Heavy trading in Junior Market stocks

Trading was heavier than normal on Tuesday on the  Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange with five securities trading over one million shares each as the market broke its three-day unbroken run, with the index slipping 11.10 points to close at 2,714.38.
Trading ended with 35 securities changing hands compared to 37 on Monday and concluded with the prices of 13 stocks rising, 16 declining and six remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio ended at 14.1 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Trading accounted for 34 percent more shares than Monday with an exchange of 12,674,893 shares for $24,808,257 up from 9,478,77 units at $18,322,788 on Monday.
Tropical Battery led trading in commanding 30.7 percent of total volume with an exchange of 3.89 million shares, followed by Lumber Depot 24 percent with 3.05 million units, Derrimon Trading controlled 14.5 percent market share or 1.83 million units. Mailpac Group contributed 11 percent with a transfer of 1.4 million units. Jamaican Teas rounded out top five, with 8.8 percent and 1.12 million shares.
Trading averaged 362,140 units at $708,807 in contrast to 256,183 at $495,210 on Monday. The month to date averaged 236,210 units at $559,238, compared to 224,762 units at $545,641 on Monday. December closed with an average of 263,428 units at $638,694.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial advanced $1 to $22 with 1,133 shares changing hands, Blue Power rose 38 cents to $3.19 with an exchange of 2,021 stock units, CAC 2000 shed $1.65 to settle at $10.60 with 4,159 stocks passing through the market. Cargo Handlers jumped 95 cents to $7.90, trading 93 units, Caribbean Assurance Brokers slipped 6 cents to $1.80 with a transfer of 19,029 shares, Caribbean Cream rose by 20 cents to $4.50 with 88,070 stock units changing hands. Caribbean Producers rose 17 cents to $2.78 with 10,750 stocks crossing the exchange, Elite Diagnostic fell 10 cents to $2.85 with 30,690 shares traded. Everything Fresh slipped 5 cents to 70 cents with 168,500 stock units changing hands, Express Catering fell 10 cents to $3.45 with 92,418 stocks changing hands, Fontana jumped 40 cents to $5.80 with 141,055 units traded. Fosrich dropped 19 cents to $4.20 with a transfer of 31,681 shares, General Accident lost 37 cents to close at $6 with 23,784 units changing hands, Honey Bun rose 5 cents to $5.59 with 7,488 stock units passing through the market. Jamaican Teas added 2 cents exchanging 1,118,927 units at a record close of $2.79, KLE Group advanced 21 cents to $1.37 with 2,387 units traded.

Knutsford Express fell 15 cents to $6.60 with 999 stocks changing hands, Lasco Distributors dropped 20 cents to $3.20 with an exchange of 38,500 stock units, Lasco Manufacturing increased by 7 cents to $4.07 with 8,500 shares traded, Lumber Depot exchanged 3,047,431 stock units and lost 5 cents to close at $1.54. Mailpac Group shed 30 cents trading 1,398,183 shares to finish at $3.60 Main Event fell 10 cents to $3 with a transfer of 48,902 units and Tropical Battery advanced 9 cents to $1.09 with 3,894,959 shares crossing the exchange.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

More gains for Junior stocks

Stocks pushed higher in trading on Monday to post year to date gains of just over three percent, with the Market Index increasing 22.89 points to 2,725.48 as the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed after rising stocks exceeded declining ones.
Trading ended with 37 securities changing hands compared to 35 on Friday, with prices of 14 stocks rising, 13 declining and 10 remaining unchanged. Jamaican Teas and Mailpac ended at record closing highs.
The average PE Ratio ended at 13.9 based on ICInsider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 13 percent fewer shares with 32 percent lower value than on Friday as 9,478,771 shares traded for $18,322,788, down from 10,923,530 units at $27,075,114 on Friday.
Tropical Battery led trading with 50.2 percent of total volume for 4.76 million shares followed by Jamaican Teas with 15.2 percent for 1.44 million units and Derrimon Trading with 1.15 million units for 12.2 percent market share.
Trading averaged 256,183 units at $495,210, in contrast to 312,101 at $773,575 on Friday. Trading month to date averaged 224,762 units at $545,641, compared to 221,421 units at $551,003 on Friday. December closed with an average of 263,428 units at $638,694.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows two stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close of trading, Blue Power lost 9 cents ending at $2.81, in exchanging 15,922 shares, Caribbean Assurance Brokers gained 6 cents to close at $1.86 trading 13,665 stock units, Caribbean Cream shed 40 cents to finish at $4.30, with investors swapping 7,800 units. Caribbean Flavours rose 5 cents to $1.65, after a transfer of 24,204 stocks, Caribbean Producers closed at $2.61, with a loss of 14 cents, in exchanging 68,474 shares. Express Catering ended 21 cents lower at $3.55, with the swapping of 12,913 stocks, Fontana shed 30 cents to end at $5.40 trading 238,408 shares, General Accident rose 12 cents to $6.37, in swapping of 500 units, Honey Bun shed 5 cents to close at $5.54, with 3,600 shares changing hands. Indies Pharma gained 5 cents to close at $2.50, after 38,684 stock units, crossed the market, ISP Finance advanced by $3.39 to $22.89, and transferred 5,000 shares, Jamaican Teas rose 29 cents to $2.77, with an exchange of 1,444,299 stock units, Lasco Distributors closed 22 cents higher at $3.40, in clearing the market with 118,975 shares. Limners and Bards slipped 20 cents to $2.62 after trading 50,000 units. Lumber Depot gained 13 cents in ending at $1.59, after switching ownership of 38,266 stock units, Mailpac Group rose 15 cents to $3.90, with an exchange of 798,398 shares, Medical Disposables closed at $4.22, after gaining 12 cents transferring 57 stock units. Stationery and Office Supplies slid 44 cents to $4.10, with 31,308 units crossing the market, Tropical Battery slipped 12 cents to $1, trading 4,760,765 shares after the company posted audited accounts showing profit falling to just $29 million from $73 million based on the interim, full-year results. tTech lost 5 cents to close at $4.10, with 29,396 units crossing the exchange.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Derrimon dominates Junior Market

Derrimon Trading was the volume leader on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange for a second consecutive day on Wednesday, with 16.2 million shares changing hands at $2.40 as Mayberry group offloads a portion of the big holdings in the company.
Trading ended with 38 securities changing hands compared to 36 on Tuesday and closed with the prices of 14 stocks rising, 15 declining and nine ending firm and edging the Junior Market Index down 8.77 points to 2,647.80 for the second day of slippage after Mailpac ended at a new record closing high after it traded as high as $3.30 during the day.
The average PE Ratio ended at 13.6 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 19,836,593 shares for $49,149,593 up sharply from 3,738,109 units at $9,393,036 on Tuesday. Derrimon Trading led trading for a second consecutive day with 81.6 percent of total volume, followed by Jamaican Teas with 5.4 percent for 1.08 million units and Mailpac Group with 5.4 percent for 1.06 million share units.
Trading averaged 522,016 units at $1,293,410, in contrast to 103,836 at $260,918 on Tuesday. Trading month to date averaged 192,249 units at $474,753 compared to 140,467 units at $346,204 on Tuesday. December closed with an average of 263,428 units at $638,694.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows four stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Blue Power shed 39 cents to settle at $2.89 trading 90 shares, Cargo Handlers rose 76 to $7.66, after clearing the market with 1,953 shares. Caribbean Cream gained 29 cents to end at $4.90, with 92,483 shares crossing the market, Caribbean Flavours picked up 5 cents to close at $1.65, in an exchange of 18,325 stocks. Caribbean Producers lost 5 cents to settle at $2.70, after clearing the market with 86,779 units, Consolidated Bakeries gained 16 cents to end at $1.36 with investors swapping 58,100 stocks, Dolphin Cove dropped $1.49 to close at $9.10, in an exchange of 4,821 units. Express Catering climbed 21 cents to $3.76 after exchanging 750 shares. Fosrich gained 12 cents in ending at $3.97 in an exchange of 7,050 stock units, General Accident shed 21 cents to close at $6, with 308,338 units changing hands, GWest Corporation picked up 14 cents to settle at 74 cents, after crossing the market with 2,600 stocks. Indies Pharma fell 24 cents to $2.31, with 204,285 stock units changing hands, Jamaican Teas gained 5 cents in closing at $2.35, in an exchange of 1,075,935 stock units. Knutsford Express lost 22 cents in ending at $6.58 trading 3,042 shares, Lasco Manufacturing lost 9 cents to settle at $3.80, in transferring 37,045 units, Mailpac Group closed 19 cents higher at $3.20, in switching ownership of 1,064,465 stock units. Main Event rose 27 cents to $3.24, after crossing the market with 150 stock units, SSL Venture lost 5 cents to settle at 50 cents, with an exchange of 83,250 stocks and Tropical Battery gained 6 cents to close at $1.18, trading 11,043 shares.
In the preference segment, Derrimon Trading preference share shed 2 cents to close at $2.08, in trading 2,200 units.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market retreats modestly on Tuesday

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Fewer stocks declined on Tuesday than on Monday but that was insufficient to prevent the market Index from losing 8.76 points to settle at 2,656.57 at the close of trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange with the market declining after 43 percent fewer shares traded than on Monday.
Trading ended with 36 securities, the same as on Monday, with 12 stocks rising, 14 declining and 10 remaining unchanged.
The market closed with 3,738,109 shares for $9,393,036 down sharply from 6,606,503 units at $19,339,751 on Monday. Derrimon Trading was the volume leader with 58.8 percent market share after an exchange of 2.2 million shares, followed by Mailpac Group accounting for 17.3 percent with 647,751 units and Jamaican Teas with 7.3 percent after an exchange of 273,458 units.
Trading averaged 103,836 units at $260,918 in contrast to 183,514 at $537,215 on Monday. Trading month to date averages 140,467 units at $346,204, down from 146,869 units at $361,108 on  Monday. December averaged 263,428 units at $638,694.
At the close, the average PE Ratio ends at 13.4 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows two stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial dropped $2 to $21 with 2,150 shares changing hands, CAC 2000 jumped $1.60 to $12.25 as 2,000 stocks crossed the market. Cargo Handlers shed $1 to close at $6.90 with just one unit traded, Caribbean Flavours lost 5 cents to settle at $1.60 with 12,028 units changing hands. Caribbean Producers fell 7 cents to $2.75 with an exchange of 11,874 stocks, Elite Diagnostic advanced 28 cents to $2.99 with 50 shares trading, Everything Fresh gained 5 cents to finish at 74 cents with a transfer of 1,811 units. Express Catering lost 10 cents to settle at $3.55 with 3,400 stocks changing hands, Fontana dropped 20 cents to $5.50 with an exchange of 50,717 shares, GWest Corporation fell 10 cents to 60 cents with 83,942 stock units crossing the exchange. Honey Bun declined by 19 cents to $5.40 with 6,000 units traded, Indies Pharma fell 15 cents to $2.55 with a transfer of 36,362 stocks, Lasco Distributors gained 7 cents to end at $3.18  with 20,242 shares traded. Limners and Bards advanced 7 cents to $2.65 after switching ownership of 22,278 stocks, Lumber Depot added 5 cents to settle at $1.52 with 7,000 units changing hands. Mailpac Group exchanged 647,751 shares and gained 6 cents to close at a record closing high of $3.01, Medical Disposables fell 7 cents to $4.20 trading 105 units and tTech shed 74 cents to end at $4.16 with 11,969 shares crossing the exchange.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Slippage for Junior Market to end week

In early trading, stocks put on 19 points within 30 minutes of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market on Friday, but the market pulled back towards the close and ended with a small loss but closed out the week just ahead of the close for 2020.
Trading ended with 33 securities changing hands compared to 36 on Thursday and ended with the prices of eight stocks rising, 17 falling and eight closed unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index fell 14.93 points to finish at 2,645.45. The average PE Ratio ended at 14.1 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 88 percent more shares than Thursday after 6,980,827 shares crossed the exchange for $15,826,363, up from 3,708,908 units at $9,028,138 on Thursday.
Mailpac Group led trading with 30.5 percent of total volume, accounting for 2.13 million shares, followed by Derrimon Trading with 22.7 percent with an exchange of 1.58 million units and iCreate 17.4 percent with 1.21 million stock units.
Trading averaged 211,540 units at $479,587 compared to 103,025 at $250,782 on Thursday. Trading month to date averaged 139,108 units at $323,815, versus 121,661 units at $286,293 on Thursday. December closed with an average of 263,428 units at $638,694.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows no stock ended with bids higher than the last selling prices and four ended with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Blue Power dropped 45 cents to $2.81 with the trading of 9,628 stocks, CAC 2000 shed $2.35 to end at $10.65 as 14,031 units changed hands. Cargo Handlers 40 cents to $8 with a transfer of 8,000 stock units, Caribbean Flavours rose 8 cents to $1.68 with 371 units trading, Caribbean Producers rose 5 cents to end at $2.80 with 27,224 shares traded, Dolphin Cove jumped $2 to $11 trading 35,208 units, Elite Diagnostic dropped 28 cents to finish at $2.71 with an exchange of 10,055 shares. Express Catering fell 27 cents to  $3.47 with 115,000 stock units passing through the market, Fontana rose 29 cents to $5.75 with 61,978 stocks changing hands, Fosrich shed 42 cents to end at $3.98 with a transfer of 62,301 units. Honey Bun slipped 5 cents to $5.60 with 10,279 shares traded, Indies Pharma dipped 9 cents to $2.61 with an exchange of 25,446 stocks, Lasco Manufacturing rose 5 cents to $3.90 with investors swapping 1,649 shares. Mailpac Group traded 2,130,888 units and declined 7 cents to close at $2.88 and Stationery and Office Supplies advanced 27 cents to $4.52 with 193,963 stocks changing hands.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Rebound continues for Junior Market

Investors’ confidence in stocks is returning, with three times as many shares rising at the close of trading on Thursday than those declining on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
The market index gained 14.47 points to 2,660.38, just 27 points below the close April 14th last year of 2,686.90 but still below the previous higher close of 2758.76 on March 4.
Trading ended with 36 securities changing hands, up from 33 on Wednesday, ending with the prices of 14 rising, five declining and 17 remaining unchanged.
The average PE Ratio ended at 14 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Trading ended with 3,708,908 shares for $9,028,138 versus 5,219,009 units at $11,861,927 on Wednesday. Derrimon Trading led trading with 13.8 percent of total volume or 513,583 shares, followed by Mailpac Group accounted for 13 percent with a transfer of 482,322 units and Jamaican Teas with 12.8 percent with an exchange of 474,028 units.
Trading averaged 103,025 units at $250,782 in contrast to 158,152 at $359,452 on Wednesday. The month to date averaged 121,661 units at $286,293 compared to 128,304 units at $298,951 on Wednesday, which remains well below trading in December with an average of 263,428 units at $638,694.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows one stock ended with a bid higher than its last selling price and three with lower offers.
At the market close, Caribbean Flavours fell 9 cents to  $1.60 with 217,986 shares changing hands. Consolidated Bakeries advanced 23 cents to $1.36 with 1,819 stock units traded, Express Catering climbed 24 cents to $3.74 with 500 shares passing through the market, Fontana increased by 5 cents to $5.46 with a transfer of 277,081 stocks. Fosrich climbed 20 cents to $4.40 with an exchange of 4,185 units, Honey Bun slipped 5 cents to $5.65 with 11,082 stock units changing hands iCreate gained 8 cents to finish at 68 cents with 241,005 shares traded. Indies Pharma rose 5 cents to $2.70 with 8,799 units passing through the market, Knutsford Express climbed 24 cents, exchanging 75,676 units at $6.80. Lasco Distributors increased 5 cents to $3.20 with 66,153 stock units changing hands, Limners and Bards dropped 26 cents to $2.69 trading 448,162 shares, Mailpac Group had an exchange of 482,322 stocks and gained 13 cents to end at $2.95, Medical Disposables slipped 8 cents to $4.27 with a transfer of 8,593 stock units.  Stationery and Office Supplies shed 25 cents to settle at $4.25 with 13,176 stocks changing hands and Tropical Battery rose 7 cents to $1.20 with 91,218 shares crossing the exchange.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market drops 21% in 2020

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed the year on Thursday, with a slight slippage of the index that put the year’s loss at 21 percent after the market lost 39.3 percent up to March 18 at the year’s low point.
It was a brutal year for the fledgling companies as only seven recording gains during the year as the vast majority of prices tumbled.
Trading ended with 38 securities changing hands compared to 37 on Wednesday and ended with the prices of nine stocks rising, 14 declining and 15 remaining unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index slipped by 3.01 points to 2,643.38. The average PE Ratio ended at 13.9 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 5,626,924 shares for $14,533,347 compared to 5,982,419 units at $14,795,087 on Wednesday. Mailpac Group led trading with 46.9 percent of total volume with an exchange of 2.64 million shares, followed by Derrimon Trading with 9.8 percent with a transfer of 552,371 units and iCreate with 6.6 percent market share or 369,792 units.
Trading averaged 148,077 units at $382,457 in contrast to 161,687 at $399,867 on Wednesday. The month to date, averaged 263,428 units at $638,694, compared to 269,327 units at $651,799 on Wednesday. November closed with an average of 193,331 units at $566,885.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial shed 44 cents to finish at $23.50 trading 985 shares, Blue Power dropped 62 cents to $2.78 with an exchange of 1,000 stock units, CAC 2000 jumped $1.01 to $13 with investors switching ownership of 975 stocks. Caribbean Cream rose 5 cents to $4.20 with 3,658 stock units changing hands, Caribbean Producers slipped 5 cents to $2.80 with 195,055 shares changing hands, Dolphin Cove climbed $1 to $10 with a transfer of 45,636 stocks. Elite Diagnostic lost 5 cents to end at $3 with 18,254 units passing through the market, Everything Fresh closed 2 cents higher at 75 cents with an exchange of 120,050 stock units, Express Catering fell 9 cents to $3.50 with investors switching ownership of 115,500 shares. Fontana dropped 22 cents to $5.55 with 44,184 units changing hands, Fosrich lost 20 cents to end at $4 with the trading of 186,278 stocks, Honey Bun slipped 5 cents to $5.65 with a transfer of 31,432 stock units. iCreate exchanged 369,792 shares and declined 2 cents to 58 cents, Knutsford Express fell 24 cents to $6.56 with 5,803 units passing through the market, Lasco Distributors increased 9 cents to $3.25 with 15,630 stocks changing hands. Lasco Manufacturing advanced 15 cents to $3.85 with 10,310 stock units traded, Limners and Bards lost 10 cents to close at $3.05 with a transfer of 197,501 shares, Lumber Depot slipped 2 cents to $1.56 with 224,630 stocks passing through the market. Mailpac Group exchanged 2,639,122 units and declined by 1 cent to end at $2.87, Main Event dropped 19 cents to $3.20 with investors switching ownership of 49,287 stock units, Medical Disposables rose 5 cents to $4.25 with 131,782 units changing hands. SSL Venture gained 2 cents to close at 57 cents with 11,566 stocks traded and Stationery and Office Supplies advanced 24 cents to $4.54 with 2,000 shares crossing the exchange.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market at 8 ½ months high

Trading ended with 37 active securities down from 39 on Tuesday, as investors pushed prices of 20 stocks higher and four lower while holding prices of 13 stable, helping the Junior Market Index to inch 9.94 points higher, to 2,646.39, for the highest close of the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange since April 14 this year.
At the close, 46 percent more shares were traded than on Tuesday, with 5,982,419 units changing hands for $14,795,087 compared to 4,103,575 units at $9,392,768 on Tuesday. The PE Ratio averages 14 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Mailpac Group led trading with 47.6 percent of total volume for 2.85 million shares, followed by Tropical Battery with 19.2 percent with a transfer of 1.15 million units and Derrimon Trading with 5.2 percent market with an exchange of 312,827 shares.
Trading averaged 161,687 units at $399,867 in contrast to 105,220 at $240,840 on Tuesday. The month to date, averaged 269,327 units at $651,799, compared to 274,968 units at $665,002 on Tuesday. November closed with an average of 193,331 units at $566,885.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, AMG Packaging rose 6 cents to $1.66 with an exchange of 1,591 shares, Blue Power advanced 11 cents to $3.40 with a transfer of 100 units. CAC 2000 jumped $1.99 to $11.99 with 287 stocks changing hands following release of full-year results, showing a profit of $33 million, with most of it earned in the last quarter. Cargo Handlers climbed 29 cents to $7.60 with 1,000 units traded, Caribbean Cream declined by 4 cents to $4.15 with 100,034 stock units passing through the market, Caribbean Flavours slipped 1 cent to $1.69 with 13,549 stocks changing hands. Dolphin Cove jumped $1.55 to close at $9 with an exchange of 51,250 shares, Elite Diagnostic advanced 19 cents to $3.05 with a transfer of 105,045 units, Fontana gained 17 cents to settle at $5.77 with 117,820 stocks changing hands. Fosrich rose 4 cents to $4.20 with 23,689 stock units traded, General Accident climbed 20 cents to $6.19 with 32,872 shares crossing the exchange, GWest Corporation closed 2 cents higher at 75 cents with ownership of 63,862 units switching. Indies Pharma increased by 5 cents to $2.71 with an exchange of 3 4,926 stock units, Jamaican Teas rose 2 cents to $1.99 with a transfer of 198,561 stocks, Jetcon Corporation advanced 23 cents to 79 cents with 37,231 stock units changing hands. Lasco Distributors rose by 8 cents to $3.16 trading 15,763 shares, Lasco Financial climbed 6 cents to $2.76 with 2,568 stocks changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing dropped 18 cents to $3.70 with investors switching ownership of 41,293 units.  Limners and Bards rose 1 cent to $3.15 with 130,979 stock units traded, Lumber Depot gained 2 cents to end at $1.58 with a transfer of 272,500 shares, Mailpac Group exchanged 2,848,891 units and increased 9 cents to $2.88. Paramount Trading closed 1 cent higher at $1.45 with 15,085 stocks changing hands and Tropical Battery gained 8 cents to finish at $1.20 with 1,149,078 shares trading.
In the preference segment, Derrimon Trading fell 5 cents to $1.95 with 5,000 units changing hands.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market ends firm on Tuesday

Modest gains recorded at the start of trading on Tuesday and lasting for most of the day dissipated in the fading minutes of the Junior Market activity, with the index closing flat after more stocks fell than rose as 45 percent more shares traded than on Monday.
Trading ended with 39 securities changing hands compared to 38 on Monday and concluded with the prices of 12 stocks rising, 16 declining and 11 unchanged.
The Junior Market index was unchanged at 2,636.45 points. The average PE Ratio ends at 13.9 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 4,103,575 shares for $9,392,768 compared to 2,824,415 units at $7,700,599 on Monday. Mailpac Group led trading with 34.4 percent of total volume with a transfer of 1.41 million shares, followed by Lumber Depot with 17.2 percent after an exchange of 706,081 units and Derrimon Trading with 12.7 percent market share or 522,336 units.
Trading averaged 105,220 units at $240,840 compared to 74,327 at $202,647 on Monday. Trading month to date, averaged 274,968 units at $665,002, versus 284,894 units at $689,804 on Monday. November closed with an average of 193,331 units at $566,885.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close of the market, Access Financial climbed 25 cents to $23.94 with 84 shares traded, AMG Packaging fell 5 cents to $1.60 with 109,342 units changing hands, Caribbean Cream slipped 1 cent to  $4.19 with 35 stocks changing hands. Caribbean Flavours rose 3 cents to $1.70 with an exchange of 142,855 stock units, Caribbean Producers gained 6 cents to close at $2.85 with a transfer of 119,500 shares, Consolidated Bakeries increased by 4 cents to $1.39 with 10,000 stocks traded. Elite Diagnostic lost 9 cents to finish at $2.86 with 545 units passing through the market, Everything Fresh rose 4 cents to 73 cents with 84,260 stock units changing hands, Fontana rose 10 cents to $5.60 with 44,901 shares exchanged. Fosrich gained 6 cents to settle at $4.16 with a transfer of 4,501 units, General Accident lost 6 cents to close at $5.99 with 7,673 stocks traded, Honey Bun dropped 10 cents to $5.70 with a transfer of 80,495 stock units. iCreate finished 1 cent higher at 60 cents with investors switching ownership of 17,664 shares, Indies Pharma fell 6 cents to $2.66 with 7,434 units passing through the market, Jamaican Teas declined by 2 cents and traded 324,771 stock units to end at $1.97. Jetcon Corporation dropped 14 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ low of 56 cents, with 132,806 stocks changing hands, Knutsford Express rose by 10 cents to $6.80 with an exchange of 8,157 shares, Lasco Distributors fell 14 cents to $3.08 with a transfer of 5,500 units. Lasco Financial slipped 6 cents to $2.70 with 2,614 stocks passing through the market, Lasco Manufacturing slipped 1 cent to $3.88 with 1,152 stock units traded, Limners and Bards advanced 11 cents to $3.14 trading 52,754 shares. Mailpac Group exchanged 1,412,146 stocks and gained 1 cent to settle at $2.79, Main Event climbed 40 cents to $3.39 with a transfer of 4,613 units, SSL Venture declined by 2 cents to 55 cents with 12,202 stock units changing hands. Stationery and Office Supplies shed 20 cents to finish at $4.30 with 1,760 stocks traded and Tropical Battery slipped 4 cents to $1.12 with 160,687 shares crossing the exchange.
In the preference segment, CAC 2000 9.5% declined by 1 cent to end at $1.11 with a transfer of 608 stock units and Derrimon Trading preference share fell 10 cents to $2 with 19,163 units changing hands.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Santa Claus rally continues on Junior Market

Trading pressure continued to place an upward push on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange after the market reopened on Monday after closing for the Christmas holiday last week. The market index climbed 42.05 points to 2,636.45, with an even number of stocks advancing and declining after investors exchanged 20 percent fewer shares than on Thursday.
Trading ended with 38 securities changing hands compared to 33 on Thursday and closed with the prices of 13 stocks each, rising and falling and 12 remaining unchanged.
The average PE Ratio ended at 13.9 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Trading ended with an exchange of 2,824,415 shares for $7,700,599 compared to 3,548,314 units at $8,469,026 on Thursday. Mailpac led trading with 27.5 percent of total volume for 777,744 shares, followed by Limners and Bards, 14.9 percent, for an exchange of 421,650 units and  Jamaican Teas with 12.6 percent after trading 356,419 units.
Trading averaged 74,327 shares at $202,647 versus 107,525 units at $256,637 on Thursday. Trading month to date averages 284,894 units at $689,804, down from 297,615 units at $719,234 on Thursday. November ended with an average of 193,331 units at $566,885.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows three stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the market close, Access Financial jumped $3.34 to $23.69 trading 18 shares, AMG Packaging rose 5 cents to $1.65 with 3,255 units changing hands, CAC 2000 climbed $2 to $10 with an exchange of 4,010 stocks. Cargo Handlers advanced 51 cents to $7.31 with a transfer of just four shares, Caribbean Flavours slipped 1 cent to $1.67 with 1,017 stock units traded, Caribbean Producers fell 10 cents to $2.79 with 75,228 units passing through the market. Derrimon Trading lost 1 cent to finish at $2.38 with 299,069 stocks changing hands, Elite Diagnostic lost 4 cents to close at $2.95 in exchanging 150 shares, Express Catering dropped 18 cents to $3.59 with a transfer of 19,400 stock units. Fontana gained 8 cents to end at $5.50 with 186,789 units traded, Fosrich rose 10 cents to $4.10, with investors switching 174,500 stock units,  General Accident fell 13 cents to $6.05 with 23,709 shares changing hands. GWest rose 3 cents to 73 cents, trading 500 stock units, Honey Bun slipped 5 cents to $5.80 with a transfer of 12,499 units, Jamaican Teas lost 1 cent, trading 356,419 stocks at $1.99. Jetcon Corporation dipped 1 cent to 70 cents with investors switching 108,764 shares, Lasco Distributors advanced 15 cents to $3.22 with 707 units changing hands, Lasco Financial climbed 30 cents to $2.76 with 18,721 stocks passing through the market. Lasco Manufacturing closed 1 cent higher at $3.89, trading 36,287 stock units, Lumber Depot declined by 3 cents to settle at $1.56 with a transfer of 1,292 shares, Mailpac Group traded 777,744 shares and lost 3 cents to end at $2.78. Medical Disposables fell 4 cents to $4.20 with investors switching ownership of 80 units, Stationery and Office Supplies slipped 4 cents to $4.50 with 1,908 stock units pass ing through the market, Tropical Battery gained 3 cents to finish at $1.16  with a transfer of 203,686 stocks and tTech advanced 10 cents to $4.30 with 80 shares crossing the exchange.
In the preference segment, CAC 2000 9.5% closed 2 cents higher at $1.12 with 1,000 units changing hands.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.