Junior Market takes another hit

Junior Market stock trading.

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Tuesday with a sharp drop in the market Index by 42.90 points to close at 3,448.34 as declining stocks edged out advancers by more than 2 to 1.
 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading was negative and pointing to the possibility of more declines as 4 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 8 closing with lower offers.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 7 securities advanced, 17 declined and 6 remained unchanged with 30 securities changing hands, compared to 29 on Monday and resulting in an exchange of 2,481,939 units valued at $10,695,407 compared to 1,582,639 units valued at $10,125,399 on Monday.
Some of the selling may be due to some investors seeking funds to buy into either the Barita Investments rights issue or the QWI Investments IPO. Both issues will close this week and help ease some selling pressure.
Trading ended with an average of 82,731 units for an average of $356,514 in contrast to 54,574 units for an average of $349,152 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 1,378,282 valued at $3,071,604 and previously 1,502,456 units for $3,331,836. August ended with an average of 232,398 units valued at $1,072,851 for each traded security.
Stocks closing with price changes| Blue Power climbed $1.10 to settle at $9.50 with 6,930 shares changing hands, CAC 2000 lost $1.90 cents in trading 680 shares to close at $13.10, Caribbean Producers lost 5 cents in trading of 61,510 units at $4.75, Caribbean Cream traded 52,960 shares, after rising 90 cents to end at $5.25. Dolphin Cove lost 75 cents in trading a mere 103 shares to close at $11, Everything Fresh closed trading of 242,140 units and gained 4 cents to end at $1.29, Elite Diagnostic shed 9 cents trading of 111,207 units at $5.46, Fontana ended trading 98,204 shares, after rising 24 cents to end at $7.75. General Accident declined 79 cents in trading of 475,434 units at $5.55 after the price rose to $6.40 following the announcement of the acquisition of 55 percent interest in the Trinidad based general insurance company, Motor One Insurance. GWest Corporation closed with a loss of 15 cents at $1.05, in swapping of 45,274, shares, Honey Bun declined 19 cents in trading 54,375 units at $5.81, iCreate declined 2 cents in trading 172,657 units at 77 cents, Indies Pharma traded 26,887 shares for 6 cents lower to settle at $3.37. Iron Rock Insurance exchanged 3,000 shares after rising 59 cents to end at $3.95, Jamaican Teas declined by 30 cents to settle at $6 in trading 362,394 shares, Knutsford Express fell 10 cents in trading of 5,641 units at $10.90, Key Insurance lost 20 cents in trading 100 shares to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $2.80. Limners and Bards lost 4 cents trading 165,769 units at $2.96, Lasco Distributors ended with a loss of 1 cent at $3.49 with 54,665 stock units changing hands, Lasco Financial dipped 50 cents in trading of 212,070 units to end at $4.50. Lasco Manufacturing dipped 21 cents in exchanging 25,049 units at $5.30, Main Event closed 95 cents higher at $6.95, with 1,000 stock units trading, Stationery and Office Supplies declined by $1.95 to settle at $11.05 but with 7,594 shares being traded and tTech closed trading of 355 units and gaining 89 cents to end at $5.90.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

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