Junior Market rises on lower volume

Trading activity fell on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Tuesday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 44 percent and the value 50 percent lower than on Friday following activities in 43 securities versus 42 on Friday and ended with 13 rising, 18 declining and 12 closing unchanged.
A total of 6,590,370 shares were traded for $16,862,106 versus 11,685,238 units at $33,419,102 on Friday.
Trading averaged 153,264 shares at $392,142, down from 278,220 shares at $795,693 on Friday, with the month to date averaging 279,381 units at $890,170 versus 292,081 shares at $940,323 on Friday, the previous trading day. September’s trading averaged average 470,099 units at $1,578,447.
Paramount Trading led trading with 2.20 million shares for 33.3 percent of total volume, followed by JFP Limited with 836,066 units for 12.7 percent of the day’s trade and Dolla Financial with 817,803 units for 12.4 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index increased 17.73 points to settle at 4,116.93.
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 eight stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one stock with a lower offer.
At the close, Access Financial advanced 75 cents to $24 with investors transferring 3,520 shares, Cargo Handlers dipped 30 cents to end at $13 in switching ownership of 5,171 stocks, Consolidated Bakeries rose 29 cents to close at $2.70 after an exchange of 6,882 stock units. Everything Fresh fell 29 cents to $1.51 after trading 76,244 units, GWest Corporation declined 10 cents in closing at $1 with a transfer of 61,102 units, Honey Bun shed 18 cents to $7.62 with an exchange of 1,376 stock units. Indies Pharma rallied 10 cents in closing at $2.99, with 7,507 shares crossing the market, Knutsford Express increased 40 cents to close at $8.90 after investors traded 16,011 stocks, Lasco Manufacturing popped 10 cents in ending at $4.30 after a transfer of 28,244 shares. Limners and Bards lost 22 cents to end at $2.50, with 77,425 stocks changing hands, Lumber Depot dropped 15 cents to $2.70 after trading 33,048 stock units, Main Event lost 60 cents to close at $7.80 while exchanging 21,030 units. MFS Capital Partners climbed 26 cents to end at $2.96 in trading 225,685 units, Paramount Trading gained 18 cents in closing at $2.04 with the swapping of 2,197,392 stock units and Stationery and Office Supplies dropped 97 cents to $15.05, with 46,463 stocks passing through the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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