Junior Market inches forward – Thursday

Trading ended, with 112 percent more shares on Thursday than Wednesday, in the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange and resulted in the market rising after more stocks rose than declined.

Junior Market trades

Trading concluded with 31 securities changing hands compared to 30 on Wednesday and ended with the prices of 18 stocks rising, the prices of 11 stocks declining and two closing with prices unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index edged higher by 10.46 points to settle at 2,496.52. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 10.7 based on IC Insider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 3,485,582 shares for $7,773,090 compared to 1,646,343 units at $5,834,341 on Wednesday.  Mailpac Group led trading with 75 percent of total volume and accounting for 2.61 million shares, followed by Everything Fresh with 6.3 percent or 220,271 units and  Lasco Distributors with 161,025 units for 4.6 percent.
Trading ended with an average of 112,438 units at $250,745 in contrast to 54,878 at $194,478 on Wednesday. For the month to date, the average trade resulted in an exchange of 76,698 units at $223,185, in comparison to 71,685 units at $219,317  on Wednesday. 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 two stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial jumped $4.50 to finish at $26 with investors trading 8,406 shares, AMG Packaging fell 13 cents to $1.98 with 501 units changing hands, Blue Power ended 1 cent higher at $3.42 with a mere four shares passing through the market. Caribbean Flavours advanced 17 cents to $18.47 in an exchange of 25,819 units, Caribbean Producers rose 4 cents to close at $2.36 with 2,254 shares traded, Consolidated Bakeries gained 5 cents to settle at $1.50 with investors switching ownership of 300 stock units. Derrimon Trading added 1 cent to finish at $2.51 with an exchange of 400 shares, Elite Diagnostic lost 14 cents to end at $3.06 with 2,046 units passing through the market, Everything Fresh gained 3 cents and traded 220,271 shares to close at 71 cents. Express Catering declined 40 cents to settle at $3.95, with 40,000 stocks changing hands, Fontana rose 1 cent to finish at $4.77 with investors transferring 7,385 shares, Fosrich increased 5 cents to settle at $3.65 in an exchange of 1,061 stock units. General Accident shed 37 cents and traded 33,582 stock units to end at $6, GWest Corporation lost 3 cents to close at 96 cents with 100 shares changing hands, Honey Bun advanced 29 cents to finish at $5 with investors switching ownership of 5,359 stock units. Indies Pharma climbed 27 cents to settle at $2.78  with 128,963 stock units passing through the market, Jamaican Teas fell 5 cents to close at $4.55 with  1,423 stocks traded,  Jetcon Corporation finished 1 cent lower at 92 cents in an exchange of 5,600 shares. Lasco Distributors rose 2 cents to end at $3.03 with 161,025 stock units changing hands, Lasco Financial rose 4 cents and traded 24,216 stock units to close at $2.12, Lasco Manufacturing gained 4 cents to end at $3.79 with investors switching ownership of 2,263 stocks. Limners and Bards fell 3 cents to settle at $2.82 with an exchange of  76,057  shares,  Lumber Depot rose 4 cents to close at $1.04 with  76,089 stock units passing through the market, Mailpac Group traded 2,614,710 stock units and declined 9 cents to end at $2.Medical Disposables climbed 12 cents to settle at $4.62 with 500 units changing hands, Paramount Trading gained 6 cents to close at $1.60 in an exchange of 20,000 stock units, SSL Venture declined by 4 cents to close at 71 cents with 22,156 stocks traded.  Stationery and Office Supplies slipped 1 cent to $5.59, with investors switching ownership of 2,240  shares and tTech gained 99 cents to end at $5, with 1,080 stock units crossing the exchange.

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

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