Trading dropped on the JSE Junior Market

Trading closed on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Thursday with a 7 percent decline in the volume of stocks traded after the value plunged 30 percent lower than on Wednesday, with trading in 46 securities up from 39 on Wednesday, ending in prices of 15 rising, 21 declining and ten closing unchanged.
A total of 5,995,653 shares were exchanged for $18,822,588 versus 6,446,267 units at $26,873,467 on Wednesday.
Trading averaged 130,340 shares for $409,187 versus 165,289 units at $689,063 on Wednesday with the month to date, averaging 156,808 units at $568,001 compared with 172,027 stock units at $659,319 on the previous day.  October closed with an average of 264,407 units at $832,036.
EduFocal led trading with 664,189 shares for 11.1 percent of total volume followed by JFP Ltd with 653,922 units for 10.9 percent of the day’s trade and Dolla Financial with 632,499 units for 10.5 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index lost 11.63 points to settle at 4,079.10.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.8. The PE ratios of JuniorMarket stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial year end that falls between November this year and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial fell 50 cents to close at $24.50 after an exchange of 3,360 shares, AMG Packaging dipped 25 cents in closing at $3.23, with 868 stocks crossing the market, Cargo Handlers dropped 45 cents to close at $12.85 trading 50 units. Caribbean Assurance Brokers advanced 24 cents to $2.60 with just 18 stock units crossing the exchange, Caribbean Flavours fell 10 cents to $1.65 after a transfer of 31,038 stock units, Consolidated Bakeries popped 10 cents to close at $3.09 as investors exchanged 249,485 shares. Dolphin Cove lost 50 cents to end at $15 while exchanging 37,623 stocks, Express Catering rose 29 cents to $5.29, with 13,010 units crossing the market, Fontana increased 35 cents in closing at $9.14 as 29,443 shares changed hands. Iron Rock Insurance declined 54 cents to $2.20, with 20,348 units passing through the market, KLE Group rallied 15 cents to $1.85 with an exchange of 32,837 stock units, Knutsford Express dipped 95 cents in closing at $8.50 after investors swapped 90,955 stocks. Lasco Distributors gained 24 cents to close at $2.90, with 32,449 stock units changing hands, Lasco Financial climbed 14 cents to $2.84 with a transfer of 600 shares, Main Event fell 40 cents to end at $9.95 in an exchange of 24,195 units and Stationery and Office Supplies popped $1.44 to end at $16.50 with the swapping of 33,960 stocks.
In the preference segmentCAC 2000 9.5% preference share dropped 18 cents to close at $1 with 11,874 shares clearing the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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