Junior jumps to close out week on Friday

Trading closed on Friday, with the volume and value of stocks traded declining by 33 and 36 percent respectively, from Thursday’s trades as the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange enjoyed a positive day to close above the 3,300 mark for the first time since the first day of October.
A total of 37 securities traded as was the case on Thursday and ended with 18 rising, 12 declining and seven closing unchanged as one stock traded at 52 weeks’ high.
The Junior Market Index spiked 38.01 points to end at 3,300.47. The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.7 based on ICInsider.com’s 2021-22 earnings forecast.
A total of 8,206,423 shares traded for $25,715,250 down from 12,301,366 units at $39,887,095 on Thursday. Lumber Depot led trading with 3.03 million shares and accounted for 36.9 percent of total volume, followed by Jamaican Teas with 2.11 million units for 25.7 percent of the day’s trade and iCreate with 1.08 million units for 13.2 percent market share. Trading averaged 221,795  shares at $695,007 compared to 332,469 shares at $1,078,030 on Thursday. Trading month to date averages 204,540 shares at $694,927, versus 201,012 units at $694,911 on Thursday. September closed with an average of 207,032 units at $668,264.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, AMG Packaging advanced 23 cents to $1.93 in exchanging 1,795 shares, Blue Power popped 12 cents to $3.37 after exchanging 1,300 units, Caribbean Assurance Brokers lost 16 cents to end at $1.63 in trading 15,158 stocks. Dolphin Cove spiked 69 cents to $9.69 after exchanging 2,867 stock units, Everything Fresh rose 10 cents to 98 cents trading 3,813 units, Express Catering backed off 45 cents to $4.90 with the swapping of 220,444 shares. Fontana dropped 32 cents to $6.07 after 43,768 stock units crossed the exchange, Fosrich increased 7 cents to close at $8.20, trading 15,069 stocks, General Accident gained 15 cents in ending at $5.45 after switching ownership of 34,100 stock units. Honey Bun shed 13 cents to $8.85 in an exchange of 19,883 units, Indies Pharma fell 15 cents in closing at $3.20 while exchanging 52 stocks, Iron Rock Insurance shed 5 cents to $3.30, with 19,870 shares clearing the market. ISP Finance spiked $10 to end at a record $35 with an exchange of 2,855 stock units, Jamaican Teas lost 16 cents to close at $4.18, with 2,110,176 stocks changing hands, Jetcon Corporation climbed 12 cents to $1.13 after 5,000 units crossed the market. Lasco Manufacturing spiked 23 cents to $4.89 with 10,433 shares changing hands, Limners and Bards increased 19 cents to $3.49, with 16,022 shares crossing the exchange, Mailpac Group rose 8 cents to close at $3.68 in trading 301,333 stocks. Main Event declined 9 cents to $4.40, with 300 stock units changing hands, Medical Disposables popped 50 cents to $5.20 after 12,516 units crossed the market and Stationery and Office Supplies fell 20 cents to close at $6 in exchanging 2,456 shares.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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