Mild rebound for Junior Market

Trading picked up on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market on Thursday and leading to a rise in the Market index and breaking five consecutive days of decline, with the volume of stocks traded rising 183 percent and the value 119 percent more than on Wednesday and leaving declining stocks just ahead of those increasing, at the close.
Like Wednesday, all but one of the 45 listed securities traded on Thursday, with 15 rising, 17 declining and 12 closing unchanged. The Junior Market Index gained 25.36 points to 4,361.52.
The PE Ratio, a measure often used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 13.6. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate projected earnings for companies with financial years closing up to the end of August 2023.
A total of 18,169,661 shares traded for $63,184,225 compared to 6,419,876 units at $28,806,239 on the Wednesday. Trading averaged 412,947 shares at $1,436,005 up from 145,906 shares at $654,687 on Wednesday, with month to date, averaging 442,970 units at $1,916,895 compared to 445,304 units at $1,954,279 on the previous trading day. April closed with an average of 449,923 units at $1,781,786.
Derrimon Trading led market activity, with 11.56 million shares for 63.6 percent of total volume, followed by Lumber Depot with 1.91 million units for 10.5 percent of the day’s trade and Tropical Battery with 937,196 units for 5.2 percent market share.
The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close, CAC 2000 fell $1.21 in closing at $6.25, with 1,917 shares crossing the market, Caribbean Cream gained 24 cents to close at $5.17 while exchanging 82 stock units, Dolphin Cove climbed 61 cents to end at $20.11 after 19,815 units changed hands. Everything Fresh increased 10 cents to $1.60 after exchanging 8,702 stocks, Express Catering shed 10 cents in ending at $5.90 after trading 24,213 shares, Fontana declined 20 cents to $10.30, with 33,181 units crossing the market. Fosrich lost 30 cents to end at $28 in trading 140,251 stock units, General Accident dropped 10 cents in ending at $5.90, with 13,319 stocks crossing the exchange, Jetcon Corporation advanced 10 cents in closing at $1.55 after trading 29,805 stock units. Lumber Depot rallied 22 cents to close at $3.50 in switching ownership of 1,911,005 shares, Mailpac Group rose 20 cents to $2.95, with 166,653 stocks clearing the market, Medical Disposables dropped 43 cents in closing at $7.96 with an exchange of 64,569 units and Tropical Battery popped 14 cents to end at $2.75 with the swapping of 937,196 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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