Juniors in early week rise

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange recorded gains on Monday, with the volume of stocks traded falling 74 percent less after a  44 percent fall in the value of funds passing through the market compared to Friday following trading in 45 securities trading versus 44 on Friday and ended with 13 rising, 25 declining and seven closing unchanged.
A total of 7,558,210 shares were traded for $23,889,400, down from 28,794,407 units at $42,886,545 on Friday.
Trading averaged 167,960 shares at $530,876 compared with 654,418 units at $974,694 on Friday, with the month to date averaging 260,979 units at $643,461 versus 285,601 stock units at $673,263 on the previous trading day. October closed with an average of 264,407 units at $832,036.
Dolla Financial led trading with 3.24 million shares for 42.9 percent of total volume, followed by EduFocal with 887,986 units for 11.7 percent of the day’s trade and JFP Ltd with 448,902 units for 5.9 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index rallied 20.80 points to close at 4,094.34.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.6. 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 none with a lower offer.
At the close, Access Financial lost 74 cents to end at $23.69, with 1,233 shares crossing the exchange, AMG Packaging dropped 24 cents in closing at $3.16, with 7,218 units crossing the market, Blue Power dipped 31 cents to close at $2.99 after an exchange of 3,903 stocks. CAC 2000 declined 19 cents to $8.30 in trading 675 stock units, Cargo Handlers shed 40 cents to $12.90 after 306 stocks passed through the exchange, Caribbean Cream popped 15 cents to $4 with the swapping of 34 units. Caribbean Flavours fell 18 cents to $1.62 as investors exchanged 13,900 shares. Consolidated Bakeries dipped 30 cents to end at $2.70 in switching ownership of 41,765 stock units, Everything Fresh fell 20 cents in closing at $1.57 with a transfer of 307,508 stock units. Express Catering jumped 71 cents to $5.27 after an exchange of 1,700 units, Future Energy Source rallied 10 cents to $5.18 after 208,772 shares changed hands, Indies Pharma climbed 25 cents to $3 after investors exchanged 37,581 stocks. Iron Rock Insurance declined 43 cents to end at $2.30 with an exchange of 5,588 units, Knutsford Express advanced 62 cents in closing at $8.70, with 57,212 stocks clearing the market, Lasco Distributors rose 27 cents to $3 while exchanging 40,594 shares. Lasco Financial climbed 28 cents in closing at $3 in an exchange of 52,902 stock units, Limners and Bards dropped 12 cents to end at $2.60 in exchanging 31,105 stock units, Main Event slipped 37 cents to $9.63 after a transfer of 59,893 shares. MFS Capital Partners shed 13 cents ending at $2.95, with 52,810 stocks passing through the market, Stationery and Office Supplies lost 45 cents to close at $17 after trading 3,891 units and tTech dropped 49 cents to $2.80, with investors swapping 699 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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