Junior Market slips a bit on Thursday

Trading remained fairly steady on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday, with Market Index slipping a mere 2.01 points to 2,491.71 despite stocks than rising stocks outdid falling ones three to one after 46 percent fewer shares traded than on Wednesday.
Trading ended with 30 securities changing hands versus 32 on Wednesday and ended with the prices of 18 stocks rising, the prices of seven declining and five with prices remaining unchanged.
At the close, the average PE Ratio of the market ended at 10.7 based on the IC Insider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 2,441,975 shares for $5,915,805 compared to 4,500,883 units at $9,523,058 on Wednesday. Caribbean Flavour led trading with 36 percent of total volume for an exchange of 879,378 shares, followed by Tropical Battery with 15.4 percent of the day’s trade or 375,005 units and Jamaican Teas with 318,487 units for 13 percent market share.
Trading ended with an average of 81,399 units at $197,193 in contrast to 140,653 at $297,596 on Wednesday. For the month to date, the average trade resulted in an exchange of 328,102 units at $705,612, in comparison to  350,530 units at $751,832 on Wednesday. Trading in September resulted in an average of 119,171 units at $249,355.
At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market was negative for Friday’s trading, with five stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and nine with lower offers.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging lost 14 cents to settle at $1.86 after exchanging 11,664 shares, Blue Power climbed 40 cents to end at $3.46 with investors transferring 100 units, Caribbean Cream rose 1 cent to finish at $4.71 with 32,500 stocks passing through the market Caribbean Flavours shed 53 cents to close at $1.76 with the trading 879,378 stocks, Caribbean Producers gained 4 cents to settle at $2.20 with 100,000 shares changing hands, Derrimon Trading advanced 9 cents to end at $2.65 with an exchange of,5,000 stock units. Elite Diagnostic fell 9 cents to finish at $3.05 with investors switching ownership of 2,050 shares, Express Catering jumped 35 cents to $3.90 with 120 units passing through the market,  Fontana dropped 30 cents to settle at $4.65 with 164,450 stock units traded. Fosrich advanced 19 cents to end at $3.39 with 300 stock units changing hands, Honey Bun rose 8 cents to finish at $4.89 with investors transferring 7,907 units, iCreate gained 6 cents to close at 72 cents with 42,657 shares passing through the market. Jamaican Teas rose 8 cents, with an exchange of 318,487 shares to settle at $4.99 Jetcon Corporation ended 2 cents higher at 87 cents with 20,005 stock units changing hands, KLE Group advanced 6 cents to finish at $1.42 with 1,250 stocks traded. Knutsford Express jumped $1.05 to close at $6.85 with investors switching ownership of 11,579 units, Lasco Financial lost 4 cents to settle at $2.05 with 7,944 shares passing through the market, Lasco Manufacturing increased 22 cents to end at $3.58 with an exchange of 32,849 shares. Limners and Bards fell 9 cents to finish at $2.60 with 85,853 units changing hands, Lumber Depot rose 1 cent, trading 108,529 stocks to close at $1.05, Mailpac Group finished 1 cent higher at $1.95 with investors transferring 58,758 stock units. Main Event advanced 14 cents to settle at $3.40 with an exchange of 17,963 units, Medical Disposables climbed 44 cents to end at $4.74 with 23,588 stock units passing through the market and tTech jumped 50 cents to $5.50 with 1,000 stock units crossing the exchange.

In the preference segment, CAC 2000 slipped 4 cents to close at 95 cents, with 7,737 stocks changing hands.

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

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