Junior Market closes in on new record

In a bullish trading session on Monday, the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market index surged 114 points to 3,700.02 within a few minutes of opening and closed with a big 68.18 points rally at 3,653.93, just 9 points below the all-time closing high in 2019, as the volume of stocks traded declined 27 percent and the value slipping 36 percent lower than on Friday.
A total of 39 securities traded versus 40 on Friday and ended with 20 rising, 10 declining and nine ending unchanged.
Three stocks closed at 52 weeks’ highs, leading the market to gain 6.6 percent year to date, up from 4 percent at the same time in 2021.
The PE Ratio, a measure used to compute appropriate stock values, averages16, The PE ratio of each stock in the chart below is based on ICInsider.com earnings forecast for companies with financial years up to August 2022.
A total of 12,036,880 shares traded for $36,747,444 compared to 16,579,452 units at $57,855,045 on Friday. Spur Tree Spices traded 4.73 million shares to lead with 39.3 percent of total volume followed by Mailpac Group, 1.55 million units, with 12.9 percent of the day’s trade and Future Energy Source with 1.01 million units for 8.4 percent market share.
Trading averaged 308,638 shares at $942,242  down from 414,486 shares at $1,446,376 on Friday and month to date, an average of 331,300 units at $1,257,128, compared to 332,829 units at $1,278,375 on the previous day. December closed with an average of 409,209 units at $1,318,877.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three stocks with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial fell $1.28 to $25, with 3,328 shares changing hands, AMG Packaging gained 15 cents in closing at $3.20, with 183,960 stock units clearing the market, Blue Power declined 36 cents to $3.15 after 3,435 units changed hands. Caribbean Flavours dropped 7 cents to end at $1.90 with the swapping of 475,469 stocks, Consolidated Bakeries climbed 10 cents to close at $1.09 in switching ownership of 365,585 shares, Dolphin Cove rallied 6 cents to close at $22.31, after 85,458 units crossed the exchange. Everything Fresh increased 5 cents to 99 cents, with 324 stocks crossing the market, Fosrich rose 46 cents to a 52 weeks’ high of $14.95 with an exchange of 119,385 stock units, Honey Bun shed 10 cents in closing at $9.50 after exchanging 28,435 shares. Indies Pharma advanced 5 cents to $3.15 after swapping 123,906 stock units, Jamaican Teas popped 20 cents to $4.19 in an exchange of 773,560 stocks, Jetcon Corporation fell 5 cents in closing at 88 cents trading 140,581 units. KLE Group increased 16 cents in ending at $2.96 after trading 200 stock units, Lasco Financial advanced 19 cents to close at $3.22 after 153,623 shares changed hands, Lasco Manufacturing popped 40 cents to end at $4.96, with 55,467 units crossing the market. Lumber Depot rallied 7 cents to close at $2.97 while exchanging 322,756 stocks, Paramount Trading gained 26 cents in closing at a 52 weeks’ high of $1.63 after exchanging 159,238 units, Spur Tree Spices rose 6 cents to $2.21 after exchanging 4,733,067 shares. SSL Venture climbed 43 cents to a 52 weeks’ high of $1.73 while exchanging 417,575 stock units and Stationery and Office Supplies rose 16 cents to $5.90, with 54,635 stocks crossing the market.

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

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