Mild slip for Junior Market

Trading closed Thursday, on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market with a 16 percent fall in the volume of stocks traded on Wednesday after marginally less funds passed through the market and leaving the market index slipping by the slimmest of margins.
At the close, the Junior Market Index dipped 0.29 points to settle at 3,305.34 after market activity led to trading in 36 securities down from 38 on Wednesday and ending, with 14 rising, 12 declining and 10 closing unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a measure used to compute appropriate stock values, averages 12.7. The PE ratio of each stock is shown in the chart below, is based on earnings forecasted by for companies with their financial year ending up to April 2022.
At close, 4,213,606 shares traded for $15,623,313 down from 5,024,379 units at $15,818,690 on Wednesday. Lumber Depot led trading with 1.55 million shares for 36.7 percent of total volume followed by Limners and Bards 535,900 units with 12.7 percent of the day’s trade and Cargo Handlers 501,000 units with 11.9 percent market share.
Trading averaged 117,045 shares at $433,981 versus 132,221 shares at $416,281 on Wednesday and month to date, an average of 180,323 units at $630,258, from 187,247 units at $651,735 on Wednesday. September closed with an average of 207,032 units at $668,264.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, Access Financial increased 90 cents to end at $18.90 after exchanging 5,550 shares, Blue Power climbed 13 cents in ending at $3.38, with 3,420 stocks crossing the market, Caribbean Assurance Brokers rallied 7 cents in closing at $1.77 after an exchange of 6,893 units. Caribbean Flavours popped 7 cents to $1.96 after trading 24,567 stock units, Derrimon Trading lost 19 cents to $2.35 while exchanging 22,043 shares, Fontana declined 28 cents to close at $6.40 after 79,793 stock units changed hands. General Accident rose 13 cents $5.45 in an exchange of 19,000 units, Honey Bun fell 35 cents to $8.70 with the swapping of 6,684 stocks, iCreate dropped 12 cents to 89 cents crossing, with 191,451 units passing through the market. ISP Finance advanced $5 to end at a record high of $40 after finishing trading of 200 shares, Jamaican Teas gained 10 cents to close at $4.15 with an exchange of 452,530 stock units, KLE Group shed 15 cents in ending at $1.15 in exchanging 500 stocks. Knutsford Express declined 10 cents to end at $8.10 in trading 503 units, Lasco Manufacturing dipped 10 cents to $4.60 with 5,361 shares changing hands, Lumber Depot lost 12 cents in closing at $2.85 trading 1,545,090 stock units. Main Event popped 11 cents to $3.76 in switching ownership of 600 stocks and Stationery and Office Supplies climbed 50 cents to end at $6.50 trading 10,000 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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