Portfolio switch swells Junior Market trades

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange climbed sharply on Wednesday with 17,755,553 units valued at $89,888,819 crossing the exchange, compared to 2,988,737 units valued at $11,616,949 exchanged on Tuesday.
Trading level was swollen by a switch in ownership of shares within a group of companies, rather than a general pick up trading interest. The Junior Market index lost 22.39 points to close at 3,070.08 as declining stocks edged out advancing stocks for a second day.
Twenty seven (27) securities changed hands, compared with the same number on Tuesday. At the close of trading, prices of 10 securities rose, 11 declined and 5 remained unchanged.
Trading ended with an average of 657,613 units for an average of $3,329,215 in contrast to 110,694 units for an average of $430,257 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 194,026 shares valued at $852,887 compared to 128,493 shares valued at $502,830 on the previous day. In contrast, February closed with average of 235,225 units valued at $679,790 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
At the close of trading, Access Financial closed at $48, with 107,787 shares changing hands, AMG Packaging ended with a loss of 9 cents at $2.01, with an exchange of 1,456,154 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading of 103 units with a rise of 50 cents to close at $5. CAC 2000 finished 1 cent higher at $12.41, in trading 107,333 shares, Cargo Handlers settled at $12.65, with 5,000 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream ended trading 100,000 shares, for 2 cents more at $5.27, Caribbean Flavours traded just 300 stock units in gaining $1.05 to close at $18. Caribbean Producers finished trading 9 cents higher at $4.60, while exchanging 146,400 units, Derrimon Trading ended 7 cents higher at $2.87, with 172,919 shares changing hands. Dolphin Cove concluded trading of 1,221,152 shares with a loss of $1.65 cents at $11.71, Everything Fresh finished 5 cents higher at $1.50, with 37,500 stock units trading, Elite Diagnostic settled at $3.25, with the trading of 2,756,030 units, Express Catering ended trading of 975,759 shares with a loss of 40 cents at $7.50. FosRich Group traded 78,897 shares with a loss of 9 cents at $4.16, Fontana closed 6 cents higher at $4.06, with 522,903 shares changing hands, General Accident closed with a loss of 55 cents at $3.95, while switching ownership of 2,422,309 stock units, GWest Corporation  ended at $1.75, trading just 647 units. ICreate fell 4 cents to close at 95 cents, in trading 36,885 shares,  Indies Pharma  finished with a loss of 5 cents at $3.11, with an exchange of 336,665 shares, Jamaican Teas  traded 51,111 units, with a loss of 5 cents at $3.75,  Jetcon Corporation  finished trading 33 cents higher at $3.10, with 33,533 shares changing hand. Lasco Distributors  finished with a loss of 6 cents at $3.70, with 1,318,768 units crossing the exchange, Lasco Financial  settled at $4.40, trading 47,833 shares, Lasco Manufacturing  ended trading 791,665 shares, with a loss of 10 cents at $3, Paramount Trading  closed at $2.11, with an exchange of 2,000,000 units, SSL Venture Capital ended 4 cents higher at $1.70, with 16,350 shares changing hands and Stationery and Office concluded trading of 3,011,550 shares with a loss of 3 cents to end at $7.47.

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

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