Junior market trading dips

The volume of stocks traded on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Tuesday, fell by 12 percent and the value dipped by 16 percent compared to trading on Monday, with activity taking place in 43 securities, up from 41 on Monday and ended with prices of 16 rising, 22 declining and five left unchanged.
Jamaican Teas dropped to a 52 weeks’ low of 2.20 while Main Event surged to an intraday record high of $12.50.
A total of 8,389,729 shares were traded for $24,298,687 compared to 9,587,270 units at $29,063,432 on Monday. Trading averaged 195,110 shares at $565,086 compared to 233,836 units at $708,864 on Monday with the month to date averaging 258,383 units at $695,016 down from 264,459 stock units at $708,070 on the previous day. October closed with an average of 264,407 units at $832,036.
JFP Ltd led trading with 1.21 million shares for 14.4 percent of total volume followed by Spur Tree Spices with 1.08 million units for 12.9 percent of the day’s trade and Jamaican Teas with 871,755 units for 10.4 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index climbed 24.82 points to settle at 3,999.21.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.4. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for companies with financial year end that falls between November this year and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial climbed $2.40 in closing at $22.90, with just 20 shares crossing the market, Blue Power dipped 10 cents to $3.10 with an exchange of 600 units, Cargo Handlers advanced 13 cents to $11.13 as 3,072 stocks changed hands. Caribbean Cream shed 14 cents to close at $3.86 with investors transferring 34 stock units, Caribbean Flavours rose 13 cents to $1.75 as 88,768 shares passed through the market, Consolidated Bakeries increased 11 cents to end at $2.42 after a transfer of 200 units. Elite Diagnostic lost 35 cents in closing at $3.33 with the swapping of 17,435 stock units, Everything Fresh rallied 15 cents to $1.60 with a transfer of 202,533 stocks, Future Energy Source fell 15 cents to $5.15, with 391,288 units changing hands. General Accident popped $1.10 to close at $5.10 in trading 7,300 shares, Jamaican Teas dropped 27 cents ending at a 52 weeks’ low of $2.28 after an exchange of 871,755 stock units, KLE Group declined 34 cents to end at $1.66 while exchanging 4,274 stocks. Knutsford Express declined 30 cents to close at $8 in an exchange of 60,065 stock units, Lasco Distributors dipped 10 cents to $2.80 as investors traded 218,196 units, Lasco Financial gained 12 cents in closing at $2.83, with 1,000 shares crossing the exchange. Limners and Bards fell 10 cents ending at $2.40 after an exchange of 30,856 stocks, Main Event popped $1.15 to close at a record closing high of $11.50, following the trading of 212,325 units, MFS Capital Partners shed 10 cents to $2.90 trading 124,334 stock units. Spur Tree Spices dropped 23 cents to end at $3.16 in exchanging 1,078,230 shares and Stationery and Office Supplies climbed $1.65 in closing at $16.85, with 6,262 stocks crossing the market.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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