Trading jumps on JSE USD market

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market ended on Tuesday, with the volume of stocks exchanged rising 483 percent, with the value surging 1,046 percent more than Monday’s levels, resulting in six securities trading, compared to eight on Monday with three rising, one declining and two ending unchanged.
Overall, 1,042,094 shares traded for US$58,208 up sharply from 178,840 units at US$5,077 on Monday.
Trading averaged 173,682 units at US$9,701 versus 22,355 shares at a mere US$635 on Monday, with a month to date average of 30,414 shares at US$3,432 compared with 24,869 units at US$3,190 on the previous day. October ended with an average of 40,972 units for US$2,277.
The JSE US Denominated Equities Index lost 1.78 points to end at 222.13.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 8.4. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows no stock ended with a bid higher than the last selling price and five with lower offers.
At the close, First Rock Real Estate USD share gained 0.89 cents after ending at 7.99 US cents in exchanging 364,350 shares, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy remained at 65 US cents in trading three stocks, Proven Investments fell 1.27 cents to close at 18.1 US cents with 129,276 units changing hands. Sygnus Credit Investments USD share climbed 0.34 of a cent to 9.86 US cents in switching ownership of 363 stock units and Transjamaican Highway rallied 0.04 of a cent to 0.9 of one US cent after exchanging 547,000 units
In the preference segmentJMMB Group 6% ended at US$1 with 1,102 stock units clearing the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Trading pushes JSE USD Market down

Trading remained low on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market on Monday, with the volume of stocks exchanged rising 52 percent, valued 27 percent less than on Friday and resulting in eight securities traded, compared to seven on Friday with two rising, three declining and three ending unchanged.
Overall, 178,840 shares traded for US$5,077 compared with 117,838 units at US$6,943 on Friday.
Trading averaged 22,355 shares at US$635 versus 16,834 units at US$992 on Friday, with a month to date average of 24,869 shares at US$3,190 compared with 25,005 units at US$3,329 on the previous trading day. October ended with an average of 40,972 units for US$2,277.
The JSE US Denominated Equities Index slipped 0.15 points to end at 223.91.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 8.2. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows no stock ending with a bid higher than the last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
At the close, First Rock Real Estate USD share advanced 0.1 of a cent to close at 7.1 US cents, with 1,369 shares clearing the market, Productive Business Solutions ended at US$1.70 after trading 85 units, Proven Investments popped 0.02 of a cent to end at 19.37 US cents with an exchange of 410 stock units. Sterling Investments dipped 0.09 cents after ending at 2 US cents after exchanging 746 stocks, Sygnus Credit Investments J$ share dipped 1 cent in closing at 13.62 US cents after 75 units passed through the market and Transjamaican Highway remained at 0.86 of one US cent as investors exchanged 173,998 stocks.
In the preference segmentProductive Business 9.25% preference share declined by 50 cents in ending at US$11 after a transfer of 107 shares and JMMB Group 6% remained at US$1 in trading 2,050 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

IPO closure lifts ICTOP10

The Jamaica Stock Main Market recorded gains to close out the past week on a positive note, but the performance only resulted in moderate changes in prices of ICTOP10 Main Market stocks, the Junior Market Index was flat compared with the prior week but resulted in some sizable price changes with one stock dropping out of the TOP10 as the Initial Public offer of Regency Petroleum shares was oversubscribed and closed and liquidity started returning to the market.
Access Financial dropped out of the Junior Market TOP10 after rising 11 percent for the week in making way for Medical Disposables to return.
Unlike last week when seven Junior Market TOP10 stocks declined between 3 percent and 20 percent, with only one rising this week. Rising stocks dominated, with five gaining 3 percent or more while three declined. CAC2000 ordinary share fell 15 percent to $7.06, Iron Rock Insurance was down 5 percent to $2.18 and Dolphin Cove lost 3 percent to close at $13.13. In the Junior Market, Paramount Trading recovered some of last week’s loss by rising 13 percent to $1.71, Lasco Financial popped 11 percent to close at $3, while Elite Diagnostic rose 4 percent to $3.49.
The Main Market 10 had just two stocks rising for a second week and six declining between four and nine percent last week. This past week, four rose 2 percent and 3 percent.
At the end of the week, the average PE for the JSE Main Market TOP 10 is 5.7, well below the market average of 13.4. At the same time, the Junior Market Top 10 PE sits at 5.9 versus the market at 12, an important indicator of the level of undervaluation of the ICTOP10 stocks. The Junior Market is projected to rise by 246 percent and the Main Market TOP10, an average now of 269 percent, to May 2023.
The Junior Market has 12 stocks representing a third of the market, with PEs from 15 to 35, averaging 20 compared with the above average of the market. The top half of the market has an average PE of 17. This data shows the extent of potential gains that the TOP 10 stocks possess. The situation in the Main Market is similar, with the 16 highest valued stocks priced at a PE of 15 to 73, with an average of 24.7 and 21.7 excluding the highest valued one and 19 for the top half excluding the highest valued stock.
ICTOP10 focuses on likely yearly winners, accordingly, the list includes some of the best companies in the market but not always. ICInsider.com ranks stocks based on projected earnings, allowing investors to focus on the most undervalued stocks and helping to remove emotions in selecting stocks for investments 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, computed using projected earnings 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.

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

Losses galore no gains for JSE USD Market

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Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market ended with the volume of stocks exchanged jumping 604 percent but with a 66 percent lower value than on Thursday, resulting in the trading of seven securities, compared to five on Thursday with no rising, six declining and one unchanged.
A total of 117,838 shares were traded for US$6,943 compared with 16,740 units at US$20,385 on Thursday.
Trading averaged 16,834 units at US$992, versus 3,348 shares at US$4,077 on Thursday, with a month to date average of 25,005 shares at US$3,329 versus 25,414 units at US$3,446 on the previous day. October ended with an average of 40,972 units for US$2,277.
The JSE US Denominated Equities Index lost 5.38 points to end at 224.06.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in the computing of appropriate stock values, averages 8.3. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows one stock ended with a bid higher than the last selling price and one with a lower offer.
At the close, First Rock Real Estate USD share fell 0.58 of a cent to 7 US cents after trading 324 shares, Proven Investments fell 0.35 of a cent to 19.35 US cents, with 2,285 units clearing the market, Sterling Investments lost 0.01 of a cent in ending at 2.09 US cents with investors transferring 1,750 stocks. Sygnus Credit Investments USD share dropped 0.33 of a cent to 9.52 US cents with a transfer of 55,541 stock units and Transjamaican Highway dipped 0.06 of a cent to 0.86 of one US cent as investors exchanged 57,597 stock units.
In the preference segmentProductive Business 9.25% preference share shed 40 cents to end at US$11.50 as 30 units passed through the market and JMMB Group 6% ended at US$1 while exchanging 311 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Volumes plunged on the JSE USD market

The trading volume of stocks plunged 61 percent, with a 13 percent lower value than Wednesday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market on Thursday, resulting in five securities changing hands, compared to seven on Wednesday with two rising, two declining and one ending unchanged.
A total of 16,740 shares were traded for US$20,385 compared to 43,378 units at US$18,048 on Wednesday.
Trading averaged 3,348 units at US$4,077 compared with 6,197 shares at US$2,578 on Wednesday, with a month to date average of 25,414 shares at US$3,446 versus 26,231 units at US$3,422 on the previous day. October ended with an average of 40,972 units for US$2,277.
The JSE US Denominated Equities Index rose 4.33 points to end at 229.44.
The PE Ratio is a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 8.6. The PE ratio incorporates ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows no stock ended with a bid higher than the last selling price and five with lower offers.
At the close, First Rock Real Estate USD share dipped 0.02 of a cent to close at 7.58 US cents with the swapping of 1,549 shares, Proven Investments rose 1.7 cents to 19.7 US cents as six stocks passed through the market and Sterling Investments popped 0.1 of a cent to end at 2.1 US cents with investors transferring 61 units.
In the preference segmentJMMB Group 5.75% remained at US$2 with a transfer of 5,000 stock units and JMMB Group 6% lost 7 cents in ending at US$1 after trading 10,124 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Rising stocks beat losers on JSE USD Market

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market ended on Tuesday with an 85 percent drop in the volume of stocks exchanged with the value plunging 91 percent lower than on Monday, resulting in trading in seven securities, compared to 11 on Monday with four rising, one declining and two ending unchanged.
Overall, 49,024 shares were traded for US$5,622, down sharply from 334,981 units at US$60,270 on Monday.
Trading averaged 7,003 shares at US$803, compared with 30,453 units at US$5,479 on Monday. The month to date, averages 27,327 shares at US$3,468 versus 28,503 units at US$3,622 on the previous trading day. October ended with an average of 40,972 units for US$2,277.
The JSE US Denominated Equities Index lost 4.13 points to end at 224.76.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 8.5. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows no stock ended with a bid higher than the last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, First Rock Real Estate USD share rallied 0.4 of one cent to end at 7.5 US cents after exchanging 1,000 shares, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy climbed 0.01 of a cent to close at 65 US cents in an exchange of 100 stock units, Productive Business Solutions remained at US$1.70 after 130 units were traded. Proven Investments dropped 1.5 cents to 18.5 US cents as 26,043 stocks passed through the market, Sterling Investments advanced 0.05 of one cent in closing at 2 US cents with the swapping of 20,500 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments USD share rose 0.1 of a cent after ending at 9.2 US cents while exchanging 1,220 stocks.
In the preference segmentEppley 6% preference share ended at US$1.13, with 31 units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

More stocks fell than rose on the JSE USD Market

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market ended on Monday with an 83 percent increase in the volume of stocks exchanged, valued 174 percent more than on Friday, resulting in 11 securities traded, compared to 10 on Friday with one rising, three declining and seven ending unchanged.
Overall, 334,981 shares were traded for US$60,270 compared to 182,935 units at US$22,001 on Friday.
Trading averaged 30,453 units at US$5,479, up from 18,294 shares at US$2,200 on Friday, with month to date average of 28,503 shares at US$3,622 versus 28,308 units at US$3,437 on the previous trading day. October ended with an average of 40,972 units for US$2,277.
The JSE US Denominated Equities Index gained 1.62 points to end at 228.89.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 8.4. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows no stock ended with a bid higher than the last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
At the close, First Rock Real Estate USD share remained at 7.1 US cents after 36,000 shares were exchanged, Productive Business Solutions ended at US$1.70 after a transfer of two units, Proven Investments rose 2.79 cents to 20 US cents while trading 284,461 stocks. Sterling Investments lost 0.05 of a cent to end at 1.95 US cents, with 2,590 stock units crossing the market, Sygnus Credit Investments J$ share ended at 14.62 US cents in an exchange of one stock, Sygnus Credit Investments USD share declined 0.88 of a cent in closing at 9.1 US cents with the swapping of 10,678 units. Sygnus Real Estate Finance USD share fell 0.5 of a cent after ending at 10.5 US cents with 1,036 shares changing hands and Transjamaican Highway remained at 0.92 of one US cent after trading 210 stock units,
In the preference segmentEppley 6% preference share ended at US$1.13 finishing at one share. Equityline Mortgage Investment preference share remained at US$1.67 in exchanging one stock unit and JMMB Group 5.75% remained at US$1.50 with an exchange of 1 unit.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Major shake up of ICTOP10

The Jamaica stock market got hit in the past week as a new Initial Public offer of Regency Petroleum shares open to the public on Thursday. The market decline is now a very pronounced feature of the market as investors seek funds to invest in the new issue and pressure prices of existing stocks and provides opportunities for savvy investors to pick up stocks at depressed prices for the eventual rally after the IPO closes.

NCB Financial Group is now back in the ICTOP10

The pricing of the IPO issue does not provide enough likely gains for it to make the ICTOP10, but it is included in the Stocks to Watch as the price is expected to jump and deliver a decent profit.
In the past two weeks, several company results were released to the public, with varying outturns, some of which led to adjustments to earnings per share for the current fiscal year. Sterling Investments and VM Investments earnings were adjusted downward and fell out of the TOP 10 and were replaced by NCB Financial Group and Key Insurance. Earnings for Berger Paints and JMMB Group were also revised downward, but they remain in the Main Market TOP10. Access Financial and Iron Rock Insurance return to the Junior Market TOP10 as General Accident and Medical Disposables dropped out.
Seven stocks in the Junior Market TOP10 declined between 3 percent and 20 percent, with only one rising. The Main Market list had two stocks gaining for a second week and six declining between four and nine percent.
Notable price changes during the week include Paramount Trading that dropped 20 percent to an attractive $1.52, Elite Diagnostic and Lasco Financial dipping 10 percent to close at $3.35 and $2.71, respectively, Lasco Distributors lost 10 percent to $3.10 and Caribbean Cream fell 4 percent to $3.86.
In the Main Market, Guardian Holdings rose 10 percent to $550. VVM Investments dropped 7 percent to $4.07 while JMMB Group and 138 Student Living fell 9 percent to $34 and $4.50, respectively, Jamaica Broilers and VM Investments fell 7 percent to $26.35 and $4.07, respectively and Radio Jamaica lost 5 percent in closing at $1.91.
At the end of the week, the average PE for the JSE Main Market TOP 10 is 5.6, well below the market average of 13.4. At the same time, the Junior Market Top 10 PE sits at 5.8 versus the market at 12, important indicator of the level of undervaluation of the ICTOP10 stocks. The Junior Market is projected to rise by 247 percent and the Main Market TOP10, an average now of 275 percent, to May 2023.
The Junior Market has 13 stocks representing a third of the market, with PEs from 15 to 30, averaging 20 compared with the above average of the market. The top half of the market has an average PE of 17. This data shows the extent of potential gains that the TOP 10 stocks possess. The situation in the Main Market is similar, with the 16 highest valued stocks priced at a PE of 15 to 90, with an average of 27 and 22.6 excluding the highest valued one and 19.4 for the top half excluding the highest valued stock.
ICTOP10 focuses on likely yearly winners, accordingly, the list includes some of the best companies in the market but not always. ICInsider.com ranks stocks based on projected earnings, allowing investors to focus on the most undervalued stocks and helping to remove emotions in selecting stocks for investments 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, computed using projected earnings 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.

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

JSE USD Market plunges

The JSE US Denominated Equities market suffered a major reversal in trading on Friday, with the market index plunging 29.58 points to 227.27 after the major rise earlier in the week resulting from a big move by Productive Business Solutions was reversed and Proven Investments falling to a 52 weeks’ low as trading ended, with the volume of stocks exchanged rising 174 percent, valued 222 percent more than Thursday’s trades and resulting in an exchange of 10 securities, the same as on Thursday and ended with two rising, two declining and six unchanged.
A total of 182,935 shares were traded for US$22,001 compared to 66,713 units at US$6,828 on Thursday.
Trading averaged 18,294 units at US$2,200, versus 6,671 shares at US$683 on Thursday, with month to date average of 28,308 shares at US$3,437 versus 29,309 units at US$3,560 on the previous day. October ended with an average of 40,972 units for US$2,277.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 8.5. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows one stock ended with a bid higher than the last selling prices and none with lower offers.
At the close, First Rock Real Estate USD share dipped 0.5 of a cent in closing at 7.1 US cents with an exchange of 20,000 shares, Productive Business Solutions remained at US$1.70 while exchanging ten stocks, Proven Investments lost 1.41 cents to end at a 52 weeks’ low of 17.21 US cents and closed with an exchange of 23,176 units. Sterling Investments rallied 0.1 of a cent to 2 US cents, with 105,000 stock units changing hands, Sygnus Credit Investments J$ share ended at 14.62 US cents, with investors exchanging three units, Sygnus Real Estate Finance USD share ended at 11 US cents with a transfer of 8,321 shares and Transjamaican Highway remained at 0.92 of one US cent after an exchange of 17,902 stock units.
In the preference segmentProductive Business 9.25% preference share advanced 90 cents to end at US$11.90 after 20 stocks passed through the market, Eppley 6% preference share remained at US$1.13 after a transfer of 3 shares and JMMB Group 5.75% ended at US$1.50 in switching ownership of 8,500 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Bounce for JSE USD Market

The Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market bucked the negative trend in the rest of the market and bounced on Thursday, after an 837 percent increase in the volume of stocks exchanged, valued at 393 percent more than on Wednesday and resulting in the trading of 10 securities, up from six on Wednesday, with two rising, five declining and three ending unchanged.
Overall, 66,713 shares were traded for US$6,828, up from 7,120 units at US$1,384 on Wednesday.
Trading averaged 6,671 units at US$683 up from 1,187 shares at US$231 on Wednesday, with month to date average of 29,309 shares at US$3,560 down from 31,824 units at US$3,880 on the previous trading day. October ended with an average of 40,972 units for US$2,277.
The JSE US Denominated Equities Index jumped 14.05 points to end at 256.85, with the market rising 34.4 percent for the year to date.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 8.6. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows no stock ended with a bid higher than the last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
At the close, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy dipped 0.01 of a cent to close at 64.99 US cents in exchanging 30 shares, Productive Business Solutions shed 30 cents to end at US$1.70 after hitting a record high of 42.25 while exchanging 51 stock units, Proven Investments dipped 0.39 of a cent to 18.62 US cents with investors transferring 14,937 units and Sterling Investments lost 0.2 of one cent in ending at 1.9 US cents with the swapping of 36,108 stocks. Sygnus Credit Investments J$ share remained at 14.62 US cents in exchanging seven stock units, Sygnus Credit Investments USD share rallied 0.04 cents to close at 9.98 US cents as investors exchanged 11,500 stock units and Transjamaican Highway declined 0.01 of one cent in closing at 0.92 US cents after investors finished trading of at 2,490 shares.
In the preference segmentProductive Business 9.25% preference share ended at US$11 after exchanging 31 units, Eppley 6% preference share advanced 1 cent to end at US$1.13, with 386 stocks changing hands and JMMB Group 6% remained at US$1.07 after the trading of 1,173 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.