Winners & losers split JSE USD market

Trading pulled back on Friday, from Thursday levels with the volume of stocks traded declining 66 percent less and the value 70 percent lower at the close of the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market, resulting in an even number of stocks rising than declining.
A total of 10 securities traded, up from six on Thursday with four rising, four declining and two ending unchanged.
Overall, 85,406 shares traded, for US$14,539 versus 252,463 units at US$48,827 on Thursday. Trading averaged 8,541 units at US$1,454, down from 42,077 shares at US$8,138 on Thursday. June ended with an average of 71,901 units for US$8,793.
The JSE US Denominated Equities Index gained 2.44 points to end at 214.09.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 9.3. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending, up to August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows two stocks ended with bids higher than the last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, First Rock Capital USD share rallied 0.79 of a cent to 7.84 US cents in trading 210 shares, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy remained at US$1.38, with 21 stock units crossing the market, Productive Business Solutions increased 1 cent to US$1.15 after just one stock crossed the exchange. Proven Investments shed 0.22 of a cent to close at 24.75 US cents in exchanging 58,539 units, Sterling Investments declined 0.02 of a cent to close at 2.1 US cents with 8,471 stock units clearing the market, Sygnus Credit Investments USD share fell 0.5 of a cent in closing at 12 US cents with an exchange of 3,614 units. Sygnus Real Estate Finance USD share ended at 12 US cents and 72 shares changed hands and Transjamaican Highway lost 0.04 of a cent to close at 0.96 of one US cent and closed, with 14,424 stocks trading.In the preference segmentJMMB Group 5.75% advanced 5 cents to end at US$2.30 trading one unit and JMMB Group 6% rallied 5 cents to US$1.10 in an exchange of 53 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Big gains for ICTOP10 stocks

CAC2000 and AMG Packaging each gained 21 percent this past week, on top of the 10 percent gain in the previous week, while Medical Disposables rose 19 percent and Caribbean Cream and Jetcon Corporation added 10 percent to their price in the Junior Market ICInsidert TOP10.
Former Top10 listed Dolla Financial gained 17.7 percent to close the week at $2.75 after the stock traded as high as $3.60 on Tuesday.
The week ended with one new listing in the TOP10 as the gains by AMG Packaging pushed it out of the Top 10 and is replaced by General Accident, with a fall in the price to $5.79. Elite Diagnostic fell 6 percent to close the week at $3.32 and Lasco Distributors lost 4 percent to close at $3.20.
In the TOP10 Main Market, Berger Paints climbed 11 percent to $12.18 after trading more than 52,000 shares on Thursday and Friday, an unusual amount and Sygnus Credit Investments rose 5 percent to $14.95 while Caribbean Cement lost 8 percent to $64.50 and VM Investments gained 4 percent. There were no significant losers in this market.
Keep a careful watch on Dolphin Cove and Stationery and Office Supplies (SOS) that are close to the top10 and are undervalued. Both companies reported solid gains for 2022 back to school demand. The company also shipped a container of goods recently to the Eastern Caribbean. Dolphin Cove is benefitting from cost reduction in its operations, but more importantly, the solid first quarter results occurred when tourism arrivals were only 63 percent of 2019 numbers. In the first two months of the June quarter, tourist arrivals are 95 percent of the 2019 period and this is bound to have a positive impact on pushing the second quarter numbers much higher than for the first quarter as well as for the balance of the year. A similar situation would apply to Caribbean Producers, a significant supplier to the hotel sector.
The average PE for the JSE Main Market TOP 10 is 6.2, well below the market average of 14.5, while the Junior Market PE for the Top 10 is 6.1 versus the market at 13. The Junior Market TOP10 is projected to gain an average of 230 percent by May 2023 and the Main Market 238 percent.
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 the end of May 2023 and are 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, resulting in weekly movements in and out of the lists. Revisions to earnings are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

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Trading surge for JSE USD market

Trading jumped sharply on Wednesday, on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market with the volume of stocks traded rising 611 percent higher and the value surging 6,323 percent over trading on Tuesday, resulting in seven securities trading, compared to four on Tuesday with two rising, three declining and two unchanged.
The JSE US Denominated Equities Index gained 3.42 points to end at 215.97.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 9.4. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending, up to August 2023.
A total of 1,086,150 shares traded for US$718,478 versus 152,805 units at US$11,186 on Tuesday. Trading averaged 155,164 units at US$102,640, compared to 38,201 shares at US$2,797 on Tuesday, with month to date average of 80,746 shares at US$10,105 versus 75,922 units at US$4,107 on the previous day. May ended with an average of 47,916 units for US$3,528.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows two ended with a bid higher than the last selling prices and one stock with a lower offer.
At the close, First Rock Capital USD share remained at 7.49 US cents, with 2,290 shares crossing the exchange, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy ended at US$1.38 with an exchange of 7 stock units, Productive Business Solutions shed 1 cent to close at US$1.14, with 612,721 stocks crossing the market. Proven Investments advanced 0.88 of one cent to close at 25.9 US cents after 54,605 units changed hands, Sygnus Credit Investments USD share declined 0.03 of a cent to end at 12.94 US cents in an exchange of 13,056 units and Transjamaican Highway gained 0.05 of a cent to end at 1 US cent after exchanging 402,835 stock units.
In the preference segmentJMMB Group 6% dropped 4 cents to close at US$1.01, with 636 stocks changing hands.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

New ICTOP10 entrants

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Dolla Financial a former ICInsidertop10 stock fresh from the recent IPO, was listed on Wednesday and was the highlight of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, with the stock jumping 132 percent pushed by extremely high demand, with just modest selling, with indications the price may need to be in the $3 to $4 range to evoke greater balance between buyers and sellers.
Investors with a longer term investment target of over two years or more may find the potential growth prospects exciting and pay off well at the above prices.
The week ended with two new listings in the TOP10, but half of the Junior Market stocks recorded gained and 4 in the Main Market.
Junior Market stocks with worthwhile gains this past week are Dolphin Cove, with the price rising 14 percent to $17.61, Stationery and Office Supplies up 13 percent to $12.45, AMG Packaging up 10 percent to $3.94 and Caribbean Cream 5 percent to $4.98. Medical Disposables dropped 16 percent to $6.26.
In the TOP10 Main Market, Caribbean Cement lost 8 percent to $64.50 and Guardian Holdings fell 5 percent to $510.
Dolphin Cove and Stationery and Office Supplies dropped out of the Junior Market TOP10 and were replaced by CAC 2000, got an earnings upgrade to $1.32 after the company reported a profit of $47 million or 36 cents per share for the April quarter with the company reporting solid second quarter profit of $14 million for the six months to April from $8.7 in 2021 and Lasco Distributors.
The average PE for the JSE Main Market TOP 10 ends the week at 6.2, well below the market average of 14.1, while the Junior Market PE for the Top 10 is 5.8 versus the market at 13.2. The Junior Market TOP10 is projected to gain an average of 249 percent to May 2023 and the Main Market 243 percent.
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 will likely deliver the best returns up to the end of May 2023. They are 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, resulting in weekly movements in and out of the lists. Revisions to earnings are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

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Fall for JSE USD Market

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market on Thursday, ended with the volume of stocks traded rising 69 percent, with a 63 percent drop in value than Wednesday, as eight securities were traded, up from six on Wednesday with three rising, three declining and two ending unchanged.
The JSE US Denominated Equities Index lost 3.43 points to end at 214.52.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 9.3. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending, up to August 2023.
Some 199,358 shares traded for US$12,579 compared to 118,104 units at US$34,212 on Wednesday. Trading averaged 24,920 units at US$1,572, compared to 19,684 shares at US$5,702 on Wednesday, with a month to date average of 83,984 shares at US$4,228 versus 89,891 units at US$4,494 on the previous day.  May ended with an average of 47,916 units for US$3,528.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ended with bids higher than the last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, First Rock Capital USD share rallied 0.49 of a cent to 7.49 US cents, with 6,497 shares crossing the market, Margaritaville declined 0.01 of one cent to close at 14.99 US cents with the swapping of 12,982 stock units, Productive Business Solutions traded 1,297 stock units at US$1.15. Proven Investments shed 0.97 of a cent in closing at 25.02 US cents after exchanging 27,032 units, Sterling Investments dropped 0.25 cents to 1.92 US cents with 23,369 stock units changing hands, Sygnus Credit Investments USD share ended at 12.2 US cents after exchanging 2,014 stocks and Transjamaican Highway gained 0.07 of a cent after ending at 0.98 US cents in trading 126,115 units.
In the preference segmentJMMB Group 6% rose 4 cents to close at US$1.05 with the exchange 52 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

3 new ICTOP10 listings

The old stock market adage of sell in May and go away continued to influence the market this past week, helped by funds tied up in the Dolla Financial IPO, but most investors should get full refunds early this coming week, as well as the likelihood of the trading commencing in the stock in the latter part of the week.
The week ended with three new listings in the TOP10, as declining stocks dominated the Junior and Main Market.
In the Junior Market, the only worthwhile gain was a 14 percent rise by Paramount Trading to $2. Access Financial shed 6 percent to close at $20.45, stocks that declined by 5 percent each are Lasco Financial to $3.43, Jetcon Corporation to $1.26 and Medical Disposables to $7.45.
For the TOP10 Main Market stocks, Caribbean Cement gained 7 percent to $70 after the company reported a proposed $1.50 dividend payment in August. VM Investments lost 10 percent to $5.30, Berger Paints slipped 3 percent to $11, JMMB Group down 5 percent to $42 and Sygnus Credit Investments dipped 5 percent to $14.11.
Lasco Distributors and Paramount Trading dropped out of the Junior Market TOP10. They were replaced by Dolphin Cove, with the price dropping to $15.40 and Stationery and Office Supplies (SOS).
SOS
got an earnings upgrade to $1.70, with first quarter revenues 24 percent ahead of 2019, the previous best quarter before the negative impact of Covid-19, with the full reopening of the economy after, suggesting revenues should be running even further ahead of 2019 for the second quarter onwards. Dolphin Cove is benefitting from a resurgence in the tourism industry that is delivering increased revenues compared to 2021. The increased income and cost reduction contribute to a substantial profit increase that will carry over into the first half of 2023. It will enjoy increased revenues since the tourism recovery was not at full force in the first half of this year.
In the Main Market, Caribbean Producers is back, with upgraded earnings for the fiscal year to June 2023 of $2.30 per share that will flow from increased earnings for the year starting in July as it benefits from the recovery in the tourism sectors from which the bulk of its revenues is earned. QWI Investments has dropped out of the ten.
The average PE for the JSE Main Market TOP 10 ends the week at 6.2, well below the market average of 14.6, while the Junior Market PE for the Top 10, is 6 versus the market at 12.9. The Junior Market TOP10 is projected to gain an average of 235 percent to May 2023 and the Main Market 228 percent.
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 will likely deliver the best returns up to the end of May 2023. They are 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, resulting in weekly movements in and out of the lists. Revisions to earnings are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

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One new entry to ICTOP10

Prices of several stocks rebounded this past week as the selloff to fund the Dolla Financial IPO receded, but the changes had little impact on changing stocks in the TOP10, with just one new entrant to the listing.
Following last week’s 330 points fall, the Junior Market index recovered 143 points by the end of the week, while the Main Market All Jamaica Index lost 211 points on top of the 5,954.55 points given up in the previous week.
This week’s market performance resulted in mostly gains for TOP10 stocks. In the Junior Market, Medical Disposables rose 12 percent to $7.85, while Access Financial gained 9 percent to close at $21.80 and Lasco Financial rallied 6 percent to $3.50, following the release of full year results to March, with profit doubling to $306 million for earnings per share of 24 cents. Elite slipped 6 percent in closing at $3.40 and Caribbean Cream fell 5 percent to $4.69.
For the TOP10 Main Market stocks, Productive Business Solutions gained 15 percent to US$1.15, VM Investments rose 13 percent to $5.87, Berger Paints rallied 6 percent to $11.30, followed by QWI Investments up 5 percent to 89 cents. Sygnus Credit Investments declined 5 percent to $14.80 and JMMB Group slipped 4 percent to $44 following the release of full year results.
Jetcon Corporation price dipped to $1.32 and squeezed out General Accident from the Junior Market TOP10.
Medical Disposables reported full year results to March, on Thursday, with profit before tax surging 938 percent to $143 million and profit due to the parent company shareholders before extraordinary gains in 2021 of $62 million, rising to $105 million, from $7.5 million, with revenues up 42 percent over the previous year.
The average PE for the JSE Main Market TOP 10 ends the week at 6.2, well below the market average of 15.1, while the Junior Market PE for the Top 10 is six versus the market at 13.4. The Junior Market TOP10 is projected to gain an average of 235 percent to May 2023 and the Main Market 228 percent.
Watch these stocks that are sitting just outside the TOP10, the list includes Key Insurance, followed by Caribbean Producers, Scotia Group and Sagicor Group from the Main Market and in the Junior Market, Dolphin Cove, General Accident and Iron Rock Insurance.
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 the end of May 2023 and are 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 are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

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

Sharp jump in JSE USD trading

Trading jumped sharply on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market on Friday, with the volume of stocks traded jumping 675 percent and the value 175 percent more than on Thursday which resulted in more stocks falling than rising.
A total of eight securities traded, down from 10 on Thursday with one rising, three declining and four ending unchanged. The JSE US Denominated Equities Index slipped 0.04 points to end at 215.10.
The PE Ratio, a measure used to compute appropriate stock values, averages 8.9. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending, up to August 2023.
Overall, 3,358,668 shares traded for US$92,093, up from 433,478 units at US$33,431 on Thursday.
Trading averaged 419,834 units at US$11,512, up from 43,348 shares at US$3,343 on Thursday, with month to date average of 161,249 shares at US$5,556 versus 39,563 units at US$2,754 on the previous day. May ended with an average of 47,916 units for US$3,528.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three ended with a bid higher than the last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, First Rock Capital USD share dropped 0.35 of a cent to close at 7.5 US cents after exchanging 2,011 shares, Margaritaville ended at 15 US cents, with 5 stocks crossing the market, Productive Business Solutions finished at US$1.15 after exchanging one stock unit. Proven Investments advanced 0.5 of a cent to 26.5 US cents in trading 221,280 units, Sygnus Credit Investments USD share fell 0.02 of a cent in closing at 11.08 US cents while exchanging 52,041 shares and Transjamaican Highway ended unchanged at 0.90 of one US cents after 3,082,665 stock units changed hands.
In the preference segmentJMMB Group 5.75% remained at US$2.32 trading one and JMMB Group 6% declined 9 cents in closing at US$1.01 with the swapping of 664 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Gains for JSE USD market

Trading closed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market on Thursday, with the volume of stocks traded climbing 81 percent and the value 150 percent more than on Wednesday, resulting in more stocks rising than falling.
A total of 10 securities traded, compared to seven on Wednesday, with three rising, one declining and six ending unchanged. The JSE US Denominated Equities Index rose 1.88 points to end at 215.14.
Overall, 433,478 shares were traded for US$33,431, up from 239,089 units at US$13,384 on Wednesday. Trading averaged 43,348 units at US$3,343, compared to 34,156 shares at US$1,912 on Wednesday, with a month to date average of 39,563 shares at US$2,754. May ended with an average of 47,916 units for US$3,528.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 9. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecast for companies with financial year ending up to August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three ended with bids higher than the last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
At the close, First Rock Capital USD share finished at 7.85 US cents, with 36 shares clearing the market, Margaritaville ended unchanged at 15 US cents after trading 90 stocks, Productive Business Solutions climbed 15 cents to end at US$1.15 after exchanging one unit. Proven Investments remained at 26 US cents with 32,878 stock units changing hands, Sygnus Credit Investments USD share shed 0.9 of a cent to close at 11.1 US cents after exchanging 163,354 units, Sygnus Real Estate Finance USD share finished at 12 US cents, with 880 stock units crossing the market and Transjamaican Highway ended unchanged at 0.9 of one US cent in trading 232,023 shares.
In the preference segmentEquityline Mortgage Investment preference share remained at US$1.70 trading one stock unit, JMMB Group 5.75% advanced 29 cents to end at US$2.32 with an exchange of 213 shares and JMMB Group 6% gained 8.77 cents after ending at US$1.10, with 4,002 stock units crossing the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Slippage in trading for JSE USD market

Trading closed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market on Wednesday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 72 percent after 37 percent less funds entered the market compared to Tuesday, resulting in an even number of stocks rising and declining.
A total of seven securities traded, compared to nine on Tuesday with two rising, two declining and three ending unchanged. The JSE US Denominated Equities Index lost 1.46 points to end at 213.26.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in valuing stocks, averages 9 for the JSE USD market. The PE ratios are calculated using projected earnings computed by ICInsider.com for companies with financial year ending, mainly between September 2022 and August 2023.
Overall, 239,089 shares traded, for US$13,384 compared to 841,912 units at US$21,187 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 34,156 units at US$1,912, compared to 93,546 shares at US$2,354 on Tuesday. May ended with an average of 47,916 units for US$3,528.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three ended with a bid higher than the last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, First Rock Capital USD share rallied 0.85 of a cent to 7.85 US cents with the swapping of 803 shares, Margaritaville ended unchanged at 15 US cents in exchanging 5 units, Proven Investments remained at 26 US cents, with 15,106 stock units crossing the market. Sterling Investments climbed 0.14 of a cent to 2.14 US cents, with 235 stocks changing hands, Sygnus Credit Investments USD share lost 0.7 of one cent in closing at 12 US cents as 63,342 shares were traded, Sygnus Real Estate Finance USD share ended at 12 US cents in trading 887 stocks and Transjamaican Highway dropped 0.06 of a cent in closing at 0.9 of one US cent after an exchange of 158,711 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.