JSE majors pulled back on Thursday

Interest rates are falling and will drive stocks higher in 2018.

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Thursday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index falling by 1,047.87 points to 316,926.39 and the JSE Index declining by 954.73 points to 288,755.78.
Main market activity closed with 3,856,461 shares valued at just $40,581,082 changing hands, in contrast to 5,490,162 shares valued at a mere $27,746,053 trading on Tuesday, the day before the Ash Wednesday break.
The major contributors to the total volume in the market include, Wisynco Group with 905,215 units followed by Radio Jamaica with 745,339 units and Ciboney Group with 482,108 units.
Main and US market activities ended with moderate trading levels, leading to prices of 11 securities rising, 12 falling, 8 trading firm as 31 securities changed hands, including 3 from the US market. Trading took place in 31 securities on Thursday.
The securities with the largest price changes include, Jamaica Producers rising $1.87 to $17.47, Mayberry Investments with a gain of 90 cents to $6.05, Kingston Wharves losing $1.60 to $41, while PanJam Investment fell $1.80 to $40.05 and Scotia Group lost $1.45 to end at $50.55.
The US market closed with Margaritaville lost 1 cents and closed trading at 1 US cent with 5,000 shares and Proven Investments exchanged 16,820 ordinary shares, to close at 21 US cents. JMMB 6% preference share ended at $1.08 with 400 stock units trading. The market closed with just 22,220 shares trading with a value of US$5,122 and the JSE US Equities Index rising 1.59 points to close at 166.82.
Market activity ended with an average of 137,731 shares valued at $1,449,324, in contrast to 189,316 shares valued at $956,760 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 189,385 units valued at $2,973,878 and previously, 182,709 units valued at $3,152,487. January ended with an average of 239,900 units valued at $5,158,193 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and the US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 11 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 1 closed with a lower offer.

For more details of market activities see – Subdued trading on Thursday sinks JSE index.

JSE in big rise again – Tuesday

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Tuesday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index climbing 1,439.19 points to 317,974.26 and the JSE Index advancing by 1,311.26 points to 289,710.51.
Tuesday was the second consecutive day with gains of more than 1,300 in the market indices. The number of securities trading, rose above that on Monday, but the value traded fell sharply. Main market activity ended with 5,490,162 shares valued at a mere $27,746,053 changing hands, in contrast to 6,473,345 shares valued at $82,423,988 trading on Monday.
Main and US market activities ended with moderate trading levels, leading to prices of 8 securities rising, 14 falling, 9 trading firm as 31 securities changed hands, including 2 from the US market versus 27 that traded on Monday.
The major contributors to the total volume in the market include Ciboney with over 970,000 units, 1834 Investments trading over 2.3 million units, Radio Jamaica with more than 520,000 units and Wisynco with just over 800,000 units. Kingston Wharves jumped $5.55 to a new record high of $42.60, Barita Investments rose 94 cents to end at $8.45, while PanJam Investment rose $1.85 to $41.85, but NCB Financial lost 95 cents to close at $99, Salada Foods fell $1.49 to $10.51 and Scotia Group lost $1 to end at $52.
The US market closed with Margaritaville concluded trading at 22 US cents with 2,835 shares and Proven Investments fell 1.95 cents in exchanging 4,474 ordinary shares, to close at 21 US cents. The market closed with 132,964 shares trading with a value of US$27,986 and the JSE US Equities Index falling 8.95 points to close at 165.23.
Market activity ended with an average of 189,316 shares valued at $956,760, in contrast to 258,934 shares valued at $3,296,960 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 182,709 units valued at $3,152,487 and previously, 181,904 units valued at $3,455,707. January ended with an average of 239,900 units valued at $5,158,193 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and the US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closed with lower offers.

For more details of market activities see – Kingston Wharves jumps $5.55 to new high

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JSE main market slipped on Monday

Victoria Mutual Investments traded more than 1 million shares to lead the market on Monday.

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, ended on Monday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index slipping just 36.79 points to 312,175.12 and the JSE Index inched 33.52 points lower to 284,426.84, even as declining stocks beat out those rising by a decent margin.
Main and US market activities ended with 7 stocks rising, 12 declining and 7 trading firm as 26 securities traded, the number as on Friday, including 1 from the US market.
Main market activity ended with slightly more volume than on Thursday with 3,323,821 shares valued at $32,670,539 traded, in contrast to with 2,638,664 shares valued at $47,864,816 on Friday.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with Proven Investments trading 6,490 ordinary shares with a value of US$1487, to close with a loss of 2 cents at 21 US cents.  The JSE US Equities Index declined 0.42 points to end at 172.50.
Market activity ended with 132,953 units for an average of $1,306,822 in contrast to 105,547 units for an average of $1,914,593 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 224,025 units valued at $5,115,100 and previously 228,507 units valued at $5,313,035. December closed with average of 686,156 units valued at an average of $8,654,832 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and the US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 7 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with a lower offer.
Major price changes at the close of the market are, Jamaica Producers lost $1 the second day running to end at $15, JMMB Group lost $1 to end at $24, NCB Financial regained the 85 cents it lost on Friday to end at $100.85 and Scotia Group fell 95 cents to $50.05. The volume traded was dominated by the two newest listings on the market, Victoria Mutual Investments finishing with 1,225,416 units at $4.01 and Wisynco Group closed at $10.45, with 900,281 shares.

For more details of market activities see – Trading on JSE’s main market sinks – Monday.

Main market dropped on Friday

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Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Friday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index down 1,561.89 points to 312,211.91 and the JSE Index falling by 1,423.06 points to 284,460.36, even as declining stocks edged out those rising.
Main and US market activities ended with 7 stocks rising, 8 declining and 11 trading firm as 26 securities traded versus 24 on Thursday including 1 from the US market.
Main market activity ended with slightly more volume than on Thursday with 2,638,664 shares valued at $47,864,816 traded, in contrast to 2,456,156 shares valued at only $27,810,830 on Thursday.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with Proven Investments trading 44,000 ordinary shares with a value of US$10,120 at 23 US cents. The JSE US Equities Index closed with a rise of 1.21 points to end at 172.47.
Trading ended with an average of 105,547 units for an average of $1,914,593 in contrast to 106,789 units for an average of $1,209,167 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 228,507 units valued at $5,313,035 and previously 234,872 units valued at $5,499,353. December closed with average of 686,156 units valued at an average of $8,654,832 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and the US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 10 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 1 with a lower offer.
Major price changes, Jamaica Producers lost $1 to $16, NCB Financial fell 85 cents to end at $100 and Scotia Group fell $1.50 to $51.

For more details of market activities see –JSE trading levels rise – Friday

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Main market gains on Thursday

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Thursday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 949.83 points to 313,773.80 and the JSE Index rose 865.40 points to 285,883.42 even as declining stocks edged out those rising.
Main and US market activities ended with 8 stocks rising, 10 declining and 6 trading firm as 24 securities traded versus 29 on Tuesday including 1 in the US market.
Main market activity ended with slightly more volume than on Wednesday with 2,456,156 shares valued at only $27,810,830 traded, in contrast to 2,074,587 shares valued at $32,079,634 on Wednesday.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with Proven Investments trading 1,014,550 ordinary shares with a value of US at 23 US cents after gaining 1 cent. The JSE US Equities Index closed with a rise of 1.21 points to end at 172.47.
Trading ended with an average of 106,789 units for an average of $1,209,167 in contrast to 74,092 units for an average of $1,145,701 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 234,872 units valued at $5,499,353 and previously 241,276 units valued at $5,727,239. December closed with average of 686,156 units valued at an average of $8,654,832 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and the US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 9 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 1 with a lower offer.
Major price changes, Berger Paints falling 90 cents to $17, Jamaica Producers gained $1.50 to $17, NCB Financial rose 85 cents to end at $100.85, PanJam Investment ended $1.50 higher at $40.50 and Sagicor Group lost 75 cents at $34.75.

For more details of market activities see – Declining stocks edged out rising ones

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Barita is back VM Investments out – TOP 10

There is only one change to the TOP 10 lists, since we last reported on it, with Victoria Mutual Investments rising to more than $4 from the IPO price of $2.45, after listing in December and is replaced by Barita Investments.
Junior market stocks show some noted position change due to price movements. Key Insurance slipped in price to move atop that list, while Jamaican Teas gained and moved into the second half of the listing. CAC2000 posted results that were just 2 cents lower than IC Insider.com’s forecast of 80 cents, with the price climbing to $7.31 at close of the week and should really be going higher based on those numbers. Access Financial climbed back to $42, pushing it to the bottom of the list.
Former TOP 10 listing, Main Event reported a 79 percent jump in earnings for 2018, to 38 cents per share before taxation, the price may bounce about for a while around the $6, until it is clear that 2018 earnings should hit 55 cents per share.
With the Initial Public offerings (IPOS) out of the way, more life returned to the secondary market this past week with the main market enjoying buoyant volumes and the Junior Market recording some recovery with more buying interest.
At the close of Friday, the average PE ratio for Junior Market Top stocks ended at 8.6 and 8.4 for the main market TOP 10. The average PE for the overall main market is 15 and 13.6 for the Junior Market, based on 2017 estimated earnings.
IC Insider.com’s TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 37 percent to the average of the market for Junior Market Top stocks and 44 percent for the main market.
Market Watch| Investors should still keep a keen eye on Caribbean Cement for which supply seems to be declining and word that the company is close to an agreement in refinancing the leased assets that is expected to result in major savings in cost for 2018 onwards. FosRich and GWest Corporation, pulled back from their highs this past week with FosRich hitting $2.50 in trading on Friday, this one could see some rebounding but GWest Corporation could decline some more. Others to be watched are, CAC2000, General Accident, Cable & Wireless, NCB Financial, Berger Paints, JMMB Group, Main Event, Lasco Financial, Paramount Trading and Stationery and Office. Wisynco pulled back this past week to $10.80 and may well trade around this level for a while with a PE of 15 times 2018 earnings, as profit taking continues.

Junior stocks beat majors in 2017

Junior market stocks performed better than main market stocks in 2017 but that performance does not show in the gains in the market indices of both markets.
A cursory look at the Junior and Main Market indices would lead to the conclusion that investors in the main market were far better off in 2017 that their Junior Market counter path. Such a conclusion would be completely wrong. The Junior Market rose just 5.3 percent at the end of the year, down from a high of 31 percent in May, compared with almost 51 percent gain for the main market for, the full year.
Data is showing that while the Junior Market index was barely up, 8 stocks gained more than 100 percent compared to 6 in the main market. 7 Junior Market stocks rose between 50 percent and 76 percent and 9 gained between 52 percent and 81 percent in the main market. Importantly, the average gains for the Junior Market is 79 percent and losses, an average of 20 percent for a net gain of 59 percent. The average main market stock rose 68 percent while losses averaged 22 percent, a net of 48 percent.
A 43 percent fall in the price of the heavily weighted, Lasco Distributors and 14 percent in Lasco Manufacturing dented the Junior Market index in a big way.
The main market benefitted from big gains in heavy weighted, Supreme Ventures, NCB Financial, Jamaica Producers, JMMB Group, Carreras and Scotia Group with increases of 61 to 100 percent. Added to that PanJam Investment gained 60 percent, Cable and Wireless 56 percent and Sagicor Group 31 percent.

JSE Main Market gains 50% for 2017

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended with the All Jamaican Composite Index jumping 4,310.37 points to close at 316,516.11 for a gain of 50.6 percent for the year and the JSE Index advancing by 3,927.24 points to 288,381.97 ending 2017 with a rise of 50 percent.
Trading on the Main Market ended on Friday with 26 securities changing hands, 11 advanced, 4 declined and 11 traded firm resulting in 10,210,190 units valued at $125,309,363 trading, compared to 4,648,646 units valued at $69,664,482 from 22 securities changing hands on Thursday.
The exchange latest listing, Victoria Mutual Investments, traded on the main market on Friday and closed at $3.24 for a gain of 32 percent from its IPO price of $2.45, after trading as high as $4. Previously listed Wisynco traded 5 million shares and closed at $11.99 after hitting an all-time high of $13.80 during the day.
Trading ended with an average of 392,700 units for an average of $4,819,591 in contrast to 211,302 units for an average of $3,166,567 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 686,156 units valued at an average of $8,654,832 and previously 701,126 units valued at an average of $8,851,977. In contrast, November closed with average of 349,084 units at an average of $5,801,440 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and the US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 15 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
Traded in the US dollar market ended with Productivity Business Solutions trading 65,374 shares and closed 57.5 US cents after rising 0.50 cent and Proven Investments US ordinary share gained 2 US cents with 3,400 units changing hands to end at 21 US cents, the total value of trading amounted to US$38,138 with the JSE USD Equities Index closing 6.84 points higher at 166.17.
The major movers at the close of the market are, JMMB Group traded 1.26 million shares and rose by $2 to $25, NCB Financial climbed $1.50 to $100, Sagicor Group jumping by $2.24 to $37.99, Scotia Group surged $3.75 to $53.85 and Wisynco traded 5 million shares and rose $1.90 to $11.99. Cable & Wireless traded with a gain of 15 cents to end at $1.25 before news officially broke that the majority owners were making an offer of $1.45 for each minority share.

For more details of market activities see – “VM Investments up 32% on first trading day.”

TOP 10 stocks – Watch for Wisynco

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Movement in the TOP 10 lists, resulted in just one move out, while some changed positions notably on the list. Main Event was the sole stock dropping from the top list leaving room for Caribbean Cream to move in.
With the Initial Public offerings (IPOS) out of the way, more life returned to the secondary market this past week with the main market gaining strongly but Junior Market stocks continue to struggle but helped by gains in price of two new listings.
The year ahead will see a number of changes to the TOP listings with several of the current listing carrying over. Only ISP Finance so far is showing as a new likely TOP 10 listing for 2018 in the Junior Market. The main market list is likely to see about 4 new entrants for 2018, with Cable & Wireless, Barita Investments, Palace Amusement and Wisynco depending on when it list, joining the top stocks. Radio Jamaica sits just below the TOP 10 and could well squeeze into the 10 by the start of 2018. Profit results for the fourth quarter, are likely to impact prices of most stocks as the information will provide important fuel for price movements.
At the close of Friday, the average PE ratio for Junior Market Top stocks ended at 7.9 and 8.2 for the main market TOP 10. The average PE for the overall main market is 14.2 and 13.4 for the Junior Market, based on 2017 estimated earnings.
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 42 percent for the main market.
Market Watch| Investors should still keep a keen eye on Caribbean Cement for which supply seems to be declining with the focus on refinancing of leased assets that is expected to result in major savings in cost for 2018 onwards. FosRich and GWest Corporation, the recent IPOs, started trading on the Junior Market last week with strong gains so far, they should be watched in the few trading days left for the year, to glean further directions as both are now richly priced. Others to be watched are, General Accident, Cable & Wireless , NCB Financial, Berger Paints, JMMB Group, Main Event, Lasco Financial, Paramount Trading and Stationery and Office. Wisynco could start trading this week and is expected to create some excitement with the issue more about twice oversubscribed.

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TOP 10 stocks – Watch FosRich on Tuesday

With the Initial Public offerings (IPOS) out of the way, more life returned to the secondary market this past week resulting in some changes to the TOP 10 lists.
Initial Public offerings for 2017 now seem to be over until they reappear in January, with Sygnus Capital Investments planning to be out of the block early. Others that were prepared to go in December could come to market in January, the start of what now appears to be another interesting year for local stocks. Coming Tuesday in the wider market, FosRich Group, the recent IPO will list and start trading on the Junior Market.
Prior to the past week, the focus on IPOs negatively affected trading in the secondary market with the Junior Market giving up almost all the gains make in the first half of the year and is still trading close to the low for the year.
The past week ended with Main Event as the only new entrant into the TOP 10 Junior Market stocks, with Blue Power leaving, as the price rose back to the $44. Sagicor Group returns to the Main Market list pushing out Pulse Investments. Interestingly, General Accident jumped to $3 by week end with limited supplies and slipped to number 2 on the list.
Investors should bear in mind that as the year closes, there will be changes to the TOP list for 2018, with a number on the current list, expected to repeat, but there will be new ones.
At the close of Friday, the average PE ratio for Junior Market Top stocks ended at 8.1 and a PE of 8.2 for the main market TOP 10. The average PE for the overall main market is 14.2 and 12.8 for the Junior Market, based on 2017 estimated earnings.
IC Insider.com’s TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 36 percent to the average of the market for Junior Market Top stocks and 44 percent for the main market.
Market Watch| The two markets seem to have found support this past week after retreating sharply over the prior two weeks. Investors should still keep a keen eye on Caribbean Cement for which supply seems to be declining fast and a focus on refinancing leased assets is expected to result in major savings in cost for 2018 onwards. FosRich, the recent IPO that starts trading on the Junior Market on Tuesday, General Accident, Cable & Wireless that appears scarce under $1, NCB Financial, Berger Paints, JMMB Group, Main Event, Lasco Financial, Paramount Trading and Stationery and Office.