NCB Dominated trading on Monday

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended on Monday, with the volume of stocks changing hands surging 281 percent and the value 2308 percent more than on Friday, as NCB Financial dominated trading, with the market ending with trading in 60 securities compared with 58 on Friday, with prices of 24 stocks rising, 18 declining and 18 ending unchanged as Carreras and JMMBGL 7.15% hit new 52 weeks’ high.
The market closed after 42,931,286 shares were traded for $1,976,142,956 in comparison with 11,253,996 stock units at $82,073,604 on Friday.
Trading averaged 715,521 shares at $32,935,716 compared with 194,034 units at $1,415,062 on Friday and month to date, an average of 369,995 units at $3,613,721, in comparison with 347,287 units at $1,686,756 on the previous trading day and January with an average of 265,804 units at $2,438,118.
NCB Financial led trading with 25.23 million shares for 58.8 percent of total volume followed by Wigton Windfarm with 5.03 million units for 11.7 percent of the day’s trade, Proven Investments ended with 3.60 million stocks for 8.4 percent market share, Sagicor Group closed with 2.11 million units for 4.9 percent of the market trades, Transjamaican Highway chipped in with 1.61 million shares for 3.8 percent market share and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.35 million units for 3.2 percent of total volume.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rallied 4,481.53 points to close at 377,145.00, the JSE Main Index increased 3,554.31 points to end the day at 336,232.35 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.41 points to wrap up trading at 72.19.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 13.8. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are based on the last traded prices and earnings forecasts by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending around August 2024.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows eight stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close, Caribbean Cement rallied $1.62 in closing at $61.50 after a transfer of 16,454 stocks, Caribbean Producers popped 69 cents to $10.47 with investors swapping 73,980 units, Eppley declined $1.50 and ended at $36.50, with 1,146 shares crossing the market. First Rock Real Estate fell 30 cents to close at $8.50 with traders dealing in 5,006 stock units, Jamaica Broilers dipped 95 cents to end at $33.04 with 185,529 shares clearing the market, Jamaica Producers climbed $2 to $24 in trading 118,127 stocks. JMMB Group lost 39 cents to close at $26.50, with 97,102 units changing hands, Kingston Wharves increased 97 cents in closing at $33 in an exchange of 46,005 stock units, Mayberry Group advanced 45 cents and ended at $7.80 after closing with an exchange of 17,833 shares. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy jumped $25.25 to end at $121 after an exchange of 75 units, NCB Financial skidded 49 cents to $69.01 with a transfer of 25,228,874 stocks, Proven Investments sank 99 cents in closing at $22.02 after an exchange of 3,602,931 stock units. Sagicor Group shed $1.80 to close at $42 with investors trading 2,110,802 shares, Scotia Group dropped 60 cents and ended at $45.50 as investors exchanged 45,251 stock units, Seprod fell $2.40 to end at $78.30, with 13,435 units crossing the market. Supreme Ventures gained 97 cents in closing at $27 with investors dealing in 435,128 stocks and Sygnus Credit Investments skidded 31 cents to $10.99 while exchanging 119,582 units.
In the preference segment, JMMB Group 7.15% – 2028 popped 30 cents to close at $3.30 in switching ownership of 171 shares, JMMB Group 7.25% due 2024 preference share rallied 30 cents to end at $2 with investors trading 9,113 stock units, 138 Student Living preference share rose $27 and ended at $217 in an exchange of 8 stocks, Productive Business Solutions 10.5 % preference share sank $209 to $1,075 after 186 units passed through the market and Sygnus Credit Investments C10.5% gained $1 to end at $107, with 1,140 stocks crossing the exchange.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

ISP Finance & AMG tops ICTOP10

The Junior Market slipped by a few points at the end of the week but the Main Market declined around one percent, with Carreras and Wigton Windfarm hitting new 52 weeks’ highs.

AMG Packaging in ICTOP10

The Junior Market closed the week with ISP Finance jumping 26 percent to close at $31.50, a pretty high price based on the earnings of 57 cents per share in 2023, with 25 cents in the final quarter, with income jumping a solid 39.6 percent, that augurs very well for revenues and earnings for 2024. A close examination of the 2023 fiscal results reveals significant potential for revenues and profit ahead that should start in 2024. Watch for the first quarter numbers for this one.
There was an 18 percent jump in the price of AMG Packaging to close at $3.55, following the holding at the company’s AGM, Lasco Distributors rose 9 percent to $4.55. Lasco Manufacturing closed 4 percent higher at $5.09 after the price reached $6.14 on Friday, with the supply of the stock being sold drying up. Iron Rock Insurance dropped back 16 percent to $2.11 and in the Main Market TOP10, Palace Amusement shed 14 percent to close at $1.07.
For the full list of weekly percentage changes for the ICTOP10 stocks, check the attached charts for the weekly percentage price movements.
The average PE for the JSE Main Market ICTOP 10 stands at 5.3, well below the market average of 13.7 and the Junior Market TOP10 sits at 7.5 just over half of the market, with an average of 13.4.
The Main Market ICTOP10 is projected to gain an average of 281 percent by May 2024, based on 2023 forecasted earnings, providing better values than the Junior Market with the potential to gain 170 percent over the same period.
In the Main Market ICTOP 10, a total of 14 of the most highly valued stocks representing 29 percent of the Main Market are priced at a PE of 15 to 108, with an average of 31 and 21 excluding the highest PE ratios, and a PE of 25 for the top half and 18 excluding the stocks with overweight values.
In the Junior Market IC TOP10 are 12 stocks, or 25 percent of the market, with PEs ranging from 15 to 45, averaging 21, well above the market’s average. The top half of the market has an average PE of 17, possibly the lowest fair value for stocks, currently.
Of great import is that the averages of both markets are now converging around a PE of 20 for close to a third of the market, as the year is coming to a close and with more information available on the full year’s earnings.
ICTOP10 focuses on likely yearly winners, accordingly, the list includes some of the best companies in the market, but this is not always so. ICInsider.com ranks stocks based on projected earnings, allowing investors to focus on the most undervalued stocks and helping to remove emotions in selecting stocks for investments that often result in costly mistakes.
IC TOP10 stocks will likely deliver the best returns on or around May 2024 and are ranked in order of potential gains, computed using projected earnings for the current fiscal year. Expected values will change as stock prices fluctuate and result in weekly movements in and out of the lists. Revisions to earnings are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.
Persons who compiled this report may have an interest in securities commented on in this report.

Main Market trading climbs as market falls

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended on Friday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 55 percent and the value 80 percent more than on Thursday, with trading in 58 securities compared with 56 on Thursday, with prices of 21 stocks rising, 18 declining and 19 ending unchanged as Carreras traded at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $9.20.
The market closed Friday with trading in 11,253,996 shares for $82,073,604 compared with 25,124,811 units at $45,570,028 on Thursday.
Trading averaged 194,034 shares at $1,415,062 compared to 448,657 units at $813,750 on Thursday and month to date, an average of 347,287 units at $1,686,756, down from 357,684 units at $1,705,186 on the previous day and January with an average of 265,804 units at $2,438,118.
Wigton Windfarm was the leading trade on Friday with 5.96 million shares for 53 percent of total volume followed by Transjamaican Highway with 1.70 million units for 15.1 percent of the day’s trade and Palace Amusement with 588,579 units for 5.2 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index declined 593.72 points to cease trading at 372,663.47, the JSE Main Index declined 2,896.26 points to cease trading at 332,678.04 and the JSE Financial Index rallied 0.05 points to settle at 71.78.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 14.1. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are based on the last traded prices and earnings forecasts by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending around August 2024.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows seven stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints rose 60 cents and ended at $6.60 in an exchange of 1,873 stocks, Caribbean Producers declined 30 cents to close at $9.78 with investors trading 5,508 units, General Accident climbed 40 cents to end at $5.40 with a transfer of 8,508 shares. Guardian Holdings gained $5.80 in closing at $369, with 70 stock units crossing the market, Jamaica Broilers popped 96 cents to close at $33.99 with investors trading 22,523 shares, Jamaica Producers fell $1 to close at $22, with 76,048 stocks changing hands. Jamaica Stock Exchange rallied 87 cents to end at $9.98 with an exchange of 4,375 units, JMMB Group advanced 38 cents in closing at $26.89, with 18,325 stock units crossing the market, Massy Holdings sank $2.80 to close at $94 with traders dealing in 435,176 shares. Mayberry Group skidded 82 cents and ended at $7.35 after an exchange of 2,755 stocks, Mayberry Jamaican Equities gained 89 cents and ended at $10.89 in trading 36,643 units, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy popped $4.75 in closing at $95.75 after an exchange of 220 stock units. NCB Financial gained $2 to end at $69.50 and closed with 108,670 shares changing hands, Proven Investments lost $1.74 and ended at $23.01 as investors exchanged 1,176 units, Seprod dropped $2.25 to close at $80.70 after 517 stocks passed through the market and Supreme Ventures rose 83 cents to $26.03 in an exchange of 17,709 stock units.
In the preference segment, JMMB Group 7% preference share rallied 53 cents to end at $2.28 with investors transferring 300 shares, JMMB Group 7.25% due 2024 preference share shed 30 cents in closing at $1.70, with 550,786 units crossing the exchange and Productive Business Solutions 9.75% preference share dipped $3.45 and ended at $115 with investors dealing in 86 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

More gains for JSE Main Market stocks

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The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended trading on Thursday, with the volume of stocks changing hands declining by 26 percent and the value 36 percent lower than on Wednesday, with trading in 56 securities down from 60 on Wednesday, with prices of 27 stocks rising, 15 declining and 14 ending unchanged.
The market closed on Thursday with 25,124,811 shares being exchanged for $45,570,028 versus 33,827,768 units at $70,975,052 on Wednesday.
Trading averaged 448,657 shares at $813,750 compared to 563,796 units at $1,182,918 on Wednesday and month to date, an average of 357,684 units at $1,705,186, in comparison with 351,307 units at $1,767,665 on the previous day and January with an average of 265,804 units at $2,438,118.
Wigton Windfarm was the leading traded stock, with 16.47 million shares for 65.5 percent of the total volume followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 3.44 million units for 13.7 percent of the day’s trade, Palace Amusement with 1.62 million units for 6.4 percent market share, Transjamaican Highway with 1.17 million units for 4.6 percent market share and General Accident with 1.0 million units for 4 percent of total volume.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rose 1,322.38 points to end the day at 373,257.19, the JSE Main Index rallied 1,512.16 points to 335,574.30 and the JSE Financial Index popped 0.27 points to end trading at 71.73.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 13.7. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are based on the last traded prices and earnings forecasts by ICInsider.com for companies with their financial year, ending around August 2024.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows eight stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, Caribbean Cement gained $3.90 and ended at $59.90 in an exchange of 11,269 units, Eppley sank 50 cents to close at  $38, with 58 stocks clearing the market, Guardian Holdings lost $5.80 to end at $363.20 with investors exchanging 10 shares. Jamaica Broilers dropped 97 cents in closing at $33.03 after a transfer of 11,335 stock units, Jamaica Producers popped $1 to close at $23 after 18,285 shares passed through the market, Mayberry Jamaican Equities gained 99 cents to close at $10 with investors trading 8,923 units. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy rose $1 and ended at $91 with an exchange of 145 stocks, NCB Financial shed $1 to end at $67.50 in switching ownership of 25,447 stock units, Sagicor Group advanced 80 cents in closing at $43.80 with traders dealing in 6,395 shares. Sagicor Real Estate Fund climbed 33 cents to close at $7.95 in an exchange of 125 units, Scotia Group rallied $1 to $46, with 25,207 stocks crossing the market, Seprod popped $1.95 in closing at $82.95 in trading 5,773 stock units and Supreme Ventures declined by 83 cents to end at $25.20, with 27,671 shares crossing the exchange.
In the preference segment, JMMB Group 7% preference share fell 53 cents and ended at $1.75 with a transfer of 26,050 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE Main Market Pulled back on Wednesday

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market closed down on Wednesday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 24 percent, with an 82 percent lower value than on Tuesday, with occurring in 60 securities that is similar to trading on Tuesday, with prices of 14 stocks rising, 26 declining and 20 ending unchanged, with Carreras and Wigton Windfarm hitting 52 weeks’ high at the close.
The market closed with 33,827,768 shares being traded for $70,975,052 compared with 44,551,752 units at $385,321,406 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 563,796 shares at $1,182,918 compared to 742,529 units at $6,422,023 on Tuesday and month to date, an average of 351,307 units at $1,767,665 compared to 334,055 units at $1,815,141 on the previous day and January with an average of 265,804 units at $2,438,118.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 25.74 million shares for 76.1 percent of the total volume after hitting a 52 weeks’ high of $1.25 and was followed by Transjamaican Highway with 2.10 million units for 6.2 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.86 million units for 5.5 percent of the market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index shed 3,659.77 points to end at 371,934.81, the JSE Main Index skidded 3,376.48 points to cease trading at 334,062.14 and the JSE Financial Index slipped 0.79 points to close at 71.46.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 13.6. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are based on the last traded prices and earnings forecasts by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending around August 2024.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 14 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints shed 77 cents and ended at $5.85 with a transfer of 3,336 units, Caribbean Cement lost $3.50 to close at $56, after 34,522 stocks were traded, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund dipped $1.74 to $38.26 with investors swapping 200 shares. Jamaica Stock Exchange sank 90 cents in closing at $9.10 in an exchange of 36,285 stock units, Kingston Wharves dropped 72 cents to $31.98, with a mere 324 shares being traded, NCB Financial fell 50 cents to close at $68.50 in an exchange of 18,976 units. Pan Jamaica advanced $3.40 in closing at $51.40 with traders dealing in 58 stocks, Proven Investments skidded 49 cents to end at $24.50, with 544 stock units changing hands, Sagicor Group declined 90 cents to $43 with an exchange of 9,686 shares. Scotia Group fell $2.40 to $45 with 87,756 stocks clearing the market and Seprod dipped $1.50 to close at $81 while exchanging 9,162 units.
In the preference segment, Jamaica Public Service 7% rose 79 cents to end at $48.79 after a transfer of 23 stock units and Productive Business Solutions 9.75% preference share gained $27.44 in closing at $118.45 as investors exchanged 190 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Bulls sniffing out stocks on JSE Main Market

The bulls are returning to trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market, helping to drive the market sharply higher at the close on Tuesday, recovering all of Monday’s loss, with the All Jamaican Composite Index increasing 4,271.57 points to end the day at 375,594.58, the JSE Main Index surging 5,531.32 points to finish at 337,438.62 and ending with a gain of 3.6 percent year to date and 8.7 percent from the 2023 low in November. The JSE Financial Index gained 0.75 points to close at 72.25.
Trading ended with a solid 78 percent rise in the volume of stocks traded and a 146 percent jump in value compared with Monday, following trading in 60 securities similar to Monday, and ending with with rising and declining price splitting 50 stocks equally, at 25 each with 10 ending unchanged.
The market closed with 44,551,752 shares trading for $385,321,406 from 24,989,216 units at $156,897,201 on Monday.
Trading averaged 742,529 shares at $6,422,023 compared to 416,487 units at $2,614,953 on Monday and month to date, an average of 334,055 units at $1,815,141, in comparison to 297,960 units at $1,408,053 on the previous day and January with an average of 265,804 units at $2,438,118.
Transjamaican Highway led trading with 21.31 million shares for 47.8 percent of total volume followed by Wigton Windfarm with 9.22 million units for 20.7 percent of the day’s trade, GraceKennedy ended with 2.78 million units for 6.2 percent market share, Sagicor Select Financial Fund chipped in with 2.55 million units for 5.7 percent of trading, Wisynco Group closed with 2.41 million units for 5.4 percent market share and JMMB Group 7.35% – 2028 with 1.09 million units for 2.5 percent of total volume.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 13.8. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are based on the last traded prices and earnings forecasts by ICInsider.com for companies with financial year, ending around August 2024.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows eight stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and eight with lower offers.
At the close of trading, Barita Investments rallied $1.09 to end at $70.99 as investors exchanged 10,678 stock units, Berger Paints rose 82 cents to $6.62, with 3,851 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement advanced 30 cents in closing at $59.50, with 39,502 stocks crossing the exchange. Guardian Holdings popped $9 to end at $369 in switching ownership of 6 units, Jamaica Producers shed $1.02 and ended at $22.08 with investors trading 14,648 stocks, Jamaica Stock Exchange climbed $1 to $10 in an exchange of 1,825 units. Kingston Wharves increased $2.53 in closing at $32.70 after an exchange of 13,062 shares, Massy Holdings jumped $6.85 to $96.86 in trading 387 stocks, Mayberry Jamaican Equities sank 85 cents to $9.25, with 1,001,000 shares crossing the market. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy fell $1 to close at $90 with investors dealing in 180 stock units, NCB Financial skidded 50 cents to $69 after trading 21,081 units, Pan Jamaica lost $3.40 in closing at $48 with an exchange of 6,395 stocks. Scotia Group rose $1.40 to a 52 weeks’ closing high of $47.40 after 55,757 shares passed through the market, Seprod declined $1.21 to end at $82.50 while exchanging 3,561 stocks, Stanley Motta rallied 99 cents and ended at $6.99 with investors swapping 130 units. Supreme Ventures dropped 47 cents to $25.99 after a transfer of 45,032 stock units, Sygnus Real Estate Finance increased $1.55 to close at $11.40, with 2,500 shares crossing the market and Wisynco Group dipped 45 cents to end at $21 with investors transferring 2,405,113 stock units.
In the preference segment, Eppley 7.50% preference share fell $1.83 in closing at $5.64 after an exchange of 11,594 stocks, JMMB Group 7% preference share dropped 40 cents and ended at $2.28 with a transfer of 17 units and Productive Business Solutions 9.75% preference share shed $10.65 to $91.01 after exchanging 240 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE Main Market drops as trading jumps

A total of 22 stocks rose and 22 declined, leaving 16 ending unchanged at the close of trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Monday, with trading in 60securities compared with 58 on Friday as the market closed with the volume of stocks traded rising 171 percent and the value 148 percent more than on Friday and resulted in the market indices closing lower.
Trading ended with an exchange of 24,989,216 shares for $156,897,201 compared with 9,234,717 stock units at $63,291,889 on Friday.
Trading averaged 416,487 shares at $2,614,953 compared to 159,219 units at $1,091,239 on Friday and month to date, an average of 297,960 stocks at $1,408,053, compared with 286,472 units at $1,291,067 on the previous day and January with an average of 265,804 units at $2,438,118.
Carreras led trading with 10.07 million shares for 40.3 percent of the volume followed by Wigton Windfarm with 7.44 million units for 29.8 percent of the day’s trade, JMMB 9.5% preference share closed with 1.91 million units for 7.6 percent market share and Transjamaican Highway with 1.76 million units for 7.1 percent of the total volume.
The All Jamaican Composite Index skidded 1,953.23 points to end the day at 371,323.01, the JSE Main Index dropped 3,941.08 points to wrap up trading at 331,907.30 and the JSE Financial Index slipped 0.58 points to settle at 71.50.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 13.7. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are based on the last traded prices and earnings forecasts by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending around August 2024.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 13 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments sank $1.50 to end at $69.90 in an exchange of 24,819 shares, Berger Paints skidded 78 cents in closing at $5.80 with investors trading 11,188 stocks, Caribbean Cement rose $2.20 to $59.20, with 10,200 units passing through the exchange. Caribbean Producers rallied 50 cents to $10.14, with 156,924 stocks changing hands, Eppley increased $3.51 and ended at $38.50 after an exchange of 2,304 shares, First Rock Real Estate fell 48 cents to $8.50 and closed with investors exchanging of stock units. Guardian Holdings dropped $10 to close at $360 while exchanging 122 units, Jamaica Producers shed 84 cents in closing at $23.10 in trading 1,676 stock units, Jamaica Stock Exchange declined by 90 cents to $9 with 12,102 shares changing hands. Kingston Properties rose 30 cents to $7.30 in switching ownership of 28,055 stocks, Kingston Wharves popped $1.42 to $30.17 with investors trading 13,839 units, Margaritaville fell 48 cents to close at $17 after an exchange of 100 stock units. Massy Holdings dipped $1.49 to close trading 1,086 shares at $90.01, Mayberry Jamaican Equities climbed $1.10 to $10.10 as investors exchanged 216,456 stocks, Stanley Motta sank $1 and ended at $6 after 59,210 units passed through the market. Sygnus Real Estate Finance skidded $1.40 to $9.85 with a transfer of 13,803 stock units and Victoria Mutual Investments lost 30 cents, closing at $2.70 after trading 109,808 shares.

In the preference segment, Eppley 7.50% preference share rallied $1.59 and ended at $7.47 after 540 stocks crossed the market and 138 Student Living preference share rose $5.55 to close at $190 after an exchange of 50 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

ISP Finance & Guardian join ICTOP10

The performance of the Jamaica Stock Exchange in the near term is expected to be influenced by the pile of results dumped on the market in the past week, with varying degrees of success. Based on results for the December quarter, Caribbean Producers’ earnings were adjusted down to $1.15 per share, resulting in the stock falling out of the TOP10, with Guardian Holdings replacing it and ISP Finance entering the Junior Market listing in replacing Elite Diagnostic following the release of full year earnings, with ICInsider.com projected earnings per share of $4 for ISP for 2024.
For a second consecutive week, the Junior Market ended with minimal price changes, ranging from 4 percent and less and none with a negative price movement, while the Main Market had only two stocks with negative price changes, with Pulse Investments, the highest with a fall of 7 percent to $1.85 and 138 Student Living slipping 3 percent, while Margaritaville popped 18 percent to close at the week at $17.48, Caribbean Producers rose 6 percent to $9.64 following the release of nine months results that saw profit for the second quarter rising 17.6 percent to US$2 million but with the six months results, down marginally to US$3.28 million versus $3.35 million in 2022. Key Insurance rose 5 percent to $2.31 and Palace Amusement gained 4 percent to close at $1.25 following news of a sold-out opening night for the Marley movie that nearly doubled that of the highly successful Black Panther.
For the full list of weekly percentage changes for the ICTOP10 stocks, check the attached charts that now carry a column of the weekly percentage price movements.
The average PE for the JSE Main Market ICTOP 10 stands at 5.4, well below the market average of 13.7 and the Junior Market TOP10 sits at 7.3 just over half of the market, with an average of 13.4.
The Main Market ICTOP10 is projected to gain an average of 279 percent by May 2024, based on 2023 forecasted earnings, providing better values than the Junior Market with the potential to gain 177 percent over the same period.
In the Main Market ICTOP 10, a total of 14 of the most highly valued stocks representing 29 percent of the Main Market are priced at a PE of 15 to 110, with an average of 30 and 24 excluding the highest PE ratios, and a PE of 25 for the top half and 17 excluding the stocks with overweight values.
In the Junior Market IC TOP10 are 13 stocks, or 27 percent of the market, with PEs ranging from 15 to 45, averaging 21, well above the market’s average. The top half of the market has an average PE of 18, possibly the lowest fair value for stocks, currently.
Of great import is that the averages of both markets are now converging around a PE of 20 for close to a third of the market, as the year is coming to a close and with more information available on the full year’s earnings.
ICTOP10 focuses on likely yearly winners, accordingly, the list includes some of the best companies in the market, but this is not always so. ICInsider.com ranks stocks based on projected earnings, allowing investors to focus on the most undervalued stocks and helping to remove emotions in selecting stocks for investments that often result in costly mistakes.
IC TOP10 stocks will likely deliver the best returns on or around May 2024 and are ranked in order of potential gains, computed using projected earnings for the current fiscal year. Expected values will change as stock prices fluctuate and result in weekly movements in and out of the lists. Revisions to earnings are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

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

More gains for JSE Main Market

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market continues it 2024 rally in ending higher on Friday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 76 percent and the value 59 percent lower than on Thursday, with trading in 58 securities compared with 57 on Thursday, with prices of 22 stocks rising, 20 declining and 16 ending unchanged.
Trading ended with 9,234,717 shares trading at $63,291,889 compared with 38,589,987 units at $156,062,036 on Thursday.
Trading averaged 159,219 shares at $1,091,239 compared to 677,017 units at $2,737,930 on Thursday and month to date, an average of 286,472 units at $1,291,067 compared to 299,628 units at $1,311,727 on the previous day and January with an average of 265,804 units at $2,438,118.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 3.91 million shares for 42.3 percent of total volume followed by Transjamaican Highway with 1.12 million stock units for 12.1 percent of the day’s trade, JMMB Group with 1.12 million units for 12.1 percent of market share and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.10 million stocks for 11.9 percent of the total volume.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rose 1,293.92 points to 373,276.24, the JSE Main Index popped 807.06 points to close at 335,848.38, up 3.1 percent for the year to date and the JSE Financial Index rallied 0.42 points to close at 72.08.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 13.7.The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are based on the last traded prices and earnings forecasts by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending around August 2024.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows six stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and six with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments popped 30 cents to end at $71.40 in swapping 373 stock units, Berger Paints climbed 38 cents to $6.58 with investors trading 153 shares, Caribbean Cement increased $1.02 to $57 in an exchange of 20,436 units. Eppley shed $1 and ended at $34.99, with 4,347 stocks crossing the market, GraceKennedy sank 30 cents to close at $75.30 in an exchange of 17,930 units, Guardian Holdings jumped $19.99 to $370 with traders dealing in 1,950 stocks. Jamaica Producers gained 84 cents and ended at $23.94, with 235 shares crossing the exchange, Margaritaville rallied $1.14 to close at $17.48 with a transfer of 101 stock units, Massy Holdings skidded $5.50 to end at $91.50 while trading 6,203 shares. Pan Jamaica advanced $1.01 in closing at $51.51 as 29,192 units passed through the market, Sagicor Group rose 50 cents to $44 as investors exchanged 5,201 stocks, Scotia Group rallied $1 to close at $46 closing with an exchange of 57,369 stock units. Stanley Motta increased 70 cents to end at $7 in trading 18,743 shares and Supreme Ventures popped 30 cents to $26.50 after exchanging 53,468 stocks.
In the preference segment, 138 Student Living preference share fell $32.55 and ended at $184.45 with investors dealing in 12 units and Productive Business Solutions 9.75% preference share dropped $17.94 to $101.66 after an exchange of 50 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Gains for JSE Main market

Stocks recorded gains in trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended on Thursday, with the volume of stocks traded rising 200 percent, with a 190 percent increase in value over trading on Tuesday, with 57 securities changing hands compared to 55 on Tuesday, with prices of 26 stocks rising, 21 declining and 10 ending unchanged.
Investors traded 38,589,987 shares  at $156,062,036 up from 12,851,415 units at $53,884,935 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 677,017 shares at $2,737,930 compared to 233,662 units at $979,726 on Tuesday and month to date, an average of 299,628 units at $1,311,727 compared with 256,947 units at $1,150,430 on the previous day and January with an average of 265,804 units at $2,438,118.
Transjamaican Highway led trading with 26.75 million shares for 69.3 percent of total volume followed by Wigton Windfarm with 3.84 million units for 10 percent of the day’s trade and JMMB 9.5% preference share with 3.64 million units for 9.4 percent of the day’s market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index increased 1,143.26 points to settle at 371,982.32, the JSE Main Index climbed 634.96 points to settle at 335,041.32 and the JSE Financial Index increased 0.41 points to cease trading at 71.66.
The Main Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 13.6. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are based on the last traded prices and earnings forecasts by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending around August 2024.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments climbed 92 cents to end at $71.10 and closed with 807 shares changing hands, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund popped $2.50 in closing at $40 after exchanging 750 units, First Rock Real Estate advanced 48 cents to $8.98 with investors trading 469 shares. GraceKennedy sank 40 cents to close at $75.60 after an exchange of 57,232 stock units, Guardian Holdings declined $17.99 and ended at $350.01 with investors transferring 43 shares, Jamaica Producers lost $1.10 to $23.10, with 1,421 stock units crossing the market. JMMB Group rose $2.95 to close at $27 with a transfer of 720,211 stock units, Kingston Wharves gained 40 cents to end at $28.50, with 2,699 units changing hands, Margaritaville rallied $1.48 in closing at $16.34 after 30 stocks passed through the market. Massy Holdings skidded $2.50 and ended at $97 in trading 1,315 units, Mayberry Jamaican Equities fell 53 cents to $9, with 230 shares crossing the exchange, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy increased $14.50 and ended at $91 with traders dealing in just one stock unit. NCB Financial climbed $1 to end at $69.75 as investors exchanged 62,492 shares, Pan Jamaica dropped 70 cents in closing at $50.50 after a transfer of 1,265 stock units, Proven Investments popped $2.02 to close at $24.97 with 100,444 stocks clearing the market. Sagicor Group shed 50 cents to end at $43.50 with an exchange of 7,767 units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund dipped 32 cents in closing at $7.62 after 1,375 stocks crossed the market, Salada Foods advanced 48 cents and ended at $3.60 in an exchange of 143,597 shares. Seprod rose 75 cents to close at $83.75 with investors swapping 3,912 stock units, Stanley Motta sank 70 cents to end at $6.30 in switching ownership of 1,113 units, Supreme Ventures shed 30 cents to $26.20 while exchanging 4,440 stocks. Sygnus Credit Investments rallied 65 cents and ended at $11.60 in trading 103,323 units and Sygnus Real Estate Finance increased 65 cents to end at $11.25 with investors dealing in 4,193 shares.
In the preference segment, Eppley 7.50% preference share declined 90 cents in closing at $6 in an exchange of 705 stock units. Jamaica Public Service 7% gained $5.25 to close at $48.25 with investors swapping 19 shares and 138 Student Living preference share popped $3 to $217 with an exchange of 5 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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