High volume Tuesday for Junior Market

Rising stocks were outnumbered by those declining on Tuesday and resulting in the Market Index declining for a second day, although the volume of stocks traded jumped 66 percent and the value soared 134 percent over Monday trading at the close of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market.
Market activity led to 34 securities trading compared to 37 on Monday and ended with the prices of 11 rising, 15 declining and eight closing unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a measure used to compute appropriate stock values, averages 13 based on ICInsider.com’s 2021-22 earnings forecast.
Trading picked up, with 9,034,942 shares changing hands for $32,570,639 compared to 5,432,434 units at $13,895,368 on Monday. Lasco Manufacturing led trading with 27.8 percent of total volume after trading 2.51 million shares, followed by Lumber Depot 25 percent, with 2.26 million units and Caribbean Flavours 12.6 percent, with a transfer of 1.14 million units.
Trading averages 265,734 units at $957,960 compared to 146,823 at $375,550 on Monday. Trading month to date averages 161,120 units at $469,047 compared to 155,553 units at $443,033 on Monday. June closed with an average of 225,705 units at $644,459.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows one stock ending with the bid higher than the last selling price and one with a lower offer.
At the close, AMG Packaging dropped 16 cents to $1.50, trading 461,011 shares, Caribbean Cream slipped 7 cents to $5.95, with 40,500 stocks traded, Dolphin Cove shed 40 cents to finish at $7.85 with a transfer of 22,861 stock units. Express Catering fell 46 cents to $5.50, with 13,778 units passing through the market, Fosrich declined by 10 cents to $8, with an exchange of 5,748 shares, Honey Bun lost 18 cents to close at $6.52 with investors switching ownership of 113,248 stocks. iCreate slipped 6 cents to 80 cents, with 10,000 units changing hands, Indies Pharma rose 10 cents to $3.75 with 68,746 stock units traded, Iron Rock Insurance dropped 28 cents to $3.60 with a transfer of 250 shares. Lasco Financial fell 8 cents to $3.10, with 45,900 stocks passing through the market, Lasco Manufacturing lost 5 cents to settle at $5.20 with an exchange of 2,510,219 units, Limners and Bards spiked 18 cents to $3.20, with 87,809 stock units changing hands. Lumber Depot rose 5 cents to $3.45 with 2,258,991 shares changing hands, Main Event shed 30 cents to finish at $4.80  with a transfer of 8,284 stocks, Medical Disposables added 5 cents to end at $4.60 with investors switching ownership of 1,100 units and Stationery and Office Supplies advanced 12 cents to $7.17, with 2,336 shares crossing the exchange.
 Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

More decline for Junior market

Trading closed on Thursday with the Market index declining for a third day as volume and value of stocks traded varying marginally from that on Wednesday on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
Market activity led to 33 securities trading compared to 34 on Wednesday and ended with the prices of 13 stocks each, rising and falling, leaving nine unchanged. At the close, the Junior Market Index dropped 11.87 points to settle at 3,335.20.
The PE Ratio, a measure used to compute an appropriate stock value, averages 13.2 based on ICInsider.com’s 2021-22 earnings forecast.
A total of 3,674,321 shares traded for $8,690,782 compared to 3,516,276 units at $8,817,575 on Wednesday.
Future Energy Source led trading with 41.4 percent of total volume as 1.52 million shares traded, followed by Caribbean Flavours 25 percent of the day’s trade, with 918,114 units and Mailpac Group 4.7 percent in exchanging 172,567 units.
Trading averages 111,343 units at $263,357 in contrast to 103,420 at $259,340 on Wednesday. Trading month to date, averages 155,814 units at $442,949, versus 158,552 units at $454,006 on Wednesday. June closed with an average of 225,705 units at $644,459.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Blue Power advanced 20 cents to $3.60 with an exchange of 4,639 shares, Caribbean Assurance Brokers rose 5 cents to end at $1.91, with 5,099 stocks changing hands, Caribbean Cream dropped 29 cents to finish at $6.10 with 27,902 units traded. Caribbean Flavours fell 11 cents to $2 with a transfer of 918,114 shares, Consolidated Bakeries dropped 34 cents to $1.65, with 7,000 stocks passing through the market, Elite Diagnostic slipped 13 cents to $3.07, with an exchange of 17,988 units. Express Catering rallied by 54 cents to end at $6.04 with 41,133 shares changing hands, Fosrich slipped 10 cents to $7.90 with 18,234 units traded, Honey Bun popped 5 cents to $6.60 with a transfer of 14,513 stocks. Jetcon Corporation rose 9 cents to $1.39 with investors switching ownership of 6,333 units, KLE Group spiked 13 cents to $1.18 with an exchange of 2,466 shares, Lasco Manufacturing slipped 18 cents to $4.82, with 24,939 stocks changing hands. Limners and Bards dipped 5 cents to $3.10 with 36,700 stock units traded, Medical Disposables fell 23 cents to $4.76 with a transfer of 1,276 units, Stationery and Office Supplies shed 36 cents to settle at $7.04 with 4,500 stocks changing hands and tTech jumped 33 cents to $4.75 with 492 shares crossing the exchange.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market jumps 47% since March 2020

The Junior Market climbed 47 percent in just over a year since the market collapsed by just over 39 percent in March last year from the close of 2019 when the market hit a multi-year low of 2,031.79 on March 18 last year.  
At the same time, the JSE Main Market, while trading above the March 2001 low, is nowhere near the 2020 high and closed out the first quarter marginally down on the 2020 closing.
The Junior Market is up 13 percent for 2021 to the end of March, clawing back most of 21 percent of the fall in 2020 and is now just 11 percent from the close of 3,348.97 at the end of December 2019.
In 2020, the Junior and Main Markets declined, with the Junior Market just edging out the Main Market index with a lower decline of 21 percent versus 22.6 percent for the year.
One year ago, to the end of March, the Junior Market Index dropped 29 percent to 2304.14 but was down a much steeper 47 percent to March 18, at 2031.79 points on the market index. The March 2020 low was the lowest point for the Junior Market since it closed at 2,032.77 points on July 1, 2016.
The market made some recovery last year from the year’s low when it moved higher on April 14, to 2,686.90 points but drifted down after some attempts to break over 2,600 points on a sustained level and closed out 2020 at 2,643.38.
In the meantime, the JSE Main Market failed to move higher in 2021, ending the first quarter 0.20 percent lower than the December close. It is still a bit lower than the 442,905.76 reached on the All Jamaica Composite Index after the early rebound from the 2020 low of 375,091.09 reached on March 25 last year, or the 438,045.18 reached subsequently on November 30.
The gains of eighteen stocks in the first quarter, this year, exceed that of the average of the market and just three performed worse, including CAC 2000 with a fall of 24 percent 19 percent decline for Dolphin Cove and 16 percent in the case of Knutsford Express. Five stocks contributing to the 2021 rebound for the Junior Market are Jamaican Teas up 60 percent, Indies Pharma 48 percent, Lumber Depot 47 percent, Blue Power 35 percent, Caribbean Flavours 35 percent and Fosrich 28 percent.
The Main Market recorded gains in 16 stocks that beat the market’s average move in 2021, with 26 falling below. Main market stocks with healthy gains are Ciboney with a stunning 142 percent rise, followed by Salada Foods with 125 percent gain aided by a 10 to one stock split, Grace Kennedy 37 percent, First Rock 31 percent and proven Investments 27 percent.  Palace Amusement Company that the Covid-19 dislocation has badly hurt is the worst-performing stock with a 51 percent decline, followed by Portland JSX with a loss of 25 percent and Radio Jamaica with 22 percent. Wisynco lost 14 percent and Wigton Windfarm 13 percent.

Sygnus US$ stock hits IC TOP 10

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The JSE Main Market TOP 10 had just stock leaving with Sygnus Credit Investments Jamaican dollar listing replaced by the US dollar listed stock, with the price of the latter at 14 US cents or just under J$19 equivalent.
The Sygnus Jamaican quoted stock climbed to a record high of $30 on Friday, but ended at a record closing high of $27 at the end of trading and moved down to 12th spot in the overall market ranking.
The recently listed Lumber Depot closed trading at $1.91 on Friday and moved out of the TOP Junior Market listing. Also, leaving the TOP 10 was Honey Bun, with the price rising to $8.39 with a limited supply of the stock.
Coming into the Junior Market listing, are Lasco Distributors and Paramount Trading as investors beat down their prices.
The targeted PE ratio is now 25, with several stocks trading at that level or around 22 currently. The average projected gains for the IC TOP 10 stocks are 179 percent for Junior Market and 154 percent for JSE Main market Top 10 shares.
The top three Junior Market stocks currently are the Main Event with projected gains of 243 percent, followed by Medical Disposables with a potential increase of 238 percent and Jamaican Teas with 220 percent likely capital growth.
Radio Jamaica still holds on to the lead for Main Market stocks, with an expected increase of 236 percent, followed by Pulse Investments in the number two spot with projected growth of 205 percent and Sygnus US dollar-denominated stock with likely gains of 186 percent, is next.
The JSE Main Market closed the week, with an overall PE of 20.6 and the Junior Market at 14.3, based on current year’s earnings. The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks averages 9.1 with the Main Market PE at 10.1.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at a discount of 36 percent of the average for Junior Market stocks and the Main Market stocks trade at a discount of 51 percent to the overall market.
IC TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns to March next year. Projected earnings, along with the PE ratio for each company’s current fiscal year, are used in determining potential gains with the likely gains ranked in descending order with highest-ranked being the most attractive. Forecasted values will change as stock prices fluctuate and will result in movements of the selection in and out of the lists for most weeks. Earnings per share are revised on an ongoing basis as new information is received that can result in changes in and out of the list.

This report is compiled by persons who may have an interest in securities included in the commentary.

Junior Market in steady trading – Wednesday

Junior Market trades

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange concluded trading on Wednesday with 29 securities changing hands, similar to that on Tuesday and resulting in an exchange of 4,941,772 units valued at $18,218,972 compared to 4,509,195 units valued at $22,460,102 on Tuesday.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 10 securities advanced, 10 declined and 9 remained unchanged. The Junior Market Index advanced by 4.29 points to close at 3,397.75.
Trading ended with an average of 170,406 units for an average of $628,240 in contrast to 155,489 units for an average of $774,486 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 103,587 units valued at $517,504 and previously 97,569 units at $507,531 for each security traded. In contrast, September closed with an average of 954,574 units valued at $2,612,695 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 5 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial ended with a loss of $1 at $34 with 7,626 stock units changing hands, AMG Packaging ended trading with 1,408,582 shares, after rising 2 cents to end at $2, Blue Power lost $1.12 with an exchange of 96,819 units at $6.38, Caribbean Flavours climbed 50 cents and exchanged 7,000 shares at $13.50. Caribbean Producers fell 9 cents in trading 20,000 units at $4.70. Consolidated Bakeries climbed 5 cents and exchanged 33,869 shares at $2, Fontana declined 12 cents in trading of 50,493 units at $7.88, General Accident climbed 10 cents in exchanging 9,605 shares to end at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $7.50, Honey Bun closed 15 cents higher at $6.97, with 15,700 stock units trading. iCreate ended trading with 1,532 shares, after rising 5 cents to end at 73 cents, Jamaican Teas climbed 5 cents and exchanged 3,474 shares to end at $6.35, Jetcon Corporation lost 10 cents trading of 706,870 units at $1.80, Knutsford Express closed 87 cents higher at $10.99, with 100 stock units trading. Lasco Financial lost 13 cents in with 390,000 shares changing hands to close at $4.60, Lasco Manufacturing ended market activity in exchanging 35,286 shares to close at $4.95 after falling 4 cents, Limners and Bards ended trading 187,195 shares to close at $2.50 after falling 5 cents. Main Event climbed 25 cents and exchanged 1,459,754 shares at $5.50, Stationery and Office Supplies lost $1.34 in trading 2,687 units, at $11.16 and SSL Venture closed 10 cents higher at $1.20, with 51,000 stock units changing hands.

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

Big drop in Junior Market index – Thursday

At the close on Thursday, the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market pulled back from the record high reached on Wednesday and indications at the close suggest more declines are likely on Friday.
The market index dropped 50.86 points to close at 3,612.08, but the fall is not a sign that the market is heading to 4,300 points before moving on to 5,000 that technical indicators point to.
Securities trading on the Junior Market dipped to 32 from 31 on Wednesday, as prices of 13 rose, 16 declined and 3 remained unchanged. For the second trading session, the IC bid-offer indicator was flashing negative signs for the Market for the following trading day.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 3 stocks closing with higher bids than their last selling prices and 7 closed with lower offers.
Market activities resulted in an exchange of 5,865,706 units valued at $32,690,340 compared to 5,851,203 units valued at $22,568,503 trading on Wednesday.
The average trade for the day was 183,303 units for an average of $1,021,573 in contrast to 188,748 units for an average of $728,016 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 182,669 units valued at $837,814 and previously 182,591 units valued at $815,284 for each security traded. July ended with an average of 138,412 units at $563,215 for each security traded.
Stocks ending with price changes| Access Financial lost 20 cents in trading of 5,621 units at $43, AMG Packaging declined by 17 cents in trading 71,500 units to close at $2.08, Blue Power closed trading of 69,292 units and gained 82 cents to end at $9, Caribbean Cream fell 60 cents in trading of 13,435 units at $4.60. Caribbean Producers closed trading of 10,448 units and gained 15 cents to end at $4.70, Express Catering closed with a loss of 12 cents at $6.37, in swapping 55,653 shares, Everything Fresh shed 7 cents in trading 14,800 units at $1.63, Elite Diagnostic fell 33 cents in trading of 113,448 units at $7.02. Fontana lost 25 cents in trading of 1,169,703 units in closing at $8.25, General Accident lost 58 cents in exchanging 1,036,720 units to end at $5.01, GWest Corporation closed 10 cents higher at $1.21, with 12,119 stock units trading, Honey Bun exchanged 119,616 shares, after rising 74 cents to end at $6.50. iCreate closed with a loss of 5 cents at 75 cents in swapping 82,674 shares, Indies Pharma shed 45 cents in trading of 78,680 units to settle at $3.50. ISP Finance jumped $5 to end at $21, trading 1,500 shares, Jamaican Teas exchanged 66,384 shares to close at $5.60 after falling 22 cents. Jetcon Corporation dipped 20 cents in trading of 75,436 units at $1.80, Knutsford Express fell 10 cents in trading of 500 units at $11.10. Limners and Bards traded 803,097 shares, after rising 10 cents to end at $3.20, Lasco Financial fell 50 cents in trading of 1,244,222 units at $5.50 after the company posted slightly lower first quarter profits, Lasco Manufacturing ended with a loss of 1 cent at $5.50 with 179,107 stock units changing hands. Stationery and Office Supplies fell 25 cents in trading of 17,150 units at $15.50 and tTech Limited climbed 49 cents in exchanging 166,068 shares at $7.99.

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

Junior Market pulls back – Thursday

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Thursday with 22 securities changing hands, down from 26 on Wednesday with 6 securities advancing, 9 declining and 7 remaining unchanged leaving the index 23.48 points lower at 3,176.76.
Market activities resulted in an exchange of 2,993,554 units valued at $10,198,424 compared to 935,202,554 shares trading for $2,856,946,636 on Wednesday.
Trading ended with an average of 136,071 units for an average of $463,565 in contrast to 38,966,773 units for an average of $119,039,443 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 2,903,607 valued at $9,126,777 and previously 2,980,227 units valued at $9,627,015, In contrast, December ended with an average of 136,222 units at a value of $737,367 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 3 stocks ended with higher bids than their last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.
At the close of the day’s activities, AMG Packaging ended with a loss of 10 cents in trading 235,634 stock units, to close at $2.50, Blue Power concluded trading of 20,700 units and fell of 25 cents to end at $4.95, Cargo Handlers settled with a loss of 49 cents at $15.01, with 29,559 shares. Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 5 cents at $2.70, with an exchange of 118,491 shares, Elite Diagnostic finished with a loss of 3 cents at $2.85, trading 5,000 stock units, Everything Fresh lost 27 cents and closed trading of 82,577 shares at $1.67, Express Catering settled 7 cents higher at $7.97, with 6,600 units. Fontana rose 35 cents to close at $3.55 with 226,886 shares changing hands, FosRich Group ended trading of 1,508,263 shares with a loss of 5 cents to close at $3.75, Honey Bun closed at $3.80, with 17,600 stock units changing hands, Indies Pharma ended with 129,366 units changing hands at $3, ISP Finance concluded trading of 1,900 shares at $13. Jetcon Corporation settled 15 cents higher at $3.30, with 92,655 shares trading, Knutsford Express  finished trading of 1,465 shares and rose 50 cents higher to $13,  Lasco Distributors  closed with a loss of 10 cents at $3.70, trading 69,196 shares, Lasco Financial  ended 4 cents higher at $4.54, with an exchange of 68,077 shares. Lasco Manufacturing  ended trading with 58,075 stock units, with a loss of 10 cents at $3.20, Main Event finished at $5.90, with 4,429 units, Paramount Trading closed at $2, with 108,345 shares trading, SSL Venture Capital exchanged 1,100 shares to close at $1.95 and Stationery and Office  traded 5,408 shares at $9. In the junior market preference segment, CAC 2000 gained 16 cents and closed at $1.16, with 202,228 shares changing hands.

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

Investors shun Junior stocks for the oldsters

Black Panther mash up Palace bottom-line with a huge increase in profit that pushed to stock to no 1 for 2018 in the main market.

Investors shunned Junior Market stocks in 2018 for the older more established Main market stocks. At least that is what the data from the exchange is showing.
According to the Jamaica Stock Exchange report of trading to the end of July, volume and value on the main market is up while that on the junior market is well down on 2017 figures, even as the gains in the overall market shows juniors up 14 percent for the year to the end of July and 9 percent for the main market.
Junior Market volume is down year to July by a stunning 69 percent to 571 million units while the value fell 64 percent to $2.69 billion, less than half of the $6.6 billion traded for all of 2017. In contrast main market stocks traded 1.57 billion units, up 28.5 percent over 2017, for a total value of $32 billion, a strong 79.4 percent increase over 2017 and just shy of the $35.7 million traded for all of 2017.
The big winners for the year to July are, Palace with an increase of 154 percent, that was helped by the huge success of the Black Panther film that ran for several months, Pulse Investments up 67 percent, Kingston Wharves 60 percent, Jamaica Broilers 45 percent and Salada Foods 41 percent, as investors responded to improved profit. In the Junior Market, C2W Music and Derrimon Trading beat all others by huge margins, rising 233 percent after it announced a 10 to 1 stock split and 197 percent respectively. Express Catering climbed 86 percent, Stationery and Office Supplies up 65 percent and CAC 2000 up 51 percent.
The big losers in the main market are, Ciboney, having sold off the property it owned and paid out most of the proceeds as a dividend is down 68 percent, 138 Student Living fell 35 percent, Kingston Properties 31 percent, Wisynco Group 24 percent, Portland JSX 20 percent and in the Junior Market, GWEST Corporation down 36 percent, AMG Packaging 33 percent, tTech 23 percent, Knutsford Express 23 percent and Eppley 17 percent.

Eppley in another big trade

Eppley traded 20m shares on Thursday.

Having traded 10 million shares on Wednesday Eppley traded 20 million shares on Thursday driving Junior Market trading to 22,525,167 units valued at $250,208,093 compared to 12,129,589 units valued at $129,945,469.
Trading ended on Thursday with 23 securities changing hands up from 22 securities on Wednesday, resulting in the prices of 6 securities advancing, 6 declining and 11 remaining unchanged. The Junior Market Index declined by 8.15 points to close at 2,745.62.
Trading ended with an average of 979,355 units for an average of $10,878,613 in contrast to 551,345 units for an average of $5,906,612 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to units 589,979 valued at $3,373,542 and previously 561,183 valued at $2,818,504. In contrast, November closed with average of 107,477 units valued at $545,989 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 7 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial closed at $36, with 4,200 shares, AMG Packaging ended at $3, with 40,000 stock units, C2W Music finished 6 cents higher at $0.51, with 26,245 shares, CAC 2000 settled at $1.22 higher at $6.50, with 10,000 shares, Cargo Handlers ended trading with a loss of 10 cents at $10.80, with 2,147 stock units. Caribbean Cream traded at $6, with 19,920 units, Caribbean Producers closed 25 cents higher at $4.25, with 351,376 shares, Consolidated Bakeries ended at $1.80, with 2,487 stock units, Dolphin Cove lost 99 cents to close at $16, with 26,000 shares trading. FosRich traded at an intraday high of $3.70 but ended with a loss of 20 cents at $3.25 in trading of 408,846 shares, Eppley settled at $12, with 20,000,400 shares, Express Catering ended trading 70 cents higher at $5, with 81,427 stock units, newly listed, GWest traded with a loss of 54 cents in trading 1,067,765 shares in closing price of $3.21, Honey Bun finished trading 9 cents higher at $4, with 500 shares, Iron Rock closed at $2.85, with 23,019 shares. Jetcon Corporation finished with a gain of 40 cents at $4.80, with 120,000 shares, Knutsford Express traded at $15, with 55,128 units, Lasco Distributors finished trading with a loss of 1 cent at $3.98, with 127,481 shares, Lasco Manufacturing ended with a loss of 23 cents at $3.70, with 130,028 stock units. Main Event concluded trading with a loss of 72 cents at $5.28, with 4,155 units, Paramount Trading settled at $3, with 22,885 shares and Stationery and Office ended trading at $4.90, with 828 stock units. In the junior market preference segment, Eppley 10% concluded trading at $7.20, with a mere 330 units trading.

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

Access & NCB in TOP 10

NCB Financial Group enters TOP 10

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed at new record high on Friday, the seond week in a row that it doing so and in the process the all Jamaica Composite Index broke the 300,000 mark for the first time.
While the main market is making new highs, with gains of 43 percent for 2017, the junior market with gains of 30 percent at its peak this year, is now up just 12 percent for the year to date. Access Financial returned to the Junior Market list and NCB Financial to the main market list even as the latter price moved back to $91 at the end of the week and with just 33,603 units being offered for sale.
Suspension of the trading in Berger Paints shares is expected lifted on Tuesday, October 17. At the time of this report, no information was available on the level of take up of the buyout offer for the minority of the company’s shares by Ansa Coatings. The stock that traded at $11.25 when trading was suspended, should climb with the March 2018 full year’s earnings should hit $2.30 per share.
Investors continue to switch attention from Junior Market, to main market stocks, with the latter having pierced resistance around 300,000 points on the all Jamaica Composite Index could now be heading much higher as it moves on to the next major resistance at 360,000 point range on or before the end of the year.
At the close of Friday, the average PE ratio for the Junior Market Top stocks is at 7.9 and a PE at 7.1 for the main market TOP 10. The average PE for the overall main market trades at 13.5 and 13.1 for Junior Market, based on 2017 estimated earnings.
At the close of the week, IC Insider.com’s TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 40 percent to the average of the market for Junior Market Top stocks and it remains at 47 percent for the main market.