JCG Holdings saw a leap in share price yesterday on the back of positive results for the year ended December 31, 1994. The stock was up by 40 cents, or 10.5 per cent, the third best performer of the day, to $4.20 on a turnover of $3.68 million. Growth in personal loan and mortgage lending propelled JCG Holdings' profit in 1994 up 41 per cent to $203.6 million. Earnings per share jumped to 39.8 cents, compared with 32 cents in 1993, placing the stock on an historic price-earnings ratio of 10.55 times. The stock fell to a low of $3.55 on Thursday last week, down 16.4 per cent from the high of $4.25 on Thursday, January 5. Blue chips, as usual, took the lion's share of activity, taking 76.4 per cent of trading, with H shares taking 1.63 per cent of trading and non-index stocks taking up 21.46 per cent of activity. Over three years, the stock has risen 272 per cent in price terms - 328 per cent including the dividend - and provided investors with an annualised return of 57.6 per cent, according to data from Bloomberg. On 12 months the stock has performed in line with the stock market, falling 37 per cent in price terms, against 32 per cent on the index. Financial conglomerate Guoco Group was also a star performer among the small to medium-sized company sector. The stock was up $2.50, or 9.8 per cent, to $27.95 on a relatively heavy turnover of $38.01 million. On Friday, the stock hit a low for the month at $25.45, having come 24 per cent off from the high of $33.50 on December 28. During the last 12 months, the stock has performed relatively in line with the market, falling 28 per cent in price terms against a fall on the Hang Seng Index of 32 per cent. Like JCG over the longer term, the stock has been an impressive performer, rising 379 per cent in price terms since 1990, and 455 per cent including the dividend, providing investors with an annualised return over the period of 43.4 per cent. Another stock on the bounce yesterday was Watary. It rose nine cents, or 18 per cent, to 58 cents, making it the best performer of the day, on a turnover of $564,220.