Strong Junior Market suffers big drop

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange dived 71.97 points to close at 3,413.32 in trading on Tuesday, almost wiping out the 73 points gain over the past two trading days.
The market closed with 29 securities crossing the exchange versus 31 on Monday and ended with the prices of just 3 securities advancing, 23 falling, 2 remaining unchanged while two traded at a 52 weeks’ low.
Market activities, resulted in an exchange of 2,395,994 units valued at $16,463,282 compared to 1,540,695 units valued $7,317,969 changing hands on Monday.
Trading ended with an average of 85,571 units for an average of $587,974 in contrast to 49,700 units for an average of $236,063 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 86,454 units at $435,372 compared to 86,618 units at $407,075 previously, in contrast, September closed with an average of 954,574 units valued at $2,612,695 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 6 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close of the market, Access Financial lost $1.50 to close at $35, after swapping 22,326 shares, AMG Packaging shed 11 cents in trading of 5,000 units at $1.89, Blue Power declined $1.05 to settle at $7.60 and trading 45,579 shares, Caribbean Cream exchanged 98,000 shares and declined 35 cents to settle at $4.60. Consolidated Bakeries dipped 4 cents in trading of 1,000 units at $1.76, Dolphin Cove ended with a loss of $1 to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $9 with 561,451 stock units changing hands, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 1 cent at $2.57 with 45,419 stock units changing hands. Express Catering closed with a loss of 19 cents at $6.15, in swapping of 25,100 shares, Elite Diagnostic declined 15 cents in trading of 24,674 units at $5.45, Fosrich fell 5 cents in exchanging 42,991 units at $4.90, Fontana lost 45 cents trading 516,008 shares to close at $7.55. General Accident declined 7 cents with 53,791 units crossing the exchange at $6.63, Honey Bun ended trading 505 shares, after rising 16 cents to end at $6.54, iCreate declined 3 cents in trading of 2,000 units at 70 cents, Indies Pharma declined by 2 cents to settle at $3.30 while 55,250 units changing hands. Iron Rock Insurance fell 5 cents in trading of 88,900 units at $3.95, Jamaican Teas climbed 10 cents and exchanged 87,914 shares in closing at $6.10, Knutsford Express ended with a loss of 1 cent at $10.99 with 2,855 stock units changing hands. Lasco Distributors closed trading of 8,830 units and gained 20 cents to end at $3.90, Lasco Financial shed 10 cents in trading of 319,907 units at $4.80, Lasco Manufacturing declined 10 cents trading 102,211 units at $5.40. Limners and Bards ended market activity exchanging 11,200 shares to close at $2.62 after falling 18 cents, Main Event fell 40 cents in trading of 600 units at $5.60, Paramount Trading ended with a loss of 1 cent at $2.24 with 10,000 stock units changing hands. Stationery and Office Supplies ended with a loss of $1 at $11 with 116,071 stock units changing hands and SSL Venture declined 34 cents in trading 46,412 shares to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $1.01.

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

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