Junior Market drops Thursday

Junior Market trading closed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday, with the volume of stocks traded declining marginally, but the value climbed 26 percent over Wednesday’s trades, with 41 securities trading down from 44 on Wednesday and ended with 18 rising, 14 declining and nine closing unchanged.
Investors traded 6,285,227 shares for $22,042,267 versus 6,618,235 units at $17,556,220 on Wednesday.
Trading averaged 153,298 shares at $537,616 against 150,414 stock units at $399,005 on Wednesday, with month to date averaging 259,843 units at $825,187 compared with 268,341 stock units at $848,125 on Wednesday, the previous trading day. September  averaged 470,099 units at $1,578,447.
Lasco Manufacturing led trading with 2.03 million shares for 32.3 percent of total volume, followed by Dolla Financial with 1.24 million units for 19.7 percent of the day’s trade and ONE on ONE Educational with 463,108 units for 7.4 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index dropped 34.34 points to 4,107.54. The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.5. 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 six stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial advanced 11 cents to close at $20.30 after an exchange of ten shares, Cargo Handlers increased 34 cents to $13.34 after a transfer of 2,004 stocks, Dolla Financial lost 14 cents to end at $3.30 in an exchange of 1,237,664 stock units. Elite Diagnostic popped 17 cents in closing at $3.59 in trading 15,172 units, Fontana climbed 24 cents to $9.40 with 36,521 stocks changing hands, Future Energy Source rallied 15 cents in closing at $5.50 as investors exchanged 132,818 units. Honey Bun gained 48 cents in ending at $8.10, with 16,661 stock units crossing the market, ISP Finance shed $5 to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $15 after exchanging 400 shares, Knutsford Express rose 35 cents to end at a 52 weeks’ high of $9.35 after trading 30,139 stock units. Lasco Distributors fell 15 cents to $2.84 with the swapping of 8,336 shares, Lasco Manufacturing rallied 45 cents to $4.75 in switching ownership of 2,030,085 units, Lumber Depot advanced 11 cents to close at $2.90 while exchanging 71,107 stocks. Main Event increased 10 cents to $8.50, with 45,075 shares changing hands, Stationery and Office Supplies popped 79 cents to $15.99, with 39,501 units clearing the market and tTech declined 35 cents in closing at $2.70, with 7,000 stock units passing through the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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