Junior Market trading drops – Thursday

Main market volume contracts.

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed with volume dropping 67 percent and value down 69 percent from Wednesday’s levels, but the market index rose 22.78 points to 2,976.02.
Trading resulted in an exchange of 971,622 units valued at $3,078,345 compared to 2,931,075 units valued at $10,007,520 on Wednesday. Investors exchanged 24 pushed securities similar to Wednesday with prices of 8 rising 10 falling while 6 remaining unchanged.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 9 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
Trading ended with an average of 40,484 units for an average of $128,264 in contrast to 122,128 units for an average of $416,980 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 134,650 valued $341,097 and previously 100,529 valued $356,911 for each security traded. In contrast, March closed with an average of 195,942 shares valued at $777,498 for each security traded.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging exchanged 280,000 stock units and ended at $2.12, Blue Power concluded trading with 4,320 units and lost 10 cents in closing at $4.40,  CAC 2000 jumped $3 to close at $12, with 1,000 shares changing hands, Caribbean Producers finished trading 40,259 units, and rose 2 cents to end at $4.62. Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 24 cents at $2.51, with an exchange of 41,946 shares. Dolphin Cove concluded trading 6,614 shares and rose 50 cents higher to $13, Elite Diagnostic settled at $2.90, with 10,500 units changing hands, Express Catering ended trading of 8,466 shares to close at $7.22, Fontana finished trading 39,497 shares with a loss of 20 cents at $3.80. General Accident closed 29 cents higher at $4.29, with an exchange of 5,400 stock units, GWest Corporation ended 2 cents higher at $1.33, with 19,828 units changing hands, Honey Bun traded 100 shares with a loss of 22 cents at $3.83, iCreate lost 4 cents in closing at 81 cents, with an exchange of 230 shares. Indies Pharma ended trading of 12,638 shares, with a loss of 4 cents at $3.01, Iron Rock settled 5 cents higher at $3.50, with 1,000 shares changing hands, Jamaican Teas  traded with a loss of 20 cents at $3.90, with the swapping of 6,800 units. Jetcon Corporation  finished trading with a loss of 5 cents at $2.30, with 2,427 shares passing through the exchange, Knutsford Express  concluded trading of 1,543 stock units with a loss of 10 cents at $11.90,  Lasco Distributors  finished at $3.70, with an exchange of 216,373 units, Lasco Financial settled at $4.16, trading 21,660 shares. Lasco Manufacturing  ended trading 185,100 shares, with a loss of 8 cents at $3.13,  Main Event  traded 5 cents higher at $5, with an exchange of 11,421 shares, Paramount Trading closed 1 cent higher at $2.50, with 49,500 units trading and Stationery and Office concluded trading at $6.75, with 5,000 shares changing hands.

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

 

Junior Market trading climbs – Wednesday

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed with volume rising 85 percent and value increasing 104 percent over Tuesday’s levels, but the market index lost 13.59 points to 2,953.24, down 9 percent for 2019 so far.
Trading resulted in an exchange of 2,931,075 units valued at $10,007,520 compared to 1,586,013 units at $4,904,015 on Tuesday. Investors exchanged 24 pushed securities down from 21 on Monday with prices of 8 rising 11 falling while 5 remained unchanged.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 6 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
Trading ended with an average of 122,128 units for an average of $416,980 in contrast to 75,524 units for an average of $233,524 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 100,529 valued $356,911 and previously 98,795 valued $352,089 for each security traded. In contrast, March closed with an average of 195,942 shares valued at $777,498 for each security traded.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging ended with a loss of 11 cents at $2.12, with 2,713 stock units changing hands, Caribbean Cream ended trading 11,800 shares with a loss of 21 cents at $5.28, Caribbean Producers finished with a loss of 2 cents at $4.60, trading 28,000 units. Consolidated Bakeries closed with a loss of 15 cents at $1.80, with the trading of 14,500 shares, Derrimon Trading ended at $2.75, with 122,000 shares crossing the exchange, Elite Diagnostic settled with a loss of 7 cents at $2.90, with an exchange of 14,865 units, Express Catering ended trading of 6,900 shares and rose 16 cents to close at $7.22. FosRich Group closed 35 cents higher at $4.50, with 118,730 shares trading, Fontana finished trading 298,868 shares and rose 20 cents to $4. GWest Corporation ended with 174 units crossing the exchange with a loss of 2 cents at $1.31, Honey Bun concluded trading 35 cents higher at $4.05, with 105,198 shares, iCreate closed at 85 cents, with an exchange of 111,400 shares, Indies Pharma closed at $3.05, with 340,930 shares changing hands. Iron Rock  settled with a loss of 5 cents at $3.45, with 1,500,000 shares. Jamaican Teas  traded 55 cents higher at $4.10, with 8,500 units, Jetcon Corporation  finished trading at $2.35, with 11,206 shares, Knutsford Express  concluded trading with a loss of 30 cents at $12, with 7,025 stock units, Lasco Distributors finished with a loss of 5 cents at $3.70, with 22,724 units changing hands. Lasco Financial  settled with an exchange of 3,295 shares and lost 24 cents at $4.16,  Lasco Manufacturing  ended trading 101,962 shares and closed 1 cent higher at $3.21,  Paramount Trading  closed 34 cents higher at $2.49, with 25,000 units changing hands. SSL Venture Capital  ended 5 cents higher at $1.60, with an exchange of 5,100 shares and tTech settled with a loss of 30 cents at $5, with 64,585 stock units changing hands. In the junior market preference segment, CAC 2000 9% closed at $1.15, trading 5,600 shares.

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

Junior Market falls over 8% for year – Friday

Junior Market stock trading.

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange declined on Friday, pulling the market down by 93.35 points for the week, with the index fallen by 8.3 percent for the year to date.
Investors exchanged 27 pushed securities down from 26 on Thursday and pushed prices of 12 down while moving 8 higher and left 6 unchanged, leading to the market index to decline 26.20 points to close at 2,977.71.
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 3 with lower offers.
Trading resulted in an exchange of 2,329,925 units valued at $9,758,045, compared to 1,300,783 units valued at $4,737,252, changing hands on Thursday. Trading ended with an average of 86,294 units for an average of $361,409 in contrast to 86,294 units for an average of $361,409 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 105,772 valued at $381,706 and previously 108,069 valued at $384,099 for each security traded. In contrast, March closed with an average of 195,942 shares valued at $777,498 for each security traded.At the close of the market,  Access Financial  closed at $45.50, with an exchange of 15,421 shares, AMG Packaging traded 13,660 stock units to end at $2.23, Caribbean Cream ended trading of 10,900 shares at $5.28, Caribbean Flavours lost 80 cents to close at $16, with 38,000 stock units changing hands. Caribbean Producers traded 29,825 units with a loss of 40 cents to end at $4.20, Derrimon Trading ended 3 cents higher at $2.75, with 129,215 shares crossing the exchange, Dolphin Cove concluded trading with 34,346 shares at $12.50, Everything Fresh finished 9 cents higher at $1.49, in an exchange of 500 stock units. Elite Diagnostic settled 11 cents higher at $2.96, trading 214,512 units, Express Catering ended trading with 87,172 shares and rose 80 cents to $7.80, FosRich Group closed at $3.90, with the swapping of 17,996 shares, Fontana lost 9 cents to end at $3.81, with 162,711 shares changing hands. General Accident closed with a loss of 55 cents at $3.95, with an exchange of 1,500 stock units. GWest Corporation ended with a loss of 5 cents at $1.30, with 25,082 units traded, Indies Pharma finished exchanging 1,128,131 shares and lost loss of 1 cent to close at $3.02, Jamaican Teas lost 5 cents to close at $4.05, with 12,257 units changing hands, Jetcon Corporation finished trading 2,000 shares and closed 8 cents higher at $2.53. Knutsford Express ended trading with 25,800 stock units to close 40 cents higher at $12.30, Lasco Distributors finished with a loss of 2 cents at $3.70, with an exchange of 55,200 units, Lasco Financial  settled with a loss of 6 cents at $4.34, with the trading of 13,647 shares, Lasco Manufacturing  ended trading with 148,000 shares at $3.21. Main Event  exchanged with 11,398 shares  and gained 35 cents in closing at $5.25, Medical Disposables  finished trading 10,477 stock units with a loss of $1.50 to $6.50, Paramount Trading   closed with a loss of 35 cents at $2.15, in exchanging 30,000 units, SSL Venture Capital  ended with a loss of 10 cents at $1.55, with the trading of 9,709 shares and Stationery and Office concluded trading with 102,096 shares and rose 1 cent to end at $6.76,. In the junior market preference segment, CAC 2000 closed at $1.15, with 370 shares passing through the market

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

Junior Market inched higher – Thursday

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iCreate hits a low of 80 cents on Thursday.

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange inched modestly higher on Thursday, following two days of above normal levels of decline.  
Investors exchanged 26 pushed securities down from 29 on Wednesday and pushed prices of 10 down while moving 6 higher and left 10 unchanged, leading to the market index gaining 9.97 points to close at 3,003.91, down 7.5 percent for the year to date.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 6 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
Trading resulted in an exchange of 1,300,783 units valued at $4,737,252, compared to 4,599,999 units valued $17,666,220 changing hands on Wednesday. Trading ended with an average of 50,030 units for an average of $182,202 in contrast to 158,621 units for an average of $609,180 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 108,069 valued at $384,099 and previously 115,502 valued at $409,958 for each security traded. In contrast, March closed with an average of 195,942 shares valued at $777,498 for each security traded. At the close of the market,  Access Financial  closed at $45.50, with an exchange of 3,000 shares, Blue Power concluded trading with 433 units at $4.50, Cargo Handlers gained 5 cents to at $11, with 3,500 shares passing through the market, Caribbean Cream ended trading of 13,917 shares and lost 2 cents to close at $5.28. Caribbean Flavours traded 11,600 stock units at $16.80, Caribbean Producers finished trading with 34,150 units, and fell 10 cents to $4.60, Derrimon Trading ended 22 cents higher at $2.72, with 3,500 shares clearing the exchange, Everything Fresh finished at $1.40, trading 55,899 stock units, Elite Diagnostic settled with a loss of 5 cents at $2.85, with 138,334 units changing hands. Express Catering ended trading with 3,162 shares, after falling 50 cents to close at $7, FosRich Group exchanged 6,585 shares, with a loss of 10 cents at $3.90, Fontana finished trading 139,911 shares, with a loss of 10 cents at $3.90, General Accident closed 50 cents higher at $4.50, with an exchange of 64,523 stock units. GWest Corporation ended at $1.35, with 50,700 units changing hands, Honey Bun concluded trading of 102,733 shares, at $3.70,  iCreate lost 18 cents to close at an all-time low of 80 cents, with an exchange of 51,586 shares, Indies Pharma finished at $3.03, trading 144,477 shares, Jamaican Teas traded with 55,972 units and rose 40 cents to close at $4.10. Jetcon Corporation  finished trading of 41,176 shares, with a loss of 5 cents to close at $2.45,  Knutsford Express traded 5,094 stock units at $11.90,  Lasco Distributors  finished 2 cents higher at $3.72, with 39,800 units clearing the exchange, Lasco Financial settled 30 cents higher at $4.40, with 79,321 shares changing hands. Lasco Manufacturing ended trading 203,560 shares at $3.21, Main Event fell 51 cents to close at $4.90, with 7,139 shares changing hands, Stationery and Office concluded trading of 38,511 shares at $6.75 and tTech settled with a loss of 20 cents at $5.30, in trading 2,200 stock units.

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

Trading climbs on Junior Market – Wednesday

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange declined further on Wednesday, following Tuesday’s big fall but with a more balanced advance decline ratio, with 158 percent greater volume and at 209 percent more value.
Investors exchanged 29  securities, up from 25 on Tuesday, but pushed down prices of 10 while moving 9 higher and left 10 unchanged, leading to the market index dropping 30.97 points to close at 2,993.94, down 7.8 percent for the year to date.
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 4 with lower offers.
Trading resulted in an exchange of 4,599,999 units valued at $17,666,220 or 209 percent greater than $5,720,615 on Tuesday from 1,785,030 units changing hands. Trading ended with an average of 158,621 units for an average of $609,180 in contrast to 71,401 units for an average of $228,825 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 115,502 valued at $409,958 and previously 108,316 valued at $376,754 for each security traded. In contrast, March closed with an average of 195,942 shares valued at $777,498 for each security traded.
At the close of the market, Access Financial exchanged 27,372 shares at $45.50, AMG Packaging ended with a loss of 7 cents at $2.23, with 40,500 stock units changing hands, Blue Power concluded trading with 100 units at $4.50, Caribbean Cream ended with a loss of 20 cents at $5.30, with an exchange of 17,000 shares. Caribbean Flavours lost 15 cents to close at $16.80, with 117 stock units crossing the exchange, Caribbean Producers finished trading 10,950 units, 10 cents higher at $4.70, Derrimon Trading gained 10 cents to end at $2.50, while 94,050 shares were exchanged. Everything Fresh finished with a loss of 1 cent at $1.40, with 65,492 stock units changing hands, Elite Diagnostic lost 1 cent to end at $2.90, with 19,661 units trading, Express Catering ended trading 174,327 shares, with a loss of 40 cents at $7.50, FosRich Group traded 21,204 shares with a loss of 30 cents in closing at $4. Fontana finished 20 cents higher at $4, trading 223,817 shares, General Accident closed with a loss of 20 cents at $4, with 50,300 stock units changing hands, GWest Corporation ended 5 cents higher at $1.35, with 25,000 units crossing the exchange, Honey Bun concluded trading of 5,100 shares, with a loss of 10 cents at $3.70. iCreate closed at 98 cents, with an exchange of 5,500 shares, Indies Pharma  finished at $3.03, in exchanging of 1,754,506 shares, Jamaican Teas traded 500 units 20 cents higher, at $3.70,  Jetcon Corporation  ended trading of 40,424 shares at $2.50, Key Insurance closed 5 cents higher at $3.05, with 13,000 shares crossing the exchange. KLE Group ended 5 cents higher at $2.70, with an exchange of 417 shares, Knutsford Express  concluded trading with 11,842 stock units at $11.90,  Lasco Distributors  closed at $3.70, as 1,480,615 units changed hands, Lasco Financial  settled with a loss of 40 cents at $4.10, as 26,130 shares traded. Lasco Manufacturing ended trading of 316,736 shares, at $3.21, Main Event traded 57,209 shares, 1 cent higher to end at $5.41, SSL Venture Capital rose 5 cents higher to $1.65, trading 11,530 shares and Stationery and Office concluded trading at $6.75, with 100,200 shares passing through the exchnage. In the junior market preference segment, CAC 2000 closed at $1.15, with 6,400 shares changing hands.

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

Sea of red covers Junior Market – Tuesday

A sea of red covered the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Tuesday as investors pushed down prices 16 securities with just 1 rising out of 25 trading, leading to the market index dropping a sharp 66.35 points, to 3,024.91.
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, an indication that falling prices are likely to dominate again on Wednesday.
The market appears to have reacted efforts by investors to raise funds to go into the Wigton Windfarm share offer, but they realized far less money than they did on Monday.
Trading volume fell from Monday’s level on resulting in an exchange of 1,785,030 units valued $5,720,615 compared to 3,199,174 units valued at $8,299,261 23 securities changing hands on Monday. Trading ended with an average of 71,401 units for an average of $228,825 in contrast to 139,095 units for an average of $360,837 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 108,316 valued at $376,754 and previously 114,510 valued at $401,574 for each security traded. In contrast, March closed with an average of 195,942 shares valued at $777,498 for each security traded.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging ended at $2.30, in trading 156,198 stock units, Cargo Handlers settled at $10.95, with 319 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream traded 799 shares with a loss of 20 cents to close at $5.50, Caribbean Producers lost 26 cents in closing at $4.60, with an exchange of 42,749 units. Derrimon Trading fell 30 cents to close at $2.40, while trading 38,500 shares, Dolphin Cove concluded trading of 1,000 shares at $12.50, Everything Fresh finished at $1.41, with 163,500 stock units changing hands, Elite Diagnostic settled with a loss of 19 cents at $2.91, with 63,330 units. Express Catering traded 15,617 shares with a loss of 9 cents to end at $7.90. FosRich Group exchanged with 3,958 shares at $4.30, Fontana fell 15 cents to $3.80, with an exchange of 570,776 shares, General Accident closed with a loss of 10 cents at $4.20, in the trading of 11,056 stock units, GWest Corporation ended at $1.30, with 50,901 units changing hands. Honey Bun concluded trading of 15,700 shares after losing of 20 cents to close at $3.80, iCreate lost 2 cents and closed at 98 cents, with an exchange of 118,694 shares, Indies Pharma finished with a loss of 2 cents at $3.03, with an exchange of 159,425 share. Iron Rock lost 9 cents in closing at $3.90, with 24,300 shares changing hands, Jamaican Teas  traded 62,261 units with a loss of 3 cents in ending at $3.50, Jetcon Corporation  finished trading 33,100 shares for a rise of 19 cents to close at $2.50,  Knutsford Express  lost $1.09 to close at $11.90, with an exchange of 6,786 stock units. Lasco Distributors  finished with a loss of 1 cent at $3.70, with 35,500 units changing hands, Lasco Financial  settled with a loss of 49 cents at $4.50, exchanging 58,797 shares, Lasco Manufacturing  ended trading of 115,642 shares, after falling 27 cents to close at $3.21, Main Event traded at $5.40, with 7,622 shares passing through the market and Stationery and Office concluded trading of 28,500 shares at $6.75.

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

Junior Market trading steady – Monday

Junior Market stock trading.

Trading volume rose just 3 percent over Friday’s level on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Monday, resulting in an exchange of 3,199,174 units valued at $8,299,261, lower than the $9,592,204 expended on the 3,096,487 shares traded on Friday.  
At the close, the market index rose 20.20 points to 3,091.26 as 23 securities changed hands with prices of 10 rising, 8 declining and 5 remaining unchanged, compared with 24 securities changing hands, previously. FosRich Group traded at an intraday record high of $4.60 but drifted lower at the close.
Trading ended with an average of 139,095 units for an average of $360,837 in contrast to 129,020 units for an average of $399,675 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 114,510 valued at $401,574 and previously 110,022 valued at $409,011 for each security traded. In contrast, March closed with an average of 195,942 shares valued at $777,498 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 6 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 10 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging ended trading 10 cents higher at $2.30, with an exchange of 10,000 stock units, Cargo Handlers settled with a loss of 5 cents at $10.95, with 4,494 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream ended trading of 1,098 shares and rose 20 cents to close at $5.70. Caribbean Producers traded 9,500 units, with a loss of 9 cents at $4.86, Derrimon Trading ended 20 cents higher at $2.70, with an exchange of 89,835 shares. Dolphin Cove dropped $1.50 in closing at $12.50, with an exchange of 1,784 shares, Everything Fresh ended at $1.41, with 8,900 stock units changing hands, Elite Diagnostic settled 8 cents higher at $3.10, with 17,159 units changing hands, Express Catering ended trading of 1,900 shares 48 cents higher at $7.99. FosRich Group closed at $4.30 after trading 23,408 shares at a record high of $4.60, Fontana finished trading 288,466 shares, with a loss of 4 cents in closing at $3.95,  General Accident  closed 5 cents higher at $4.30, with an exchange of 81,000 stock units. GWest Corporation  ended with a loss of 20 cents at $1.30, with 82,735 units changing hands, Honey Bun  concluded trading of 4,145 shares at $4, iCreate lost 1 cent and closed at $1, with an exchange of 1,011,174 shares, Indies Pharma  finished with a loss of 1 cent at $3.05, trading 1,066,647 shares. Jamaican Teas  traded 5,000 units and gained 33 cents to close at $3.53,  Lasco Distributors finished 1 cent higher at $3.71, with an exchange of 415,000 units. Lasco Financial settled 49 cents higher at $4.99, with 1,254 shares changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing  ended trading 24,028 shares at 3 cents higher to $3.48, Main Event traded with 6,200 shares at $5.40. SSL Venture Capital ended with a loss of 5 cents at $1.60, with an exchange of 29,947 shares and Stationery and Office  concluded trading at $6.75, with 15,500 shares changing hands.

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

Cement still top stock to watch

Caribbean Cement traded at a new high of $73.90 recently.


Jamaican stocks continue to consolidate as they await some major price moving events to change direction. During the past week, Caribbean Cement make a gallant move to break out but selling pushed the price back to close at $60.61, after posting a high of $73.90. On Friday, it traded at $66 but sellers pushed it back lower by the close. 
Buying interest remains good for Carib Cement while selling seems a bit muted. With first quarter results due by the last week in April, investors could be positioning to get ahead of those results, expected to be well ahead of the 2018 profit. The stock could close higher during the week based on demand and supply.
Earlier in last week, NCB Financial looked as if it was going to move back to the $150 range with no offers below $150 for an extended period of trading. That never lasted as sellers entered, keeping the price in the $145 range. Other main market stocks to watch include, Barita Investments, Berger Paints, Jamaica Producers, Radio Jamaica and Wisynco Group that has some selling around the $12 level and my take some more time to move higher.
While there are stocks that are pregnant with possibility to move, the sideways movement of the market, seems set to continue this coming week. The situation will be made worse, with the pending Wigton Windfarm IPO, that should be coming the market this week, and will suck up approximately $6 billion, at around 50 cents per share.

Wigton IPO with propectus expected in a day or two could pressure existing stock prices.

The Junior Market is currently, supported by two major technical indicators, indicating a rising market ahead. One is a triple bottom that it is bouncing off and the other a triangle formation, both indicate a big breakout. The last time the market had a triple bottom was between March and July last year and the market gained more than 500 points after.
Junior Market stocks to watch this week and beyond include, Caribbean Cream with full year results due towards the end of April that could help the stock. Caribbean Producers supported by technical indicator suggesting a higher price down the road. General Accident currently at a PE of 15 times 2018 earnings but well below likely 2019 earnings. Investors continue to demand Elite Diagnostic stock at $3.20 or lower with sellers mostly wanting close to $3.50. Honey Bun is showing all the signs of moving higher. Fontana remains fluid at $4 level. Express Catering that will benefit from the double-digit upsurge in Tourist arrivals so far in 2019. Lasco Manufacturing was in the news with expansion of the storage facilities to accommodate increased production, the stock gained last week and could record further gains this coming week, regardless it one worth watch for longer term gains.

Increased trading on Junior Market – Friday

Derrimon Trading exchanged 2.5m shares on Friday.

Trading rose 134 percent on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Friday, resulting in an exchange of 3,096,487 units valued at $9,592,204, 78 percent higher than the $5,378,634 expended on 1,321,507 shares traded on Thursday.  
The increased market activity failed to move the index up. At the close, the index dropped 35.46 points to 3,071.06 as 24 securities changed hands with prices of 5 rising, 13 declining and 6 remaining unchanged, compared with 25 securities changing hands previously.
Trading ended with an average of 129,020 units for an average of $399,675 in contrast to 52,860 units for an average of $215,145 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 110,022 valued at $409,011 and previously 105,552 valued at $411,207 for each security traded. In contrast, March closed with an average of 195,942 shares valued at $777,498 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 4 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging ended at $2.20, with 12,842 stock units changing hands, Blue Power concluded trading with 500 units at $4.50, Cargo Handlers settled at $11, with an exchange of 100 shares, Caribbean Cream ended trading with a loss of 4 cents at $5.50, with 3,782 shares traded. Caribbean Flavours traded 102,200 stock units with a loss of 15 cents, in closing at $16.95, Caribbean Producers closed with 4,100 units changing hands, after falling 4 cents to end at $4.95, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 10 cents at $2.50, with an exchange of 2,510,989 shares. Dolphin Cove concluded trading of 750 shares, with a rise of 1 cent to $14, Everything Fresh finished with a loss of 4 cents at $1.41, with 48,000 stock units changing hands, Express Catering ended trading of 3,100 shares with a loss of 24 cents to end at $7.51, FosRich Group exchanged 4,462 shares and rose 40 cents to $4.30.  Fontana  finished trading 91,304 shares and fell 1 cent to $3.99,  General Accident  closed with a loss of 25 cents at $4.25, in exchanging 20,000 stock units, GWest Corporation  ended at $1.50, with 7,000 units trading. Honey Bun  concluded trading of 2,055 shares with a loss of 18 cents in closing at $4, iCreate added 1 cent and closed at $1.01, with an exchange of 100,791 shares, Indies Pharma finished 1 cent higher at $3.06, with an exchange 979 shares, Jamaican Teas traded with a loss of 90 cents at a 52 weeks’ low of $3.20, in swapping 61,000 units. Jetcon Corporation finished trading 26,470 shares, with a loss of 59 cents to close at $2.31, Knutsford Express concluded trading 18,881 stock units with a loss of 89 cents to $12.99, Lasco Distributors finished with a loss of 10 cents at $3.70, with an exchange 68,485 units. Lasco Manufacturing ended trading with 4,597 shares with a loss of 10 cents at $3.45, Medical Disposables traded 100 stock units at $8 and Stationery and Office concluded trading of 4,000 shares at $6.75.

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

Trading down for Junior Market – Thursday

Trading dropped more than 70 percent on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday, resulting in an exchange of 1,321,507 units for just $5,378,634 compared to 3,107,329 units valued at $11,717,595 on Wednesday.
The market index gained 28.89 points to close at 3,106.52 as 25 securities changed hands with prices of 8 stocks rising, 7 declining and 10 remaining unchanged, compared with 26 securities changed hands previously.
Trading ended with an average of 52,860 units for an average of $215,145 in contrast to 119,513 units for an average of $450,677 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 105,552 valued at $411,207 and previously 122,660 shares with a value of $474,863 for each security traded. In contrast, March closed with an average of 195,942 shares valued at $777,498 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, Access Financial closed at $45.50, with an exchange of 5,800 shares, AMG Packaging ended at $2.20, with 20,250 stock units changing hands, Blue Power concluded trading of just 500 units and rose 20 cents to $4.50, Cargo Handlers settled at $11, with 5,000 shares. Caribbean Producers finished trading with 1,433 units at 29 cents higher to $4.99, Consolidated Bakeries closed at $2, with an exchange of 87,701 shares, Derrimon Trading ended at $2.60, with 15,000 shares changing hands, Everything Fresh finished trading 41,194 stock units at $1.45, Express Catering ended trading 95,224 shares with a loss of 25 cents to close at $7.75. FosRich Group ended with a loss of 10 cents at $3.90, with 13,174 shares changing hands, Fontana finished trading 511,481 shares, with a loss of 5 cents to close at $4,  General Accident  closed 30 cents higher at $4.50, with an exchange of 200 stock units, GWest Corporation  ended at $1.50, with 10,000 units trading. Honey Bun traded 259,350 shares, and rose 18 cents to end at $4.18, iCreate lost 1 cent and closed at $1, with an exchange of 44,410 shares. Indies Pharma finished with a loss of 5 cents at $3.05, with an exchange of 58,280 shares, Iron Rock  settled at $3.99, with 1,714 shares changing hands, Jamaican Teas traded 11,475 units at $4.10. Jetcon Corporation  finished trading 5 cents higher at $2.90, with an exchange of 40,467 shares, Knutsford Express  concluded trading of 270 stock units, with a loss of 60 cents in closing at $12.10,  Lasco Distributors  finished 8 cents higher at $3.80, with an exchange of 1,166 units, Lasco Financial  settled at $4.50, trading 6,760 shares. Lasco Manufacturing ended trading of 76,687 shares at 15 cents higher to $3.55, Main Event traded 3,971 shares with a loss of 5 cents to end at $5.40 and Medical Disposables gained 40 cents to close at $8, with 10,000 stock units changing hands.

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