Junior stocks mostly rise but index falls

The Junior Market Index dropped again in trading on Wednesday by 49.39 points to close at 2,031.79 and taking the fall for the year to date to 39.3 percent, taking the market way back to July 11, 2016 levels, the second year of the last bull run.
Trading resulted in many stocks rebounding at the close of the market activities and leading to the prices of 17 securities rising, 13 declining and the prices of seven stocks closing unchanged.
Trading on the Junior Market concluded with 37 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 12,311,523 units valued at $19,911,394 compared to 38,566,809 units valued at $62,217,505 on Tuesday, with the average market PE ratio ending at 10.1 times 2019 earnings.
The trading day ended with an average of 332,743 units at $538,146 for each security traded in contrast to an average of 1,071,300 units for $1,736,994 on Tuesday.  The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 282,671 units valued at $653,060 and previously 277,858 units valued at $664,104. In contrast, February closed with an average of 167,673 units valued at $488,038 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the 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 the market, Access Financial fell $2.60 to 52 weeks’ low of $19.20 after exchanging 5,000 shares, AMG Packaging shed 31 cents in the trading of 650 units at $1.59, Blue Power slipped 2 cents to $3.67 with 17,751 shares changing hands. CAC 2000 climbed 30 cents to $12.80 with 5,800 stock units traded, Cargo Handlers ended at $5.50 with 3,749 shares crossing the exchange after gaining 40 cents, Caribbean Assurance Brokers picked up 4 cents to settle at $1.95 with 110,320 stock units traded. Caribbean Cream added 1 cent in the exchange of 10,0000 shares to close at $2.81, Caribbean Producers ended the day with 105,100 units traded after falling 21 cents to a 52 weeks’ low of $2.51, Consolidated Bakeries closed with a loss of 20 cents at a 52 weeks’ low of $1.25 in the swapping of 15,224 stock units. Dolphin Cove dropped 80 cents in trading of a mere 40 shares to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $7, Everything Fresh exchanged 11,864 units at 80 cents after losing 5 cents, Fontana picked up 8 cents to close at $3.80 with 1,010,881 stock units traded, but only after it traded at a 52 weeks’ low of $3.50. Fosrich fell 60 cents to settle at a 52 weeks’ low of $2.40 with 30,688 shares swapped, General Accident exchanged 17,504 shares and declined by 20 cents to close at $4.30, GWest Corporation gained 5 cents in trading of 19,578 units at 65 cents. Honey Bun ended 50 cents higher at $5 with 11,138 stock units changing hands, iCreate climbed 2 cents and exchanged 44,589 shares at 47 cents, Indies Pharma fell 12 cents trading of 30,039 units at a 52 weeks’ low of $1.97. Jamaican Teas added 5 cents and exchanged 50,095 stock units at $4, Jetcon gained 2 cents in the swapping of 99,650 shares to close at 99 cents, Lasco Distributors fell 28 cents and traded 1,507,553 stock units to settle at a 52 weeks’ low of $2. Lasco Financial climbed 30 cents in trading of 53,016 units at $2.30, Lasco Manufacturing lost 6 cents to settle at $2.80 with an exchange of 77,309 stock units, Limners and Bards traded 50,648 shares after slipping 31 cents to end at $1.95. MailPac gained 4 cents in trading 128,220 units at $1.39, Main Event rose 49 cents and exchanged 59,013 shares to close at $4, Medical Disposables rose 40 in exchanging 10,932 units at $5.70. Paramount Trading closed 2 cents higher at $1.82 with 15,000 stock units changing hands, SSL Venture traded 10,000 shares to end the day 8 cents higher at $1.10 and Stationery and Office Supplies climbed 30 cents to $6 with 31,286 shares crossing the exchange.

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

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