Junior Market week ends with a fall

The Junior Market ended the week in much the same fashion as it started with the index down 49.96 points to close at 2,947.43 as heavily weighted Lasco Manufacturing lost 39 cents and was the stock that had the most impact of the fall of the index.

Lasco Manufacturing lost 39 cents to help drive the Junior market index down sharply


The market activity ended with 33 securities changing hands, resulting in the prices of 14 securities advanced, 13 declined and 6 remained unchanged and exchange of 1,456,692 units valued at $4,641,336 compared to 5,022,418 units for $14,719,026 from 34 stocks on Thursday. The average PE ratio of the market closed at 13.8 times 2019 earnings.
Trading closed with an average of 44,142 units for $140,647 for each security traded in contrast to 147,718 units for an average of $432,913 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 152,223 units valued at $403,151 and previously 142,718 valued at $423,343. In contrast, January closed with an average of 137,619 units valued at $521,935 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows three stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with lower offers.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging ended 9 cents higher at $1.99 with 33,687 stock units trading, CAC 2000 closed trading of 10,000 units and gained 50 cents to end at $13, Cargo Handlers exchanged 20,403 shares and declined by 35 cents to settle at a 52 weeks’ low of $7.50. Caribbean Cream traded 24,000 shares and gained 30 cents to end at $3.65. Caribbean Producers climbed 19 cents and exchanged 12,052 shares at $5, Consolidated Bakeries traded 1,175 units and gained 14 cents to end at $1.79, Derrimon Trading dipped 3 cents in swapping 19,259 units at $1.97. Elite Diagnostic climbed 30 cents after exchanging 5,309 shares at $4.80, Everything Fresh closed trading of 41,300 units and gained 6 cents to end at $1, Express Catering swapped 14,894 units and gained 5 cents to end at $5.85. Fontana dipped 22 cents trading 131,290 units at $6.70, Fosrich lost 9 cents to settle at $3.86 with 1,014 units changing hands, General Accident fell 5 cents in trading of 8,097 units at $6.20. Honey Bun climbed 75 cents and exchanged 97,687 shares at $7.25, Iron Rock Insurance closed trading of 100 units and gained 66 cents to end at $3.95, ISP Finance fell $2.10 in trading of 3,340 units at $20. Jetcon Corporation declined by 2 cents to settle at $1.56 with 3000 stock units crossing the market, Key Insurance dropped 15 cents to close at $2.90 with an exchange of 6,145 shares, Knutsford Express lost 40 cents in trading of 1,900 units at $9.50. Lasco Financial climbed 10 cents and exchanged 45,147 shares at $3.40, Lasco Manufacturing declined by 39 cents to settle at $4.01 with 40,121 units changing hands, Limners and Bards dipped 15 cents to $2.74 with 123,008 units traded. Lumber Depot ended with a transfer of 174,180 units and gained 2 cents to end at $1.51, Mailpac Group exchanged 499,877 shares to close at $1.95 after falling 2 cents, Main Event ended at $5.37 after losing 3 cents and swapping 1,630 shares. Medical Disposables closed trading of 14,430 units and gained 22 cents to end at $5.50 and Stationery and Office Supplies gained $1.14 to end at $9.30 with 7,500 shares crossing the exchange.

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

Junior Market gains more

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange saw the market making more recovery on Thursday with the market Index rising 19.74 points to close at 2,996.89 for three days in a row.
The market settled with 34 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 5,022,418 units valued at $14,719,027 compared to 10,921,039 units valued at $36,285,573 from 33 on Wednesday. At the close of market activities, the prices of 15 securities advanced, 9 declined and 10 remained unchanged and resulted in the PE ratio of the market closing at 13.8 times 2019 earnings.
Trading ended with an average of 147,718 units for an average of $432,913 in contrast to 330,941 units for an average of $1,099,563 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 142,718 valued at $423,343 and previously 142,287 units valued at $422,520. In contrast, January closed with an average of 568,732 units valued at $3,447,957 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close of the market, Access Financial climbed $1.30 to settle at $28.50, with 938 shares changing hands, Blue Power gained 10 cents after exchanging 990 shares at $4.50, Caribbean Producers closed 1 cent higher at $4.81, with 4,100 stock units trading, Dolphin Cove shed 5 cents in trading of 189 units at $9.45. Elite Diagnostic closed trading of 53,536 units and gained 47 cents to end at $4.50, Express Catering rose 45 cents to end at $5.80 and finished with an exchange of 15,200 shares, Fontana closed trading with 66,918 stock units, after gaining 12 cents to end at $6.92. General Accident declined 25 cents in transferring 6,639 units at $6.25, GWest Corporation gained 5 cents to $1.05 exchanging 11,019 shares, Honey Bun declined by 68 cents to settle at $6.50, in trading 283,346 shares, Indies Pharma closed 20 cents higher to $2.70 and exchanged 59,370 shares. Jamaican Teas gained 35 cents to settle at $6.70, with 75,665 shares changing hands, Jetcon Corporation traded 4,017 shares, after rising 33 cents to close at $1.58, KLE Group closed with 48,634 units changing hands and gained 16 cents to end at $2.20, Knutsford Express swapped 6,179 shares at $9.90, after losing 10 cents. Lasco Distributors declined 10 cents in trading 2,485,710 units at $3.05, Lasco Financial closed 22 cents higher at $3.30, with 122,462 stock units trading, Limners and Bards closed 24 cents higher at $2.89, with 16,628 stock units trading. Lumber Depot ended with a loss of 1 cent at $1.49, with 58,017 stock units changing hands, MailPac declined 2 cents in trading of 709,347 units at $1.97. Main Event lost 10 cents exchanging 13,593 shares to close at $5.40, Medical Disposables closed trading of 18,200 units and gained 9 cents to end at $5.28. SSL Venture Capital gained 8 cents to settle at $1.20, with an exchange of 1,900 shares and Stationery and Office Supplies closed 94 cents lower to $8.16, in transferring 20,000 units.

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

More gains for Junior Market – Wednesday

The Junior Market Index advanced by 38.12 points to close at 2,977.15 on Wednesday. Trading ended with 33 securities changing hands, with the prices of 13 securities advancing, 11 declining and 5 remaining unchanged.
The market closed with an exchange of 10,921,039 units valued at $36,285,573 compared to 5,262,765 units valued at $15,028,751 from 34 securities on Tuesday.
Trading ended with an average of 330,941 units at $1,099,563 for each security traded in contrast to 154,787 units for an average of $442,022 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 142,287 valued at $422,520 and previously 125,090 units valued at $360,800. In contrast, January closed with an average of 137,619 units valued at $521,935 for each security traded. The average PE ratio for the Junior Market ended at 13.5 based on 2019 earnings.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with lower offers.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging jumped 39 cents to $1.90 with just 100 shares traded, Consolidated Bakeries landed at $1.65 after falling 12 cents in trading of 201,000 units, Derrimon Trading closed 3 cents higher at $2, with 39,335 stock units crossing the exchange. Everything Fresh ended with a loss of 1 cent at 94 cents with 45,302 stock units changing hands, Express Catering shed 35 cents in trading of 47,944 units at $5.35, Fontana closed 10 cents higher at $6.80, with 1,065,837 stock units trading. General Accident dropped 20 cents in the swapping 194,089 units at $6.50, Honey Bun exchanged 29,177 units at $7.18, after declining 12 cents, iCreate lost 3 cents in trading 35,292 shares to close at 70 cents. Iron Rock Insurance fell 6 cents to $3.29 with 300 units crossing the exchange, Jamaican Teas ended trading with 46,888 shares, after rising 35 cents to end at $6.35, Knutsford Express settled at $10 after jumping70 cents with an exchange of 5,356 shares. Lasco Distributors closed trading of 2,731,290 units and gained 10 cents to end at $3.15, Lasco Financial climbed 8 cents and exchanged 113,033 shares at $3.08, Lasco Manufacturing ended trading with 778,250 units and gained 50 cents to close at $4.40. Limners and Bards ended 5 cents higher at $2.65, with 75,541 stock units trading, Lumber Depot finished with a loss of 1 cent at $1.50 with 160,568 stock units changing hands, MailPac slipped 1 cent and traded 451,095 stock units to close at $1.99. Main Event exchange 24,407 shares to finish at $5.50 after falling 47 cents, Medical Disposables closed 9 cents higher at $5.19, with 42,589 stock units trading, Paramount Trading closed with 34,800 units crossing the exchange and gained 20 cents to end at $1.90. SSL Venture exchanged 1,885 units and gained 2 cents to end at $1.12 and Stationery and Office Supplies gained 30 cents to end at $9.10 with 14,454 units crossing the market. CAC 2000 9.5% preference share ended with 1,129 shares to close at a 52 weeks’ low of 85 cents after falling 5 cents.

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

Junior Market ekes out gains – Tuesday

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Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange finished on Tuesday with 34 securities changing hands, resulting in the prices of 11 securities advancing, 16 declining and 7  unchanged and resulted in the Market Index advancing 11.51 points to close at 2,939.03.
The market closed with an exchange of 5,262,765 units valued at $15,028,752 compared to 1,852,603 units for $6,069,167 from 33 securities on Monday.
Trading ended with an average of 154,787 units for an average of $442,022 in contrast to 56,139 units for an average of $183,914 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 125,090 units valued at $360,800 and previously 122,011 units valued at $352,381. In contrast, January closed with an average of 137,619 units valued at $521,935 for each security traded. The average PE ratio for the Junior Market ended at 13.4 based on 2019 earnings.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial closed with a loss of 80 cents at $27.20, in swapping of 7,872 shares, AMG Packaging declined by 48 cents to settle at $1.51, with an exchange of 120,145 shares, Caribbean Cream lost 1 cent to close at $3.35, with 20,893 stock units changing hands. Caribbean Producers shed 20 cents in trading of 176,647 units at $4.80, Consolidated Bakeries closed 2 cents lower at $1.77, with 500 units crossing the exchange, Derrimon Trading transferred 3,000 units, in rising 17 cents to end at $1.97, Dolphin Cove declined 50 cents in swapping of 14,861 units at $9.50. Elite Diagnostic closed trading with 116,204 shares, after rising 1 cent to $4.03, Everything Fresh ended trading with 62,260 shares, after rising 5 cents to settle at 95 cents, Express Catering lost 9 cents to close at $5.70, with 22,148 changing hands. Fontana shed 25 cents in trading of 366,519 units to close at $6.70, Fosrich swapped 7,380 units and gained 45 cents to end at $3.95, General Accident lost 1 cent with 19,500 stock units changing hands and closed at $6.70, Honey Bun slid 69 cents in trading 19,300 units to end at $7.30. iCreate shed 1 cent and closed at 73 cents with 58,925 stock units crossing the market. Jamaican Teas lost 1 cent trading 62,733 stock units to close at $6, Jetcon Corporation lost 15 cents to end at $1.25, in exchanging 68,569 units, Key Insurance ended trading with 12,800 shares, after rising 15 cents to settle at $3.05, Lasco Distributors declined by 5 cents in exchanging of 193,654 units to end at $3.05. Lasco Manufacturing fell 30 cents to close at $3.90, in swapping 240,400 units, Limners and Bards climbed 2 cents and exchanged 136,851 shares at $2.60, Lumber Depot declined 2 cents to close at $1.51, after transferring 58,429 units, MailPac ended trading with 3,021,977 shares, after rising 1 cent to end at $2. Main Event closed 2 cents higher at $5.97, in trading 43,655 stock units, Paramount Trading closed trading of 2,000 units and gained 23 cents to end at $1.70, Stationery and Office Supplies gained 80 cents, climbing to $8.80 with 2,055 units changing hands and tTech traded 2,000 shares at $4.70, after rising 10 cents.

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

4 Junior Market stocks at one year low

The Junior Market Index declined 34.68 points to close at 2,927.52, on Monday closing just above last Wednesday’s 20-month low as both value and volume of stocks trading fell below Friday’s levels as four stocks closed at 52 weeks’ lows.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 14 securities advanced, 15 declined and 4 remained unchanged.
At the close, 33 securities changed hands, resulting in an exchange of 1,852,603 units valued at $6,069,167 compared to 3,086,816 units valued at $7,108,119 from 36 securities on Friday.
Trading ended with an average of 56,139 units for an average of $183,914 in contrast to 85,745 units at 197,448 for each security traded on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 122,011 units valued at $352,381 and previously 129,380 units valued at $371,226. In contrast, January closed with an average of 137,619 units valued at $521,935 for each security traded. The average PE ratio for the Junior Market ended at 13.4 based on 2019 earnings.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows eight stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial lost 97 cents to settle at $28 with 172 shares changing hands, AMG Packaging finished 9 cents higher at $1.99 with 29,814 stock units trading, Blue Power ended the day at $4.40 after gaining 40 cents and exchanging 19,310 stock units. Cargo Handlers dipped 10 cents in trading of 100,000 units at a 52 weeks’ high of $7.85, Caribbean Cream ended trading with 2,100 shares after rising 1 cent to $3.36, Caribbean Flavours dropped $1.51 and closed market activity at $14.41 after an exchange of 1,000 shares. Caribbean Producers ended trading of 10,700 units and gained 20 cents to finish at $5, Consolidated Bakeries climbed 4 cents and exchanged 6,435 shares at $1.79, Derrimon Trading declined by 25 cents to settle at $1.80 with 20,500 units crossing the exchange. Elite Diagnostic closed trading of 4,210 units and gained 2 cents to end at $4.02, Everything Fresh finished with a loss of 1 cent at a new low of 90 cents with 230,000 stock units changing hands, Express Catering ended with 28,155 shares traded, after rising 29 cents to settle at $5.79. Fontana closed 41 cents higher at $6.95, with 95,356 stock units trading, after the company posted strong second-quarter results with the new store contributing to the growth in profit. Fosrich declined 34 cents to settle at $3.50, after an exchange of 16,820 shares, General Accident closed trading of 89,036 units with a rise of 51 cents to end at $6.71 following the release of full-year profit that was up 48 percent. Honey Bun ended the day with 15,300 shares exchanged, after rising 84 cents to end at $7.99, after the company reported a 41 percent rise in pretax profit for the December quarter.  iCreate gained 1 cent to end at 74 cents, trading 16,731 shares, Indies Pharma lost 20 cents in exchanging 35,000 shares to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $2.50. Jamaican Teas ended market activity with 10,391 shares crossing the exchange to close at $6.01 after falling 9 cents, Jetcon Corporation finished trading 32,298 shares after rising 1 cent to end at $1.40, Key Insurance closed with a loss of 30 cents at $2.90, with 1,971 shares changing hands. Knutsford Express ended market activity exchanging 500 shares to close at $9.30 after falling 15 cents, Lasco Financial dropped 75 cents to a 52 weeks’ low of $3 with 153,057 changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing lost 8 cents in trading 36,667 shares to close at $4.20. Limners and Bards dipped 9 cents in trading of 124,928 units at $2.58, Lumber Depot climbed 3 cents and exchanged 137,253 shares at $1.53, MailPac fell 11 cents trading of 512,419 units at $1.99. Medical Disposables rose 10 cents and exchanged 41,813 shares at $5.10 and tTech declined by 40 cents to settle at a 52 weeks’ low of $4.60 while trading a mere 300 stock units.

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

Sharp rebound for Junior Market

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended trading on Friday with a sharp 75.10 points rebound in the market index to close at 2,962.20 as 36 securities changing hands up from 30 on Thursday.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 13 securities advanced, 15 declined and 8 remained unchanged, as 3,086,816 units traded for $7,108,119 compared to 1,829,296 units at $5,404,058 on Thursday.
Trading ended with an average of 85,745 units at $197,448 for each security traded, in contrast to 60,977 units for an average of $180,135 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 129,380 valued at $711,226 and previously 135,445 units valued at $395,381. In contrast, January closed with an average of 137,619 units valued at $521,935 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer. The average PE ratio for the Junior Market ended at 13.4 based on 2019 earnings.
At the close of the market, Access Financial lost 3 cents in trading 232 shares at $28.97, AMG Packaging closed with a loss of 8 cents at $1.90, after swapping of 29,885 shares, Caribbean Producers climbed 30 cents and exchanged 13,364 shares at $4.8, Derrimon Trading closed with 414,288 units changing hands and gaining 17 cents to end at $2.05. Elite Diagnostic fell by 2 cents trading 91,879 units to end at $4, Everything Fresh dipped 4 cents with 389,084 units crossing the exchange at a new low of 91 cents, Express Catering lost 30 cents to close at $5.50, after exchanging 12,570 units. Fontana shed 1 cent to close at $6.54, with 126,314 stock units changing hands, Fosrich fell 12 cents, trading of 6,149 units to settle at $3.84. General Accident closed 20 cents higher at $6.20, with 1,599 stock units trading, Honey Bun lost 4 cents with 15,847 units crossing the market to end at $7.15, Indies Pharma traded 2,214 stock units and closed 25 cents higher at $2.70. Jamaican Teas closed at $6.10, with a loss of 17 cents after swapping 40,926 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended at $1.39, after rising 17 cents and exchanging 4,000 stock units, Key Insurance closed trading of 10,000 units at $3.20, after gaining 30 cents, Knutsford Express climbed 15 cents to $9.45 and exchanged 400 shares. Lasco Financial closed trading of 400 units and gained 65 cents to end at $3.75, Lasco Manufacturing climbed 8 cents to $4.28, with a mere 200 units traded, Limners and Bards declined by 2 cents in trading 37,504 units at $2.67, Lumber Depot ended trading with 21,598 shares, after rising 3 cents to $1.50. Mailpac Group rose 12 cents to $2.10, with an exchange of 1,431,635 shares, Medical Disposables slid $1.40 to $5 in trading of 10,000 units, Paramount Trading closed with a loss of 3 cents at $1.47, in swapping of 19,000 shares. SSL Venture ended trading with 14,700 shares at $1.10, after rising 5 cents and Stationery and Office Supplies ended with a loss of $1 to settle at $8, with 7,376 stock units changing hands.
In the junior market preference segment, CAC 2000 ended with an exchange of 15,400 shares to close at 90 cents after falling 13 cents and Paramount Trading shed 5 cents to end at $2, trading 250,000 units.
Prices of securities trading are those at which the last trade took place.

Junior Market at 2 year low

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange finished on Thursday with the index declining by 34.22 points to close at 2,887.10, the lowest level since March 2018, The IC bid-offer Indicator suggests that the market could enjoy a bounce on Friday.
Market activity resulted in 30 securities changing hands, in an exchange of 1,829,296 units valued at $5,404,058 compared to 2,930,240 units valued at $10,568,242 from 33 securities trading on Wednesday.
At the close, the prices of 10 securities advanced, 13 declined and 7 remained unchanged. The Junior Market average PE ratio ended at 13 times 2019 earnings.
Trading ended with an average of 60,977 units for an average of $180,135 in contrast to 88,795 units for an average of $320,250 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 135,408 units valued at $395,381 and previously 145,201 units valued at $423,579. In contrast, January closed with an average of 137,619 units valued at $521,935 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows eight stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close of the market, Access Financial recovered $3.02 of its recent loss, to end at $29, trading 5,335 shares, CAC 2000 declined 50 cents in trading 900 units at $12.50, Caribbean Cream lost 14 cents to settle at $3.35 exchanging 1,781 units, Caribbean Producers gained 1 cent to end at $4.50 trading 76,200 shares. Consolidated Bakeries closed 10 cents higher at $1.75, with 1,572 stock units trading,  Derrimon Trading closed with a loss of 5 cents at $1.88, in switching ownership of 168,100 shares, Elite Diagnostic exchanged 6,579 units and gained 1 cent to end at $4.02. Express Catering ended 80 cents higher at $5.80, with 4,937 stock units changing hands, Fosrich closed 51 cents higher at $3.96, with 2,000 stock units trading, iCreate lost 2 cents to close at 73 cents, in swapping 70,262 shares. Indies Pharma declined by 15 cents to settle at a 52 weeks’ low of $2.45 after trading 359,866 shares, Jamaican Teas climbed 27 cents and exchanged 115,340 shares at $6.27, Jetcon Corporation ended market activity trading 44,900 shares to close at $1.22 after falling 3 cents. Knutsford Express traded 15,215 shares at $9.30, after rising 28 cents, Lasco Financial shed 40 cents in trading of 79,147 units at 52 weeks’ low of $3.10, Lasco Manufacturing ended with 49,002 shares, after rising 25 cents to $4.20, Limners and Bards closed with a loss of 3 cents at $2.69, in swapping of 17,553 shares. Lumber Depot declined by 3 cents to settle at $1.47, with 362,084 shares changing hands, MailPac closed with a loss of 2 cents at $1.98, after swapping 131,878 shares, Main Event ended trading with 18,133 shares, after rising 15 cents to $5.95. Paramount Trading exchanged 62,262 shares to close at $1.50 after falling 21 cents, Stationery and Office Supplies fell 15 cents in trading of 49,581 units at $9 and tTech closed with a loss of 50 cents at $5, in swapping of 9,589 shares.

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

JSE Junior Market at 20 months’ low

With the value of the units traded down 52 percent from Tuesday’s level, the Junior Market Index declined by another 30.51 points to close at 2,921.32, the lowest point since May 2018 and is down 20 percent from the peak in Mid-August last year as three securities close at 52 weeks’ lows.
At the close of market activities on Wednesday, the prices of 9 securities advanced, 19 declined and 5 remained unchanged as 33 securities changed hands, resulting in an exchange of 2,930,240 units valued at $10,568,242 compared to 7,793,044 units valued at $20,336,108 from 29 securities trading on Tuesday.
Trading ended with an average of 88,795 units at $320,250 for each security traded in contrast to 268,726 units at $701,245 for each security traded on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 145,201 units valued at $423,579 and previously 154,689 units valued at $440,976. In contrast, January closed with 137,619 units valued at $521,935 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows six stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers. The average PE ratio of the market ended at 13 times 2019 earnings.
At the close of the market, Access Financial gained 98 cents to end at $25.98 with an exchange of 7,140 shares, Blue Power closed trading of 20,835 units and gained 1 cent to end at $4, Caribbean Cream swapped 15,100 shares, after rising 14 cents to end at $3.49. CAC 2000 ended at $13 after losing 50 cents with 16,949 shares traded, Derrimon Trading closed 5 cents higher at $1.93 with 109,232 stock units changed hands, Dolphin Cove ended with a loss of 30 cents at $10, in swapping 9,720 shares. Everything Fresh closed market activity exchanging 23,026 shares to close at 95 cents after falling 9 cents, Express Catering declined by 80 cents in trading of 93,252 units to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $5. Fontana ended the day with 441,319 shares exchanged, after rising 5 cents to $6.55, Fosrich closed with a loss of 52 cents at $3.45, in the transferring 112,257 shares. GWest Corporation traded 20,108 shares and declined by 9 cents to settle at $1, Honey Bun ended with a loss of 1 cent at $7.19 with 32,058 stock units changing hands, iCreate closed trading of 11,500 units and gained 2 cents to end at 75 cents. Indies Pharma fell 27 cents to settle at a 52 weeks’ low of $2.60 with an exchange of 49,568 shares, Iron Rock Insurance lost 5 cents trading 37,309 shares to close at $3.35, Jamaican Teas swapped 83,624 shares at $6 after shedding 28 cents. Jetcon Corporation closed trading of 89,849 units and gained 4 cents to end at $1.25, Key Insurance shed 24 cents in exchanging 23,150 units at $2.90, Knutsford Express lost 88 cents to end at $9.02 with 7,450 units traded. Lasco Distributors closed trading of 85,482 units and gained 5 cents to end at $3.10, Lasco Financial fell 6 cents to settle at 52 weeks’ low of $3.50 with 182,375 units changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing lost 35 cents trading 121,500 units at $3.95. Limners and Bards lost 16 cents in exchanging 57,010 shares to close at $2.72, MailPac closed 2 cents higher at $2 with 417,777 stock units changing hands, Main Event lost 60 cents trading 2,093 shares to close at $5.80. Medical Disposables dipped 5 cents to $6.40 with 114,924 units changing hands, SSL Venture dropped 5 cents swapping 11,530 units at $1.05, Stationery and Office Supplies closed with a loss of 15 cents at $9.15 with 18,614 shares crossing the exchange.

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

Junior market steadies on Monday

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange index gained just 5.80 points to end Monday’s trading activities at 2,994.69 as the volume and value of trading slipped versus Friday’s levels.
Trading concluded on Monday with 33 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 5,323,805 units valued at $16,300,544 compared to 7,192,523 units valued at $17,864,788 from 33 securities on Friday. At the close of market activities, the prices of 11 securities advanced, 13 declined and 9 remained unchanged. The average PE ratio for the juniors closed at 12.8 times 2019 earnings.
The trading day ended with an average of 161,327 units for $493,956 for each security traded in contrast to 217,955 units for an average of $541,357 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 134,897 units valued at $395,780 and previously 128,387 units valued at $371,602. In contrast, January closed with 137,619 units valued at $521,935 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows eight stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging exchanged 30,000 shares to end at $1.97 after falling 3 cents, Blue Power closed trading of 9,865 units and gained 14 cents to settle at $3.80, Cargo Handlers lost 17 cents in swapping 913 shares to close at $8. Caribbean Producers declined 21 cents to settle at $4.59 after 88,719, Consolidated Bakeries ended trading with 17,478 shares, after rising 2 cents to close at $1.65, Derrimon Trading gained 1 cent to finish at $2.06, exchanging 35,222 shares. Dolphin Cove climbed 40 cents and exchanged 100 shares at $10.30, Everything Fresh closed 4 cents higher at $1.04, with 311,182 stock units trading, Express Catering fell 25 cents to $5.60 with 12,000 shares changing hands. Fontana closed trading of 281,324 units and gained 25 cents to end at $6.50, Fosrich dipped 25 cents in exchanging 10,104 units at $3.70, General Accident shed 50 cents in trading 11,991 units at $5.50. Honey Bun ended with an exchange5,149 shares, after rising 20 cents to settle at $7.20, iCreate dropped 1 cent to finish at 73 cents 13,700 stock units changing hands, Indies Pharma declined 10 cents in trading of 69,000 units at $2.85. Iron Rock Insurance shed 5 cents in the swapping 141,717 units at $3.40, Jamaican Teas lost 8 cents trading 74,943 shares to end at $6.27, Key Insurance closed trading of 21,000 units and gained 10 cents to rest at $3.25. Lasco Distributors finished market activity exchanging 208,659 shares to close at $3 after falling 2 cents, Lasco Financial ended trading 118,707 units and gained 30 cents to settle at $4, Lasco Manufacturing lost 5 cents to settle at $4 with 1,283,815 units crossing the exchange. Limners and Bards ended trading with 44,140 shares, after rising 1 cent to close at $2.73, Lumber Depot finished with a loss of 1 cent at $1.52 with 1,090,903 stock units changing hands and MailPac closed trading of 1,193,264 units and gained 5 cents to end at $2.06.

2 weeks of Junior Market fall broken

The Junior Market broke the unbroken 5 days losing run 13 days of decline with just one day with gains in between before Friday’s gains that saw the market index advancing 34.92 points to close at 2,988.89.
Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Friday with 33 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 7,192,523 units valued at $17,864,788 compared to 2,099,024 units valued at $7,953,736 from an exchange of 34 stocks on Thursday.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 15 securities advanced, 4 declined and 14 remained unchanged. The average PE ratio closed at 12.9 on Friday.
Trading ended with an average of 217,955 units for an average of $541,357 in contrast to 61,736 units for an average of $233,933 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 128,387 valued at $371,602 and previously 127,778 units valued at $296,606. In contrast, January closed with an average of 137,619 units valued at $521,935 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 8 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial shed 3 cents in trading of 2,616 units to close at $29, Blue Power closed trading of 4,450 units and gained 11 cents to end at $3.66, Cargo Handlers climbed 17 cents and exchanged 1,100 shares at $8.17. Derrimon Trading closed with a loss of 14 cents at $2.05, swapping of 1,500 shares, Elite Diagnostic added 10 cents to finish at $4.15 after trading 109,192 shares, Everything Fresh lost 3 cents in trading 283,556 shares to close at $1. Express Catering gained 25 cents to settle at $5.85, with 500 shares changing hands, Fosrich rose 15 cents and exchanged 47,450 shares at $3.95, Fontana shed 30 cents trading 346,323 units, to close at $6.25. GWest Corporation swapped 100 units and gained 9 cents to end at $1.10, Honey Bun climbed 1 cent in exchanging 20,562 shares to end at $7, iCreate climbed 2 cents and traded 18,000 shares at 74 cents, Indies Pharma gained 10 cents with 46,501 shares changing hands at $2.95. Key Insurance shed 25 cents in trading of 100 units at $3.15, Lasco Financial added 5 cents with an exchange of 9,600 shares at $3.70, Lasco Manufacturing ended trading with 883,087 shares, after rising 10 cents to end at $4.05. Limners and Bards climbed 31 cents and exchanged 158,018 shares at $2.72, Lumber Depot closed trading of 712,522 units and gained 1 cent to end at $1.53, MailPac gained 1 cent to end at $2.01, after 857,836 shares changed hands and Paramount Trading climbed 21 cents and exchanged 3,282,300 shares at $1.71.

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