Trading picks up for Junior Market

Trading picked up on Wednesday, with a 37 percent rise in the volume of stocks trading, accompanied by 43 percent higher value than on Tuesday, leading the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market to close with a modest rise of 13.17 points Market Index 3,305.63.
A total of 38 securities traded compared to 36 on Tuesday and ended with 15 rising, 14 declining and nine, closing unchanged.
The PE Ratio, a measure used to compute appropriate stock values, averages 12.6 based on’s 2021-22 earnings forecast.
Trading ended with 5,024,379 shares changing hands for $15,818,690 compared to 3,674,474 units at $11,048,134 on Tuesday. Lumber Depot led trading with 1.57 million shares to control 31.3 percent of total volume, followed by Derrimon Trading with 842,422 units for 16.8 percent of the day’s trade and iCreate 674,498 units with 13.4 percent market share.
Trading averaged 132,221 shares at $416,281 compared to 102,069 shares at $306,893 on Tuesday and month to date averages 187,247 units at $651,735, versus 194,432 units at $682,482 on Tuesday. September closed with an average of 207,032 units at $668,264.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial lost $1.51 to close at $18 in switching ownership of 748 shares, AMG Packaging advanced 12 cents to $1.89 after exchanging 3,717 stock units, CAC 2000 spiked $2.25 to $9.25, trading just ten units. Caribbean Assurance Brokers shed 5 cents to end at $1.70 in exchanging 1,498 stock units, Caribbean Cream declined 35 cents to $6.40, with 7,584 units crossing the market, Caribbean Flavours fell 7 cents to $1.89, with 105,383 shares crossing the exchange. Consolidated Bakeries popped 5 cents to $1.55 after 5,396 stocks changed hands, Derrimon Trading climbed 23 cents to close at $2.54 trading 842,422 units, Dolphin Cove rose 25 cents to $10.25 while exchanging 777 stock units. Everything Fresh dropped 5 cents to 93 cents after exchanging 2,626 shares, Express Catering fell 30 cents to close at $5 with an exchange of 35,066 stocks, Fontana rose 37 cents to $6.68 in trading 132,792 units. Fosrich gained 8 cents to $8.20 after an exchange of 1,324 stocks, Future Energy Source rallied 9 cents to $2.64, with 298,186 shares clearing the market, Honey Bun rallied 50 cents to $9.05 with the swapping of 19,923 units. Jamaican Teas advanced 5 cents to $4.05 in trading 202,484 stock units, KLE Group climbed 11 cents to $1.30, with 40,000 units changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing increased 16 cents to end at $4.70 in trading 18,613 stocks. Limners and Bards shed 15 cents to $3.52 with the swapping of 42,598 shares, Main Event declined 85 cents to close at $3.65 after trading 7,226 stock units and Medical Disposables spiked 43 cents to close at $5.24 while exchanging 18,600 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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