Rising stocks push up Junior Market

Rising stocks trumped those declining at the close of trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday, with trading in 42 securities compared with 41 on Wednesday and ending with prices of 19 rising, 12 declining and 11 unchanged, following a 272 percent rise in the volume of stocks traded, with 235 percent higher value than Wednesday.
Trading resulted in an exchange of 6,736,179 shares for $12,893,338 up from just 1,811,654 units at $3,852,277 on Wednesday.
Trading averaged 160,385 shares at $306,984, compared with 44,187 units at $93,958 on Wednesday with the month to date, averaging 126,617 units at $295,396 compared with 121,141 stock units at $293,517 on the previous day and April with an average of 204,118 units at $439,599.
Mailpac Group led trading with 3.33 million shares for 49.4 percent of total volume followed by ONE on ONE Educational with 1.03 million stocks for 15.2 percent of the day’s trade and Jamaican Teas with 610,100 units for 9.1 percent market share.
At the close of trading, the Junior Market Index rallied 30.89 points to end at 3,791.25.
The Junior Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 12.3, based on last traded prices in conjunction with earnings projected by ICInsider.com for the financial years ending around August 2025.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and seven with lower offers.
At the close, Blue Power dropped $1.04 to finish at $3.16 after investors ended trading 8,931 shares, Caribbean Assurance Brokers rallied 62 cents to $3.82 after a transfer of 128,172 shares as investors continued to respond to the release of full year results at the end of last week, Caribbean Cream declined 20 cents to end at $4.01 with traders dealing in 205 units. Derrimon Trading increased 14 cents in closing at $2 with an exchange of 54 stocks, Dolphin Cove sank $1.02 to close at $19.98 with 2,437 units clearing the market, Fontana popped 15 cents to end at $8.95 as investors exchanged 50,181 shares. Future Energy lost 8 cents to close at $3.40, with 114,350 stock units changing hands, GWest Corporation dipped 9 cents in closing at 92 cents with an exchange of 1,592 stocks, Honey Bun dropped 41 cents and ended at $7.50, with 3,749 shares crossing the market. Jamaican Teas shed 12 cents to close at $2.40 with investors trading 610,100 stock units, Jetcon Corporation rose 12 cents to finish at 99 cents with just 10 units crossing the exchange, JFP Ltd gained 9 cents to end at $1.23 with investors trading 5,703 stocks. Lasco Financial popped 9 cents to $1.69 in an exchange of 51,826 units, Limners and Bards advanced 20 cents to close at $1.46 with investors dealing in 20,669 shares, Lumber Depot rose 12 cents in closing at $2.82 in switching ownership of 43,480 stock units and MFS Capital Partners gained 15 cents to end at $1.52 after an exchange of 343,490 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Trading jumps on Junior Market

Trading jumped on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Monday, with rising a 372 percent rise in the volume of stocks traded, with 396 percent more value than Friday following trading in 45 securities compared with 44 on Friday and ending with prices of only eight stocks rising, 22 declining and 15 closing unchanged.
The market closed with an exchange of 7,528,822 shares for $16,904,689, up from 1,594,451 units at $3,409,014 on Friday.
Trading averaged 167,307 shares at $375,660, compared with 36,238 units at $77,478 on Friday with a month to date, average of 213,954 units at $478,434 compared to 217,407 stock units at $486,040 on the previous day and March with an average of 221,659 units at $464,382.
Spur Tree Spices led trading with 4.60 million shares for 61.1 percent of total volume followed by KLE Group with 567,507 units for 7.5 percent of the day’s trade and Jamaican Teas with 363,876 units for 4.8 percent market share.
At the close of trading, the Junior Market Index sank 17.69 points to 3,776.45.
The Junior Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 12.6, based on last traded prices in conjunction with earnings projected by ICInsider.com for the financial years ending around August 2025.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows two stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, CAC 2000 fell 5 cents to end at $4.40 after a transfer of 242 units, Dolla Financial lost 12 cents in closing at $2.67, with 187,664 stocks crossing the market, Dolphin Cove rallied 26 cents to $19.76 after investors exchanged 2,492 shares. Everything Fresh popped 14 cents and ended at $1.70 after trading 20,993 stock units, Express Catering declined 8 cents to close at $4.01, with 5,603 shares crossing the exchange, Image Plus shed 5 cents to finish at $1.88 with investors swapping 57,859 units. Indies Pharma dipped 7 cents and ended at $2.65, with 42,640 stocks crossing the market, Jamaican Teas sank 32 cents to $2.18 with an exchange of 363,876 stock units, Knutsford Express gained 49 cents to end at $11.90 after 22,824 shares passed through the market. Lumber Depot dipped 10 cents in closing at $2.55 with investors dealing in 46,316 stock units, MFS Capital Partners slipped 21 cents to close at $1.53 with a transfer of 1,928 stocks and tTech rose 5 cents to finish at $2.25 and closed with an exchange of 996 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market drops

Trading closed on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Thursday, with a 60 percent decline in the volume of stocks traded, with a 56 percent lower value than Wednesday flowing from trading in 44 securities up from 39 on Wednesday and ending with prices of 16 rising, 17 declining and 11 closing unchanged.
The market closed with trading of 4,130,132 shares for $9,762,303 compared with 10,446,628 units at $22,291,796 on Wednesday.
Trading averaged 93,867 shares at $221,871, compared with 267,862 units at $571,585 on Wednesday with the month to date, averaging 170,245 units at $375,489 compared to 210,253 stock units at $455,956 on the previous day and March with an average of 221,659 units at $464,382.
Express Catering led trading with 805,692 shares for 19.5 percent of total volume followed by EduFocal with 793,618 units for 19.2 percent of the day’s trade and MFS Capital Partners with 461,757 units for 11.2 percent market share.
At the close of trading, the Junior Market Index shed 17.46 points to end the day at 3,817.62.
The Junior Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 12.9, based on last traded prices in conjunction with earnings projected by ICInsider.com for the financial years ending around August 2024.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, CAC 2000 rallied 24 cents to close at $4.49 with traders dealing in 29 stock units, Dolla Financial dropped 10 cents to $2.70 as investors exchanged 235,216 shares, Dolphin Cove popped 41 cents to finish at $19.39 after trading 320 units. Elite Diagnostic sank 26 cents and ended at $1.41 with a transfer of 64,794 stocks, Fontana skidded 10 cents to end at $8.80 with investors swapping 129,128 units, Iron Rock Insurance gained 16 cents in closing at $2.51, with 76 stocks crossing the market. Jamaican Teas lost 28 cents to $2.40 with investors trading 35,389 shares, Knutsford Express slipped 9 cents in closing at $11.80, with 1,965 stock units changing hands, Lasco Financial rose 11 cents and ended at $1.91 in trading 5,980 shares. Limners and Bards climbed 28 cents to finish at $1.75 with 1,449 units clearing the market, MFS Capital Partners fell 12 cents to end at $1.53 with an exchange of 461,757 stocks, Tropical Battery shed 15 cents to close at $2.05 after 99,901 stock units passed through the market and tTech increased 29 cents to $2.30 in switching ownership of just one share.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market ekes out gains on Monday

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Trading closed on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Monday, with a 78 percent fall in the volume of stocks traded, following a 64 percent drop in the value of stocks traded compared with Friday, following trading in 46 securities up from 44 on Friday and ending with prices of 15 rising, 21 declining and 10 closing unchanged.
The market ended trading of 5,931,329 shares for $11,322,870 compared with 26,794,881 units at $31,045,200 on Friday.
Trading averaged 128,942 shares at $246,149 compared to 608,975 units at $705,573 on Friday with a month to date, average of 187,416 units at $396,767 compared to 191,231 stock units at $406,595 on the previous day and February with an average of 253,246 units at $637,481.
Fosrich led trading with 999,041 shares for 16.8 percent of total volume followed by Derrimon Trading with 614,908 stocks for 10.4 percent of the day’s trade and Everything Fresh with 526,860 units for 8.9 percent market share.
At the close of trading, the Junior Market Index increased 1.10 points to cease trading at 3,793.15.
The Junior Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 13, based on last traded prices in conjunction with earnings projected by ICInsider.com for the financial years ending around August 2024.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows two stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, AMG Packaging declined 33 cents to end at $3.11 as investors exchanged 1,516 stocks, Cargo Handlers popped $1.28 in closing at $14.11 with just three units passing through the market, Caribbean Assurance Brokers lost 15 cents in closing at $2.20, after an exchange of 120,394 shares. Caribbean Cream fell 19 cents to close at $3.69 with 489 stock units clearing the market, Caribbean Flavours skidded 11 cents and ended at $1.59 with traders dealing in 50,101 shares, Derrimon Trading popped 10 cents to close at $2 in an exchange of 614,908 stock units. Dolla Financial sank 10 cents to end at $2.64 after investors traded 124,086 stocks, Dolphin Cove shed 39 cents in closing at $19.31 with 321 units crossing the exchange, Everything Fresh climbed 10 cents to close at $1.70 after a transfer of 526,860 stocks. Express Catering dropped 6 cents and ended at $3.94 with investors dealing in 783 shares, Fontana dipped 10 cents to $9 crossing the market 32,314 stock units, Fosrich rose 15 cents in closing at $2.30 while exchanging 999,041 units. Future Energy fell 12 cents to $3.48 with a transfer of 113,618 shares, Honey Bun dropped 56 cents to close at $6.50, with 10,501 stock units changing hands, JFP Ltd lost 6 cents and ended at $1.33 after an exchange of 13,070 stocks. KLE Group rallied 24 cents to $2.39 with investors trading 139 units, Knutsford Express declined 44 cents and ended at $11.50 after exchanging 10,251 shares, Lasco Financial shed 29 cents in closing at $1.62 in trading 77,041 stock units. Limners and Bards dropped 30 cents to end at $1.47, with 27,676 stocks crossing the market, Lumber Depot advanced 15 cents to close at $2.70 with investors swapping 143,201 units, Main Event sank 94 cents to $13.58 after 4,227 stock units changed hands. MFS Capital Partners skidded 10 cents to close at $1.60 with investors trading 109,702 units, ONE on ONE Educational gained 12 cents in closing at $1 in switching ownership of 458,111 shares, Paramount Trading lost 35 cents and ended at $1.20 but only after trading at an intraday 52 weeks’ low of $1.10 with an exchange of 250,023 stock units. Stationery and Office Supplies popped 10 cents to end at $1.60, with 424,355 shares crossing the market and tTech dropped 10 cents in closing at $2.30 after an exchange of 310 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Jump in money entering Junior Market on Thursday

Trading closed on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Thursday, with the market slipping as declining stocks overpowered those rising following moderate price changes following a 15 percent decline in the volume of stocks traded with a value that was 11 percent more than on Wednesday after trading in 41 securities compared with 42 on Wednesday and ending with prices of eight rising, 18 declining and 15 closing unchanged.
The market ended with an exchange of 7,401,497 stock units at $21,829,864 versus 8,696,982 units for $19,603,907 on Wednesday.
Trading averaged 180,524 shares at $532,436, compared with 207,071 units at $466,760, Wednesday. Trading for the month to date, averaged 165,048 stock units at $344,449 compared with 163,794 shares at $329,217 on the previous day and December with an average of 466,866 units at $1,111,272.
Future Energy led trading with 2.23 million shares for 30.1 percent of total volume followed by Derrimon Trading with 888,112 units for 12 percent of the day’s trade and Jamaican Teas with 641,782 units for 8.7 percent market share.
At the close of the market, the Junior Market Index slipped 9.51 points to wrap-up trading at 3,731.89.
The Junior Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 12.9, based on last traded prices in conjunction with earnings projected by ICInsider.com for the financial years ending around August 2024.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows seven stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Caribbean Cream dipped 31 cents and ended at $3.41, with a mere 2,000 stock units crossing the exchange, Consolidated Bakeries fell 8 cents to end at $2.10, with 688 shares changing hands, Dolphin Cove shed 19 cents to end at $18.01 after 3,030 units passed through the market. Elite Diagnostic rallied 9 cents in closing at $1.60 after an exchange of just 785 stocks, Fontana declined 9 cents to close at $10.50 with 171,795 units clearing the market, Honey Bun lost 8 cents to end at $6.17 with 1,000 stock units being traded. Lasco Distributors sank 10 cents to end at $4, with 55,480 shares crossing the market, MFS Capital Partners increased 7 cents in closing at $2.48 in switching ownership of 351,808 stock units, Paramount Trading popped 14 cents to close at $1.55 with investors trading 44,442 shares. Spur Tree Spices dropped 12 cents and ended at $2.34 in an exchange of 86,314 stock units and Tropical Battery skidded 17 cents to $2.13 with traders dealing in 64,785 stocks.

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

Junior Market rose on reduced trading

Trading closed on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Wednesday, with a 26 percent decline in the volume of stocks traded, with a 10 percent lower value than Tuesday following trading in 42 securities compared with 39 on Tuesday and ending with prices of 17 rising, 17 declining and eight closing unchanged.
The market ended with 8,696,982 shares being traded for $19,603,907 compared with 11,812,842 units at $21,832,768 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 207,071 shares at $466,760, compared with 302,893 units at $559,815 on Tuesday with the month to date, averaging 163,794 units at $329,217 compared to 159,877 stock units at $316,767 on the previous day and December with an average of 466,866 units at $1,111,272.
Express Catering led trading with 2.12 million shares for 24.4 percent of total volume followed by EduFocal with 2.04 million units for 23.5 percent of the day’s trade and iCreate with 971,348 units for 11.2 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index rose 17.68 points to finish trading at 3,741.40.
The Junior Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 12.9, based on last traded prices in conjunction with earnings projected by ICInsider.com for the financial years ending around August 2024.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 12 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, AMG Packaging popped 76 cents and ended at $3.18 after investors ended trading 27,607 units, Caribbean Cream dipped 33 cents to $3.72, with 2,635 stocks crossing the market, Caribbean Flavours lost 19 cents to end at $1.60 with investors dealing in 442 shares. Dolphin Cove skidded 30 cents in closing at $18.20 with 1,195 stock units clearing the market, Elite Diagnostic sank 18 cents to close at $1.51 with an exchange of 9,870 shares, Express Catering dropped 20 cents to $3.80 with 2,117,976 units changing hands. Fosrich fell 16 cents in closing at $2.22 with investors swapping 100,442 stocks, Iron Rock Insurance gained 44 cents to close at $2.51 in switching ownership of just one stock unit, ISP Finance rose $1.19 and ended at $22.64 while exchanging 1,435 shares. Knutsford Express declined $1.38 to end at $11 with traders dealing in 1,825 units, Lasco Distributors climbed 25 cents in closing at $4.10 in an exchange of 27,528 stocks, Lasco Manufacturing increased 9 cents to $4.61, with 32,190 stock units crossing the market. Main Event advanced 20 cents to end at $15 in an exchange of 30,918 shares, Spur Tree Spices rallied 10 cents to close at $2.46 and ended with an exchange of 82,607 stock units and Tropical Battery popped 17 cents and ended at $2.30 as investors exchanged 28,150 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Trading rose on the Jamaica Stock Exchange

Trading picked up sharply on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Wednesday as the volume and value of stocks traded in the Main Market jumped well over that on Tuesday as the Junior Market trading levels held close to Tuesday outturn as the JSE USD market trading levels rose as the market ended with mixed changes in the indices.
At the close of trading, the JSE Combined Market Index climbed 377.37 points to end at 335,755.48, the All Jamaican Composite Index shed 446.67 points to close at 358,938.90, the JSE Main Index advanced 237.24 points to end at 323,070.15. The Junior Market Index rose 17.68 points to 3,741.40 and the JSE USD Market Index slipped 1.17 points to end the day at 242.33.
At the close of trading, 26,660,691 shares were exchanged in all three markets, up from 19,941,630 units on Tuesday, with the value of stocks traded on the Junior and Main markets amounted to $194.59 million, up from $83.9 million on Tuesday and the JSE USD market closed with an exchange of 664,963 shares for US$18,341 compared to 508,298 units at US$11,596 on Tuesday.
Main Market trading was dominated by Jamaica Producers led trading with 3.96 million shares followed by Jamaica Stock Exchange with 3.72 million units, Transjamaican Highway with 2.66 million stock units, JMMB 9.5% preference share with 1.59 million shares, Wigton Windfarm with 1.38 million units and Carreras with 1.18 million stocks.
In the Junior Market, Express Catering led trading with 2.12 million shares followed by EduFocal with 2.04 million units and iCreate with 971,348 units.
At the close of the market, some of the major Main Market stocks that rose are Guardian Holdings climbed $18.49 and ended at $369, Jamaica Broilers popped $1 to end at $33.50, Jamaica Producers rallied $3.50 to close at $26 and Sagicor Group gained 99 cents to end at $42.99.
The major declining Main Market stocks include AS Bryden shed $3 to end at $42, Caribbean Cement skidded $4.74 to close at $51.26, NCB Financial declined $1 to end at $66 and Seprod which fell $3.17 in closing at $83.
Major price movement in the Junior Market, with gains are AMG Packaging popped 76 cents and ended at $3.18, Iron Rock Insurance gained 44 cents to close at $2.51, ISP Finance rose $1.19 and ended at $22.64 with the major losing stock being Knutsford Express declining $1.38 to end at $11.
In the preference segment, no stock traded with a notable price change.
The market’s PE ratio, the most popular measure used to determine the value of stocks, ended at 20.3 on 2022-23 earnings and 13.6 times those for 2023-24 at the close of trading. ICInsider.com PE ratio chart and the more detailed daily charts provide investors with regularly updated information to help decision-making.
The PE ratio chart covers all ordinary shares on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, grouped by industry, allowing for easy comparisons between the same sector companies and the overall market. The EPS & PE ratios are based on 2023 and 2024 actual or projected earnings, excluding major one off items.
Investors need pertinent information to navigate numerous investment options successfully in the stock market. The ICInsider.com PE ratio chart and the more detailed daily report charts provide investors with regularly updated information to help decision-making.
Investors should use the chart to help make rational decisions when investing in stocks close to the average for the sector and not going too far from it unless there are compelling reasons to do so. This approach helps to remove emotions from investment decisions and place them on fundamentals while at the same time not being too far from the majority of investors. Investors who buy when the price of a stock is close to the average will find that they are not inclined to overpay for a stock.
The net asset value of each company is reported as a guide to quickly assess the value of stocks based on this measure. The chart also shows daily changes in stock prices and the percentage year to date price movement based on the last traded prices.
Dividends paid or payable and yields for each company are shown in the Main and Junior Markets’ daily report charts, along with the closing volume pertaining to the highest bid and the lowest offer for each company.

Trading jumps on the JSE Junior Market

Trading closed on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Tuesday, with a 36 percent rise in the volume of stocks traded and a 36 percent greater value than Monday, with trading ending with an exchange of 39 securities compared with 43 on Monday and ending with prices of 12 stocks rising, 14 declining and 13 closing unchanged.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 11 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
The market closed with trading in 11,812,842 shares for a value of $21,832,768 compared with 8,711,353 units at $16,041,925 on Monday.
Trading averaged 302,893 shares at $559,915, compared with 202,590 units at $373,068 on Monday with the month to date, averaging 159,877 units at $316,767 compared to 146,753 stock units at $294,464 on the previous day and December with an average of 466,866 units at $1,111,272.
Fosrich led trading with 2.86 million shares for 24.2 percent of total volume followed by MFS Capital Partners with 2.06 million units for 17.5 percent of the day’s trade, One Great Studio closed with 1.24 million units for 10.5 percent market share, iCreate ended with 1.14 million units for 9.6 of trading, Tropical Battery had an exchange of 1.12 million units for 9.5 percent market share and EduFocal with 1.02 million units for 8.6 percent of total volume.
At the close, the Junior Market Index climbed 11.23 points to finish at 3,723.72.
The Junior Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 13.2, based on last traded prices in conjunction with earnings projected by ICInsider.com for the financial years ending around August 2024.
At the close, Access Financial climbed $2.17 to close at $22.68, with 2,379 shares crossing the market, AMG Packaging skidded 63 cents to $2.42 with investors dealing in 131,215 stocks, Blue Power rallied 30 cents and ended at $3 and closed with an exchange of 4,114 shares. Cargo Handlers sank 92 cents to end at $13.08 while exchanging 304 stock units, Caribbean Assurance Brokers popped 23 cents in closing at $2.25 after a transfer of 6,758 shares, but the stock still has an overhang of selling, Consolidated Bakeries rallied 30 cents to $2.18 with traders dealing in 1,000 units. EduFocal dipped 11 cents to close at $1.44 in switching ownership of 1,018,324 stocks, Fosrich rose 8 cents to end at $2.38 after exchanging 2,862,584 stock units, Future Energy fell 9 cents in closing at $3.71 with 112,460 shares clearing the market. KLE Group declined 15 cents to $1.34 with trading of 30,000 stocks, Knutsford Express gained 38 cents to end at $12.38 after an exchange of one unit, Limners and Bards shed 16 cents and ended at a 52 weeks’ low of $1.30 after a transfer of 26,028 stock units. Main Event advanced 60 cents to close at $14.80 as investors exchanged 25,200 shares and Stationery and Office Supplies dropped 13 cents in closing at $1.52, with 211,741 stock units crossing the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

All JSE Markets rise

The Jamaica Stock Exchange recorded gains in all three markets on Tuesday in trading on Monday as trading ended with a decline in the number exchanged, with the value traded rising over that on Monday
At the close of trading, the JSE Combined Market Index popped 178.57 points to 335,378.11, the All Jamaican Composite Index gained 2,400.43 points to wrap-up trading at 359,385.57, the JSE Main Index rose 1,467.74 points to finish at 322,832.91. The Junior Market Index rallied 11.23 points to finish at 3,723.72 and the JSE USD Market Index increased 5.74 points to end at 243.50.
At the close of trading, 19,941,630 shares were exchanged in all three markets, down from 25,106,007 units on Monday, with the value of stocks traded on the Junior and Main markets amounted to $83.9 million, up from $52.25 million on Tuesday and the JSE USD market closed with an exchange of 508,298 shares for US$11,596 compared to 501,713 units at US$12,814 on Monday.
Main Market trading was dominated by Transjamaican Highway with 4.42 million shares followed by Wigton Windfarm with 706,792 units and Sagicor Real Estate Fund with 402,277 units.
In the Junior Market, Fosrich led trading with 2.86 million shares followed by MFS Capital Partners with 2.06 million units, One Great Studio closed with 1.24 million units, iCreate ended with 1.14 million stocks, Tropical Battery with 1.12 million shares and EduFocal with 1.02 million units.
At the close of the market, some of the major Main Market stocks that rose are First Rock Real Estate climbed $1 to $8, Scotia Group advanced $2.47 to end at $41.50, Mayberry Group rose 86 cents to close at $8.41 and Stanley Motta popped 88 cents in closing at $6.15.
The major declining Main Market stocks include General Accident dipped 65 cents in closing at $4.70, GraceKennedy fell 95 cents to close at $77.05, Jamaica Broilers dropped $1.02 to close trading at $32.50, Margaritaville lost $2.58 to $15, Massy Holdings declined $1 to end at $88.
On a day of limited price movement in the Junior Market, the major stocks with gains are Access Financial climbed $2.17 to close at $22.68, Knutsford Express gained 38 cents to $12.38 and Main Event advanced 60 cents to close at $14.80, with the major losing stocks being AMG Packaging skidded 63 cents to $2.42 and Cargo Handlers that sank 92 cents to end at $13.08.
In the preference segment, 138 Student Living preference share rallied $36.45 and ended at $167.27.
The market’s PE ratio, the most popular measure used to determine the value of stocks, ended at 20.7 on 2022-23 earnings and 13.7 times those for 2023-24 at the close of trading. ICInsider.com PE ratio chart and the more detailed daily charts provide investors with regularly updated information to help decision-making.
The PE ratio chart covers all ordinary shares on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, grouped by industry, allowing for easy comparisons between the same sector companies and the overall market. The EPS & PE ratios are based on 2023 and 2024 actual or projected earnings, excluding major one off items.
Investors need pertinent information to navigate numerous investment options successfully in the stock market. The ICInsider.com PE ratio chart and the more detailed daily report charts provide investors with regularly updated information to help decision-making.
Investors should use the chart to help make rational decisions when investing in stocks close to the average for the sector and not going too far from it unless there are compelling reasons to do so. This approach helps to remove emotions from investment decisions and place them on fundamentals while at the same time not being too far from the majority of investors. Investors who buy when the price of a stock is close to the average will find that they are not inclined to overpay for a stock.
The net asset value of each company is reported as a guide to quickly assess the value of stocks based on this measure. The chart also shows daily changes in stock prices and the percentage year to date price movement based on the last traded prices.
Dividends paid or payable and yields for each company are shown in the Main and Junior Markets’ daily report charts, along with the closing volume pertaining to the highest bid and the lowest offer for each company.

Junior Market drops to start week

Trading closed on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Monday, with the volume of stocks traded rising 119 percent with 77 percent more value than Friday with trading in 43 securities compared with 41 on Friday and ending with prices of 14 rising, 20 declining and nine closing unchanged but shares of Limners and Bards traded at a 52 weeks’ low.
The market closed with trading of 8,711,353 shares valued at $16,041,925 up from 3,979,718 units at $9,087,458 on Friday.
Trading averaged 202,590 shares at $373,068, compared with 97,066 units at $221,645 on Friday, Trading for the month to date, averaged 146,753 units at $294,464 compared to 140,468 stock units at $285,616 on the previous day and December with an average of 466,866 units at $1,111,272.
One Great Studio led trading with 2.19 million shares for 25.1 percent of total volume followed by Fosrich with 1.25 million units for 14.3 percent of the day’s trade and iCreate with 904,279 units for 10.4 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index declined 54.46 points to settle at 3,712.49.
The Junior Market ended trading with an average PE Ratio of 13, based on last traded prices in conjunction with earnings projected by ICInsider.com for the financial years ending around August 2024.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows seven stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, AMG Packaging skidded 12 cents to end at $3.05 with an exchange of 4,000 units, after the company posted a 64 percent rise in profit  $to 40 million for the first quarter to November, Caribbean Assurance Brokers shed 23 cents to end at $2.02, with 7,382 stocks crossing the market, Caribbean Cream dropped 40 cents and ended at $4.05 as investors exchanged 2,223 shares. Fontana shed 7 cents in closing at $10.63 after 73,121 stock units crossed the market, Future Energy rallied 9 cents to close at $3.80 with investors trading 155,057 shares, Indies Pharma declined 24 cents to $2.71 in an exchange of 64,959 units. Iron Rock Insurance lost 43 cents to close at $2.07 with investors swapping 176 stocks, ISP Finance dropped $3.41 to $21.45 with a transfer of 2,380 stock units, Jamaican Teas fell 19 cents and ended at $2.40 while exchanging 182,250 shares. Jetcon Corporation rose 7 cents to end at 85 cents with investors transferring 33 stocks, Knutsford Express dipped 40 cents to $12 in an exchange of 2,223 units, Lasco Distributors fell 20 cents and ended at $3.90 with traders dealing in 56,178 stock units. Lasco Manufacturing lost 7 cents to close at $4.48 after an exchange of 58,705 shares, Lumber Depot advanced 11 cents to end at $2.50 in trading 360,630 stock units, Main Event sank 60 cents in closing at $14.20, with 20,634 stocks changing hands, before the company released 2023 full year results with earnings of 69 cents per share. MFS Capital Partners shed 9 cents to $2.35 after trading in 456,811 units, Paramount Trading declined 15 cents in closing at $1.45, with 15,826 shares crossing the exchange and Tropical Battery popped 7 cents to $2.10 with investors dealing in 528,007 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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