Big fall for Junior Market

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange suffered a sharp drop on Monday, with declining stocks outnumbering those rising by a two to one margin after the volume of stocks traded climbed 236 percent with 249 percent greater value than on Friday with 41 securities traded, similar to Friday and ended with prices of 11 rising, 23 declining and seven closing unchanged.
Investors traded 11,511,945 shares for $33,462,450, up sharply from 3,421,711 units at $9,593,022 on Friday. Trading averaged 280,779 shares at $816,157 compared with 83,456 units at $233,976 on Friday with a month to date average of 249,837 units at $786,553 compared to 247,709 stock units at $784,516 on the previous trading day. Trading in September averaged 470,099 units at $1,578,447.
Tropical Battery led trading with 2.96 million shares for 25.8 percent of total volume, followed by JFP Ltd with 2.22 million units for 19.3 percent of the day’s trade, Dolla Financial with 1.72 million units for 14.9 percent market share and Fosrich with 1.29 million units for 11.2 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index shed 58.39 points to settle at 4,075.14.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.4. 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 three stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial dipped $2.45 to end at $21.55, as 3,105 shares passed through the market, AMG Packaging shed 40 cents in closing at $3.10 after a transfer of 21,198 stock units, Blue Power fell 34 cents to $3.10 with investors transferring 665 units. Cargo Handlers dropped $1.68 to close at $11.66 after trading 100 stocks, Express Catering climbed 22 cents in ending at $5.30 as investors traded 2,000 shares, Fontana dipped 14 cents to $9.01 in switching ownership of 49,934 stock units. Future Energy Source lost 29 cents to close at $5.11 after exchanging 488,491 units, General Accident shed 52 cents in ending at a 52 weeks’ low of $4.55 and closed with 18,329 stocks changing hands, Honey Bun declined 64 cents to end at $7.02 with a transfer of 31,506 stocks. Indies Pharma rallied 17 cents to $2.97, with 23,098 shares crossing the market, ISP Finance lost $1.96 to close at $15.05, with 100 stock units clearing the market, Lasco Manufacturing fell 75 cents to end at $4 after trading 20,238 units. Lumber Depot dropped 36 cents to $2.53 in dealing 58,441 units, Medical Disposables dipped 64 cents to $5.15 while exchanging 5,100 stocks, MFS Capital Partners gained 17 cents in closing at $2.97, trading 199,646 stock units. Paramount Trading fell 22 cents in closing at $1.82 with an exchange of 158,084 shares, Spur Tree Spices shed 15 cents ending at $3.48, with 416,422 units crossing the market, Stationery and Office Supplies rose 65 cents to  $15.80, with 18,810 stock units changing hands. Tropical Battery increased 24 cents to end at $2.69 with the swapping of 2,964,487 stocks and tTech advanced 59 cents to $3.29, with four shares crossing the exchange.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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