Junior Market dips

Trading closed on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Wednesday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 46 percent and the value 52 percent lower than on Tuesday with 42 securities trading versus 43 on Tuesday as trading ended with prices of 15 rising, 24 declining and three closing unchanged.
A total of 13,198,946 shares were traded for $42,970,729 compared with 24,655,438 units at $89,978,978 on Tuesday.
Trading on Wednesday averaged 314,261 shares at $1,023,113 down from 573,382 shares at $2,092,534 on Tuesday with the month to date, averaging 362,333 units at $1,270,669 versus 384,766 stock units at $1,386,195 on the previous day. September closed with an average of 470,099 units at $1,578,447.
Spur Tree Spices led trading with 6.80 million shares for 51.5 percent of total volume, followed by JFP Limited with 1.31 million units for 9.9 percent of the day’s trade and ONE on ONE Educational with 852,272 units for 6.5 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index declined 22.10 points to settle at 4,126.19. The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.7. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com 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 two with lower offers.
At the close, AMG Packaging lost 8 cents to end at $3.51 with investors transferring 10,228 shares, Blue Power declined 19 cents to close at $3.29 after 3,000 units were traded, Caribbean Cream shed 17 cents to $4.03 with an exchange of 146 stocks. Caribbean Flavours dipped 8 cents to $1.75 with a transfer of 35,195 stock units, Consolidated Bakeries fell 26 cents to $2.70 in switching ownership of 51,934 stocks, EduFocal dropped 15 cents to $2.70, with 541,507 units crossing the market. Elite Diagnostic rose 11 cents to $3.65, with 59,793 stock units changing hands, Fontana dipped 10 cents in closing at $9.20 as investors exchanged 120,017 shares, Fosrich shed 9 cents to close at $4.31 in trading 491,987 units. Future Energy Source popped 10 cents to end at $5.60 after ffinishing trading 487,672 stocks, Honey Bun rallied 10 cents in closing at $8 with the swapping of 2,681 stock units, Knutsford Express dipped 20 cents to $7.80 after a transfer of 11,722 shares. Lasco Distributors declined 8 cents to $2.90 after exchanging 41,661 stocks, Medical Disposables advanced 63 cents to close at $5.83 while trading 81,832 shares, Spur Tree Spices climbed 32 cents to $3.74 in an exchange of 6,803,327 stock units and Stationery and Office Supplies fell $1.91 to end at $16.04, with 2,102 units clearing the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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