Fall in trading on the JSE Main Market

Market activity ended on Monday with only the All Jamaican Composite rising, after an exchange of 66 percent fewer shares valued 70 percent less than on Friday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rose 603.81 points to 456,999.54, the JSE Main Index shed 210.23 points to end at 424,058.00 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.65 points to settle at 105.18.
Trading ended with 50 securities up from 45 on Friday, with 20 stocks rising, 21 declining and nine remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio, a measure that determines an appropriate relative value of each stock, averages 16.4 based on ICInsider.com forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
The market closed with 7,181,910 shares trading for $124,879,752 versus 21,218,791 units at $209,043,560 on Friday. Transjamaican Highway led trading with 10.9 percent of total volume for an exchange of 816,127 shares followed by Mayberry Jamaican Equities with 9.2 percent for 690,800 units and JMMB Group 7.35% – 2028 with 9.2 percent for 689,000 units changing hands.
Trading averaged 143,638 units at $2,497,595, compared to 471,529 shares at $4,645,412 on Friday. Trading month to date ended with a average of 235,716 units at $4,401,702, in contrast to 260,205 units at $4,908,113 on Friday. May closed with an average of 439,937 units at $4,698,961.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has 13 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints advanced $2.07 to $15.95 with 186 stocks crossing the market, Caribbean Cement popped $3 higher to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $95 with an exchange of 38,686 shares. Carreras gained 41 cents to finish at $10.21 in switching ownership of 219,337 units, Eppley fell $1.25 to $35 after an exchange of 7,136 shares, First Rock Capital rallied 23 cents to $16.48 with 46,809 units clearing the market, Grace Kennedy slipped 40 cents to $87.60 after transferring 61,182 shares. Guardian Holdings dropped $20 to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $740 with an exchange of 43,023 stocks, Jamaica Broilers rallied $2.40 to $34.20 with swapping 89,510 units, Jamaica Producers lost 20 cents to end at $22.80 in transferring 176,363 stocks. Jamaica Stock Exchange slipped 36 cents to $17 with 241,255 shares changing hands, Margaritaville edged 90 cents lower to $14.30 in trading 11,343 units, Mayberry Jamaican Equities fell 35 cents to $8.50 in exchanging 690,800 shares, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy dipped $2 to $125 with an exchange of 18 units, NCB Financial spiked $2 higher to $143 in switching ownership of 216,520 stock units. Palace Amusement surged $153.56 to $1,148.56, after hitting $1,250 in early trading with a transfer of 663 units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose 64 cents to $8.99 in trading 10 shares, Scotia Group fell $1 to $41 after exchanging 8,110 stock units, Seprod advanced $1 to $72 in switching ownership of 16,611 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments shed 70 cents to finish at $14.30 in exchanging 94,468 units.
In the preference segment, Jamaica Public Service 9.5% dropped $10 to $1,690 with an exchange of 2,000 shares.

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

SOS back in ICTOP10 stocks

Main Event price popped nearly 14 percent from $4.65 last week to $5.28 following this week’s public forum the company CEO presented, leading the stock to dropped out of the Junior Market ICTOP10 and Stationery and Office Supplies price dipped to $7.52 and moved in to fill the slot left by Main Event.

Stationery & Office Supplies hit a record high on Friday.

Stationery & Office Supplies – Montego Bay office.

Prices of some ICTOP10 stocks bounced around during the week, resulting in changes within the list as a result. The average gains projected for the Junior Market fell from 218 percent last week to 216 percent. The average projected gains for Main Market stocks moved up last week, from 162 to 169 percent, are up again this week to 171 percent.
The markets continue to face resistance, with the Junior Market trading at the very top of its upward sloping channel while the JSE Main Market sits a few thousand points away and facing turbulence in getting to the peak. The recent release of results by two Lasco companies did not move the market this past week, investors are likely to be looking at a sideward moving market until later in the month, in keeping with the historical pattern of a recess after the completion of earnings season.
The Junior Market Index closed the week at 3,339.02, slightly up from 3,329.50, last week, after it was up moderately from 3,324 at the end of the previous week. The JSE All Jamaica Composite Index ended at 456,395.73 on Friday, up from 454,375.81 at the close of the previous week.
The Junior Market has to decidedly break the upper limit of the current upward sloping trading channel to free it to move on to the next area of resistance, of just over 4,000 mark, but the Main Market has room to run for a few thousand points before it hits the channel top at 460,000 points which it came close to on Friday at 459,758 before pulling back.
The top three stocks in the Junior Market for this week, are Elite Diagnostic, followed by Medical Disposables and Caribbean Producers, with the potential to gain between 238 to 300 percent. The top three Main Market stocks are Radio Jamaica, followed by PanJam Investments and Wisynco Group, with expected gains of 153 to 371 percent. The latter potential gain is based on earnings for the financial year starting in July, investors should not expect an early upward movement for the price until after the release of full year results to June this year, around the end of August.
The targeted PE ratio for the market averages 20 based on profits of companies reporting full year’s results, up to the second quarter of 2022. Fiscal 2020-21 ended March, with the average PE at 17 for Junior Market stocks and 19 for the  Main Market.
The Junior Market with an average PE of 12.3 based on ICInsider.com’s 2021-22 earnings, is currently trading below the target, as well as the recent historical average of 17, this represents another 37 percent rise in the market that would equate to a rise of 63 percent to March 2022. The Junior Market Top 10 stocks average a mere 6.5 at just 52 percent of the market average, indicating substantial gains ahead. The JSE Main Market ended the week with an overall PE of 16.2, some distance from the 19 the market ended March, suggesting a 23 percent rise from now to March 2022. The Main Market TOP 10 trades at a PE of 7.7 or 48 percent of the PE of that market and well off the potential of 20.
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, taking into account 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.

JSE Main Market fails to hold early gains

Market activity on Friday led to a fall in the value of stocks after an exchange of 152 percent more shares valued 99 percent higher than on Thursday as advancing stocks just edged out those declining at the close of trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market.
The All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 1,636.66 points to 456,395.73 after it hit 459,788.11 points at the market’s opening, the highest it had been since early March last year. The JSE Main Index fell 1,361.86 points to end at 456,395.73 and the JSE Financial Index slipped 0.7 points to settle at 105.83.
Overall, 45 securities traded down from 48 on Thursday, as 18 stocks gained, 17 declined and 10 remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio, a measure that determines an appropriate relative value of each stock, averages 16.2 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
The market closed with 21,218,791 shares trading for $209,043,560 versus 8,415,642 units at $105,241,816 on Thursday. Carreras controlled 48.2 percent of total volume, with 10.24 million shares, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 24.5 percent for 5.19 million units and Sagicor Select Financial Fund 7.3 percent, with 1.55 million units changing hands.
Trading averaged 471,529 units at $4,645,412, compared to 175,326 shares at $2,192,538 on Thursday. Trading month to date averages 260,205 units at $4,908,113, in contrast to 193,705 units at $4,990,781 on Thursday. May closed with an average of 439,937 units at $4,698,961.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 13 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Caribbean Cement rallied $2 to $92 in exchanging 25,887 shares, Carreras dropped 42 cents to $9.80 after crossing the market with 10,236,701 shares, First Rock Capital rose 25 cents to $16.25 in trading 13,437 units. Grace Kennedy dipped $1.45 to $88 with 53,744 stocks clearing the market, Jamaica Broilers slumped $3.20 to $31.80 with 15,774 units crossing the exchange, Jamaica Stock Exchange popped 33 cents to $17.36 in the swapping of 256,083 shares. Kingston Wharves picked up 30 cents in closing at $46.50 after exchanging 320 units, Margaritaville spiked $1.20 higher at $15.20 with a transfer of 7,795 stocks, Mayberry Investments shed 69 cents to end at $5.70 in an exchange of 63,862 shares, NCB Financial Group dropped $2.89 to $141 with the swapping of 91,318 units, Palace Amusement popped $9.80 to $995 trading 44 stocks. Pan Jam Investment fell $1 to $69 with 8,025 units changing hands, Proven Investments fell $1.50 to $35.50 in switching ownership of 8,702 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund dipped 64 cents to $8.35 with an exchange of 9,999 stock units. Scotia Group rose 90 cents to $42, with 259,313 shares crossing the exchange, Seprod swung $3.02 lower to $71 with the swapping of 56,990 stocks, Stanley Motta gained 23 cents to close at $6.03 in trading 1,027 units. Sterling Investments popped 23 cents lower to $3.06 after exchanging 185,283 shares, Supreme Ventures gained 35 cents in ending at $19.90, with 17,150 stocks clearing the market, Sygnus Credit Investments shed 30 cents to end at $15 after an exchange of 110,835 stock units. Victoria Mutual Investments rose 37 cents to $6.48 after transferring 209,147 shares and Wisynco Group fell 37 cents to $15.43 with 323,590 stocks crossing the market.
In the preference segment, JMMB Group 7.5% lost 6 cents to finish at 78 cents in transferring 150 shares.

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

Main market stocks face major resistance

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Main Market indices spiked on Thursday on reduced trading to close at the highest level since March 11 last year, with the All Jamaican Composite Index rocketed up 6,361.57 points to 458,032.39 and bettering the March 11 close of 556,092.64, still below the previous day’s 460,418.78 points close.

The parallel black lines form a channel for the JSE All jamaica Composite Index with the index now touching the top line. (Resistance).

The JSE Main Index spiked 5,470.02 points  425,630.09, just ahead of March 10, 2020, close, but below that of March 9 at 436,435.40 and the JSE Financial Index rose 1.42 points to settle at 105.90. The market is trading right up on the upper level of resistance of an upward sloping channel and could face major challenges in breaking through, in the short term.
A total of 48 securities traded against 47 on Wednesday, with 24 stocks rising, 14 declining and 10 closing unchanged. The PE Ratio, a measure that determines an appropriate relative value of each stock, averages 16.3 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
The market closed with the volume and value traded declining 30 percent and 75 percent, respectively compared to Wednesday as 8,415,642 shares changed hands for $105,241,816 versus 12,077,813 units at $416,350,090 on Wednesday. Wigton Windfarm led trading with 32.6 percent of total volume for 2.74 million shares, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 19.3 percent for 1.63 million units and Pulse Investments with 9.1 percent after 768,244 units changed hands.
Trading averaged 175,326 units at $2,192,538, compared to 256,975 shares at $8,858,513 on Wednesday. Trading month to date averages 193,705 units at $4,990,781, in contrast to 202,991 units at $6,404,631 on Wednesday. May closed with an average of 439,937 units at $4,698,961.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has 14 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints dived $2.26 to $13.79 in an exchange of 4,220 shares, Caribbean Cement popped $4.29 to $90 after a transfer of 5,060 stock units, Eppley spiked $4.25 higher at $36.25 with 2 units changing hands. Grace Kennedy shed 47 cents to end at $89.45 in trading 19,101 stock units, Guardian Holdings climbed $15 to close at $760 after clearing the market with 70,560 shares. Jamaica Producers dropped $1.50 to $23 in trading 73,386 stocks, Kingston Properties gained 39 cents to close at $8.46 in switching ownership of 3,915 stock units, Kingston Wharves lost 30 cents to end at $46.20 with the swapping of 951 units. Mayberry Investments rallied 89 cents to $6.39 in exchanging 455 shares, NCB Financial ended 89 cents higher at $143.89 after 30,479 stocks crossed the market, Palace Amusement dropped $34.80 to $985.20 in an exchange of 28 units. Proven Investments climbed $1.49 to $37 with a transfer of 31,764 stocks. Sagicor Group rallied 75 cents to $52.75 in trading 19,901 shares. Sagicor Real Estate Fund hammered out a 64 cents gain to end at $8.99 with 435 shares changing hands. Seprod rose $1.02 to $74.02 in switching ownership of 9,931 units, Supreme Ventures lost 45 cents in ending at $19.55 with 8,939 stocks crossing the exchange. Sygnus Credit Investments gained 30 cents to settle at $15.30 in trading 25,434 stock units, Victoria Mutual Investments slipped 39 cents to $6.11 in the transfer of 185,406 shares and Wisynco Group popped 60 cents to $15.80 with the swapping of 130,777 stocks.
In the preference segment, Eppley 7.5% preference share spiked $2.31 to close at 52 weeks’ high of $9.50, trading 100 units and JMMB Group 7.15% – 2028 gained 43 cents ending at $3.25 with 59,930 stocks crossing the exchange.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Main Market trading pops Wednesday

A mere 13 stocks recorded gains at the close of trading on Wednesday after investors drove down the prices of 23 stocks and left 11 unchanged, with 47 securities changing hands compared to 48 on Tuesday, with market activity resulted in the number of shares traded popping 68 percent and the value spiking 117 percent higher than on Tuesday on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
The All Jamaican Composite Index declined 994.79 points to 451,670.82, the JSE Main Index lost 199.45 points to end at 420,160.07 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.29 points to settle at 104.48.
The PE Ratio, a measure that determines an appropriate relative value of each stock, averages 16.2 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
At the close, 12,077,813 shares traded for $416,350,090 versus 7,206,318 units at $192,089,830 on Tuesday. Wigton Windfarm led trading with 20.6 percent of total volume after an exchange of 2.49 million shares followed by NCB Financial Group with 14.9 percent from 1.80 million units, Pulse Investments with 13.5 percent after trading 1.64 million units, Sagicor Select Financial Fund accounted for 12.2 percent for 1.48 million units and Mayberry Investments traded 8.9 percent with 1.08 million units.
Trading close with an average of 256,975 units at $8,858,513, compared to 150,132 shares at $4,001,871 on Tuesday. Trading month to date averages 202,991 units at $6,404,631, in contrast to 150,132 units at $4,001,871 on Tuesday. May closed with an average of 439,937 units at $4,698,961.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has 14 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments fell 34 cents to $85.25 with an exchange of 3,061 units, Caribbean Cement dropped $4.29 to $85.71 in exchanging 192,133 shares, Eppley declined $2 to $32 with 20,704 stock units crossing the market. Jamaica Broilers popped $1.50 to $35 in trading 70,249 shares, Jamaica Producers rallied 50 cents to $24.50 with 390,747 stocks changing hands, Margaritaville lost 25 cents to settle at $14 in trading 4,000 units, NCB Financial advanced $3 to $143 in switching ownership of 1,801,051 shares, Palace Amusement spiked $110 to $1,020 after an exchange of 271 units, PanJam Investment raced $3.96 higher to $69.96, with 46,517 stock units changing hands. Proven Investments climbed $1.01 to $35.51 in an exchange of 50,696 stocks, Sagicor Group slipped 33 cents to $52 with 64,684 shares crossing the exchange. Scotia Group rose $1.01 to $41 after trading 47,810 stocks, Seprod gained 20 cents to close at $73 with the swapping of 12,488 units, Stanley Motta shed 20 cents to close at $5.80 after exchanging 10,000 shares. Sterling Investments picked up 29 cents to finish at $3.29 in switching ownership of 1,000 units, Supreme Ventures rallied 20 cents to $20 in trading 61,340 shares and Wisynco Group shed 30 cents in ending at $15.20 after an exchange of 121,439 stock units.

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

Market slips into June

Market activity ended on Tuesday with the market declining, as more stocks declined than rose, with an exchange of 69 percent fewer shares valued 32 percent less than Monday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market.
The All Jamaican Composite Index shed 950.05 points to 452,665.61, the JSE Main Index declined 1,739.04 points to end at 4420,359.52 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.33 points to settle at 104.19.
A total of 48 securities traded, up from 45 on Monday, with 15 stocks rising, 22 declining and 11 remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio averages 16.2 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
The market closed with 7,206,318 shares trading for $192,089,830 versus 23,167,260 units at $283,034,981 on Monday. Transjamaican Highway led trading with 31.9 percent of total volume for an exchange of 2.30 million shares, followed by NCB Financial Group with 11.4 percent for 821,848 units and Pulse Investments with 11.3 percent for 814,035 units.
Trading averaged 150,132 units at $4,001,871, compared to 514,828 shares at $6,289,666 on Monday. May closed with an average of 439,937 units at $4,698,961.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has 13 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments climbed 29 cents to $85.59 in an exchange of 5,249 shares, Caribbean Cement rose 55 cents to settle at $90 trading 13,629 stocks, First Rock Capital shed 35 cents to close at $15.95 after trading 12,696 stocks. Guardian Holdings dropped $16 in closing at a new closing low of the market of $745 in the swapping of 39,661 shares, Jamaica Broilers shed 88 cents to $33.50 with 47,663 stocks changing hands, Jamaica Producers declined 50 cents to $24 with 21,861 units clearing the market. Jamaica Stock Exchange fell 31 cents to close at $17.05 in exchanging 35,471 stock units, JMMB Group shed 40 cents to finish at $32 with the swapping of 188,889 units, Key Insurance gained 21 cents to close at $5.28 in transferring 9,670 shares. Mayberry Investments rose 33 cents to $5.60 after crossing the exchange with 498 units, Mayberry Jamaican Equities closed 65 cents higher at $8.85 in trading 2,026 stocks, NCB Financial Group picked up 20 cents in closing at $140 with 821,848 shares changing hands. Palace Amusement shed $10 to end at $910 with 199 shares crossing the exchange, PanJam Investment declined $3.70 to close at $66 in transferring 7,312 units, Proven Investments lost 50 cents to close at $34.50 with 30,721 stock units clearing the market. Sagicor Real Estate Fund gained 20 cents ending at $8.50 and exchanging 2,000 shares. Seprod fell $1.30 to end at $72.80, with 55,443 shares crossing the exchange, Sygnus Credit Investments lost 20 cents to close at $15.05 in trading 510,516 stock units and Wisynco Group ended 29 cents lower at $15.50 in an exchange of 92,649 stocks.
In the preference segment, Eppley 8.25% gained 19 cents to close at $6.99 in trading 50 stocks.

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

Sterling dominates Main Market trading

Sterling Investments accounted for 50 percent of the total volume of shares trading on Monday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market, after the overall trading saw an 81 percent drop in volume compared to Friday and a 53 percent fall in the value of stock changing hands.
The All Jamaican Composite Index shed 760.15 points to 453,615.66, the JSE Main Index gained 32.01 points to end at 422,098.56 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.22 points to settle at 104.52.
Trading ended with 45 securities compared to 49 on Friday, with 16 stocks rising, 23 declining and six remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio ended with an average of 16.1 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
The market closed with 23,167,260 shares trading for $283,034,981 versus 119,750,700 units at $599,497,233 on Friday. Sterling Investments led trading with 50 percent of total volume after trading 11.58 million shares followed by Sagicor Group 12.2 percent with 2.84 million units, Pulse Investments controlled 11.4 percent, with 2.63 million units, Transjamaican Highway took 6.3 percent of the trade with 1.45 million units and Wigton Windfarm took 5.2 percent for an exchange of 1.20 million units.
Trading averaged 514,828 units on Monday at $6,289,666, compared to 2,443,892 shares at $12,234,637 on Friday. Trading month to date averages 439,937units at $4,698,961, in contrast to 436,367 units at $4,623,132 on Friday. April closed with an average of 234,200 units at $1,772,561.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 16 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments fell 55 cents to end at $85.30 in exchanging 1,121 shares, Caribbean Cement rose $1.45 to $89.45 with 10,453 stocks crossing the market, Grace Kennedy closed $1.54 higher at $89.95 with 63,740 stock units changing hands. Guardian Holdings declined $2 to $761 in trading 47,275 shares, Jamaica Broilers gained 38 cents to close at $34.38 with an exchange of 7,787 units, Jamaica Producers finished 50 cents higher at $24.50, after 102,993 stocks cleared the market. Jamaica Stock Exchange gained 36 cents to close at $17.36 in trading 1,238 units, Key Insurance lost 28 cents to settle at $5.07 in transferring 26,746 stocks. Kingston Wharves picked up 30 cents in ending at $46.50 with 2,038 units crossing the exchange, Mayberry Investments lost 58 cents to end at $5.27 with 10,297 shares changing hands, NCB Financial lost 20 cents to close at $139.80 after investors switched 100,721 shares, Palace Amusement dropped $50 to $920 with 233 shares clearing the market, PanJam Investment advanced $2.70 to $69.70 in switching ownership of 22,494 units. Pulse Investments declined 40 cents to $4.40 in swapping 2,634,338 stocks, Sagicor Group slipped 25 cents to end at $52.50 with 2,835,484 stocks clearing the market, Seprod shed 90 cents to close at $74.10 with 13,279 units changing hands. Sygnus Credit Investments ended 25 cents lower at $15.25 in an exchange of 64,490 shares and Victoria Mutual Investments fell 45 cents to $6.51 after 85,621 stocks crossed the market.
In the preference segment, Eppley 8.75% preference share rose 77 cents to $7.28 after trading 1,330 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

ICTOP10 – Guardian a better buy now

The average gains projected for the Junior Market fell from 225 percent last week to 218 percent as the prices of a number of the top 10 stocks rose during the past week, but with no new entrant to either Top 10 list. The average projected gains for the Main Market stocks move up from 162 to 169 percent helped in a big way by the fall of Guardian Holdings from $790 last week to $763.  

Guardian Holdings hit a low of J$750 on Friday.

The price slippage for Guardian shares below $790 provides investors a better value proposition, with the PE at 8.3 times, rather than 8.6 that the NCB Global offer price for the 2 million shares they are offering to the public.
The markets continue to face resistance this past week, with the Junior Market is trading at the very top of its upward sloping channel while the JSE Main Market sits a few thousand points away and facing turbulence in getting to the peak. With the two Lasco companies releasing results after the market closed on Friday it will be interesting to see what investors do with their prices. If they rise appreciable the resistance is likely to be broken and clear the way to move to a new yearly high in the weeks ahead.
The Junior Market closed the week at 3,329.50, up slightly from 3,324 at the end of the previous week. The JSE All Jamaica Composite Index ended at 454,375.81 on Friday, marginally lower than 454,479.33 at the close of the previous week.
The top three stocks in the Junior Market, remain unchanged for this week, with Elite Diagnostic heading the list, followed by Caribbean Assurance Brokers and Caribbean Producers, with the potential to gain between 255 to 303 percent. The top three Main Market stocks are Radio Jamaica in the number one spot, followed by PanJam Investments and Wisynco, with expected gains of 149 to 371 percent.
This week’s focus: RJR suffered badly from the effects of the curtailment of business in 2020 after showing signs of recovering from the prior years’ slow growth and high cost of operations. In 2020 they moved to deal with the pressure the fallout had and showed marked improvement in the second half of the calendar year. Importantly, there was significant cost cutting with the third quarter showing the effects with vastly improved results.
The impression given in the group’s December quarterly report is that the sharp fall in direct operating, selling and marketing costs were directly related to the fall off in revenues. That of course is only part of the story. The fall in cost has been far greater than the reduction in revenues suggesting that actual cost cutting was effected. ICInsider.com confirmed that the group that made some staff redundant also made changes by discontinuing unprofitable programs and publications. “Regarding cost reductions, some changes in the distribution network and workflows are permanent,” this publication was informed but revenues for some of the newspapers continue to run below pre Covid-19 levels.
The targeted PE ratio for the market averages 20 based on profits of companies reporting full year’s results, up to the second quarter of 2022. Fiscal 2020-21 ended March 2021 with the average PE at 17 for Junior Market stocks and 19 times for the Main Market.
The Junior Market with an average PE 12.4 based on ICInsider.com’s 2021-22 earnings, is currently trading below the target, as well as the recent historical average of 17, this represents another 37 percent rise in the market that would equate to a rise of 61 percent to March 2022. The Junior Market Top 10 stocks average a mere 6.4 at just 52 percent of the market average, indicating substantial gains ahead. The JSE Main Market ended the week with an overall PE of 7.8, some distance from the 19 the market ended March, suggesting a 17 percent rise from now to March 2022. The Main Market TOP 10 trades at a PE of 7.8 or 48 percent of the PE of that market and well off the potential of 20.
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, taking into account the earnings and PE ratios for the current fiscal year. Expected values will change as stock prices fluctuate and result in movements in and out of the lists weekly. 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.

 

Stocks slide but market rises

Sagicor Select Manufacturing and Distribution Fund dominated the volume traded on Friday, accounting for an 871 percent rise in the number of shares traded, with the value jumping 363 percent higher than on Thursday, on a day when declining stocks beat out rising ones two to one on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rose 1,817.92 points to 454,375.81, the JSE Main Index gained 754.27 points to end at 422,066.55 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.44 points to settle at 104.74.
At the close, 49 securities traded, compared to 48 on Thursday, with 13 stocks rising, 28 declining and eight ended unchanged. The PE Ratio ended with an average of 16.2 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
The market closed with 119,750,700 shares trading for $599,497,233 versus 12,330,202 units at $129,542,064 on Thursday. Sagicor Select Manufacturing and Distribution Fund accounted for 89.8 percent of total volume, with 107.57 million shares, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 2.9 percent for 3.49 million units, Transjamaican Highway with 2.2 percent for 2.58 million and NCB Financial Group with 1.7 percent for 2.13 million units changing hands.
Trading averages 2,443,892 stock units at $12,234,637  versus 256,879 shares at $2,698,793 on Thursday. Trading for the month to date averages 436,367 units at $4,623,132, in contrast to 326,458 units at $4,206,413 on Thursday. Trading in April ended with an average of 234,200 units at $1,772,561.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has ten stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints advanced $1.80 to $16 with the swapping of 3,852 stocks, Carreras lost 25 cents to end at $10.25 with 87,730 stock units crossing the exchange, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund fell $2 to $42 after a transfer of 100 units, First Rock Capital gained 20 cents to settle at $16.39 with 16,146 stocks clearing the market. Grace Kennedy ended 59 cents lower at $88.41 with 36,654 units crossing the market, Guardian Holdings dropped $7 in closing at $763 in trading 192,040 stocks, Jamaica Broilers slipped 35 cents to $34 in transferring 249,442 shares. Jamaica Producers fell 20 cents to end at $24 after an exchange of 14,192 stock units, Jamaica Stock Exchange declined 90 cents to finish at $17 with 141,930 units changing hands, JMMB Group rose 48 cents to $32.48 in transferring 96,740 shares. Kingston Wharves lost 30 cents to close at $46.20 with an exchange of 13,784 shares. Margaritaville slid 75 cents to $14.25 in switching ownership of 7,698 units, PanJam Investment rose 95 cents to close at $67 in transferring 6,393 stocks. Pulse Investments gained 44 cents to end at $4.80 with 706,754 units crossing the market, Sagicor Group rose 74 cents to close at $52.75 in switching ownership of 12,435 stocks, Seprod advanced $1.49 to $75 after clearing the market with 27,751 shares, Sterling Investments shed 30 cents to close at $3 with an exchange of 94,051 stocks, Victoria Mutual Investments declined 5 cents to close at $6.96 after trading 137,328 stock units and Wisynco Group rose 65 cents to $15.75 with 28,000 shares changing hands.
In the preference segment, Community & Workers Credit Union preference share shed 21 cents to close at $1.69 in trading 119,727 units. Eppley 7.5% preference shares declined $3.81 to end at $7.19 with 548 units changing hands and Eppley 8.25% lost 19 cents to close at $6.80, trading 2,024 stock units.

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

Steady trading for JSE Main Market

Market activity ended on Thursday with only the All Jamaican Composite rising after more stocks advanced than declined, with an exchange of 55 percent fewer shares valued 83 percent lower than on Wednesday at the close of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market.
The All Jamaican Composite Index gained 109.54 points to 452,557.89, the JSE Main Index shed 184.88 points to 421,312.28 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.05 points to settle at 104.30.
Trading ended with 48 securities, similar to Wednesday, with 23 stocks rising, 17 declining and eight remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio averages 16.3 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
The market closed with 12,330,202 shares trading for $129,542,064 versus 27,181,743 units at $767,234,675 on Wednesday. Pulse Investments led trading with 25.6 percent of total volume after an exchange of 3.16 million, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 18.3 percent for 2.26 million units and Jamaica Broilers 8.6 percent with 1.06 million.
Trading averaged 256,879 units at $2,698,793, compared to 566,286 shares at $15,984,056 on Wednesday. Trading month to date averages 326,458 units at $4,206,413, in contrast to 330,401 units at $4,291,851 on Wednesday. April closed with an average of 234,200 units at $1,772,561.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows ten stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints fell $2.19 to $14.20, with an exchange of 14,388 shares. Caribbean Cement shed $1.48, ending at $88 in transferring 13,449 stock units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund advanced $2 to close at $44 with 275 units changing hands, First Rock Capital gained 29 cents to close at $16.19 with 1,948 stock units crossing the market. Grace Kennedy rose $1 to $89 after exchanging 30,663 stocks, Jamaica Broilers closed 35 cents higher at $34.35 in transferring 1,062,269 shares, Jamaica Producers rose $1.10 to $24.20 with 2,972 units changing hands. JMMB Group shed 91 cents to finish at $32 with a transfer of 56,649 stocks, Mayberry Investments picked up 30 cents to end at $5.95 with investors switching ownership of 50,238 stock units, Mayberry Jamaican Equities gained 29 cents to close at $8.10, trading 78,268 stocks. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy advanced $7 to $127 in trading 40 units, 138 Student Living rose 40 cents to $5.50 with the swapping of 147,219 shares, Palace Amusement climbed $60 to close at $970 in an exchange of 44 shares, PanJam Investment fell $1.90 to $66.05 after 6,502 shares crossed the exchange. Proven Investments declined $1.99 to $35.01 with 251,559 stock units clearing the market, Seprod gained 51 cents in ending at $73.51 and switching ownership of 12,312 stocks, Stanley Motta lost 29 cents in closing at $5.95 with the swapping of 2,480 units, Sterling Investments gained 20 cents to end at $3.30 with an exchange of 172,032 shares. Sygnus Credit Investments finished 23 cents higher at $15.43 in transferring 21,885 stocks and Wisynco Group shed 77 cents to close at $15.10 with an exchange of 179,935 units.
In the preference segment, Eppley 8.25% rose 62 cents to close at $6.99 in exchanging 500 shares.

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