Junior Market falters at July’s open

Trading closed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market Friday, with the declining stocks being the highlight of the day as the volume of stocks trading fell 50 percent and the value down 52 percent on Thursday 43 securities trading versus 44 on Thursday with just 12 rising, 21 declining and ten closing unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index dipped 12.41 points to settle at 4,337.03.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.9. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial year ends that fall between November this year and August 2023.
A total of 8,527,780 shares traded for $29,915,284 versus 17,139,568 units at $62,526,703 on the Thursday. Trading averaged 198,320 shares at $695,704 in contrast to 389,536 shares at $1,421,061 on Thursday. June closed with an average of 429,016 units at $1,630,104.
SSL Venture led trading with 1.95 million shares for 22.8 percent of total volume, followed by iCreate with 1.06 million units for 12.4 percent of the day’s trade and Dolla Financial with 897,135 units for 10.5 percent market share.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two stocks with lower offers.
Access Financial lost $2.49 to $21.01 in an exchange of a mere three shares, Cargo Handlers rallied $1.53 to close at $12.65, trading just six stocks, Caribbean Cream fell 44 cents in closing at a 52 weeks’ low of $4.01, with 5,889 units clearing the market. Dolphin Cove declined 59 cents to end at $16.91 with an exchange of 50,551 stock units, EduFocal gained 11 cents to end at $2.76 after trading 470,904 shares, Express Catering climbed 20 cents in closing at $5.70 while exchanging 5,878 stocks. Fosrich increased 10 cents to $32.60 in switching ownership of 54,317 units, iCreate dropped 49 cents to close at $4 after trading 1,056,092 stock units, Indies Pharma popped 15 cents to end at $3.30, with 42,077 units crossing the market. Lasco Manufacturing shed 15 cents to end at $4.60 with the swapping of 87,373 stock units, Lumber Depot lost 11 cents in closing at $3.09 with 468,686 shares changing hands, Mailpac Group fell 11 cents to end at $2.85 after 533,854 stocks crossed the exchange. Medical Disposables shed 30 cents to close at $7.11, with 100 stocks changing hands, Paramount Trading advanced 28 cents to $1.98 after exchanging 20 stock units, Spur Tree Spices declined 15 cents after ending at $4 in trading 120,119 shares. Stationery and Office Supplies dipped 14 cents in, ending at $13 after exchanging 15,230 units and tTech shed 51 cents to $3.23, with 321,665 stocks crossing the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market up 27% at midyear

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed trading on Thursday and for the first half of the year, with the market index rising 38.91 points to 4,349.44 and recorded a 26.9 percent gain for the six months and moderately up from the 4,223.33 points close of the first quarter.
Trading jumped, with the volume of stocks rising 67 percent and the value 50 percent more than on Wednesday, with 17,139,568 shares trading at $62,526,703, up from 10,259,748 units at $41,673,742 on Wednesday. Trading averaged 389,536 shares at $1,421,061 in contrast to 233,176 shares at $947,130 on Wednesday with the month to date, averaging 429,016 units at $1,630,104 compared to 431,004 units at $1,640,627 on Wednesday the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 376,907 units at $1,638,631.
Dolla Financial led trading with 4.93 million shares for 28.8 percent of total volume, followed by Mailpac Group with 2.87 million units for 16.7 percent of the day’s trade, Spur Tree Spices ended with 1.96 million units for 11.5 percent market share and Future Energy Source with 1.62 million units for 9.5 percent of stocks changing hands.
A total of 44 securities traded on Wednesday and Thursday, with 25 rising, 13 declining and six unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a measure in computing appropriate stock values, averages 13. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial year end that falls between November this year and August of the following year.
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, Access Financial rose 50 cents after ending at $23.50 and trading 6,424 shares, Blue Power advanced 10 cents in closing at $3.70 in switching ownership of 102 stocks, CAC 2000 popped $1.73 to close at $10.23, with 502 stock units changing hands. Caribbean Cream shed 14 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $4.45, with 53,433 units crossing the market, Dolphin Cove gained 48 cents to end at $17.50 in an exchange of 8,000 shares, EduFocal declined 15 cents to $2.65 after exchanging 167,290 stock units. Elite Diagnostic rallied 12 cents to $3.54 while exchanging 7,633 units, Everything Fresh climbed 10 cents to $1.45, with 12,172 stocks clearing the market, Express Catering lost 47 cents in closing at $5.50 in an exchange of 94,319 shares. Fontana increased 55 cents to $10.55 in exchanging 166,718 stocks, Fosrich popped 50 cents to $32.50 with 79,205 units changing hands, GWest Corporation rallied 10 cents to end at $1.20 in trading 89,879 stock units. Honey Bun increased 41 cents in ending at $9 after trading 4,776 stock units, Iron Rock Insurance rose 34 cents to close at $3.29 after an exchange of 800 stocks, Mailpac Group climbed 21 cents in closing at $2.96, with 2,866,787 shares crossing the market. Main Event advanced 90 cents in closing at $7.50 after exchanging 3,528 units, Medical Disposables gained 12 cents ending at $7.41 with the swapping of 60 stocks, Spur Tree Spices rose 50 cents to $4.15 in switching ownership of 1,962,620 shares and SSL Venture climbed 18 cents to end at $3.05, with 174,096 stock units crossing the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Gains for Junior Market

Trading closed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market Wednesday, with the volume and value of stocks traded declining with 43 percent fewer shares changing hands with the value 28 percent lower than on Tuesday.
A total of 44 securities traded similar to Tuesday, with 15 rising, 22 declining and seven closing unchanged. The Junior Market Index popped 26.55 points to settle at 4,310.53. A total of 10,259,748 shares traded for $41,673,742 compared to 18,129,942 units at $57,975,106 on the Tuesday. Trading averaged  233,176 shares at $947,130 in contrast to 412,044 shares at $1,317,616 on Tuesday with month to date, averaging 431,004 units at $1,640,627 compared to 441,491 units at $1,677,391 on the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 376,907 units at $1,638,631.
Dolla Financial led trading with 3.19 million shares for 31.1 percent of total volume, followed by iCreate with 2.73 million units for 26.6 percent of the day’s trade and Future Energy Source with 530,433 units for 5.2 percent market share.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.9. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial year end that falls between November this year and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial climbed 50 cents to $23 after exchanging 12,717 shares, AMG Packaging popped 61 cents to close at $4.79 in trading 26,338 stock units, Blue Power increased 22 cents in ending at $3.60 with 400 units changing hands. CAC 2000 dropped $1.72 to end at $8.50 in trading 5,142 stocks, Cargo Handlers fell $1.78 to $11.12 after 3,427 stock units crossed the exchange, Caribbean Assurance Brokers shed 13 cents to $2.20 in swapping 41,830 units. Caribbean Cream lost 30 cents to close at $4.59 with 232,886 stocks crossing the market, Dolphin Cove advanced 12 cents in ending at $17.02 with 31,728 shares clearing the market, Fosrich rose 60 cents to $32 after trading of 19,260 shares. Honey Bun declined 41 cents to end at $8.59 in an exchange of 2,815 units, iCreate gained 45 cents to a record closing high of $4.55, with 2,730,584 stocks crossing the market, Indies Pharma rallied 14 cents to $3.15 in trading 80,339 stock units. Iron Rock Insurance fell 34 cents in closing at $2.95 with an exchange of 3,010 stock units, KLE Group gained 28 cents to $2.28 while exchanging 2,858 units, Lasco Manufacturing climbed 22 cents to end at $4.72, with 4,678 shares changing hands. Limners and Bards lost 10 cents to close at $2.70 with the swapping of 162,141 stocks, Main Event dropped 20 cents in closing at $6.60 while trading 17,127 units, Paramount Trading shed 27 cents in ending at $1.68 with 43,485 stock units clearing the market. Spur Tree Spices declined 14 cents to $3.65 with an exchange of 355,901 stocks, SSL Venture rallied 37 cents to end at $2.87 in trading 71,277 shares and Stationery and Office Supplies popped 71 cents to 52 weeks’ high of $13.15 trading 268,154 stock units.
In the preference segmentCAC 2000 9.5% preference share declined 13 cents to $1.05 in exchanging 11,486 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Dolla price may have hit bottom

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Dolla Financial was the most visible stock trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market on Tuesday, accounting for the leading volume of stocks trading over 50 percent of the day’s volume after the price recovered after hitting a low at $2.62 to end at $2.92 and may have bottomed out.  
As was the case on Monday, 44 securities traded, with 18 rising, 22 falling and four closing unchanged and leading the Junior Market Index to decline 58.21 points to 4,283.98.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.8. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial year end that falls between November this year and August 2023.
Overall, 18,129,942 shares traded for $57,975,106 compared to 16,869,220 units at $60,784,346 on the Monday. Trading averaged 412,044 shares at $1,317,616 in contrast to 383,391 shares at $1,381,462 on Monday with the month to date, averaging 441,491 units at $1,677,391 compared to 443,139 units at $1,697,531 on the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 376,907 units at $1,638,631.
Dolla Financial led trading with 9.13 million shares for 50.4 percent of total volume, followed by Mailpac Group with 2.28 million units for 12.6 percent of the day’s trade and iCreate with 1.66 million units for 9.1 percent market share.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
At the close, Access Financial shed $1 in closing at $22.50, with 9,181 shares crossing the market, AMG Packaging declined 52 cents to end at $4.18 while exchanging 17,874 units, CAC 2000 increased 92 cents ending at $10.22 after an exchange of 1,592 stock units. Dolla Financial rose 19 cents to $2.92 after trading 9,132,047 stocks, Dolphin Cove fell $1 to close at $16.90 after finishing trading 108,294 stock units, Fontana lost 58 cents in ending at $10 after exchanging 65,517 units. Fosrich dropped 60 cents to end at $31.40 in exchanging 39,133 stocks, Honey Bun advanced 29 cents in closing at $9 with 8,037 shares changing hands, iCreate popped 60 cents to close at $4.10 in switching ownership of 1,655,947 shares. Iron Rock Insurance rallied 24 cents to $3.29 with the swapping of 14,726 stocks, ISP Finance declined $3.38 in closing at $19.12 after exchanging 1,997 units, Jamaican Teas gained 11 cents to $3.09, with 254,717 stock units crossing the market. Knutsford Express climbed 94 cents to close at $7.95 with an exchange of 1,895 shares, Lasco Distributors fell 15 cents to end at $3.10, with 210,327 units clearing the market, Main Event dropped $1.20 to $6.80 in trading 5,700 stocks. Medical Disposables popped 19 cents to close at $7.29 in an exchange of 7,000 stock units, SSL Venture lost 52 cents ending at $2.50, with 60,146 shares changing hands, Tropical Battery shed 11 cents to end at $2.85 after finishing with 603,680 stocks trading and tTech increased 28 cents to $3.80 with the swapping of 1,239 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Access climbs Juniors slip

Access Financial stood out in trading closed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market on Monday, the price jumping $3.50 to be the best mover for the day, following the release of full year results, with a 65 percent rise in profits. Recently listed, Dolla Financial was the volume leader, cornering 41 percent of stocks trading for the day. 
A total of 16,869,220 shares traded for $60,784,346 down from 19,072,409 units at $61,479,940 on the Friday. Trading averaged 383,391 shares at $1,381,462 versus 443,544 shares at $1,429,766 on Friday, with the month to date, averaging 443,139 units at $1,697,531 compared to 446,682 units at $1,716,274 on the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 376,907 units at $1,638,631.
Nearly all stocks in the market traded by the close, with 44 securities changing hands versus 43 on Friday, with 17 rising, 20 declining and seven closing unchanged. The Junior Market Index dropped 47.28 points to close at 4,342.19.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 13. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial year end that falls between November this year and August 2023
Dolla Financial led trading with 6.86 million shares for 40.6 percent of total volume, followed by AMG Packaging with 2.95 million units for 17.5 percent of the day’s trade and Lumber Depot with 812,256 units for 4.8 percent market share.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
At the close, Access Financial rallied $3.50 to end at $23.50, with 41,875 shares crossing the exchange, Blue Power shed 17 cents to close at $3.38 in trading 93,634 stocks, Caribbean Cream declined 60 cents in closing at $4.90 after trading 69,735 stock units. Dolphin Cove popped 70 cents to $17.90 in trading 70,544 units, Elite Diagnostic climbed 15 cents in ending at to $3.47, with 17,702 stocks crossing the market, Fontana advanced 18 cents to close at $10.58 with 256,595 shares clearing the market. Fosrich lost 20 cents to close at $32 in exchanging 44,041 stock units, General Accident rose 21 cents to end at $6 after trading 163,937 units, Honey Bun dropped 28 cents in closing at $8.71 after 110,816 shares crossed the market. iCreate increased 20 cents to $3.50, with 460,035 stock units changing hands, Indies Pharma fell 25 cents after finishing at $3 with an exchange of 186,302 stocks, Jamaican Teas shed 28 cents in closing at $2.98 while exchanging 483,297 units. Knutsford Express lost 94 cents to close at $7.01 in switching ownership of 15,841 stocks, Lasco Manufacturing declined 37 cents to $4.50 in exchanging 61,505 units, Main Event gained $1 to end at $8 trading 66,555 shares. Medical Disposables dropped 34 cents in closing at $7.10 in an exchange of 6,234 stock units, Spur Tree Spices fell 22 cents to close at $3.70 with the swapping of 379,655 shares, SSL Venture dropped 48 cents to end at $3.02, with 438,535 units crossing the market and tTech gained 32 cents to $3.52 in an exchange of 3,100 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Big gains for ICTOP10 stocks

CAC2000 and AMG Packaging each gained 21 percent this past week, on top of the 10 percent gain in the previous week, while Medical Disposables rose 19 percent and Caribbean Cream and Jetcon Corporation added 10 percent to their price in the Junior Market ICInsidert TOP10.
Former Top10 listed Dolla Financial gained 17.7 percent to close the week at $2.75 after the stock traded as high as $3.60 on Tuesday.
The week ended with one new listing in the TOP10 as the gains by AMG Packaging pushed it out of the Top 10 and is replaced by General Accident, with a fall in the price to $5.79. Elite Diagnostic fell 6 percent to close the week at $3.32 and Lasco Distributors lost 4 percent to close at $3.20.
In the TOP10 Main Market, Berger Paints climbed 11 percent to $12.18 after trading more than 52,000 shares on Thursday and Friday, an unusual amount and Sygnus Credit Investments rose 5 percent to $14.95 while Caribbean Cement lost 8 percent to $64.50 and VM Investments gained 4 percent. There were no significant losers in this market.
Keep a careful watch on Dolphin Cove and Stationery and Office Supplies (SOS) that are close to the top10 and are undervalued. Both companies reported solid gains for 2022 back to school demand. The company also shipped a container of goods recently to the Eastern Caribbean. Dolphin Cove is benefitting from cost reduction in its operations, but more importantly, the solid first quarter results occurred when tourism arrivals were only 63 percent of 2019 numbers. In the first two months of the June quarter, tourist arrivals are 95 percent of the 2019 period and this is bound to have a positive impact on pushing the second quarter numbers much higher than for the first quarter as well as for the balance of the year. A similar situation would apply to Caribbean Producers, a significant supplier to the hotel sector.
The average PE for the JSE Main Market TOP 10 is 6.2, well below the market average of 14.5, while the Junior Market PE for the Top 10 is 6.1 versus the market at 13. The Junior Market TOP10 is projected to gain an average of 230 percent by May 2023 and the Main Market 238 percent.
ICTOP10 focuses on likely yearly winners, accordingly, the list may or may not include the best companies in the market. ICInsider.com ranks stocks based on projected earnings to highlight winners from the rest, allowing investors to focus on potential winning stocks and helping to remove emotional attachments to stocks that often result in costly mistakes.
IC TOP10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns up to the end of May 2023 and are ranked in order of potential gains, based on the possible increase for each company, considering the earnings and PE ratios for the current fiscal year. Expected values will change as stock prices fluctuate, resulting in weekly movements in and out of the lists. Revisions to earnings are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

Persons who compiled this report may have an interest in securities commented on in this report.

Declining Junior Market

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market fell at the close of trading on Thursday as declining stocks overwhelmed rising ones by a significant margin, with the volume of stocks declining 43 percent, with a 22 percent lower value than on Wednesday.
A total of 30,558,564 shares traded for $148,120,277 down from 53,578,778 units at $189,107,558 on Wednesday. Trading averaged 694,513 shares averaging $3,366,370 versus 1,275,685 shares at $4,502,561 on Wednesday, with the month to date, averaging 446,876 units at $1,733,899 compared to 430,240 units at $1,624,237 on the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 376,907 units at $1,638,631.
A total of 44 securities traded versus 42 on Wednesday, ending with 17 rising, 26 declining and one unchanged. At the close, the Junior Market Index shed 23.25 points to settle at 4,363.89.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 13.1. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial year end that falls between November this year and August 2023.
Dolla Financial led trading with 12 million shares for 39.3 percent of total volume, followed by MailPac Group, 4.02 million units for 13.1 percent of the day’s trade. JFP Limited traded 3.21 million units for 10.5 percent market share, Lasco Distributors ended with 2.54 million units for 8.3 percent of stocks traded, Fosrich had 2.08 million units being exchanged for 6.8 percent market share and Lumber Depot with 1.85 million units for 6 percent of total volume.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows two stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and seven stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial gained $1.49 to end at $21.49 in exchanging 2,502 shares, AMG Packaging declined 43 cents ending at $4.50 in trading 446,479 stocks, Blue Power fell 35 cents in closing at $3.35 with the swapping of 1,611 units. CAC 2000 rose 25 cents to $9.20 while exchanging 25 stock units, Cargo Handlers dropped 9 cents to close at $12.50 with 33,168 units clearing the market, Caribbean Cream lost 25 cents to end at $4.75 with an exchange of 6,348 stocks. Dolphin Cove shed 86 cents in closing at $17.07, with 95,777 stock units crossing the market, EduFocal advanced 15 cents to close at $2.80 in switching ownership of 225,554 shares, Elite Diagnostic rose 15 cents to $3.45 in trading 96,759 stock units. Express Catering declined 10 cents after ending at $5.90 in exchanging 1,002 stocks, Fontana rallied 15 cents to close at $10.40 with 79,026 shares crossing the exchange, Fosrich fell $1.64 in closing at $32.35 with 2,083,629 units changing hands. Future Energy Source climbed 16 cents to $6.16 in an exchange of 217,881 units, General Accident popped 19 cents to $5.79 in trading 158 stocks, GWest Corporation shed 15 cents after ending at $1 with the swapping of 1,750 stock units. Honey Bun climbed 48 cents in closing at $8.99 after trading 3,017 shares, iCreate rallied 10 cents to end at $3.30 with 774,143 shares crossing the market, Indies Pharma dropped 19 cents to $3.26 in exchanging 53,924 stocks. ISP Finance shed $2 to close at $20.50 with the swapping of 17 stock units, JFP Limited fell 15 cents to $1.45 in an exchange of 3,205,840 units, Knutsford Express popped 15 cents to $7.95 with an exchange of 2,290 shares. Lasco Distributors rose 20 cents in closing at $3.25 with 2,543,264 units clearing the market, Lumber Depot fell 10 cents to finish at $3.10 with 1,848,293 stocks changing hands, Medical Disposables shed 18 cents to close at $7.26 in switching ownership of 7,032 stock units. SSL Venture declined 15 cents to $3.70 in trading 77,655 units, Stationery and Office Supplies advanced 45 cents to $12.45 in trading 57,510 stocks and Tropical Battery dropped 16 cents to end at $2.92, with 1,127,503 stock units crossing the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Dolla falls on the Junior Market

Last week’s newly listed Dolla Financial continued trading as the outstanding Junior Market stock on Wednesday as it had its second best volume changing hands of 43 million units, following Tuesday’s exchange of 63.3 million shares, resulting in a 27 percent fall in the volume of stocks traded, with the value falling 26 percent from that on Tuesday.
Market activity ended with 42 securities trading versus 39 on Tuesday, with 17 rising, 17 declining and eight closing unchanged. The Junior Market Index slipped 2.48 points to 4,387.14 at the close.
The PE Ratio, a measure in computing appropriate stock values, averages 13. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial year ends that fall between November this year and August 2023.
A total of 53,578,778 shares traded for $189,107,558 against 73,506,120 units at $255,054,005 on the Tuesday. Trading averaged 1,275,685 shares at $4,502,561 versus 1,884,772 shares at $6,539,846 on Tuesday with month to date, averaging 430,240 units at $1,624,237 compared to 372,314 units at $1,427,027 on the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 376,907 units at $1,638,631.
Dolla Financial led trading with 42.67 million shares for 79.6 percent of total volume, followed by Future Energy Source with 2.04 million units for 3.8 percent of the day’s trade. JFP Limited ended with 1.28 million units for 2.4 percent market share, Tropical Battery traded 1.24 million units for 2.3 percent market share and Mailpac Group ended with 1.12 million units for 2.1 percent market share.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, AMG Packaging rallied 45 cents, ending at a 52 weeks’ high of $4.93 in exchanging 37,033 shares, Cargo Handlers climbed 29 cents to end at $12.59 after trading 30,030 stock units, Caribbean Cream shed 15 cents to close at $5 after exchanging 102 units. Consolidated Bakeries gained 8 cents in closing at $1.37 in switching ownership of 25,287 stocks, Dolla Financial fell 28 cents to close at $2.94 with the swapping of 42,665,413 units, EduFocal dropped 25 cents to $2.65, with 582,179 stocks crossing the exchange. Elite Diagnostic declined by 8 cents in ending at $3.30 and closed with 168,617 shares changing hands, Everything Fresh advanced 8 cents to $1.33 with 82,173 stock units traded, Express Catering rose 55 cents to end at $6 while exchanging 52,950 units. Fontana lost 36 cents in closing at $10.25 as 151,577 stock units crossed the market, Future Energy Source lost 21 cents in closing at $6, with 2,036,493 stocks changing hands, General Accident shed 20 cents in ending at $5.60 with 26,028 shares clearing the market. Honey Bun dropped 49 cents to end at $8.51 with an exchange of 10,146 stocks, Indies Pharma popped 14 cents to close at $3.45 after exchanging 104,147 stock units, Jamaican Teas increased 19 cents to $3.39 in an exchange of 71,874 units. JFP Limited fell 9 cents to close at $1.60 in trading 1,276,630 shares, Lasco Distributors declined 17 cents in closing at $3.05 after 121,964 stocks crossed the market, Lumber Depot fell 10 cents to $3.20 and finishing trading of 232,481 shares. SSL Venture climbed 47 cents ending at $3.85 while exchanging 363,321 units and Tropical Battery increased 30 cents to end at $3.08 in exchanging 1,235,845 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Dolla pushes junior market trading – Tuesday

Trading surged on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market on Tuesday, with Dolla Financial trading 63 million shares for 86 percent of the total as the volume of stocks that changed hands rose 134 percent and the value 132 percent more than on Monday as 73,506,120 shares changed hands for $255,054,005, up from 31,376,263 units at $109,876,239 on Monday.
Trading averaged 1,884,772 shares at $6,539,846, up from 697,250 shares at $2,441,694 on Monday, with the month to date, averaging 372,314 units at $1,427,027 versus 269,551 units at $1,079,640 on the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 376,907 units at $1,638,631.
Thirty-nine securities traded down from 45 on Monday, and ended with 26 rising, ten declining and three closing unchanged. The Junior Market Index popped 75.60 points to close at 4,389.62.
The PE Ratio, a measure in computing appropriate stock values, averages 13. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial year end that falls between November this year and August 2023.
Trading in Dolla Financial was followed by JFP Limited with 1.51 million units for 2 percent of the day’s trade, Future Energy Source ended with 1.18 million units for 1.6 percent market share and Spur Tree Spices with 1.07 million units for 1.5 percent market share.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and seven stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial declined 35 cents in ending at $19.95, with 28,293 shares changing hands, AMG Packaging gained 73 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $4.48 in trading 626,836 units, CAC 2000 increased 52 cents to end at $8.90 in an exchange of 5,913 stocks. Caribbean Cream rose 13 cents to $5.15 after exchanging 50,401 stock units, Consolidated Bakeries lost 9 cents in closing at $1.29, with 13,031 shares crossing the market, Derrimon Trading advanced 10 cents to $2.77, with 309,577 stock units changing hands. Dolla Financial rallied 15 cents to end at a record closing high of $3.22 after exchanging 63,282,211 stocks, Dolphin Cove popped 38 cents to close at $17.93 in switching ownership of 104,567 units, EduFocal fell 16 cents in ending at $2.90 while exchanging 542,360 stock units. Elite Diagnostic climbed 8 cents in closing at $3.38 with an exchange of 162,304 shares, Express Catering shed 40 cents to end at $5.45 after trading 8,677 units, Fontana popped 55 cents to $10.61 and closed with 71,528 stocks changing hands. Fosrich advanced $4 in closing at $34, with an exchange of 246,703 units, Future Energy Source gained 11 cents in ending at $6.21 with the swapping of 1,181,766 shares, General Accident climbed 20 cents to close at $5.80, with 1,471 stock units clearing the market. GWest Corporation rallied 18 cents to $1.18 in exchanging 65,495 stocks, Jamaican Teas increased 9 cents in closing at $3.20 in trading 65,327 stocks, JFP Limited rose 7 cents to end at $1.69 in exchanging 1,505,005 units. Lasco Distributors advanced 12 cents to $3.22 after exchanging 10,900 stock units, Lasco Manufacturing increased 49 cents to close at $4.99 after trading 23,099 shares, Limners and Bards popped 10 cents in closing at $2.95, with 473,266 stocks crossing the exchange. Mailpac Group dropped 12 cents to end at $2.68 while exchanging 752,394 units, Medical Disposables jumped $1.15 to $7.45, with an exchange of 32,237 shares, Paramount Trading rose 14 cents to $1.99, with 64,151 stock units crossing the market. Spur Tree Spices rallied 22 cents to close at $3.97 after exchanging 1,070,114 shares, SSL Venture fell 61 cents to end at $3.38 with the swapping of 497,082 stock units and tTech climbed 63 cents to $3.75 in switching ownership of 264 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Dolla Financial jumps to $3.07

Dolla Financial led trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market on Monday, with 19 million shares for 61 percent of total volume and was the major contributor to the Market Index surging, 111.58 points to 4,314.02. Dolla helped to push the volume of stocks traded by 143 percent more and the value 118 percent more than on Friday as the price jumped 207 percent above the IPO price of $1 to close at $3.07.
All but one of the 46 listed securities traded, up from 41 on Friday, with 23 rising, 14 declining and eight unchanged. JFP Limited was the second highest traded stock, with 3.96 million units for 12.6 percent of the day’s trade and Mailpac Group with 1.0 million units for 3.2 percent of market share.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.7. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial year end that falls between November this year and August 2023.
A total of 31,376,263 shares traded for $109,876,239 up sharply from 12,919,546 units at $50,357,697 on the Friday. Trading averaged 697,250 shares at $2,441,694 versus 315,111 shares at $1,228,237 on Friday, with month to date, averaging 269,551 units at $1,079,640 compared to 233,169 units at $963,775 on the previous trading day. May closed with an average of 376,907 units at $1,638,631.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial slipped 15 cents to $20.30 after exchanging 6,520 shares, AMG Packaging declined 19 cents in closing at $3.75, with 9,621 stock units crossing the market, CAC 2000 rallied 76 cents to end at $8.38, with 105 stocks changing hands. Cargo Handlers gained $1.24 to close at $12.30 in exchanging 19 units, Caribbean Flavours advanced 25 cents to end at $2.05 and trading of 12,726 units, Consolidated Bakeries rose 8 cents to $1.38 in switching ownership of 287,978 stocks. Dolla Financial popped 75 cents to end at a record $3.07 after closing with 19,097,416 shares changing hands, Elite Diagnostic dropped 25 cents to $3.30 in exchanging 27,569 stock units, Express Catering rose 40 cents to $5.85 with the swapping of 655 stocks. Fontana shed 74 cents to close at $10.06 while exchanging 97,588 stock units, Fosrich fell $1 to end at $30 after trading 511,763 units, Future Energy Source gained 10 cents after finishing at $6.10, with 831,157 shares crossing the exchange. iCreate increased 29 cents in closing at $3.24 after trading 979,125 stocks, Jamaican Teas rose 11 cents to $3.11 with an exchange of 126,602 shares, Jetcon Corporation gained 18 cents to close at $1.43, with 717,968 units changing hands. JFP Limited climbed 12 cents to $1.62, with 3,960,786 stock units clearing the market, Knutsford Express advanced 80 cents to end at $7.80 in trading 2,627 stock units, Lasco Distributors dropped 25 cents to $3.10, with 88,898 units crossing the market. Lasco Manufacturing fell 45 cents to close at $4.50 after an exchange of 192,961 shares, Mailpac Group declined 12 cents to $2.80 after trading 1,003,316 stocks, SSL Venture popped 29 cents ending at 52 weeks closing high of $3.99 while exchanging 472,549 shares. Stationery and Office Supplies lost 45 cents to $12, trading 226,133 stock units and tTech shed 38 cents to end at $3.12 as 1,850 units changed hands.

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