Junior Market jumps to end June

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended June on a positive note with the market index rising 24.30 to close at 2.592.24 and ended the halfway mark of the year, down 22.6 percent and closing out the month 41 points lower than the close of May.
Trading ended with 33 securities changing hands, down from 37 on Monday, with prices of 15 stocks rising, 10 declining and eight stocks closing unchanged. The average PE Ratio of the Junior Market ended at 10.1 based on IC Insider.com’s forecasted 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 4,554,181 shares accounting for 12,472,239 compared to 13,689,006 units at 25,143,842 on Monday.
Jetcon Corporation led trading with 1.23 million units for 27 percent of total trades, followed by Mailpac Group with 786,681 shares or 17 percent and Lasco Distributors with 675,284 stock units at 15 percent market share.
The average trade for the ended at 138,005 units at 377,947 in contrast to an average of 414,818 valued at 761,935 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 245,049 units valued at 689,955 in contrast to 258,414 units valued at $659,203. Trading for May ended with an average of 150,274 units for $491,077 for each security.
 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the Junior Market shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial jumped $5.49 to $27 with 56,075 shares trading, AMG Packaging gained 3 cents to close at $1.68 after exchanging 7,720 shares, Blue Power advanced 16 cents to settle at $3.86 in trading 2,918 units. Cargo Handlers dropped 60 cents to $6.40 with 1,400 shares changing hands, Caribbean Assurance Brokers rose 5 cents and transferred 6,549 stock units to finish at $2.20, Caribbean Flavours jumped $2.22 to end at $13.72 with an exchange of 22,218 shares. Caribbean Producers slipped 3 cents to $2.37 with 152,585 units changing hands, Consolidated Bakeries closed 9 cents higher at $1.60, trading 30,100 units, Derrimon Trading climbed 24 cents and exchanged 35,826 shares to finish at $2.42. Dolphin Cove dropped 2 cents to $8.28 with 1,460 stock units passing through the market, Fontana decreased 6 cents to settle at $5.39 with 46,002 units changing hands, Fosrich climbed 56 cents to end at $4.02 in the transfer of 117,363 shares. Honey Bun gained 8 cents and traded 43,409 stock units to settle at $5.72, Indies Pharma carved out a 15 cents gain to end at $2.63 with an exchange of 508,368 units, Jamaican Teas dropped 11 cents to close at $4.78 with investors transferring 3,642 stock units. Jetcon Corporation exchanged 1,236,791 units and fell 2 cents to settle at $1.08, Knutsford Express rose 20 cents to end at $8.90 with 11,637 stock units changing hands, Lasco Distributors shed 6 cents in the exchange of 675,284 shares to finish at $3. Lasco Manufacturing declined 45 cents to end at $3.50in the transfer of 87,821 stock units, Limners and Bards lost 24 cents to close at $2.56 trading 139,400 units, Lumber Depot advanced 13 cents and traded 133,144 stock units to settle at $1.13. Mailpac Group closed 1 cent higher at $1.99 exchanging 786,681 units, Main Event jumped 48 cents to settle at $4.48 in trading 977 shares, Medical Disposables shed 70 cents and with 300,200 shares changing hands to finish at $6.30 and Stationery and Office Supplies added 30 cents to end at $6.29 with 200 shares crossing the exchange.

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

Junior Market dips ahead of month-end

Trading on the Junior Market ended with the market index shedding 16.35 points top of the 31 points lost on Friday to close at 2,567.94 ahead of the mid-year close on Tuesday.
Market activity and resulted in 33 securities changing hands, up from 31 on Friday, with investors pushing the prices of 13 stocks up and 14 down, leaving prices of six unchanged. The average PE Ratio of the Junior Market ended at 9.9 based on IC Insider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 13,689,006 shares accounting for 25,143,842 compared to 5,923,1 33 units at 14,437,994 on Friday. Lumber Depot led trading with 10.12 million shares for 74 percent of total volume, followed by Fontana with 1.2 million units for 9 percent of the day’s trade and Mailpac Group with 516,217 units for 3.8 percent market share.
The average trade for the ended at 414,818 units at 761,935 in contrast to an average of 191,069 valued at 465,742 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 250,116 units valued at $6,38,843 in contrast to 253,214 units at 624,575. In contrast, May closed with an average of 150,274 units for $491,077 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the Junior Market shows three stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close of the market,  AMG Packaging advanced by 4 cents to end at $1.65 in trading 900 units, Blue Power gained 3 cents to end at $3.70 after investors swapped 49,900 stock units, Caribbean Assurance Brokers declined by 5 cents to settle at $2.15 with an exchange of 26,721 shares. Caribbean Cream rose 23 cents to end at $2.70 with a trade of 400 units, Caribbean Flavours shed 20 cents to settle at $11.50 in exchanging 252,280 shares, Caribbean Producers gained 6 cents while closing at $2.40 trading 43,305 stock units. Consolidated Bakeries dropped 19 cents to $1.51 swapping 35,470 shares, Elite Diagnostic eased by 9 cents to settle at $3.91 in trading 20,300 units, Everything Fresh shed 1 cent to close at 80 cents with an exchange of 29,500 shares. Express Catering dropped 60 cents to $4.35 with investors swapping 77,204 stock units, Fontana declined by 4 cents to end at $5.45 with 1,213,293 units changing hands, Fosrich shed 54 cents to end at $3.46 with an exchange of 36,979 shares. General Accident gained 15 cents to $6.15 after exchanging 117,000 units, Honey Bun inched 1 cent higher to end at $5.64 with an exchange of 1,052 stock units, Indies Pharma declined 2 cents to end at $2.48 with 450,753 shares crossing the exchange. ISP Finance declined by $1 to close at $12 in trading 2,300 stock units, Jamaican Teas added 18 cents to close at $4.89 after investors swapped 69,509 units, Jetcon Corporation surged 8 cents to end at $1.10 in trading 7,929 shares. Knutsford Express advanced 70 cents to end at $8.70 with an exchange of 784 stock units, Lasco Distributors gained 1 cent to $3.06 with a transfer of 88,405 shares, Limners and Bards gained 40 cents to close at $2.80 with 126,818 shares changing hands. Lumber Depot lost 12 cents to settle at $1 with investors swapping 10,120,000 stock units, Mailpac Group added 1 cent to close at $1.98 after trading 516,217 units, Main Event dropped 48 cents in closing at $4 with 81,745 shares passing through the market. Medical Disposables advanced 26 cents in closing at $7 with an exchange of 14,000 stock units, SSL Venture shed 7 cents in ending at 78 cents and trading 1,088 shares and Stationery and Office Supplies declined 21 cents to $5.99 with 4,100 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated

More gains for Junior Market

The Junior Market eked more gains at the close of trading on Thursday with the market index carving out a modest rise of 12.09 points to close at 2,615.01, with reduced trading levels.
The day ended with 32 securities changing hands, from 36 securities on Wednesday. The prices of 11 stocks rose, 13 declining and eight stocks closed unchanged. The average PE ratio of the market ended at ten based on IC Insider.com’s projected 2020-21 earnings. Trading ended with an exchange of 2,672,495 shares at $9,837,334 compared to 4,874,547 units at$20,159,456 on Wednesday.
The average trade of the day was 83,515 units at $307,417 in contrast to an average of 139,273 units at $575,984 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date ended at 253,190 units and $624,575 and previously an average of 262,928 units at $761,592. In contrast, May closed with an average of 150,274 units for $491,077 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Blue Power gained 10 cents in closing at $3.70, trading 9,244 stock units, Caribbean Assurance Brokers, declined by 18 cents to end at $2.12 exchanging 52,337 units, Caribbean Flavours rose 10 cents to settle at $12 with 200,000 shares changing hands. Caribbean Producers shed 1 cent to settle at $2.38 trading 74,062 stock units, Consolidated Bakeries gained 15 cents to close at $1.70 after exchanging 100 shares, Derrimon Trading carved out a 4 cents rise to end at $2.44 after exchanging 10,000 units. Elite Diagnostic advanced 17 cents to settle at $4 with 123,700 units changing hands, Express Catering shed 4 cents to end at $4.95 in trading 1,000 units, Fontana lost 2 cents to settle at $5.48 after swapping 336,869 stock units. Fosrich surged 44 cents closing at $4 with investors switching ownership of 101,550 units, General Accident declined by 11 cents in ending at $5.90 with 125,501 stock units changing hands, Honey Bun increased 30 cents to close at $5.63 with 5,369 units crossing the exchange. Indies Pharma rose 5 cents ending at $2.60 with an exchange of 36,367 stock units, Jamaican Teas lost 6 cents closing at $4.43 in trading 133,513 units, Jetcon Corporation lost 11 cents ending at $1.04 while trading 182,037 shares. KLE Group gained 10 cents to close at $1.80 with an exchange of 1,647 stock units, Lasco Distributors increased 2 cents closing at $3 having swapped 32,467 shares, Limners and Bards dipped 4 cents to end at $2.70 trading 182,381 shares. Lumber Depot lost 1 cent to close at $1.12 with 210,000 units changing hands, Mailpac Group fell 1 cent to settle at $1.89 with an exchange of 544,521 shares, Main Event advanced by 38 cents ending at $4.48 with a transfer of 273 shares. Medical Disposables shed 5 cents to close at $6.75 in exchanging 7,369 shares, Stationery and Office Supplies lost 8 cents in closing at $6.20, with an exchange of 1,000 units and tTech lost 1 cent to settle at $4.69 with 180 shares crossing the exchange.

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

Junior Market tops 2,600 again

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Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange resulted in Market Index surging 52.72 points to close at 2,602.92 to cross back above the 2,600 mark after falling below it on Monday, as trading fell back to more normal levels, from the heightened level on Tuesday.
By the close of the market, investors exchanged 4,874,547 shares for $20,159,456 compared to 46,968,202 units at $126,633,229 on Tuesday. The day’s activities saw 35 securities changing hands, with the prices of 12 rising 11 stocks declining and 12 closing with prices remaining unchanged. The average PE ratio of the market ended at 9.9 based on IC Insider.com’s 2020-21 earnings.
The average trade of the day was 139,273 units at $575,984, in contrast to an average of 1,467,756 units for $3,957,288 on Tuesday. The average volume for the month to date amounts to 262,928 units at $761,592 for each security trading, in contrast to 271,188 units at $773,989. In contrast, May closed with an average of 150,274 units for $491,077 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows one stock ending with the bid higher than the last selling price and one with a lower offer.
At the close of the market, Access Financial lost $2.49 to end at $21.51 in trading 1,000 units, AMG Packaging shed 1 cent in closing at $1.61 with 5,389 shares changing hands, Blue Power dipped by 1 cent to close at $3.60 after swapping 21,320 stock units. Caribbean Flavours dropped $2.10 to $11.90 in trading 14,788 units, Caribbean Producers advanced by 5 cents to end at $2.39 with an exchange of 232,831 units, Derrimon Trading rose 10 cents and ending at $2.40 after swapping 19,100 stock units. Express Catering advanced 2 cents to end at $4.99 in exchanging 750 stock units, Fontana lost 10 cents in closing at $5.50 in trading 310,380 units, General Accident advanced by 26 cents to end at $6.01 in trading 2,352,308 units. GWest Corporation declined by 5 cents to end at 90 cents with an exchange of 1,526 shares, Honey Bun fell by 32 cents to end at $5.33 with 25,700 units changing hands, iCreate lost 3 cents to 58 cents in trading 20,000 stock units. Indies Pharma fell 11 cents to close at $2.55 in exchanging 302,614 units, Jamaican Teas shed 9 cents and ended at $4.49 in trading 22,935 stock units, Knutsford Express gained 20 cents to settle at $8.70 while exchanging 25 units. Lasco Distributors gained 1 cent to settle at $2.98 with an exchange of 22,760 stock units, Limners and Bards advanced by 1 cent to close at $2.74 after trading 106,712 stock units, Lumber Depot rose 2 cents to settle at $1.13 with 61,947 shares passing through the market. Mailpac Group carved out a 2 cents gain in ending at $1.90 and trading 221,968 units, Main Event shed 5 cents to settle at $4.10 in trading 1,333 shares, Paramount Trading advanced by 2 cents to end at $2 swapping with 1,231 units changing hands. SSL Venture gained 10 cents to end at 85 cents after trading 53,333 stock units and Stationery and Office Supplies garnered a 28 cents rise to close at $6.28 in exchanging 1,660 units.

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

Another positive week for Junior Market

The support line going back to the 2020 low in the market in March is steering the market slowly upwards.

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed higher at the close on Friday as well as for the week with three days of a rising index continuing the trend in recent weeks of a slowly rising market.
The market closed with an exchange of 4,892,108 shares at $13,413,027 as 28 securities traded compared to 4,370,450 units valued at $13,021,794 on Thursday. The day’s activities saw 28 securities changing hands, compared to 30 securities on Thursday and ended with the prices of 12 rising eight declining and eight closing with the prices unchanged.
The average trade of the day was 174,718 units at $479,037 in contrast to an average of 145,682 units at $434,060 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 236,512 units for $445,444, in contrast, 178,269 units valued at $443,105. May ended with an average of 150,274 units at $491,077 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers. The average PE ratio of the Junior Market ended at 9.7 based on IC Insider.com’s forecasted earnings for 2020-21.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging & Paper declined by 1 cent ending at $1.68 trading 801 shares, Caribbean Assurance Brokers increased 3 cents in closing at $2.28 after exchanging 103,132 stock units, Caribbean Producers declined by 2 cents to $2.38 with an exchange of 455,445 units. Consolidated Bakeries added 4 cents in closing at $1.55, with 39 shares changing hands. Dolphin Cove declined by 7 cents to end at $7.43 trading 1,000 stock units, Elite Diagnostic shed 47 cents to end at $3.78 after swapping 10,675 shares. Express Catering rose 8 cents to finish at $4.97 in exchanging 45,768 units, Fontana increased 12 cents to end at $5.67 with 425,052 stock units crossing the exchange, Fosrich eked out a rise of 1 cent to $3.56 in swapping 1,500 shares. Honey Bun rose 6 cents to settle at $5.50 and trading 20,599 stock units, iCreate increased 2 cents end at 61 cents with an exchange of 419,025 shares, Indies Pharma lost 30 cents to end at $2.53 in trading 2,041,908 shares. Jamaican Teas advanced by 6 cents to $4.55 with an exchange of 66,421 stock units, Jetcon Corporation lost 10 cents to close at $1.20 with the transfer of 167,533 stock units, Lasco Distributors gained 7 cents to end at $2.98 with 342,986 stock units crossing the market. Lasco Financial dipped 1 cent to $2.61 after swapping 39,603 units, Lasco Manufacturing increased 10 cents to end at $4 with an exchange of 207,929 stock units, Limners And Bards added 11 cents to settle at $2.46 with trading 47,863 shares. Mailpac Group lost 2 cents to close at $1.88, having swapped 280,194 units and tTech rose 1 cent ending at $4.70 with 1,000 stock units changing hands.

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

Winning day for Junior Market – Thursday

The Junior Market scraped out some gains on Thursday as the index advanced 15.44 points to close at 2,571.79 as trading picked up, with 32 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 5,176,803 units at $13,735,350 compared to 4,550,105 units for $10,318,665 from 27 stocks on Wednesday.
At the close of market activities, the prices of nine securities advanced, 14 declined and 10 remained unchanged and the PE ratio ended at 9.6 times 2020-21 earnings.
The average stock trading on Thursday was 161,775 units for $429,230 in contrast to 168,522 units for an average of $382,173 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 186,349 units valued at $429,239 and previously 189,924 units for $429,240. In contrast, May closed with an average of 150,274 units valued at $491,077 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging declined by 11 cents to settle at $1.59 with 1,850 shares changing hands, Blue Power rose 26 cents and traded 2,327 shares to end at $3.86, Caribbean Assurance fell 9 cents to $2.15 with an exchange of 45,000 units. Derrimon Trading shed 14 cents in swapping 4,500 units to close at $2.45, Dolphin Cove gained 2 cents and exchanged 2,165 shares to settle at $8.27, Fontana slipped 1 cent lower to $5.99 with 245,999 stock units traded. Fosrich closed with a loss of 38 cents at $3.42, swapping 8,938 shares, General Accident fell 14 cents and exchanged 76,302 shares to finish at $5.55, Honey Bun declined by 12 cents in trading 11,712 units to end at $5.33. iCreate dipped 3 cents to 54 cents in swapping 32,288 units, Indies Pharma exchanged 1,653,278 shares, rising 59 cents after the company reported a 92 percent rise in the second quarter, to end at $2.89, Jamaican Teas closed at $4.70 after trading 183,433 shares and falling 19 cents. Knutsford Express jumped 99 cents to end at $8 with 1,173 units changing hands, Lasco Distributors fell 7 cents in the trading of 152,900 units to finish at $2.90, Lasco Financial slipped 1 cent to $2.50 with 183,709 shares exchanged. Lasco Manufacturing closed 10 cents higher at $3.95, with 468,332 stock units swapped, Limners and Bards ended at $2.20 after rising 23 cents and trading 138,733 shares, Mailpac Group gained 1 cent to end at $1.86 with 308,449 shares changing hands. Main Event closed 5 cents higher at $4.40, with 1,136 stock units traded, Medical Disposables fell 9 cents in the exchange of 9,173 units at $6.80, Paramount Trading shed 2 cents and swapped 321,870 units to settle at $1.98 and tTech jumped 41 cents to $4.70 with 10,597 units crossing the exchange.

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

Busy Junior Market trading – Tuesday

Investors had another busy day on Tuesday in trading 36 securities on the Junior Market, with an exchange of 12,626,886 units valued at $37,770,740 compared to 13,798,652 units valued at $66,443,460 from 35 securities on Monday.
The market index jumped in the first 30 minutes of trading to 2,666.21 but could not hold on to the gains as it slipped back to end with a loss of 20.92 points at 2,596.77. The market closed with the average PE ratio of 9.4 times IC Insider.com projected 2020-21 earnings.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 14 securities advanced, 11 declined and 11 remained unchanged.
The average trade ended at 350,747 units at $1,049,187 for each security traded in contrast to 394,247 units for an average of $1,898,385 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 372,181 units valued at $1,467,806. In contrast, May closed with an average of 150,274 units valued at $491,077 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows three stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging exchanged 12,452 units and gained 9 cents to end at $1.70, Blue Power climbed 10 cents to $3.70 with 5,000 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream lost 28 cents in trading 157,448 shares to close at 2.47 cents. Caribbean Flavours jumped 70 cents to $12 and exchanged 214 shares, Derrimon Trading swapped 48,300 units and gained 28 cents to end at $2.60, Elite Diagnostic closed 2 cents higher at $3.42, trading 78,926 stock units. Everything Fresh ended at 80 cents after swapping 27,139 shares and rising 5 cents, Express Catering lost 4 cents trading 61,977 shares to close at 4.36 cents, General Accident fell 2 cents in the exchange of 1,242,006 units to settle at $6.03. GWest Corporation climbed 13 cents and traded just 20 shares to finish at $1, Honey Bun fell 20 cents to 5.20 with 69,778 changing hands cents, iCreate shed 4 cents in swapping 201,238 units to close at $0.51. Indies Pharma traded 108,120 shares, after rising 1 cent to end at $2.26, Jamaican Teas lost 3 cents in the exchange of 24,648 units to close at $4.60, Jetcon Corporation swapped 3,010,893 units to finish at 82 after falling 7 cents$0. Knutsford Express ended with 372,439 shares changing hands, after rising 11 cents to settle at $8.52, Lasco Distributors declined by 17 cents to $2.93 with an exchange of 1,534,284 units, Lasco Manufacturing shed 29 cents and traded 969,317 shares to close at $4.50. Limners and Bards ended at $1.90 after rising 7 cents and transferring 35,164 stock units, Lumber Depot inched 1 higher to $1.14, trading 76,135 shares, MailPac Group closed at $1.88, having gained 2 cents and swapping 192,266 units. Medical Disposables dropped 36 cents to settle at $6.53 with 50,350 stock units traded, Paramount Trading exchanged 461,541 shares and gained 1 cent to end at $1.99, SSL Venture climbed 15 cents and swapped 300 units to finish at 90 cents and tTech closed with a loss of 41 cents at $4.29 with 2,098 shares crossing the exchange.

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

Junior Market losses start June

Junior Market trading picked up on the first day of June with 35 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 13,798,652 units valued at $66,443,460 as five companies traded over 1.2 million shares accounting for more than 8 million units that traded.
In contrast to Monday’s high volume, just 4,090,696 units valued at $13,986,258 changed hands from 31 securities on Friday.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 10 securities advanced, 16 declined and nine remained unchanged, with the market Index slipping 15.28 points to close at 2,617.69. The average PE ratio of the market ended at 9.4 times 2020-21 earnings.
The average ended with 394,247 units at $1,898,385, in contrast to 131,958 units at an average of $451,170 on Friday. In contrast, May closed with an average of 150,274 units valued at $491,077 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial climbed 5 cents to $23.05 with 1,242,213 shares trading, AMG Packaging ended at $1.61 after rising 6 cents and swapping 19,611 stock units, Cargo Handlers rose 16 cents in the exchange of 189,409 units to finish at $6.21. Caribbean Assurance Brokers slipped 1 cent and traded 54,706 stock units to close at $2.29, Caribbean Cream fell 9 cents to $2.75 with 272,900 shares changing hands, Caribbean Flavours jumped by $1.30 to close at $11.30 with the swapping of 2,152 stock units. Caribbean Producers gained 4 cents and exchanged 328,436 stocks to settle at $2.40, Derrimon Trading dropped 28 cents to end at $2.32 with 3,285,500 shares changing hands, Dolphin Cove closed trading of 1,100 stock units and gained 55 cents to end at $7.80. Elite Diagnostic lost 10 cents in the exchange of 7,191 units to finish at $3.40, Everything Fresh closed 2 cents higher at 75 cents with 21,000 shares traded, Express Catering settled at $4.40 after losing 5 cents and swapping 77,382 stock units. Fontana shed 14 cents in exchange of 150,506 shares to end at $5.80, General Accident traded 605,700 units and fell 20 cents to close at $6.05, Honey Bun climbed 28 cents exchanging 38,480 shares to finish at $5.40. Jamaican Teas exchanged 2,762,864 units and lost 7 cents to close at $4.63, Jetcon Corporation slipped 1 cent to 89 cents with 3,033 stock units changing hands, Knutsford Express closed with a loss of 54 cents at $8.41 in the swapping of 100 shares. Lasco Distributors climbed 15 cents and exchanged 983,238 stock units to end at $3.10, Lasco Financial fell 20 cents in the trading 523,159 units to finish at $2.50, Lasco Manufacturing ended market activity at $4.79 after exchanging 91,830 shares and falling 11 cents. Limners and Bards slid 1 cent to $1.83 with 59,463 units changing hands, Lumber Depot exchanged 2,136,838 stock units after losing 1 cent to close at $1.13, Medical Disposables dipped 1 cent to $6.89 with 23,450 shares traded. Paramount Trading ended 1 cent lower at $1.98 with 38,130 stock units changing hands and Stationery and Office Supplies climbed 9 cents to $6.30 with 35,953 crossing the exchange.

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

Junior Market rises 9% in May

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended Friday with modest gains in the market index to close out May, up 9 percent for the month but is still 21.4 percent adrift of the start of the year.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 13 securities advanced, 10 declined and eight remained unchanged. The Junior Market Index advanced by 4.54 points to close at 2,632.97 and the average PE ratio of the market ended at 9.5 times 2020-21 earnings.
Trading resulted in 31 securities changing hands and an exchange of 4,090,696 units at $13,986,259 compared to 4,251,896 units at $11,083,038 on Thursday.
The average trade for the day was 131,958 units for $451,170 in contrast to 146,617 units for an average of $382,174 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 150,274 units valued at $491,077 and previously 151,266 units valued at $93,240. In contrast, April closed with an average of 447,863 units valued at $1,028,076 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial added 49 cents to end at $23 and traded 1,314 shares, AMG Packaging rose 5 cents and exchanged 500 shares at $1.55, Blue Power shed 15 cents in trading of 5,000 units at $3.60. Caribbean Cream closed 7 cents higher at $2.80, with 167,826 stock units trading, Caribbean Producers gained 1 cent to end at $2.36, trading 301,257 shares, Consolidated Bakeries ended market activity exchanging 145,650 shares to close at $1.64 after falling 6 cents. Elite Diagnostic closed trading of 32,398 units and gained 10 cents to end at $3.50, Everything Fresh ended with a loss of 1 cent at 73 cents with 133,453 stock units changing hands, Express Catering closed 44 cents higher at $4.45, with 91,687 stock units trading. Fontana closed trading of 259,958 units and gained 24 cents to end at $5.94, General Accident closed 25 cents higher at $6.25, with 118,999 stock units trading, Honey Bun declined 29 cents in trading of 15,596 units at $5.12. Indies Pharma closed with a loss of 4cents at $2.25 in swapping 66,561shares, ISP Finance ended lost $1 at $13 with 50 units changing hands, Jetcon Corporation closed trading of 30 units and gained 10 cents to end at 90 cents. Knutsford Express ended at $8.95, after rising $1.45 and trading 20,792 shares, Lasco Distributors closed with a loss of 20 cents at $2.95 after swapping 92,095 shares, Lasco Manufacturing closed trading of 1,186,538 shares and gained 40 cents to end at $4.90 (See note at the foot of this story). Limners and Bards rose 2 cents and exchanged 34,476 shares at $1.84. Mailpac Group closed with a loss of 2 cents at $1.86while trading 792,156 shares, Medical Disposables ended market activity, exchanging 4,114 stock units to settle at $6.90 after falling 10 cents and Stationery and Office Supplies lost 6 cents in trading 97,229 shares at $6.21.

NB The JSE trading sheet posted on the exchange website shows Lasco Manufacturing trading 1,186,538 shares, but the trading platform used for trading had just 221,121 shares traded, its unclear which is correct at the time of going to publishing. The trading sheet also has Eppley as trading in the Junior Market. The stock migrated to the main market for several months.

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

More gains for Junior Market – Tuesday

The Junior Market made further gains at the close of trading on Tuesday after a break on Monday due to the long holiday weekend, gaining 14.43 points to end at 2,561.12 with prices of 11 securities rising, nine declining and 12 remained unchanged.
Investors traded 32 securities, resulting in an exchange of 4,137,638 units valued at $10,997,880 compared to 4,259,300 units valued at $14,475,328 from 35 securities on Friday. The average PE ratio of the Junior Market ended at 9.2 based on 2020-21 earnings.
Trading ended with an average of 129,301 units at $343,684 for each security traded in contrast to 121,694 units at $413,581 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 135,857 valued at $415,855 and previously 136,296 units valued at $420,686. In contrast, April closed with an average of 447,863 units valued at 1,028,076 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows six stocks ended with bids higher than its last selling price and three with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Cargo Handlers dropped 50 cents to $6.05 with 6,438 units traded, Caribbean Cream closed 6 cents higher at $2.75 with an exchange of 61,233 stock units, Caribbean Producers traded 1,418,225 shares and fell 12 cents to end at $2.40. Derrimon Trading jumped 22 cents in swapping of 28,295 shares to settle at $2.72, Dolphin Cove shed 23 cents to close at $7 with 5,709 units changing hands, Elite Diagnostic gained 11 cents and exchanged 92,470 shares to settle at $3.40. Express Catering inched 1 cent higher to finish at $3.52 with 33,230 units traded, Fontana dropped 30 cents to $5.60 with 220,601 units crossing the market, General Accident leaped 49 cents exchanging 30,026 stock units to close at $6.50. GWest lost 3 cents in the trading of 1,160 shares to close at 87 cents, Honey Bun declined by 37 cents to $5.08 with 131,812 shares changing hands, iCreate closed 3 cents lower at 52 cents with 87,177 stock units traded. Indies Pharma picked up 2 cents and exchanged 13,245 shares to settle at $2.22, Iron Rock Insurance ended the day 10 cents down, at $3.80 with an exchange of 10,000 shares, Jamaican Teas climbed 6 cents to settle at $4.35 with 158,546 units crossing the market. Limners and Bards dipped 7 cents to $1.75 with 103,494 shares traded, Lumber Depot swapped 136,889 shares to finish at $1.14 after gaining 2cents, Medical Disposables jumped 30 cents to $7.30 with an exchange of 21,814 units. Paramount Trading added 1 cent to finish at $2 after trading 12,300 shares and Stationery and Office Supplies closed 25 cents higher at $6.25, with 5,809 stock units crossing the exchange.

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