Down day for Junior Market

Trading closed on Monday with the market volume retreating 38 percent from Friday’s trades, while the value fell 32 percent on a day when declining stocks outnumbered rising ones almost two to one and pressured the market index into a sizeable fall at the close of the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
The Junior Market Index dropped 40.82 points to settle at 3,017.44. The PE Ratio based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings averages 11.2.
Trading ended with 33 securities changing hands, down from 37 on Friday and closed with the prices of eight rising, 15 declining and 10 remaining unchanged.
The market closed with an exchange of 6,424,212 shares for $21,113,857, down from 10,384,599 units at $30,949,770 on Friday. Derrimon Trading led trading with 38.4 percent of total volume for 2.46 million shares, followed by Mailpac Group with 14.9 percent for 958,702 units and Jamaican Teas with 11.5 percent for 739,090 units.
Trading averaged 194,673 units at $639,814, in contrast to 280,665 at $836,480 on Friday. Trading month to date averages 210,513 units at $691,011, consistent with 213,535 units at $700,777 on Friday. Trading in March resulted in an average of 252,633 units at $733,196.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, AMG Packaging lost 10 cents ending at $1.80 with the swapping of 4,875 shares, Caribbean Cream fell 96 cents to $5.40 in trading 11,152 stocks, Caribbean Flavours slipped 12 cents to $2.16 with 3,846 units changing hands. Consolidated Bakeries finished 5 cents lower at $1.33 with an exchange of 38,000 shares, Express Catering shed 23 cents to $4.55 in transferring 100 units. Fontana lost 5 cents to close at $5.70 trading 272,941 shares, Indies Pharma declined 5 cents to $4.40 with the swapping of 323,617 stocks. ISP Finance gained 20 cents to settle at $24 in switching ownership of 100 stock units, Jamaican Teas picked up 10 cents to close at $3.29 after an exchange of 739,090 shares, Lasco Distributors shed 16 cents to $3.83 with a transfer of 138,496 stock units, Lasco Manufacturing fell 5 cents to $4.54 in trading 11,549 units. Limners and Bards advanced 5 cents to close at $2.80 after exchanging 136,131 stock units, Lumber Depot gained 9 cents to finish at $2.40 with investors switching ownership of 283,488 stocks, SSL Venture rose 8 cents to 63 cents in trading 44,276 shares. Stationery and Office Supplies declined 10 cents to $5.40, with 20,100 units crossing the market and tTech advanced 20 cents to $4.60 with 100 shares clearing the market.
In the preference segment, CAC 2000 9.5% preference share gained 12 cents in closing at $1.50 in switching ownership of 32,327 stock units.

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

Junior Market rises 14% year to date

Trading started out with a promise for a meaningful rise on Wednesday, with the market climbing to 3,040.03 points within less than an hour of the market opening. In the end, the market index drifted back to close marginally higher at the conclusion of market activity on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
Investors traded 36 securities, down from 38 on Tuesday, resulting in the prices of 13 rising, 15 declining and eight remaining unchanged.
The Junior Market Index added a mere 1.43 points to finish at 3,012.88 and recorded a 14 percent rise for the year to date. The average PE Ratio ended at 12.2 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
Trading accounted for 5,748,389 shares at $19,205,192 compared to 5,875,378 units at $21,108,083 on Tuesday. Jamaican Teas led trading with 40 percent of total volume for 2.3 million shares, followed by Fontana with 12.8 percent for 735,864 units and Lasco Manufacturing with 10 percent market share for 574,001 units.
Trading averaged 159,677 units at $533,478, in line with 154,615 at $555,476 on Tuesday. The month to date averages 165,892 units at $574,829, compared to 169,232 units at $597,047 on Tuesday. March closed with an average of 252,633 units at $733,196.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows six stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial climbed $3.08 to $22.16 after clearing the market with 50 shares, AMG Packaging lost 30 cents to close at $1.70, with 28,000 stocks crossing the exchange, Blue Power rose 16 cents to $3.74 with 142 shares changing hands. Cargo Handlers advanced $1.20 to $8.70 in switching ownership of 45 stock units, Caribbean Cream gained 15 cents to end at $5.55 after clearing the market of 78,741 units, Caribbean Flavours picked up 8 cents in closing at $2.20 in an exchange of 7,711 stocks. Caribbean Producers lost 26 cents to end at $3.50 in trading 140,115 units, Consolidated Bakeries gained 20 cents to settle at $1.54 with an exchange of 204,519 shares, Dolphin Cove lost 13 cents to end at $7.90 trading 550 stock units, Everything Fresh closed 5 cents higher at 99 cents with 15,500 units crossing the market. Express Catering finished 12 cents lower at $4.78 after an exchange of 27,186 shares, Fontana shed 13 cents to close at $5.75 in transferring 735,864 units, Iron Rock Insurance lost 5 cents to end at $3.55 trading 2,311 stock units, Jetcon Corporation fell 5 cents to 71 cents with the swapping of 151,000 units. Lasco Manufacturing shed 22 cents to settle at $4.26 with 574,001 stock units changing hands. Mailpac Group rose 9 cents to $3.54 after 381,236 units crossed the market and tTech declined 19 cents to $4.41 with the swapping of 25,457 shares.
In the preference segment, CAC 2000 9.5% preference share gained 5 cents in closing at $1.20 in exchanging 7,932 units.

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

 

Juniors recapture 3,000 mark in 14 months

The 3,000 points threshold of the Junior Market was finally captured at the end of trading on Tuesday after several attempts over the past two weeks in which the market traded above that level on a number of occasions but failed to hold on at the close of those days.
The Junior Market Index rose 14.96 points to close at 3,011.45, the highest close since February 4 last year. Trading opened with the market index clocking 3,040.95 points and moved 3,046.56 points at 9.37 am, but back off thereafter to close at the lower level. The average PE Ratio ended at 12.1 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings.
Investors traded 38 securities up from 29 on Thursday, resulting in the prices of 11 rising, 17 declining and 10 remaining unchanged.
The market closed with an exchange of 5,875,378 shares for $21,108,083 compared to 5,463,147 units at $18,894,077 on Thursday. Lasco Distributors led trading with 53.3 percent of total volume after 3.13 million shares traded, followed by Mailpac Group with 8.6 percent for 505,601 units and Derrimon Trading 7.2 percent for 421,165 units.
Trading averaged 154,615 units at $555,476, in contrast to 188,384 at $651,520 on Thursday. The month to date average resulted from an exchange of 169,232 units at $597,047, compared to March with an average of 252,633 units at $733,196.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading 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 dropped $3.82 to $19.08, trading 2,310 shares, AMG Packaging declined 8 cents to $2 after 22,535 stocks crossed the exchange, Cargo Handlers shed $1.21 in closing at $7.50, trading 1,569 units. Caribbean Assurance Brokers gained 10 cents to end at $2 with 60,544 stocks changing hands, Caribbean Cream rose 35 cents to $5.40, with 91,098 units clearing the market, Caribbean Flavours lost 15 cents to close at $2.12 with the swapping of 86,749 stocks. Consolidated Bakeries shed 18 cents to $1.34 in 3,225 units switching ownership, Dolphin Cove ended 7 cents lower at $8.03 in an exchange of 3,892 stocks. Elite Diagnostic gained 20 cents in closing at $3.20 trading 85,635 stock units, Everything Fresh slipped 12 cents to 94 cents in an exchange of 56,672 shares, Express Catering jumped 80 cents to $4.90 after a transfer of 11,004 stocks. Fontana lost 10 cents to close at $5.88 with the swapping of 221,121 shares, Fosrich ended 15 cents higher at $5.25 after 21,148 stock units crossed the exchange, General Accident fell 9 cents to $5.75 with the swapping of 3,100 stock units. Honey Bun declined 5 cents to $5.04 after an exchange of 5,821 stocks, Indies Pharma rose 30 cents to $4, with 40,589 shares crossing the exchange, Knutsford Express advanced 83 cents to $6.34 in exchanging 250 units, Lasco Distributors shed 20 cents to close at $3.89 in trading 3,130,924 stocks. Lasco Financial gained 20 cents to end at $3.10 in an exchange of 245,470 stock units. Lasco Manufacturing lost 7 cents in closing at $4.48 with a transfer of 36,143 units, Mailpac Group fell 16 cents to $3.45, with 505,601 stocks crossing the market. Medical Disposables gained 49 cents in closing at $4.69 in trading 1,519 shares, SSL Venture gained 5 cents to end at 60 cents in switching ownership of 3,426 stock units and Stationery and Office Supplies climbed 72 cents to $5.50 with the swapping of 384 units.

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

Q2 starts positively for junior stocks

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Trading closed on Thursday with the market climbing over the 3,000-point mark but failing for a second week to close above it on a day when more stocks rose than declined after a 62 percent decline in the volume of shares traded valued 49 percent less than on Wednesday on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
Trading ended with 29 active securities, down from 30 on Wednesday, resulting in prices of 13 rising, seven declining and nine remaining unchanged. At the close, the Junior Market Index advanced 13.54 points to settle at 2,996.49.
The average PE Ratio ended at 17.2 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 5,463,147 shares for $18,894,077 compared to 14,376,733 units at $36,855,263 on Wednesday. Mailpac Group dominated trading with 61.5 percent of total volume for 3.36 million shares followed by Fontana with 8.2 percent for 446,882 units and Jamaican Teas with 7.6 percent market share for 417,542 units.
Trading averaged 188,384 units at $651,520, in contrast to 479,224 at $1,228,509 on Wednesday. March closed with an average of 252,633 units at $733,196.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Blue Power shed 17 cents in closing at $3.58 and exchanging 10,300 shares, Caribbean Assurance Brokers slipped 10 cents to $1.90 with the swapping of 23,000 shares, Caribbean Flavours picked up 5 cents to finish at $2.27 in an exchange of 846 stocks. Caribbean Producers rose 26 cents to close at $3.76 after trading 117,213 units, Derrimon Trading gained 8 cents to settle at $2.59 trading 129,739 stocks, Everything Fresh rose 13 cents to $1.06 in switching ownership of 7,964 shares. Express Catering gained 30 cents to close at $4.10, with 4,895 stock units clearing the market, Fontana added 11 cents to finish at $5.98 with 446,882 units changing hands, Indies Pharma lost 30 cents to end at $3.70 with the swapping of 311,653 stock units. Lasco Manufacturing picked up 5 cents in closing at $4.55 in switching ownership of 54,184 shares, Mailpac Group rose 12 cents to $3.61 in trading 3,361,219 stock units, Medical Disposables gained 5 cents in closing at $4.20 after 4,000 shares changed hands. Paramount Trading ended 11 cents higher at $1.41 trading 19,000 stock units, SSL Venture closed 5 cents lower at 55 cents in switching ownership of 3,012 units, Stationery and Office Supplies fell 72 cents to $4.78 with the transfer of 5,000 stocks. Tropical Battery increased 4 cents to end at $1.15 with an exchange of 212,881 stock units and tTech shed 21 cents to end at $4.60 in trading 1,000 stock units.

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

Lacklustre trading on Tuesday

On the day ahead of the opening of Fesco Initial Public Offer of shares, the Junior Market delivered a lacklustre performance resulting in 58 percent less volume and value of shares trading than Monday.
At the close, the market index slipped 3.41 points to finish at 2,969, with the market enjoying a 12.3 percent rise for the year, with just one more day left for the first quarter to end. This year’s performance contrast with a 32.7 fall in the market index at the same time in 2020. Since then, the market has gained 32 percent in value.
A total of 38 securities traded, down from 37 on Monday, resulting in an equal number of 15 stocks rising and declining as eight remained unchanged. The average PE Ratio ended at 16.8 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings. The market closed with an exchange of 3,008,031 shares for $7,749,677 down from 7,215,425 units at $18,425,745 on Monday.
GWest Corporation led trading with 19.4 percent of total volume for 583,204 shares, followed by Derrimon Trading 17.2 percent, with a transfer of 518,007 units and Lumber Depot with 12 percent, with an exchange of 359,623 units.
Trading averaged 79,159 units at $203,939, down from 195,011 at $497,993 on Monday. Trading month to date averages 243,918 units at $714,145, verusu 252,356 units at $740,275 on Monday. February closed with an average of 365,365 units at $881,118.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows three stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, AMG Packaging advanced 18 cents to $2.08 with an exchange of 16,000 shares, Blue Power slipped 6 cents to end at $3.78 with 24,025 units crossing the market, Cargo Handlers climbed 21 cents to $8.71 with 100 stocks traded. Caribbean Assurance Brokers declined by 8 cents to $1.83 with 18,965 shares changing hands, Derrimon Trading lost 5 cents to end at $2.53 with a transfer of 518,007 stock units, Dolphin Cove rose 7 cents to $8.10 with an exchange of 1,149 units. General Accident climbed 34 cents to $5.84 with 4,000 stocks crossing the exchange, Honey Bun gained 7 cents to finish at $5.09 with 17,268 shares traded, Indies Pharma slipped 5 cents to $3.95 with 258,289 stock units changing hands. Iron Rock Insurance climbed 80 cents to $3.60 with a transfer of 520 units, ISP Finance dipped 20 cents to $23.80 with an exchange of 350 stocks, Knutsford Express shed 35 cents to close at $6 with 1,420 shares traded. Limners and Bards fell 10 cents to $2.69, with 59,408 stock units changing hands, Lumber Depot slipped 7 cents to $2.30 with a transfer of 359,623 units, Mailpac Group lost 5 cents to finish at $3.45 with an exchange of 165,721 stock units. Paramount Trading declined by 11 cents to end at $1.30 with investors swapping 22,050 units, Stationery and Office Supplies advanced 20 cents to $5.50 with 47 units traded and tTech climbed 34 cents to $4.81 with 18,908 shares crossing the exchange.

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

Falling stocks dominate juniors

The majority of stocks trading on Monday declined, vastly outnumbering those rising, leading the market index down with an exchange of 17 percent more shares, with 10 percent less value than on Friday at the close of the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
Trading accounted for 37 securities, up from 33 on Friday, with the prices of six rising, 22 declining and nine remaining unchanged. The Junior Market Index shed 12.29 points to settle at 2,972.41. The average PE Ratio ended at 16.7 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
At the close, 7,215,425 shares traded for $18,425,745 versus 6,154,149 units at $20,517,294 on Friday. Lumber Depot led trading with 22.1 percent of total volume after exchanging 1.60 million shares, followed by GWest Corporation with 18.1 percent for 1.31 million units and Mailpac Group 14.7 percent, with 1.06 million units.
Trading averaged 195,011 units at $497,993, in contrast to 186,489 at $621,736 on Friday. Month to date averaged 252,356 units at $740,275, compared to 255,365 units at $752,990 on Friday. February closed with an average of 365,365 units at $881,118.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, AMG Packaging fell 18 cents to $1.90 in trading 2,555 units, Cargo Handlers shed 21 cents to close at $8.50, with 3,013 stock units crossing the market, Caribbean Assurance Brokers finished 13 cents lower at $1.91, after 4,029 stocks cleared the market. Caribbean Cream lost 6 cents in closing at $4.99 in exchanging 10,846 units, Caribbean Flavours rose 37 cents to close at $2.27 trading 133,707 stocks, Dolphin Cove shed 42 cents to close at $8.03 in a transfer of 700 units, Elite Diagnostic lost 9 cents to settle at $3 trading 32,100 stocks. Express Catering gained 7 cents in closing at $3.80, after exchanging 68,617 shares, Fosrich ended 6 cents lower at $5.19 in exchanging 15,486 units, General Accident lost 6 cents to end at $5.50 with 448,517 stocks changing hands, Honey Bun slipped 7 cents to $5.02 with the swapping of 13,811 shares. iCreate lost 5 cents to end at 77 cents and finished with a transfer of 252,717 stock units, Indies Pharma gained 20 cents to close at $4 in the swapping of 180,504 units, Iron Rock Insurance fell 80 cents to $2.80 in switching ownership of 100 stocks. KLE Group shed 24 cents to end at $1 after 134,900 stocks crossed the exchange, Lasco Manufacturing lost 8 cents to end at $4.38 with an exchange of 25,019 stock units. Limners and Bards gained 4 cents in closing at $2.79 after trading 849,093 units and Mailpac Group picked up 5 cents to close at $3.50 with 1,058,633 shares changing hands.
In the preference segment, CAC 2000 9.5% preference share shed 15 cents to end at $1.15, clearing the market of 286 units.

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

Winning run continues Wednesday

The Junior Market index inched closer to the 3,000 mark on Wednesday, gaining 5.06 points to settle at 2,986.61 after the market moved to 3,011.57 immediately as the market opened, but the early gains fizzled away subsequently to the close of the market with gains for the year of 13 percent.
The top three volume leaders saw transfers of over one million units, collectively accounting for 64 percent of the day’s trade. Lumber Depot led trading with 33.3 percent of total volume or 4.04 million shares, followed by Fosrich with 17.9 percent of the day’s trade for 2.18 million units for and GWest 13 percent, with an exchange of 1.58 million stocks.
Trading ended with 36 securities changing hands compared to 33 on Tuesday, with 15 stocks rising, 12 declining and nine remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio ended at 17 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed trading with 17 percent fewer shares than on Tuesday after an exchange of 12,160,533 shares for $36,790,003, down from 14,669,963 units at $43,192,636 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 337,793 units at $1,021,945 versus 444,544 at $1,308,868 on Tuesday. The month to date trading averaged 259,825 units at $757,078 versus 255,170 units at $741,265 on Tuesday. February closed with an average of 365,365 units at $881,118.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows three stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial fell 10 cents to $19.91 with an exchange of a mere four shares, AMG Packaging gained 6 cents to end at $2.08 with 12,408 stocks changing hands, Cargo Handlers advanced 14 cents to $8.71 with 2,248 units traded. Caribbean Flavours declined by 6 cents to $2.27 with 51,221 stock units passing through the market, Caribbean Producers rose 12 cents to $3.30 with a transfer of 128,402 shares, Consolidated Bakeries climbed 30 cents to $1.55 with an exchange of 308,319 stocks. Derrimon Trading increased by 5 cents to $2.60 with 324,491 units changing hands, Fontana climbed 16 cents to $5.98 with 901,113 shares traded, Fosrich gained 15 cents to finish at $5.35 with 2,175,280 stocks passing through the market.  iCreate rose 7 cents to 81 cents with a transfer of 32,680 stock units, Indies Pharma slipped 5 cents to $4.45 with an exchange of 675,385 units, Iron Rock Insurance jumped 30 cents to $3.60 with 27,836 shares changing hands. Jetcon Corporation fell 8 cents to 70 cents with 75,350 stocks traded, Lasco Manufacturing lost 8 cents to end at $4.41 with 32,473 units passing through the market, Limners and Bards rose 5 cents to $2.75 with a transfer of 398,797 shares. Lumber Depot fell 14 cents to $2.36 with 4,043,628 stocks passing through the market, Main Event climbed 35 cents to $3.47 with a transfer of 21,350 stock units and tTech dropped 28 cents to $4.42 with 19,083 shares crossing the exchange.

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

Juniors in easy reach of 3,000 points mark

Straight out of the opening, stocks prices rose and pushed the market index up nine points at the start and up 29 points just before half an hour of trading having elapsed on Tuesday. As the morning progressed, buying pressure constantly pushed the index along to close out just below the 3,000 points mark and the day’s peak of 2,983.41 on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
The Junior Market Index surged 35.57 points to close at 2,981.55, just 19 points adrift of the 3,000 mark and shy of the previous best close of 2,994.69 points, on February 10, last year and recording a gain of 12.8 percent for the year to date.
Trading ended with 33 securities changing hands, down from 37 on Monday and closed with the prices of 12 stocks rising, 12 declining and nine remaining unchanged.
The PE Ratio averaged 16.9 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Trading volume and vales rose 258 percent and 243 percent respectively above Monday levels with an exchange of 14,669,963 shares for $43,192,636, up from 4,093,792 units at $12,580,039 on Monday. Limners and Bards dominated trading with 74 percent of total volume in exchanging 10.92 million shares, followed by Jamaican Teas with 7.4 percent or 1.08 million units and Lasco Manufacturing with 5.7 percent for 839,196 units.
Trading averaged 444,544 units at $1,308,868, up from 110,643 at $340,001 on Monday. The month to date averaged 255,170 units at $741,265, versus 244,206 units at $708,404 on Monday. February averaged 365,365 units at $881,118.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows six stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Blue Power shed 50 cents in closing at $3.50, with 14,812 shares crossing the market, Cargo Handlers gained 7 cents to end at $8.57 with an exchange of 5,407 stocks, Caribbean Cream lost 18 cents to close at $4.82 trading 109,998 stocks, Caribbean Flavours gained 13 cents to end at $2.33 with 129,256 units clearing the market. Dolphin Cove rose 55 cents to $9 trading 3,205 stocks, Express Catering gained 20 cents in closing at $3.70 and transferring 13,176 units, GWest Corporation lost 6 cents to finish at 81 cents in an exchange of 18,382 shares. Indies Pharma closed 30 cents higher at a 52 weeks’ high of $4.50 with 294,303 stocks changing hands, Lasco Distributors shed 7 cents to $4.08 after trading 119,353 units, Limners and Bards slipped 10 cents to $2.70 after a transfer of 10,916,426 shares. Lumber Depot gained 5 cents to end at $2.50 in trading 52,534 stocks. Medical Disposables fell 58 cents to $4.15 with 892 shares clearing the market and tTech shed 14 cents to end at $4.70 with 48,759 units changing hands.
In the preference segment, CAC 2000 9.5% preference share fell 35 cents to $1.15 after exchanging 8,886 stocks.

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

New 13 month high for Junior market

Investors continue to drive the prices higher at the closed of trading on Monday, pushing the market to a thirteen-month high on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, with the market index closing just below the close of 2,947.43 points on February 21 last year.

The junior market now at 13 months high.

The market closed after an even number of stocks advanced as declined and four stocks traded at 52 weeks’ high and the Market Index advanced 21.83 points to settle at 2,945.98. The PE Ratio averaged 16.9 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Trading ended with 37 securities changing hands up from 34 on Friday and closed with prices of 15 rising, 15 declining and seven remaining unchanged. Indies Pharma surged 27 percent to a record high, Blue Power traded at a 52 weeks’ high of $4.47 but ended lower at the close. Lasco Distributors and CAC2000 preference share ended at 52 weeks’ high.
Market activity ended with 72 percent fewer shares trading, valued 71 percent less than on Friday as 4,093,792 shares traded for $12,580,039 versus 14,753,485 units at $42,656,041 on Friday. Derrimon Trading led with 19.2 percent of total volume for an exchange of 784,647 shares, followed by Limners and Bards 13.2 percent with 540,986 units and Caribbean Producers with 11.3 percent of the day’s trade for 464,245 units.
Trading averaged 110,643 units at $340,001, versus 433,926 at $1,254,589 on Friday. The month to date averaged 244,206 units at $708,404, compared to 253,478 units at $733,977 on Friday. February averaged 365,365 units at $881,118.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows five stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, Access Financial shed 50 cents to close at $20.01, with 5,836 stock units crossing the exchange, AMG Packaging lost 8 cents to end at $2.02 with the swapping of 600 stocks, Blue Power slipped 10 cents to finish at $4 in exchanging 49,000 units after trading at a 52 weeks’ high of $4.47. Caribbean Assurance Brokers fell 18 cents to $2.01, with 18,675 shares crossing the market, Caribbean Flavours dipped 10 cents to $2.20 trading 76,427 stock units, Caribbean Producers gained 7 cents to close at $3.17 in transferring 464,245 shares. Consolidated Bakeries declined 39 cents to $1.25, with 100,000 units changing hands, Elite Diagnostic picked up 10 cents to close at $3.09 in trading 88,981 units. Everything Fresh closed 10 cents higher at $1.05, with 58,259 stock units crossing the market, Express Catering fell 24 cents to end at $3.50 after an exchange of 51,311 shares, Fontana lost 10 cents to close at $5.80 with the swapping of 87,437 stocks. Fosrich shed 20 cents in closing at $5.20 with an exchange of 35,133 shares, General Accident advanced 34 cents to $5.84 in switching ownership of 7,590 stocks, iCreate lost 8 cents in ending at 74 cents, with 55,770 stock units crossing the market. Indies Pharma advanced 90 cents to a 52 weeks’ high of $4.20 with 427,490 shares clearing the market. Knutsford Express rose 45 cents to $5.55, with 2,437 shares crossing the exchange, Lasco Distributors picked up 7 cents to close at to end at 52 weeks’ high of $4.15 in switching ownership of 125,573 stock units, Lasco Financial rose 5 cents to $2.64, after transferring 3,146 shares. Lasco Manufacturing climbed 12 cents to $4.46, with 23,948 units changing hands, Lumber Depot dipped 13 cents to $2.45, after clearing the market with 176,529 stocks, Main Event ended 6 cents higher at $3.12 in an exchange of 50,000 units. Paramount Trading gained 12 cents to settle at $1.43 trading 1,000 stock units, Stationery and Office Supplies climbed 96 cents to $5.58 trading 106 units and tTech gained 9 cents to close at $4.84, transferring 21,683 stocks.
In the preference segment, CAC 2000 9.5% preference share advanced 30 cents to end at 52 weeks’ high of $1.50 after an exchange of 25,000 shares.

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

Lab results push Junior Market – Thursday

Limners and Bards posted strong gains in first quarter results to January that pushed the stock price up 12 percent, for the day and, along with 17 others, helped the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange in recording a modest gain on Thursday, after the market index rose 38 points after 40 minutes of trading.
At the close, 38 securities traded, up from 33 on Wednesday, with prices of 18 rising, 11 declining and nine remaining unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index rose 18.71 points to settle at 2,923.25. The  PE Ratio averaged 16.4 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
At the close, investors exchanged 39 percent fewer shares than on Wednesday, resulting in an exchange of 7,988,198 shares for $29,746,400, down from 13,020,776 units at $40,054,022 on Wednesday.
Fosrich led trading with 39 percent of total volume for 3.12 million shares, followed by Limners and Bards with 13.8 percent, with an exchange of 1.11 million units and Main Event with 12.8 percent of the day’s trade for 1.02 million units.
Trading averaged 210,216 units at $782,800, versus 394,569 at $1,213,758 on Wednesday. The month to date, averaged 241,183 units at $698,505, compared to 243,736 units at $691,556 on Wednesday. February averaged 365,365 units at $881,118.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer Indicator shows one stock ended with the bid higher than the last selling price and one with a lower offer.
At the close, Access Financial climbed 66 cents to $20.50 with an exchange of 2,176 shares, AMG Packaging rose 6 cents to $1.96 with 10,000 stock units crossing the market, Blue Power advanced 27 cents to $4.09 with 100 units changing hands. Caribbean Cream shed 55 cents to close at $4.35 with 154,957 stocks traded, Caribbean Flavours gained 10 cents to end at $2.30 with a transfer of 9,921 shares, Consolidated Bakeries increased by 12 cents to $1.57 with an exchange of 1,147 units. Fosrich slipped 5 cents to $5.40 with the trading of 3,118,052 stocks, GWest Corporation rose 6 cents to 89 cents with 38 shares changing hands, iCreate declined by 7 cents to 76 cents with 10,000 units traded. Indies Pharma advanced 17 cents to $3.49 with a transfer of 230,109 stocks, Knutsford Express shed $1.30 to finish at a 52 weeks’ low of $5.10 with an exchange of 2,058 shares, Lasco Distributors added 5 cents to close at $3.88 with 129,796 stock units passing through the market. Lasco Financial dropped 13 cents to $2.51 with 31,375 stocks changing hands, Limners and Bards climbed 30 cents to $2.85, with 1,105,667 units traded, Lumber Depot rose 7 cents to $2.57 with a transfer of 384,692 shares. Main Event gained 5 cents to close at $3.20 with an exchange of 1,018,764 stocks, Paramount Trading fell 12 cents to $1.31 with 7,206 stock units changing hands, Tropical Battery lost 5 cents to end at $1.15 with 150,083 units traded and tTech rose 5 cents to $4.75 with 3,677 shares crossing the exchange.

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