More declines for Junior Market

Trading closed on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Friday with moderate changes from Thursday after trading took place in 45 securities down from 47 on Thursday, and ended with 17 rising, 14 declining and 14 closing unchanged and resulting in a fall in the market index by 19.95  points to 3,940.47 and ending the week lower than the start of the year.
A total of 6,415,297 shares were exchanged for $16,382,248 against 5,986,665 units at $16,728,284 on Thursday.
Trading averaged 142,562 shares at $364,050 compared to 127,376 units at $355,921 on Thursday. Trading for the month to date averages 163,960 units at $417,012 compared with 174,426 stock units at $442,917 on the previous day. January closed with an average of 239,755 units at $646,375.
Tropical Battery led trading with 1.52 million shares for 23.6 percent of total volume followed by recently listed Image Plus Consultants, with 968,564 units for 15.1 percent of the day’s trade and iCreate with 927,094 units for 14.5 percent of market share.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.8. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate projected earnings for the financial years ending between November 2022 and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial dipped 99 cents in closing at $23.01 in an exchange of 204 shares, CAC 2000 advanced $1.25 to close at $8.35 in switching ownership of 12 stock units, Caribbean Assurance Brokers lost 10 cents to finish $2.04 in trading 500 stocks. Fontana rallied 40 cents after ending at $9 and trading 49,813 units, Fosrich gained 15 cents to close at $3.68 as investors exchanged 338,220 units, GWest Corporation popped 13 cents to end at $1.10 after transferring 3,064 stock units. Honey Bun shed 36 cents in ending at $7.07 in switching ownership of 3,327 shares, iCreate rose 22 cents to $2.15 with the swapping of 927,094 stocks, following a release of the company signing an agreement to acquire Visual Ideas Execution Limited, ISP Finance popped 44 cents to $27.94 after exchanging 721 units. JFP Ltd gained 7 cents to settle at $1.77, with 293,494 shares crossing the market, Knutsford Express fell $1.50 to $11 with 1,948 stocks changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing rose 64 cents to $4.70 with a transfer of 28,371 stock units. Main Event fell $1.04 to $9.20 after 7,713 units passed through the market, Medical Disposables shed 80 cents to close at $4.61 after trading 20,474 stocks, MFS Capital Partners gained 20 cents in closing at $3.21 after an exchange of 441,437 stock units. Stationery and Office Supplies popped 50 cents to end at $15.50 with investors transferring just 1,627 shares and Tropical Battery gained 15 cents in closing at $2.60 after 1,515,045 stock units cleared the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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