Slippage for JSE USD market

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market ended on Wednesday, with the volume of stocks exchanged rising 88 percent and the value rising 229 percent more than on Tuesday, resulting in six securities traded, compared to seven on Tuesday with one rising, four declining and one ending unchanged.
Overall, 622,317 shares traded for US$18,378 compared to 331,235 units at US$5,593 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 103,720 units at US$3,063, up from 47,319 shares at US$799 on Tuesday, with a month to date average of 37,759 shares at US$4,398 versus 28,964 units at US$4,577 on the previous trading day. October ended with an average of 40,972 units for US$2,277.
The JSE US Denominated Equities Index lost 4.13 points to end at 205.27.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 8.4. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows one stock ending with a bid higher than the last selling price and one with a lower offer.
At the close, First Rock Real Estate USD share popped 0.03 of a cent to 7.98 US cents, with 16,039 shares clearing the market, Proven Investments fell 0.34 of one cent to end at 18.66 US cents with the swapping of 66,067 units, Sterling Investments ended at 2 US cents in exchanging 3,250 stocks. Sygnus Credit Investments J$ share dropped 1.01 cents to 14.62 US cents in an exchange of 152 stock units and Transjamaican Highway dipped 0.01 of a cent to 0.89 of one US cent crossing the market 536,804 stocks.
In the preference segmentProductive Business 9.25% preference share declined US$1 in closing at US$11 with an exchange of 5 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE USD Market drops on Monday

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market ended on Monday, with the volume of stocks exchanged rising 806 percent but at a 50 percent lower value than on Friday, resulting in six securities traded, compared to nine on Friday with one rising, three declining and two ending unchanged.
A total of 267,098 shares were traded for US$29,031 compared with 39,417 units at US$59,609 on Friday.
Trading averaged 44,516 units at US$4,838 versus 4,380 shares at US$6,623 on Friday, with month to date average of 25,583 shares at US$5,272 versus 22,033 units at US$5,354 on the previous trading day. October ended with an average of 40,972 units for US$2,277.
The JSE US Denominated Equities Index lost 3.24 points to end at 210.72.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 8.3. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.comearnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows no stock ended with a bid higher than the last selling price and two ended with lower offers.
At the close, First Rock Real Estate USD share shed 0.89 of a cent to end at 7.1 US cents after investors traded 16,940 shares, Proven Investments declined 1.95 cents in ending at 19 US cents after an exchange of 45,575 units, Sygnus Credit Investments USD share fell 0.92 of one cent to 9.08 US cents with 67,963 stocks crossing the market and Transjamaican Highway popped 0.01 of a cent in closing at 0.94 of one US cent with investors transferring 126,283 stock units.
In the preference segmentProductive Business 9.25% preference share remained at US$11 in trading 50 stocks and JMMB Group 6% ended at US$1.07 in an exchange of 10,287 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Lasco Financial heads Junior Market TOP10

Iron Rock Insurance rose 23 percent for the past week after closing at $2.72. It exited ICInsider.com TOP10 of Junior Market stocks while Lasco Financial climbed back into the top list to be the stock likely to gain the most into the first half of 2023, with 268 percent, at the same time, Key Insurance gained 8 percent to close the week at $3.76, enough to push it from the TOP10 to be replaced by Radio Jamaica that dropped to $1.81 on Friday.
Following Lasco Financial half year results, with profit up 26 percent in the September quarter, earnings for the full year were raised from 40 cents to 50 cents, with the company resuming growing the loan portfolio. Lasco Manufacturing released six months of results to September that rose 23 percent in the quarter, an improvement over the first quarter and retains earnings previously projected.
The past week ended with the Junior Market moving modestly higher, as it continues to consolidate ahead of a break that is poised to move it sharply higher, with third quarter results to start hitting the market in droves this week and next. The Main Market also closed marginally higher at the week’s end than the previous one.
The Junior Market rise during the week benefitted from three of the top 10 stocks gaining between 5 percent and 23 percent with only one decline of note. The Main Market’s highest loser fell 4 percent, while four stocks gained 4 to 8 percent.
Other notable price changes during the week include Dolphin Cove, with an increase of 8 percent to $14 and Paramount Trading, up 5 percent to $1.99, while Lasco Manufacturing declined 9 percent to close the week at $3.85 in the Junior Market and in the Main Market, Productive Business Solutions rose 6 percent to $1.38, Guardian Holdings jumped 5 percent to $519 following the release of impressive nine months results and VVM Investments popped 5 percent to $4.80 while Caribbean Producers slipped 4 percent to $13.
At the end of the week, the average PE for the JSE Main Market TOP 10 is 6.2, well below the market average of 13.6. At the same time, the Junior Market Top 10 PE sits at 5.9 versus the market at 12.6, an important indicator of the level of undervaluation of the ICTOP10s tocks. The Junior Market is projected to rise by 243 percent and the Main Market TOP10 by an average of 256 percent by May 2023.
The Junior Market has 14 stocks representing a third of the market, with PEs from 16 to 38, averaging 22 compared with the average of the market. The top half of the market has an average PE of 18.5. This data shows the extent of potential gains that the TOP 10 stocks possess. The situation in the Main Market is similar, with the 15 highest valued stocks priced at a PE of 15 to 80, with an average of 25 and 22 excluding the highest valued one and 21 for the top half excluding the highest valued stock.
ICTOP10 focuses on likely yearly winners. Accordingly, the list includes some of the best companies in the market but not always. ICInsider.com ranks stocks based on projected earnings, allowing investors to focus on the most undervalued stocks and helping to remove emotions in selecting stocks for investments that often result in costly mistakes.
IC TOP10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns up to the end of May 2023 and are ranked in order of potential gains, computed using projected earnings for the current fiscal year. Expected values will change as stock prices fluctuate, resulting in weekly movements in and out of the lists. Revisions to earnings are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

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

Gains for JSE USD Market

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More money passed through the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market on Friday, but investors traded vastly fewer shares than they did on Thursday with the number of shares traded dropping 92 percent from Thursday trades even as the value rose 93 percent and resulted in an exchange of nine securities up from, six on Thursday with four rising, three declining and two unchanged.
A total of 29,492 shares traded, for US$57,624 versus 390,586 units at US$29,911 on Thursday.
Trading averaged 3,277 shares at US$6,403 versus 65,098 stock units at US$4,985 on Thursday, with the month to date average of 21,723 shares at US$5,292 in contrast with 28,941  units at US$4,857 previously. Trading in October averaged 40,972 units for US$2,277.
The JSE US Denominated Equities Index gained 1.39 points to end at 213.96.
The PE Ratio a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 8.6. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows no stock ending with a bid higher than the last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, First Rock Real Estate USD share fell 0.01 of a cent after ending at 7.99 US cents and closed with an exchange of 91 shares, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy gained 3.01 cents to end at 65 US cents in trading 15 stocks, Proven Investments climbed 0.95 of one cent to close at 20.95 US cents as investors exchanged 814 units. Sterling Investments remained at 2 US cents, with 17,000 stock units crossing the market, Sygnus Credit Investments USD share ended at 10 US cents after 713 shares were exchanged and Transjamaican Highway dipped 0.02 of a cent in ending at 0.93 of one US cent, with 2,995 stock units crossing the exchange.
In the preference segmentProductive Business 9.25% preference share dropped US$2.02 to close at US$11 with the swapping of 4,425 units, JMMB Group 5.75% rose 25 cents in closing at US$2 trading 600 stocks and JMMB Group 6% advanced 1 cent to end at US$1.07, with investors exchanging 2,839 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Gains for JSE USD based stocks

The Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market rose on Wednesday, with four rising, one declining and one ending unchanged after six securities traded, compared to 11 on Tuesday following a 144 percent rise in the volume of stocks traded after 192 percent increase in funds passing through the than on Tuesday.
Overall, 195,049 shares traded for US$60,952 versus 79,997 units at US$20,849 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 32,508 units at US$10,159, versus 7,272 shares at US$1,895 on Tuesday, with month to date average 16,179 shares at US$4,812. Trading in October ended with an average of 40,972 units for US$2,277.
The JSE US Denominated Equities Index gained 0.85 points to end at 213.76.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 8.7. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows no stock ended with a bid higher than the last selling price and two with a lower offer.
At the close, Proven Investments popped 0.01 cents to close at 20 US cents while exchanging 10,000 shares, Sygnus Credit Investments USD share increased 0.88 of one cent to 10 US cents in trading 20,100 stock units and Transjamaican Highway fell 0.04 of a cent in closing at 0.94 US cents, with 158,500 units changing hands.
In the preference segmentProductive Business 9.25% preference share rallied US$1.02 after ending at a record US$13.02 with a transfer of 4,420 stocks, Equityline Mortgage Investment preference share ended at US$1.67 after trading 29 stocks and JMMB Group 6% dipped 1 cent to US$1.05 after a transfer of 2,000 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Gains for the JSE USD market

Trading activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market declined on Tuesday, with the volume of stocks exchanged slipping 83 percent valued 18 percent less than Monday’s trade, following trading in 11 securities, compared to 10 on Monday with three rising, five declining and three ending unchanged.
Investors traded 79,997 shares with a value of US$20,849 versus 467,538 units at US$25,574 on Monday.
Trading averaged 7,272 stock units at US$1,895 on Tuesday versus 46,754 shares at US$2,557 on Monday. October ended with an average of 40,972 units for US$2,277.
The JSE US Denominated Equities Index gained 1.82 points to end at 212.91.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 8.6, The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows one stock ended with a bid higher than the last selling price and two with lower offers.
At the close, First Rock Real Estate USD share rallied 0.82 of one cent to end at 7.9 US cents as 75 shares passed through the market, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy gained 0.99 of a cent ending at 61.99 US cents as investors exchanged 1,080 stocks, Proven Investments advanced 0.96 of one cent to 19.99 US cents after a transfer of 20,212 stock units. Sterling Investments dipped 0.1 of a cent to 2 US cents, with 8,756 units changing hands. Sygnus Credit Investments USD share fell 0.88 of a cent to close at 9.12 US cents with the swapping of 11,271 stock units, Sygnus Real Estate Finance USD share remained at 11.64 US cents after 166 shares passed through the market and Transjamaican Highway ended at 0.98 of one US cent after an exchange of 30,245 stock units.
In the preference segmentProductive Business 9.25% preference share declined 14 cents in closing at US$12 in exchanging 500 units, Equityline Mortgage Investment preference share shed 3 cents to close at US$1.67 while exchanging 29 shares. JMMB Group 5.75% ended at US$1.75 after trading 794 stocks and JMMB Group 6% dropped 3 cents to US$1.06 with an exchange of 6,869 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Trading picks up on JSE USD Market

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market ended on Monday, with the volume of stocks exchanged jumping 739 percent, valued 97 percent more than on Friday, resulting in 10 securities trading, compared to seven on Friday with four rising, three declining and three ending unchanged.
A total of 467,538 shares were traded for US$25,574 up from 55,754 units at US$12,962 on Friday.
Trading averaged 46,754 shares at US$2,557 versus 7,965 units at US$1,851 on Friday, with the month to date average of 40,972 shares at US$2,277 up from 40,613 units at US$2,258 on the previous trading day. September ended with an average of 87,926 units for US$4,746.
The JSE US Denominated Equities Index climbed 4.03 points to end at 211.09.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 8.5. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows one stock ended with a bid higher than the last selling price and one stock with a lower offer.
At the close, First Rock Real Estate USD share dipped 0.42 of one cent ending at 7.08 US cents with a transfer of 15,000 shares, Margaritaville lost 0.98 of a cent to end at 14 US cents with just one unit trading, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy ended at 61 US cents with an exchange of 67 stock units. Productive Business Solutions advanced 8 cents to US$1.38, with 6,495 stocks crossing the market, Proven Investments declined 0.97 of a cent in closing at 19.03 US cents in switching ownership of 14,694 stock units, Sterling Investments rose 0.1 of a cent to 2.1 US cents after investors traded 580 stocks. Sygnus Credit Investments USD share remained at 10 US cents with 405 units clearing the market and Transjamaican Highway rose 0.07 of a cent to 0.98 US of one cent, with 425,474 shares crossing the exchange.
In the preference segmentProductive Business 9.25% preference share popped 64 cents in closing at a record high of US$12.14, with 16 units crossing the market and JMMB Group 5.75% remained at US$1.75 after an exchange of 4,806 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Promise for Junior Market TOP10

In a week when Junior Market made a modest move higher, as it looks well positioned to break sharply higher, with third quarter results hitting the market in droves beginning this week, the Main Market closed at its lowest level since the year of covid-19, at the start of September 2020, but may not be far from bottoming.

Junior Market with wedge formation that looks poised to break sharply higher.

NCB Financial dropped to a 52 weeks’ low of $80 during Friday’s trading and was the main factor in the market two year low.
This week, Medical Disposables earnings were downgraded to a respectable 75 cents, which is inadequate to keep it in the ICTOP10 but remains a strong buy for investors to enjoy growth. Lasco Manufacturing rejoins the Junior Market ICTOP10.
Even as the junior market rose during the week, three of the top 10 stocks declined between 5 percent and 11 percent with no increases of note. The Main Market’s highest losers fell 7 percent, with no significant gains in the market listing.
Price changes worth noting include iron rock insurance, with an 11 percent fall to $2.22, followed by  General Accident with a decline of 10 percent to $4.55, Paramount Trading lost 7 percent to $1.90. Caribbean Cream declined 6 percent to close the week at $3.86 in the Junior Market and in the Main Market, VVM Investments fell 7 percent to $4.60 while Productive Business Solutions slipped 6 percent to $1.30. JMMB Group was down 5 percent to $36.20.
At the end of the week, the average PE for the JSE Main Market TOP 10 is 6.2, well below the market average of13.5, while the Junior Market Top10 PE sits at 5.6 versus the market at 12.9 , important indicators of the level of undervaluation of the ICTOP10stocks. The Junior Market is projected to rise by 243 percent and the Main Market TOP10 by an average of 256 percent to May 2023.
The Junior Market has 15 stocks representing a third of the market, with PEs from 15 to 39, averaging 22 compared with the above average of the market. The top half of the market has an average PE of 18.5. This data shows the extent of potential gains that the TOP 10 stocks possess. The situation in the Main Market is similar, with the 14 highest valued stocks priced at a PE of 16 to 76, with an average of 26 and 22 excluding the highest valued one and 21 for the top half excluding the highest valued stock.
ICTOP10 focuses on likely yearly winners, accordingly, the list includes some of the best companies in the market but not always. ICInsider.com ranks stocks based on projected earnings, allowing investors to focus on the most undervalued stocks and helping to remove emotions in selecting stocks for investments that often result in costly mistakes.
IC TOP10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns up to the end of May 2023 and are ranked in order of potential gains, computed using projected earnings for the current fiscal year. Expected values will change as stock prices fluctuate, resulting in weekly movements in and out of the lists. Revisions to earnings are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

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

Trading dropped on JSE USD Market

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market ended on Friday, with the volume of stocks exchanged declining 96 percent with a marginally higher value than on Thursday, resulting in seven securities traded, the same as on Thursday, with three rising, two declining and two ending unchanged.
Overall, 55,704 shares traded for US$12,962 compared to 1,307,226 units at US$12,689 on Thursday.
Trading averaged 7,965 units at US$1,851 versus 186,747 shares at US$1,813 on Thursday, with month to date average of 40,612 shares at US$2,260 versus 42,097 units at US$2,279 on the previous trading day. September ended with an average of 87,926 units for US$4,746.
The JSE US Denominated Equities Index inched higher by 0.04 points to end at 206.43.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 8.4. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows no stocks ended with a bid higher than the last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, First Rock Real Estate USD share remained at 7.5 US cents, with 7,207 shares changing hands, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy shed 14 cents ending at a record low of 61 US cents after exchanging 457 stocks, Productive Business Solutions dropped 8 cents to US$1.30, with one unit changing hands. Proven Investments increased 0.94 of a cent in closing at 20 US cents, with 10,333 stock units crossing the market, Sygnus Real Estate Finance USD share rallied 0.69 of a cent to 11.64 US cents in exchanging 40 stock units and Transjamaican Highway gained 0.11 of one cent to close at 0.91 of one US cent, with 31,141 units crossing the exchange.
In the preference segmentJMMB Group 5.75% ended at US$1.50 with investors transferring 6,525 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Trading dipped on the JSE USD Market

Trading activity dipped on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market on Wednesday, with the volume of stocks exchanged declining 35 percent, valued 178 percent more than on Tuesday, and resulting in the trading of seven securities, down from 10 on Tuesday, with prices of two rising, four declining and one ending unchanged.
Investors exchanged a total of 38,341 shares for US$7,793, down from 58,570 units at US$2,806 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 5,477 units at US$1,113 versus 5,857 shares at US$281 on Tuesday, with the month to date averaging 35,209 shares at US$2,299 versus 36,695 units at US$2,358 on the previous day. September ended with an average of 87,926 units for US$4,746.
The JSE US Denominated Equities Index lost 0.31 points to end at 208.84.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 8.5. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows two stocks ended with bids higher than the last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Proven Investments dipped 0.3 of a cent to 19 US cents after trading 25,134 shares, Sygnus Credit Investments J$ share remained at 15.63 US cents, with an exchange of 402 stock units, Sygnus Credit Investments USD share shed 0.88 of one cent to close at 9.11 US cents with the swapping of 11,759 stocks and Transjamaican Highway popped 0.05 of a cent in ending at 0.9 of one US cent, with eight units crossing the market.
In the preference segmentEquityline Mortgage Investment preference share fell 5 cents to end at US$1.70 with a transfer of 57 stocks, JMMB Group 5.75% declined 9 cents to close at US$1.75 while exchanging 914 shares and JMMB Group 6% climbed 11 cents in ending at US$1.09 after exchanging 67 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.