Junior Market starts July up

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange started July on a positive note as trading ended with 29 securities changing hands with the prices of 7 stocks rising, nine declining and the prices of 13 remaining unchanged.
The average PE Ratio of the Junior Market ended at 10.1 based on IC Insider.com’s forecasted 2020-21 earnings. The market closed with an exchange of 3,953,494 shares, accounting for $9,882,736 compared to 4,554,181 units at 12,472,239 from 33 securities on Tuesday.
Jetcon Corporation led trading with 1.34 million units for 34 percent of total volume followed by Caribbean Cream with 867,135 units for 22 percent of trading and Derrimon Trading with 420,673 units and 11 percent market share.
The average trade ended at 136,327 units for $340,784 in contrast to an average of 138,005 valued at 377,947 on Tuesday. June ended with an average of 245,049 shares at $689,955.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the Junior Market shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Blue Power advanced 2 cents to settle at $3.88 in trading 1,168 units, Caribbean Cream declined by 25 cents to settle at $2.45 with an exchange of 867,135 stock units, Derrimon Trading jumped 10 cents to end at $2.52 in trading 420,673 stock units. Dolphin Cove declined by 28 cents to close at $8 in trading 1,082 units, Elite Diagnostic gained 2 cents to end at $3.93 with 7,848 shares changing hands, Everything Fresh shed 6 cents to end at 74 cents with an exchange of 13,001 stock units. Express Catering dropped 5 cents to close at $4.30 in trading 13,725 units, Fosrich dived 51 cents to settle at $3.51 with an exchange of 6,034 stock units, General Accident added 5 cents to close at $6.20 with 280,144 stock units crossing the market. Honey Bun dropped by 32 cents to settle at $5.40 after exchanging 28,621 units, Indies Pharma lost 15 cents to end at $2.48 after trading 886 units, Jamaican Teas gained 21 cents to close at $4.99 with an exchange of 374,322 stock units. Lasco Manufacturing gained 46 cents to end at $3.96 trading 114,039 stock units, Limners and Bards climbed 21 cents to settle at $2.77 in with 84,525 stock units changing hands, Lumber Depot shed 1 cent to end at $1.12 in trading 5,122 stock units and Mailpac Group declined by 1 cent to $1.98 with 108,228 shares changing hands.

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

 

Junior Market jumps to end June

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended June on a positive note with the market index rising 24.30 to close at 2.592.24 and ended the halfway mark of the year, down 22.6 percent and closing out the month 41 points lower than the close of May.
Trading ended with 33 securities changing hands, down from 37 on Monday, with prices of 15 stocks rising, 10 declining and eight stocks closing unchanged. The average PE Ratio of the Junior Market ended at 10.1 based on IC Insider.com’s forecasted 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 4,554,181 shares accounting for 12,472,239 compared to 13,689,006 units at 25,143,842 on Monday.
Jetcon Corporation led trading with 1.23 million units for 27 percent of total trades, followed by Mailpac Group with 786,681 shares or 17 percent and Lasco Distributors with 675,284 stock units at 15 percent market share.
The average trade for the ended at 138,005 units at 377,947 in contrast to an average of 414,818 valued at 761,935 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 245,049 units valued at 689,955 in contrast to 258,414 units valued at $659,203. Trading for May ended with an average of 150,274 units for $491,077 for each security.
 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the Junior Market shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial jumped $5.49 to $27 with 56,075 shares trading, AMG Packaging gained 3 cents to close at $1.68 after exchanging 7,720 shares, Blue Power advanced 16 cents to settle at $3.86 in trading 2,918 units. Cargo Handlers dropped 60 cents to $6.40 with 1,400 shares changing hands, Caribbean Assurance Brokers rose 5 cents and transferred 6,549 stock units to finish at $2.20, Caribbean Flavours jumped $2.22 to end at $13.72 with an exchange of 22,218 shares. Caribbean Producers slipped 3 cents to $2.37 with 152,585 units changing hands, Consolidated Bakeries closed 9 cents higher at $1.60, trading 30,100 units, Derrimon Trading climbed 24 cents and exchanged 35,826 shares to finish at $2.42. Dolphin Cove dropped 2 cents to $8.28 with 1,460 stock units passing through the market, Fontana decreased 6 cents to settle at $5.39 with 46,002 units changing hands, Fosrich climbed 56 cents to end at $4.02 in the transfer of 117,363 shares. Honey Bun gained 8 cents and traded 43,409 stock units to settle at $5.72, Indies Pharma carved out a 15 cents gain to end at $2.63 with an exchange of 508,368 units, Jamaican Teas dropped 11 cents to close at $4.78 with investors transferring 3,642 stock units. Jetcon Corporation exchanged 1,236,791 units and fell 2 cents to settle at $1.08, Knutsford Express rose 20 cents to end at $8.90 with 11,637 stock units changing hands, Lasco Distributors shed 6 cents in the exchange of 675,284 shares to finish at $3. Lasco Manufacturing declined 45 cents to end at $3.50in the transfer of 87,821 stock units, Limners and Bards lost 24 cents to close at $2.56 trading 139,400 units, Lumber Depot advanced 13 cents and traded 133,144 stock units to settle at $1.13. Mailpac Group closed 1 cent higher at $1.99 exchanging 786,681 units, Main Event jumped 48 cents to settle at $4.48 in trading 977 shares, Medical Disposables shed 70 cents and with 300,200 shares changing hands to finish at $6.30 and Stationery and Office Supplies added 30 cents to end at $6.29 with 200 shares crossing the exchange.

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

Junior Market dips ahead of month-end

Trading on the Junior Market ended with the market index shedding 16.35 points top of the 31 points lost on Friday to close at 2,567.94 ahead of the mid-year close on Tuesday.
Market activity and resulted in 33 securities changing hands, up from 31 on Friday, with investors pushing the prices of 13 stocks up and 14 down, leaving prices of six unchanged. The average PE Ratio of the Junior Market ended at 9.9 based on IC Insider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 13,689,006 shares accounting for 25,143,842 compared to 5,923,1 33 units at 14,437,994 on Friday. Lumber Depot led trading with 10.12 million shares for 74 percent of total volume, followed by Fontana with 1.2 million units for 9 percent of the day’s trade and Mailpac Group with 516,217 units for 3.8 percent market share.
The average trade for the ended at 414,818 units at 761,935 in contrast to an average of 191,069 valued at 465,742 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 250,116 units valued at $6,38,843 in contrast to 253,214 units at 624,575. In contrast, May closed with an average of 150,274 units for $491,077 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the Junior Market shows three stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close of the market,  AMG Packaging advanced by 4 cents to end at $1.65 in trading 900 units, Blue Power gained 3 cents to end at $3.70 after investors swapped 49,900 stock units, Caribbean Assurance Brokers declined by 5 cents to settle at $2.15 with an exchange of 26,721 shares. Caribbean Cream rose 23 cents to end at $2.70 with a trade of 400 units, Caribbean Flavours shed 20 cents to settle at $11.50 in exchanging 252,280 shares, Caribbean Producers gained 6 cents while closing at $2.40 trading 43,305 stock units. Consolidated Bakeries dropped 19 cents to $1.51 swapping 35,470 shares, Elite Diagnostic eased by 9 cents to settle at $3.91 in trading 20,300 units, Everything Fresh shed 1 cent to close at 80 cents with an exchange of 29,500 shares. Express Catering dropped 60 cents to $4.35 with investors swapping 77,204 stock units, Fontana declined by 4 cents to end at $5.45 with 1,213,293 units changing hands, Fosrich shed 54 cents to end at $3.46 with an exchange of 36,979 shares. General Accident gained 15 cents to $6.15 after exchanging 117,000 units, Honey Bun inched 1 cent higher to end at $5.64 with an exchange of 1,052 stock units, Indies Pharma declined 2 cents to end at $2.48 with 450,753 shares crossing the exchange. ISP Finance declined by $1 to close at $12 in trading 2,300 stock units, Jamaican Teas added 18 cents to close at $4.89 after investors swapped 69,509 units, Jetcon Corporation surged 8 cents to end at $1.10 in trading 7,929 shares. Knutsford Express advanced 70 cents to end at $8.70 with an exchange of 784 stock units, Lasco Distributors gained 1 cent to $3.06 with a transfer of 88,405 shares, Limners and Bards gained 40 cents to close at $2.80 with 126,818 shares changing hands. Lumber Depot lost 12 cents to settle at $1 with investors swapping 10,120,000 stock units, Mailpac Group added 1 cent to close at $1.98 after trading 516,217 units, Main Event dropped 48 cents in closing at $4 with 81,745 shares passing through the market. Medical Disposables advanced 26 cents in closing at $7 with an exchange of 14,000 stock units, SSL Venture shed 7 cents in ending at 78 cents and trading 1,088 shares and Stationery and Office Supplies declined 21 cents to $5.99 with 4,100 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated

Steady going for IC Top 10 stocks

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The Main Market put in a positive performance this past week, with the market index rising over 5,000 points, at the same time, the Junior Market bob and weaved its way to a minor loss for the week, resulting in changes to the TOP 10 lists.
The market move resulted in just two changes to the IC Insider.com TOP 10 weekly lists as the Main Market recovered almost all of the losses in the previous two weeks of 3,784 points a week ago and just under 2,000 points in the week before.
For the Junior Market TOP 10, Medical Disposables returns to the ten, after just a week’s absence, replacing General Accident that rose in the week.
This week’s focus:  General Accident enjoyed increased buying interest this past week, following the announcement from the company that they acquired an additional ten percent of the issued shares of MotorOne insurance company in Trinidad, taking their holdings to 65 percent. Also, the brokerage house, Mayberry Investments, upgraded the company’s earnings to 70 cents per share for this year, from 60 cents, previously and have a buy recommendation on the stock. IC Insider.com’s forecast is 85 cents per share for the current year. The stock closed on Friday at $6, up from $5.51 last week and traded over $8, last year, October. It now sits just below the Top 10 stocks, with the potential to reach $15 within the next nine months.
The top three Junior Market stocks, this week, with the potential to gain between 305 to 712 percent by March 2021 are Caribbean Producers, followed by Lasco Financial and Caribbean Cream, with the price dropping from $2.85 to $2.47. In the Main Market, the top three stocks continue to be Radio Jamaica continues to lead, followed by Berger Paints and JMMB Group with expected gains of 173 to 205 percent.
The targeted average PE ratio of the market is 20 based on profits of companies reporting full year’s results for the financial year ending after the second quarter of 2020, up to the second quarter in 2021. Both the Junior and Main markets are currently trading well below this level. The JSE Main Market ended the week, with an overall PE of 15.2 and the Junior Market at just 10.6, based on 2020-21 earnings. The PE ratio for the Junior Market Top 10 stocks averages a mere 5.6 at 53 percent to the average of the overall Junior Market. The Main Market TOP 10 stocks trade at 8.8 or 58 percent of the PE of the overall market.
The average projected gain for the IC TOP 10 stocks is 291 percent, for the Junior Market and 136 percent for the JSE Main Market, based on 2020-21 earnings, an indication that there is the potential to make greater gains in the Junior Market than in the Main Market.
IC TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver some of the best returns up to March 2021. Gains for each company are based on the earnings and PE ratios for the current fiscal year.
The ranking of stocks is in order of likely increases, with the highest-ranked, being the most attractive. The classification of the securities is in order of likely increases, with the most attractive highest ranked first. Expected values will change as stock prices fluctuate and will result in movements of the selection in and out of the lists for most weeks. Revisions to earnings per share are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

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

Junior Market slips this week

Trading on the Junior Market of The Jamaica Stock exchange resulted in a fall in the market index for the third time this week, as the index closed the week under the 2,600 points mark at 2,584.29, after falling 30.72 points on Friday and the week, with a 33.96 points loss.
The day’s activities ended, with 31 securities changing hands, down from 32 on Thursday and ended with the prices of seven stocks rising, 13 declining and 11 closing unchanged. The average PE ratio of the Junior Market ended at ten based on IC Insider.com’s projected earnings for 2020-21.
Investors exchanged of 5,923,133 shares at $14,437,994 compared to 2,672,495 units valued at $9,837,334 on Thursday.
The average trade of the day was 191,069 units at $465,742, in contrast to an average of 83,515 units for $307,417 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 250,116 units valued at $638,843 in contrast to 253,214 units at $624,575, previously traded. In contrast, May closed with an average of 150,274 units for $491,077 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows two stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Blue Power declined by 3 cents in ending at $3.67 after swapping 33,687 shares, Cargo Handlers decreased 50 cents to $7 trading 10,197 units, Caribbean Assurance Brokers rose 8 cents to settle at $2.20 with 67,210 shares changing hands. Caribbean Flavours declined 30 cents to close at $11.70 with an exchange of 162 stock units, Caribbean Producers shed 4 cents to settle at $2.34 after exchanging 84,080 units, Derrimon Trading declined by 26 cents to close at $2.18 trading 400,000 shares. Fontana inched 1 cent to $5.49 with an exchange of 150,227 stock units, General Accident increased 10 cents to settle at $6 trading just 100 shares, iCreate lost 1 cent to end at 57 cents in swapping 98,157 stock units. Indies Pharma fell 10 cents after closing at $2.50 and trading 535,688 units, Jamaican Teas increased 28 cents to $4.71 with 285,487 stock units crossing the exchange, Jetcon Corporation dropped 2 cents to close at $1.02 with an exchange of 406,110 shares. Knutsford Express fell 70 cents to close at $8 with an exchange of 39,200 stock units, Lasco Distributors rose 5 cents to $3.05 with an exchange of 352,503 shares, Lasco Manufacturing decreased by 5 cents to settle at $3.95 in trading 4,216 stock units. Limners and Bards shed 30 cents to end at $2.40 after exchanging 506,191 shares, Mailpac Group added 8 cents to settle at $1.97 with 2,553,025 stock units changing hands, Medical Disposables shed 1 cent to close at $6.74 after swapped 3,911 units and tTech gained 1 cent in ending at $4.70 with an exchange of 59,766 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

More gains for Junior Market

The Junior Market eked more gains at the close of trading on Thursday with the market index carving out a modest rise of 12.09 points to close at 2,615.01, with reduced trading levels.
The day ended with 32 securities changing hands, from 36 securities on Wednesday. The prices of 11 stocks rose, 13 declining and eight stocks closed unchanged. The average PE ratio of the market ended at ten based on IC Insider.com’s projected 2020-21 earnings. Trading ended with an exchange of 2,672,495 shares at $9,837,334 compared to 4,874,547 units at$20,159,456 on Wednesday.
The average trade of the day was 83,515 units at $307,417 in contrast to an average of 139,273 units at $575,984 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date ended at 253,190 units and $624,575 and previously an average of 262,928 units at $761,592. In contrast, May closed with an average of 150,274 units for $491,077 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Blue Power gained 10 cents in closing at $3.70, trading 9,244 stock units, Caribbean Assurance Brokers, declined by 18 cents to end at $2.12 exchanging 52,337 units, Caribbean Flavours rose 10 cents to settle at $12 with 200,000 shares changing hands. Caribbean Producers shed 1 cent to settle at $2.38 trading 74,062 stock units, Consolidated Bakeries gained 15 cents to close at $1.70 after exchanging 100 shares, Derrimon Trading carved out a 4 cents rise to end at $2.44 after exchanging 10,000 units. Elite Diagnostic advanced 17 cents to settle at $4 with 123,700 units changing hands, Express Catering shed 4 cents to end at $4.95 in trading 1,000 units, Fontana lost 2 cents to settle at $5.48 after swapping 336,869 stock units. Fosrich surged 44 cents closing at $4 with investors switching ownership of 101,550 units, General Accident declined by 11 cents in ending at $5.90 with 125,501 stock units changing hands, Honey Bun increased 30 cents to close at $5.63 with 5,369 units crossing the exchange. Indies Pharma rose 5 cents ending at $2.60 with an exchange of 36,367 stock units, Jamaican Teas lost 6 cents closing at $4.43 in trading 133,513 units, Jetcon Corporation lost 11 cents ending at $1.04 while trading 182,037 shares. KLE Group gained 10 cents to close at $1.80 with an exchange of 1,647 stock units, Lasco Distributors increased 2 cents closing at $3 having swapped 32,467 shares, Limners and Bards dipped 4 cents to end at $2.70 trading 182,381 shares. Lumber Depot lost 1 cent to close at $1.12 with 210,000 units changing hands, Mailpac Group fell 1 cent to settle at $1.89 with an exchange of 544,521 shares, Main Event advanced by 38 cents ending at $4.48 with a transfer of 273 shares. Medical Disposables shed 5 cents to close at $6.75 in exchanging 7,369 shares, Stationery and Office Supplies lost 8 cents in closing at $6.20, with an exchange of 1,000 units and tTech lost 1 cent to settle at $4.69 with 180 shares crossing the exchange.

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

Junior Market tops 2,600 again

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange resulted in Market Index surging 52.72 points to close at 2,602.92 to cross back above the 2,600 mark after falling below it on Monday, as trading fell back to more normal levels, from the heightened level on Tuesday.
By the close of the market, investors exchanged 4,874,547 shares for $20,159,456 compared to 46,968,202 units at $126,633,229 on Tuesday. The day’s activities saw 35 securities changing hands, with the prices of 12 rising 11 stocks declining and 12 closing with prices remaining unchanged. The average PE ratio of the market ended at 9.9 based on IC Insider.com’s 2020-21 earnings.
The average trade of the day was 139,273 units at $575,984, in contrast to an average of 1,467,756 units for $3,957,288 on Tuesday. The average volume for the month to date amounts to 262,928 units at $761,592 for each security trading, in contrast to 271,188 units at $773,989. In contrast, May closed with an average of 150,274 units for $491,077 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows one stock ending with the bid higher than the last selling price and one with a lower offer.
At the close of the market, Access Financial lost $2.49 to end at $21.51 in trading 1,000 units, AMG Packaging shed 1 cent in closing at $1.61 with 5,389 shares changing hands, Blue Power dipped by 1 cent to close at $3.60 after swapping 21,320 stock units. Caribbean Flavours dropped $2.10 to $11.90 in trading 14,788 units, Caribbean Producers advanced by 5 cents to end at $2.39 with an exchange of 232,831 units, Derrimon Trading rose 10 cents and ending at $2.40 after swapping 19,100 stock units. Express Catering advanced 2 cents to end at $4.99 in exchanging 750 stock units, Fontana lost 10 cents in closing at $5.50 in trading 310,380 units, General Accident advanced by 26 cents to end at $6.01 in trading 2,352,308 units. GWest Corporation declined by 5 cents to end at 90 cents with an exchange of 1,526 shares, Honey Bun fell by 32 cents to end at $5.33 with 25,700 units changing hands, iCreate lost 3 cents to 58 cents in trading 20,000 stock units. Indies Pharma fell 11 cents to close at $2.55 in exchanging 302,614 units, Jamaican Teas shed 9 cents and ended at $4.49 in trading 22,935 stock units, Knutsford Express gained 20 cents to settle at $8.70 while exchanging 25 units. Lasco Distributors gained 1 cent to settle at $2.98 with an exchange of 22,760 stock units, Limners and Bards advanced by 1 cent to close at $2.74 after trading 106,712 stock units, Lumber Depot rose 2 cents to settle at $1.13 with 61,947 shares passing through the market. Mailpac Group carved out a 2 cents gain in ending at $1.90 and trading 221,968 units, Main Event shed 5 cents to settle at $4.10 in trading 1,333 shares, Paramount Trading advanced by 2 cents to end at $2 swapping with 1,231 units changing hands. SSL Venture gained 10 cents to end at 85 cents after trading 53,333 stock units and Stationery and Office Supplies garnered a 28 cents rise to close at $6.28 in exchanging 1,660 units.

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

$127m Junior Market trades – Tuesday

Investors sent the Junior Market down at the close of trading on Tuesday with volume and value surging well over recent daily levels as Mailpac and Fontana shares dominated with 66 and 25 percent of the market respectively and Caribbean Cream chipped in with 4 percent.
The prices of the three leading trades declined to help in the Junior Market Index shedding 46.89 points to close at 2,550.20, the second lowest close for the month to date. At the end of the market, 32 securities traded down from 28 securities on Monday as the prices of 11 securities advanced, 13 declined and eight remained unchanged. The PE ratio of the market ended at ten times IC Insider.com projected 2020-21 earnings.
Trading resulted in an exchange of 46,968,202 units accounting for $126,633,229 compared to 4,779,088 shares at $20,952,617 on Monday.
Trading concluded with an average of 1,467,756 units at $3,957,288 for each security traded in contrast to 170,682 units at $748,308 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 261,844 units at $692,096 and previously 177,588 units at $463,960. In contrast, May closed with an average of 150,274 units for $491,077 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows four stocks ended with bids higher than its last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial recovered $4 of the $4.74 it lost on Monday to settle at $24 with 3,850 shares changing hands, AMG Packaging dropped 6 cents to $1.62 with 3,601 units changing hands, Blue Power slipped 4 cents in the exchange of 2,926 stock units to end at $3.61. Cargo Handlers shed 30 cents to finish at $7.50 trading 59 units, Caribbean Assurance Brokers gained 10 cents in the exchange of 4,822 shares to close at $2.30, Caribbean Cream closed trading of 2,000,000 units and fell 20 cents to end at $2.47. Caribbean Producers lost 5 cents to settle at $2.34 with 650,144 stock units passing through the market, Dolphin Cove jumped 80 cents after a transfer of 1,660 shares to close at $8.30, Elite Diagnostic added 5 cents to end at $3.83 with 25,182 units changing hands. Fontana traded a staggering 11,483,741 units and dropped 16 cents to close at $5.60, Honey Bun climbed 35 cents to $5.65 with an exchange of 103,044 units, iCreate gained 3 cents in the transfer of 40,000 units to finish at 61 cents. Indies Pharma slipped 14 cents and traded 343,600 shares to finish at $2.66, Jamaican Teas ended at $4.58 after rising 23 cents in exchanging 32,850 stock units, Jetcon Corporation slipped 4 cents to $1.15 in the transfer of 17,392 shares. Lasco Distributors closed 1 cent lower at $2.97, with 619,829 units changing hands, Lasco Financial slipped 2 cents to $2.60 with 33,329 units traded, Lasco Manufacturing closed at $4 after adding 1 cent in the transfer of 54,751 shares. Limners and Bards rose 15 cents to $2.73 with 348,673 shares crossing the exchange, Lumber Depot slid 2 cents and swapped 277,086 units to finish at $1.11, Mailpac Group and lost 2 cents to close at $1.88 with investors transferring a stunning 30,777,290 shares. Main Event finished at $4.15 after rising 5 cents and trading 1,000 units and Medical Disposables shed 20 cents to settle at $6.80 with 1,806 stock units crossing the exchange. In the junior market preference segment, CAC 2000 9.5% climbed 16 cents to $1.16, with 1,008 units changing hands.

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

Junior Market drops on Monday

The number of Junior Market stocks trading on Monday slipped marginally from Friday’s levels, but the value of the overall trade jumped, resulting in prices rising and falling equally and ending with the market index dropping 21.16 points to 5997.09.
Similar to Friday, 28 securities changed hands on Monday, with the prices of 10 stocks rising, 10 declining and prices of eight closing unchanged. At the close of trading, the average PE ratio of the Junior Market ended at 9.9 based on iC Insider.com’s forecasted earnings for 2020-21.
Trading ended, with an exchange of 4,779,088  shares valued at $20,952,617 compared to 4,892,108 units valued at $13,413,027 on Friday.
The average trade of the day was 170,682 units at $748,308, in contrast to an average of 174,718  units for $479,037 each on Friday. The average stock trading for the month to date amounts to  177,588  units at $463,960 in contrast to 236,512 units at $445,444 previously. May ended with an average of 150,274 shares at $491,077 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows four stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial Services
fell $4.74 to end at $20 in trading 3,500  units, Cargo Handlers slipped 4 cents and ending at $7.80 in trading 500 units, Caribbean Assurance Brokers lost 8 cents to settle at $2.20 with an exchange of 24,013 shares. Caribbean Cream shed 21 cents ending at $2.67 trading 350 units, Caribbean Producers picked up 1 cent to settle at $2.39 while exchanging 33,192 units, Dolphin Cove gained 7 cents to close at $7.50 after investors switched 700 shares. Everything Fresh gained 1 cent to close at 81 cents in trading 12,285 stock units, Fontana rose 9 cents in closing at $5.76 after trading 371,132 shares. General Accident advanced by 37 cents to end at $5.75 after swapping 1,005,000  shares, Honey Bun shed 20 cents and ended at $5.30 trading 2,020,740 shares, iCreate slipped 3 cents to close at 58 cents in exchanging 538,993 units. Indies Pharma gained 27 cents to end at $2.80 with an exchange of 41,001  stock units, Iron Rock Insurance lost 20 cents to close at $3 trading 19,055 shares,  Jamaican Teas slid 20 cents to settle at $4.35 with 29,097 stock units changing hands. Jetcon Corporation lost 1 cent to end at $1.19, with 39,463 shares crossing the exchange, Lasco Financial added 1 cent to settle at $2.62, after exchanging 2,941 units,  Lasco Manufacturing shed 1 cent to close at $3.99 in trading 7,397 shares. Limners and Bards rose 12 cents to end at $2.58 after 243,153 shares crossed the market and  Mailpac Group gained 2 cents in finishing at $1.90 with 44,084 stock units changing hands.
In the preference segment, Derrimon Trading preference shares jumped 30 cents to settle at $1.80 in exchanging 2,798 shares.

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

Junior & Main Market performance gap grows

IC Insider.com TOP 10 weekly reports indicated for some time that the best buys for Jamaican stocks are in the Junior Market. Since the drop in March, the Junior Market is recovering at a faster pace than the Main Market and the trend continues.
Following on from last week when the Junior Main Market rose four out of five trading days, the market rose three days this past week with Thursdays decline being a mere seven points and the market rising 12 points for the week.
The Main Market lost just under 2,000 points last week and lost 3,784 points this week, thus widening the performance gap between this market and the Junior Market, for the year to date.
For the Junior Market TOP 10, Elite Diagnostic price dropped from $4.17 last week to $3.81 and moved back into TOP 10, replacing Medical Disposables that inched up to $6.95 from $6.69 last week. There was no change to the TOP 10 Main Market, this past week.
The past week closed with the three top Junior Market stocks with the potential to gain between 254 to 698 percent by March 2021 are Caribbean Producers, followed by Lasco Financial and Caribbean Cream that took over from Lumber Depot that was number three last week. In the Main Market, the top three continues to be Radio Jamaica continues to lead, followed by Berger Paints and JMMB Group with expected gains of 170 to 230 percent.
The targeted average PE ratio of the market is 20 based on the profits of companies reporting full year’s results for the financial year ending after the second quarter of 2020 up to the second quarter in 2021. Both the Junior and Main markets are currently trading well below this level. The JSE Main Market ended the week, with an overall PE of 14.3 and the Junior Market at just 9.6, based on 2020-21 earnings. The PE ratio for the Junior Market Top 10 stocks averages a mere 5.7 at just 59 percent to the average of the overall Junior Market. The Main Market TOP 10 stocks trade at 8.6 or 60 percent of the PE of the overall market.
The average projected gain for the IC TOP 10 stocks is 283 percent, for the Junior Market and 140 percent for the JSE Main Market, based on 2020-21 earnings, an indication that there is the potential to make greater gains in the Junior Market than in the Main Market.
IC TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver some of the best returns up to March 2021. The expected gain for each stock is based on earnings and PE ratios for the current fiscal year. The ranking of stocks is in order of likely increases, with the highest-ranked, being the most attractive. The ranking of stocks is in order of likely increases, with the highest-ranked, being the most attractive. Expected values will change as stock prices fluctuate and will result in movements of the selection in and out of the lists for most weeks. Revisions to earnings per share are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

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