Junior Market up 27% at midyear

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed trading on Thursday and for the first half of the year, with the market index rising 38.91 points to 4,349.44 and recorded a 26.9 percent gain for the six months and moderately up from the 4,223.33 points close of the first quarter.
Trading jumped, with the volume of stocks rising 67 percent and the value 50 percent more than on Wednesday, with 17,139,568 shares trading at $62,526,703, up from 10,259,748 units at $41,673,742 on Wednesday. Trading averaged 389,536 shares at $1,421,061 in contrast to 233,176 shares at $947,130 on Wednesday with the month to date, averaging 429,016 units at $1,630,104 compared to 431,004 units at $1,640,627 on Wednesday the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 376,907 units at $1,638,631.
Dolla Financial led trading with 4.93 million shares for 28.8 percent of total volume, followed by Mailpac Group with 2.87 million units for 16.7 percent of the day’s trade, Spur Tree Spices ended with 1.96 million units for 11.5 percent market share and Future Energy Source with 1.62 million units for 9.5 percent of stocks changing hands.
A total of 44 securities traded on Wednesday and Thursday, with 25 rising, 13 declining and six unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a measure in computing appropriate stock values, averages 13. 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 of the following year.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial rose 50 cents after ending at $23.50 and trading 6,424 shares, Blue Power advanced 10 cents in closing at $3.70 in switching ownership of 102 stocks, CAC 2000 popped $1.73 to close at $10.23, with 502 stock units changing hands. Caribbean Cream shed 14 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $4.45, with 53,433 units crossing the market, Dolphin Cove gained 48 cents to end at $17.50 in an exchange of 8,000 shares, EduFocal declined 15 cents to $2.65 after exchanging 167,290 stock units. Elite Diagnostic rallied 12 cents to $3.54 while exchanging 7,633 units, Everything Fresh climbed 10 cents to $1.45, with 12,172 stocks clearing the market, Express Catering lost 47 cents in closing at $5.50 in an exchange of 94,319 shares. Fontana increased 55 cents to $10.55 in exchanging 166,718 stocks, Fosrich popped 50 cents to $32.50 with 79,205 units changing hands, GWest Corporation rallied 10 cents to end at $1.20 in trading 89,879 stock units. Honey Bun increased 41 cents in ending at $9 after trading 4,776 stock units, Iron Rock Insurance rose 34 cents to close at $3.29 after an exchange of 800 stocks, Mailpac Group climbed 21 cents in closing at $2.96, with 2,866,787 shares crossing the market. Main Event advanced 90 cents in closing at $7.50 after exchanging 3,528 units, Medical Disposables gained 12 cents ending at $7.41 with the swapping of 60 stocks, Spur Tree Spices rose 50 cents to $4.15 in switching ownership of 1,962,620 shares and SSL Venture climbed 18 cents to end at $3.05, with 174,096 stock units crossing the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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