Compelling case to watch Fontana & Wisynco

Fontana Waterloo Road branch now nearing completion.

Two compelling buys this week that investors should be watching over the next few weeks, are Fontana in the Junior Market and Wisynco in the main market of Jamaica Stock Exchange.
Last week, the results of a few companies were released, but only the results of Wisynco, had the potency to move the stock price, without much delay. More companies will release quarterly reports this week and they are worth watching.
Wisynco reported strong half-year results to December and encountered good buying interest on Friday with nearly 2.7 million shares trading, with little price movement. Trading on Friday may have removed quite a bit of supply to help pave the way for an inevitable price rise at some point in time. The company is yet to reap the full benefit from the new production lines they installed last year and effective providing room for greater profit margin. In addition, they added sugar distribution to the product line up starting in January this year. The company is ripe to add more products for distribution could well add new brands to the lineup that will boost revenues and profit if that happens.  At current price of $10.40 and with a strong increase 36 percent in profits for the December quarter, investors with limited inventory of the stock would be unwise not to add it to their portfolios.

Wisynco could enjoy much increased revenues going forward as new products as added to the line up.

The recent quarterly report of AMG Packaging showed a big improvement of 68 percent in profit to $16.1 million, resulted in garnering increased buying interest around the $2.50 level. The price could move higher with sellers trying to get out around $2.70 level.
Elite Diagnostic rose in price this past week with increased buying interest and may go higher in the coming weeks as the quarterly results for December should show a big improvement over the $1.8 million profit reported in the first quarter to September and point to a much brighter future for this expanding entity.
PanJam Investment has limited supply of the stock offered on the market currently. At the close on Friday, just 79,000 units were shown on the JSE trading platform for sale compared, to 781,000 on the buy side. The lowest offer was 51,000 units at $80. It will be interesting to see what will happen with the price during the week.
Demand for Fontana shares is gradually eating away at supply of the stock with the price closing at $3.60, on Friday. The bid closed at $3.60 on Friday and the price could move higher during the week.  With IC Insider.com projected earnings for the current year at 50 cents per share and the opening of its latest branch this year, the stock has lots of potential gains ahead of it.
General Accident enjoyed lower demand in the past week with the price slipping from $4 to $3.90. The stock is a big value play with the 2018 results likely to come out in the region of 45 cents per share and 2019 even higher and provide solid incentive for the buyers to pick up the stock. Interim results for the full year, are expected to be released this week. Jamaica Stock Exchange shares hit a new high of $14, during the past week, with increasing interest shown in the stock. Exposed supply is currently not high, with expected continued buoyancy in

Seprod shares now trades at $34.85 each.


the market and a big increase in new listings this year, investors seem more aggressive to buy into what should be another year of increased profit for the company. Seprod price moved up to $34.85 with increased demand for the shares continuing against the background of declining supply. The price seems poised to move even higher in the coming weeks as the stock remains attractively priced.
Lasco Manufacturing’s profit for the December quarter was effectively flat at $197 million but is up 32 percent for nine months period. With EPS at 17 cents for the year, to December, there was little fire power to move the stock price during the week. The same is true for Lasco Distributors, with a 24 percent rise in profit to $157 million for the December quarter and 16 percent increase for the nine months to December, to $620 or 18 cents per share. Lasco Manufacturing with EPS close to Lasco Distributors should really see the stock price moving closer to the latter than the $3.10 it closed at on Friday.
NCB Financial remains on the Watch List with strong gains in operating profit for the December quarter, but the stock is finding it hard to break through resistance at the $150 level and may need something out of the ordinary if the price is to move decidedly higher before the summer months.
Barita Investments is worth watching but with the price falling, having gone ex rights during the past week.

Junior Market slips again – Friday

Fontana stock remains the main attraction in trading.

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended with 22 securities changing hands, compared to 25 to Wednesday, with 64 percent more volume than on Thursday.
At the close of market activities resulted in prices of 8 securities advancing, 11 declining and 3 remaining unchanged leading to a fall of 27.19 points in the market index to close at 3,128.83.
Market activity resulted in an exchange of 1,501,161 units valued at $5,720,483 compared to 917,451 units valued at $3,945,523 traded previously.
Trading ended with an average of 68,235 units for an average of $260,022 in contrast to 36,698 units for an average of $157,821 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 86,061 shares valued $315,674 and previously 89,199 shares valued $325,469. In contrast, the average trade in January was 2,245,428 units with a value of $7,372,574 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 7 stocks ended with higher bids than their last selling prices and 5 closing with lower offers.
At the close of the day’s activities, Access Financial closed with a loss of 1 cent at $47, trading 1,285 shares, AMG Packaging ended at $2.40, with an exchange of 118,612 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading with 5,113 units at $5, CAC 2000 finished with a loss of 50 cents at $12.50, with 50,000 shares. Cargo Handlers settled with a loss of 20 cents at $14.70, exchanging 5,804 shares, Caribbean Producers finished trading 28,729 units and rose 5 cents higher to $4.75, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 5 cents at $2.90, with an exchange of 7,500 shares, Everything Fresh closed 23 cents higher at $1.83, with an exchange of 122,087 stock units. Elite Diagnostic settled 6 cents higher at $3.19, in exchanging 81,437 units. Express Catering ended trading with 40,767 shares and lost 10 cents to close at $7.80, FosRich Group traded 73,545 shares after rising 3 cents higher to $4, Fontana finished trading 598,063 shares, with a loss of 1 cent at $3.60, GWest Corporation ended with a loss of 14 cents at $1.30, with 63,268 units trading. Honey Bun concluded trading 2 cents higher at $3.75, with 49,560 shares,  Indies Pharma closed 14 cents higher at $3.14, with 89,033 shares changing hands, Jamaican Teas  traded just 2,500 units at $4, Knutsford Express concluded trading of 1,229 stock units and rose 60 cents higher to $12.70. Lasco Distributors  finished 20 cents higher at $4, exchanging 32,593 units, Lasco Financial  settled  with a loss of 1 cent at $4.20, trading 60,136 shares, Lasco Manufacturing  ended trading 53,600 shares, with a loss of 29 cents at $3.10,  SSL Venture Capital ended with a loss of 1 cent at $1.94, with an exchange of 5,300 shares and  Stationery and Office  concluded trading of 11,000 shares with a loss of 90 cents at $7.50.

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

Junior stocks slip on low volume -Thursday

Trading volume fell a sharp 63 percent on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday leading to a fall of 18.02 points in the market index to close at 3,156.02.
Trading ended with 25 securities changing hands, similar to Wednesday and resulted in prices of 10 securities advancing, 11 declining and 3 remaining unchanged.
Market activity resulted in an exchange of 917,451 units down 63 percent compared to the 2,474,682 units traded previously. Traded value dropped 56 percent to $3,945,523 from $8,912,227 on Wednesday.
Trading ended with an average of 36,698 units for an average of $157,821 in contrast to 98,987 units for an average of $356,489 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amounts to 89,199 shares valued $325,469 and previously 102,324 shares valued $367,381. In contrast, the average trade in January was 2,245,428 units with a value of $7,372,574 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 3 stocks ended with higher bids than their last selling prices and 4 closing with lower offers.
At the close of the day’s activities, AMG Packaging ended with a loss of 5 cents at $2.40, in trading 55,380 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading of 27,801 units, with a loss of 1 cent in closing at $5, Cargo Handlers settled with a loss of 10 cents at $14.90, with an exchange of 721 shares. Caribbean Producers finished trading 7,440 units at $4.70, Consolidated Bakeries closed with a loss of 33 cents at $1.70, with 12,997 shares changing hands. Derrimon Trading ended at $2.95, with an exchange of 1,500 shares, Dolphin Cove concluded trading of 10,086 shares, with a loss of 70 cents at $14.80, Everything Fresh finished 5 cents higher at $1.60, with the trading of 11,216 stock units, Elite Diagnostic settled 2 cents higher at $3.13, with 5,000 units changing hands. FosRich Group traded 37 cents higher at $3.97, with 490 shares, Fontana ended trading 391,687 shares and rose 1 cent higher to $3.61,  General Accident closed with a loss of 4 cents at $3.90, in exchanging 41,719 stock units, GWest Corporation ended with a loss of 1 cent at $1.44, while trading of 66,734 units. Honey Bun traded 6,015 shares with a loss of 16 cents to end at $3.73, Indies Pharma finished 5 cents higher to $3, with 51,480 shares changing hands, Jamaican Teas traded 2,000 units and rose 15 cents higher to close at $4, Jetcon Corporation finished trading of 2,000 shares with a loss of 10 cents at $3.15. Knutsford Express traded 37,816 stock units with a loss of 60 cents to end at $12.10, Lasco Distributors  closed at $3.80, with 15,000 units changing hands, Lasco Financial  settled 1 cent higher at $4.21, with an exchange of 2,400 shares, Lasco Manufacturing  ended trading 3,086 shares 9 cents higher to $3.39. Main Event  traded 15 cents higher at $5.70, with 100,000 shares changing hands, Medical Disposables  finished trading with a loss of 10 cents at $6.50, with an exchange of 58,183 stock units and SSL Venture Capital ended 20 cents higher at $1.95, with 2,000 shares. In the Junior Market preference segment, CAC 2000 9.5% closed at $1, with 4,700 shares changing hands.

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

 

Junior Market inched higher on Wednesday

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Fontana still dominating Junior Market trading.

The Junior Market index of the Jamaica Stock Exchange inched 4.37 points higher to 3,174.04 at the end of trading on Wednesday, as the prices of 7 securities rose, 12 declined and 6 remained unchanged.
Trading ended with 25 securities changing hands, compared to 27 securities on Tuesday, resulting in an exchange of 2,474,682 units valued at $8,912,227, compared to 2,965,697 units valued at $11,127,007 on Tuesday. Fontana continues to trade in large volumes, ending the day with just under 1.9 million units changing hands.
Trading ended with an average of 98,987 units for an average of $356,489 in contrast to 109,841 units for an average of $412,111 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amount to 102,324 shares valued $367,381 and previously 103,436 shares valued $371,012. In contrast, the average trade in January was 2,245,428 units with a value of $7,372,574 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 2 stocks ended with higher bids than their last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.
At the close of the day’s activities, AMG Packaging ended trading of 239,150 stock units, with a loss of 15 cents at $2.45, CAC 2000 finished trading 919 shares at $13, Caribbean Cream ended trading 4,664 shares at $5.95, Caribbean Flavours traded 100 stock units with a loss of 3 cents at $16. Caribbean Producers finished trading with a loss of 5 cents at $4.70, with 16,054 units changing hands, Derrimon Trading ended with an exchange of 1,100 shares at $2.95, Dolphin Cove climbed 45 cents higher to $15.50 in concluding trading of 1,896 shares, Everything Fresh finished with a loss of 5 cents at $1.55, with an exchange of 10,000 stock units. Elite Diagnostic settled 1 cent higher at $3.11, in exchanging 60,616 units, Express Catering traded 39,576 shares, with a loss of 4 cents to close at $7.90, FosRich Group fell 16 cents to $3.60 in exchanging 5,000 shares, Fontana rose 10 cents to close at $3.60, trading 1,863,585 shares. General Accident closed with a loss of 6 cents at $3.94, with 3,960 stock units trading, Honey Bun  concluded trading of 21,701 shares, and closed 14 cents higher at $3.89, Indies Pharma ended trading at $2.95, with 82,351 units, Jamaican Teas closed trading with 5,600 stock units after declining 15 cents at $3.85. Jetcon Corporation  closed at $3.25, with 13,000 units changing hands, KLE Group closed 10 cents higher at $3.20, after trading 530 shares, Knutsford Express ended at $12.70, with an exchange of 15,039 shares, Lasco Distributors lost 20 cents to close at $3.80, with 20,683 stock units changing hands. Lasco Financial finished with a loss of 40 cents at $4.20, with an exchange of 42,118 units, Lasco Manufacturing settled 7 cents higher at $3.30, in trading 11,813 shares, Main Event ended trading 2,000 shares, with a loss of 7 cents to close at $5.55, Stationery and Office ended at $8.40, trading 10,000 shares and tTech finished with a loss of 5 cents at $5.80, as 3,227 shares changed hands.

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

 

Junior Market slips back on Tuesday

The Junior Market index of the Jamaica Stock Exchange dropped 19.89 points to 3,169.67 at the end of trading on Tuesday, as the prices of 7 securities rose, 9 declined and 11 remained unchanged.
Trading ended with 27 securities changing hands on Tuesday, compared to 21 securities changing hands on Monday, resulting in an exchange of 2,965,697 units valued at $11,127,007, compared to 3,820,986 units valued at $12,854,001, on Monday. Fontana continues to trade in large volumes and ending the day just under 2.1 million units.
Trading ended with an average of 109,841 units for an average of $412,111 in contrast to 181,952 units for an average of $612,095 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amount to 103,436 shares valued $371,012 and previously 99,833 shares valued at $347,894. In contrast, the average trade in January was 2,245,428 units with a value of $7,372,574 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 4 stocks ended with higher bids than their last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.
At the close of the day’s activities, Access Financial closed 1 cent higher at $47.01, with an exchange of 1,127 shares, AMG Packaging ended at $2.60, with 31,356 stock units changing hands, Blue Power concluded trading with 100 units with a rise of $1 to close at $6. CAC 2000 finished with a loss of $2.02 at $13, in trading 1,081 shares, Cargo Handlers settled 10 cents higher at $15, in exchanging 1,390 shares, Caribbean Cream ended trading 6,193 shares and rose 60 cents higher to $5.95, Caribbean Producers finished trading 203,515 units with a loss of 3 cents to close at $4.75. Derrimon Trading ended at $2.95, with an exchange of 27,046 shares, Elite Diagnostic finished trading 44,913 stock units at $3.10, Express Catering settled with a loss of 1 cent at $7.94, trading 12,850 units, Fontana closed trading at $3.50 with 2,096,413 shares changing hands. FosRich Group ended trading 35,854 shares, with a loss of 12 cents to end at $3.76, General Accident traded 183,534 shares at $4, GWest Corporation finished trading at $1.45, with 62,248 shares changing hands. Honey Bun closed with a loss of 15 cents at $3.75, with an exchange of 8,100 stock units, Indies Pharma closed at $3.05 trading 104,845 shares. Iron Rock ended 50 cents higher at $5, with 7,000 units trading, Jamaican Teas  exchanged 100 shares at $4, Knutsford Express finished trading of 40,878 shares at $12.70,  Lasco Distributors  closed 11 cents higher at $4, in trading 11,886 shares. Lasco Financial  ended 10 cents higher at $4.60, with 3,196 shares traded, Lasco Manufacturing concluded trading of 23,455 stock units, with a loss of 17 cents to end at $3.23, Main Event dropped 88 cents to close at $5.62, in exchanging 9,541 units. Paramount Trading ended trading with a loss of 15 cents at $2.05, with 27,433 shares and Stationery and Office traded 10,643 shares with a loss of 20 cents at $8.40. In the Junior Market preference segment, CAC 2000 closed trading at $1, with 1,000 shares changing hands.

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

 

Junior Market makes solid gain – Monday

The Junior Market index of the Jamaica Stock Exchange climbed by a strong 45.78 points to closed at 3,189.56 at the end of trading on Monday as the prices of 8 securities rose, 6 declined and 7 remained unchanged.
 Trading ended with 21 securities changing hands on Monday, compared to 27 securities changing hands on Friday, resulting in an exchange of 3,820,986 units valued at $12,854,001, compared to 970,997 units valued at $3,844,893, on Friday. Fontana recorded the leading trade with just under 2.8 million units valued $9.8 million.
Trading ended with an average of 181,952 units for an average of $612,095 in contrast to 35,963 units for an average of $142,403 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date, amount to 99,833 shares valued at $347,894, in contrast, the average trade in January was 2,245,428 units with a value of $7,372,574 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 4 stocks ended with higher bids than their last selling prices and 4 closing with lower offers.
At the close of the day’s activities, Access Financial closed $1.50 higher at $47, with 775 shares changing hands, AMG Packaging ended with a loss of 5 cents at $2.60, in trading 70,065 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading of 4,000 units for a rise of 15 cents to $5. Cargo Handlers settled with a loss of 10 cents at $14.90, with an exchange of 28,817 shares, Caribbean Cream ended trading of 13,916 shares with a loss of 50 cents at $5.35, Consolidated Bakeries closed with a loss of 5 cents at $2.03, trading 270 shares, Derrimon Trading ended 35 cents higher at $2.95, with 44,470 shares changing hands. Elite Diagnostic  finished exchanging 44,371 stock units at $3.10, Express Catering settled 45 cents higher at $7.95, with 10,191 units changing hands. Fontana closed trading at $3.50 with 2,781,214 shares changing hands, General Accident  traded 18 cents higher at $4, with 8,050 shares changing hands, GWest Corporation  finished trading 48,353 shares with a loss of 5 cents at $1.45,  Honey Bun  closed at $3.90, with 8,672 stock units trading, Indies Pharma closed at $3.05 trading 20,959 shares. Jamaican Teas  finished trading 2,316 shares at $4. Knutsford Express finished trading 3,200 shares at $12.70,  Lasco Distributors  gained 9 cents to close at $3.89, trading 62,066 shares, Lasco Financial  ended with a loss of 10 cents at $4.50, with 84,924 shares changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing  concluded trading of 500 stock units and rose 12 cents to close at $3.40.  SSL Venture Capital rose 5 cents in exchanging 567,557 shares to close at $1.75 and  Stationery and Office  closed at $8.60, with 16,300 shares changing hands.

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

Junior Market starts February with gains

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Friday with 27 securities changing hands, compared to 28 securities changing hands on Thursday, with a sharp drop in the number of securities trading.
Trading ended with, the prices of 11 securities rising, 6 declining and 10 remaining unchanged leading the Junior Market Index to rise 25.47 points to end at 3,143.78.
Market activity, resulted in an exchange of 970,997 units valued at $3,844,893, compared to 12,627,615 units valued at $50,730,330, trading on Thursday.
Trading ended with an average of 35,963 units for an average of $142,403 in contrast to 450,986 units for an average of $1,811,797 on Thursday, in contrast, the average trade in January was 2,245,428 units with a value of $7,372,574 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 3 stocks ended with higher bids than their last selling prices and 4 closing with lower offers.
At the close of the day’s activities, Access Financial closed at $45.50, with 13,668 shares changing hands, AMG Packaging ended 19 cents higher at $2.65, with an exchange of 84,556 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading 11,384 units at $4.85, CAC 2000 finished 2 cents higher at $15.02, with 1,900 shares trading. Cargo Handlers settled at $15, while trading 2,584 shares, Caribbean Producers finished trading 2,266 units with a loss of 22 cents at $4.78, Consolidated Bakeries closed 18 cents higher at $2.08, with an exchange of 3,800 shares, Derrimon Trading ended trading 63,365 shares at $2.60, Elite Diagnostic finished 5 cents higher at $3.10, with 29,106 stock units changing hands. Everything Fresh lost 20 cents trading 119,700 shares, to close at $1.60, Express Catering settled with a loss of 30 cents at $7.50, trading 4,165 units, Fontana rose 5 cents to close at $3.50 with 164,928 shares changing hands, FosRich Group ended trading 1,100 shares, with a loss of 7 cents at $3.88. General Accident traded 48,120 shares, with a loss of 18 cents at $3.82,  GWest Corporation  finished trading 77,708 shares at $1.50,  Honey Bun closed at $3.90, with 7,500 stock units trading, Iron Rock ended 5 cents higher at $4.50, with 10,410 units changing hands, Jamaican Teas  finished at $4, trading 900 shares. Jetcon Corporation settled 10 cents higher at $3.25, with the exchange of 78,059 shares. Knutsford Express  traded 14,902 shares at $12.70, Lasco Distributors  closed at $3.80, exchanging 140,902 shares, Lasco Financial  closed with 32,549 shares changing hands and ended 10 cents higher at $4.60,  Lasco Manufacturing  concluded trading of 35,958 stock units 3 cents higher at $3.28. Main Event finished exchanging 6,247 units, with a loss of 45 cents at $6.50, Stationery and Office traded 8,400 shares at $8.60 and tTech climbed 85 cents to $5.85, with 5,020 units changing hands. In the junior market preference segment, CAC 2000 closed at $1, with the trading of 1,800 shares.

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

4% drop for Junior Market in January

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange lost 4 percent in value since the start of the year and would have suffered a greater loss had Fontana that was listed in the dying days of 2018 not added positively to the index.
The closed lower in trading on Thursday as the Junior Market Index declined by 10.08 points to close at 3,118.31 with an increased number of securities changing hands.
Trading ended with 28 securities changing hands, compared with 23 on Wednesday, leading to the prices of 12 securities rising, 10 declining and 6 remaining unchanged.
Market activity, resulted in an exchange of 12,627,615 units valued at $50,730,330, compared to 1,524,611 units valued at $4,663,116, trading on Wednesday.
Trading ended with an average of 450,986 units for an average of $1,811,797 in contrast to 66,287 units for an average of $202,744 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 2,245,428 units valued at $7,372,574 and previously 2,345,317 units valued at $7,695,606, In contrast, December ended with an average of 136,222 units at a value of $737,367 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 higher bids than their last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
At the close of the day’s activities, Access Financial closed with a loss of $2.50 at $45.50, trading 110,000 shares, AMG Packaging ended 6 cents higher at $2.46, with an exchange of 33,184 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading with 7,507 units and lost 15 cents to end at $4.85, CAC 2000 finished trading 100 shares at $15. Cargo Handlers lost 3 cents to close at $15, with 128,861 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream ended trading of 14,700 shares with the price rising 55 cents to $5.85, Caribbean Flavours traded 5,620 stock units and rose $1 to end at $19, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 19 cents at $2.60, with an exchange of 49,631 shares. Elite Diagnostic finished 5 cents higher at $3.05, with an exchange of 36,461 stock units. Everything Fresh traded 23,680 shares to close at $1.80, Express Catering settled 30 cents higher at $7.80, with 77,267 units changing hands, Fontana lost 4 cents to close at $3.45 with 9,633,854 shares changing hands and sucking out a great deal of the supply hanging over the market. FosRich Group ended trading of 14,920 shares and gained 19 cents to $3.95, General Accident traded 235,753 shares and gained 25 cents to close at $4, GWest Corporation finished trading 79,376 shares with a loss of 22 cents at $1.50. Honey Bun closed at $3.90, with 500 stock units changing hands, Indies Pharma rose 5 cents in ending at $3.05, with 346,285 units trading, Jamaican Teas finished 29 cents higher at $4, with an exchange of 3,000 shares, Jetcon Corporation  settled with a loss of 15 cents at $3.15, with 580,985 shares trading. Key Insurance  ended trading 5,590 stock units, with a loss of 10 cents, to end at $3,  Knutsford Express  finished trading of 6,706 shares, at $12.70,  Lasco Distributors  closed 15 cents higher at $3.80, exchanging 507,480 shares, Lasco Financial  ended at $4.50, with 20,544 shares. Lasco Manufacturing  concluded trading with a loss of 15 cents at $3.25, with an exchange of 273,968 stock units, Paramount Trading  ended trading of 244,690 shares, 11 cents higher at $2.20,  Stationery and Office  traded 20,881 shares with a loss of 40 cents to close at $8.60 and tTech gained 1 cent to end at $5, trading 118,072 units. In the junior market preference segment, Derrimon Trading ended at $2.10, with 48,000 stock units changing hands.

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

Junior Market index inched higher – Wednesday

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange made modest gains at the close of trading on Wednesday as the Junior Market Index rose 8.54 points to close at 3,128.39.
Trading ended with 23 securities changing hands, compared with 26 on Tuesday, leading to the prices of 8 securities rising, 10 declining and 5 remaining unchanged.
Market activity, resulted in an exchange of 1,524,611 units valued at $4,663,116, compared to 4,616,653 units valued at $17,157,641, trading on Tuesday.
Trading ended with an average of 66,287 units for an average of $202,744 in contrast to 177,564 units for an average of $659,909 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 2,345,317 units valued at $7,695,606 and previously 2,454,521 units valued at $7,723,173, In contrast, December ended with an average of 136,222 units at a value of $737,367 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 higher bids than their last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
At the close of the day’s activities, Access Financial closed at $48, exchanging 155 shares, AMG Packaging ended with a loss of 10 cents at $2.40, with 134,600 stock units changing hands, Blue Power concluded trading of 2,492 units, at $5, Caribbean Cream ended trading with 1,920 shares and losing of 50 cents to close at $5.30. Caribbean Flavours swapped 4,500 stock units with a loss of 1 cent to close at $18, Caribbean Producers finished trading 5,289 units, with a loss of 25 cents to end at $5, Consolidated Bakeries lost 15 cents to close at $1.90, trading 800 shares, Derrimon Trading ended 19 cents higher at $2.79, with an exchange of 121,138 shares. Elite Diagnostic finished exchanging 350 stock units at $3, Everything Fresh traded 99,303 shares to close at $1.80, Express Catering settled 10 cents higher at $7.50, in trading 22,325 units, Fontana rose 9 cents to close at $3.49 with 368,797 shares changing hands. FosRich Group ended trading of 10,461 shares, at $3.76, GWest Corporation finished trading 845 shares with a loss of 4 cents at $1.72, Honey Bun closed 15 cents higher at $3.90, with 33,133 stock units changing hands, Indies Pharma rose 5 cents in ending at $3, with 42,773 units changing hands. Jetcon Corporation  settled 20 cents higher at $3.30, with an exchange of 5,323 shares, Knutsford Express  finished trading 2,900 shares, and rose 70 cents higher to $12.70,  Lasco Distributors  closed with a loss of 8 cents at $3.65, with an exchange of 38,172 shares. Lasco Financial  ended with a loss of 10 cents at $4.50, while trading 232,583 shares, Lasco Manufacturing  concluded trading of 29,461 stock units 1 cent higher at $3.40,  SSL Venture Capital lost 25 cents in exchanging 367,161 shares to close at $1.70 and tTech finished trading with a loss of 1 cent at $4.99, with 130 stock units changing hands.

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

Big drop for Junior Market – Tuesday

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange suffered a big fall at the close of trading on Tuesday with the Junior Market Index dropping 45.86 points to close at 3,119.85.
Trading ended with 26 securities changing hands compared with 25 securities on Monday leading to  the prices of 11 securities advancing, 9 declining and 6 remaining unchanged.
Market activities, resulted in an exchange of 4,616,653 units valued at $17,157,641, compared to 1,406,615 units valued at $5,000,809 trading on Monday.
Trading ended with an average of 177,564 units for an average of $659,909 in contrast to 56,265 units for an average of $200,032 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 2,454,521 units valued at $7,723,173  and previously 2,584,919 units valued at $8,127,677. In contrast, December ended with an average of 136,222 units at a value of $737,367 for each security traded. 
IC bid-offer Indicator|
At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 4 stocks ended with higher bids than their last selling prices and 4 closing with lower offers.
At the close of the day’s activities, Access Financial closed 50 cents higher at $48, trading 225 shares, AMG Packaging ended at $2.50, trading 146,800 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading of 1,001,000 units for a rise of 15 cents to $5, Cargo Handlers settled 2 cents higher at $15.03, with an exchange of 200 shares. Caribbean Cream ended trading of 2,500 shares with a loss of 5 cents to close at $5.80. Caribbean Producers finished trading 2,594 units at $5.25, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 20 cents at $2.60, with an exchange of 189,979 shares, Dolphin Cove concluded trading 10,000 shares for 4 cents higher at $15.05, Elite Diagnostic finished 5 cents higher at $3, exchanging 7,000 stock units. Everything Fresh gained 14 cents in trading of 258,493 shares to close at $1.80, Express Catering settled with a loss of 40 cents at $7.40, with 45,270 units changing hands, Fontana lost 10 cents to close at $3.40 with 1,747,405 shares changing hands. FosRich Group ended trading at $3.76, in exchanging 52,145 shares, General Accident traded 57,077 shares and rose 25 cents to $3.75, Honey Bun closed with a loss of 7 cents at $3.75, trading 14,671 stock units. Indies Pharma lost 5 cents in ending at $2.95, with 682,906 units changing hands. Jamaican Teas finished 1 cent higher at $3.71, with an exchange 97,211 shares, Jetcon Corporation settled with a loss of 5 cents at $3.10, in trading 27,560 shares, KLE Group traded 5 cents higher at $3.10, with 95,000 units changing hands, Knutsford Express finished trading 19,903 shares with a loss of $1.30 cents at $12. Lasco Distributors closed with a loss of 7 cents at $3.73, with an exchange of 14,152 shares, Lasco Financial ended 10 cents higher at $4.60, with 49,851 shares trading, Lasco Manufacturing concluded trading of 4,541 stock units at $3.39. Main Event rose 45 cents in trading 10,218 units at $6.95, Stationery and Office ended trading at $9, as 69,852 shares changed owners and tTech finished trading at $5, with 10,100 stock units changing hands.

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