Two companies exist ICTOP10

As was the case last week, the Jamaica stock market continues to consolidate as it awaits developments that will push investors to act decisively. At the same time, the Main Market traded heavily and sat below the close of the previous week but the Junior Market mostly traded above the prior week’s close.
After just one week in the ICTOP10, Tropical Battery price rose this week and resulted in the stock falling outside the top flight, to be replaced by Lasco Manufacturing that dropped out during the previous week. In the Main Market, Scotia Group slipped out of the TOP10 and Radio Jamaica reentered.
At the end of the week, Tropical Battery rose 9 percent to $2.60, Image Plus Consultants gained 6 percent to close at $2.05, Paramount Trading rallied 5 percent to $2.20 and Iron Rock Insurance rose 4 percent to end at $2.50. Honey Bun fell 8 percent to $7.07 and was the only one of only two stocks to decline for the week, with the other slipping by just one percent.
In the Main Market, 138 Student Living popped 11 percent to $5.56, while Berger Paints fell 8 percent to $9.75, followed by a 5 percent decline for Jamaica Broilers to close at $30.
At the end of the week, the average PE for the JSE Main Market TOP 10 is 5.6, well below the market average of 14.7, while the Junior Market Top 10 PE sits at 6.6 versus the market at 12.8, important indicators of the level of the undervaluation of the ICTOP10 stocks currently. The Junior Market is projected to rise by 208 percent and the Main Market TOP10 an average of 275 percent, to May this year. The major concern for the Main Market achieving such gains by May is that the list is dominated by financial companies that are out of favour and may need to see the summer months before full interest of investor start to show.
The Junior Market has 16 stocks representing 33 percent of the market, with PEs from 15 to 31, averaging 21 compared with the above average of the market. The top half of the market has an average PE of 18. The above average shows the extent of potential gains for the TOP 10 stocks. The situation in the Main Market is similar, with the 18 highest valued stocks priced at a PE of 15 to 116, with an average of 28 and 21 excluding the highest valued stocks and 28 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 and result in weekly movements in and out of the lists. Revisions to earnings are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

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Image Plus surge in profits

Following a big surge in revenues and profit for the year to February 2022, Image Plus Consultants with revenues climbing 27 percent to $777 million and profit surging 298 percent to $94 million after tax, the company is now reporting continuing solid performance for the nine months to November.

Revenues climbed 27 percent in the November quarter to $248 million and 43 percent in the nine months to $803 million while profit rose moderately to $24 million from $22 million in 2021 for the last quarter.  The 2022 quarterly results would be about 50 percent better than the outturn for the 2021 period, being saddled with added costs that were not incurred in 2021, with expected credit loss expense of $6 million with none in 2021 and higher finance cost of $8 million up from $1.8 million. For the nine months, profit nearly tripled that of 2021 to reach $148 million.
It is unclear whether earnings reflect the elevated payment of directors’ fees or not. The change in cost year over year does not suggest that in which case profit for the new period would jump sharply when that cost amounting to some $15 million per quarter falls away. Costs of sales rose 25.5 percent to $82.8 million in the latest quarter, from $66 million in 2021, for the nine months, the increase is 42 percent to $274 million from $192 million, with both the quarterly and nine months cost tracking close to the increased revenues, which is a positive development.
Administrative expenses rose 21.6 percent to $113 million from $93 million for the quarter and 12.7 percent for the nine months to $297 million from $264 million in 2021. Depreciation charges were flat in the quarter at $13 million but up to $32 million from $29 for the nine months.Dr Karlene McDonnough – Chairman of Image Consultants Ltd. The company originally reported incorrect earnings per share for the periods with the use of an incorrect number of shares in the computation but that has since been amended with a new release.  Earnings per share for the quarter is 2.3 cents and 15 cents for the nine months.

Dr Karlene McDonnough – Chairman of Image Consultants Ltd.

“The rate of revenue growth slowed somewhat since the second quarter as a result of the Ocho Rios relocation exercise (all operations at that branch were closed for four days whilst CT and Xray services were down for an additional seven days when the branch reopened as we awaited relocation of the 3 phase power supply required to operate these units). Management is confident that the move and resulting downtime is an investment that will redound significantly to the benefit of all stakeholders in the months ahead” the chairman and the Managing directors advised shareholders in their commentary accompanying the financials and went on to say.
“Despite this downtime, the company’s case count remains very healthy at 40,949 representing year to date, an increase of over 17 percent compared to the comparative period in the prior year. The number of cases at nine months represents 88.3 percent of the full financial year 21/22 case count.  Expenses grew 12.7 percent over the last financial year driven by higher than normal costs in Q3. In the main, these costs were associated with one off marketing expenditure for the re-printing of all billboards, directional and office signs for the Ocho Rios branch. Traditionally too, Q3 costs are expected to be a little higher as we have expenditure associated with referring physician appreciation and end of year performance incentives for our team members.”
Cash flow generated by operations was $138 million, acquisition of fixed assets amounting to $143 million utilized it all, in addition, $30 million was placed in investments and $30 million was used to pay dividends that were partially funded from net loan proceeds that brought in $51 million.
At the end of November, long term borrowings stood at $118 million and short term at just $4 million. Current assets ended the period at $311 million including trade and other receivables of $242 million, up from $106 million in 2021, while cash funds and investments ended at $49 million. Current liabilities ended the period at $124 million. Net current assets amount to $200 million.
November ended with shareholders’ equity of $415 million but is expected to hit the $900 million mark with the proceeds of the recent public share issue.
The stock that fell to a low of $1.77 last week, traded over $2 since this week.

A Lasco company exists ICTOP10

The Jamaica stock market continues to consolidate, awaiting a dynamic development to push it decisively in one direction or another as the Bank of Jamaica quietly tightened the money supply further in January, drying up buying power in the short run. The first big likely move is unlikely to be a reduction of interest rates which is seemingly set to occur in the second quarter, but the reporting of substantially increased profits to flow from some companies.
Tropical Battery returns to the ICTOP10 list for this week with projected earnings of 30 cents for the current year, up from 15 cents last fiscal year and replaces Lasco Manufacturing which dropped out with a rise in price during the week as the supply of the stock has drooped sharply recently, with just 11 offers to sell now in the system.
Image Plus Consultants reported nine months results with revenues rising 27 percent in the November quarter to $248 million and 43 percent in the nine months to $803 million, while profit  rose moderately to $24 million from $22 million in 2021 and for the nine months profits nearly tripled that of 2021 to reach $148 million. The company reported incorrect earnings per share for the periods, using the incorrect number of shares. As a result, rather than 29 cents per share for the quarter and $1.84, it is 2.3 cents and 15 cents for the nine months. Regardless, the stock is cheap based on these earnings and those to come.
Honey Bun rose 10 percent to $7.69, with the December quarter results due any time now, Lasco Financial gained 9 percent to $2.84 and Lasco Manufacturing gained 5 percent to $4.79. General Accident rallied 6 percent to $4.99. Image Plus Consultants entered the ICTOP10 after just one day of trading and fell to a low of $1.86 during the past week before rebounding to close this past week with a fall of 12 percent to $1.93, Caribbean Assurance Brokers lost 6 percent of its value to close at $2 and Paramount Trading fell 5 percent to $2.10.
All other movements in the Junior Market TOP10 were 3 percent or less. The Main Market Berger Paints popped 12 percent to $10.60, followed by a 9 percent rise for Jamaica Broilers to close at $31.50 and Guardian Holdings with a gain of 4 percent to $535. There were no notable losses.
At the end of the week, the average PE for the JSE Main Market TOP10 is 5.6, well below the market average of 15, while the Junior Market Top 10 PE sits at 6.5 versus the market at 12.6, critical indicators of the level of the undervaluation of the ICTOP10 stocks currently. The Junior Market is projected to rise by 211 percent and the Main Market TOP10 by an average of 274 percent to May this year. The primary concern for the Main Market achieving such gains by May is that the list is dominated by financial companies that are out of favour and may need to see the summer months before the full interest of investor start to show.
The Junior Market has 15 stocks representing 31 percent of the market, with PEs from 15 to 29, averaging 21 compared with the above average of the market. The top half of the market has an average PE of 18, with prices of Fosrich and Future Energy adjusting downwards closer to the average of the TOP15. The above average shows the extent of potential gains for the TOP 10 stocks. The situation in the Main Market is similar, with the 18 highest valued stocks priced at a PE of 15 to 116, with an average of 27 and 20 excluding the highest valued stocks and 27 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 will likely 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.

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ICTOP10 buy rated Knutsford gains 44%

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Shares of Image Plus Consultants were listed on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Friday to become the 48 listed company on the exchange and the 52nd company to be listed since the market commenced operations in 2010.

Knutsford Express

The stock failed to sparkle on listing, rising just 10 percent at the close and could come under selling pressure as investors exit for what they see as greener pastures. Regardless, the stock climbed into the ICTOP10 list for this week and replaces Caribbean Cream got an earnings downgrade.
Knutsford Express dropped out of the ICTOP10 at the end of the prior week and closed this past week at $12.49 to be up a solid 44 percent since it entered the TOP10 on the end of December. It still has much more room to rise with a current PE of just 12.5 and less, based on next fiscal years’ earnings. The move shows, the power that increased earnings have on price movement, with the company posting a profit of $143 million for the six months to November up from $13 million in 2021.
The Junior Market rose this past week t into poo record a rise for the first time this year, the move resulted in three solid gains and three sizable losses for the ICTOP10. Iron Rock Insurance jumped 19 percent to $2.40, Lasco Manufacturing gained 13 percent to $4.55 and Paramount Trading climbed 11 percent to $2.20, after release of strong second quarter results that showed continued improvement in profit, jumping 212 percent for the half year to $149 million. Caribbean Cream reported improving results but the overall profit was light and the stock fell 20 percent to $3.20, Lasco Financial shed 8 percent to $2.60 and General Accident slipped 7 percent to $4.71. All other movements in the Junior Market TOP10 were 3 percent or less. The Main Market only major mover was Berger Paints with an 11 percent loss to $9.50.
At the end of the week, the average PE for the JSE Main Market TOP 10 is 5.5, well below the market average of 15.9, while the Junior Market Top 10 PE sits at 6.5 versus the market at 13, important indicators of the level of the undervaluation of the ICTOP10 stocks currently. The Junior Market is projected to rise by 212 percent and the Main Market TOP10 an average now of 285 percent, to May this year.
The Junior Market has 17 stocks representing 35 percent of the market, with PEs from 15 to 30, averaging 20.7 compared with the above average of the market. The top half of the market has an average PE of 19 and shows the extent of potential gains for the TOP 10 stocks. The situation in the Main Market is similar, with the 18 highest valued stocks priced at a PE of 15 to 104, with an average of 32 and 23 excluding the highest valued stocks and 27 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 and result in weekly movements in and out of the lists. Revisions to earnings are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

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Knutsford Express leaves ICTOP10

Knutsford Express posted half year results that show revenues up 72 percent to $813 million and up 65 percent for the second quarter to $398 million and delivered profit of $59 million for the November quarter, up from just $2 million in 2021 and $143 million for the six months from $13 million in 2021, sending investors to pounce on the stock on Friday and pushing it to an intraday 52 weeks’ high of $11.60. The stock closed at $9.60 to exit the ICTOP 10 with an increase of 7 percent for the week.
With the latest results, Knutsford’s 2023 fiscal year earnings have been adjusted to $1 per share and putting the stock on target for at least $20 this year, at the close there were only a few stocks on offer for sale.
Knutsford is replaced by baking company Honey Bun coming in with a $7.20 price, with the potential for the price to move to $20 this year.
Junior Market action resulted in Paramount Trading climbing 30 percent to $1.99, ahead of second quarter results that showed continued improvement in profit as revenues climbed 50 percent in the November quarter, to $601 million and 55 percent for the half year to $1.2 billion ahead the 2021 period. Profit surged 126 percent to November quarter to $65 million and 212 percent for the half year to $149 million. Knutsford rose 7 percent to $9.60, but Iron Rock Insurance dropped 14 percent to $2.01. All other movements in the Junior Market TOP10 were 3 percent or less and similarly for the JSE Main Market TOP10.
At the end of the week, the average PE for the JSE Main Market TOP 10 is 5.6, well below the market average of 14.4. At the same time, the Junior Market Top 10 PE sits at 6.2 versus the market at 12.8, important indicators of the level of the undervaluation of the ICTOP10 stocks currently. The Junior Market is projected to rise by 226 percent and the Main Market TOP10, an average now of 280 percent, to May this year.
The Junior Market has 16 stocks for 34 percent of the market, with PEs from 15 to 31, averaging 19.6 compared with the above average of the market. The top half of the market has an average PE of 18 and shows the extent of potential gains for the TOP 10 stocks. The situation in the Main Market is similar, with the 19 highest valued stocks priced at a PE of 15 to 100, with an average of 31 and 23 excluding the highest valued ones and 26 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 will likely 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.

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Steady week for ICTOP10

The Jamaica Stock Exchange pulled back from the pre new year’s bounce enjoyed in the last two weeks of 2022 and still retained some of those gains as trading commenced in the new year, with activity in the ICTOP10 quite muted and resulting in no new entrant to the Top Stock list, but there were a few outstanding price movements.
Junior Market action resulted in General Accident popping 11 percent to $4.91, followed by Lasco Distributors with a 5 percent rise to $2.63, but Paramount Trading lost 23 percent to close at $1.53 in a week when only three stocks declining, with the others slipping just one percent.
In the Main Market, Guardian Holdings dropped 8 percent to $524 and Jamaica Broilers fell 4 percent to $29.61 and were the only notable price changes.
At the end of the week, the average PE for the JSE Main Market TOP 10 is 5.6, well below the market average of 14.4. At the same time, the Junior Market Top 10 PE sits at 6.1 versus the market at 12.7, important indicators of the level of the undervaluation of the ICTOP10 stocks. The Junior Market is projected to rise by 231 percent and the Main Market TOP10, an average now of 278 percent, to May 2023.
The Junior Market has 15 stocks, 32 percent of the market, with PEs from 15 to 32, averaging 19 compared with the above average of the market. The top half of the market has an average PE of 18 and shows the extent of potential gains for the TOP10 stocks. The situation in the Main Market is similar, with the 19 highest valued stocks priced at a PE of 15 to 100, with an average of 31 and 23 excluding the highest valued ones and 26 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.

Look out for the 2023 TOP15 stock listing that is coming soon.

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Jamaica Stock Exchange poised for solid gains in 2023

The Jamaican stocks are poised to record a solid performance in 2023 as interest rates commence their decent later in the year and profits of several companies enjoy significant gains. Inflation has passed its peak from 2021 and trended down in 2022 towards the 7 percent level and is set to fall further. The economy is growing as the critical important tourism sector enjoys a sharp recovery while certain input costs have normalized.
Investors should focus on the likely performance of individual companies rather than on the market. Even as interest rates rose sharply last year, it did not prevent the majority of stocks in the Junior Market from rising and nearly half those in the Main Market, as profit growth out weight pressure from rising interest rates. Careful looking at economic developments for 2023 points to another year when there will be significant gains for several companies as profits of many will rise and BOJ cut interest rates as inflation subsides and foreign exchange inflows jump.

Dolphin Cove stock projected to a big 2023 winner.

A key investment observation reveals that good stocks deliver optimal returns over an extended period. They do not usually make huge moves over a short period that is clearly the case with ICTOP15 stocks that may deliver good gains over more than a one year period. Investors need to take this approach to benefit fully from the attractive bargains that currently exist in the Jamaica Stock Market, with uncertainty as to the exact timing of the market takeoff.
The past year ably demonstrated the need to focus on companies, not the markets. The Junior Market managed to record gains of 16.3 percent for the year, but it turned out to be lower than the 29.7 percent gain in 2021. The main market declined at the end of the year as investors forsook the financial institutions in the market and essentially pushed the market down due to rising interest rates.
2022 started off quite brightly for the Jamaica stock market, especially Junior stocks that were up 27 percent by May, but increasing interest rates placed a damper on the performance of stocks, even then, 31 stocks in the Junior Market rose, with 21 gaining 11 percent to a high of 312 percent and 15 stocks gaining over 50 percent, while 7 gained 100 percent or more.

Caribbean Producers to be a big 2023 winner

While the main market index fell 10 percent for the year, the market ended the year with gains in 22 stocks, with gains between two and 82 percent compared with 25 losers that fell from 3 percent to 40 percent. Increased profits were the primary reason for the gains in both markets.
In some cases, some stocks that did spectacularly well in the early part of the year pulled back markedly after Treasury bill rates surged to 8.5 percent in April and remained at that level to the end of the year.
The 80:20 rule of investing shows an average of only 20 percent of stocks that end in the TOP10 in a year repeat in the following one, while around 40 percent of the 10 worst performers end up in the TOP10 in the following year that is supported by data going back 40 years in the local market. The clear message is that investors should not get carried away with an outstanding winner and miss out on other opportunities.
The ICTOP15 are chosen based on the best information available, but there are many other factors to be aware of in 2023 that could swing in favour of or against the selections.  Shipping rates that were very high for some time in 2022 are almost back to normal and will result in lower input costs for many listed companies.

Everything Fresh to enjoy gains from tourism in 2023.

Interest rates have been hiked appreciably to contain inflation and foreign exchange demand. With inflation subsiding, interest rates could start a downward trek in the first half of the year and probably before the first quarter ends, when this happens it will be a positive sign for stocks. Worldwide, many prices are declining. Locally, tourism has bounced back strongly but could jump around 50 percent up to April and have significant implications for the broader economy and several listed companies. Bear in mind that the revenues and profits of companies will be affected in different ways and it will be challenging for forecasts to be always close to the mark. 2023 will be a year to key keen eyes on ongoing developments that could affect companies and their operations.
Two key features of the stock market in 2023 will be the strong rebound in tourism traffic in the first half of the year compared with 2022, this development will contribute to above average GDP growth in the first half but will also result in a significant jump in revenues and profits for a number of companies, Caribbean Producers, Dolphin Cove, Everything Fresh and Express Catering that are heavily involved in trading in that sector.

NCB Financial could move from worst performer to TOP10 2023 performer

For the first quarter of 2022 visitor arrivals to Jamaica averaged approximately 72 percent compared to 2019 and 97 percent in the April to June period but in September and October the numbers climbed approximately 12 percent over that for 2019 when this level of recovery is factored into the equation for 2023 visitor arrivals in the first half of the year quit drum by 30 percent or more.
Banks benefited from increased interest rates in 2022 and will continue to do so in 2023 and should see some reversal in losses recorded last year as other comprehensive income. Other companies that would benefit but to a lesser degree are companies such as Wisynco and Jamaica Broilers in addition ICInsider.com expect interest rates to decline during the course of the year and that should provide added stimulus to the market.
A lot of potential gains were not factored into stock prices in 2022 many attractive ones are cheap, investors only task is to make the right choices to pick up gains in 2023 that could be much more exciting than normal.
The Junior Market has 15 stocks representing 32 percent of the market, with PEs from 15 to 35, averaging 21 compared with the above average of the market. The top half of the market has an average PE of 18 and shows the extent of potential gains that lie ahead for the TOP 10 stocks. The situation in the Main Market is similar, with the 20 highest valued stocks priced at a PE of 15 to 110, with an average of 33.5 and 24 excluding the highest valued ones and 22 for the top half excluding the highest valued stock.
Some of the above gains will not be fully reflected until May 2023 as stocks move primarily in response to the release of results. Companies with earlier year ends will discount most of the earnings before those with later periods.
Main Market stocks did poorly as a group in 2022, but they should enjoy a better year in 2023 with interest rates falling during the year and investors are presented with many choices of undervalued stocks. Regardless, Junior Markets stocks are points to outperform those of the more mature companies in the Main Market.

Another week of ICTOP10 changes

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market recorded two weeks of solid gains to close out a disappointing 2022, with the Main Market declining after a promising start, with the market adding 17,123 points in the last two weeks while the All Jamaica added 22,797 points and the Junior Market put on 93 points in the same period, resulting in movements in and out of the TOP10 in both markets.
Junior Market action resulted in Caribbean Cream popping 19 percent to $4, followed by Caribbean Assurance with a 9 percent rise to $2.16, Tropical Battery chipped in with a 7 percent increase to $2.30 and Paramount Trading rose 5 percent to $1.99. General Accident was the biggest loser with a fall of 12 percent to $4.41, Lasco Distributors slipped 8 percent to $2.50 and Lasco Manufacturing declined 6 percent to $3.95.
In the Main Market, Radio Jamaica rose 24 percent to $2.60, followed by JMMB Group up 6 percent to $34 and Jamaica Broilers up 5 percent to $31. The only losing stock in the Main Market is Guardian Holdings dropping 12 percent to $570.
In the Main Market, with the rise in the price of Radio Jamaica, Scotia Group reclaimed its TOP10 spot once more as RJR slipped out after reentering the TOP10 in the previous week, The Junior Market’s Tropical Battery dropped out of the TOP10 and replaced by Knutsford Express.
At the end of the week, the average PE for the JSE Main Market TOP 10 is 5.6, well below the market average of 15.3, while the Junior Market Top 10 PE sits at 6.2 versus the market at 12.9, important indicators of the level of the undervaluation of the ICTOP10 stocks. The Junior Market is projected to rise by 228 percent and the Main Market TOP10, an average now of 269 percent, to May 2023.
The Junior Market has 15 stocks representing 32 percent of the market, with PEs from 15 to 35, averaging 21 compared with the above average of the market. The top half of the market has an average PE of 18 and shows the extent of potential gains that lie ahead for the TOP 10 stocks. The situation in the Main Market is similar, with the 20 highest valued stocks priced at a PE of 15 to 110, with an average of 33.5 and 24 excluding the highest valued ones and 22 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.

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Four changes to ICTOP10

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market closed the past week some 6,000 points higher than the previous week while the Junior Market ended slightly higher, resulting in four Junior Market TOP10 stocks declining between one and 5 percent as five gained between one and 31 percent while the Main Market TOP10 had six rising and three declining. 
The Junior Market Iron Rock Insurance popped 31 percent to $2.35, General Accident gained 13 percent to $5, followed by Dolphin Cove with an 11 percent rise to $14.78 and a 5 percent increase for Caribbean Cream to $3.35. Medical Disposables fell 5 percent to $4.90 and Lasco Distributors slipped 4 percent to $2.71.
In the Main Market, Guardian Holdings jumped 12 percent to $645, Scotia Group rose 9 percent to $34.90, followed by Berger Paints with a 6 percent rise to $10.61 and JMMB Group up 4 percent to $32.10. Stocks declining are 138 Student Living, that fell 12 percent to $5 and Jamaica Broilers, down 8 percent to $29.50.
After reentering the TOP10 in the previous week, the Main Market’s Scotia Group swapped places with Radio Jamaica returning to the TOP flight of stocks. The Junior Market’s CAC2000, Dolphin Cove and Medical Disposables dropped out, following lower earnings projections and were replaced by Caribbean Brokers with its price down to $1.98, Lasco Manufacturing and Tropical Battery.
At the end of the week, the average PE for the JSE Main Market TOP 10 is 5.6, well below the market average of 14.4, while the Junior Market Top 10 PE sits at 6.1 versus the market at 12.6, important indicators of the level of the undervaluation of the ICTOP10 stocks. The Junior Market is projected to rise by 232 percent and the Main Market TOP10 by an average of 265 percent to May 2023.
The Junior Market has 14 stocks around 30 percent of the market, with PEs from 15 to 33, averaging 20 compared with the above average of the market. The top half of the market has an average PE of 17 and shows the extent of potential gains that lie ahead for the TOP 10 stocks. The situation in the Main Market is similar, with the 17 highest valued stocks priced at a PE of 15 to 105, with an average of 32 and 24 excluding the highest valued ones 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.

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Scotia is back in ICTOP10

The Jamaica Stock Exchange had mixed results during the past week, with both the Junior Market and the Main Market closing slightly lower than at the close of the previous week and impacting the listings in varying degrees, resulting in the Main Market’s Scotia Group reentering the TOP10 at the expense of Radio Jamaica, with no Junior Market changes following the listing Regency Petroleum listing on Thursday and rising 75% in two days of trading.

Five Junior Market TOP10 stocks declined between one and 25 percent and just two gained one to 4 percent this past week, while the Main Market 10 had five rising and Three declining. 
In the Junior Market, Elite Diagnostic popped 4 percent to $3.03 as the sole main gaining stock, But Iron Rock Insurance dropped 25 percent to $1.80, followed by Caribbean Cream, down 17 percent and Dolphin Cove 6 percent to $13.35.
In the Main Market, Jamaica Broilers jumped 19 percent to $32, 138 Student Living rose 10 percent to $5.70 and Guardian Holdings followed with a rise of 9 percent to $575, but Key Insurance slipped 9 percent to $3.20.
At the end of the week, the average PE for the JSE Main Market TOP 10 is 5.6, well below the market average of 14. At the same time, the Junior Market Top 10 PE sits at 5.7 versus the market at 12, important indicators of the level of the undervaluation of the ICTOP10 stocks. The Junior Market is projected to rise by 256 percent and the Main Market TOP10, an average now of 270 percent, to May 2023.
The Junior Market has 14 stocks representing 30 percent of the market, with PEs from 15 to 33, averaging 19.5 compared with the above average of the market. The top half of the market has an average PE of 17 and shows the extent of potential gains that lie ahead for the TOP 10 stocks. The situation in the Main Market is similar, with the 17 highest valued stocks priced at a PE of 15 to 105, with an average of 32 and 23  excluding the highest valued ones 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, 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.