Big drop for Junior Market

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange fell sharply on Wednesday,  with the volume of stocks traded declining 60 percent from Tuesday’s outturn after investors exchanged  62 percent less funds, with 42 securities trading versus 44 on Tuesday and ended with 15 rising, 20 declining and seven closing unchanged.
A total of 12,078,496 shares were exchanged for $38,559,683 down from 30,532,879 units at $100,998,581 on Tuesday.
Trading ended with an average of 287,583 shares at $918,088 compared to 693,929 shares at $2,295,422 on Tuesday, with the month to date, averaging 517,543 units at $1,741,672 compared to 533,222 units at $1,797,825 on the previous day. August closed with an average of 407,186 units at $1,330,946.
Jamaican Teas led trading with 2.56 million shares for 21.2 percent of total volume followed by Fosrich with 1.96 million units for 16.2 percent of the day’s trade, iCreate ended with 1.77 million units for 14.6 percent of the market and Mailpac Group with 1.07 million units for 8.8 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index dropped 64.27 points to 4,117.05. The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.7.
The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate projected earnings for companies with financial year end that falls between November this year and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial rose $1.99 to $21.99 in exchanging 100 shares, CAC 2000 gained $1.35 in closing at $8.25 with a transfer of 2,327 units, Caribbean Assurance Brokers advanced 30 cents to close at $2.60 in trading 516 stocks. Caribbean Cream gained 81 cents to $4.80 with an exchange of 10,023 stock units, Dolla Financial popped 10 cents to end at $3.25 while exchanging 985,337 stocks, Elite Diagnostic climbed 12 cents to $3.72 with 34,431 stock units clearing the market. Everything Fresh fell 11 cents to $1.68 with investors transferring 471,109 shares, Fontana dipped 18 cents to close at $9.12 after a transfer of 68,899 units, Honey Bun declined 10 cents to end at $7.56 with 15,000 stocks crossing the market. iCreate dropped 22 cents to $2.94 after trading 1,766,199 shares, Jamaican Teas rallied 19 cents in closing at $3 after exchanging 2,559,882 units, Lasco Distributors lost 10 cents to close at$2.85 after exchanging 5,747 stock units. Lasco Manufacturing shed 30 cents to end at $4.10 with 5,975 stock units crossing the exchange, Limners and Bards popped 25 cents to $3 in an exchange of 86,208 stocks, Mailpac Group climbed 18 cents to close at $2.39 with the swapping of 1,067,407 units. Main Event rose 50 cents in closing at $9 as investors exchanged 27,727 shares, Spur Tree Spices fell 11 cents to $3.40 after finishing trading of 498,247 units and Stationery and Office Supplies rallied 98 cents to end at $16, with just 501 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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