Junior Market starts August off with gains

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended trading on Monday, with the market rising after more stocks rose than declined after investors traded more than three times the shares, exchanged on Friday.
Trading ended with 32 securities changing hands, similar to the activity on Friday and ended with the prices of 13 stocks rising, 12 declining and the prices of seven remaining unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index rose 13.05 points to settle at 2,603.08, and 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 9,920,174 shares for $23,681,230 compared to 2,937,362 units at $11,279,065 on Friday.
Derrimon Trading led trading with 8.40 million shares for 84.7 percent of total volume, followed by Mailpac Group with 538,932 units for 5.4 percent of the day’s trade and Lasco Distributors with 199,213 units for 2 percent market share.
An average of 309,774 units at $740,038 in contrast to an average of 91,793 at $352,471 on Friday. Trading in July resulted in an average of 248,153 units at $668,727 trading.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and six with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial gained 94 cents to close at $26.99 with the trading of  5,259 stocks, AMG Packaging rose 2 cents to settle at $1.75, with 125,640 stock units changing hands, Blue Power lost 15 cents to settle at $3.15 after clearing the market with 23,011 shares. Caribbean Cream gained 40 cents in closing at $4.40, with an exchange of 1,571 stock units, Caribbean Producers dropped 4 cents to end at $2.35 after exchanging 51,610 units, Consolidated Bakeries lost 19 cents ending at $1.36 clearing the market with 1,000 shares. Derrimon Trading shed 9 cents to end at $2.30 while exchanging 8,401,811 stocks, Elite Diagnostic dipped 10 cents in closing at $3.60 with investors switching ownership of 29,500 units, Express Catering declined by 6 cents to $4 in an exchange of 34,253 stocks. Fosrich dropped 24 cents to close at $3.65 and clearing the market with 34,160 shares, General Accident climbed 11 cents to settle at $7.15, and finishing at 19,458 shares changing hands, Honey Bun rose 10 cents to end at $5.40 in an exchange of 402 shares. iCreate added 1 cent in closing at 57 cents while trading 92,494 shares, Indies Pharma gained 2 cents to finish at $2.97 83,705 stock units changing hands, Iron Rock Insurance advanced 45 cents to $3.45 while exchanging three units. Jamaican Teas increased 11 cents to end at $5 in an exchange of 95,024 stock units, Knutsford Express shed 40 cents to close at $7.50, with 7,512 units passing through the market, Lasco Distributors gained 3 cents to settle at $3.28 in trading 199,213 units. Lasco Manufacturing rose 28 cents in closing at $3.78 after exchanging 17,211 units, Limners and Bards lost 13 cents to settle at $2.67 and finishing trading, with 12,851 units, Mailpac Group shed 1 cent to settle at $2.14, with 538,932 stocks changing hands. Main Event slipped 1 cent to $3.99 after 5,100 shares crossed the market, Medical Disposables carved out a gain of 5 cents to end at $5.05 and trading 24,047 units. Stationery and Office Supplies fell 10 cents in closing at $5.80, with  2,747 stock units crossing the market and tTech gained 60 cents to end at $7.30, with 5,000 shares passing through the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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