Trading up sharply on Junior Market – Friday

Stationery & Office Supplies hit new high after posting good Q1 results.

Trading picked up on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended trading on Friday with 30 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 2,909,045 units valued at $13,268,308.
On Thursday 22 securities traded, resulting in 1,858,849 units valued at $9,781,521 changing hands.
Price changes were high with declining narrowly out pacing advancing ones. At the close of market activities on Friday, the prices of 10 securities advanced, 12 declined and 8 remained unchanged leading the Junior Market Index to advance 6.38 points to close at 2,924.07.
Market activity ended with Stationery and Office jumping to new high of $7.50 following the release of strong gains in first quarter profit, with earnings per share rising 70 percent to 17 cents.
IC bid-offer Indicator|At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 4 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and only 1 with a lower offer.
Market activity ended with an average of 96,968 units for an average of $442,277 in contrast to 84,493 units for an average of $444,615 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 90,532 units with an average value of $363,661 and previously 89,483 units with an average value of $350,843. April closed with an average of 121,622 units at $506,803, for each security traded.
At the close of the market, Access Financial closed at $47.20, with 3,980 shares traded, AMG Packaging ended with a loss of 2 cents at $2, with 15,202 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading at $30, with 140 units, CAC 2000 finished with a loss of 1 cent at $8, in the trading of 400 shares, Cargo Handlers settled with a loss of 10 cents at $9.75, with 1,000 shares. Caribbean Cream ended trading 10 cents higher at $4.80, with 500 shares, Caribbean Producers finished trading with a loss of 35 cents at $5.60, with 500,787 units, Consolidated Bakeries closed with a loss of 10 cents at $1.85, with 10,000 shares, C2W Music ended at 45 cents, with 43,154 shares. Derrimon Trading lost 11 cents to close at $9.64, with 38,768 shares, Dolphin Cove finished with a loss of $2.55 at $14.45, with 2,963 stock units, Elite Diagnostic settled at $3.26, with 50,456 units, Eppley ended trading with a loss of $1.06 at $8.14, with 1,000 shares. Express Catering traded with a loss of 1 cent at $5.64, with 22,300 shares, FosRich Group finished trading 5 cents higher at $2.40, with 191,345 shares, General Accident closed 14 cents higher at $3.38, with 12,890 stock units, Honey Bun rose 1 cent to $4.61, with 84,690 shares. Jamaican Teas ended trading at $4.50, with 40,039 stock units, Jetcon Corporation traded 10 cents higher at $4.10, with 863 units, Key Insurance finished trading after rising 60 cents to end at $4, with 3,000 shares, Knutsford Express ended 50 cents higher at $13, with 6,804 shares. Lasco Distributors concluded trading with a loss of 9 cents at $4.16, with 37,722 stock units, Lasco Financial finished with a loss of 5 cents at $5.45, with 36,739 units, Lasco Manufacturing settled 5 cents higher at $3.95, with 1,213,202 shares, Main Event ended trading at $7, with 195,584 shares. Paramount Trading finished trading 39 cents higher at $3.10, with 204,316 stock units, Stationery and Office rose 50 cents to a new high of $7.50, with 102,027 units changing hands and tTech concluded trading with a loss of 13 cents at $5.87, in exchanging 13,654 shares.
In the junior market preference segment, Derrimon Trading 9% concluded trading at $1.90, with 27,020 units and Eppley 8.75% ended trading at $6, with 48,500 shares changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

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