Junior slipped with positive gains

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange slipped modestly at the close of trading on Friday, with the volume of stocks traded surging 380 percent with the value 128 percent higher than on Thursday as 44 securities were exchanged versus 46 on Thursday and ended with 20 rising, 16 declining and eight closing unchanged.
A total of 28,794,407 shares were traded for $42,886,545 up from 5,995,653 units at $18,822,588 on Thursday.
Trading averaged 654,418 shares at $974,694 compared to 130,340 units at $409,187 on Thursday with a month to date average of 285,601 units at $673,263 up from 156,808 stock units at $568,001 on the previous day.  October closed with an average of 264,407 units at $832,036.
GWest Corporation led trading with 21 million shares for 72.9 percent of total volume followed by JFP Ltd with 2.99 million units for 10.4 percent of the day’s trade and Dolla Financial with 863,593 units for 3 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index declined 5.56 points to 4,073.54.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.8. 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 three stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, AMG Packaging increased 17 cents to close at $3.40, with 2,102 shares crossing the market, Blue Power rose 30 cents to end at $3.30 in exchanging 79,736 stock units, Cargo Handlers rallied 45 cents to $13.30 while exchanging 768 stocks. Caribbean Flavours rose 15 cents in closing at $1.80 with an exchange of 4,193 units, Dolphin Cove fell $1 in ending at $14 as investors exchanged 6,853 shares, Express Catering declined 73 cents in closing at $4.56 after trading 6,453 units. Future Energy Source dipped 11 cents to $5.08, with 252,563 stock units changing hands, Honey Bun gained 35 cents to close at $7.05 after 45,662 stocks crossed the market, Indies Pharma shed 25 cents after ending at $2.75 in an exchange of 51,530 shares. Iron Rock Insurance advanced 53 cents to $2.73 after exchanging ten units, Jamaican Teas popped 17 cents to $2.75, with 500 stock units clearing the market, Knutsford Express lost 42 cents in closing at $8.08 after 1,091 stocks passed through the market. Lasco Distributors dropped 17 cents to close at $2.73 with the swapping of 39,160 stock units, Lasco Financial lost 12 cents to end at $2.72 trading 4,148 units, Lasco Manufacturing dipped 15 cents ending at $3.85 after exchanging 208,497 stocks before the company reported continued increase in revenues and profits for the second quarter to September. Medical Disposables increased 40 cents to end at $5.50 after a transfer of 77,905 shares, MFS Capital Partners climbed 12 cents to $3.08 in switching the ownership of 32,272 stock units, Spur Tree Spices declined 12 cents to $3.35 trading 385,925 shares and Stationery and Office Supplies advanced 95 cents to $17.45 with investors transferring 7,282 units
In the preference segmentCAC 2000 9.5% preference share rallied 18 cents in closing at $1.18 as 1,688 stocks crossed the exchange.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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