Junior Market drops 6.3% for 2019

The Junior Market is down 6.3% for 2019, but the fall may be close to an end at the market is close to a support level going back to the beginning of 2018 and as far back as 2015.

Investors did more damage to the Junior Market at the close of trading on Monday, in cutting 23.47 points off the close of the index on Friday, to end on the first day of the week at 3,137.02, down 6.3 percent for the year to date.
Trading ended with 33 securities changing hands, leading to the prices of 13 securities advancing, 14 declining and 6 remaining unchanged. The market closed with an exchange of 2,881,585 units valued at $9,881,495 compared to 2,690,069 units valued at $8,684,726 from 33 securities on Friday. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 13.7 based on earnings for 2019.
Trading ended with an average of 87,321 units at $299,439 for each securities changing hands, in contrast to 81,517 units for an average of $263,174 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 155,967 units valued at $572,790 for each company traded and previously 150,098 units valued at $541,417. In contrast, December closed with an average of 521,319 shares at $1,344,719 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 one with a lower offer.
At the close of the market, Access Financial lost 24 cents in trading 6,796 shares to finish at $30.26, Blue Power ended market activity, exchanging 12,200 shares to settle at $4.10 after falling 10 cents. Cargo Handlers closed with a loss of $1.40 at $8.10, in swapping 6,000 shares, with the price adjusting to a more realistic value after three and a half years of significant overvaluation. Caribbean Cream declined 25 cents in trading 1,300 units at $3.75, Derrimon Trading shed 30 cents to settle at $2.20 with 53,900 units crossing the exchange, Dolphin Cove fell 61 cents to $10.79 with 2,685 units changing hands. Express Catering ended trading of 46,531 shares, after rising 7 cents to close at $6.15, Fontana closed with an exchange of 255,318 units and gained 9 cents to end at $7.09, Fosrich declined 19 cents in trading of 5,320 units at $4.30. General Accident climbed 29 cents and exchanged 1,513 shares at $6.30, GWest Corporation advanced 5 cents trading 100,000 shares at $1.05, Honey Bun concluded trading with 6,000 shares after adding 3 cents to settle at $8.70. Indies Pharma closed trading of 9,045 units and gained 2 cents to end at $2.92, Jamaican Teas closed trading with 102,500 shares, after rising 25 cents to end at $6.55, Jetcon Corporation finished 10 cents higher at $1.65, with an exchange of 29,800 stock units. Key Insurance added 1 cent to end at $3.80, with 23,000 stock units trading, KLE Group exchanged 27,107 shares, after rising 76 cents to finish at $2.80, Knutsford Express lost 65 cents in trading of 358 units at $9.55. Lasco Distributors dropped 3 cents in trading 923,118 shares to close at $3.13, Lasco Financial ended with a loss of 1 cent at $3.95 with 32,534 stock units changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing climbed 35 cents and exchanged 162,698 shares at $4.50. Lumber Depot declined by 4 cents to settle at $1.59 with 419,324 units crossing the exchange, Main Event fell 6 cents in trading of 73,238 units at $6, Medical Disposables closed with a loss of 50 cents to end at $7, after swapping 10,000 shares. Paramount Trading ended trading with 2,000 shares, after rising 5 cents to settle at $1.75, SSL Venture closed the day with 200 shares traded, after gaining 2 cents to finish at $1.10 and tTech lost 40 cents in trading of 12,300 units at $5.60.

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

Pressure continues on Junior Market

Trading on the Junior Market ended on Friday with prices of 15 securities advanced, 13 declined and 4 remained unchanged. The Junior Market Index declined by 10.36 points to close at 3,160.49.
The market closed with 33 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 2,690,069 units valued at $8,684,726 compared to 10,271,447 units for $27,200,810 from 33 securities on Thursday. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 13.6 based on earnings for 2019.
Trading ended with an average of 81,517 units at $263,174 for each security, in contrast to 311,256 units, for an average of $824,267 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 160,209 units amounting to $589,682 and previously 165,393 units costing $611,189. In contrast, December closed with an average of 521,319 shares at $1,344,719 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows two stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial fell $1.40 in trading 4,312 units at $30.50, AMG Packaging climbed 4 cents and exchanged 500 shares at $2.08, Blue Power closed 5 cents higher at $4.20, with 10,292 stock units changing hands. Caribbean Cream ended market activity exchanging 17,916 shares to close at $4 after falling 10 cents, Caribbean Producers closed trading of 186,519 units and gained 1 cent to end at $5, Derrimon Trading climbed 29 cents and exchanged 125,226 shares at $2.50. Everything Fresh traded 431,669 shares, after rising 3 cents to end at $1.04, Express Catering declined 3 cents in trading of 43,873 units at $6.08, Fontana dipped 10 cents in exchanging of 142,186 units at $7. Fosrich ended with a loss of 1 cent at $4.49 with 76,788 stock units changing hands, General Accident shed 98 cents in swapping of 82,339 units at $6.01, GWest Corporation declined 3 cents trading 213,682 units at $1. Honey Bun climbed 17 cents after exchanging 33,378 shares to close at $8.67, iCreate swapped 13,145 shares, after rising 9 cents to end at 79 cents. Indies Pharma shed 2 cents with 126,233 units changing hands at $2.90, Iron Rock Insurance climbed 49 cents and exchanged 15,100 shares at $3.99, Jetcon Corporation closed 15 cents higher at $1.55, with 10,500 stock units trading. Key Insurance closed 69 cents higher at $3.79, with 102,403 stock units changing hands, Knutsford Express closed 85 cents higher at $10.20, with 3,574 stock units trading, Lasco Distributors shed 4 cents in transferring of 96,444 units at $3.16. Lasco Financial ended market activity, with 45,874 shares changing hands to close at $3.96 after falling 6 cents, Lasco Manufacturing shed 15 cents in trading of 74,364 units at $4.15. Limners and Bards ended with 31,893 shares, crossing the exchange after rising 2 cents to end at $2.90, Lumber Depot gained 1 to end at $1.63, in trading 231,475 shares, MailPac ended with a loss of 1 cent at 2.13 with 420,737 stock units changing hands, Main Event fell 4 cents in trading 5,940 units at $6.06. Medical Disposables closed market activity with 45,797 units and gained 75 cents to end at $7.50, SSL Venture dipped 16 cents in trading of 1,900 units at $1.08 and tTech closed with 100 units changing hands and gained 40 cents to end at $6.

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

More pressure on Junior Market

Honey Bun ended at a 52 week’s closing high, on Thursday.

Trading on the Junior Market ended on Thursday with prices of 15 securities advancing, 16 declining and two remaining unchanged. The market Index fell 24.57 points to close at 3,170.85, the lowest point since July 2019.
The market closed with 33 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 10,271,447 units valued at $27,200,810 compared to 2,385,114 units for $6,854,458 from 35 securities on Wednesday. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 13.4 based on earnings for 2019.
Trading ended with an average of 311,256 units at $824,267 for each security, in contrast to 68,146 units for an average of $195,842 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 165,393 units amounting to $611,189 and previously 165,921 units valued $596,164. In contrast, December closed with an average of 521,319 shares at $1,344,719 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 two with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial gained $1.40 to end at $31.90, trading just 140 shares, AMG Packaging exchanged 42,587 shares, after rising 4 cents to end at $2.04, Blue Power closed 10 cents higher at $4.15, with 24,210 stock units changing hands. CAC 2000 dropped $1.50 in exchanging 3,500 shares to close at $13.50, Caribbean Cream ended trading with 1,300 shares, after rising 10 cents to $4.10, Caribbean Producers climbed 19 cents and exchanged 400 shares at $4.99, Derrimon Trading ended market activity with 40,356 shares crossing the exchange to close at $2.21 after falling 35 cents. Elite Diagnostic closed 12 cents higher at $4.50, trading 192,700 stock units, Everything Fresh traded at a record low of 97 cents but closed with a loss of 4 cents at $1.01, in swapping of 428,650 shares, Express Catering fell 7 cents in trading of 26,805 units at $6.11. Fontana closed with 397,098 units changing hands and gained 5 cents to end at $7.10, Fosrich closed 18 cents higher at $4.50, with 329,988 stock units trading, General Accident climbed 24 cents and exchanged 24,152 shares at $6.99, GWest Corporation rose 2 cents and traded 44,533 units at $1.03. Honey Bun traded at an intraday record high of $9.90 in exchanging 441,936 stock units to close at $8.50 after falling 20 cents, iCreate fell 15 cents in trading 585,387 units at 70 cents, Indies Pharma ended with a loss of 1 cent at $2.92 with 89,010 stock units changing hands. Iron Rock Insurance declined 48 cents to settle at $3.50 with an exchange of 500 shares, Jamaican Teas dipped 20 cents in trading 52,900 units at $6.30, Jetcon Corporation traded 101,844 shares and declined by 15 cents to settle at $1.40, Key Insurance lost 70 cents to settle at $3.10. Knutsford Express climbed 19 cents and exchanged 1,319 shares at $9.35, Lasco Distributors ended with a loss of 1 cent at $3.20 with 166,869 stock units changing hands, Lasco Financial declined 8 cents in trading 1,220 units at $4.02, Lasco Manufacturing closed 12 cents higher at $4.30, in trading 66,399 stock units. Lumber Depot fell 5 cents with 707,508 shares changing hands at $1.62, MailPac gained 5 cents to $2.14, with 6,343,722 stock units crossing the exchange, Main Event lost 20 cents in trading 887 shares to close at 6.10 cents. Paramount Trading shed 3 cents in transferring 10,549 units at $1.70, SSL Venture gained 1 cent to end at $1.24, after trading 81,100 shares and Stationery and Office Supplies closed 99 cents higher at $10, with 19,845 stock units changing hands.

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

More decline for Junior Market

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Trading on the Junior Market ended on Wednesday with prices of 15 securities rising, 14 declining and 3 remaining unchanged as the market Index fell by 31.46 points to close at 3,195.42.
The market closed with 35 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 2,385,114 units valued at $6,854,458 compared to 3,722,598 units valued at $11,406,185 from 28 securities on Monday. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 13.7 based on earnings for 2019.
Trading ended with an average of 68,146 units for $195,842 for each security, in contrast to 132,950 units, for an average of $407,364 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 165,921 units valued at $596,164 and previously 162,137 units valued at $628,523. In contrast, December closed with an average of 521,319 shares at $1,344,719 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 a lower offer.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging ended with a loss of 1 cent at $2 with 74,295 stock units changing hands, Blue Power gained 5 cents and exchanged 3,275 shares at $4.05, Cargo Handlers rose by 50 cents to $9.50, with the trading of 4,000 stock units. Caribbean Cream ended with 5,081 shares crossing the exchange, after rising 40 cents to end at $4, Consolidated Bakeries declined by 2 cents to settle at $1.63 after 721 units traded, Everything Fresh climbed 2 cents and exchanged 52,000 shares at $1.05. Express Catering shed 42 cents in trading of 24,414 units at $6.18, Fontana closed 2 cents higher at $7.05, with 138,352 stock units changing hands, Fosrich gained 12 cents to end at $4.32, with an exchange of 5,601 stock units. General Accident closed trading of 4,667 units and gained 39 cents to end at $6.75, GWest Corporation lost 17 cents in trading of 23,500 units at $1.01. Honey Bun closed trading of 11,250 units and gained 20 cents to end at $8.70. Indies Pharma declined 7 cents in swapping 92,855 units at $2.93, Iron Rock Insurance dipped 2 cents in trading of 2,414 units at $3.98, ISP Finance fell by $7.40 to settle at $22.10, Jetcon Corporation ended trading with 49,153 shares, after rising 5 cents to end at $1.55. Key Insurance climbed 2 cents and exchanged 146,242 shares at $3.80, KLE Group ended market activity exchanging 2,113 shares to close at $2.04 after falling 6 cents, Lasco Distributors closed 4 cents higher at $3.21, trading 100 stock units. Lasco Financial ended with 300 shares changing hands, after rising 8 cents to end at $4.10, Lasco Manufacturing ended market activity exchanging 39,572 shares to close at $4.18 after falling 30 cents. Limners and Bards climbed 3 cents and exchanged 29,860 shares at $2.88, Lumber Depot closed with a loss of 3 cents at $1.67, in swapping 438,893 shares. MailPac ended with a loss of 1 cent at $2.09 with 434,121 stock units changing hands, Main Event dipped 10 cents trading 88,629 units at $6.30, Medical Disposables ended trading with 7,000 shares, after rising 5 cents to end at $6.75. Paramount Trading lost 17 cents transferring 39,200 shares to close at $1.73, SSL Venture added 3 cents in exchanging 469,165 shares at $1.23 and Stationery and Office Supplies fell $1.14 in trading 16,974 units to close at $9.01.

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

Junior Market trading rise prices fall

Trading on the Junior Market ended on Tuesday with prices of 10 securities rising, 15 declining and 3 remaining unchanged as the market Index slipped 8.19 points to close at 3,226.88.
The market closed with 28 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 3,722,598 units valued at $11,406,185 compared to 3,592,718 units valued at $9,412,656 from 32 securities on Monday. The average PE Ratio of the market ended at 14 based on earnings for 2019.
Trading ended with an average of 132,950 units for an average of $407,364 in contrast to 112,272 units for an average of $294,146 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 162,137 units valued at $628,523 and previously 164,155 units valued at $643,813. In contrast, December closed with an average of 521,319 shares at $1,344,719 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows seven stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Blue Power ended with a loss of 40 cents, in swapping 94,349 shares to close at $4, Caribbean Producers lost 8 cents in trading of 20,500 units at $4.80, Dolphin Cove declined 20 cents in exchanging 10,000 stock units at $11.40. Derrimon Trading closed 26 cents higher at $2.56, with 54,048 stock shares changing hands, Everything Fresh dipped 2 cents with 44,000 units crossing the exchange to end the day at $1.03, Elite Diagnostic fell 12 cents in trading of 105,109 units at $4.38. Fontana lost 7 cents trading 99,210 shares to close at $7.03, Fosrich shed 5 cents in swapping 12,700 units at $4.20, GWest Corporation closed 7 cents higher at $1.18, with 1,600 stock units trading. Honey Bun closed trading of 213,302 units and gained 30 cents to end at $8.50, iCreate closed 10 cents higher at 85 cents, with 207,261 stock units trading, Indies Pharma ended with a loss of 6 cents at $3 in the swapping of 6,964 shares, Jamaican Teas dipped 19 cents, trading 142,152 units at $6.50. Jetcon Corporation declined by 15 cents to settle at $1.50 with 11,497 shares crossing the exchange, Key Insurance ended trading with 512,969 shares, after rising 8 cents to end at $3.78, Knutsford Express closed trading of 987 units and gained 5 cents to end at $9.16. Lasco Distributors closed 1 cent higher at $3.17, with 36,799 stock units trading, Lasco Financial shed 28 cents in trading of 2,734 units at $4.02, Lasco Manufacturing climbed 17 cents and exchanged 101,737 shares at $4.48, Limners and Bards fell 14 cents in trading 29,418 units at $2.85. Lumber Depot declined 10 cents to settle at $1.70 while exchanging 491,831 units, MailPac closed trading of 740,424 units and gained 3 cents to end at $2.10. Main Event lost 10 cents in trading 49,160 shares to close at $6.40, Medical Disposables fell 89 cents in trading of 19,000 units at $6.70 and tTech ended exchanging 9,400 shares, after rising 10 cents to end at $5.60.

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

Junior Market index rises – Monday

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Monday with Market Index advanced by 26.06 points to close at 3,235.07 from an equal number of stocks rising and falling.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 15 securities advanced, 15 declined and two remained unchanged, resulting in the average PE Ratio ending at 14.2 times earnings for 2019
Market activity ended with 32 securities changing hands and an exchange of 3,592,718 units valued at $9,412,656, compared to 4,639,848 units valued at $13,835,204 from 33 securities on Friday.
Trading ended with an average of 112,272 units for an average of $294,146 in contrast to 140,601 units for an average of $419,249 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 164,155 valued at $643,813 and previously 168,606 valued at $673,811. In contrast, December closed with an average of 521,319 shares at $1,344,719 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.
At the close of the market, Access Financial lost $1.60 trading 1,414 shares to close at $30.50, AMG Packaging ended with a loss of 1 cent at $2.01 with 71,183 stock units changing hands, Blue Power closed 1 cent higher at $4.40, with an exchange of 20,241 stock units. CAC 2000 climbed $1.50 to settle at $15 with 13,500 shares changing hands, Caribbean Flavours gained $1.98 to end at $17 with 802 stock units trading, Derrimon Trading dipped 28 cents in transferring 17,446 units at $2.30, Dolphin Cove ended with a loss of 1 cent at $11.60 with 1,001 stock units changing hands. Elite Diagnostic traded 35,800 shares, after rising 12 cents to finish at $4.50, Everything Fresh ended with a loss of 1 cent at $1.05 with 35,600 stock units crossing the exchange, Express Catering climbed 10 cents and exchanged 250 shares at $6.60. Fosrich ended trading with 19,641 shares, after rising 15 cents to end at $4.25, Fontana fell 4 cents in with 88,457 units changing hands at $7.10, General Accident dipped 39 cents in trading 31,568 units at $6.36. Honey Bun climbed 19 cents, exchanging 5,339 shares at $8.20, iCreate ended market activity trading 401,583 shares to close at 75 cents after falling 10 cents, Indies Pharma dipped 4 cents to $3.06 in swapping 513,785 units. Jamaican Teas ended market activity, exchanging 140,915 shares to close at $6.69 after falling 19 cents, Jetcon Corporation climbed 20 cents and traded 55,131 shares at $1.65, Key Insurance ended market activity, with 18,397 shares crossing the exchange to close at $3.70 after falling 10 cents, KLE Group finished trading with 319,823 shares, after rising 6 cents to end at $2.10. Knutsford Express dropped 84 cents in transferring 2,033 units at $9.11. Lasco Distributors fell 13 cents and completed market activity exchanging 79,999 shares to close at $3.16, Lasco Financial lost 10 cents trading 52,450 stock units to close at $4.30, Lasco Manufacturing climbed 15 cents and exchanged 98,768 shares at $4.31. Limners and Bards ended with a loss of 1 cent at $2.99, with 28,873 stock units changing hands. Lumber Depot climbed 19 cents and exchanged 1,018,540 shares at $1.80, MailPac rose 2 cents in transferring of 459,048 shares at $2.07. Main Event ended trading with 2,740 shares, after rising 10 cents to $6.50, Medical Disposables closed 59 cents higher at $7.59, with 2,433 stock units trading and Paramount Trading closed with 15,041 units changing hands and gained 20 cents to end at $1.90.

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

Carreras & Medical Disposable lead TOP 10

The past week saw significant fluctuations in prices of several stocks, leading to notable declines in the market indices of the Junior and Main Market and resulting in some changes in the TOP 10 stocks.
The Junior Market lost General Accident and Lasco Distributors and welcomed back Jetcon Corporation and Dolphin Cove. In the JSE Main Market, the price of NCB Financial fell to $190, with the stock edging out Pulse Investments in the process.
The JSE Main Market ended the week, with an overall PE of 21.1 and the Junior Market 14.2, based on current 2019 earnings. The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks averages 9.2 with the Main Market at 11.1.
The targeted average PE ratio is 25, with several stocks trading at that level or just under, in 22 times region, currently. The TOP 10 shares now trade at a discount of 35 percent of the average for Junior Market and Main Market stocks trade at a discount of 47 percent to the overall market.
The average projected gain for the IC TOP 10 stocks is 177 percent for the Junior Market and 129 percent for the JSE Main Market, based mostly on 2019 earnings.
The top three Junior Market stocks are Medical Disposables with projected gains of 257 percent, followed by Main Event with 232 percent and Jamaican Teas is in the third spot with 187 percent likely capital gain, with the price pulling back from $7.40 at the start of the week to $6.98 at the close. During the week, Jamaican Teas announced a three for one stock split, subject to approval by shareholders.
During the week, Sygnus Credit Investments US dollar-based stock that surged to number one spot on the Jamaican Stock Exchange Main Market at the end of the prior week climbed to 18 US cents and moved to the sixth position. Carreras now leads the TOP 10 Main Market stocks with projected gains with 176 percent, followed by Radio Jamaica in the number two spot, with 166 percent and Berger Paints with 152 percent.
IC TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns to March this year. Forecasted earnings and PE ratio for the current fiscal year are in determining potential gains. The stocks are ranked in the order of likely increases, with the highest-ranked, being the most attractive. Expected values will change as stock prices fluctuate and will result in movements of the selection in and out of the lists for most weeks. Earnings per share are revised on an ongoing basis as new information is received that can result in changes in and out of the list.

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Trading picks up on Junior Market – Friday

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange finished on Friday with 33 securities changing hands, with an increased volume of 4,639,848 units valued at $13,835,204 compared to 3,359,389 units valued at $10,159,585 from 37 securities on Thursday.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 17 securities advanced, 11 declined and 8 remained unchanged, with 33 changing hands, resulting in the Junior Market Index falling by a mere 2.17 points to close at 3,209.01.  The market closed, with the average PE Ratio ending at 14 earnings for 2019.
Trading ended with an average of 140,601 units for an average of $419,249 in contrast to 101,800 units for an average of $307,866 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 168,606 valued at $673,811 and previously 171,324 valued at $698,518. In contrast, December closed with an average of 521,319 shares at $1,344,719 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 five with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial dipped 20 cents in trading 10,601 units at $32.10, AMG Packaging slipped 5 cents in exchanging 1,346,609 units at $2.02, Blue Power ended with a loss of 1 cent at 4.39 with 4,536 stock units changing hands. Caribbean Cream ended market activity exchanging 11,377 shares to close at $3.60 after falling 41 cents, Caribbean Producers climbed 7 cents after an exchange of 24,182 shares at $4.88, Consolidated Bakeries traded 8,000 shares, after rising 5 cents to end at $1.65. Dolphin Cove closed with 3,001 units crossing the market and gained 81 cents to end at $11.61. Elite Diagnostic lost 47 cents with 5,000 units changing hands at $4.38, Everything Fresh closed 1 cent higher at $1.06, with the of trading 352,400 stock units, Express Catering ended with 139,578 shares changing hands, after rising 40 cents to end at $6.50. Fosrich shed 30 cents in trading 21,895 units at $4.10, Fontana closed 14 cents higher at $7.14, with 380,369 stock units changing hands, GWest Corporation closed 1 cent higher at $1.11, in transferring 4,182 stock units. Honey Bun lost 29 cents in trading 63,649 shares to close at $8.01, iCreate climbed 2 cents and exchanged 266,130 shares at 85 cents. Indies Pharma gained 18 cents to close at $3.10, with the trading of 51,726 stock units, Iron Rock Insurance exchanged 35,850 units and gained 20 cents to end at $4, Jamaican Teas closed trading of 243,285 units and rose 23 cents to end at $6.88. Jetcon Corporation closed 5 cents higher at $1.45, trading 44,975 stock units, Knutsford Express ended market activity, exchanging 30,250 shares to close at $9.95 after falling 5 cents. Lasco Distributors rose 13 cents to close $3.29, with 85,000 stock units changing hands, Lasco Financial closed 30 cents higher at $4.40, with 29,850 stock units trading. Lasco Manufacturing climbed 5 cents and exchanged 21,300 shares at $4.16, Limners and Bards gained 25 cents and exchanged 87,009 shares at $3, Mailpac Group lost 5 cents in trading 332,699 shares to close at $2.05. Main Event ended 33 cents higher at $6.40, with 5,570 stock units crossing the exchange, Paramount Trading fell 3 cents in trading of 237,730 units at $1.70 and SSL Venture lost 4 cents in transferring 121,000 units at $1.20.

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

Junior market loses 4% for 2020

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Thursday with the Junior Market Index shedding another 34.24 points to close at 3,211.18, bringing the year’s loss to 4 percent as declining stocks edged out advancing ones.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 12 securities advanced, 14 declined and 7 remained unchanged, with 33 stocks changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 3,359,389 units valued at $10,159,585 compared to 6,024,104 units valued at $19,766,505 from 37 securities on Wednesday.
At the close of market activities, the market’s average PE Ratio ended at 14 earnings for 2019.
Trading ended with an average of 101,800 units for an average of $307,866 in contrast to 162,814 units for an average of $534,230 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 171,324 valued at $698,518 and previously 178,797 valued at $740,510. In contrast, December closed with an average of 521,319 shares at $1,344,719 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 ended trading with 52,600 shares, after rising 20 cents to end at $32.30, AMG Packaging ended with a loss of 1 cent at $2.07 with 98,000 stock units changing hand, Blue Power closed 10 cents higher at $4.40, with swapping of 19,241 stock units. CAC 2000 climbed 50 cents and exchanged 5,000 shares at $13.50, Caribbean Cream closed with a loss of 29 cents at $4.01, in exchanging of 450 shares, Consolidated Bakeries traded 4,500 shares and declined 15 cents to settle at $1.60. Dolphin Cove dipped 95 cents in trading, just 100 units at $10.80. Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 1 cent at $2.58 with 35,207 stock units changing hands, Elite Diagnostic fell 3 cents in trading of 38,492 units at $4.85. Everything Fresh closed with 18,089 units crossing the exchange and gained 4 cents to end at $1.05, Express Catering traded of 1,774 units and gained 10 cents to end at $6.10, Fosrich exchanged 193,478 shares, after rising 10 cents to end at $4.40. General Accident closed 75 cents higher to $6.75, with 5,520 stock units changing hands, GWest Corporation closed trading of 98,919 units and gained 4 cents to end at $1.10, Honey Bun traded 1,992 units and declined 20 cents to settle at $8.30. iCreate closed 3 cents higher at 83 cents, with 63,807 stock units crossing the exchange, Jamaican Teas lost 35 cents in trading 79,655 units to close at $6.65, Jetcon Corporation dropped 20 cents in trading of 91,678 units at $1.40. Lasco Distributors closed with 214,115 shares changing hands, after rising 5 cents to end at $3.16, Lasco Financial shed 25 cents in trading of 4,578 units at $4.10, Lasco Manufacturing declined by 21 cents to settle at $4.11 after units 64,197 passed through the market. Limners and Bards closed with a loss of 15 cents at $2.75, after swapping 108,276 shares, Lumber Depot fell 4 cents in trading of 1,508,978 units at $1.61. Main Event closed 3 cents higher at $6.07, with an exchange of 3,917 stock units, Paramount Trading closed 1 cent higher at $1.73, with the swapping of 21,600 stock units and SSL Venture ended with a loss of 1 cent at 1.24 with 830 stock units changing hands.

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

Junior Market dips again Wednesday

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange slipped again on Wednesday with the market Index falling 10.92 points to end at 3,245.42 as prices of 13 securities advanced, 14 declined and 10 remained unchanged.
The number of securities changing hands rose to 37, up from 33 on Tuesday and resulted in an exchange of 6,024,104 units valued at $19,766,505 compared to 3,923,066 units valued at $17,832,838 on Tuesday.
At the close of market activities, the market’s average PE Ratio remained at 14.2 earnings for 2019.
Trading ended with an average of 162,814 units for an average of $534,230 in contrast to 118,881 units for an average of $540,389 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 178,797 valued at $740,510 and previously 180,987 valued at $768,779. In contrast, December closed with an average of 521,319 shares at $1,344,719 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows nine stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with a lower offer.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging closed 8 cents higher at $2.08, with 28,370 stock units changing hands, Blue Power dipped 20 cents in trading 9,203 units at $4.30, Caribbean Cream climbed 30 cents and exchanged 1,000 shares to end at $4.30. Caribbean Flavours closed trading of 300 units and gained 2 cents to finish at $15.02, Cargo Handlers climbed $1 to settle at $9 with 950 shares changing hands, Caribbean Producers gained 1 cent to end at $4.81, with an exchange of 7,405 shares. Consolidated Bakeries dipped 15 cents trading of 4,358 units to close at $1.75, Derrimon Trading climbed 9 cents and exchanged 289,096 shares at $2.59, Everything Fresh shed 9 cents in transferring 82,300 units at $1.01. Express Catering lost 25 cents in trading 1,745 units at $6, Fosrich lost 10 cents with 25,951 units changing hands at $4.30, General Accident lost 44 cents in swapping 51,047 units at $6. GWest Corporation fell 4 cents trading 52,801 shares to close at $1.06, Honey Bun ended with 204,528 shares crossing the exchange, after rising 35 cents to close at $8.50, iCreate closed trading of 86,890 units with a gain of 5 cents to end at 80 cents. Iron Rock Insurance declined 20 cents to settle at $3.80 with an exchange of 1,500 shares, ISP Finance climbed 50 cents in exchanging just one share at $29.50, Jamaican Teas dipped 29 cents in trading 801,148 units to end at $7, Key Insurance dipped 10 cents in transferring 2,184 units at $3.80. Lasco Distributors lost 2 cents trading 626,778 shares to close at $3.11, Lasco Financial ended swapping with 4,428 shares, after rising 25 cents to finish at $4.35, Lasco Manufacturing closed 7 cents higher at $4.32, with the trading of 12,506 stock units. Limners and Bards lost 10 cents in exchanging 25,369 units at $2.90, Lumber Depot climbed 12 cents and traded 736,293 shares at $1.65, Mailpac Group closed 2 cents higher at $2.10, with 2,647,671 stock units trading. SSL Venture shed 9 cents in exchanging 6,500 units at $1.25 and Stationery and Office Supplies lost 50 cents in transferring 22,300 shares to close at $10.15.

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