Big recovery for Junior Market

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange clawed back a fair bit of the losses incurred since last week following the announcement of Regency Petroleum IPO, with the Index rallying 82.24 points to settle at 3,880.06 on Thursday, following a 64 percent fall in the volume of stocks traded, after a 29 percent decline in the value compared to Wednesday with 41 securities trading the same as on Wednesday and ended with 19 rising, 18 declining and four closing unchanged.
A total of 5,141,385 shares were traded for $17,482,988, down from 14,142,422 units at $24,762,456 on Wednesday.
Trading averaged 125,400 shares at $426,414 compared with 344,949 units at $603,962 on Wednesday. Trading for the month to date, averages 275,458 stock units at $741,310 against 283,956 shares at $759,143 on the previous day. October closed with an average of 264,407 units at $832,036.
Dolla Financial led trading with 645,519 shares for 12.6 percent of total volume followed by Fosrich with 625,021 units for 12.2 percent of the day’s trade and Spur Tree Spices with 546,327 units for 10.6 percent market share. ISP Finance closed at a 52 weeks’ low of $14.98.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.1. 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.
The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows six stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial popped $2.35 to close at $23 with 9,800 shares clearing the market, Blue Power dipped 12 cents to $3.05 in exchanging 527 stocks, Cargo Handlers climbed $1.50 to end at $11.50 with the transfer of 4,087 units. Dolla Financial advanced 12 cents to $3.28 as investors traded 645,519 stock units, Dolphin Cove rose 11 cents in closing at $13.11 after trading 86,622 shares, Everything Fresh rose 12 cents to settle at $1.48 after 7,632 units passed through the market. Fontana shed 20 cents to close at $8.50 with 223,272 stock units changing hands, General Accident gained $1 to $5 in switching ownership of 7,002 stocks, Honey Bun lost 10 cents to end at $6.50 with 10,506 stock units trading. Knutsford Express rallied 78 cents to close at $8.63 after trading 1,014 stocks, Lasco Manufacturing popped 10 cents to $3.90 in exchanging 109,140 units, Main Event advanced $1.26 to $9.99 with 7,876 shares crossing the exchange. Medical Disposables rallied 13 cents to $4.45 in trading 25,000 stocks, MFS Capital Partners advanced 10 cents to $2.70 as investors exchanged 444,181 units, Spur Tree Spices gained 11 cents to end at $2.98 with the swapping of 546,327 shares. Stationery and Office Supplies rose $2 to $17 in exchanging 2,000 stock units, Tropical Battery dropped 14 cents to $2.36 after a transfer of 475,316 stocks and tTech rose 41 cents to close at $2.78 with investors transferring one stock unit.
In the preference segmentCAC 2000 9.5% preference share declined 20 cents to 90 cents after trading 26,335 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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