Gains for Junior Market

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange recovered more than half of Tuesday’s 64 points drop in the market index as it closed on Wednesday after a 32 percent decline in the volume of stocks traded and a 36 percent fall in the value from trading in 46 securities compared with 48 on Tuesday and ending with prices of 21 stocks rising, 14 declining and 11 closing unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index rose 35.91 points to settle at 3,940.68.
A total of 11,166,116 shares were exchanged for $25,766,396 versus 16,319,167 units at $40,158,085 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 242,742 shares at $560,139 up from 339,983 units at $836,627 on Tuesday with a month to date average of 223,871 stocks at $566,697 versus 222,672 stock units at $567,113 on the previous day. December closed with an average of 333,420 units at $925,533.
JFP Ltd led trading with 3.33 million shares for 29.8 percent of total volume followed by Image Plus Consultants with 1.91 million units for 17.1 percent of the day’s trade and ONE on ONE Educational with 1.45 million units for 13 percent market share.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.9. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate projected earnings for the financial year ending that fall between November 2022 and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows seven stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial dipped $1.05 to $24.50 with an exchange of 12,765 shares, Blue Power gained 19 cents to close at $2.89 after 11 units cleared the market, CAC 2000 advanced $1.27 to end at $8.48 as investors exchanged three stocks. Caribbean Cream gained 42 cents to close at $3.80 trading 2,605 stock units, Consolidated Bakeries rose 28 cents to end at $2.13 with investors transferring 233 shares, Dolphin Cove lost 18 cents to close at $13.82 with 17,654 units changing hands. Elite Diagnostic popped 10 cents to settle at $3.20 with a transfer of 4,000 stocks, Express Catering gained 8 cents to end at $5.08 in switching ownership of 44,901 stock units, Fontana rallied 40 cents in ending at $8.90 in an exchange of 33,298 units. Fosrich fell 12 cents to $3.27 after 804,631 shares passed through the market, Future Energy Source lost 7 cents to end at $4.78 trading 476,514 stock units, General Accident rose 22 cents to close at $5.30 in exchanging 48,612 stocks. Iron Rock Insurance popped 22 cents in ending at $2.39 with 1,000 stock units being traded, Jetcon Corporation gained 7 cents in closing at $1.13, with 135,605 stocks changing hands, Knutsford Express fell $1.90 to $10.10 with the swapping of 20,344 shares. Lasco Distributors gained 15 cents in closing at $2.71 in exchanging 8,753 units, Lasco Financial advanced 31 cents to $2.84 in trading 3,105 units, and Lasco Manufacturing popped 64 cents to close at $4.80 with 57,968 shares changing hands. Lumber Depot rallied 7 cents in ending at $2.37 with an exchange of 3,479 stocks, Main Event rose 80 cents to $10 after clearing the market with 41,403 stock units and Tropical Battery lost 8 cents to end at $2.33 with a transfer of 760,527 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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