Gains for Junior Market on Friday

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange recorded gains for the first time in six trading days at the close of the market on Friday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 15 percent and the value 8 percent lower than in trading on Thursday following activities in 42 securities versus 40 on Thursday and ended with 15 rising, 18 declining and nine closing unchanged.
A total of 11,685,238 shares were traded for $33,419,102, compared with 13,716,040 units at $36,147,946 on Thursday.
Trading averaged 278,220 shares at $795,693 down from 342,901 stock units at $903,699 on Thursday, with trading month to date averaging 292,081 units at $940,323 compared to 293,594 stock units at $956,101 on the previous day. September closed with an average of 470,099 units at $1,578,447.
EduFocal led trading with 2.67 million shares for 22.8 percent of total volume followed by AMG Packaging with 1.99 million units for 17.1 percent of the day’s trade, JFP Limited ended trading 1.50 million shares for 12.9 percent of stocks traded and ONE on ONE Educational had an exchange of 1.40 million units for 12 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index rallied 21.06 points to settle at 4,099.20. 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 two stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial popped $3.15 to close at $23.25 while exchanging 443 shares, AMG Packaging dipped 29 cents in closing at $3.50 with a transfer of 1,994,316 units, following the release of full year results showing profits up 77 percent over 2021. Caribbean Assurance Brokers climbed 15 cents to $2.45 with 24,289 stock units changing hands. Caribbean Cream dipped 33 cents to $4.06, with 4,154 stocks changing hands, Consolidated Bakeries declined 24 cents in ending at $2.41 after trading 11,628 shares, Everything Fresh increased 15 cents to $1.80, with 123,154 stock units crossing the market. GWest Corporation advanced 14 cents to $1.10 with the swapping of 5,300 units, Honey Bun rallied 10 cents to $7.80 but only after trading at an intraday low of $6, and ended with an exchange of 83,330 shares, Indies Pharma lost 14 cents to end at $2.89 after a transfer of 10,336 stocks. KLE Group shed 16 cents to close at $1.99 after 203 stock units passed through the market, Knutsford Express gained 50 cents to close at $8.50 in switching ownership of 76,459 units, Lumber Depot rose 15 cents to $2.85 in an exchange of 210,367 shares. Main Event fell 50 cents in closing at $8.40 after trading 877 stocks and MFS Capital Partners fell 15 cents in ending at $2.70 and exchanging 658,300 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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