Junior market rises on Wednesday

Caribbean Flavours hit a new high of $9 on Wednesday

Caribbean Flavours hit a new high of $9 on Wednesday

Activity in the junior market ended on Wednesday with 10 securities trading of with 6 advanced and 3 declined. The junior market index gained 26.54 points to 1,627.87 with 2,721,358 units, valued at $9,118,051 changing hands.
At the close there was 1 security ending with no bid to buy and 8 securities had no stocks being offered for sale. A total of 7 stocks closed with bids higher than their last traded prices while none closed with a lower offer.
In trading, Access Financial traded 1,010 units at $14.02, to record a gain of 1 cent, Caribbean Flavours jumped 90 cents with 21,250 shares changing hands at a new 52 weeks’ high of $9, Caribbean Producers lost 35 cents in trading 18,509 units, to close at $4.25. General Accident ended with 1,000 shares changing hands at $2.04, for a gain of 13 cents, Knutsford Express climbed 80 cents to $11.30 with 5,267 shares changing hands. JM - Trde Sht 16-12-15Lasco Distributors closed with 17,050 shares changing hands at $4.55 after rising by 5 cents, Lasco Financial fell 10 cents ended at $3, with 97,827 shares changing hands. Lasco Manufacturing (LASM) gained 25 cents and closed at $3.30, with 2,553,756 shares trading. At the close the overhand of 2,536,706 units of LASM offered for sale at $3.30 by Stocks and Securities as broker for a client was cleared. Medical Disposables lost 30 cents and ended with 5,000 shares changing hands at $3.25 and Eppley 10% preference share, ended with 689 units changing hands at $6.02.

Juniors drop on Friday

Derrimon traded at a new high on Friday.

Derrimon traded at a new high on Friday.

Activity in the junior market rose on Friday from Thursday’s low level and ended with 9 active securities, of with 4 advanced and 4 declined.
The junior market index dropped 35.19 points to 1,608.64 with 1,013,694 units, valued at $10,311,911 changing hands. At the close there was 1 security ending with no bid to buy and 6 securities had no stocks being offered for sale. A total of 5 stocks closed with bids higher than their last traded prices while one closed with a lower offer.
In trading, Access Financial Services closed with a gain of 1 cent at $14.01 while 7,000 units changed hands. Derrimon Trading ended with 73,203 shares changing hands at a new 52 weeks’ high of $3.66, for a gain of 14 cents, General Accident Insurance fell 1 cent in trading 51,762 units at $1.91,JM Trde Sht 11-12-15 Honey Bun lost 20 cents with 13,500 shares changing hands at $5.75, Lasco Distributors closed with 467,553 shares changing hands at $4.50, Lasco Financial ended with a loss of 30 cents at $3.10, with 25,773 shares changing hands. Lasco Manufacturing lost 51 cents and closed at $2.99, with 289,903 shares trading, Medical Disposables closed at $3.55 with 75,000 shares trading as the price rose by 15 cents and Eppley cumulative preference share 2019, ended with 10,000 units changing hands at $6.09 after rising 1 cent.

4 new highs for Junior market – Tuesday

Derrimon hits a new high in fairly heavy trading in the stock on Tuesday.

Derrimon hits a new high in fairly heavy trading in the stock on Tuesday.

Activity in the junior market saw the ordinary shares of Derrimon Trading enjoying another day of high volume on Tuesday, with the largest block of shares, accounting for 3,331,784 units valued at $11,661,789. The price gained 2 cents to end at a 52 weeks’ high $3.52.
The traded volume in the stock is down compared to 5,881,908 units, valued at $20,586,056 that changed hands on Monday.
Overall, trading ended with a meagre increase of 0.36 points in the junior market index to 1,623.15 as 15 active securities ended with 9 stocks advancing and 2 declining with 5,858,828 units, valued at $21,128,004 changing hands.
At the close there was 1 security ending with no bid to buy and 8 securities had no stocks being offered for sale. A total of 3 stocks closed with bids higher than the last traded prices and 2 closed with lower offers. Four stocks closed at 52 weeks’ high in the junior market.
In trading, AMG Packaging ended 5 cents lower at $6 with 31,600 shares trading, Caribbean Cream dropped 59 cents while trading 1,024,584 units to end at $3.42, Caribbean Flavours traded 5,599 units at a new 52 weeks’ high of $7.20 by adding 10 cents, Caribbean Producers traded 719,587 units to end at $5.60. Consolidated Bakeries ended with 127,708 shares changing hands to settle at $1.30 for a 7 cents rise, General Accident had 84,168 units trading and closed with a rise of 4 cents at $2, Honey Bun traded at a 52 weeks’ high of $5.85 with 5,348 shares to close with a gain of 4 cents.JM Trde Sht 8-12-15 Knutsford Express ended 60 cents higher, at a 52 weeks’ high of $10.50 with 400 shares changing hands, KLE Group ended with 25,000 units trading with a rise of 2 cents at 75 cents, Lasco Distributors gained 18 cents and closed with 78,051 shares changing hands, at $4.30, Lasco Financial ended at $3, with 345,682 shares changing hands. Lasco Manufacturing added 22 cents and closed at $3.62, with 70,117 shares trading, Medical Disposables price rose 1 cent to close at $3.53 with 8,500 shares trading and Paramount Trading ended with 700 shares changing hands at $8.96.

Juniors slip again on Wednesday

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Knutsford Express ended at a new all-time high of $8.20

Knutsford Express ended at a new all-time high of $8.20

The junior market suffered more losses on Wednesday with 16 active securities, of which 8 advanced and 4 declined as some investors continue to take profits with a sharp upward movement of the market in 2015 and improved valuation of several stocks. A total of 3,669,193 units, valued at $14,681,931 changed hands. Trading ended with a 38.37 points fall of the index to 1,543.99.
The market ended with 3 new 52 weeks’ closing highs and one 52 weeks closing low. Only 3 securities ended with no bids to buy and 10 had no stocks being offered for sale. A total of 4 stocks closed with bids higher than the last traded prices and 3 closed with lower offers.
In trading, AMG Packaging traded 1,130 units at $6, C2W Music ended up with 41,000 units changing hands at a loss of 2 cents to end at a 52 weeks’ closing low of 37 cents, Cargo Handlers ended with 755 shares changing hands, for a gain of 80 cents and closed at a 52 weeks’ high of $36, Caribbean Cream had 6,866 units changing hands and recovered 80 cents of the fall of $1.01 on Tuesday, to end at $4.30, Caribbean Flavours gained 27 cents in trading 7,574 units to end at $6.57. Caribbean Producers lost 50 cents in trading 715,339 units to end at $5. Consolidated Bakeries rose 5 cents at the close, to end at $1.40 with 33,814 units changing hands, Derrimon Trading ended with 4,211 units changing hands at $3.50 but was offered at $3.45 at the close, General Accident ended with 12,900 shares changing hands and closed at $1.90. Honey Bun with 17,265 shares changing hands and closed at $5,JM - Trade 25-11-15 Jamaican Teas had 500,000 shares trading at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $4.65, after rising by 35 cents, Knutsford Express rose 70 cents in trading 150,000 units at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $8.20. Lasco Distributors closed with 177,942 shares changing hands, to end with a loss of 21 cents at $4.11, Lasco Financial gained 14 cents to end at $3, with a total of 217,882 shares changing hands. Lasco Manufacturing closed with a rise of 21 cents to $3.71 with 960,001 shares trading and Medical Disposables ended with 822,514 shares changing hands but lost 40 cents to end at $3.

More juniors rise but index dips – Friday

Cargo Handlers at new high of $35.20 on Friday.

Cargo Handlers at new high of $35.20 on Friday.

The junior market suffered another day of infrequent losses in recent times, with 18 active securities, 8 of which advanced and 4 declined. A total of 2,764,291 units, valued at $11,225,934 changed hands. Trading ended with a loss of 18.02 points fall of the index to 1,635.64. The market ended with 3 stocks closing at new 52 weeks’ high.
Only 2 securities ended with no bids to buy and 9 had no stocks being offered for sale. A total of 3 stocks closed with bids higher than the last traded prices and none closed with a lower offer.
In trading, C2W Music traded 16,460 units at 39 cents, Cargo Handlers gained 20 cents and ended at a new 52 weeks’ high of $35.20, with 13,415 units changing hands, Caribbean Cream traded 50,300 units with a rise of 40 cents to $4.95, Caribbean Flavours traded 260,052 units to end at $6.50 after rising 54 cents. Caribbean Producers closed with a gain of 52 cents in trading 175120 units at $5.52, for a new 52 weeks’ closing high, Consolidated Bakeries fell 8 cents at the close, to end at $1.40 with 50,000 units changing hands. Derrimon Trading ended with 10,000 units changing hands at $3.50, Dolphin Cove fell $1.01 with 3,532 units trading, to close at $15, General Accident ended with 165,385 shares changing hands and closed with a gain of 5 cents at $1.90, KLE Group lost 21 cents and ended with 17,292 units trading at 75 cents. Honey Bun with 27,035 shares changing hands and closed at $5.30.JM - Trade 20-11-15 Jamaican Teas had 109,363 shares trading to close at $4.30 after trading after rising by 30 cents, Knutsford Express ended 95 cents higher, at a 52 weeks’ high of $7.50 with 210 shares changing hands, Lasco Distributors closed with 347,004 shares changing hands to end at $4.20 after falling by 10 cents. Lasco Financial rose of 5 cents to $3.30, with a total of 210,557 shares changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing closed with a 5 cents gain at $3.80 with 932,066 shares trading and Medical Disposables ended with 341,000 shares changing hands and lost 40 cents to be at $3.45 and Sweet River Abattoir traded 35,500 units at $3.95

Strong Buy Rated growth more to come

Carib Cement is the IC Insider best performing selection with gains of 573%.

Carib Cement is the IC Insider best performing selection with gains of 573%.

Jamaican stocks have climbed sharply this year with junior market stocks gaining 120 percent to the first week in November and the overall market up 79 percent. Several stocks have more than doubled in the process.
While Jamaican stocks have jumped sharply those in Trinidad are just marking time which a number of prices retreating as interest rates were pushed up by the central bank on a number of occasions and the country faced falling oil revenues with the fall in world oil prices.
In the Jamaican market, stocks that were selling around 5 times earnings or less at the start of the year, have seen a sharp revaluation of many, with an average now around 9 times earnings based on this year’s estimated earnings. A total of 22 companies or 41 percent of the ordinary listings are selling above the average. Indications suggest that the rally in Jamaica will continue, with expectation for interest rates to decline going into 2016. A sharp 32 percent fall in interest rates from March last year to October this year, is one of the main driver of the market. Company results have been mostly strong with many enjoying large increases over the results of last year as well as over the 2013 period. A fall in the cost of energy and fuel and expanded sales in some cases are major drivers of profit gains this year as well.
It is partly against the above developments, that IC Insider BUY RATED listing of stocks should be viewed. Some of the stocks have been placed on hold based on the gains to date and much higher valuation as a result of this year’s growth.
Four junior market stocks should be held at this moment rather than buys, unless investors are looking at a two to three year’s investment period. Lasco Distributors, Lasco Financial, Lasco Manufacturer and Medical Disposables have reached rich valuations and should be held at this stage of the market. Profit growth for 2017 fiscal year for the Lasco companies should be very strong and will make them attractive buys again, the task is when should these be bought again to take advantage of the strong growth ahead? The problem now is that supply for these stocks is low, currently. Dolphin Cove growth has slowed for this year and remains a hold for now until 2016, the rest of the junior market selections are still attractive buys, with potential gains of 50 to 130 percent for a number of them.
BUY Rated cht 11-15Desnoes and Geddes should be sold now with the price at $30 rather than to await a payout from the proposed buyout proceeds. The Jamaica Stock Exchange share has gained 450 percent since we placed a BUY RATED status on it. The price has room to grow but investors will need to be cautious about buying at current price levels until the release of the September quarterly report in a few days. A hold is placed on the two Scotia shares with both now valued around 10 time 2015 earnings. Carreras is priced close to 10 times this fiscal year’s earnings but high dividend yield well in excess of current Treasury bill rate of 6.2 percent will make the stock an attractive income earner and will continue to drive the price upwards. Mayberry Investments should be a hold at this stage, with reporting earnings not in strong support of the present stock price, the company has the assets that will aid in a large increase in net asset value.
In Trinidad, companies are having a tough time growing profits in a meaningful way but there are still a few stocks that are worthwhile holding, with Trinidad Cement being a very compelling buy now selling at a PE of 4 times this year’s earnings. National Flour is undervalued and has room for growth with increased profits in 2015. Most of the rest will have to await 2016 for increased profits and growth.

Juniors just 8 points from 1,500

Lasco Distributors closed at a new high on Thursday of $4

Lasco Distributors closed at a new high on Thursday of $4

The junior market just crossed over the 1,400 mark on Wednesday and closed less than 8 points from the 1,500 marks as bulls continue to their forward march. At the close on Thursday the index climbed 4.5 percent or 64.32 to at another record close of 1,492.24. The junior market ended trading in 17 securities as 8 stocks advanced and 4 declined. A total of 2,644,357 units, valued at $8,917,979 changed hands.
The market ended with 4 stocks closing at new 52 weeks’ high, while 3 securities ended with no bids to buy and 11 had no stocks being offered for sale. A total of 5 stocks closed with bids higher than the last traded prices and 2 closed with lower offers.
In trading, AMG Packaging closed with a gain of 15 cents to end at $5 with 10,575 units changing hands, Blue Power closed at $13 with 8,900 units changing hands, Caribbean Flavours traded 410,645 units to end at $4.50, Caribbean Producers traded 467,769 units and ended at $3.05. Consolidated Bakeries gained 15 cents to end at $1.95, with 10,000 units changing hands. Dolphin Cove had 6,739 shares changing hands at $12.50 after rising $1.47, General Accident ended with 37,959 shares changing hands, in closing at $1.90, Honey Bun ended with 14,160 units trading with a gain of 10 cents close at a new 52 weeks’ high of $5.20. Jamaican Teas had 10,501 shares trading, to close at $3.90, Knutsford Express closed with 19,622 shares trading, with a loss of 45 cents at $6.55, KLE Group end with 130,073 units trading at 45 cents for a rise of 1 cent, Lasco Distributors ended with 237,120 shares changing hands and closed with a gain of 45 cents at $4, for a new all-time closing high.JM - Trade 5-11-15 Lasco Financial closed with an increase of 15 cents at a new 52 weeks’ high $2.70, after trading earlier at $2.80, with a total of 774,689 shares changing hands. Lasco Manufacturing fell 10 cents to end at $3.80 with 349,918 shares changing hands, Medical Disposables closed at $3.40 with 108,574 shares trading and lost 10 cents, Paramount Trading ended with 3,102 shares changing hands and gained of 11 cents to $7.21 for a new 52 weeks’ high and Sweet River ended with 44,011 units changing hands at $3.86 after losing 1 cent.

Juniors break new ground with fresh high

Lasco Distributors closed at a new high of $2.55 on Wednesday.

Lasco Distributors closed at a new high of $2.55 on Wednesday.

The junior market broke the 1,400 points level for the first time, just after the market opened on Wednesday morning, after Lasco Manufacturing traded 31,500 units at $3.90 to lift the index by 23.71 to 1,420.07. The junior market ended trading in 12 securities as 4 stocks advanced and 1 declined.
The market index rose 31.56 points to end at a new all-time closing of 1,427.92 and has gained 103 percent since the start of the year. A total of 3,205,139 units, valued at $12,454,599 changed hands.
The market ended with 1 stock closing at new 52 weeks’ high, while 2 securities ended with no bids to buy and 7 had no stocks being offered for sale. A total of 7 stocks closed with bids higher than the last traded prices and none closed with a lower offer.
In trading, Access Financial closed at $11.60 with 5,000 units changing hands to end at of $11.55 while gaining $1.05, Caribbean Cream with 1,169,249 shares changing hands ended at $3.95, Caribbean Flavours traded 100,000 units to end at $4.50, Caribbean Producers traded 32,296 units for a rise of 5 cents to end at $3.05. Derrimon Trading ended at $3.10, with 25,070 units changing hands. JM - Trade 4-11-15Dolphin Cove had 80,000 shares changing hands at $11.03 after falling $1.96, General Accident ended with 82,455 shares changing hands, in closing at $1.90, Jamaican Teas had 2,300 shares trading to close at $3.90, Lasco Distributors ended with 554,500 shares changing hands and closed with a gain of 15 cents at $3.55 for a new all-time closing high. Lasco Financial closed with a 10 cents increase at $2.55, after trading earlier at $2.60, with a total of 131,975 shares changed hands and Lasco Manufacturing ended of $3.90 with 872,436 shares changing hands, Medical Disposables closed at $2.55 with 121,858 shares trading and Eppley cumulative preference share 2019, ended with 25,000 units changing hands at $6.07.

Another record close for juniors – Monday

Honey Bun closed at a 52 weeks' high of $5.10

Honey Bun closed at a 52 weeks’ high of $5.10

The junior market enjoyed wide spread trading as 13 securities were active and the market index rose 22.82 points to end at a new all-time closing of 1,347.77. A total of 1,520,187 units, valued at $5,119,713 changed hands as 7 stocks advanced and 5 declined.
The market ended with 3 stocks closing at new 52 weeks’ high and one at an intraday high, while 3 securities ended with no bids to buy and 9 had no stocks being offered for sale. A total of 6 stocks closed with bids higher than the last traded prices and one closed with a lower offer.
In trading, AMG Packaging closed at $4.85 after trading at $5 with 83,316 units changing hands. The company reported big increase in profits after trading closed on Friday with earnings for the full year to August being 78 cents per share, up from 45 cents in 2014, Caribbean Cream with 188,800 shares changing hands ended at $3.40 but traded at an intraday high of $3.60. Caribbean Flavours gained 36 cents while trading 11,806 units to end at $4.40, Caribbean Producers traded 33,704 units for a loss of 11 cents to end at $2.90. Consolidated Bakeries traded 71,000 shares, to end at $1.90 with a loss of 10 cents, Dolphin Cove fell 1 cent to end at $12.99, with only 850 units changing hands. JM - Trade Sheet-11-15.General Accident ended with 31,129 shares changing hands, in closing at $2, after rising 30 cents, Honey Bun traded 1,070 shares at $5.10, for a new 52 weeks’ high, with a gain of 10 cents. Jamaican Teas had 75,615 shares trading to close at $3.90 after rising 48 cents, Lasco Distributors with 153,661 shares changing hands and closed with a gain of 10 cents at $3.20. Lasco Financial closed with a 10 cents decline at $2.30 after trading earlier at $2.50, after 105,409 shares changed hands. Lasco Manufacturing traded 250,635 shares to end with a decline of 3 cents to $3.40 and Medical Disposables ended with 514,192 units changing hands to end with a gain of 50 cents to a new all-time high of $3.50.

Junior at new record close on Friday

Consolidated Bakeries with their Purity brand closed at a new 52 weeks' high on Friday

Consolidated Bakeries with their Purity brand closed at a new 52 weeks’ high on Friday

The junior market enjoyed wide spread trading as 14 securities were active and the market index rose 13.41 points to end at a new all-time closing of 1,324.96. A total of 4,209,966 units, valued at $13,863,050 changed hands, as 5 stocks advanced and 5 declined.
The market ended with 2 stocks closing at a 52 weeks’ high while 3 securities ended with no bids to buy and 7 had no stocks being offered for sale. A total of 7 stocks closed with bids higher than the last traded prices and none closed with a lower offer.
In trading, AMG Packaging closed at $4.80 with 11,653 units changing hands, the company reported big increase in profits after trading closed, with earnings for the full year to August of 78 cents per share, up from 45 cents in 2014. Blue Power had 12,850 shares changing hands at $13, Caribbean Cream with 733,032 shares changing hands ended at $3.40, Caribbean Flavours gained 6 cents while trading 68,950 units at $4.06, Caribbean Producers traded 51,000 units for a loss of 9 cents to end at $3.01. Consolidated Bakeries traded 417,000 shares, to end at $2 with a gain of 10 cents, for a 52 weeks’ high. Derrimon Trading had 71,260 units trading at $2.80 at the close with a loss of 20 cents, Dolphin Cove recovered from the big loss on Wednesday, to end at $13, with a gain of $1.40 on Friday, as 130,300 units changed hands.JM - Trade sht 30-10-15
General Accident ended with 65,155 shares changing hands at $1.70 after falling 20 cents, Knutsford Express traded 778 shares at $6.50. Lasco Distributors with 924,890 shares changing hands and closed with a loss of 30 cents to $3.10. Lasco Financial closed with a 15 cents decline at $2.40 after trading earlier at $2.60. A total of 597,056 shares changed hands, Lasco Manufacturing traded 804,759 shares to end with an increase of 3 cents to $3.43, Medical Disposables ended with 331,133 units changing hands to end with a gain of 50 cents to a new all-time high of $3 and Derrimon Trading 11.75% preference share had just 3,000 units changing hands at $2.20.