Junior market in steady trading – Wednesday

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Wednesday with 23 securities changing hands resulting in an exchange of 2,037,393 units valued at $8,042,722 compared to 2,320,590 units valued at $10,336,084 on Tuesday.
The market index inched higher by just 0.07 points to 3,093.44 at the close, as 10 stocks advanced, 6 declined and 7 traded with prices remaining unchanged.
Trading ended with an average of 88,582 units for an average of $349,684 in contrast to 89,253 units for an average of $397,542 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 241,379 units valued at $1,469,345, in contrast to 249,420 units valued at $1,528,275 previously. July closed with average of 536,395 units at $1,905,441 for each security traded.
Trading ended with the market sentiments looking mixed for Thursday activity as 4 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, the volume of stocks changing hands and their last traded price are: C2W Music that caused investors to take a second look at it after attempts were made to trade it at 50 cents in the end it settled 2 cents higher for the day at 45 cents with 183,500 units changing hands. Trading ended with the bid posted at 50 cents to buy 40,000 units with only two offers posted at the close at $1.23 and $1.35. The day’s activity in the stock is in contrast to two weeks ago when the price dipped to 38 cents and looked as if it would trade lower. Cargo Handlers settled with a loss of 40 cents, at $9.60 with 450 shares, Caribbean Cream traded at $6.50 with 34,280 units, Caribbean Flavours traded at $13 with 1,000 stocks units, Caribbean Producers traded at $3.80 with 31,258 units, Derrimon Trading ended at $7.90 with 2,000 shares, Express Catering concluded 5 cents higher at $4.20 with 138,183 stocks, General Accident finished with a loss of 2 cents, at $2.80 with 107,700 shares, Honey Bun closed with a loss of 20 cents, at $4.80 with 3,598 units, Jamaican Teas settled with a loss of 7 cents, at $4.83 with 11,737 stocks, Jetcon Corporation finished with a loss of 20 cents, at $4.80 with 1,085,266 units, KLE Group climbed 14 cents higher at $3.15 with 270,971 shares, Key Insurance rose 10 cents higher to $3.10 with 7,947 stocks units, Knutsford Express closed 10 cents higher at $14.50 with 7,606 stocks, Lasco Distributors ended 15 cents higher at $7.15 with 27,962 units, Lasco Financial finished 39 cents higher at $3.99 with 100 units, Lasco Manufacturing closed with a loss of 5 cents, at $4.40 with 4,299 units, Main Event concluded market activity 55 cents higher, at $5.05 with 3,823 stocks, Medical Disposables concluded trading 1 cent higher at $4.26 with 28,521 units, Paramount Trading ended at $2.70 with 38,304 units, Stationery and Office concluded trading at $4 with 11,782 units, tTech finished 50 cents higher at $6.55 with 16,378 shares and Derrimon Trading closed with a loss of 3 cents, at $2 with 20,728 shares.

Trading jumps from Monday’s levels

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Tuesday with 26 securities changing hands with 11 advancing, 9 declining and 6 trading unchanged. The market index inched higher by 3.19 points to 3,093.37.
The volume traded amounted to 2,320,590 units valued at $10,336,084, compared to 1,303,888 units valued at $6,225,235 on Monday.
Trading ended with an average of 89,253 units for an average of $397,542 in contrast to 65,194 units for an average of $311,262 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 249,420 units valued at $1,528,275, in contrast to 258,319 units at an average of $1,591,093 previously. In contrast, July closed with average of 536,395 units at $1,905,441 for each security traded.
Trading ended with the market sentiments looking mixed for Wednesday’s activity as 4 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, the volume of stocks changing hands and their last traded price are: Access Financial settled at $47 with 2,250 shares, Blue Power traded at $40 with 1,300 shares, CAC 2000 finished with a loss of 9 cents, at $7.86 with 4,068 stocks trading, Caribbean Cream traded at $6.50 with 56,600 stocks, Caribbean Producers finished 15 cents higher at $3.80 with 15,000 stock units exchanged. Consolidated Bakeries traded 29 cents higher at $2.30 with 4,500 stocks, Derrimon Trading closed 80 cents higher at $7.90 with 4,000 units, Dolphin Cove concluded trading with a loss of 20 cents, at $17.30 with 2,050 stocks, Express Catering settled 15 cents higher at $4.15 with 436,106 units, General Accident finished 22 cents higher at $2.82 with 67,500 stocks, Honey Bun closed 20 cents higher at $5 with 22,869 shares. ISP Finance settled with a loss of $1, at $19 with 400 units, Jamaican Teas concluded with a loss of 10 cents, at $4.90 with 90,678 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended with a loss of 21 cents, at $5 with 69,256 units, KLE Group closed 1 cent higher at $3.01 with 40,899 stocks, Knutsford Express concluded trading 34 cents higher at $14.40 with 6,770 stocks. Lasco Distributors traded at $7 with 186,808 shares, Lasco Financial settled with a loss of 20 cents, at $3.60 with 204,349 stock units, Lasco Manufacturing concluded market activity with a loss of 15 cents, at $4.45 with 45,888 shares, Main Event closed at $4.50 with 343,513 shares, Medical Disposables closed with a loss of $1.25, at $4.25 with 42,000 shares. Paramount Trading ended 10 cents higher at $2.70 with 10,500 stocks, Stationery and Office finished with a loss of 10 cents, at $4 with 655,536 stocks after trading at a low for the day of $3.50, Derrimon Trading preference share concluded trading 3 cents higher at $2.03 with 7,000 stocks, Eppley 9.5% preference share finished 5 cents higher at $7.25 with 500 units and Eppley 10% preference share traded at $6.60 with 250 stock units changing hands.

Juniors inched higher on Monday

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Monday with 20 securities changing hands, 9 advanced, 9 declined and 2 traded firm as 1,303,888 units valued at $6,225,235 changed hands compared to 3,210,758 units valued at $13,020,965 on Friday.
Trading ended with an average of 65,194 units for an average of $311,262 in contrast to 145,944 units for an average of $591,862 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 258,319 units valued at $1,591,093 compared to 269,679 units valued at $1,666,377 previously. In contrast, July closed with average of “NULL” units at “NULL” for each security traded.
Trading ended with the market sentiments looking mixed for Friday activity as 5 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, stocks trading and their last traded price are: Access Financial finished trading 75 cents higher at $47 with 25,302 shares, AMG Packaging concluded trading with a loss of 3 cents to $3.45 with 25,441 stock units, Caribbean Cream ended 60 cents higher at $6.50 with 15,100 shares, Caribbean Producers finished trading with a loss of 15 cents, at $3.65 with 35,300 shares, Consolidated Bakeries settled with a loss of 29 cents, at $2.01 with 750 stock units, Dolphin Cove closed 10 cents higher at $17.50 with 1,475 stocks, Express Catering finished trading with a loss of 49 cents, at $4 with 38,177 stock units, Honey Bun settled with a loss of 70 cents, at $4.80 with 2,000 shares, Jamaican Teas settled 10 cents higher at $5 with 20,000 units, Jetcon Corporation closed 21 cents higher at $5.21 with 50,890 shares, KLE Group settled 25 cents higher at $3 with 50,323 units, Knutsford Express finished trading with a loss of 44 cents, at $14.06 with 2,200 units, Lasco Distributors closed at $7 with 40,685 stocks, Lasco Financial completed trading with a loss of 20 cents, at $3.80 with 11,350 shares, Lasco Manufacturing traded 1 cents higher at $4.60 with 25,677 units, Main Event settled at $4.50 with 100,745 units, Medical Disposables settled 50 cents higher at $5.50 with 5,200 stocks, Stationery and Office settled 10 cents higher at $4.10 with 796,273 shares, tTech closed with a loss of 95 cents, at $6.05 with 7,000 stocks and Derrimon Trading closed with a loss of 10 cents, at $2 with 50,000 shares.

Two financial stocks return to TOP 10

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Unlike last week when there were several changes to the TOP 10 lists, this past week had just two changes, with Lasco Financial returning to the junior market and Sagicor Group to the Main market lists.
CAC 2000 dropped out of the Junior Marketlisting, allowing for the return of Lasco Financial that dropped sharply in price, to close the week at $3.40. Mayberry Investments was edged out by Sagicor Group, dropping from $34.35 to $31.75 at the close of the past week.
Former TOP main market value stock, Barita Investments moved up from $9.40 during the previous week to close at $11.60 for a gain of more than 273 percent since September last year. The most recent Initial Public Offering, Stationery and Office Supplies that exited the TOP 10 after listing in the prior week, is fluctuating between $4 and just over $5, and should undergo some amount of wide price movements until demand and supply find some balance. JMMB Group climbed to $23 on Friday before closing back at $21.45, supply has dried up for this stock and it seems to be readying to make an early exit in the next few weeks.
The average PE ratio for the Junior Market Top stocks is at 7.5 and the PE for the main market TOP 10, ends the week at 7.2. The average PE for the overall main market trades at 13.3 and 13.2 for Junior Market, based on 2017 estimated earnings.
At the close of the week, IC Insider.com’s TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 42 percent to the average of the market for Junior Market Top stocks and it remains at 46 percent for the main market.

Advancing Junior stocks edge out decliners

Jamaican Teas one of teh more active stocks on the Junior Market after the company released 9 months results.

Trading closed with 20 securities changing hands, 7 advanced, 5 declined and 8 traded firm with 1,716,953 units valued at $8,024,988 compared to 13,753,371 units valued at $73,391,001 on Thursday.

Trading ended with the Junior Market Index rising 1.89 points to close at 3,125.15. The market closed with  an average of 85,848 units at an average of $401,249 trading, in contrast to an average of 687,669 units at an average of $3,669,550 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 322,723 units valued at $1,695,591 compared to 309,916 units valued at $1,627,630 previously. In contrast, July closed with average of 536,395 units at $1,905,441 for each security traded.
Trading ended with the market sentiments looking strong for Monday’s activity as 7 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, stocks trading and their last traded price are: AMG Packaging with 21,000 shares at $3.50, Blue Power trading 700 shares at $40, CAC 2000 closed 35 cents higher at $7.85 with 3,000 shares, Caribbean Cream rose 4 cents to $6.74 with 54,000 shares, Caribbean Producers gained 21 cents to end at $3.60 with 32,362 shares, Consolidated Bakeries closed at $2.15 with 22,500 shares, Express Catering inched higher by 3 cents to $5.23 with 158,852 shares, General Accident closed at $2.60 with 11,757 shares, Honey Bun lost 20 cents and closed at $4.80 with 110 shares, Jamaican Teas closed 5 cents higher at $5.00 with 221,554 shares, after it traded at $5.30 in the morning session. Jetcon Corporation closed 9 cents higher at $5.50 with 95,280 shares, KLE Group closed at $2.10 with 277,000 shares, Knutsford Express closed at $15 with 4,171 shares, Lasco Distributors closed at $6.70 with 6,450 units, Lasco Financial lost 40 cents and ended at $3.40 with 155,500 shares, Lasco Manufacturing climbed 36 cents higher to $4.74 with 7,390 shares, Medical Disposables declined by 10 cents, to $5.20 with 13,000 shares, Paramount Trading closed at $2.94 with 2,872 shares, Stationery and Office Supplies traded 422,213 units with the price sliding 31 cents to $4.49 and tTech ended with a loss of 10 cents, at $6.90 with 207,242 shares changing hands.

89% of trades to 2 Lasco companies

Lasco Manufacturing & Lasco Distributors, combined, traded 89% shares on Thursday.

Two Lasco companies dominated trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday, accounting for 89 percent of the volume traded. Lasco Distributors accounted for 4.9 million units and the manufacturing sister company 7.35 million units.
Trading closed with 20 securities changing hands, 5 advanced, 5 declined and 7 traded firm with 13,753,371 units valued at $73,391,001 compared to 28,446,953 shares valued at $130,472,160 on Wednesday when Jamaican Teas traded over 25 million shares. The Junior Market Index rose 10.72 points to close at 3,123.26.
Trading ended with an average of 687,669 units for an average of $3,669,550 in contrast to 1,293,043 units for an average of $5,930,553 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 344,257 units valued at $1,813,259 compared to 309,916 units valued at $1,627,630 previously. In contrast, July closed with average of 536,395 units at $1,905,441 for each security traded.
Trading ended with the market sentiments looking stronger for Friday’s activity as 10 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
The volume of stocks changing hands on Thursday and the last traded prices are: Access Financial with 27,855 shares at $46.20, AMG Packaging with 3,100 shares at $3.50, Blue Power losing $1.50 in trading 550 shares at $40, CAC 2000 closing at $7.50 with 1,659 shares, Cargo Handlers closed at $11 with 550 shares, Consolidated Bakeries lost 11 cents and ended at $2.15 with 2,000 shares, Dolphin Cove closed at $17.50 with 100 shares, Express Catering closed at $5.20 with 78,372 shares, General Accident closed at $2.60 with 89,694 stock units, Jamaican Teas ended at $4.50 with 793,230 units, Jetcon Corporation closed at $5.41 with 168,148 shares, KLE Group closed at $2.10 with 168,011 shares, Knutsford Express closed at $15 with 2,000 shares, Lasco Distributors exchanged 4,911,909 shares at $6.70, Lasco Financial closed at $3.80 with 6,898 shares after falling 5 cents, Lasco Manufacturing rose 5 cents to $4.38 with 7,352,203 shares, Medical Disposables climbed 30 cents to $5.30 with 165 shares, Paramount Trading rose 9 cents to $2.94 with 10,000 shares, Stationery and Office Supplies traded 122,333 units with the price rising 40 cents to $4.80 and tTech closed at $7 with 14,584 shares.

Junior market drops again

Jamaican Teas CEO, John Mahfood. The company traded 25m shares. on Wednesday.

Trading on the Junior Market of Jamaica Stock Exchange jumped on Wednesday with Jamaican Teas traded over 25 million shares as one large shareholder reorganized a portion of their holding. A total of 22 securities traded, 9 advanced 5 declined and 8 traded firm.
The Junior Market Index declined by 44.92 points to close at 3,112.54. Trading closed with 8 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers. The Market closed with 28,446,953 shares valued at $130,472,160 trading, compared with 2,187,410 shares valued at $12,791,307 on the previous day.
At the close of the market, the volume of stocks changing hands on Wednesday and the last prices they traded at are: Access Financial with 3,630 shares at $46.20, AMG Packaging closing with 4,624 shares at $3.50, CAC 2000 ended 35 cents higher to $7.40 with 46,692 shares, Cargo Handlers gained 30 cents to close at $11 with 1,000 shares, Caribbean Cream closed 80 cents higher at $6.70 with 1,877 shares, Consolidated Bakeries lost 24 cents, to close at $2.26 with 221,280 shares, after the company posted a loss in the June quarter on Lower revenues than in 2016. Derrimon Trading fell 90 cents, to $7 with 800 shares, Dolphin Cove closed at $17.50 with 5,534 shares, Express Catering with a loss of 1 cents, closed at $5.20 with 311,836 shares, General Accident with a loss of 7 cents, closed at $2.60 with 615,796 shares, Honey Bun closed at $5 with 4,500 shares, Jamaican Teas moved 25 cents higher to $4.95 with 25,101,325 shares, Jetcon Corporation climbed 20 cents higher to $5.50 with 43,070 shares, KLE Group closed 10 cents higher at $2.10 with 738,400 shares, Knutsford Express closed at $15 with 5,538 shares, Lasco Distributors rose 15 cents while closing at $6.70 with 576,888 shares, Lasco Financial lost 15 cents, and closed at $3.85 with 20,000 shares, Lasco Manufacturing closed at $4.33 with 71,292 shares, Main Event gained 5 cents to $5 with 3,732 shares, Paramount Trading closed at $2.85 with 64,224 shares, Stationery and Office Supplies traded 604,415 units with the price falling 59 cents to $4.40, and tTech rose 20 cents to $7 with 500 shares.

Securities trading jump on Tuesday

Trading in the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Tuesday with a number of stocks declining out pacing those rising. The volume and value of stocks traded declined compared to that on Monday while the market index closed lower by 38.26 points to 3,157.46.
The Market closed with 2,187,410 shares valued at $12,791,307 trading compared with 5,636,428 valued at $31,083,116 on the previous day. A total of 28 securities traded compared 22 on Monday as 17 stocks declined, 2 advanced and 9 traded firm.
At the close of the market, stocks trading and their last traded price are: Access Financial with 35,383 shares trading, closed with a loss of 30 cents to end at $46.20, AMG Packaging closed with 25,000 shares at $3.50, Blue Power had 5,450 units changing hands with fall of 50 cents to $41.50, Cargo Handlers with a loss of 30 cents, closed at $10.70 with 18,817 shares, Caribbean Cream closed with a loss of 84 cents, at $5.90 with 24,346 shares, Caribbean Producers ended 11 lower to $3.39 with 13,000 shares, Consolidated Bakeries lost 12 cents and closed at $2.50 with 1,627 shares, C2W Music closed at 38 cents with 18,237 shares, Derrimon Trading with a loss of 10 cents, closed at $7.90 with 12,065 shares, Dolphin Cove closed at $17.50 with 2,185 shares, Express Catering ended 20 cents higher at $5.30 with 319,964 shares, General Accident closed at $3.30 with 46,866 shares, Honey Bun closed 20 cents higher at $5 with 4,066 shares, Iron Rock closed at $3 with 38,000 shares, Jamaican Teas closed at $4.70 with 7,346 shares, Jetcon Corporation with a loss of 1 cent, closed at $5.30 with 176,320 shares, KLE Group closed at $2 with 23,000 shares, Key Insurance with a loss of 5 cents, closed at $3 with 5,000 shares, Knutsford Express closed at $15 with 9,850 shares, Lasco Distributors with a loss of 15 cents, closed at $6.55 with 149,100 shares, Lasco Financial traded at $4 with 54,927 shares, Lasco Manufacturing with a loss of 37 cents, closed at $4.33 with 41,292 shares, Main Event fell 5 cents, and closed at $4.95 with 117,083 shares, with a loss of 5 cents, Medical Disposables closed at $5 with 200,000 shares, after falling 50 cents, Paramount Trading eased 5 cents closed at 5 cents with 47,256 shares, Stationery and Office Supplies traded 725,061 units with the price falling 41 cents to $4.99, Sweet River dipped 3 cents, to $3.52 with 60,169 shares and tTech dropped $1 and closed at $6.80 with 6,000 shares.

Junior market closed higher – Monday

Trading in the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Monday with a number of stocks rising out pacing those declining 2 to 1. The volume and value of stocks traded declined sharply compared to that on Friday and the market index closed higher.
The Market index surged 45.93 points to close at 3,195.72 as 5,636,428 shares valued at $31,083,116 traded compared with 15,739,900 units valued at $100,160,789 on Friday.
Overall Market activity resulted from trading in 22 stocks, down from 25 on Friday as the market closed with 10 advancing, with Stationery and Office Supplies closing at a new high of $5.40, as the prices of 4 declined and 10 remaining unchanged.
Trading in the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Monday with a number of stocks advancing out pacing those declining. The volume and value of stocks traded advanced compared to that on Friday and the market index closed higher.
At the close of the market, stocks trading and their last traded price are: Blue Power traded 623 shares and rose 50 cents to end at $42, CAC 2000 fell 45 cents to $7.05 with 5,000 shares, Cargo Handlers closed at $11 with 3,410 shares, Caribbean Cream lost 6 cents and closed at $6.74 with 35,028 shares, Caribbean Flavours climbed 5 cents and ended at $13 with 1,561 shares, Caribbean Producers closed at $3.50 with 18,367 shares, Consolidated Bakeries closed at $2.62 with 70,000 shares, Express Catering closed at $5.10 with 3,590,526 shares after falling 40 cents, General Accident climbed 30 cents to $3.30 with 8,000 shares, Honey Bun rose 30 cents to closed at $4.80 with 13,899 shares, Jamaican Teas closed at $4.70 having gained 10 cents with 40,871 shares, Jetcon Corporation closed 11 cents higher at $5.31 with 31,932 shares, KLE Group closed at $2 with 130,557 shares, Knutsford Express closed at $15 with 30,955 shares, Lasco Distributors traded 225,541 shares at $6.70, Lasco Financial closed at $4 with 25,254 shares, Lasco Manufacturing closed 20 cents higher at $4.70 with 2,715 shares, Main Event closed at $5 with 1,670 shares, Medical Disposables gained 25 cents and closed at $5.50 with 35,000 shares, Paramount Trading added 25 cents to close at $2.90 with 35,000 shares Stationery and Office Supplies traded 1,290,789 units as the price climbed to a new closing high of $5.40 after rising 32 cents, earlier in trading the stock went as high as $6 before pulling back ahead of the close and tTech fell 25 cents to $7.80 with 39,730 shares.

Major changes to TOP 10 stocks

Barita jumps TOP 10 with more than 200% gain since September 2016

Investors pushed the price of Barita Investments to $9.40 during the week and drove newly listed Stationery and Office Supplies to $5.10 after it was listed on Thursday moving both out of the top flight of stocks. In addition, four others changed places with new listings.
Barita entered the list when we started the TOP 5 back in September last year, at $3.11 and has gained more than 200 percent since then while SOS is up 154 percent from its IPO price. Both stocks have more room for growth.
tTech reported lower profit in the second quarter to June with lower revenues resulting in a lower earnings forecast for 2017 and dropped out of the top list. CAC 2000 having slipped out of the listing the prior week returned this past week and was joined by Dolphin Cove to replace the two that exited the listing.
Main market stock, Berger Paints fell during the week from $19 to trade at $16 and moved back into the listing. Moving in are Grace Kennedy, Mayberry Investments and PanJam Investment. Stocks graduating from the top flight are Seprod as the price rose during the week to $33.33 from $30, Sagicor Group moving from $31.50 to $34.35 and Salada Foods that closed at $9.50, up from $9.
The average PE ratio for the Junior Market Top stocks is at 7.6 and the PE for the main market TOP 10, ends the week at 7.2. The average PE for the overall main market trades at 13.2 and 12.9 for Junior Market, based on 2017 estimated earnings.
At the close of the week, IC Insider.com’s TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 41 percent to the average of the market for Junior Market Top stocks and 46 percent for the main market.