Junior Market slips on Thursday but..

Market activity dipped, with 20 percent fewer shares trading than on Tuesday, following the Ash Wednesday break, but the market ended with more stocks rising than declining on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday, but the market Index slipped moderately at the close.
Trading ended with 37 securities changing hands compared to 39 on Tuesday and concluded with the prices of 16 stocks rising, ten declining and 11 remaining unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index lost 10.53 points to finish at 2,877.69.
The PE Ratio averages 15.2 based on ICInsider.com’s  2020-21 earnings forecast. The market closed with 5,225,893 shares traded for $16,022,590 down from 6,496,040 units at $19,574,623 on Tuesday.
Derrimon Trading led trading with 17.1 percent of total volume after exchanging 895,494 shares, followed by Jamaican Teas with 14.5 percent of the day’s trade or 757,249 units and Lumber Depot with 14 percent market share with a transfer of 730,545 units.
Trading averaged 141,240 units at $433,043 down from 166,565 at $501,913 on Tuesday. Trading month to date averages 408,900 shares at $980,150, lower than 431,459 units at $1,026,262 on Tuesday. January closed with an average of 232,651 units at $569,885.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of trading, Carib Assurance Brokers rose 7 cents to $1.80 with 8,407 shares changing hands, Caribbean Producers fell 8 cents to $2.70 trading 70,633 shares, Dolphin Cove advanced 50 cents to $8 with a transfer of 3,400 stock units, Express Catering increased by 15 cents to $3.65 with 23,747 units changing hands. Fontana rose 5 cents to $6.18 with an exchange of 149,122 stocks, Fosrich climbed 19 cents to $4.30 with 51,671 shares passing through the market, General Accident fell 16 cents to $5.15 with 139,900 stocks traded. Honey Bun advanced 14 cents to $5.15 with a transfer of 114,923 units, Indies Pharma rose 9 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $3.14 with 492,342 shares changing hands, Jamaican Teas declined by 18 cents to $3.50 with an exchange of 757,249 stock units. Jetcon gained 5 cents to end at 74 cents with 37,909 units passing through the market, KLE Group dropped 24 cents to $1.16 with 10,000 shares traded, Lasco Distributors rose 9 cents to $3.60 with a transfer of 150,895 stocks. Lasco Manufacturing climbed 28 cents to $4.60 with 23,605 stock units changing hands, Limners and Bards advanced 14 cents to $2.64 with an exchange of 61,986 shares, Mailpac Group rose 14 cents to $3.79 with 481,324 units passing through the market and Stationery and Office Supplies dropped 31 cents to $4.22 with the trading of 60,168 shares.

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

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