Modest gains for Junior Market – Monday

Rising stocks edged out declining ones in trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Monday, leading the market close with a moderate gain in the index, with 24 percent more shares exchanged than on Friday.
Trading ended with 37 companies changing hands compared to 31 on Friday and concluded with the prices of 17 stocks rising, prices of 16 falling and four with prices ending unchanged.
The Junior Market Index gained 4.51 points to settle at 2,541.80. The average PE Ratio ends at 12.9 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Traders exchanged 5,999,938 shares for $21,980,840 compared to 4,844,204 units at $20,370,620 on Friday.
Jamaican Teas led trading with 32 percent of total volume for 1.92 million shares, with continued increased interest in the stock, ahead of a three to one stock split that takes effect on Friday. Derrimon Trading ended with 19.2 percent of total volume, trading 1.15 million units and Mailpac Group ended with 8.9 percent exchanging of 531,308 units.
Trading averaged 162,160 units at $594,077 in contrast to 156,265 at $657,117 on Friday. For the month to date, the average trade resulted in an exchange of 197,311 units at $571,684, compared to 199,954 units at $570,000 on Friday. October ended averaged 230,868 units at $535,509.
The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows seven stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial dropped 30 cents to $21.70 in an exchange of 354 shares, AMG Packaging advanced 6 cents to $1.55 trading 2,897 stocks, Blue Power gained 9 cents to settle at $3.59 with 204 units changing hands. Caribbean Assurance Brokers fell 19 cents and traded 3,629 shares to close at $1.66, Caribbean Cream lost 15 cents to finish at $3.94 with 38,661 stocks passing through the market, Caribbean Flavours declined by 13 cents to $1.57 with the transfer of 62,849 units. Caribbean Producers added 1 cent and ended at $2.35 with an exchange of 210,351 shares, Consolidated Bakeries shed 36 cents to settle at $1.02, switching ownership of 4,600 stocks, Dolphin Cove climbed 35 cents to finish at $6.90 with 2,800 units changing hands. Elite Diagnostic advanced 20 cents and traded 35,279 shares to end at $3.30, Everything Fresh increased by 5 cents to settle at 78 cents with 6,209 stocks passing through the market, Express Catering gained 19 cents to close at $3.74 with a transfer of 66,419 units. Fontana dropped 25 cents in an exchange of 155,964 shares to finish at $5, Fosrich jumped 50 cents to end at $4.49 with investors switching 200,348 stocks, General Accident fell 25 cents to $6.20, with 39,893 shares changing hands. GWest Corporation gained 7 cents, trading 291,760 units to close at 77 cents, iCreate gained 2 cents to finish at 62 cents with 30,000 stocks passing through the market, ISP Finance shed $5 to end at $16 with a transfer of 2,050 shares. Jamaican Teas traded 1,920,968 units and climbed 15 cents to $6.85, Jetcon Corporation increased by 9 cents to close at 84 cents with an exchange of 1,200 stocks, Knutsford Express dropped 29 cents to $5.71 with 5,815 shares changing hands. Lasco Distributors slipped 1 cent to $3.14 with 67,815 units traded, Lasco Financial lost 6 cents to end at $2.60 with 8,200 stock units passing through the market, Lasco Manufacturing declined 3 cents to $3.76 with investors switching ownership of 15,273 shares. Limners and Bards fell 14 cents to $2.45 with an exchange of 265,595 units, Lumber Depot gained 9 cents to finish at $1.29 with 500,326 stock units changing hands, Mailpac Group traded 531,308 shares and rose 2 cents to end at $2.17. Main Event advanced 41 cents to $3.40 with 3,800 units changing owners, Medical Disposables declined 10 cents to $4.20 with a transfer of 10,664 stock units, SSL Venture gained 5 cents to finish at 58 cents with an exchange of 900 shares. Stationery and Office Supplies increased by 5 cents to $4.55 with 4,244 stock units changing hands, Tropical Battery lost 4 cents to settle at $1.16 with investors switching ownership of 218,622 stocks and tTech dropped 5 cents to close at $4.95 with 550 shares changing hands.

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

Modest gains eked out by Junior Market

Junior Market stocks rose to 2,580.21 within an hour of trading opening at the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Friday, but the market retreated and closed with a modest gain after more stocks declined than rose as investors traded 44 percent more shares than on Thursday.
The Market Index gained 4.03 points to settle at 2,537.29 and the market closed with an average PE Ratio of 12.6 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Trading closed with 31 securities changing hands compared to 32 on Thursday, ending with the prices of nine stocks rising, 13 declining and nine remaining unchanged.
Trading ended with an exchange of 4,844,204 shares for $20,370,620 versus 3,353,944 units at $7,247,408 on Thursday.
Jamaican Teas led trading with 56 percent of total volume in an exchange of 2.72 million shares, followed by Jetcon Corporation with 14.6 percent with a transfer of 706,934 units and AMG Packaging with 13.9 percent for 671,366 shares.
Trading ended with an average of 156,265 units at $657,117 in contrast to 104,811 at $226,481 on Thursday. For the month to date, the average trade resulted in an exchange of 199,954 units at $570,000, compared to 202,892 units at $564,142 on Thursday. October averaged 230,868 units at $535,509.
The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows seven stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the market close, AMG Packaging traded 671,366 shares and fell 5 cents to end at $1.49, Blue Power advanced 20 cents to finish at $3.50 with 395 stock units changing hands, CAC 2000 climbed 20 cents to settle at $9.20 with 525 stocks traded. Cargo Handlers jumped $1.26 to close at  $7.60 with a solitary unit passing through the market, Caribbean Cream rose 2 cents to end at $4.09 with investor switching ownership of 87 shares, Caribbean Flavours dropped 11 cents to finish at $1.70 with an exchange of 51,052 stocks. Derrimon Trading declined 10 cents to $2.40 with 60,830 units changing hands, Dolphin Cove jumped 55 cents to $6.55 with 1,800 shares traded, Express Catering fell 21 cents to $3.55 with 11,096 stock units passing through the market. Fontana lost 5 cents to finish at $5.25 with a transfer of 62,257  units, General Accident slipped 3 cents to $6.45 with 1,000 shares changing hands, Indies Pharma shed 24 cents to close at $2.51 with switching the ownership of 142,000 stocks. Jamaican Teas exchanged 2,715,159 units and advanced 55 cents to end at $6.70, Jetcon Corporation gained 5 cents trading 706,934 shares to finish at 75 cents, Knutsford Express slid 3 cents to $6 with 2,188 units passing through the market. Lasco Financial rose 1 cent to close at $2.66 with a transfer of 500 stock units, Lumber Depot declined by 5 cents to $1.20 with an exchange of 17,571 shares, Mailpac Group lost 2 cents to finish at $2.15 with 70,344 stock units changing hands.  Main Event dropped 50 cents to $2.99 with 4,893 shares traded, Medical Disposables fell 10 cents to close at $4.30 with 12,009 shares passing through the market, Stationery and Office Supplies advanced 20 cents to end at $4.50, with the ownership of 1,000 shares switching and tTech shed 65 cents to finish at $5 with 69,629 units crossing the exchange.

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

Junior Market slips on Thursday

Rising stocks price were equal to declining stocks at the close of trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, with the market slipping for a second consecutive day and resulted in the Market Index falling 8.55 points to settle at 2,533.26.
Trading ended with 32 securities changing hands compared to 34 on Wednesday and concluded with the prices of 11 stocks rising, 11 declining and 10 remaining unchanged. At the close, the average PE Ratio ended at 12.7 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with 17 percent more shares trading than on Wednesday after 3,353,944 shares changed hands for  $7,247,408, 21 percent higher than the $5,973,152 allowing for the trading of 2,855,958 units on Wednesday. Jetcon Corporation led trading with 38.9 percent of total volume with 1.31 million shares, followed by Tropical Battery with 17.5 percent of the day’s trade with a transfer of 588,526 units and Mailpac Group with 13.3 percent market share or 446,042 units.
Trading ended with an average of 104,811 units at $226,481 in contrast to 83,999 at $175,677 on Wednesday. For the month to date, the average trade resulted in an exchange of 202,892 units at $564,142, compared to 210,208 units at $589,328 on Wednesday. October averaged 230,868 units at $535,509 for each traded security.
At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial gained 10 cents to end at $22 with an exchange of 2,998 shares, AMG Packaging lost 6 cents to finish at $1.54 with the trading of 21,524 units, Blue Power fell 16 cents to $3.30 and swpped 504 shares. Caribbean Assurance Brokers rose 4 cents to close at $1.85 with investors switching ownership of 1,000 stocks, Caribbean Flavours gained 10 cents to end at $1.81 with 59,500 units changing hands, Caribbean Producers slipped 2 cents and exchanged 4,500 shares to finish at $2.34. Elite Diagnostic declined 1 cent to $3.10 with 15,000 stocks passing through the market, Everything Fresh increased by 3 cents to 73 cents trading 22,181 shares, Express Catering rose 2 cents to $3.76  with a transfer of 450 units. Fontana advanced 10 cents to finish at $5.30 with 65,496 stocks changing hands, Fosrich gained 6 cents to settle at $3.99 with an exchange of 17,225 units, Indies Pharma climbed 15 cents to close at $2.75 with 7,016 shares passing through the market. Jamaican Teas lost 20 cents to end at $6.15 with 275,731 units traded, Knutsford Express shed 67 cents to finish at $6.03 with investors switching ownership of 17,304 stocks, Lasco Distributors fell 14 cents to $3.15 with 5,000 units changing hands. Lasco Manufacturing lost 2 cents and traded 47,576 shares to close at $3.79, Limners and Bards advanced 11 cents to $2.59 with a transfer of 17,900 stocks, Lumber Depot gained 8 cents to finish at $1.25 with 4,477 shares changing hands. Mailpac Group exchanged 446,042 units and slipped 1 cent to settle at $2.17, Main Event jumped 50 cents to close at $3.49 with a mere 331 shares passing through the market and Medical Disposables lost 10 cents to end at $4.40 with 1,316 stocks crossing the exchange.
In the preference segment, CAC 2000 9.5% fell 15 cents to settle at 99 cents with 24,902 units changing hands.

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

Slippage for Junior market

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Falling stock prices beat out rising ones at the close of the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Wednesday with the market index declining 19.66 to 2,541.81 after 37 percent fewer shares were exchanged, with 52 percent lower value compared to Tuesday.
Trading ended with 34 securities changing hands compared to 30 on Tuesday and closed with the prices of 12 stocks rising, 16 declining and six remaining unchanged.
The Junior Market closed with an average PE Ratio of 12.7 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 2,855,958 shares for $5,973,002 compared to 4,533,956 units at $12,319,152 on Tuesday. Mailpac Group led trading with 16.3 percent of total volume after trading 466,426, followed by Jetcon Corporation with 16 percent for 457,555 units and Caribbean Flavours with 14.5 percent market share for 413,643 units.
Trading ended with an average of 83,999 units at $175,677 in contrast to 151,132 at $410,638 on Tuesday. For the month to date, the average trade resulted in an exchange of 210,207 units at $589,328, compared to 221,072 units at $624,934 on Tuesday. October closed, with an average of 230,868 units at $535,509.
At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows six stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial rose $1.88 to close at $21.90, with just 22 shares changing hands, Cargo Handlers gained 4 cents to settle at $6.34, after an exchange of 45,000 stocks, Caribbean Cream lost 6 cents to end at $4.07, switching ownership of 350 units. Caribbean Flavours closed at $1.71, after losing 11 with the trading of 413,643 shares, Caribbean Producers picked up 2 cents in closing at $2.36, in exchanging 2,785 stock units, Consolidated Bakeries lost 8 cents in ending at $1.38 and trading 1,082 units. Derrimon Trading lost 20 cents to close at $2.50, with an exchange of 1,903 stock units, Elite Diagnostic gained 1 cent to end at $3.11 after a transfer of 20,500 stocks, Everything Fresh lost 1 cent to settle at 70 cents, in trading 33,136 shares. Fontana closed 19 cents lower at $5.20, after 47,359 stock units crossed the exchange, Fosrich rose 23 cents to $3.93, in a transfer of 33,540 shares, Honey Bun gained 5 cents in closing at $4.85, after trading 51,403 stock units. Indies Pharma lost 22 cents to settle at $2.60, with 76,509 shares changing hands, Iron Rock Insurance shed 21 cents to end at $3, in exchanging 20,492 units. Jamaican Teas rose 35 cents $6.35, in switching ownership of 123,595 shares. Jetcon Corporation fell 15 cents to end at 70 cents, with 457,555 shares crossing the exchange, Knutsford Express carved out a loss of 10 cents in closing at $6.70 after 50,003 shares changed hands, Lasco Financial gained 1 cent to end at $2.65 trading 1,575 units. Lasco Manufacturing declined 18 cents to $3.81 and finishing with a transfer of 10,000 stock units, Limners and Bards picked up 2 cents to close at $2.48, with an exchange of 190,264 shares. Lumber Depot gained 2 cents to end at $1.17, in trading 196,219 stock units. Mailpac Group lost 2 cents to close at $2.18, clearing the market with 466,426 units, Medical Disposables shed 17 cents to settle at $4.50, with 246 stocks changing hands, Paramount Trading lost 14 cents to close at $1.35, after an exchange of 49,855 shares. SSL Venture settled at 53 cents, with a loss of 2 cents trading 21,532 stock units, Tropical Battery lost 1 cent to end at $1.20, in crossing the exchange with 341,083 shares and tTech carved out a gain of 20 cents to settle at $5.65, after trading 4,234 units.
In the preference share segment of the market, CAC 2000 9.5% gained 18 cents to end at $1.14,  with investors swapping 4,369 units.

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

Lasco Manufacturing commands Junior Market

Lasco Manufacturing dominated Junior Market trading on Wednesday.

Fresh from a sharp 41 percent jump in second-quarter profit, Lasco Manufacturing dominated trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Wednesday with almost 88 percent of the day’s volume leading to an exchange of 135 percent more shares worth 321 percent in value than on Tuesday.
Trading ended with 36 securities changing hands compared to 30 on Tuesday and closed with the prices of 16 stocks rising, 14 declining and six ending unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index lost 23.48 points to settle at 2,518.62. The average PE Ratio ended at 11.4 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 25,127,529 shares for $95,287,962 compared to 10,660,690 units at $22,630,394 on Tuesday. Lasco Manufacturing dominated trading with 87.8 percent of total volume for 22.07 million shares, followed by Mailpac Group with 3.1 percent accounting for 771,442 units and Jamaican Teas with 318,824 units for 1.3 percent market share.
Trading ended with an average of 697,987 units at $2,646,888 in contrast to 355,356 at $754,346 on Tuesday. The average trade month to date amounts to 232,182 units at $657,223, compared to 159,902 units at $348,482 on Tuesday. Trading in October resulted in an average of 230,868 units at $535,509.
At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows four stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial fell $1.20 to $20, with an exchange of 4,046 stock units, Blue Power lost 17 cents in closing at $3.30 and trading 766 units, CAC 2000 declined $3 to settle at $11 after exchanging 1,818 units. Cargo Handlers shed 89 cents to close at $6.35, with 607 units changing hands, Caribbean Assurance Brokers finished 15 cents lower at $1.75, in trading 8,362 stock units, Caribbean Cream gained 26 cents to close at $3.96, with 13,653 stock units passing through the market. Caribbean Flavours eased 14 cents to $1.70, after an exchange of 114,121 shares, Consolidated Bakeries picked up 5 cents to close at $1.45, with 4,000 units changing hands, Derrimon Trading shed 13 cents to end at $2.31, in transferring 164,180 shares. Dolphin Cove gained 5 cents trading 5,100 stock units to finish at $7, Elite Diagnostic lost 5 cents to close at $3.05 after exchanging 10,100 stock units, Express Catering gained 26 cents in closing at $3.76, with 59,315 shares crossing the market. Fontana settled at $4.98, with a gain of 1 cent and exchanging 99,583 shares, Fosrich closed 24 cents higher at $3.89, after crossing the exchange with 19,326 stock units, GWest Corporation fell 13 cents to 75 cents, in transferring 15,000 stock units. Honey Bun lost 1 cent in ending at $4.84, with 2,230 units changing hands, iCreate shed 2 cents to settle at 65 cents after 113,097 shares crossed the exchange, Iron Rock Insurance rose 1 cent to close at $3.21, with 10,501 stock units changing hands. Jamaican Teas gained 36 cents to close at $5.95, in crossing the market with 318,824 shares, Jetcon Corporation closed 7 cents higher at 85 cents, with 1,500 units crossing the exchange, Knutsford Express gained 20 cents in closing at $6.70, trading 8,731 units. Lasco Distributors lost 13 cents to finish at $3.01, with investors swapping 62,362 shares, Lasco Manufacturing rose 10 cents to $4 after exchanging 22,072,049 shares, Limners and Bards gained 2 cents to close at $2.55, with an exchange of 11,626 stock units. Lumber Depot lost 2 cents to settle at $1.25 after 316,007 shares crossed the market, Mailpac Group gained 7 cents to end at $2.21, with an exchange of 771,442 shares, Main Event rose 1 cent to $3 in trading 228,412 shares. Medical Disposables shed 37 cents to end at $4.30, transferring 2,000 units, Paramount Trading gained 7 cents in closing at $1.58, with an exchange of 52,014 shares and Stationery and Office Supplies picked up 5 cents to settle at $4.55, with 36,430 stock units changing hands.

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

Mailpac dominates Junior Market trading

Mailpac traded a big block of shares accounting for just under 90 percent of Tuesday’s trade as investors sent the stock higher following the release of the company’s third-quarter financials recording a 58 percent increase in revenues for the third quarter and profit more than doubling to $149 million.

Mailpac dominated trading on Tuesday with 88% of the total market volume.

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed higher with more stocks rising than falling after 178 percent more shares traded than on Monday. Trading ended with 30 securities changing hands compared to 35 on Monday and ended with the prices of 10 stocks rising, 15 declining and five remaining unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index rose 11.71 points to 2,542.10 and the average PE Ratio ended at 11 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 10,660,690 shares for $22,630,394 compared to 3,834,464 units at $9,292,519 on Monday. Mailpac Group commanded trading with 88 percent of total volume with the transfer of 9.38 million shares, followed by Tropical Battery with 2.7 percent of the day’s trade or 285,848 units and AMG Packaging with 1.8 percent or 195,000 shares.
Trading ended with an average of 355,356 units at $754,346 in contrast to 109,556 at $265,501 on Monday. The average for the month to date, was 159,902 units at $348,482, compared to 130,874 units at $288,205 on Monday. October closed with an average of 230,868 units at $535,509 trading.
At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market 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 lost 30 cents to settle at $21.20 with 780 shares passing through the market, AMG Packaging declined 13 cents and exchanged 195,000 units to finish at $1.49, CAC 2000 dropped 75 cents to end at $14 with a lone stock unit changing hands. Caribbean Assurance Brokers rose 7 cents to close at $1.90 after trading 32,563 shares, Caribbean Cream shed 79 cents to close at $3.70 with a transfer of 34,348 stocks, Caribbean Flavours gained 4 cents to finish at $1.84 with 97,200 shares passing through the market. Caribbean Producers slipped 3 cents to end at $2.31 with 57,968 stocks changing hands, Dolphin Cove fell 5 cents to close at $6.95 with 6,810 units traded, Everything Fresh increased 5 cents to finish at 77 cents with investors switching ownership of 739 shares. Express Catering dropped 24 cents to settle at $3.50 with 23,000 units passing through the market, Fontana advanced 26 cents to end at $4.97 with an exchange of 136,344 shares, Fosrich gained 13 cents to close at $3.65 with 8,473 stocks changing hands. Indies Pharma climbed 22 cents to settle at $2.80 with 28,253 shares traded, Jamaican Teas climbed 37 cents to $5.59 with a transfer of 101,354 units, Jetcon Corporation lost 7 cents and exchanged 285 units to close at 78 cents. Knutsford Express dropped 19 cents to settle at $6.50 with 15,363 shares passing through the market, Lasco Financial declined by 8 cents to finish at $2.65 with 4,955 units changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing fell 8 cents to end at $3.90 with 80,403 shares traded. Limners and Bards rose 3 cents to close at $2.53 with 20,067 stock units changing hands, Lumber Depot slipped 2 cents to $1.27 with 45,351 units passing through the market, Mailpac Group exchanged 9,384,664 shares and advanced 14 cents to settle at $2.14. Medical Disposables climbed 39 cents to finish at $4.67 with a transfer of 7,738 stocks, Stationery and Office Supplies lost 4 cents to end at $4.50 trading 2,522 stocks and Tropical Battery slipped 1 cent to close at $1.24 with 285,848 stock units crossing the exchange.
In the preference segment, CAC 2000 declined by 3 cents to settle at 96 cents with 50,000 stock units changing hands.

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

Trading picks upon Junior Market

Stocks slipped moderately on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange at the close on Monday, with more stocks falling than rising, with slightly more shares changing hands than on Friday.
Trading ended with 35 securities changing hands, the same as on Friday and closed with the prices of 13 rising, 15 declining and seven remained unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index fell 8.64 points to 2,530.39. The average PE Ratio ends at 11.4 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Trading resulted in an exchange of 3,834,464 shares for $9,292,519 compared to 3,359,001 units at $7,739,063 on Friday. Tropical Battery led trading with 19.6 percent of total volume, with 749,717 shares, followed by Lumber Depot 12.7 percent with 485,198 units and Mailpac Group with 10 percent or 382,834 shares.
Trading ended with an average of 109,556 units at $265,501 in contrast to 95,971 at $221,116 on Friday. For the month to date, the average trade ended in an exchange of 130,874 units at $288,205, compared to 135,342 units at $292,963 on Friday. October closed with an average of 230,868 units at $535,509.
At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows two stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and six with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial gained 50 cents to end at $21.50, after exchanging 6,000 shares, AMG Packaging picked up 16 cents to close at $1.62, in trading 28,426 stock units, Cargo Handlers lost 51 cents to settle at $7.24, with 100 units changing hands. Caribbean Cream rose 40 cents in closing at $4.49, with the swapping of 50,005 shares, Caribbean Flavours gained 7 cents to close at $1.80, in exchanging 125,666 stock units, Caribbean Producers ended 4 cents higher at $2.34, with investors swapping 4,500 units. Derrimon Trading lost 1 cent to close at $2.44, after trading 11,400 shares, Elite Diagnostic shed 18 cents to end at $3.10,  in exchanging 30,832 stock units, Everything Fresh finished at 72 cents, with a loss of 2 cents in the transfer of 185,411 shares. Express Catering lost 3 cents to settle at $3.74, in crossing the market with 21 units, Fontana was down 1 cent in closing at $4.71, with an exchange of 128,289 stock units, Fosrich lost 17 cents to end at $3.52 trading 9,075 shares. Honey Bun gained 5 cents to settle at $4.85, with 310,079 units changing hands, iCreate lost 2 cents to settle at 67 cents, with investors swapping 100 stock units, Indies Pharma settled at $2.58, after losing 2 cents and exchanging 62,450 shares. Iron Rock Insurance gained 20 cents to close at $3.20 trading 20,000 units, ISP Finance declined by $1.45 to $21, after exchanging 50 stocks, Jamaican Teas fell 18 cents to $5.22, with the trading of 305,152 shares. Jetcon Corporation added 10 cents to end at 85 cents after trading 201 units, Lasco Distributors lost 1 cent to close at $3.14 with the trading of 112,895 shares, Lasco Financial rose 13 cents to $2.73, with an exchange of 224,994 stock units. Lasco Manufacturing closed 23 cents higher to $3.98 in trading 145,776 shares, Lumber Depot gained 2 cents to close at $1.29 after exchanging 485,198 stock units, Medical Disposables advanced 3 cents to $4.28 after trading 20,000 shares. Paramount Trading shed 9 cents to end at $1.51, in exchanging 1,500 units, Stationery and Office Supplies lost 1 cent in closing at $4.54, with 34,000 shares changing hands, Tropical Battery gained 4 cents to close at $1.25, in exchanging  749,717 shares and tTech dropped $1.70 to $5 trading 16,032 stock units.

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

Big gain for Junior Market Index

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed higher on Friday, despite more stocks falling than rising as investors traded 80 percent more shares carrying 91 percent more value than on Thursday.
Trading ended with 35 securities changing hands, up from 34 on  Thursday and finished with 13 stocks rising, the prices of 15 declining and seven with prices remaining unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index carved out a gain of 29.75 points to settle at 2,539.03. The average PE Ratio ended at 11.4 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Trading closed with 3,359,001 shares for $7,739,063 versus 1,860,954 units at $4,046,985 on Thursday. Mailpac Group led trading with 20.6 percent of total volume with a transfer of 690,324 shares, followed by Tropical Battery with 17.9 percent for 601,792 stock units and Limners and Bards with 11 percent market share for 369,298 units.
Trading ended with an average of 95,971 units at $221,116 compared to 54,734 at $119,029 on Thursday. For the month to date, the average trade resulted in an exchange of 135,342 units at  $292,963, compared to 145,781 units at $312,014on Thursday. October closed with an average of 230,868 units trading at $535,509.
At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows three stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging lost 13 cents to settle at $1.46 with 84,210 shares changing hands, Blue Power gained 22 cents to end at $3.47, trading 2,020 shares, Cargo Handlers jumped $1.45 to finish at $7.75 with an exchange of just five stock units. Caribbean Assurance Brokers closed 7 cents lower at $1.83 with 7,702 stocks passing through the market, Caribbean Cream dropped 61 cents to settle at $4.09 with a transfer of 49,376 stocks, Caribbean Flavours advanced 17 cents to end at $1.73 with an exchange of 22,908 stocks. Derrimon Trading rose 5 cents to finish at  $2.45 with 10,150 stocks passing through the market, Dolphin Cove gained 1 cent and closed at $7 after and trading 437 shares, Everything Fresh slipped 1 cent to 74 cents with investors switching ownership of 52,621 stock units. Express Catering climbed 47 cents to end at $3.77 with 33 shares changing hands, Fosrich fell 24 cents to end at $3.69 with an exchange of 13,800 units, General Accident advanced 30 cents to finish at $6.50 with 15,826 shares passing through the market. GWest Corporation lost 1 cent to settle at 88 cents with 100 shares traded,  Indies Pharma gained 10 cents to close at $2.60 in the transfer of 16,575 stocks, Iron Rock Insurance dropped 20 cents to end at $3 with 17,544 stock units changing hands. Jetcon Corporation dipped 5 cents to finish at 75 cents after exchanging 74,587 stocks, Knutsford Express fell 11 cents to $6.69 with 329 shares passing through the market, Lasco Distributors increased 1 cent to close at $3.15 trading of 67,623 stock units. Lasco Financial lost 10 cents to end at $2.60 with 344,300 stock units changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing rose 5 cents to finish at $3.75 with a transfer of 17,883 shares, Limners and Bards dipped 1 cent and exchanged 369,298 stocks to settle at $2.50. Lumber Depot slipped 3 cents to close at $1.27 with 142,641 stock units passing through the market, Mailpac Group gained 1 cent, trading 690,324 shares to end at $2, Main Event fell 1 cent to finish at $2.99 with 1,000 stocks changing hands. Paramount Trading shed 30 cents to settle at $1.60 with investors transferring 97,894 stocks, Tropical Battery lost 3 cents to close at $1.21 with 601,792 shares traded and tTech jumped $2.60 to end at $6.70 with 40 units crossing the exchange.
In the preference segment, CAC 2000 rose 2 cents to finish at 99 cents, with 3,218 stocks changing hands.

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

Junior Market starts November with gains

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Monday with 24 percent fewer shares and 62 percent less value traded than on Friday, resulting in the market index closing higher for the start of November, unlike September and October when it fell.
Trading ended with 36 securities changing hands compared to 35 on Friday and closed with the prices of 15 stocks rising, 18 declining and three remaining unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index carved out a gain of 24.91 points to settle at 2,495.15. The PE Ratio of the market averaged 11.3 based on the ICInsider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 7,309,294 shares for $12,576,887  compared to 9,578,656 units at $33,012,754 on Friday. Lumber Depot led trading with 58 percent of total volume for 4.24 million shares, followed by Lasco Financial with 15.4 percent as 1.13 million units traded and Tropical Battery with 6.7 percent or 489,722 shares.
Trading ended with an average of 203,036 units at $349,358 in contrast to 273,676 at $943,222 on Friday. Trading in October resulted in an average of 230,868 units at $535,509.
At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows six stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial dropped $7.24 to end at $19, with an exchange of 5,604 units, AMG Packaging lost 12 cents to close at $1.60 trading 149,249 shares, Caribbean Assurance Brokers gained 14 cents in crossing the exchange with 10,100 stock units to settle at $1.94. Caribbean Cream shed 70 cents in closing at $4, with 86,153 shares changing hands, Caribbean Flavours lost 3 cents to finish at $1.68, in exchanging 720 units, Caribbean Producers ended at $2.30, after losing 1 cent trading 23,476 shares. Derrimon Trading slipped 5 cents to  $2.50,  in exchanging 31,574 stock units, Dolphin Cove gained 87 cents to close at $6.99, with 800 units changing hands, Elite Diagnostic carved out a gain of 18 cents in closing at $3.28, after crossing the exchange with 500 units. Everything Fresh closed at 74 cents, with a loss of 4 cents after investors switched ownership of  213,195 shares, Express Catering lost 20 cents ending at $3.30, in crossing the market with 21,115 stock units, Fontana gained 1 cent to end at $5 trading 95,477 shares Fosrich shed 15 cents to settle at $3.35, in exchanging 6,238 units, General Accident gained 2 cents to finish at $6.02, with investors switching ownership of 4,258 units, Honey Bun rose to $4.85, with gains of 11 cents after exchanging 41,800 shares. iCreate lost 1 cent trading 30,160 stock units and closed at 69 cents, Iron Rock Insurance lost 1 cent in closing at $2.50, with 38,994 stock units changing hands, Jamaican Teas rose 5 cents to settle at $5.05 trading 162,161 shares. Jetcon Corporation lost 7 cents to close at 80 cents, after an exchange of 200 units, Knutsford Express gained 55 cents in closing at $6.85, in trading 1,100 units, Lasco Financial rose 33 cents to $2.39, in trading 1,126,688 shares, following release of half-year results, showing a strong rise in profit in the second quarter. Lasco Manufacturing gained 33 cents to end at $3.69, with an exchange of 19,150 units, Limners and Bards lost 16 cents to close at $2.52, in trading 71,289 shares, Lumber Depot rose to $1.30, with gains of 13 cents in a transfer of 4,240,914 shares. Mailpac Group lost 1 cent to close at $1.98, trading 239,291 shares, Main Event shed 4 cents to end at $2.98, with 2,500 units passing through the market, Medical Disposables slipped 8 cents to close at $4.67, with investors swapping 1,000 units. Paramount Trading gained 22 cents to settle at $1.90, in an exchange of 100 units, SSL Venture ended at 59 cents, after gaining 4 cents with investors swapping 9,943 units, Stationery and Office Supplies closed 30 cents higher at $4.80, with 3,482 units changing hands. Tropical Battery shed 11 cents to settle at $1.16, in clearing the market with 489,722 shares and tTech gained 50 cents in closing at $5.50 and crossing the exchange with 43,402 stock units.

In the preference segment of the market, CAC 2000 9.5% preference share lost 2 cents to close at 97 cents, with 44,519 shares passing through the market.

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

Junior Market Index up Friday

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Friday, with the market rising as nearly twice the number of stocks rose than fell after the trading of 170 percent more shares than on Thursday.
Trading ended with 35 securities changing hands compared to 36 on Thursday and ended with 18 stocks rising, the prices of 10 declining and seven with prices remaining unchanged.
The Junior Market Index gained 10.35 points to settle at 2,470.24. The average PE Ratio ended at 11 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 9,578,656 shares for $33,012,754, compared to 3,541,908 units at $7,409,597 on Thursday. Limners and Bards led trading with 43.1 percent of total volume with an exchange of 4.13 million shares, followed by Jamaican Teas with 15.3 percent of the day’s trade or 1.46 million units and Lumber Depot with 11.3 percent after 1.08 million shares changed hands.
Trading ended with an average of 273,676 units at $943,222 in contrast to 98,386 at $205,822 on
Thursday. The average trade for October is 230,868 units at $535,509, compared to 228,645 units at $514,337 on Thursday and well over September, with an average of 119,171 units at $249,355.
At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows nine stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial surged $5.24 to settle at $26.24 with 345,083 shares changing hands, AMG Packaging gained 1 cent to end at $1.72 with an exchange of 264,810 units, Caribbean Assurance Brokers declined 15 cents to finish at $1.80 with 4,282 shares passing through the market. Caribbean Cream jumped 70 cents to close at $4.70, trading 50 stock units, Caribbean Flavours lost 2 cents to settle at $1.71 with investors transferring 129,033 units, Caribbean Producers advanced 16 cents to $2.31 with an exchange of 67,465 shares. Consolidated Bakeries fell 3 cents to $1.40 with 24,000 shares changing hands, Derrimon Trading gained 16 cents to close at $2.55 with 3,682 units passing through the market, Dolphin Cove rose 2 cents to  $6.12 with investors switching ownership of 2,132 stocks. Elite Diagnostic added 1 cent to close at $3.10, in trading 19,739 units, Everything Fresh increased 6 cents to 78 cents with 24,259 stock units changing hands, Express Catering dropped 25 cents to close at $3.50 with an exchange of 100 shares. Fontana advanced 18 cents to settle at $4.99 with 139,121 stocks passing through the market, Fosrich climbed 29 cents to end at $3.50 with 204,041 units changing hands, Honey Bun lost 11 cents to finish at $4.74 with investors transferring 25,881 stock units. iCreate rose 5 cents to 70 cents with an exchange of 100 stock units, Iron Rock Insurance declined 1 cent to settle at $2.51 with 40,000 units changing hands, Jetcon Corporation increased by 17 cents to end at 87 cents with 61,007 stock units passing through the market. Knutsford Express jumped 59 cents to finish at $6.30 with 55,297 stocks trading, Lasco Distributors fell 10 cents to close at $3 with investors switching ownership of  155,724 stocks, Lasco Financial rose 1 cent to settle at  $2.06 with 47,000 units changing hands. Lasco Manufacturing dropped 23 cents to end at $3.36 with 100,100 stock units passing through the market, Limners and Bards increased 16 cents and exchanged 4,125,730 stocks to close at $2.68, Lumber Depot fell 3 cents to $1.17 with 1,081,876 units traded. Mailpac Group gained 1 cent to end at $1.99 with 205,592 stock units changing hands, Medical Disposables advanced 45 cents to finish at $4.75 with 19,572 shares passing through the market, Paramount Trading lost 2 cents to close at $1.68 with investors transferring 4,000 shares and Tropical Battery rose 4 cents to end at $1.27 with 767,279 stock units crossing the exchange.

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