Junior Market retreats modestly on Tuesday

Fewer stocks declined on Tuesday than on Monday but that was insufficient to prevent the market Index from losing 8.76 points to settle at 2,656.57 at the close of trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange with the market declining after 43 percent fewer shares traded than on Monday.
Trading ended with 36 securities, the same as on Monday, with 12 stocks rising, 14 declining and 10 remaining unchanged.
The market closed with 3,738,109 shares for $9,393,036 down sharply from 6,606,503 units at $19,339,751 on Monday. Derrimon Trading was the volume leader with 58.8 percent market share after an exchange of 2.2 million shares, followed by Mailpac Group accounting for 17.3 percent with 647,751 units and Jamaican Teas with 7.3 percent after an exchange of 273,458 units.
Trading averaged 103,836 units at $260,918 in contrast to 183,514 at $537,215 on Monday. Trading month to date averages 140,467 units at $346,204, down from 146,869 units at $361,108 on  Monday. December averaged 263,428 units at $638,694.
At the close, the average PE Ratio ends at 13.4 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows two stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial dropped $2 to $21 with 2,150 shares changing hands, CAC 2000 jumped $1.60 to $12.25 as 2,000 stocks crossed the market. Cargo Handlers shed $1 to close at $6.90 with just one unit traded, Caribbean Flavours lost 5 cents to settle at $1.60 with 12,028 units changing hands. Caribbean Producers fell 7 cents to $2.75 with an exchange of 11,874 stocks, Elite Diagnostic advanced 28 cents to $2.99 with 50 shares trading, Everything Fresh gained 5 cents to finish at 74 cents with a transfer of 1,811 units. Express Catering lost 10 cents to settle at $3.55 with 3,400 stocks changing hands, Fontana dropped 20 cents to $5.50 with an exchange of 50,717 shares, GWest Corporation fell 10 cents to 60 cents with 83,942 stock units crossing the exchange. Honey Bun declined by 19 cents to $5.40 with 6,000 units traded, Indies Pharma fell 15 cents to $2.55 with a transfer of 36,362 stocks, Lasco Distributors gained 7 cents to end at $3.18  with 20,242 shares traded. Limners and Bards advanced 7 cents to $2.65 after switching ownership of 22,278 stocks, Lumber Depot added 5 cents to settle at $1.52 with 7,000 units changing hands. Mailpac Group exchanged 647,751 shares and gained 6 cents to close at a record closing high of $3.01, Medical Disposables fell 7 cents to $4.20 trading 105 units and tTech shed 74 cents to end at $4.16 with 11,969 shares crossing the exchange.

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

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