Fractional pull back for Juniors

On Wednesday, trading volume and value differed moderately from Tuesday, leading the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market into a mild fall after 38 securities changed hands compared to 37 on Tuesday and ending with 13 rising, 18 declining and seven, closing unchanged.

At the close, the Junior Market Index slipped 10.08 points to settle at 3,279.34, after opening at 3,343.21. The PE Ratio, a measure used to compute appropriate stock values averages 13. The PE ratio of each stock is shown in the chart below, is based on earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies whose financial year ends up to July 2022.
Trading garnered 6,124,546 shares for $19,675,741 compared to 5,877,002 units at $21,013,738 on Tuesday .Limners and Bards led trading with 3.05 million shares for 49.8 percent of total volume, followed by Lumber Depot 690,002 units with 11.3 percent of the day’s trade and Mailpac Group with 553,692 units for 9 percent market share. There was an average of 161,172 units at $517,783 in contrast to an average of 158,838 at $567,939 on Tuesday. The average or the month to date amounts to 84,959,068 units at $296,570,085 in contrast to 182,066 units at $639,479.
Trading averaged 161,172 shares at $517,783 in contrast to 158,838 shares at $567,939 on Tuesday. Trading month to date, averages 180,380 units at $629,660, compared to 182,066 units at $639,479 on Tuesday. September closed with an average of 207,032 units at $668,264.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
In trading, Access Financial declined $1.25 to $17.25 after exchanging 12,651 shares, AMG Packaging fell 18 cents to $1.75 while trading 358,000 stocks, as investors reacted to the release of full year results of 12 cents per share, up from 11 cents in 2020. Blue Power rose 26 cents to $3.31 after 69,451 units crossed the market, Cargo Handlers popped 20 cents to close at $8 in switching ownership of 672 stock units, Caribbean Assurance Brokers lost 8 cents and ended at $1.65 in an exchange of 32,751 units, Caribbean Cream shed 65 cents to end at $5.55, with 24,294 stocks clearing the market. Consolidated Bakeries dropped 12 cents at $1.61 while trading 2,000 shares, Dolphin Cove shed $2.05 to $8.20 after exchanging 5,000 stock units, Elite Diagnostic fell 12 cents in closing at $2.98 with 217,117 shares changing hands. Everything Fresh increased 8 cents to close at 96 cents after 1,206 stock units changed hands, Express Catering lost 13 cents to close at $4.77 trading 59,791 stocks, Fontana gained 9 cents to end at $6.45 with the swapping of 64,340 units. Fosrich climbed 10 cents to $8.20 in exchanging 950 units, Honey Bun fell 10 cents in closing at $8.60, with 620 shares crossing the market, Jamaican Teas rallied 8 cents to $4.38 with an exchange of 119,546 stocks. Lasco Distributors spiked 15 cents to end at $3.75 in trading 46,113 stock units, Lasco Financial declined 14 cents to close at $3.09, with 32,429 stocks changing hands, Main Event dropped 15 cents to $4.14 after exchanging 1,240 stock units. Stationery and Office Supplies shed 50 cents ending at $6 in trading 1,600 shares and tTech advanced 42 cents in closing at $4.67 after 3,090 units crossed the exchange.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Trading drops on junior Market

The number of securities trading rose sharply on Tuesday, but the volume of stocks traded declined 18 percent and the value fell 19 percent below Friday levels on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market and resulting in a fall in the market index.
Market activity led to 37 securities trading compared to 31 on Friday and ended with ten rising, 16 declining and 11 closing unchanged.
The Junior Market Index shed 35.98 points to 3,288.42. The PE Ratio, a measure used to compute appropriate stock values, averages 13.5. The PE ratio of each stock is shown in the chart below, is based on earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies with their financial year ending up to July 2022.
Trading ended with 5,877,002 shares changing hands for $21,013,738 down from 7,139,761 units at $25,836,483 on Friday. Mailpac Group led trading with 4.38 million shares for 74.5 percent of total volume, followed by Future Energy Source with 490,153 units for 8.3 percent of the day’s trade and Limners and Bards 213,465 units with a 3.6 percent market share.
Trading averaged 158,838 shares at $567,939 in contrast to 230,315 shares at $833,435 on Friday. Trading month to date, averages 182,066 units at $639,479, compared to 184,236 units at $646,163 on Friday. September closed with an average of 207,032 units at $668,264.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows one stock ended with a bid higher than the last selling price and five with lower offers.
At the close, Blue Power shed 15 cents to end at $3.05, with 21,083 shares crossing the market, Cargo Handlers rallied 80 cents to $7.80 while exchanging 990 stock units, Caribbean Cream dipped 5 cents to $6.20 trading 1,750 units. Caribbean Flavours advanced 6 cents in closing at $1.95 after trading 3,131 stocks, Elite Diagnostic rose 10 cents to $3.10 with 10,500 stock units changing hands, Everything Fresh dropped 8 cents to 88 cents after exchanging 9,067 shares. Express Catering fell 5 cents to close at $4.90, with 6,500 units crossing the exchange, Fontana lost 32 cents to end at $6.36 in switching ownership of 44,245 stocks, Fosrich declined 10 cents to $8.10, with 15,806 units changing hands. Iron Rock Insurance spiked 49 cents to $3.79 with an exchange of 100 stock units, Jamaican Teas dropped 5 cents to close at $4.30 with the swapping of 80,017 stocks, Knutsford Express popped 60 cents to $8.10, trading 2,243 shares. Lasco Manufacturing lost 10 cents in closing at $4.50 in an exchange of 39,219 stock units, Limners and Bards fell 11 cents to $3.51, with 213,465 shares clearing the market, Lumber Depot climbed 8 cents to end at $2.91 after exchanging 177,643 units. Main Event increased 29 cents, ending to $4.29, with 7,478 stocks crossing the market, Medical Disposables shed 25 cents to close at $5 in switching ownership of 55,000 shares and Tropical Battery lost 9 cents to end at $1.26, with 10,000 units clearing the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Kremi out Lumber Depot in ICTOP10

Caribbean Cream, with its Kremi brand of ice cream, reported disappointing second quarter results and fell out of the TOP 10 with full year earnings down to 65 cents, allowing Lumber Depot to return to the Junior Market ICTOP10. No other company moved in or out of the ICTOP10 stocks, valued at half that of the two overall markets.
Caribbean Cream half year’s results saw a modest 5 percent increase in sales in the second quarter, well below the first quarter increase of 28 percent, but cost rose above that of 2020, leaving a small profit of $7 million for the August quarter. The company’s management attributed the performance primarily to the no-movement days in operation during the quarter that curtailed sales. Knutsford Express returned to profit in the quarter of $9.2 million, from a loss in 2020 for the August quarter on improved revenues of $233 million from $122 million in 2020 but well off the $325 million in 2019. Paramount Trading had marginal movement in revenues for the August quarter of $369 million from $362 million in 2020, with a profit of $19 million versus $15 million in 2020.
Now that we are in the final quarter for 2021, many companies valuations will climb between now and early next year to further discount the current year’s earnings. Some stocks may therefore appear fully priced or close.  Investors should keep eyes on both this and next year’s earnings to determine the appropriate valuation of each stock and whether to hold or fold. The 80/20 rule of trading stocks should be ever present as the long 40 year history of the local market shows that only two out of each of the top ten stocks in a year repeat in the following while 4 out of 10 of the worst performing stocks end up as winners in the succeeding year. The lesson is that many of the top stocks for 2021 will not make it in 2022.
Elsewhere, in the Junior Market, AMG Packaging price bounced around in the week but closed at $1.93, Caribbean Assurance Brokers rallied 7 percent, from $1.63 to $1.75, Dolphin Cove rose from $9.69 to $10.25 and Stationery and Office Supplies moved up by 8 percent from $6 to $6.50.
In the Main Market, Guardian Holding fell from $577 to $550, Sygnus Credit Investment popped 5 percent from $16.96 to $17.80, to be up 11 percent in two weeks and Sterling Investments slipped 8 percent from $3.01 to $2.76. The latter two are flashing strong signals of higher prices ahead as active supplies on the sell side in the market are moderate.
The top three Main Market stocks are Caribbean Producers which is consolidating around $7, followed by Berger Paints and Guardian Holdings, with expected gains of 235 to 256 percent versus last weeks’ 219 to 264 percent.
The top three stocks in the Junior Market are Elite Diagnostic, followed by General Accident and Access Financial. All three have the potential to gain between 220 and 300 percent, down from 230 percent and 304 percent previously.
The average gains projected for the TOP 10 Junior Market stocks moved from 210 percent to 200 percent and Main Market stocks from 170 percent to 173 percent.
The Junior Market closed the week, with an average PE 13.4 based on ICInsider.com’s updated 2021-22 earnings and currently well below the target of 20 and the historical average of 17, for the period to March this year, based on 2020 earnings. The TOP 10 stocks trade at a PE of 6.8, with a 51 percent discount to that market’s PE.
The overall Junior Market can gain 49 percent to March next year, based on an average PE of 20 and 27 percent based on an average PE of 17. Nine stocks representing 25 percent of all Junior Market stocks with positive earnings are trading at or above this level, up from five last week, indicating that many others will rise above the 17 mark in the weeks ahead.
The average PE for the JSE Main Market is 15.4, 23 percent less than PE of 19 at the ended of March and 30 percent below the targeted PE of 20 to March 2022. The Main Market TOP 10 average PE is 7.7, representing a 50 percent discount to the market and  well below the potential of 20.  A total of 10 stocks or 22 percent of the market trade at or above a PE of 19, with most over 20, for an average PE of 25.5, suggesting that the accepted multiple may be around 25 times the current year’s earnings.
ICTOP10 is not intended to select the best stocks in the market but ones that are most likely to be the largest winners within a fifteen month period. ICInsider.com ranks stocks to highlight the winners from the rest, allowing investors to focus on potential winners, helping to remove emotional attachments to stocks that often result in costly mistakes.
IC TOP10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns up to March 2022 and ranked in order of potential gains, based on possible increase for each company, considering the earnings and PE ratios 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 per share are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

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

Winning week for Junior Market stocks

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The Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market closed trading on Friday, with the volume and the value of stocks changing hands climbing 69 and 65 percent, respectively, over Thursday’s trades and leading the market to close higher for the day and the week. 
On Thursday, investors traded 31 securities down from 36, with 12 rising, 11 declining, and eight closing unchanged.
The Junior Market Index rose 20.06 points to end at 3,325.40. The PE Ratio, a measure used to compute appropriate stock values, averages 12.9.  he PE Ratio of each stock shown in the chart below is based on earnings calculated by ICInsider.com for companies whose financial year ends up to July 2022.
Trading ended with 7,139,761 shares for $25,836,483, down from 4,213,606 units at $15,623,313 on Thursday. Jamaican Teas led trading with 3.76 million shares to control 52.6 percent of total volume traded, followed by Lumber Depot 1.13 million units for 15.8 percent of the day’s trade and iCreate 588,458 units for 8.2 percent market share.
Trading averaged 230,315 shares at $833,435 versus 117,045 shares at $433,981 on Thursday. Trading month to date, averages 184,236 units at $646,163 compared to 180,323 units at $630,258 on Thursday. September closed with an average of 207,032 units at $668,264.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows two stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial dropped 40 cents to close at $18.50 in exchanging 1,000 shares, AMG Packaging advanced 5 cents in ending at $1.93 after trading 219,926 stocks, Blue Power lost 18 cents in closing at $3.20 in an exchange of 5,364 units. Caribbean Cream fell 15 cents to $6.25 with 157,291 stock units changing hands, Caribbean Flavours declined 7 cents to end at $1.89 with the swapping of 40,034 stock units, Consolidated Bakeries spiked 18 cents to $1.73 in trading 2,023 shares. Derrimon Trading shed 6 cents in closing at $2.29 after 234,957 units crossed the market, Express Catering dropped 5 cents to end at $4.95 with 5,203 stocks changing hands, Fontana increased 28 cents to close at $6.68, with 21,423 stocks clearing the market. iCreate rose 10 cents to 99 cents in switching ownership of 588,458 stock units, Jamaican Teas climbed 20 cents to $4.35, with 3,755,020 shares crossing the exchange, Knutsford Express fell 60 cents to $7.50 while exchanging 2,330 units. Lasco Financial popped 6 cents to end at $3.24 while trading 76,488 units, Limners and Bards climbed 12 cents to $3.62, with 64,746 stock units crossing the market, Mailpac Group declined 9 cents to close at $3.76 trading 186,639 stocks. Main Event rallied 24 cents to $4 after trading 520 shares and tTech dipped 53 cents to $4.25 with an exchange of 3,629 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Mild slip for Junior Market

Trading closed Thursday, on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market with a 16 percent fall in the volume of stocks traded on Wednesday after marginally less funds passed through the market and leaving the market index slipping by the slimmest of margins.
At the close, the Junior Market Index dipped 0.29 points to settle at 3,305.34 after market activity led to trading in 36 securities down from 38 on Wednesday and ending, with 14 rising, 12 declining and 10 closing unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a measure used to compute appropriate stock values, averages 12.7. The PE ratio of each stock is shown in the chart below, is based on earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies with their financial year ending up to April 2022.
At close, 4,213,606 shares traded for $15,623,313 down from 5,024,379 units at $15,818,690 on Wednesday. Lumber Depot led trading with 1.55 million shares for 36.7 percent of total volume followed by Limners and Bards 535,900 units with 12.7 percent of the day’s trade and Cargo Handlers 501,000 units with 11.9 percent market share.
Trading averaged 117,045 shares at $433,981 versus 132,221 shares at $416,281 on Wednesday and month to date, an average of 180,323 units at $630,258, from 187,247 units at $651,735 on Wednesday. September closed with an average of 207,032 units at $668,264.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, Access Financial increased 90 cents to end at $18.90 after exchanging 5,550 shares, Blue Power climbed 13 cents in ending at $3.38, with 3,420 stocks crossing the market, Caribbean Assurance Brokers rallied 7 cents in closing at $1.77 after an exchange of 6,893 units. Caribbean Flavours popped 7 cents to $1.96 after trading 24,567 stock units, Derrimon Trading lost 19 cents to $2.35 while exchanging 22,043 shares, Fontana declined 28 cents to close at $6.40 after 79,793 stock units changed hands. General Accident rose 13 cents $5.45 in an exchange of 19,000 units, Honey Bun fell 35 cents to $8.70 with the swapping of 6,684 stocks, iCreate dropped 12 cents to 89 cents crossing, with 191,451 units passing through the market. ISP Finance advanced $5 to end at a record high of $40 after finishing trading of 200 shares, Jamaican Teas gained 10 cents to close at $4.15 with an exchange of 452,530 stock units, KLE Group shed 15 cents in ending at $1.15 in exchanging 500 stocks. Knutsford Express declined 10 cents to end at $8.10 in trading 503 units, Lasco Manufacturing dipped 10 cents to $4.60 with 5,361 shares changing hands, Lumber Depot lost 12 cents in closing at $2.85 trading 1,545,090 stock units. Main Event popped 11 cents to $3.76 in switching ownership of 600 stocks and Stationery and Office Supplies climbed 50 cents to end at $6.50 trading 10,000 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Trading picks up for Junior Market

Trading picked up on Wednesday, with a 37 percent rise in the volume of stocks trading, accompanied by 43 percent higher value than on Tuesday, leading the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market to close with a modest rise of 13.17 points Market Index 3,305.63.
A total of 38 securities traded compared to 36 on Tuesday and ended with 15 rising, 14 declining and nine, closing unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a measure used to compute appropriate stock values, averages 12.6 based on ICInsider.com’s 2021-22 earnings forecast.
Trading ended with 5,024,379 shares changing hands for $15,818,690 compared to 3,674,474 units at $11,048,134 on Tuesday. Lumber Depot led trading with 1.57 million shares to control 31.3 percent of total volume, followed by Derrimon Trading with 842,422 units for 16.8 percent of the day’s trade and iCreate 674,498 units with 13.4 percent market share.
Trading averaged 132,221 shares at $416,281 compared to 102,069 shares at $306,893 on Tuesday and month to date averages 187,247 units at $651,735, versus 194,432 units at $682,482 on Tuesday. September closed with an average of 207,032 units at $668,264.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial lost $1.51 to close at $18 in switching ownership of 748 shares, AMG Packaging advanced 12 cents to $1.89 after exchanging 3,717 stock units, CAC 2000 spiked $2.25 to $9.25, trading just ten units. Caribbean Assurance Brokers shed 5 cents to end at $1.70 in exchanging 1,498 stock units, Caribbean Cream declined 35 cents to $6.40, with 7,584 units crossing the market, Caribbean Flavours fell 7 cents to $1.89, with 105,383 shares crossing the exchange. Consolidated Bakeries popped 5 cents to $1.55 after 5,396 stocks changed hands, Derrimon Trading climbed 23 cents to close at $2.54 trading 842,422 units, Dolphin Cove rose 25 cents to $10.25 while exchanging 777 stock units. Everything Fresh dropped 5 cents to 93 cents after exchanging 2,626 shares, Express Catering fell 30 cents to close at $5 with an exchange of 35,066 stocks, Fontana rose 37 cents to $6.68 in trading 132,792 units. Fosrich gained 8 cents to $8.20 after an exchange of 1,324 stocks, Future Energy Source rallied 9 cents to $2.64, with 298,186 shares clearing the market, Honey Bun rallied 50 cents to $9.05 with the swapping of 19,923 units. Jamaican Teas advanced 5 cents to $4.05 in trading 202,484 stock units, KLE Group climbed 11 cents to $1.30, with 40,000 units changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing increased 16 cents to end at $4.70 in trading 18,613 stocks. Limners and Bards shed 15 cents to $3.52 with the swapping of 42,598 shares, Main Event declined 85 cents to close at $3.65 after trading 7,226 stock units and Medical Disposables spiked 43 cents to close at $5.24 while exchanging 18,600 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Trading dives on Junior Market

Trading levels dived on Tuesday, with the volume traded declining 56 percent and the value dropping 69 percent below trading on Monday at the close of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market, leaving the market index with a moderate gain.
Thirty six securities traded compared to 37 on Monday and ended, with 15 rising, 14 declining and seven, closing unchanged.
The Junior Market Index increased 14.76 points to 3,292.46. The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.7 based on ICInsider.com’s 2021-22 earnings forecast.
Overall, 3,674,474 shares traded at $11,048,134 versus 8,315,636 units at $36,059,912 on Monday. Jamaican Teas led trading with 1.29 million shares and accounted for 35.2 percent of total volume, followed by iCreate, with 741,545 units for 20.2 percent of the day’s trade and Future Energy Source with 665,429 units for 18.1 percent market share.
Trading averaged 102,069 shares at $306,893 in contrast to 224,747 shares at $974,592 on Monday. Trading month to date, averages 194,432 units at $682,482, compared to 207,472 units at $735,506 on Monday. September closed with an average of 207,032 units at $668,264.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial shed 19 cents at $19.51 in trading 1,400 shares, AMG Packaging declined 13 cents to $1.77, with 08 stocks crossing the exchange, Blue Power gained 25 cents to end at $3.25 in an exchange of 2,730 units. Caribbean Assurance Brokers fell 5 cents to $1.75 after 28,957 stock units crossed the market, Caribbean Cream popped 5 cents to $6.75, with an exchange of 9,807 units, Consolidated Bakeries dropped 30 cents in closing at $1.50 in switching ownership of 56,508 shares. Dolphin Cove rallied 31 cents to $10 while exchanging 4,709 stock units, Express Catering spiked 30 cents to $5.30 with the swapping of 2,000 stocks, Fontana fell 9 cents to $6.31, with 68,036 shares changing hands. Honey Bun fell 45 cents to $8.55 in exchanging 7,630 stocks, iCreate increased 13 cents to $1.05 trading 741,545 units, Jamaican Teas lost 8 cents in closing at $4 with an exchange of 1,294,858 stock units. Jetcon Corporation rose 10 cents to $1.10 after exchanging 24,380 stock units, KLE Group climbed 6 cents to close at $1.19, trading 1,000 shares, Knutsford Express advanced 20 cents to $8.20, with 7,056 units crossing the market. Lasco Distributors declined 10 cents to $3.60 after exchanging 18,491 stocks, Lasco Manufacturing shed 11 cents in closing at $4.54 after trading 21,578 units, Lumber Depot rose 7 cents to $2.97 trading 180,906 shares. Mailpac Group climbed 13 cents to $3.85 with the swapping of 221,732 stock units, Main Event rallied 50 cents to $4.50 trading 650 stocks, Medical Disposables popped 8 cents to close at $4.81 in switching ownership of 5,000 shares. Stationery and Office Supplies dropped 48 cents to $6, with 2,000 stocks clearing the market and tTech spiked 72 cents to $4.79 while exchanging 466 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Increased trading pushes Junior Market down

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market index surged to 3,323.70 points in the morning session on Monday, but selling pushed it back below the 3,300 mark to close at 3,277.70 after dropping 22.77 points with the volume of stocks traded slightly more than on Friday but with the value towering 40 percent higher.
Similar to trading on Friday, 37 securities traded and ended with the prices of 15 rising, 18  eclining and four closing unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a measure used to compute appropriate stock values, averages 12.5 based on ICInsider.com’s 2021-22 earnings forecast.
Trading ended with 8,315,636 shares changing hands for $36,059,912 versus 8,206,423 units at $25,715,250 on Friday. Lumber Depot led trading with 3.08 million shares after controlling 37 percent of total volume, followed by Fontana with 2.37 million units and taking 28.5 percent of the day’s trade and Future Energy Source with 689,535 units for 8.3 percent market share.
Trading averaged 224,747 shares at $974,592 in contrast to 221,795 shares at $695,007 on Friday. Trading month to date, averages 207,472 units at $735,506, compared to 204,540 units at $694,927 on Friday. September closed with an average of 207,032 units at $668,264.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial gained $1.10 to close at $19.70 while exchanging 114,509 shares, Blue Power fell 37 cents to $3, trading 11,015 stock units, CAC 2000 shed $2.25 to end at a 52 weeks’ low of $7 after exchanging 1,009 stocks. Cargo Handlers dropped 50 cents to $7, with 367 units crossing the exchange, Caribbean Assurance Brokers rallied 17 cents to $1.80, with 17,044 stock units clearing the market, Caribbean Cream spiked 33 cents to $6.70 after 17,573 stocks changed hands. Express Catering popped 10 cents to $5 in an exchange of 43,238 shares, Fontana rose 33 cents in closing at $6.40 with 2,370,536 units changing hands, Fosrich lost 8 cents to close at $8.12 in trading 11,170 units. Future Energy Source dropped 15 cents to $2.55 with the swapping of 689,535 stock units, General Accident declined 15 cents to $5.30 after exchanging 128,132 shares, Honey Bun climbed 15 cents to $9 in exchanging 75,161 stocks. iCreate dropped 8 cents to 92 cents after 98,817 shares crossed the market, Indies Pharma advanced 19 cents to $3.39 after trading 24,595 units, Jamaican Teas fell 10 cents to $4.08, with 508,658 stocks changing hands. Jetcon Corporation shed 13 cents in closing at $1 after switching ownership of 35,184 stock units, KLE Group popped 11 cents to $1.13 while exchanging 505 units, Knutsford Express lost 7 cents in ending at $8 after 2,919 stock units changed hands, Lasco Distributors popped 10 cents to close at $3.70, with 4,394 stocks clearing the market. Lasco Manufacturing dropped 24 cents to end at $4.65 trading 14,182 shares, Limners and Bards spiked 21 cents to $3.70 with an exchange of 184,618 stocks, Lumber Depot declined 7 cents to close at $2.90 after trading 3,076,244 units, Main Event lost 40 cents in closing at $4 after exchanging 1,865 shares, Medical Disposables shed 47 cents to $4.73 with the swapping of 10,110 stock units and Stationery and Office Supplies climbed 48 cents to $6.48 in an exchange of two shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

New ICTOP10 100% plus winner

Caribbean Producers raced to the top of ICTOP10 listings last week after the company released full year results resulting in ICInsider.com upgrading earnings from 65 cents per share to $1.20 for the current year. The stock price promptly surged to close at $6.60 after hitting a high of $7.50 on Friday and gaining 136 percent for the year to date and remaining in the number one position on the Main Market list with much room to cover before full valuation.
Watch these stocks that are expected to release quarterly financial statements this coming week, in addition to CPJ that is in demand and Sygnus Credit Investments that has limited stocks on offer. Caribbean Cream’s half year results are due by Friday and should be showing earnings around 40 cents per share if the first quarter trend continues. Also expected by Friday are AMG Packaging, Express Catering, Knutsford Express and Paramount Trading.
Elsewhere, in the Junior Market, AMG Packaging rose 13.5 percent from $1.70 to $1.93, Access Financial dropped from $20 to $18.60, Caribbean Cream moved from $7 to $6.37, Dolphin Cove slipped from $10 last week to $9.69 and Stationery and Office Supplies fell from $6.49 to $6.
In the Main Market, Caribbean Producers rose 20 percent from $5.50 to $6.60, Guardian Holding fell from $582 to $577 after hitting a low during the week of $511, Sygnus Credit Investment rose 6 percent from $15.98 to $16.96 and Victoria Mutual Investments that moved from $5.45 to $6.
The top three Main Market stocks are Caribbean Producers, followed by Berger Paints and Guardian Holdings, with expected gains of 219 to 264 percent for the three, versus last weeks’ 216 to 336 percent.
The top three stocks in the Junior Market are Elite Diagnostic, followed by Caribbean Assurance and General Accident. All three have the potential to gain between 230 and 304 percent, from 217 percent and 300 percent last week.
The average gains projected for the TOP 10 Junior Market stocks moved from 203 percent to 210 percent and Main Market stocks moved from 180 percent to 170 percent.
The Junior Market closed the week with an average PE 12.7 based on ICInsider.com’s 2021-22 earnings and currently trades well below the target of 20 and the historical average of 17  to March this year based on 2020 earnings. The TOP 10 stocks trade at a PE of 6.6, with a 52 percent discount to that market’s PE.
The overall Junior Market can gain 57 percent to March next year, based on an average PE of 20 and 34 percent based on an average PE of 17. Five stocks are trading above this level and two at a PE around the 16 level and 16.7, indicating that many others will rise above the 17 mark.
The JSE Main Market ended the week with an overall PE of 15.7, a little distance from 19 the market ended at in March, suggesting a 27 percent rise at a PE of 19 and 21 percent at a PE of 20 from now to March 2022. The Main Market TOP 10 trades at a PE of 7.6, with a 49 percent discount to the PE of that market, well off the potential of 20, but 12 stocks trade above a PE of 19, with most of them over 20, suggesting that the accepted multiple maybe around 25 times current year’s earnings.
ICTOP10 is not intended to select the best stocks in the market but ones that are most likely to be the best winners within fifteen months. ICInsider.com ranks stocks to highlight the winners from the rest, allowing investors to focus on potential winners, helping to remove emotional attachments to stocks that often result in costly mistakes.
IC TOP10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns up to March 2022 and ranked in order of potential gains, based on likely increase for each company, considering the earnings and PE ratios 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 per share are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

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Junior jumps to close out week on Friday

Trading closed on Friday, with the volume and value of stocks traded declining by 33 and 36 percent respectively, from Thursday’s trades as the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange enjoyed a positive day to close above the 3,300 mark for the first time since the first day of October.
A total of 37 securities traded as was the case on Thursday and ended with 18 rising, 12 declining and seven closing unchanged as one stock traded at 52 weeks’ high.
The Junior Market Index spiked 38.01 points to end at 3,300.47. The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.7 based on ICInsider.com’s 2021-22 earnings forecast.
A total of 8,206,423 shares traded for $25,715,250 down from 12,301,366 units at $39,887,095 on Thursday. Lumber Depot led trading with 3.03 million shares and accounted for 36.9 percent of total volume, followed by Jamaican Teas with 2.11 million units for 25.7 percent of the day’s trade and iCreate with 1.08 million units for 13.2 percent market share. Trading averaged 221,795  shares at $695,007 compared to 332,469 shares at $1,078,030 on Thursday. Trading month to date averages 204,540 shares at $694,927, versus 201,012 units at $694,911 on Thursday. September closed with an average of 207,032 units at $668,264.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, AMG Packaging advanced 23 cents to $1.93 in exchanging 1,795 shares, Blue Power popped 12 cents to $3.37 after exchanging 1,300 units, Caribbean Assurance Brokers lost 16 cents to end at $1.63 in trading 15,158 stocks. Dolphin Cove spiked 69 cents to $9.69 after exchanging 2,867 stock units, Everything Fresh rose 10 cents to 98 cents trading 3,813 units, Express Catering backed off 45 cents to $4.90 with the swapping of 220,444 shares. Fontana dropped 32 cents to $6.07 after 43,768 stock units crossed the exchange, Fosrich increased 7 cents to close at $8.20, trading 15,069 stocks, General Accident gained 15 cents in ending at $5.45 after switching ownership of 34,100 stock units. Honey Bun shed 13 cents to $8.85 in an exchange of 19,883 units, Indies Pharma fell 15 cents in closing at $3.20 while exchanging 52 stocks, Iron Rock Insurance shed 5 cents to $3.30, with 19,870 shares clearing the market. ISP Finance spiked $10 to end at a record $35 with an exchange of 2,855 stock units, Jamaican Teas lost 16 cents to close at $4.18, with 2,110,176 stocks changing hands, Jetcon Corporation climbed 12 cents to $1.13 after 5,000 units crossed the market. Lasco Manufacturing spiked 23 cents to $4.89 with 10,433 shares changing hands, Limners and Bards increased 19 cents to $3.49, with 16,022 shares crossing the exchange, Mailpac Group rose 8 cents to close at $3.68 in trading 301,333 stocks. Main Event declined 9 cents to $4.40, with 300 stock units changing hands, Medical Disposables popped 50 cents to $5.20 after 12,516 units crossed the market and Stationery and Office Supplies fell 20 cents to close at $6 in exchanging 2,456 shares.

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