Junior Market up 61% from 2020 low

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Trading closed on Wednesday with the market advancing 38.21 points to settle at 3,264.91, the highest close since January 10, last year as the market recorded a 23.5 percent increase since the start of 2021 and is up 61 percent since the March 2020 low.
At the close, 40 securities traded compared to 37 on Tuesday with prices of 16 stocks rising, 16 declining and eight remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2021-22 earnings averages 12.2.
Trading ended with 10,633,571 shares for $23,363,737 compared to 10,360,923 units at $25,835,350 on Tuesday.
Future Energy Source accounted for 54.2 percent of total volume, with 5.76 million shares, followed by Lumber Depot 10.1 percent with 1.08 million units and Lasco Distributors with 5.8 percent after an exchange of 616,284 units.
Trading averaged 265,839 units at $584,093 in contrast to 280,025 at $698,253 on Tuesday. Month to date trading averaged 244,242 units at $596,923, compared to 232,875 units at $603,675 on Tuesday.  April closed with an average of 329,241 units at $854,716.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, Access Financial climbed $2.14 to $22.20 with 200 shares changing hands, Caribbean Assurance Brokers lost 10 cents to end at $1.98 with an exchange of 47,143 stocks, Caribbean Cream fell 19 cents to $5.91 with a transfer of 1,400 units. Caribbean Producers rose 5 cents to $3.95 with 124,730 stock units traded, Dolphin Cove climbed 50 cents to $8 with 28,750 shares passing through the market, Everything Fresh rose 12 cents to $1.15 with 13,953 stocks changing hands. Express Catering slipped 8 cents to $4.45 with an exchange of 7,300 stock units, Fontana gained 23 cents to end at $6 with a transfer of 155,493 units, Fosrich jumped 71 cents to a record close of $8.79 with a transfer of 343,226 shares, after the price rose to a record high during trading of $9.20. In the process that stock has gained 120 percent for the year to date, to be the best performing Junior Market stock for the year so far. General Accident dropped 32 cents to $5.52 with 13,915 stocks traded, Honey Bun advanced 20 cents to $5.95 with 1,718 units passing through the market, iCreate rose 8 cents to 80 cents with 97,532 shares changing hands. Iron Rock Insurance shed 65 cents to end at $3.05 with an exchange of 101,250 stocks, ISP Finance jumped $3.99 to $23.99 with a transfer of 80 units, Knutsford Express declined by 20 cents to $8.40 with 9,545 stock units passing through the market. Lasco Financial advanced 40 cents to finish at a 52 weeks’ high of $3.39, with 103,425 shares changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing slipped 5 cents to $5.10 with an exchange of 101,483 stocks, Lumber Depot lost 6 cents to close at $2.66 with a transfer of 1,075,496 units. Main Event jumped 73 cents to $4.77 with 17,125 shares traded, Medical Disposables fell 13 cents to $5.35 with 2,778 stocks passing through the market, SSL Venture declined by 7 cents to 58 cents with 1 unit changing hands. Stationery and Office Supplies dropped 69 cents to $5.61 with 200 stock units traded and Tropical Battery lost 5 cents to close at $1.15 with 87,376 shares crossing the exchange.

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

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