Junior Market gave up big morning gains

Trading in the morning session of the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange saw the market index shooting past 2,560 points, up more 40 points, but the market gave back those gains and more by the close on Tuesday, to end down by 10.17 points at 2,511.77.
Trading ended with 35 securities changing hands compared to 30 on Monday and closed with the prices of 17 stocks rising, 13 declining and five remaining unchanged. At the close of the market, the average PE Ratio ended at 10.7 based on IC Insider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 4,714,749 shares, 62 percent less than 12,259,583 units on Monday. The value of stocks trading fell 36 percent to $9,788,364 compared to $15,273,356 on Monday.  Lumber Depot led trading with 65 percent of total volume and accounted for 3.06 million shares, followed by General Accident with 5.9 percent for 280,001 units and Express Catering, with 5.7 percent or 269,000 shares.
Trading ended with an average of 134,707 units at $279,668 in contrast to 408,653 at $509,112 on Monday. For the month to date, the average trade was 105,367 units at $239,176, in comparison to 106,780 units at $244,156 on Monday. Trading in August resulted in an average of 104,426 units at $321,996.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the  Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows four stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial dropped back  $4.28 to  $21.51, in exchanging 1,414 units, AMG Packaging lost 4 cents in closing at $1.56 and 22 units crossing the exchange, Blue Power gained 5 cents to end at $3.35, with 7,500 stock units passing through the market. Cargo Handlers rose 50 cents to settle at $7.50 trading  10,000 stock units, Caribbean Assurance Brokers gained 14 cents to finish at $2.05 after exchanging 36,773 shares. Caribbean Flavours closed 70 cents higher at $18.30 with investors swapping just one stock unit, Caribbean Producers lost 1 cent, in ending at $2.31 after 75,000 shares changed hands, Derrimon Trading ended at $2.56, after a 1 cent gain trading 5,267 units. Elite Diagnostic lost 11 cents to close at $3.28, with an exchange of 21,518 stock units, Everything  Fresh gained 6 cents to settle at 71 cents, with 900 units changing hands, Express Catering finished at $4, with a gain of 5 cents after 269,000 shares crossed the exchange. Fontana lost 3 cents to close at $4.70, in trading 62,396 shares, Fosrich ended 35 cents higher at $3.95 trading  9,871 units, General Accident climbed $1.30 to $7.30, with 280,001 shares changing hands. GWest Corporation slipped 2 cents to 96 cents, in trading 11,082 stock units, Honey Bun gained 39 cents to end at $5.10, with 4,000 units crossing the exchange, Indies Pharma closed at $2.80, after gaining 18 cents in transferring 1,778 units. Iron Rock Insurance gained of 3 cents to close at $2.88, after 7,808 units crossed the market, Jamaican Teas shed 9 cents in closing at $4.60, after an exchange of 80,819  shares, Lasco Distributors lost 5 cents to end at $3, with 64,640 stock units changing hands. Lasco Financial lost 1 cent to settle at $2.11 and crossing the exchange with 75,065  stocks, Lasco Manufacturing was down 9 cents to $3.70 trading 524 units, Limners and Bards rose 17 cents to $2.65, in transferring  214,286 stock units. Lumber Depot lost 1 cent to close at $1.09, clearing the market with 3,062,441 shares, MailPac Group finished 9 cents higher at $2.09 after exchanging 99,853 stocks, Medical Disposables rose 9 cents to $4.80, with 20,170 stock units changing hands. Paramount Trading shed 20 cents in closing at a 52 weeks’ low of $1.30 after crossing the exchange with 50,157 stock units, SSL Venture gained 5 cents to end at 75 cents, with investors swapping 1,106 units and Stationery and Office Supplies settled at $5.60, with gains of 40 cents exchanging 153,622 shares.
In the preference segment of the Junior market, CAC 2000 9.5% fell by 14 cents to end at $1.02, clearing the market with 1,880 units.

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