Junior Market in minute slippage

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended trading on Thursday, with the market declining after more stocks fell than rose, with investors trading 51 percent fewer shares than on Wednesday.
Trading ended with 32 securities changing hands compared to 33 on Wednesday and ended with the prices of nine stocks rising, 17 declining and six with prices remaining unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index carved out a loss of a mere 0.66 points to settle at 2,564.27, and the average PE Ratio of the Junior Market ended at 10.7 based on IC Insider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 1,607,258 shares for $3,954,220 compared to 2,711,361 units at $8,041,179 on Wednesday.
Mailpac Group led trading with 479,529 shares for 30 percent of total volume, followed by Everything Fresh with 300,722 units for 18.7 percent of the day’s trade and Limners and Bards with 218,192 units for 13.6 percent market share.
An average of 50,227 units traded at $123,569 on Thursday, in contrast to an average of 82,162 at $243,633 on Wednesday. For the month to date, the average trade was 257,292 units at $701,029, in contrast to 267,316 units at $728,985. Trading in June resulted in an average of 245,049 units at $689,955 trading.

IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows two stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Cargo Handlers lost 70 cents to settle at $6.40 after exchanging 8,016 units, Caribbean Assurance Brokers climbed 9 cents to end at $2.24 in an exchange of 3,500 stocks, Caribbean Cream increased 27 cents to $3.85, with 23,045 shares changing hands. Caribbean Flavours declined by $1.57 to close at $10.50 in exchanging 112 units, Dolphin Cove fell 9 cents after closing at $7.50 while trading 1,000 shares, Elite Diagnostic carved out a gain of 10 cents to close at $3.70 while exchanging one share. Everything Fresh climbed 12 cents in closing at 79 cents and finished trading with 300,722 units, Express Catering carved out a loss 2 cents after ending at $4.07 in an exchange of 3,330 shares, Fontana lost 5 cents to close at $5 in trading 83,879 stock units. General Accident fell 10 cents to end at $7.05 while exchanging 11,041 stock units, Honey Bun slipped 1 cent to settle at $5.39 in trading 500 units, iCreate increased 2 cents to 56 cents trading 10,000 stocks. Indies Pharma fell 5 cents to end at $2.95 in exchanging 5,000 shares, Jamaican Teas declined by 4 cents to end at $4.95, with 7,915 units clearing the market, Jetcon Corporation dropped 1 cent to end at 91 cents in exchanging 16,120 shares. Lasco Distributors advanced 19 cents to close at $3.25 with investors switching ownership of 42,001 shares, Lasco Financial declined by 13 cents and ending at $2.41, with 131,441 units changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing shed 12 cents to end at $3.50 121,608 stock units crossing the exchange. Limners and Bards slipped 10 cents to end at $2.51 in an exchange of 218,192 stock units, Lumber Depot advanced by 1 cent in closing at $1.06 while exchanging 6,194 stock units, Mailpac Group lost 4 cents closing at $2.10 with investors switching ownership of 479,529 stocks. Main Event gained 1 cent to closed at $4 in an exchange of 230 shares, Medical Disposables dipped 1 cent to close at $4.99, with 8,575 units changing hands, Paramount Trading shed 3 cents in closing at $1.77 and cleared the market with 1,000 shares. Stationery and Office Supplies dropped by 8 cents in closing at $5.90, with investors switching ownership of 3,500 shares and tTech rose 17 cents ending at $7.30 clearing the market with 25,124 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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