Big jump for Junior Market

Investors sent stocks flying 67.55 points after nearly two hours of trading on Monday, but prices retreated by the close, with the market holding on to a robust 57.04 points to end at 3,239.40 after more stocks advanced than declined after an exchange of 82 percent fewer shares valued 85 percent less than on Friday on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
Trading took place in 39 securities similar to Friday, with prices of 18 rising, 11 declining and 10 remaining unchanged.
At the close, the PE Ratio, based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings, averages 12.6.
The market closed with an exchange of 7,337,555 shares for $20,043,954 versus to 41,104,139 units at $134,379,491 on Friday. Future Energy Source led trading with 25.6 percent of total volume after trading 1.88 million shares, followed by Jamaican Teas with 16 percent for 1.17 million units and Mailpac Group with 14.3 percent, with 1.05 million units.
Trading averaged 188,142 units at $513,948, in contrast to 1,053,952 at $3,445,628 on Friday. April closed with an average of 329,241 units at $854,716.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows two stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial fell $2.29 to $20.06 after trading 210 stocks, Caribbean Cream rose 53 cents to $6.15 with 3,178 shares crossing the exchange, Consolidated Bakeries climbed 13 cents to $1.65 in trading 800 units, Elite Diagnostic rose 6 cents to $3.12 in exchanging 2,100 stocks. Everything Fresh gained 5 cents to finish at $1.15 in switching ownership of 9,398 shares, Express Catering rose 4 cents to $4.54 in the swapping of 400 stocks, Fontana lost 15 cents to settle at $5.80 with an exchange of 122,883 shares. Fosrich shed 45 cents to close at $7 in a transfer of 140,661 stock units, Honey Bun ended 10 cents higher at $6.05 in switching ownership of 315,886 units. Iron Rock Insurance gained 33 cents to close at $3.35 in an exchange of 6,850 stock units, Jamaican Teas lost 9 cents in ending at $4.10 in transferring 1,174,452 shares. Lasco Distributors ended 7 cents lower at $3.90 after 34,210 shares cleared the market. Lasco Financial gained 9 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $3.19 in trading 184,496 stock units, Lasco Manufacturing lost 19 cents to finish at $5.01 with 10,348 stocks changing hands, Lumber Depot fell 4 cents to end at $2.90 in the swapping of 387,689 units. Mailpac Group rose 16 cents to $3.76 with an exchange of 1,049,783 shares, Medical Disposables advanced $1.12 to $5.55 with the transfer of 92,026 units, Paramount Trading advanced 4 cents to close at $1.35 after exchanging 1,540 stocks. SSL Venture advanced 4 cents to 69 cents after 1,200 stock units changed hands, Stationery and Office Supplies rose 59 cents to $6.30 in exchange of 174 units and tTech advanced 32 cents to $4.90 with the swapping of 120,000 stock units.
In the preference segment, CAC 2000 9.5% preference share lost 32 cents to end at $1.08 with the swapping of 22,812 shares.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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