136 points Junior Market drop – Friday

The Junior Market dropped by an unusually large 136.58 points to close at 3,299.73 on Friday as Express Catering traded more than 23 million at $6.40 along with Lasco Distributors that fell to $3.50 and Main Event that traded at $5.10 from $6.50 did immense damage to the market index.
The major part of the damage which was done by the above three was accompanied by 11 other companies that declined on the day after the market recorded its highest close. At the close, trading ended with 29 securities, compared to 28 on Thursday, leading to 5 advancing, 14 declining and 9 remaining unchanged.
Investors exchanged 27,838,500 units valued at $164,750,850, compared to 3,874,490 units valued at $18,122,803 on Thursday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 5 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 4 closed with lower offers.
Trading closed with an average of 959,948 units for an average of $5,681,064 in contrast to 138,375 units for an average of $647,243 on Thursday. Trading for the month to date averages 531,728 units for an average of $3,009,661 and on the prior trading day, an average of 539,551 units for an average of $3,204,213. Trading in August, averaged 244,613 units at $1,348,298 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, Access Financial fell $2 and closed at $48, after trading 2,000 shares, AMG Packaging ended at $1.95, with 1,714,425 stock units changing hands, Blue Power concluded trading with 48,659 units and lost 60 cents to end at $6.40, CAC 2000 finished with a loss of 50 cents at $12.50, with 2,800 shares trading, Caribbean Cream ended trading with a loss of 10 cents at $7.90, with 50,000 shares changing hands. Caribbean Flavours traded at $18, with 15,000 stock units, Caribbean Producers finished trading 2,470 units with a loss of 9 cents at $6, Derrimon Trading ended 30 cents higher at $2.80, in exchanging 328,947 shares, Dolphin Cove concluded trading of 10,839 shares at $17. Elite Diagnostic finished at $3.16, with 31,792 stock units, Eppley settled with a loss of 99 cents at $9.01, trading 2,500 units, Everything Fresh lost 19 cents in trading 58,866 shares to end at $2.10, Express Catering ended trading 19 cents higher at $8.21 after it traded down to $6.40 the bulk of 23,411,735 shares that changed hands, FosRich Group traded 111,206 shares at $3.21. General Accident finished trading 2,000 shares with a loss of 45 cents at $3.90, Indies Pharma gained 14 cents and closed trading with 622,765 shares changing hands at $3.89, Iron Rock concluded trading of 30,000 shares 50 cents higher to end at a 52 weeks’ high of $4.50, Jamaican Teas settled at $5, exchanging 100,000 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended trading with a loss of 10 cents at $4, after 63,601 stock units changed hands. Knutsford Express closed at $11.50, in exchanging 3,860 shares, Lasco Distributors ended with a loss of 50 cents at $3.50, with 744,400 shares, Lasco Financial fell 25 cents to close at $5.25, in trading of 100,000 stock units, Lasco Manufacturing finished with a loss of 10 cents at $3.90, with 51,017 units being exchanged. Main Event settled with a loss of $1.40 at $5.10, trading 175,584 shares, Medical Disposables ended trading 34,964 shares 10 cents higher at $6.60, Paramount Trading closed at $3, with 2,200 shares, Stationery and Office finished trading 1,100 stock units at $9.25 and tTech ended with a loss of 55 cents at $5.55, with 5,400 shares changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Junior Market missed record close – Wednesday

The Junior Market traded mostly at record territory for most of the trading session on Wednesday. A late pull back in the prices of Derrimon Trading and Indies Pharma pulled the index below the previous close.
The Junior Market Index declined by 9.14 points to close at 3,413.58 as trading ended with 26 securities compared to 25 on Wednesday plus 1 from the US dollar Junior Market on both days, leading to 7 advancing, 11 declining and 8 remaining unchanged. Investors exchanged 3,671,416 units valued at $14,989,400 compared to 2,560,907 units valued at $10,090,700 on Tuesday in the regular market and one in the US dollar segment.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 5 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 4 closed with lower offers.
Trading closed with an average of 141,208 units for an average of $576,515 in contrast to 102,436 units for an average of $403,628 on Tuesday. Trading for the month to date averages 539,551 units for an average of $$3,204,213 and on the prior trading day, an average of 572,535 units for an average of $3,421,793. Trading in August, averaged 244,613 units at $1,348,298 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, AMG Packaging ended at $1.95, in trading 399,016 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading of 153,742 units, with a loss of 3 cents at $6.97 after trading at an intraday high of $7.50, CAC 2000 finished $1 higher at a 52 weeks’ high of $12, with 19,500 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream ended trading of 6,250 shares and gained 64 cents to end at $7.90, Caribbean Producers closed at $6.10, trading 17,331 units. Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 20 cents at $3, with 527,890 shares changing hands, Dolphin Cove concluded trading 1,300 shares at $17, Elite Diagnostic finished with a loss of 23 cents at $3.17, exchanging 5,000 stock units, Everything Fresh rose 2 cents in trading 21,000 shares to end at $2.02, Express Catering ended trading of 82,777 shares with a loss of 49 cents at $7.90. FosRich Group declined 1 cent to end at $3.20, trading 5,750 shares, Honey Bun ended with a loss of 10 cents at $4.15, with 1,800 units trading, Indies Pharma lost 17 cents and closed with 1,534,316 shares changing hands at $3.75, Jamaican Teas settled 25 cents higher at $4.65, with 13,767 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended at $4, trading 37,117 stock units. Key Insurance traded 446,525 units with a loss of 25 cents at $3.50, KLE Group finished trading 50,000 shares at $3, Knutsford Express closed with a loss of $1.20 at $11.50, with an exchange of 48,384 shares, Lasco Distributors ended with a loss of 5 cents at $3.95, with 2,000 shares changing hands. Lasco Financial concluded trading at $5.46, with 19,000 stock units, Lasco Manufacturing finished at $4, with an exchange of 13,000 units, Medical Disposables ended trading 3,740 shares with a loss of 70 cents at $6.10, Paramount Trading gained 40 cents to close at $3, with 91,400 shares traded. Stationery and Office finished trading 24 cents higher at $9.25, after 157,954 stock units were exchanged and tTech ended 10 cents higher at $6.10, with the trading of 3,857 shares. In the Junior Market US dollar market Eppley 5% us preference share traded 117 units with at $1.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Record close for Junior Market – Monday

The Junior Market recorded gains of 5.39 points at the close of trading on Monday, to end at record close of 3,402.48, within 3 minutes of opening, to take out the old record of 3,392.58 on Monday.
Trading rose from 25 securities on Friday to 29 on Monday, leading to 7 advancing, 12 declining and 10 remaining unchanged, as investors exchanged 2,777,946 units valued at $11,467,683 compared to 2,279,431 units valued at $9,238,268 on Friday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 5 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 2 closed with lower offers.
Trading closed with an average of 95,791 units for an average of $395,437 in contrast to 91,177 units for an average of $369,531 on Friday. Trading for the month to date averages 613,186 units for an average of $3,682,880 and on the prior trading day, an average of 670,895 units for an average of $4,049,556. Trading in August, averaged 244,613 units at $1,348,298 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, AMG Packaging ended 1 cent higher at $1.90, with 186,246 stock units changing hands, Blue Power concluded trading at $6.50, trading 150 units, Caribbean Cream jumped to a 52 weeks’ high of $8 after gaining 50 cents and trading 58,059 shares, Caribbean Flavours traded 18,519 stock units with a loss of 30 cents at $19, Caribbean Producers finished trading at $6.10, with 12,934 units changing hands. Consolidated Bakeries traded 2,000 shares to close with a loss of 1 cent at $2.49, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 2 cents at $3.18, in exchanging 262,810 shares, Elite Diagnostic finished with a loss of 10 cents at $3.40, with 56,916 stock units being exchanged, Eppley settled with a loss of 5 cents at $10, trading 13,305 units. Everything Fresh shed 10 cents in trading 32,468 shares to end at $2.30, Express Catering ended trading 52,500 shares with a loss of 39 cents at $8, FosRich Group traded 32,340 shares 1 cent higher at $3.01, General Accident finished trading with a loss of 40 cents at $4, with 98,778 shares, GWest Corporation closed at $2.15, with 15,000 stock units. Honey Bun ended at $4.05, with 25,386 units, Indies Pharma lost 5 cents and closed with 1,098,497 shares changing hands at $3.95. Iron Rock concluded trading of 81,500 shares for 50 cents higher at $4, Jamaican Teas settled with a loss of 5 cents at $4.60, exchanging 38,064 shares, Jetcon Corporation gained 6 cents to close at $3.96, with 250 stock units changing hands. KLE Group finished trading 91,858 shares at $3, Knutsford Express closed $1.20 higher at $12.70, exchanging 1,800 shares, Lasco Distributors ended at $4, with 32,479 shares, Lasco Financial gained 10 cents to $5.60, trading 110,888 stock units. Lasco Manufacturing finished at $3.90, with 6,289 units, Main Event settled with a loss of 1.80 cents at $5.20, in the exchange of 14,000 shares, Stationery and Office finished trading 15,900 stock units at $9 and tTech ended at $6, changing 309,410 shares. In the junior market preference segment, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 26 cents at $2.25, with 5,100 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Barita is stock to watch this week

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The main stock of interest this week is Barita Investments that came into buying interest this past week leading the price to move to $12.95, this one seems headed higher in the short term as the supply that  is on the market has been taken out with few stocks on offer now.
Bulls pushed the Jamaican stock market, to new heights last week, with the main market having 11 straight days of record highs and the Junior Market cleared the historical high reached in 2017, in the past week as well.
NCB Financial that was in the spotlight for the past two weeks, still has buying interest but seems to be having most bids around the $120 mark and may find it tough to break over the $130 mark where it traded during the past week.
While the stock is trading close the $130 mark in Jamaica, it is trading in Trinidad around J$115 and that may hold back the price from moving much higher locally until the price in the twin island state picks up. Scotia Group reported profit that showed gains, some of it was non-recurring income and exceptional foreign exchange gains that seems unlikely to repeat anytime soon.
While the supply of several of the main market stocks being scarce, the main market is just under 15,000 points from a major resistance level at 400,000 points and that could stymie much more movement in the short term, with some prices having moved quite a bit recently. There are several stocks priced well below the market’s average and that could encourage buying interest in them.

NCB stock closed at $129 on Friday.

Investors should keep their eyes on a number of stocks this week. NCB Financial that closed on $115, should move higher this week as demand continues to build and with limited supply on offer.
Grace Kennedy may not be ready to break out of the $60 range as yet but it’s a stock to keep an eye on. Caribbean Cement keeps trading between $46 to $50, but there appears no real desire to move the price forward. Kingston Wharves traded at a record high of $75 on limited volume in the past week but pulled back slightly to $72 at the close with a PE ratio of 46 is compared to a market average of 14.6. Supply of the stocks remain low, but some investors keep on buying. Sygnus Credit Investments picked up last week and moved back within a cent of the IPO price, buoyed by full year results of US$1.4 million. The PE ratio is 11.4, well below the market average of 14.6, that will encourage more interest in the stock. Jamaica Producers has very limited volume on offer and that could help buying at higher prices in spite of a PE of 28, twice the market average. Stanley Motta with a PE of 11 based on 2019 earnings has been recovering for the recent decline and is one to watch.
In the Junior Market, Indies Pharma, came in for continued buying that pushed the price to a record high of $4.10 on Friday against very limited supply. Some selling came into the market on Friday to ease the buying pressure on the price which could stick around the current level of $4 for a while. Bulls came in and bought out a big parcel of Access Financial that was on offer for weeks but the $50 level seems a barrier in the short term. Demand is building for Elite Diagnostic while supply has waned.

Jamaica Producers stock in demand in spite of high price.

General Accident could move higher as more demand comes in for it with limited selling, but investors may not want to be more aggressive with this stock at this time. If the company were to announce expansion into the Eastern Caribbean it may well make a difference.
Stocks with scarce supplies that could spring surprises include, Grace Kennedy, NCB Financial, Berger Paints, Caribbean Cement, Kingston Wharves, PanJam Investment, Sagicor Group, Salada Foods, Seprod and Scotia Group.
The Junior Market supplies continue to be limited for many of the listings. The list includes, Caribbean Flavours, Cargo Handlers, Derrimon Trading, Express Catering, General Accident, ISP Finance and Medical Disposables.
An overall view of stocks indicates that the main market continues to be steered higher by an upward sloping support line as well the 45 and 125 day moving averages, lending support just below, but the 400,000 points resistance could likely stall the rally in the main market for a while. The Junior Market now at an all-time high, is being steared by an upward rising long-term support line and a golden cross. The golden cross is a very strong bullish long-term signal.

Junior Market jumps 80 points to record close

The Junior market close at a record high on Monday after trading under the old record for more than 15 months.

The Junior Market has now joined the main market in ending at a record close, when it hit an historical high on Monday, having gained 80.58 points to end at 3,392.58 and beating the record closing high of 3,375.24, on May 24 last year.
Monday’s gain raised the gain in the market for the year to date, to 24.3 percent.
Trading resulted in 30 securities, compared to 30 that changed hands on Friday, leading to 10 advancing, 4 declining and 15 remaining unchanged. Three securities traded at new highs during trading with just two, Derrimon Trading and Indies Pharma closing at record high. Investors exchanged 1,652,479 units valued at $6,242,412 compared to 150,624,130 units valued at $942,907,794 on Friday.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 7 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 2 closed with lower offers.
Trading closed with an average of 63,557 units for an average of $240,093 in contrast to 5,020,804 units for an average of $31,430,260 on Friday. Trading for the month to date averages 1,021,454 units for an average of $6,293,646 and on the prior trading day, an average of 1,207,314 units for an average of $7,396,642. Trading in August, averaged 244,613 units at $1,348,298 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, AMG Packaging ended trading of 6,540 stock units at $1.94, Blue Power jumped to a record intraday high of $7 but concluded trading at $6, exchanging 59,817 units, Cargo Handlers settled at $13, trading 19,309 shares, Caribbean Cream ended trading $1.21 higher at $7.10, with 6,700 shares changing hands, Caribbean Producers finished trading 81,015 units and climbed 50 cents higher $6. Derrimon Trading jumped 79 cents higher to a record close of $3.99, with 362,263 shares changing hands, Dolphin Cove concluded trading of 671 shares and rose 50 cents to $17, Elite Diagnostic finished 4 cents higher at $3.16, trading 6,400 stock units, Everything Fresh rose 5 cents in trading 77,000 shares to end at $2.40, Express Catering rose 10 cents to $8, in exchanging 19,992 shares. FosRich Group traded 46,950 shares at $3, GWest Corporation closed at $2.15, in exchanging 36,154 stock units, Honey Bun ended at $4, with 48,100 units changing hands, Indies Pharma gained 25 cents with 305,131 shares changing hands to end at a record close, at $3.25, ISP Finance closed at $20, trading 350 shares. Jamaican Teas climbed 25 cents higher to $4.20, after 28,050 shares were traded, Jetcon Corporation ended trading of 1,220 stock units with a loss of 23 cents at $3.87, KLE Group lost 5 cents to end at $3, with an exchange of 10,000 shares, Lasco Distributors ended at $4, with 99,646 shares changing hands. Lasco Financial concluded trading of 53,035 stock units at $5.90, Lasco Manufacturing finished with a loss of 1 cent at $4, trading just 475 units, Main Event recovered 78 cents of Friday’s loss to close at $5.98, with 4,465 shares changing hands, Paramount Trading traded with a loss of 28 cents at $2.72, with 3,000 shares and Stationery and Office finished trading 22,219 stock units at $8.85 and tTech ended at $6, exchanging 3,977 shares. In the Junior Market preference segment, Derrimon Trading ended at $2.51, with 350,000 stock units changing hands.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Junior Market inching closer to record close

The Junior Market Index continues to move higher in search of a record high close.

The Junior Market Index advanced just 3.80 points to close at 3,312 on Friday, after touching 3,365 points, after just 20 minutes of market’s opening, to be just 10 points below the all-time high of 3,375.24 points reached in May last year.
Trading resulted in 30 securities, compared to 25 that changed hands on Thursday, leading to 8 advancing, 7 declining and 15 remaining unchanged.
Trading resulted in an exchange of 150,624,130 units valued at $942,907,794 compared to 2,641,236 units valued at $11,671,251 on Thursday. Express Catering fresh from reporting a near tripling of full year profit, traded a big block of 147,375 million shares with value of $912.23 million at $6.19 each. A check with the list of share holder show that the trade most likely came from National Insurance Fund from a holding of 181.783 million units which they held prior to Friday.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 6 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 2 closed with lower offers.
Trading closed with an average of 5,020,804 units for an average of $31,430,260 in contrast to 105,649 units for an average of $466,850 on Thursday. Trading for the month to date averages 1,207,314 units for an average of $7,396,642 and on the prior trading day, an average of 107,269 units for an average of $463,868. Trading in August, averaged 244,613 units at $1,348,298 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, Access Financial closed at $46, after investors cleared out the remanence of a block 445,392 shares that were on offer for several weeks, at the close there was a bid to buy 288,915 at $46 with selling now at $50. AMG Packaging ended with a loss of 1 cent at $1.94, in exchanging 1,000 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading of 15,123 units at $6, Cargo Handlers settled 20 cents higher at $13, exchanging 24,403 shares, Caribbean Cream fell 11 cents to close at $5.89, trading 53,205 stock units, Caribbean Flavours ended trading of 9,800 shares at $19.87, Caribbean Producers traded 1,000 stock units at $5.50, Consolidated Bakeries lost 5 cents to end at $2.45, with 50,000 units changing hands, Derrimon Trading closed with a gain of 50 cents to a new 52 weeks’ closing high of at $3.20, with 226,310 shares, earlier in trading the price hit $3.90. Elite Diagnostic concluded trading at $3.12, with 9,695 shares changing hands. Eppley finished with a loss of 13 cents at $10.05, trading 6,100 stock units, Everything Fresh rose 15 cents in trading 497,847 shares to end at $2.35, Express Catering settled with a loss of 10 cents at $7.90, with 147,638,521 units changing hands, but only after the bulk of the trades took place at $6.19 cents in the morning session. FosRich Group ended trading 37,874 shares 1 cent higher at $3, General Accident traded with a loss of 4 cents at $4.25, in exchanging 8,500 shares. Indies Pharma gained 2 cents as it continues to trade in relatively heavy volume, ending the day with 1,437,108 shares changing hands to close at $3. Iron Rock ended 30 cents higher at $3.50, with 10,000 units changing hands, ISP Finance concluded trading 600 shares at $20, Jetcon Corporation settled at $4.10, with 16,940 shares, Knutsford Express finished trading of 100 shares at $12.70. Lasco Distributors closed at $4, exchanging 46,485 shares, Lasco Financial ended at $5.90, trading 36,879 shares, Lasco Manufacturing concluded trading of just 3,165 stock units at $4.01, Main Event suffered a sharp drop of $1.80 to $5.20, with 6,848 units trading. Medical Disposables settled at $6.67, trading 3,548 shares, Paramount Trading ended trading of 2,000 shares at $3, Stationery and Office rose by 25 cents to $8.85, swapping 10,950 shares and tTech closed at $6, with 3,212 units. In the junior market preference segment, Derrimon Trading concluded trading with a rise of 1 cent to $2.51, with 20,000 units changing hands and Eppley 8.75% settled at $6, with 1,525 shares trading,
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Junior Market just 67 points from record

Blue Power closed at a new high of $6 on Thursday.

The Junior Market Index advanced 13.58 points to close at 3,308.21 on Thursday, just 67 points adrift of the all-time high of 3,375.24 points reached on May 24 last year, as 25 securities changed hands, the same number that did so on Wednesday, leading to 11 advancing, 5 declining and 9 remaining unchanged.
Trading resulted in an exchange of 2,641,236 units valued at $$11,671,251 compared to 3,770,261 units valued at $13,239,039 on Wednesday.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 6 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 3 closed with lower offers.
Trading closed with an average of 105,649 units for an average of $466,850 in contrast to 150,810 units for an average of $529,562 on Wednesday. Trading for the month to date averages 107,269 units for an average of $463,868 and on the prior trading day, an average of 107,782 units for an average of $462,924. Trading in August, averaged 244,613 units at $1,348,298 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, Access Financial closed $2.60 higher at $46, with 6,346 shares changing hands, AMG Packaging ended with a gain of 5 cents at $1.95, with an exchange of 500 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading of 3,750 units and rose $1.20 to a 52 weeks’ high of $6, Cargo Handlers settled 28 cents higher at $12.80, with 1,280 shares changing hands, Caribbean Flavours traded 100 stock units and rose 37 cents higher to a 52 weeks’ closing high of $19.87. Caribbean Producers finished trading of 86,480 units with a loss of 70 cents at $5.50, Consolidated Bakeries closed 5 cents higher at $2.50, with 35,000 shares changing hands, Dolphin Cove concluded trading of 6,690 shares at $16.50, Elite Diagnostic finished 2 cents higher at $3.12, with 8,000 stock units changing hands. Everything Fresh traded 31,000 shares to end at $2.20, Express Catering ended trading at $8, in exchanging 338,059 shares, FosRich Group traded 60,195 shares at $2.99, General Accident finished trading 40,121 shares at $4.29, Indies Pharma traded 1,056,527 shares and lost 2 cents to close at $2.98 after trading at an all-time high of $3.20, Iron Rock concluded trading of 350,700 shares at $3.20. Jamaican Teas settled with a loss of 25 cents at $3.95, with 42,728 shares changing hands, Jetcon Corporation rose 5 cents to end at $4.10, in exchanging 172,670 stock units, Lasco Distributors ended with a loss of 5 cents at $4, with 138,518 shares changing hands, Lasco Financial concluded trading of 57,204 stock units and rose 10 cents to $5.90. Lasco Manufacturing gained 1 cent to $4.01, with 5,499 units changing hands, Main Event settled with a loss of 2 cents at $7, in exchanging 141,983 shares, Paramount Trading closed at $3, in trading 4,000 shares, Stationery and Office finished trading 42,753 stock units and gained 10 cents to end at $8.60 and tTech ended at $6, with 4,424 shares changing hands.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Junior Market slips

Derrimon Trading ended trading at a new closing high of $26.99 on Tuesday.

More prices fell than rose in trading on the Junior Market on Tuesday, with 28 securities being active compared to 26 on Monday, leading to 7 advancing, 10 declining while 11 remained unchanged.
The market closed with the index slipping 6.28 points to close at 3,265.74. Trading resulted in an exchange of 2,437,685 shares valued at $12,670,997 compared to 2,306,821 units valued at $10,660,960, on Monday.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 8 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 2 closed with lower offers.
Trading closed with an average of 87,060 units for an average of $452,536 in contrast to 88,724 units for an average of $410,037 on Monday. Trading for the month to date averages 87,861 shares with an average value of $432,073. Trading in August, averaged 244,613 units at $1,348,298 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, AMG Packaging ended with a loss of 2 cents at $1.92, trading 40,000 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading of 56,207 units and rose 3 cents to $5.03, Cargo Handlers settled with a loss of 48 cents at $12.52, with 14,210 shares changing hands, Caribbean Flavours traded at $19, in exchanging 200,000 stock units, Caribbean Producers finished trading 4,615 units at $6.50. Consolidated Bakeries closed with a loss of 5 cents at $2.45, with 2,100 shares changing hands, Derrimon Trading jumped $3.99 to end at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $26.99, with 4,177 shares changing hands, Dolphin Cove concluded trading of 1,000 shares at $17, Elite Diagnostic finished with a loss of 1 cent at $3, trading 15,996 stock units. Everything Fresh rose 5 cents in trading 170,499 shares to end at $2.25, Express Catering ended trading 17,421 shares with a loss of 45 cents to close at $7.55, FosRich Group traded with a loss of 19 cents at $2.80, in exchanging 589 shares, General Accident finished trading 11,700 shares and climbed 44 cents to $4.29, Honey Bun ended 15 cents higher at $4.45, with 1,000,200 units changing hands. Indies Pharma closed at a new high of $2.90, after adding 21 cents and exchanging 367,022 shares, Jamaican Teas settled at $4.20, exchanging 205,000 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended trading 158,000 stock units at $4, KLE Group finished trading with a loss of 25 cents at $3.05, with 12,342 shares, Knutsford Express closed with a loss of 10 cents at $12.50, with 3,016 shares changing hands. Lasco Distributors ended at $4, with 31,661 shares trading, Lasco Financial concluded trading of 1,409 stock units with a loss of 20 cents at $5.60, Lasco Manufacturing finished 10 cents higher at $4, trading 40,100 units, Main Event settled with a loss of 10 cents at $7, with 3,000 shares changing hands. Medical Disposables ended trading at $6.67, with 1,400 shares, Paramount Trading traded 7,892 shares at $3, Stationery and Office finished trading 20,378 stock units at $8.50 and tTech ended at $6, with 3,217 shares changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Junior Market opens September positively

Cargo Handlers hits 52 weeks’ high.

Trading slipped on the Junior Market on the first trading day of September, with 26 securities being active down from 30 on Friday as well as a fall in volume and value trading, leading to 10 advancing, 7 declining and 9 remained unchanged.
The market closed with the index rising 21.55 points to close at 3,272.02. A volume of 2,306,821 units valued at $10,660,960 changed hands, compared to 4,503,036 units valued at $56,383,723, on Friday.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 4 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 3 closed with lower offers.
Trading closed with an average of 88,724 units for an average of $410,037 in contrast to 150,101 units for an average of $1,879,457 on Friday. Trading in August, averaged 244,613 units at $1,348,298 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, Access Financial closed with a loss of $1.82 at $41.50, trading 1,000 shares, AMG Packaging ended 1 cent higher at $1.94, with 27,913 stock units changing hands, Blue Power concluded trading at $5, swapping 87,428 units, CAC 2000 finished with a loss of 5 cents at $9, exchanging 1,640 shares, Cargo Handlers settled 50 cents higher to end at a 52 weeks’ high of $13, trading 100 shares. Caribbean Cream ended trading 21,839 shares, 30 cents higher to $6, Caribbean Flavours traded with 50,000 stock units $1 higher to $19, Caribbean Producers finished trading at $6.50, with 787,109 units changing hands, Consolidated Bakeries closed at $2.50, exchanging 5,200 shares. Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 1 cent at $23, trading 20,000 shares, Everything Fresh rose 10 cents trading 747,370 shares to end at $2.20, Express Catering ended trading 16,578 shares with a loss of 18 cents to $8, FosRich Group traded at $2.99, with 41,661 shares changing hands, General Accident finished trading 12,100 shares 5 cents higher at $3.85, with. Indies Pharma traded at a new high of $2.80 but pulled back to close at $2.69 after adding 9 cents and exchanging 141,895 shares, Iron Rock concluded trading of 17,500 shares and rose 5 cents to $3.25, Jetcon Corporation ended trading with a loss of 2 cents at $4, in exchanging 59,711 stock units, Lasco Distributors ended with a loss of 5 cents at $4, with 34,918 shares changing hands, Lasco Financial concluded trading 1,737 stock units at $5.80. Lasco Manufacturing finished at $3.90, with 49,500 units, Main Event settled with a loss of 1 cent at $7.10, with 207 shares changing hands, Medical Disposables ended trading with a loss of 1 cent at $6.67, with 15,300 shares, after trading earlier at a 52 weeks’ high of $6.70, Paramount Trading climbed 40 cents higher to $3, trading 3,000 shares, Stationery and Office finished trading at $8.50, with 6,157 stock units and tTech ended 50 cents higher at $6, after 11,000 shares changed hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

 

NCB Financial remains on high alert

The Jamaican stock market, scaled new heights last week, helped by NCB Financial hitting a record high of $115, as supply of the stock being sold remains limited.
More buying came in for the stock on Friday and investors should be on the watch again as the price could go higher during the current week.
Grace Kennedy is another of the main market stocks to keep an eye on, as it slowly tries to move higher. Caribbean Cement moved back to $50, on Friday and could go further in this week as increased demand came in for the stock. It clearly one to watch but investors will need to determine if Friday’s move is a part of the usual month end window dressing. Kingston Wharves closed at $61.80 but traded as high as $65, supply remains low, thus favouring further price gains, even as the stock is carries by far the highest PE in the market. Watch for Scotia Group that should be releasing third quarter results, this week Thursday and Sygnus Credit Investments that posted full year results in line with expectations of US$1.4 million.
In the Junior market, Indies continue with strong demand existing for the stock, with news of potential acquisition and new products, the stock is worth watching for more gains. General Accident could move higher as more demand comes in for it with limited selling.
Caribbean Flavours seems to be following its parent, Derrimon Trading, continuing to rise with limited volume on sale currently. Medical Disposables, declined during the previous week, recovered last week and .should be moving higher going forward, continue to watch this one, as well as Derrimon Trading that has contracted to distribute products of a Trinidad producer.

Kingston Wharves jumped to close at $60 on Tuesday.

Stocks with scarce supplies that could spring surprises include Barita Investments, Grace Kennedy, NCB Financial, Berger Paints, Caribbean Cement, Kingston Wharves, PanJam Investment, Sagicor Group, Salada Foods, Seprod and Scotia Group. The main market is not the only segment with limited supplies. The Junior Market supplies continue to be limited for many of the listings. The list includes, Caribbean Flavours, Cargo Handlers, Derrimon Trading, Express Catering, General Accident, Caribbean Cream, Medical Disposables, Stationery and Office Supplies and tTech.
An overall view of stocks indicates that the main market continues to be steered higher by an upward sloping support line as well the 45 and 125 day moving averages, lending support just below. The Junior Market now at a 15 months’ high, is being steered by an upward rising long-term support line and a golden cross. The golden cross is a very strong bullish long-term signal.