More Junior Market stocks fell than rose

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market on Wednesday resulted in the volume and value of stocks traded declining 7 percent and 15 percent, respectively, from Tuesday and ended with more stocks falling than rising.
All but one of the 45 listed stocks traded on Wednesday, numbering 44, similar to Tuesday, ending with 13 rising, 19 declining and 12 closing unchanged and the Junior Market Index rose just 3.59 points to 4,564.38Blue Power ended at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $.455, iCreate traded at an intraday high of $4.45 and Derrimon Trading ended at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $3.46.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 14.1. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate projected earnings for companies with financial years closing up to the end of August 2023.
Overall, 21,140,775 shares traded for $84,601,284 compared to 22,692,843 units at $99,354,256 on the Tuesday. Trading averaged 480,472 shares at $1,922,756 in contrast to 515,746 shares at $2,258,051 on Tuesday with month to date, averaging 496,240 units at $2,288,613 compared to 498,537 units at $2,341,916 on Tuesday the previous trading day. April closed with an average of 449,923 units at $1,781,786.
JFP Limited led trading with 4.38 million shares for 20.7 percent of total volume, followed by Future Energy Source with 2.62 million units for 12.4 percent of the day’s trade. Lasco Distributors controlled with 2.51 million units for 11.9 percent market share, Derrimon Trading, 2.19 million units for 10.4 percent market share, EduFocal traded 1.74 million units for 8.2 percent market share and Tropical Battery, 1.50 million units for 7.1 percent market share.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial declined $1.08 to end at $23.40 in an exchange of 4,470 shares, AMG Packaging lost 10 cents to close at $3.65 in trading 61,147 units, Caribbean Cream popped 15 cents to $5.35 in switching ownership of 38,465 stocks. Caribbean Flavours climbed 10 cents in closing at $2.08 after trading 12,502 stock units, Derrimon Trading gained 11 cents in ending at $3.46 and exchanging 2,190,743 units, Dolphin Cove fell $1.78 to $20.56, with 43,509 stocks crossing the exchange. EduFocal shed 74 cents to close at $3.35, with 1,743,479 shares crossing the market,Elite Diagnostic rallied 55 cents to $4.30 while exchanging 84,392 stock units, Fontana rose 20 cents to $11.10, trading 178,349 shares. Fosrich dropped 61 cents in closing at $33.89 after trading 307,960 stock units, Future Energy Source shed 13 cents to close at $6.87, with 2,622,002 stocks changing hands, Honey Bun lost 16 cents in closing at $9.21 after exchanging 38,855 units. iCreate fell 24 cents to $4.02, with 662,269 stock units changing hands, ISP Finance jumped $6.52 to $29.50, with 635 units crossing the market, Jetcon Corporation fell 12 cents to $1.63 with the swapping of 324,421 stocks. JFP Limited advanced 18 cents to close at $1.68 with an exchange of 4,380,376 shares, KLE Group climbed 24 cents in closing at $2.39 with 12,280 stock units clearing the market, Lumber Depot dipped 12 cents to $3.27 trading 413,408 shares. Medical Disposables advanced 30 cents to $7 after 23,478 stocks crossed the market, Spur Tree Spices shed 10 cents to end at $4.10 while exchanging 1,359,511 units, Tropical Battery fell 12 cents to end at $3.08 after trading 1,499,721 units and tTech fell 30 cents to $3.50, with 134,649 stocks changing hands.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

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