More declines for Junior Market

Trading activity on Wednesday was little changed at the close of the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange from Wednesday, with the volume and the value of stocks traded 5 percent lower than on Tuesday as 44 securities traded versus 42 on Tuesday and ended with 19 rising, 17 declining and eight closing unchanged.
A total of 10,233,350 shares were traded for $34,092,043 compared to 10,799,453 units at $35,702,081 on Tuesday. Trading averaged 232,576 shares at $774,819 in contrast to 257,130 shares at $850,050 on Tuesday, with month to date, averaging 244,567 units at $811,560. July closed with an average of 512,709 units at $2,574,304.
Lumber Depot led trading with 2.56 million shares for 25 percent of total volume, followed by Dolla Financial with 1.71 million units for 16.7 percent of the day’s trade and Tropical Battery with 895,621 units for 8.8 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index lost 33.46 points to close at 4,154.90. The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.5. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate  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, AMG Packaging rose 10 cents to $3.75 after trading 4,229 shares, Blue Power advanced 21 cents to $3.64 in switching ownership of 8,396 stocks, CAC 2000 gained 25 cents to end at $8.50, with 11 stock units crossing the market. Cargo Handlers climbed 40 cents to $14 after an exchange of 5 units Caribbean Assurance Brokers popped 10 cents to $2.50 in trading 15,822 shares, Dolphin Cove dropped 10 cents to $15.60, with 5,852 units changing hands. EduFocal gained 18 cents in closing at $2.43 after trading 89,796 stocks, Future Energy Source fell 10 cents to close at $5.50 in 373,198 stock units changing hands, General Accident rallied 40 cents to end at $5.50 while exchanging 78,000 shares. iCreate lost 15 cents at $4.40, with 547,338 stocks clearing the market, Indies Pharma declined 35 cents in closing at $2.85, with 10,613 stock units crossing the exchange, Iron Rock Insurance rallied 31 cents to $3.27 after exchanging one unit. Knutsford Express shed 28 cents to end at $7.07, with 5,383 shares crossing the market, Lasco Financial declined 20 cents to close at $2.80 in an exchange of 182,402 units, Lumber Depot gained 28 cents to end at $3.18 with the swapping of 2,556,073 stocks. Medical Disposables rose 30 cents to $7.30 in trading 19,561 stock units, SSL Venture shed 52 cents to close at $2.88 with an exchange of 376,363 units, Stationery and Office Supplies jumped $1.45 to a record close of $19.85 in an exchange of 45,259 shares. Tropical Battery dropped 10 cents in closing at $2.60, with 895,621 stocks crossing the market and tTech lost 40 cents in ending at $3.03 after an exchange of 5,000 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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