Trading dropped on the Junior Market

Trading dropped on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Tuesday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 28 percent, with the value 35 percent lower than on Monday after 44 securities participated in trading versus 47 on Monday and ended with prices of 18 rising,21 declining and five closing unchanged.
A total of 15,819,476 shares were exchanged for $44,484,518 down from 21,969,586 units at $68,081,567 on Monday. Trading averaged 359,534 shares at $1,011,012 compared to 467,438 units at $1,448,544 on Monday, with the month to date, averaging 592,604 units at $1,892,793 compared to 621,573 units at $2,002,392 on the preceding trading day. August closed with an average of 407,186 units at $1,330,946.
ONE on ONE Educational led trading with 2.46 million shares for 15.6 percent of total volume, followed by JFP Limited with 2.30 million units for 14.5 percent of the day’s trade, EduFocal continued with 1.91 million units for 12.1 percent market share and MFS Capital Partners ended with 1.84 million units for 11.6 percent stocks traded.
At the close, the Junior Market Index climbed 34.28 points to settle at 4,191.08.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.8. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate projected earnings for companies with financial year end that falls between November this year and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows six stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial advanced $1 in closing at $21 after switching ownership of 200 shares, AMG Packaging shed 44 cents to $3.51 as investors exchanged 22,523 units, CAC 2000 lost $1.10 to end at $6.90 in trading 177 stock units. Cargo Handlers fell 15 cents to $14.60 while exchanging 136 stocks, Caribbean Assurance Brokers declined 42 cents to close at $2.30 after a transfer of 110,999 stock units, Derrimon Trading dropped 12 cents to $2.15, with 651,014 shares crossing the market. EduFocal dipped 16 cents to close at $2.25 with an exchange of 1,907,768 stocks, Express Catering rose 15 cents in closing at $5.60 after trading 265,029 units, Fontana dipped 32 cents to end at $9.15, with 66,613 stock units changing hands. Honey Bun climbed 80 cents in ending at $8.80 and exchanging 82,287 shares, Iron Rock Insurance rallied 34 cents to close at $3.10 with investors transferring 77,703 units, KLE Group popped 27 cents to $2.07 with 500 stocks clearing the market. Knutsford Express shed $1.15 to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $6.10 after trading 10,857 stock units, Lasco Financial gained 32 cents in closing at $3.07 after exchanging 68,071 stocks, Limners and Bards dropped 14 cents to end at $2.77 after 7,140 units changed hands. Main Event increased 18 cents to $5.70 with a transfer of 3,565 shares, MFS Capital Partners advanced 45 cents to $3.60 in an exchange of 1,839,829 shares, Paramount Trading declined 14 cents in closing at $1.81, with 11,000 stocks crossing the market and Spur Tree Spices fell 14 cents to $3.60 with the swapping of 311,010 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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