Big drop for Junior Market on Monday

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange fell sharply on Monday, fuelled by falling volume of stocks trading with a decline of 60 percent as the amount of funds passing through the market dropped 56 percent compared to trading on Friday after 41 securities were traded compared with 39 on Friday and ended with prices of 10 rising, 25 declining and six closing unchanged.
A total of 9,587,270 shares were traded for $29,063,432 down from 24,249,069 units at $66,587,007 on Friday.
Trading averaged 233,836 shares at $708,864 down from 621,771 units at $1,707,359 on Friday, with the month to date, averaging 264,739 units at $708,070 versus 267,703 stock units at $707,986 on Friday the previous trading day. October closed with an average of 264,407 units at $832,036.
Consolidated Bakeries led trading with 1.38 million shares for 14.4 percent of total volume followed by MFS Capital Partners with 956,783 units for 10 percent of the day’s trade and Fosrich with 927,898 units for 9.7 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index dropped 60.44 points to settle at 3,974.39.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.3. 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 five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
At the close, Access Financial declined $3.19 after ending at $20.50 with investors switching ownership of 7,158 shares, Cargo Handlers shed $1.55 to end at $11 in an exchange of 5,410 units, Consolidated Bakeries dropped 39 cents in closing at $2.31 after exchanging 1,378,803 stock units. Dolphin Cove dipped 60 cents to close at $13 after an exchange of 63,390 stocks, Everything Fresh popped 13 cents to $1.45 in trading 145,000 stock units, Future Energy Source rose 14 cents to close at $5.30 as investors exchanged 737,370 shares. General Accident lost $1.05 to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $4 with a transfer of 9,968 units, Honey Bun fell 29 cents to end at $6.59 after exchanging 150 stocks, iCreate shed 18 cents to $1.81 with the swapping of 524,693 stock units. JFP Ltd fell 12 cents to $1.57 while investors exchanged 893,614 shares, KLE Group rallied 40 cents to end at $2 after a transfer of 223,500 units, Knutsford Express dipped 69 cents to $8.30 after 4,209 stocks changed hands. Lasco Distributors lost 20 cents in closing at $2.90, with 90,593 stocks crossing the market, Lasco Financial declined 29 cents to close at $2.71 as 118,224 shares passed through the market, Limners and Bards dropped 15 cents to $2.50 118,890 units changing hands. Mailpac Group advanced 12 cents to end at $2.15 after 116,159 stock units crossed the market, Stationery and Office Supplies declined 35 cents in closing at $15.20 with 6,569 stock units clearing the market and Tropical Battery dropped 20 cents in ending at $2.56 with an exchange of 450,450 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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