Huge trading day for Junior Market stocks

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market sprang into serious action on Wednesday, with the overall volume of the market surging 182 percent after 240 percent more funds entered the market than on Tuesday and leading to a minor fall in the market index as Spur Tree Spices and Express Catering controlled 86 percent of the volume of stocks traded.
A total of 41 securities traded on Wednesday similar to Tuesday and ended with 18 rising, 13 declining and 10 closing unchanged. At the close, the Junior Market Index shed 15.44 points to settle at 3,502.75.
The PE Ratio, a measure used to compute appropriate stock values, averages 15.8. The PE ratio of each stock shown in the chart below is based on earnings forecast for companies with financial years up to August 2022.
A total of 54,515,428 shares traded for $197,029,437 versus 19,336,528 units at $57,883,987 on Tuesday. Spur Tree Spices led trading with 25.67 million shares for 47.1 percent of total volume followed by Express Catering, 21.21 million units for 38.9 percent of the day’s trade and iCreate with 1.47 million units for 2.7 percent market share. Future Energy Source was the only other stock to exceed a million shares and ended with 1.27 million units changing hands for 2.3 percent market share.
Trading averaged 1,329,645 shares at $4,805,596 up from 471,623 shares at $1,411,805 on Tuesday with month to date, averaging 302,573 units at $1,199,046, compared to 209,819 units at $873,344 previously. December closed with an average of 409,209 units at $1,318,877.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows eight stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, Access Financial climbed $4.50 to a 52 weeks’ high of $28 in an exchange of 11,960 shares, AMG Packaging dropped 30 cents to close at $3.30 after exchanging 185,768 stock units, Dolphin Cove popped 51 cents in closing at $20.50 in trading 520,727 units. Elite Diagnostic rallied 24 cents to $3.49 while exchanging 319,675 stocks, Fosrich increased 14 cents to end at $12, with 55,399 stocks crossing the market, GWest Corporation lost 10 cents in closing at 90 cents after an exchange of 5,487 units. Honey Bun rose 32 cents to $9.80, with 93,959 shares changing hands, Indies Pharma fell 15 cents to $3 in trading 144,474 stock units, Iron Rock Insurance declined 15 cents after ending at $3.10 with an exchange of 3,000 stock units. ISP Finance shed $8 to close at $30 in exchanging 1,900 units, KLE Group advanced 38 cents to $2.93 in switching ownership of 3,600 shares, Lasco Distributors dropped 17 cents to $3.13 clearing the market with 652,520 stocks. Limners and Bards gained 10 cents to close at $3.49 after trading 17,843 stock units, Medical Disposables fell 45 cents in closing at $7.50 with the swapping of 2,112 shares, Spur Tree Spices advanced 33 cents to end at 52 weeks’ high of $2.65 and closed with 25,673,548 stocks changing hands and tTech declined 25 cents in closing at $4.05 after exchanging 2,059 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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