Mayberry sells off its Lumber depot shares

Mayberry Jamaica Equities sold off their remaining shares in Lumber Depot to the Paul Scott controlled Musson Investments, our sources indicate, helping to swell trading in the stock to 141.23 million units, accounting for 98.2 percent of total market volume on Friday. 
The trade pushed the volume of stocks traded by 4,622 percent and the value 1,842 percent higher than on Thursday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market.
Market activity led to 34 securities trading compared to 36 on Thursday and ended with 15 rising, 10 declining and nine, closing unchanged. The Junior Market Index shed 9.66 points to settle at 3,337.47.
The PE Ratio, a measure used to compute appropriate stock values, averages 14.3. The PE ratio of stocks in the chart below is based on earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies whose financial year ends up to August 2022.
A total of 143,917,891 shares changed hands for $397,658,745 compared to 3,047,909 units at $20,478,634 on Thursday. Lumber Depot led trading, followed by AMG Packaging contributing 0.6 percent with 810,660 units and Blue Power exchanged 499,518 units for a 0.3 percent market share.
Trading averaged 4,232,879 shares at $11,695,845 in contrast to 84,664 shares at $568,851 on Thursday and month to date, averaging 1,386,894 units at $3,972,320, compared to 79,279 units at $423,673 previously. November closed with an average of 160,358 units at $581,730.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, AMG Packaging lost 21 cents after ending at $1.90, trading 810,660 shares, Blue Power popped 43 cents in closing at $3.63 after exchanging 499,518 stock units, Cargo Handlers fell 89 cents to $7.01 in trading 300 units. Caribbean Assurance Brokers spiked 58 cents to a 52 weeks’ high of $2.98 after transferring 70,936 stocks, Express Catering lost 19 cents to close at $5.70 in an exchange of 1,000 units, General Accident shed 47 cents to end at $6 with 11,579 stocks clearing the market. GWest Corporation rallied 8 cents to $1 in trading 202 stock units, Honey Bun shed 32 cents to $9.65 with an exchange of 200,468 shares, Iron Rock Insurance climbed 47 cents to $3.58 in switching ownership of 445 units. Jetcon Corporation lost 8 cents in ending at $1 with the swapping of 1,200 stocks, Knutsford Express rose 30 cents to finish at $8 with 112 stock units changing hands, Lasco Distributors lost 5 cents in closing at $3.05 with the transfer of 60,265 shares. Limners and Bards popped 10 cents to $3.55 in exchanging 15,000 stocks, Lumber Depot shed 15 cents to close at $2.75 with 141,232,699 shares clearing the market, Medical Disposables jumped 68 cents to $6.30 in trading 8,678 stock units and tTech gained 40 cents to end at $4.50 with 11,077 shares changing hands.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

This stock is a must for Xmas buy list

Profit after taxation surged 455 percent to $21.5 million for the second quarter to September from a loss of $6 million in 2020 at Medical Disposables. For the year to date, profit after tax spiked 458 percent to $47 million, up from a loss of $13 million in 2020.
Income from sales jumped 49 percent to $936 million for the September quarter, up from $630 million in 2020 and climbed 42 percent for the six months ended September 2021 to $1.62 billion, from $1.14 billion in the prior year.
The increase in sales in the second quarter “is due to increased business activity as well as the consolidation of the operations of the new subsidiary Cornwall Enterprises Limited. There has been a significant improvement in the movement of pharmaceutical and medical disposable items, especially with fewer lock-down periods when compared to last year,” Kurt Boothe, Chief Executive Officer, reported to shareholders in the report accompanying the financials.
Gross profit after selling and distribution expenses jumped 74 percent in the quarter to $184 million, up from $106 million in 2020 and climbed 85 percent for the half year to $303 million from $164 million in the prior year. The period’s gross profit percentage rose to 25 percent compared to 23 percent in 2020 for the six months and from 24 percent in 2020 to 25 percent for the September quarter.
Finance and other income added $8 million to profit in the September 2021 quarter versus $1.5 million in 2020 and for the half year $10 million versus $3 million in 2020.
Selling and promotional expenses increased 26 percent from $46 million in the 2020 second quarter to $59 million and rose 14 percent from $103 million in 2020 to $117 million for the six month period.

Medical Disposables.

Administrative expenses jumped 80 percent from $63 million in the 2020 second quarter to $112 million and surged 55 percent from $113 million in 2020 to $175 million for the six months. Depreciation charge moved 90 percent from $7 million for the September 2020 quarter to $13 million in 2021 and rose 45 percent for the half year from $14 million to $20 million.
Finance cost fell 26 percent from $38 million to $28 million in the quarter and dipped 9 percent to $45 million $50 million for the half year. Foreign exchange losses amount to $1.75 million in the latest quarter from $4 million in 2020 and $5.4 million for the year to date versus a slight loss of $76,823 in 2020.
Gross cash flow generated $75 million for the six months, but growth in working capital drove it down to a negative $119 million versus negative $190 million in 2020. The cash flow deficit was financed by net loan inflows of $225 million. The company paid a dividend of $18.4 million during the half year. At the end of the quarter, Current assets ended with $1.79 billion, including cash of $95 million, inventories of $944 million and receivables of $745 million. Current Liabilities amounts to $1.24 billion and includes Payables of $741 million and short term loans of $486 million. Net current assets ended the period $549 million. Shareholders’ equity stands at $1.05 million, with long term borrowings at just $284 million.
Earnings per share came out at 8 cents for the quarter and 18 cents for the half year. ICInsider.com forecasts earnings of 70 cents per share for the current year and $1.50 per share for 2023. The stock traded at $5.62 on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market on Wednesday with a PE ratio of 8 times, current earnings well below the average of 14.5 currently for the Junior Market. The stock gets the coveted ICInsider.com BUY RATED seal.

Junior Market starts December positively

Stocks recorded gains to start the final month of the year on a positive note on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market on Wednesday, with the volume of stocks traded rising, slipping 29 percent, with the value down 22 percent versus trading on Tuesday.
The day ended with 38 securities trading compared to 36 on Tuesday and ended with 12 rising, 15 declining and 11, closing unchanged. The Junior Market Index advanced 8.09 points to settle at 3,376.20.
The PE Ratio, a measure used to compute appropriate stock values, averages  14.4. 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 August 2022.
A total of 2,818,722 shares changed hands for $10,873,159 down from 3,944,569 units at $13,899,422 on Tuesday. Lumber Depot led trading with 576,504 shares for 20.5 percent of total volume, followed by Caribbean Assurance Brokers with 519,552 units for 18.4 percent of the day’s trade and AMG Packaging with 394,367 units for 14 percent market share.
Trading averaged 74,177 shares at $286,136 in contrast to 109,571 shares at $386,095 on Tuesday. November closed with an average of 160,358 units at $581,730.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows one stock ended with a bid higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, AMG Packaging popped 5 cents after closing at $2.20 with the swapping of 394,367 shares, Blue Power rose 21 cents to $3.21, with 20,432 stocks crossing the market, Cargo Handlers climbed 4 cents to end at $7.05 after exchanging 2,000 stock units. Caribbean Assurance Brokers shed 18 cents to $2.31, with 519,552 units crossing the market, Caribbean Flavours fell 11 cents to $1.81 with 4,001 stocks changing hands, Consolidated Bakeries declined 6 cents in closing at $1.45 in exchanging 15,049 units. Dolphin Cove popped 19 cents to $13.19 after trading 270,441 shares, Everything Fresh fell 6 cents to 92 cents with an exchange of 75,853 stock units, Express Catering increased 25 cents to close at $5.90 in exchanging 24,934 units. Fosrich dropped 3 cents to end at $8.47 after trading 13,319 stocks, Future Energy Source slipped 3 cents to $2.75, with 296,830 shares changing hands, GWest Corporation rallied 9 cents to close at $1 in switching ownership of 1,600 stock units. Knutsford Express gained 49 cents in ending at $8 after trading 1,734 units, Lasco Distributors fell 5 cents in closing at $3.15 after exchanging 9,362 stocks, Limners and Bards dropped 9 cents to end at $3.60, with 15,718 shares crossing the exchange. Lumber Depot shed 4 cents to $2.90 while exchanging 576,504 stock units, Medical Disposables lost 14 cents to end at $5.62, with 7,000 stocks clearing the market, Paramount Trading advanced 17 cents in closing at $1.21 after exchanging 2,000 units and Stationery and Office Supplies popped 38 cents to $6.38 in an exchange of 300 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market rallies into month end

Add your HTML code here...

The volume of stocks trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market on Tuesday rose moderately over Monday’s trade after 15 percent fewer funds entered the market compared to Monday, but the margin rose above Mondays’ close but ended down nearly 27 points for the month.
The market closed with 36 securities trading up from 34 on Monday and ended with 18 rising, 10 declining and eight, closing unchanged. At the close, the Junior Market Index increased 25.97 points to settle at 3,368.11.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 14.4. 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 August 2022.
Trading ended with 3,944,569 shares changing hands for $13,899,422 compared to 3,434,946 units at $16,310,151 on Monday. Indies Pharma led trading with 525,785 shares for 13.3 percent of total volume, followed by iCreate with 492,593 units for 12.5 percent of the day’s trade and Future Energy Source with 449,533 units for 11.4 percent market share.
Trading averaged 109,571 shares at $386,095 in contrast to 101,028 shares at $479,710 on Monday and the month to date, averaging  160,358 units at $581,730, compared to 162,748 units at $590,936 on Monday. October closed with an average of 162,777 units at $557,275.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
At the close, Access Financial advanced 75 cents to $20.75, trading 8,637 shares, Caribbean Assurance Brokers rallied 7 cents to $2.49, with 44,200 stock units crossing the exchange, Consolidated Bakeries climbed 35 cents in closing at $1.51 in exchanging 5,502 units. Dolphin Cove spiked 53 cents to $13 while exchanging 232,273 stocks, Elite Diagnostic lost 14 cents to end at $3.06 with 49,422 stocks changing hands, Fosrich dropped 24 cents to $8.50 after exchanging 31,127 stock units. General Accident popped 49 cents to $6.49 as 1,100 units changed hands, Indies Pharma gained 51 cents in ending at $3.50 while exchanging 525,785 shares, Jetcon Corporation rose 18 cents to close at $1.08 in trading 4,000 shares. KLE Group shed 82 cents to $2.30 after exchanging 32,978 stocks, Knutsford Express fell 49 cents to $7.51 with the swapping of 1,467 stock units, Lasco Distributors increased 19 cents to $3.20 in switching ownership of 28,737 units. Limners and Bards advanced 9 cents to end at $3.69 after 139,628 stocks crossed the market, Lumber Depot popped 7 cents to close at $2.94, trading 214,857 stock units, Medical Disposables declined 93 cents in closing at $5.76, with 3,800 shares changing hands. Paramount Trading fell 17 cents to $1.04 in an exchange of 400,900 units and Stationery and Office Supplies declined 10 cents to $6, with 5,795 stocks clearing the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Monday fall for JSE Junior Market

The Junior Market Index dropped 29.43 points to 3,342.14 in trading on Monday, with the volume traded rising moderately over Friday’s trade and the value increasing 18 percent higher at the close of trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market.
A total of 34 securities traded, up from 31 on Friday, ending with 11 rising, 21 declining and two closing unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a measure used to compute appropriate stock values, averages 14.4. The PE ratio of each stock shown in the chart below, is based on earnings forecasts by ICInsider.com for companies with their financial year ending up to August 2022.
Trading ended with 3,434,946 shares changing hands for $16,310,151 versus3,228,831 units at $13,859,253 on Friday. Future Energy Source led trading with 682,540 shares for 19.9 percent of total volume, followed by Mailpac Group with 319,195 units for 9.3 percent of the day’s trade and Dolphin Cove with 308,847 units for 9 percent market share.
Trading averaged 101,028 shares at $479,710 in contrast to 104,156 shares at $447,073 on Friday and month to date, averaging 162,7 8 units at $590,936, compared to 165,619 units at $596,109 on Friday. October closed with an average of 162,777 units at $557,275.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial dropped 80 cents to $20, trading 8,000 shares, AMG Packaging fell 10 cents to $2.15 with 1,000 stock units changing hands, Caribbean Flavours increased 25 cents to close at $1.90, trading 125,000 stocks. Consolidated Bakeries dropped 39 cents to $1.16 after exchanging 90,366 units, Dolphin Cove shed 43 cents to $12.47 in swapping 308,847 units, Express Catering lost 39 cents in closing at $5.60 with an exchange of 99,624 stock units. Fontana fell 13 cents to end at $7.50, exchanging 250,699 stocks, General Accident lost 60 cents to close at $6 while trading 4,435 shares, Indies Pharma dropped 11 cents to $2.99 in switching ownership of 2,010 shares. Jetcon Corporation declined 18 cents to 90 cents in an exchange of 42,376 stock units, KLE Group spiked 82 cents in closing at $3.12 in trading just 500 stocks, Lasco Distributors shed 19 cents to end at $3.01 with the swapping of 177,400 units. Lasco Manufacturing climbed 9 cents to $4.89, with 179,879 shares changing hands, Limners and Bards advanced 29 cents to $3.60 after trading 40,000 stocks, Mailpac Group popped 11 cents to close at $3.50, with 319,195 units crossing the market and Stationery and Office Supplies dropped 49 cents to end at $6.10, with 24,322 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Two changes to ICTOP10 listings

The two major Jamaica Stock Exchange markets meandered all week, closing the past week with the Junior Market rising moderately and the Main Market recovering 5,228 points of the more than 12,000 lost on the last two trading days in the previous week as prices of Caribbean Cement, NCB Financial and Scotia Group rose.
Against the above backdrop, there were few changes to the ICTOP10 stocks at the week’s close. Scotia Group jumped 9 percent to end at $37.97 for the week and gave way to Carreras to return to the Main Market TOP10 after a long absence, with the price at $8.10 and projected earnings at 80 cents. The Junior Market lost Medical Disposables with the price closing at $6.72, up 29 percent for the week, allowing General Accident came in to replace it with the price at $6.60 and just edging out Fontana, with both having similar potential gains of 97 percent.
Big TOP10 movers for the week are AMG Packaging lost 6 percent in closing at $2.25 from $2.40 last week, Caribbean Cream fell 4 percent to $5.60, Elite Diagnostic dropped 8 percent to $3.20, Caribbean Assurance Brokers rose 6 percent to $2.47 and Dolphin Cove rose 3 percent to land at $12.90 after it a 52 weeks’ high of $14 on Thursday, new coronavirus making the news seemed to have induced selling on Friday.  In the Main Market, Caribbean Producers jumped 15 percent to close at $10, up from $8.61 and Radio Jamaica gained 8 percent to $3.30.
The top three Main Market stocks are Guardian Holdings, Caribbean Producers and JMMB Group, projected to gain between 214 to 254 percent expected versus last weeks’ 212 to 283 percent.
The top three stocks in the Junior Market are AMG Packaging, followed by Caribbean Assurance Brokers and Access Financial Services. All three can gain between 150 and 211 percent, down from 154 percent and 207 percent previously.
There are many undervalued stocks in the market, with the average gains projected for the TOP 10 Junior Market stocks moved from 145 percent last week to 142percent and Main Market stocks moved from 163 percent to this week’s 159 percent.
The Junior Market closed the week with an average PE 14.5 based on ICInsider.com’s 2021-22 earnings and is currently well below the target of 20 and the March 2020 historical average of 17, based on 2020 earnings. The TOP 10 stocks trade at a PE of a mere 8.4, with a 42 percent discount to that market’s average PE.
The Junior Market can gain 38 percent to March next year, based on an average PE of 20 and 17 percent based on an average PE of 17. Ten stocks representing 25 percent of all Junior Market stocks with positive earnings are trading at or above this level, down from seven last week, indicating that many others will rise towards the 17 mark in the weeks ahead.
The average PE for the JSE Main Market is 16.1, which is 18 percent less than the PE of 19 at the end of March and 24 percent below the target of 20 to March 2022. The Main Market TOP 10 average PE is 8, representing a 50 percent discount to the market and well below the potential of 20. A total of 14 stocks or 30 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 could be around 25 times the current year’s earnings.
ICTOP10 focuses on likely yearly winners; accordingly, the list may or may not include the best companies in the market. ICInsider.com ranks stocks based on projected earnings to highlight winners from the rest, allowing investors to focus on potential winning stocks and 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 the 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.

Steady trading for Junior Market

Trading closed on Friday, with the volume of stocks dropping 71 percent and the value falling 43 percent below Thursday’s trades at the close of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market as the market index rose.
Market activity led to 31 securities trading, down from 37 on Thursday and ended with 17 rising, 11 declining and three, closing unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index popped 16.46 points to settle at 3,371.57. The PE Ratio, a measure used to compute appropriate stock values, averages 14.5. 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 August 2022.
Trading ended with 3,228,831 shares changing hands for $13,859,253, down from 10,965,895 units at $24,497,350 on Thursday. Indies Pharma led trading with 1.31 million shares for 40.6 percent of total volume, followed by Dolphin Cove with 332,058 units and 10.3 percent of the day’s trade and Lasco Distributors with 280,296 units for 8.7 percent market share.
Trading averaged 104,156 shares at $447,073, down from 296,376 shares at $662,091 on Thursday and month to date an average of 165,619 units at $596,109, compared to 168,340 units at $602,709 on Thursday. October ended with an average of 162,777 units at $557,275.
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 rallied 80 cents to $20.80 with an exchange of 10,375 shares, AMG Packaging popped 17 cents $2.25 trading 23,000 stocks, Caribbean Assurance Brokers advanced 12 cents to close at $2.47, with 93,333 units clearing the market. Caribbean Cream added 10 cents in closing at $5.60 with the swapping of 9,150 stock units, Dolphin Cove shed $1.15 to end at $12.90, with 332,058 shares crossing the exchange, Express Catering popped 19 cents to $5.99 with 43,038 stock units changing hands. Fontana increased 42 cents to $7.63 in switching ownership of 148,959 stocks, Fosrich dropped 10 cents to close at $8.75, with 10,969 units crossing the market, General Accident lost 10 cents to end at $6.60 as 75 units changed hands. GWest Corporation declined 11 cents in closing at 90 cents in exchanging 9,010 stocks, Honey Bun fell 50 cents to $10, with 55,570 shares changing hands, Indies Pharma rose 10 cents to $3.10 after trading 1,312,419 stock units. Jamaican Teas dropped 11 cents to close at $3.70 in trading 88,776 shares, Knutsford Express climbed 84 cents to $7.99 in an exchange of 100 stock units, Lasco Financial rose 8 cents to $3.13 after finishing trading 11,404 stocks, Limners and Bards shed 19 cents in ending at $3.31 while exchanging 225,264 units, Lumber Depot climbed 9 cents to end at $2.90 in an exchange of 154,948 stock units and Medical Disposables popped 53 cents to $6.72 after exchanging 10,000 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market drops again

Trading closed on Thursday, with the volume of stocks changing hands rising 81 percent and the value climbing 22 percent higher than on Wednesday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market, but the robust trading gains failed to stave off a fall in the market index after opening at 3,412 points.
Market activity led to 37 securities trading compared to 36 on Wednesday and ended with 11 rising, 21 declining and five, closing unchanged. At the close, the Junior Market Index shed 12.60 points to settle at 3,355.11.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in the computation of appropriate stock values, averages 14.2. The PE ratios shown in the chart below are based on earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies with their financial year ending up to August 2022.
Trading ended with 10,965,895 shares changing hands for $24,497,350, up from 6,054,083 units at $20,040,287 on Wednesday. Caribbean Flavours led trading with 6.49 million shares for 59.1 percent of total volume, followed by iCreate 1.13 million units, with 10.3 percent of the day’s trade and Jamaican Teas with 598,477 units for 5.5 percent market share.
Trading averaged 296,376 shares at $662,091 up from 168,169 shares at $556,675 on Wednesday and month to date, averaging 168,340 units at $602,709, compared to 161,195 units at $599,396 on Wednesday. October closed with an average of 162,777 units at $557,275.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one stock with a lower offer.
At the close, AMG Packaging shed 22 cents in closing at $2.08 with an exchange of 291,739 shares, Caribbean Flavours fell 26 cents to close at $1.65 while exchanging 6,485,855 units, Derrimon Trading slipped 13 cents to $2.26, with 48,748 stocks clearing the market. Everything Fresh dropped 9 cents to 91 cents trading 39,506 stock units, Express Catering declined 20 cents to end at $5.80 after 41,366 stock units changed hands, Fontana fell 19 cents to end at $7.21 in exchanging 34,055 stocks. Fosrich lost 10 cents ending at $8.85 with the swapping of 2,690 shares, General Accident popped 45 cents $6.70, with 2,850 units changing hands, GWest Corporation rose 9 cents to close at $1.01 after exchanging 14,904 shares. Honey Bun shed 49 cents to $10.50 in an exchange of 32,722 stock units, iCreate rallied 7 cents to 95 cents after trading 1,131,083 stocks, Indies Pharma gained 10 cents in closing at $3 after 15,957 units crossed the exchange. Iron Rock Insurance dropped 89 cents to $3.11 in an exchange of one share, KLE Group declined 83 cents to end at $2.30 in switching ownership of 1,629 units, Lasco Distributors advanced 13 cents to close at $3.20 in trading 12,134 stock units. Lasco Financial shed 10 cents to end at $3.05, with 23,350 stocks crossing the market, Limners and Bards climbed 12 cents to $3.50, trading 24,566 units, Lumber Depot declined 14 cents to $2.81, with 302,926 stocks changing hands. Mailpac Group spiked 40 cents to $3.45 in trading 466,836 shares, Main Event dropped 38 cents to $3.72 with an exchange of 10 stock units, Medical Disposables increased 69 cents to $6.19 after exchanging 7,074 stock units. Paramount Trading advanced 16 cents to close at $1.21 with the swapping of 16,460 units, Stationery and Office Supplies jumped $1.09 in closing at $6.59 after exchanging 16,740 stocks and tTech fell 24 cents to $4.26 in switching ownership of 331 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Second day of slippage for Junior Market

Trading closed on Wednesday, with the stock volume and value rising 65 percent and 22 percent, respectively higher than  Tuesday. The market index slipped for a second day at the close of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market.
A total of 36 securities traded similar to Tuesday and ended with 12 rising, 15 declining and nine, closing unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index declined 14.69 points to 3,367.71. The PE Ratio, a measure used to compute appropriate stock values, averages 14.2. 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 August 2022.
Trading amassed 6,054,083 shares for $20,040,287 compared to 3,658,667 units at $16,374,907 on Tuesday. Jamaican Teas led trading with 1.33 million shares for 22 percent of total volume, followed by CAC 2000 9.5% preference share with 652,423 units for 10.8 percent of the day’s trade and Future Energy Source with 536,275 units for 8.9 percent market share.
Trading averaged 168,169 shares at $556,675, up from 101,630 shares at $454,859 on Tuesday and month to date, averaging 161,195 units at $599,396, compared to160,795 units at $601,848 on Tuesday. October closed with an average of 162,777 units at $557,275.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows two stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, AMG Packaging fell 40 cents to $2.30 while exchanging 259,950 shares, Caribbean Cream declined 50 cents to $5.50 in switching ownership of 11,709 stocks, Derrimon Trading rose 18 cents to end at $2.39 after 475,005 units crossed the exchange. Dolphin Cove increased 71 cents to a 52 weeks’ closing high of $14 after exchanging 280,755 stock units, Express Catering climbed 64 cents to close at $6, with 199,565 stocks crossing the market, Fontana shed 10 cents in ending at $7.40, with 11,475 units changing hands. Fosrich advanced 50 cents to close at $8.95 in trading 14,811 shares, General Accident fell 25 cents to $6.25 in an exchange of 10,289 stock units, Honey Bun dropped 73 cents to end at $10.99, exchanging 25,122 stocks. Knutsford Express shed 83 cents in closing at $7.15 and trading 6,341 units, Lasco Distributors fell 23 cents to end at $3.07 after 79,000 stock units changed hands, Lasco Financial rallied 15 cents to $3.15 in exchanging 23,675 shares. Limners and Bards dropped 13 cents to close at $3.38 with the swapping of 11,250 shares, Lumber Depot popped 10 cents to $2.95, trading 477,659 units, Mailpac Group lost 25 cents in closing at $3.05 with an exchange of 466,321 stocks. Medical Disposables declined $1.10 to $5.50, with 1,000 stock units crossing the market, Tropical Battery gained 12 cents to close at $1.34, with 26,383 shares changing hands and tTech popped 30 cents to $4.50 trading 120,000 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Trading inched higher on Junior Market

Trading picked up moderately on Tuesday over Monday, with the volume and the value of stocks traded rising at the close of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market, leading to the number of advancing and declining stocks closing almost even.
Market activity led to 36 securities trading compared to 35 on Monday and ended with 16 rising, 17 declining and three ending unchanged. The Junior Market Index slipped just 0.10 points to 3,382.40. The PE Ratio, a measure used to compute appropriate stock value, averages 4.3. 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 August 2022.
Trading ended with 3,658,667 shares changing hands for $16,374,907 , up from 3,190,110 units at $12,896,482 on Monday. Express Catering led trading with 578,623 shares for 15.8 percent of total volume, followed by Mailpac Group with 508,966 units for 13.9 percent of the day’s trade and Derrimon Trading with 447,753 units for 12.2 percent market share.
Trading averaged 101,630 shares at $454,859 versus 91,146 shares at $368,471 on Monday and month to date, averaging 160,795 units at $601,848  compared to 164,399 units at $610,802 on Monday. October closed with an average of 162,777 units at $557,275.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows six stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial fell 50 cents to $20 in trading 109 shares, AMG Packaging increased 5 cents to end at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $2.70 after hitting a high for the day of $2.89, with an exchange of 187,358 stocks, Blue Power gained 23 cents to close at $3 after exchanging 10,000 units, Caribbean Assurance Brokers dropped 10 cents ending at $2.40, with 179,965 stocks clearing the market. Caribbean Cream spiked 49 cents in closing at $6 after trading nine stock units, Derrimon Trading lost 10 cents to end at $2.21 in exchanging 447,753 units, Dolphin Cove shed 70 cents to $13.29, with 282,618 stocks changing hands. Elite Diagnostic fell 21 cents to $3.23, with 40,200 stock units crossing the market, Express Catering rallied 10 cents to $5.36 as 578,623 shares changed hands, Fosrich declined 37 cents to end at $8.45 after 19,955 shares crossed the market. Future Energy Source fell 15 cents to close at $2.68 after trading 336,563 units, General Accident shed 40 cents to close at $6.50 in an exchange of 16,431 stocks, Honey Bun popped $1.47 in closing at $11.72 in trading 69,284 stock units. Iron Rock Insurance advanced 70 cents to end at $4 in exchanging 30,000 units, KLE Group climbed 13 cents to $3.13 with 250 stock units changing hands, Knutsford Express increased 48 cents to $7.98 with an exchange of 600 shares. Lasco Distributors rose 15 cents in closing at $3.30, exchanging 35,264 stocks, Lasco Financial dropped 19 cents to $3 in switching ownership of 155,614 units, Limners and Bards gained 18 cents to end at $3.51 after trading 41,209 stocks. Lumber Depot slipped 12 cents to $2.85 in trading 185,841 stock units, Mailpac Group dropped 9 cents to close at $3.30 with 508,966 shares crossing the market, Medical Disposables increased $1.40 to end at $6.60 after trading 29,021 stock units. Stationery and Office Supplies lost 64 cents to close at $5.55 after exchanging 32,889 stocks and Tropical Battery shed 13 cents in ending at $1.22, with 31,261 shares crossing the exchange.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.