Surge in trading on Junior Market

Trading jumped sharply on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday, with a 199 percent rise in the volume of stocks traded as the value surged 176 percent over Wednesday following trading in 42 securities compared with 45 on Wednesday and ended with prices of 21 rising, 17 declining and four closing unchanged.
Investors traded 30,528,396 shares for $77,798,162 up from 10,202,465 units at $28,165,787 on Wednesday.
Trading averaged 726,867 shares at $1,852,337, in contrast with 226,721 shares at $625,906 on Wednesday, with the month to date, averaging 505,086 units at $1,038,359 compared to 494,951 stock units at $1,001,159 on the previous day. February closed with an average of 318,024 units at $782,332.
Fosrich led trading with 16.34 million shares for 53.5 percent of total volume followed by Spur Tree Spices with 3.75 million units for 12.3 percent of the day’s trade, Regency Petroleum 2.79 million units for 9.2 percent of the day’s trade, Image Plus Consultants with 1.51 million units for 4.9 percent, JFP Ltd 1.40 million units for 4.6 percent of the market and Dolla Financial ended with 1.04 million units for 3.4 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index gained 23.51 points to 3,701.89.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 11.1. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks are computed based on the last traded stock price in conjunction with’s projected earnings for the financial years ending between November 2022 and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 10 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial gained $2.99 in closing at $25.19 in an exchange of 24,883 shares, Cargo Handlers lost 10 cents to end at $13.40 as investors exchanged 1,487 units, Caribbean Assurance Brokers fell 10 cents to close at $1.90 after trading 5,853 stock units. Derrimon Trading dipped 24 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $1.81 after an exchange of 125,357 stocks, Dolphin Cove shed 30 cents after ending at $14.70 following an exchange of 6,316 stocks, Express Catering advanced 10 cents in closing at $5.10 with trading of 82,589 shares. Honey Bun rose 50 cents to $6.80 after a transfer of 28,453 stock units, Iron Rock Insurance climbed 18 cents to close at $2.27 after exchanging two units, ISP Finance rallied $5.55 to end at $25.55, with 4 stocks crossing the market. Jamaican Teas dropped 19 cents to $2.10 with a transfer of 606,002 shares, Knutsford Express declined 33 cents to close at $11, with 7,280 units crossing the market, Lasco Manufacturing increased 34 cents to $4.34 in an exchange of 44,885 stock units. Main Event declined 44 cents to $11.66 with 26,394 shares clearing the market, Regency Petroleum popped 10 cents after ending at $2.19 with investors transferring 2,794,741 stocks, Spur Tree Spices popped 23 cents to end at $2.73 after 3,751,342 units crossed the exchange. Stationery and Office Supplies gained 35 cents after ending at $14.50 after 35,010 stock units passed through the market and tTech advanced 55 cents to $2.55 in switching ownership of two stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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