Junior Market trading drops 50% – Monday

Main market volume contracts.

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange fell 50 percent on Monday, with 944,033 units valued at $3,531,740, down from 1,895,979 units valued at $7,592,683 changing hands on Friday.
At the close of trading, 27 securities changed hands, compared with 23 on Friday. The market index lost 13.19 points to close at 3,095.06 as the prices of 9 securities rose, 12 declined and 6 remained unchanged.
Trading ended with an average of 34,964 units for an average of $130,805 in contrast to 82,434 units for an average of $330,117 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 173,730 shares valued at $714,860 compared to 183,215 shares valued at $754,782 on the previous day. In contrast, February closed with an average of 235,225 units valued at $679,790 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 5 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial closed with a loss of 60 cents at $47.40, trading 3,000 shares, Blue Power concluded trading with a loss of 16 cents at $4.70, with 2,236 units changing hands, Cargo Handlers settled 54 cents higher at $13, with 6,000 shares. Caribbean Cream rose 3 cents trading 9,000 shares to close at $5.53, Caribbean Producers traded 1,767 units and gained 20 cents to end at $4.40, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 1 cent at $2.65, with 32,000 shares changing hands. Everything Fresh finished with a loss of 2 cents at $1.53, with an exchange of 29,268 stock units, Elite Diagnostic settled with a loss of 5 cents at $3.20, with 24,250 units crossing through the exchange, Express Catering ended trading of 12,719 shares and rose by 10 cents to $8.10. FosRich Group traded 12,408 shares with a loss of 20 cents at $4.10, Fontana exchanged 167,291 shares and rose 3 cents higher to $4, General Accident closed at $4.50, with 10,000 stock units changing hands, GWest Corporation ended with a loss of 15 cents at $1.60, with 2,500 units. Honey Bun concluded trading 7 cents higher at $3.90, with 1,400 shares, iCreate closed market activity at $1.01, with an exchange of 180,549 shares, Indies Pharma finished 3 cents higher at $3.05, with 4,205 shares changing hands, Iron Rock  settled at $2.99, with an exchange of 49,900 shares. Jamaican Teas  traded 17,616 units with a loss of 7 cents at $3.90, Jetcon Corporation  finished trading 51,563 shares and lost 34 cents to close at $2.90,  Knutsford Express  lost 2 cents exchanging 100 stock units at $12,  Lasco Distributors  finished at $3.80, with an exchange of 113,971 units. Lasco Financial  gained 16 cents and ended at $4.66, with 77,998 shares changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing  ended trading at $3.31, with an exchange of 11,335 shares, Main Event  traded 26,337 shares for 25 cents higher at $5.75. Paramount Trading closed with a loss of 10 cents at $2.30, trading 5,894 units, Stationery and Office concluded trading with a loss of 75 cents at $6.75, with an exchange of 90,526 shares and tTech settled at $5.40, with 200 stock units changing hands.

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

Carib Cement tops stocks to Watch

Carib Cement plant in Kingston – 2019 should be a big year for the stock.

Carib Cement could be the top stock to watch this week, with quite some supply taken out of the market last week, on the way to a record close on Friday.
Stocks on the Jamaica Stock Exchange have been consolidating, with little new information to stimulate investors to be either aggressively buying or selling stocks. The market indices have been going up and down for most of the year to date.
A series of significant developments are taking place locally, that investors should be paying keen attention to as they may have coded messages for what is in store for some for the rest of the year.
The strong double growth in stopover tourist arrivals to March has strong implication for earnings of three companies. Express Catering is one company to benefit directly as departing passengers numbers rise resulting in increased patronage of their restaurants. Dolphin Cove that came in for increased selling recently, is yet another that stands to benefit directly as more tourist arrivals will likely lead to more patronage of the attraction. Caribbean Producers and Everything Fresh, major suppliers to the tourist industry, will be selling more goods to the hotel sector.
Reduced transfer tax, stamp duties, reduced mortgage rates and increase in the maximum sum the NHT can lend will all feed into increased demand for development properties and lead to increased demand for cement and paints amongst other inputs into construction.

BOJ interest rate & cash reserves cut will help push demand in the economy.

The fall in interest rates led by Bank of Jamaica and increased liquidity that has flowed from the reduction in the level of cash reserves banks have to keep at BOJ, will lead to increased demand for loans and that will be positive for banks.
The exchange rate for the Jamaican dollar has swung from $138 to the US dollar to $125 currently. Such swings will result in big gains or losses for companies with large assets or liabilities in held in foreign currencies. Investors have to decide how to read the effects of such swings on profits and by extension the pricing of stocks.
Jamaica Public Service switch to the new LNG power supply as well as the solar plant to be added to the network this year, will reduce imports of petroleum and demand for US dollars and will result in the lowering of electricity cost to users. The change will also increase productivity of businesses as energy cost declines.
Other stocks to watch include this week include, Caribbean Cream that shot up to $6.60 on Friday with a sudden burst of buying. Sellers of General Accident shares have fallen, with just 4 now posting sell orders at the close on Friday. Buyers are trying to buy Elite Diagnostic stock at $3.20 or lower with sellers mostly wanting close to $3.50. Trading higher may not occur until closer to the release of nine months results due by mid May. Honey Bun is showing all the signs of moving higher. The bid for the stock closed at $3.98 versus the last traded price of $3.83. Fontana seems stuck around $4 but with strong potential for growth, it must be watched for the inevitable break out. Express Catering has been enjoying decent buying interest. It is bound to be a big winner from the upsurge in Tourist arrivals so far in 2019. Wisynco came in for some selling pressure last week even as reports surfaced that they are in talk with yet another local producer to distribute popular brand on top of a major local brand, this is in addition to talks they have been in to distribute a major local brand with big international foot prints. Supreme Ventures continues to make new highs and is worth watching. The price is high and may only warrant long term investing. A lot of the selling of NCB Financial seems to have ended with the market taking the remainder out last week. The stock may still take some time to break higher.

 

Junior Market index above 3,100 points – Friday

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange index rose on Friday, 1,895,979 units valued at $7,592,683traded, down sharply from 3,232,801 units valued at $12,857,715 changing hands on Thursday.
At the close of trading, 23 securities changed hands, compared with 27 on Thursday. The market index rose 15.40 points to close at 3,108.25 as the prices of 7 securities rose, 9 declined and 7 remained unchanged.
Trading ended with an average of 82,434 units for an average of $330,117 in contrast to 119,733 units for an average of $476,212 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 183,215 shares valued at $$754,782 compared to 222,952 shares valued at $789,131 on the previous day. In contrast, February closed with an average of 235,225 units valued at $679,790 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 bids higher than their last selling prices and 6 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging ended at $2.10, trading 20,200 stock units ,Cargo Handlers settled with a loss of 4 cents at $12.46, with 600 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream ended trading of 4,434 shares at $5.50, Caribbean Flavours traded 4,358 stock units, with a loss of 17 cents at $17.05. Caribbean Producers finished 7 cents higher at $4.20, with an exchange of 3,727 units, Derrimon Trading ended 1 cent higher at $2.66, in trading 15,145 shares, Everything Fresh finished at $1.55, with 36,825 stock units changing hands, Elite Diagnostic settled 5 cents higher at $3.25, with 194,985 units passing through the market. Express Catering ended trading 93,875 shares with a rise of 40 cents to $8, FosRich Group traded with 946,315 shares, with a loss of 20 cents to close at $4.30, Fontana finished trading with a loss of 4 cents at $3.97, with 28,700 shares crossing the exchange trading platform. General Accident closed at $4.50, with an exchange of 19,850 stock units, iCreate lost 1 cent and closed market activity at $1.01, with an exchange of 111,640 shares, Indies Pharma finished with a loss of 3 cents at $3.02, in trading 34,600 shares. Iron Rock settled with a loss of 11 cents at $2.99, with 119,786 shares trading, Jamaican Teas traded 4,500 units, after rising 37 cents to $3.97,  Jetcon Corporation  climbed 37 cents higher to $3.24, with an exchange of 7,785 shares, KLE Group ended at $2.65, with 150 shares trading. Lasco Distributors  closed 4 cents higher at $3.80, with 97,950 units changing hands, Lasco Financial  settled with a loss of 15 cents at $4.50, trading 68,459 shares, Lasco Manufacturing  ended trading with 37,509 shares and lost 19 cents to close at $3.31,  Main Event  traded 42,586 shares at $5.50 and Stationery and Office concluded trading of 2,000 shares at $7.50.

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

Junior Market record index gain – Thursday

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The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange index rose on Thursday, as 3,232,801 units valued at $12,857,715 traded, down sharply from 9,482,082 units valued at $38,586,264 changing hands on Wednesday.
At the close of trading, 27 securities changed hands, compared with 28 on Wednesday. The market index rose 17.53 points to close at 3,092.85 as the prices of 11 securities rose, 11 declined and 5 remained unchanged.
Trading ended with an average of 119,733 units at $476,212 for each security traded, in contrast to 338,646 units for an average of $1,378,081 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 222,952 shares valued at $789,131 compared to 194,902 shares valued at $813,620 on the previous day. In contrast, February closed with an average of 235,225 units valued at $679,790 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 5 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging ended trading 51,876 stock units to close at $2.10, Blue Power concluded trading 50,891 units for 1 cent higher at $4.86, Cargo Handlers settled at $12.50, with 10,000 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream ended trading 21,150 shares and lost 2 cents to close at $5.50. Caribbean Producers finished trading with a loss of 17 cents at $4.13, with an exchange of 64,600 units. Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 16 cents at $2.65, with 60,629 shares trading, Dolphin Cove dropped $1.48 trading of 325 shares at $12.51, Everything Fresh finished with a loss of 24 cents at $1.55, as 31,612 stock units changed hands, Elite Diagnostic settled at $3.20, with the trading of 2,000 units. Express Catering ended trading 8,140 shares with a loss of 20 cents, in closing at $7.60, FosRich Group traded 20 cents higher at $4.50, with 454 shares passing through the market, Fontana finished trading with 90,464 shares and rose 1 cent to $4.01, General Accident closed with a loss of 1 cent at $4.50, with 198,105 stock units changing hands. Honey Bun rose 13 cents to $3.83, with trading in 166,143 shares, iCreate closed market activity at $1.02, with an exchange of 20,000 shares, Indies Pharma finished 1 cent higher at $3.05, with 6,000 shares changing hands, Iron Rock added 10 cents in closing at $3.10, trading 151,920 shares. KLE Group ended with a loss of 15 cents at $2.65, with an exchange of 13,328 shares. Knutsford Express concluded trading of 2,000 stock units, with a loss of 48 cents at $12.02, Lasco Distributors rose 1 cent to $3.76, with 40,655 units changing hands, Lasco Financial gained 18 cents to close at $4.65, with an exchange of 1,358,721 shares, Lasco Manufacturing ended trading 837,591 shares for 35 cents higher to close at $3.50. Main Event traded 11,910 shares and rose 19 cents to end at $5.50, Medical Disposables finished trading $1.40 higher at $8, with 500 stock units, Stationery and Office concluded trading at $7.50, with 3,000 shares and tTech settled with a loss of 12 cents at $5.40, with an exchange of 5,807 stock units. In the junior market preference segment, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 5 cents at $1.95, with 24,980 stock units changing hands.

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

Junior Market trading jumps – Wednesday

Trading climbed sharply on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Wednesday, ending in an exchange of 9,482,082 units valued at $38,586,264 compared to only 690,239 units valued at a mere $2,210,720, on Tuesday.
At the close of trading, 28 securities changed hands, compared with 22 on Tuesday. The market index lost 4.35 points to close at 3,075.32 as the prices of 15 securities rose, 9 declined and 4 remained unchanged.
Trading ended with an average of 338,646 units for an average of $1,378,081 in contrast to 31,375 units for an average of $100,487 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 194,902 shares valued at $813,620 compared to 182,206 shares valued at $763,762 on the previous day. In contrast, February closed with average of 235,225 units valued at $679,790 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 bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging ended 2 cents higher at $2.10, with 542,000 stock units changing hands, Blue Power concluded trading of 49,000 units and rose 20 cents to close at $4.85, Cargo Handlers settled with a loss of 2 cents at $12.50, with an exchange of 300 shares. Caribbean Cream ended trading 1,350,100 shares and lost 43 cents to end at $5.52, Caribbean Flavours traded 2 cents higher at $17.22, with 100,000 stock units changing hands, Caribbean Producers swapped 2,477,187 units and fell 15 cents to close at $4.30, Consolidated Bakeries closed with a loss of 20 cents at $1.80, with an exchange of 2,500 shares. Derrimon Trading ended 1 cent higher at $2.81, with 3,520 shares trading, Dolphin Cove concluded trading of 110,100 units $13.99 after jumping by 49 cents, Everything Fresh concluded trading of 2,500 shares and rose 39 cents to $1.79. Express Catering settled at $7.80, with 200 units changing hands, FosRich Group ended trading 89,585 shares at 30 cents higher to $4.30, Fontana traded 8 cents higher at $4, with an exchange of 368,987 shares, Honey Bun ended with a loss of 10 cents at $3.70, with the trading of 30,000 units. iCreate closed market activity at $1.02, with an exchange of 95,836 shares, Indies Pharma concluded trading of 697,280 shares, 2 cents higher at $3.04, Iron Rock finished with a loss of 10 cents at $3, with 13,404 shares changing hands, Jamaican Teas  ended trading 20,000 stock units with a loss of 40 cents to close at $3.60. Jetcon Corporation  closed 7 cents higher at $2.87, with an exchange of 2,613,091 units. Knutsford Express  ended at $12.50, in exchanging 14,412 shares, Lasco Distributors  concluded trading of 22,243 stock units at $3.75,  Lasco Financial  finished 2 cents higher at $4.47, with 76,883 units trading, Lasco Manufacturing  settled with a loss of 5 cents at $3.15, with 450,370 shares changing hands. Main Event  ended trading with 5,940 shares and rose 1 cent to $5.31,  Medical Disposables  traded with a loss of 1.20 cents at $6.60, with 47,571 shares, Paramount Trading  finished trading 106,618 stock units after rising 30 cents to close at $2.40, Stationery and Office ended 3 cents higher at $7.50, trading 148,545 shares and tTech finished 2 cents higher at $5.52, with 108,946 shares changing hands.

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

Junior Market trading dives – Tuesday

Trading dived sharply on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Tuesday, ending in an exchange of only 690,239 units valued at a mere $2,210,720 compared to 3,646,013 shares valued at $12,828,763, on Monday.
At the close of trading, 22 securities changed hands, compared with 26 on Monday. The market index rose 5.37 points to close at 3,079.67 as the prices of 10 securities rose, 9 declined and 3 remained unchanged.
Trading ended with an average of 31,375 units for an average of $100,487 in contrast to 140,231 units for an average of $493,414 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 182,206 shares valued at $763,762 compared to 193,454 shares valued at $813,227 on the previous day. In contrast, February closed with average of 235,225 units valued at $679,790 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 bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging ended 1 cent higher at $2.08, with 3,876 stock units changing hands, Blue Power concluded trading of 17,000 units, for 10 cents higher at $4.65, Cargo Handlers settled with a loss of 2 cents at $12.52, with an exchange of 1,000 shares. Caribbean Flavours traded 12,903 stock units rose by 25 cents to $17.20, Derrimon Trading gained 5 cents to close at $2.80, with 18,750 shares changing hands. Dolphin Cove concluded trading of 1,604 shares and rose $1.79 higher to close at $13.50, Everything Fresh finished with a loss of 11 cents at $1.40, with an exchange of 120,000 stock units, Elite Diagnostic settled at $3.20, in trading 5,000 units, Express Catering ended trading 320 shares with a loss of 20 cents at $7.80. FosRich Group traded 25,937 shares 19 cents higher at $4, Fontana finished trading 128,716 shares, with a loss of 8 cents at $3.92, Honey Bun concluded trading 9,918 shares with a loss of 2 cents at $3.80. iCreate rose 1 cent and closed at $1.02, with an exchange of 95,836 shares, Indies Pharma  finished with a loss of 1 cent at $3.02, with the trading of  86,733 shares, Jamaican Teas  traded 50 cents higher at $4, with 2,000 units passing through the market, Knutsford Express  concluded trading of 1,100 stock units at $12.50. Lasco Distributors  finished with a loss of 5 cents at $3.75, with the trading of 110,949 units, Lasco Financial  settled with a loss of 5 cents at $4.45, with 1,388 shares changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing  ended trading 7 cents higher at $3.20, in trading 39,427 shares. Main Event  traded of 5,582 shares, with a loss of 50 cents at $5.30, Medical Disposables finished trading $1.20 higher at $7.80, with 2,000 stock units and Stationery and Office concluded trading of 200 shares at $7.47.

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

Junior Market trading picks up – Monday

Trading picked up on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Monday, ending in an exchange of 3,646,013 shares valued at $12,828,763, compared to 2,437,146 units valued at $10,799,411 on Friday,
At the close of trading, 26 securities changed hands, compared with 22 on Friday. The market index rose 11.60 points to close at 3,074.30 as the prices of 8 securities rose, 9 declined and 9 remained unchanged.
Trading ended with an average of 140,231 units for an average of $493,414 in contrast to 110,779 units for an average of $490,882 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 193,454 shares valued at $813,227 compared to 198,598 shares valued at $844,138 on the previous day. In contrast, February closed with average of 235,225 units valued at $679,790 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 bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial closed at $48, trading 100 shares, Cargo Handlers settled at $12.54, with an exchange of 500 shares, Caribbean Cream ended trading of 301,303 shares after rising 68 cents to close at $5.95. Caribbean Producers lost 15 cents and finished trading 3,400 units at $4.45, Derrimon Trading gained 32 cents to close at $2.75, with 11,000 shares changing hands. Elite Diagnostic settled at $3.20, with an exchange of 47,491 units, Everything fresh finished with a loss of 9 cents at $1.51, with 55,051 stock units trading, Express Catering ended trading of 137,884s hares with a rise of 10 cents at $8, FosRich Group traded 113,135 shares with a loss of 19 cents to end at $3.81. Fontana finished trading 142,292 shares after rising 6 cents higher to $4, GWest Corporation ended with a loss of 5 cents at $1.75, with an exchange of 94,695 units, Honey Bun concluded trading with 65,000 shares and rose 2 cents to end $3.82. iCreate closed at $1.01, with an exchange of 205,264 shares, Indies Pharma finished with a loss of 5 cents at $3.03, trading 1,720,134 shares, Iron Rock settled 10 cents higher at $3.10, in swapping 17,364 shares, ISP Finance ended trading of 1,000 stock units at $15.50.  Jetcon Corporation  traded 1,950 shares with a loss of 30 cents to close at $2.80, Knutsford Express concluded trading 15,643 stock units at $12.50,  Lasco Distributors  finished with a loss of 9 cents at $3.80, with an exchange of 14,485 units, Lasco Financial  settled 5 cents higher at $4.50, with 3,139 shares changing hands. Lasco Manufacturing  ended trading with 590,096 shares with a loss of 7 cents at $3.13, Medical Disposables  finished trading with 50,000 stock units, at $6.60, Stationery and Office closed trading with 4,238 shares at $7.47 and tTech settled at $5.50, with 23,949 stock units changing hands. In the junior market preference segment, CAC 2000 9.5% closed 15 cents higher at $1.15, in trading 6,400 shares.

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

No explosion for Jamaican stocks

Wisynco still one to watch.

Most company results are now in for 2018, a few are now due for periods ending in January and February. Not much is expected from results due shortly, that will make a major impact on the overall market.
A number of stocks that attracted increased buying interest in recent days that are worth watching this week. Wisynco Group traded during last week at $12 but slipped to $11.50 on Friday as nearly 6.4 million units crossed the exchange, but supply continues to be low.
Fontana continues to trade in healthy volumes at $4 but supply is getting limited. Seprod continues to come in for demand with the price rising in the week to close at $44. PanJam Investment continues to flirt with record highs, but is held in check by the late reporting of financials. Radio Jamaica is fluctuating in price but with increase local economic activity investors should be looking ahead for this one. General Accident has been trading around the $4.50 level for weeks with increased interest shown in the stock since it posted increased profit for 2018. Selling seems to be coming mainly from one source.
Scotia Group reported results for the first quarter but with lower profit in the quarter compared to 2018, but they reported healthy growth in loans an important indicator for improved profit going forward. This is one to watch for longer term. Caribbean Cement continues to fluctuate having posted strong 2018 results. With prospects for 2019 looking great, investors will never know when the break out will occur, the same applies partially to NCB Financial that currently have selling overwhelming buying. Honey Bun is displaying signs as if a break out is not far off with sellers mostly in the high $4 level and buyers under $4.

Falling stocks dominate Junior Market

Junior Market stock trading.

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Friday, ended with an exchange of 2,437,146 units valued at $10,799,411 down from 8,679,414 units valued at $30,344,251 on Thursday, with a 2 to 1 decline to advance ratio of stocks.
At the close of trading, just 22 securities changed hands, compared with 29 securities on Thursday. The Junior Market index fell 28.52 points to close at 3,062.70 as the prices of 7 securities rose, 12 declined and 3 remained unchanged.
Trading ended with an average of 110,779 units at $490,882 for each security trading, in contrast to 299,290 units for an average of $1,046,353 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 198,598 shares valued at $844,138 compared to 206,420 shares valued at $875,602 on the previous day. In contrast, February closed with average of 235,225 units valued at $679,790 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 10 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging ended 7 cents higher at $2.07 with 7,000 stock units changing hands, Blue Power traded 10,600 units with a loss of 5 cents to close at $4.60, Cargo Handlers settled with a loss of 4 cents at $12.54, with an exchange of 200 shares. Caribbean Producers finished trading 55,000 units at $4.60, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 35 cents at $2.52, with 322,500 shares changing hands. Elite Diagnostic settled with a loss of 5 cents at $3.20, with an exchange of 99,575 units, Express Catering ended trading of 285,463 shares with a loss of 10 cents at $7.90, FosRich Group exchanged 59,700 shares at $4, Fontana finished trading 707,485 shares with a loss of 12 cents to end at $3.94. General Accident closed 1 cent higher at $4.51, with 26,700 stock units changing hands, Honey Bun concluded trading of 7,437 shares with a loss of 5 cents to close at $3.80,  ICreate gained 3 cents to close at 98 cents, in trading 42,305 shares, at the close there was buying interest for 641,501 shares at 98 cents, Indies Pharma finished 7 cents higher at $3.08, with an exchange of 21,870 shares. Jamaican Teas traded 72,000 units with a loss of 30 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $3.50. Knutsford Express  concluded trading of 3,500 stock units with a loss of 20 cents at $12.50,  Lasco Distributors  finished with a loss of 11 cents at $3.89, with 59,000 units changing hands, Lasco Financial  settled 4 cents higher at $4.45, with an exchange of 235,500 shares, Lasco Manufacturing  traded with 10,707 shares and rose 14 cents to $3.20. Medical Disposables  finished trading with a loss of 90 cents at $6.60, with an exchange of 26,962 stock units, Paramount Trading closed with a loss of 1 cent at $2.10, with 8,000 units crossing the exchange platform. Stationery and Office  concluded trading of 12,999 shares for a rise of 22 cents at $7.47 and tTech settled at $5.50, with 336,063 stock units changing hands.

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

Gains for Junior Market – Thursday

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange climbed sharply on Thursday with 8,679,414 units valued at $30,344,251 crossing the exchange, compared to 17,755,553 units valued at $89,888,819 exchanged on Wednesday.
At the close of trading 29 securities changed hands, compared with 27 on Wednesday. The Junior Market index climbed 21.14 points to close at 3,091.22 as the prices of 12 securities rose, 9 declined and 8 remained unchanged.
Trading ended with an average of 299,290 units for an average of $1,046,353 in contrast to 657,613 units for an average of $3,329,215 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 206,420 shares valued at $875,602 compared to 194,026 shares valued at $852,887 on the previous day. In contrast, February closed with average of 235,225 units valued at $679,790 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 bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
At the close of trading, Access Financial closed at $48, in trading 650 shares, AMG Packaging ended with a loss of 1 cent at $2, with 686,844 stock units changing hands, Blue Power concluded trading with 100 units after a loss of 35 cents to end at $4.65. Cargo Handlers settled with a loss of 7 cents at $12.58, with an exchange of 500 shares, Caribbean Flavours dropped $1.05 to close at $16.95 in trading 82,000 stock units, Caribbean Producers finished trading at $4.60, with 7,261 units changing hands. Derrimon Trading ended at $2.87, with an exchange of 30,950 shares, Everything Fresh finished 10 cents higher at $1.60, trading 7,000 stock units, Elite Diagnostic settled at $3.25, with 21,494 units trading. Express Catering ended trading 50 cents higher at $8, with 570,123 shares, FosRich Group traded with a loss of 16 cents at $4, with 75,479 shares, Fontana finished trading 130,851 shares at $4.06, General Accident closed 55 cents higher at $4.50, while exchanging 180,624 stock units. GWest Corporation gained 5 cents in closing at $1.80, trading 13,717 units, Honey Bun concluded trading of 12,800 shares at $3.85, ICreate gained 3 cents to close at 98 cents, in trading 42,305 shares, Indies Pharma finished with a loss of 10 cents at $3.01,with 475,330 shares changing hands. ISP Finance ended trading 500 stock units and rose $2 to close at $15.50, Jamaican Teas traded 72,300 units and rose 5 cents higher to $3.80,  KLE Group ended at $2.80, with 8,689 shares changing hands, Knutsford Express  concluded trading with 150 stock units and lost 10 cents to end at $12.70.  Lasco Distributors  finished 30 cents higher at $4, with an exchange of 10,150 units, Lasco Financial  settled 1 cent higher at $4.41, with 10,400 shares trading, Lasco Manufacturing  ended trading 6,167,975 shares after rising 6 cents to $3.06, Main Event  traded 55 cents higher at $5.80, with 1,229 shares changing hands. Medical Disposables  finished trading 43,371 stock units and rose 50 cents to $7.50,  SSL Venture Capital ended at $1.70, with just 2,500 shares passing through the exchange, Stationery and Office  concluded trading 23,924 shares with a loss of 22 cents in closing at $7.25 and Sweet River finished with a loss of 50 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ low of at $3, with 198 shares changing hands.

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