both, with eyes focused on even greater improvement in 2019. Caribbean Cement stock is another to watch, with the annual general meeting on this week and results for the June quarter due. Margaritaville had a bid of 16.9 cents versus a last sale of 15 cents and is being offered at 18 cents to sell 43,795 units, Proven Investments had a bid of 16 cents versus a last sale of 15 cents and is being offered at 18.5 cents to sell 1,050 units.
Medical Disposables came in for strong demand in the past week with the price going as high as $5.50. Trading during the week removed supplies that was overhanging the market leaving little supply at the end of the week and could go higher in the coming week. Caribbean Cream after posting a 59 percent increase in profit for the 2019 first quarter saw no more continuation of the demand that lifted the price into the $6 region but could well make some increased interest this week.

JSE retreats from Friday’s record high

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange surged to new record high during trading in the morning sessions hitting a high of 340, 893.72 points on the all Jamaica Index while the JSE index rose to a record high of 310,624.04 but the market pulled back to close just below the record closing high reached on Thursday last week.
Trading in the main market ended with 2,441,530 units valued $54,632,965 compared to 2,808,119 units valued $38,691,449 on Thursday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index advanced by 878.93 points to 339,155.12, sitting just 692.75 points below the record close on last week Thursday and the JSE Index climbed 800.80 points to 309,008.59, just 631.20 points away from the record close reached last week.
Market activities resulted in 27 securities trading in the main market, compared to 26 securities trading on Thursday in the main and US dollar markets. At the end of trading, the prices of 7 stocks advanced, 10 declined and 10 closed unchanged.
The day’s volume was led by, Carreras with 25.27 percent of trading in an exchange of 616,888 shares, followed by Ciboney Group with 548,381 units, accounting for 22.46 percent of the day’s volume and NCB Financial Group with 276,402 shares and 11.32 percent of the day’s volume.
Stocks with major price changes are, Berger Paints fell 74 cents to $18.76 with 16,154 trading, Caribbean Cement gained $2 to finish at $42, exchanging 5,050 shares, Jamaica Broilers dropped $1.08 to $25.42, with 65,410 stock units trading, Kingston Wharves fell 85 cents and ended at $50, trading 14,127 shares, NCB Financial dropped $2.99 to $95 trading 276,402 units. Pulse Investments fell 40 cents and settled at $3, in trading 29,611 units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose 40 cents and closed at $14.50, exchanging 5,200 shares and Scotia Group declined 90 cents to $50.10, with 248,215 units.
Trading resulted in an average of 90,427 units valued at an average of $2,023,443 for each security traded. In contrast to 122,092 units for an average of $1,682,237 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts 146,947 units valued at $2,885,584 compared to 151,016 units valued at $2,952,092 on Thursday. June closed with an average of 250,168 shares with a value of $5,895,281, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 6 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.

JSE jumped on Thursday

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange recovered the losses of the previous two days and added more to the indices in the process on Thursday as trading remains subdued with less than half the value traded on Wednesday.
Trading in the main market ended with 2,808,119 units valued $38,691,449 compared to 2,665,607 units valued $71,318,160 on Wednesday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 1,768.07 points to 338,276.19. and the JSE Index climbed 1,610.91 points to 308,207.79.
Activities in the main market and US dollar market resulted in 24 securities trading including 2 from the US dollar market, compared to 26 securities trading on Wednesday. At the end of trading, the prices of 8 stocks advanced, 9 declined and 7 closed unchanged.
The day’s volume was led by, JMMB Group with 25.3 percent of trading in an exchange of 711,490 shares, followed by Ciboney Group with 687,852 units accounting for 24.5 percent of the day’s volume and JMMB Group 7.5% preference share with 500,000 shares or just under 18 percent.
Stocks with major price changes are, Caribbean Cement gained 99 cents to finish at $40, exchanging 66,139 shares, Jamaica Broilers jumped $2.54 to $26.50, with 50,891 stock units trading, JMMB Group gained 44 cents and ended at $30, trading 711,490 shares, Jamaica Producers shed 50 cents to $17 trading 30,582 units. Mayberry Investments fell 49 cents and settled at $6.50, with 53,128 units, Proven Investments lost 50 cents trading 750 shares in the Jamaican market to close at $26.50, Sagicor Real Estate Fund lost 90 cents and closed at $14.10, exchanging 10,100 shares, Pulse Investments rose 45 cents trading 98,245 shares to close at $3.40, Scotia Group rose 50 cents to $51, with 1,830 units.
Trading resulted in an average of 122,092 units valued at over $1,682,237, in contrast to 111,067 shares valued at $2,971,590 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts 151,016 units valued at $2,952,092 compared to 152,906 units valued at $3,041,409 on Wednesday. June closed with an average of 250,168 shares with a value of $5,895,281, for each security traded.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 10,150 units valued at $1,252. Sygnus Credit was the only stock trading in the US market, the price rose 1.47 cents to 12.48 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 1.39 points up to 141.04.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 5 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.