Image Plus pushes Junior Market trading

Shares of the last Initial Public Offer in 2022, Image Plus Consultants, were listed on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Friday bringing the number of companies on the market to a record 48. The company’s shares dominated trading with just over 61 percent of the total volume of stocks traded, pushing the volume of stocks trading in the market 77 percent higher, with a 68 percent rise in the value compared to Thursday.
Trading in 46 securities on Friday, compares to 45 on Thursday and resulted in prices of 20 rising, 15 declining and 11 left unchanged and led to an exchange of 20,295,875 shares for $50,102,944 compared to 11,460,696 units at $29,877,310 on Thursday.
Trading averaged 441,215 shares at $1,089,194, from 254,682 units at $663,940 on Thursday, with the month to date, averaging 205,980 stocks at $525,918 compared with 187,355 shares at $481,322 on the previous day. December closed with an average of 333,420 units at $925,533.
Image Plus Consultants led trading with 12.44 million shares for 61.3 percent of total volume followed by Express Catering with 1.27 million units for 6.3 percent of the day’s trade, Regency Petroleum with 1.16 million units for 5.7 percent market share and JFP Ltd with 1.12 million units for 5.5 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index popped 30.02 points to settle at 3,993.91, ending the week much higher than at the close of the previous one.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.7. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for the financial year that falls between November last year and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows two stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Blue Power rose 29 cents to $2.90 after an exchange of 15,339 shares, Caribbean Cream shed 65 cents to close at $3.20 with 32,014 units changing hands, Consolidated Bakeries popped 34 cents to end at $2.15 in transferring 164,626 stocks. Dolphin Cove dipped 10 cents to $15.20 after 41,594 stock units passed through the market, Express Catering gained 50 cents ending at $5.50 with an exchange of 1,270,658 stocks, Future Energy Source popped 7 cents to settle at $4.85 in trading 348,162 units. Honey Bun shed 13 cents to close at $7.02 with the swapping of 31,125 stock units, newly listed Image Plus Consultants rallied 20 cents to end at a record closing high of $2.20 with investors transferring 12,439,670 shares, Indies Pharma lost 17 cents in closing at $2.70 with 2,032 shares changing hands. Iron Rock Insurance gained 25 cents to end at $2.40 after trading 22,599 stock units, Knutsford Express advanced 47 cents to $12.49 after a transfer of 15,192 stocks, Lasco Financial lost 8 cents in closing at $2.60 after an exchange of 4,542 units. Lasco Manufacturing rose 37 cents to $4.55 as investors transferred 6,703 shares, Limners and Bards gained 19 cents to close at $2.59 after investors exchanged 3,900 stocks, Lumber Depot lost 17 cents to end at $2.30 trading 150,521 units. MFS Capital Partners advanced 14 cents to $2.97 with the swapping of 387,932 stock units, Paramount Trading rallied 8 cents in ending at $2.20 after an exchange of 5,592 stocks and Spur Tree Spices shed 27 cents to $2.75 in switching ownership of 458,199 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Big fall for Junior Market

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange plunged on Thursday after the volume of stocks traded rose 55 percent and the value climbed 61 percent more than Wednesday with trading in 45 securities trading up from 43 on Wednesday and ended with 11 rising, 26 declining and eight closing unchanged.
A total of 11,460,696 shares were traded for $29,877,310 compared to 7,376,918 units at $18,528,560 on Wednesday.
Trading averaged 254,682 shares at $663,940 compared with 171,556 units at $430,897 on Wednesday. The month to date, averaged 187,355 units at $481,322 compared with 181,703 stock units at $465,990 on Wednesday, the previous day. December closed with an average of 333,420 units at $925,533.
Paramount Trading led trading with 4.85 million shares for 42.3 percent of total volume followed by Dolla Financial with 1.42 million units for 12.4 percent of the day’s trade and MFS Capital Partners with 1.04 million units for 9.1 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index shed 72.07 points to settle at 3,963.89.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.7PE ratios of Junior Market stocks are computed using ICInsider.com projected earnings for the financial year ending that fall between November 2022 and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial shed 80 cents to $23.50 with a transfer of 4,228 shares, AMG Packaging gained 13 cents in closing at $2.98 in trading 312 stocks, Blue Power lost 19 cents to finish at $2.61 after crossing the market with 10,914 stock units. Cargo Handlers declined $2.01 to end at $11.64 in an exchange of 2,778 units, Caribbean Cream lost 15 cents ending at $3.85 after a transfer of 2,124 units, Caribbean Flavours dipped 8 cents to $1.77 with 2,500 shares changing hands. Consolidated Bakeries lost 18 cents in ending at $1.81 in switching ownership of 5,268 stock units, Dolphin Cove gained 30 cents in closing at $15.30 after clearing the market with 660 stocks, EduFocal lost 7 cents to close at $2.43 after trading 10,800 shares. Express Catering dropped 44 cents to end at $5 with the swapping of 3,524 units, Fontana fell 12 cents to $9 in transferring 48,930 stocks, Future Energy Source dipped 7 cents to close at $4.78 as investors exchanged 191,439 stock units. General Accident shed 38 cents in ending at $4.70 with 5,176 shares changing hands, ISP Finance declined 50 cents in closing at $28.40 with investors transferring 13 units, JFP Ltd lost 14 cents to end at $1.70 in trading 529,994 stocks. KLE Group popped 19 cents to finish at $1.90 after trading one stock unit, Lasco Distributors dipped 7 cents to $2.70 with the swapping of 1,220 stocks, Lasco Financial declined 17 cents to end at $2.68 with an exchange of 2,960 shares. Lasco Manufacturing lost 22 cents in closing at $4.18 with the swapping of 38,457 units, Main Event fell 60 cents to $9.40 after exchanging 46,686 stock units, Medical Disposables shed 24 cents to close at $4.51 in trading 10,000 stock units. MFS Capital Partners rose 11 cents to $2.83 after 1,039,839 stocks passed through the market, Paramount Trading shed 18 cents in closing at $2.12 in switching ownership of 4,848,054 units, Stationery and Office Supplies rallied 71 cents to end at $15 trading 1,077 shares and Tropical Battery advanced 14 cents to $2.54 with a transfer of 799,246 units.
In the preference segmentCAC 2000 9.5% preference share gained 16 cents to end at $1.17 after crossing the market with 4,256 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market highest since December close

After spending the first half of January below the 2022 close, the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange has climbed 1.2 percent for the year to date with one technical indicator pointing to higher ground for the market when it closed on Wednesday. The volume of stocks traded declined 40 percent and the value 40 percent lower than on Tuesday with 43 securities trading, similar to Tuesday and ending with prices of 16 rising, 17 declining and 10 closing unchanged.
Only 7,376,918 shares were traded for $18,528,560 down from 12,267,173 units at $30,849,632 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 171,556 shares at $430,897 compared with 285,283 units at $717,433 on Tuesday with the month to date, averaging 181,703 units at $465,990 versus 182,588 stock units at $469,051 on the previous day. December closed with an average of 333,420 units at $925,533.
Regency Petroleum led trading with 1.92 million shares for 26 percent of total volume followed by ONE on ONE Educational with 1.15 million units for 15.6 percent of the day’s trade and MFS Capital Partners with 781,071 units for 10.6 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index popped 29.27 points to settle at 4,035.96.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 13.2. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for the financial year ending between November 2022 and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial rose $1.30 to close at $24.30 after an exchange of 86 shares, AMG Packaging lost 13 cents to end at $2.85 with a transfer of 8,905 units, Blue Power dipped 15 cents to $2.80 trading 100 stocks. Caribbean Cream advanced 35 cents to close at $4 after two stock units cleared the market, Consolidated Bakeries gained 18 cents in closing at $1.99 with the swapping of two units, Dolla Financial lost 9 cents to finish at $2.91 after a transfer of 710,422 stocks.General Accident popped 38 cents to close at $5.08 with 1,000 stock units changing hands, Indies Pharma advanced 19 cents to $2.87 as investors exchanged 7,134 shares, ISP Finance shed 10 cents ending at $28.90 after 737 shares were traded. KLE Group dipped 9 cents in closing at $1.71 with investors transferring 100 stocks, Knutsford Express declined 48 cents to $12.02 in an exchange of 181,010 stock units, Lasco Manufacturing lost 10 cents to close at $4.40 after 3,498 units cleared the market. Lumber Depot rallied 16 cents to $2.47 in trading 20,052 units, Medical Disposables fell 40 cents in closing at $4.75 as investors exchanged 6,003 shares, MFS Capital Partners dipped 13 cents to end at $2.72 in switching ownership of 781,071 stocks. ONE on ONE Educational shed 8 cents to $1.22 after trading 1,148,706 stock units, Paramount Trading gained 18 cents to end at $2.30 with an exchange of 241,058 stock units, Stationery and Office Supplies declined 31 cents to $14.29 with the swapping of 4,040 stocks and tTech advanced 30 cents to close at $2.85 in transferring five units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Solid gains for Junior Market

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Trading jumped with the volume more than doubling that on Friday at the close of the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Monday as investors pumped 68 percent more funds into the market and traded 115 percent more in the volume of stocks traded than on Friday after trading took place in 44 securities the same as on Friday, and ending with 19 rising, 14 declining and 11 closing unchanged.
A total of 11,787,222 shares were exchanged for $27,770,919 compared to 5,480,926 units at $16,508,630 on Friday.
Trading averaged 267,891 shares at $631,157 compared to 124,567 units at $375,196 on Friday with the month to date averaging 172,775 units at $445,317 versus 162,467 stock units at $425,176 Friday, the previous day. December closed with an average of 333,420 units at $925,533.
Paramount Trading led trading with 7.39 million shares for 62.7 percent of total volume followed by Dolla Financial with 718,336 units for 6.1 percent of the day’s trade and ONE on ONE Educational with 451,581 units for 3.8 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index advanced 33.09 points to settle at 3,981.56.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.9. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for the financial year ending that fall between November 2022 and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial popped 81 cents to $23 with a transfer of 16 shares, AMG Packaging lost 5 cents to close at $2.70 with an exchange of 53,966 units, Caribbean Cream shed 35 cents to end at $3.65 as investors swapped 2,100 stock units. Dolphin Cove advanced 80 cents to $14.50 after the trading of 1,509 stocks, Fontana gained 6 cents in ending at $9.05 in switching ownership of 50,400 shares, Fosrich dipped 5 cents to $3.70 in transferring 249,582 units. Indies Pharma fell 27 cents to close at $2.63 with an exchange of 9,749 stocks, Iron Rock Insurance rose 10 cents in closing at $2.11 with one stock unit changing hands, ISP Finance rallied $4.44 to $29 after an exchange of 109 units. Jetcon Corporation popped 5 cents to $1.10 with 111 stocks clearing the market, Knutsford Express advanced $3.25 to a 52 week’s high of $12.85 in trading 50,618 shares as investors react positively to the company’s strong rebound in profits, Lasco Financial shed 26 cents in closing at $2.58 after 30,015 stock units cleared the market. Lumber Depot lost 5 cents to finish at $2.45 with the swapping of 15,521 shares, Mailpac Group declined 7 cents to $2.03 with 61,253 units changing hands, Main Event rose 74 cents to $9.99 after a transfer of 78,619 stock units. MFS Capital Partners gained 16 cents to close at $2.98 with an exchange of 420,214 stocks, Spur Tree Spices rallied 11 cents to $3.01 after trading 250,700 stock units, Stationery and Office Supplies advanced 92 cents to close at $15.15 after a transfer of 6,982 units and Tropical Battery gained 5 cents to finish at $2.45 trading 49,545 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market jumps back to 2022 close

Trading activity pushed the Junior Market Index solidly higher with a rise of 72.97 points to 3,986.25 on Thursday and just about wiped out the previous losses for the year to date as the index is a mere 0.19 points adrift of the 2022 closing of the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, with trading in 48 securities up from 42 on Wednesday and ended with 23 rising, 17 declining and eight closing unchanged.
The volume of stocks traded fell 68 percent to 3,805,407 shares from 11,745,381 units on Wednesday and exchanged for a 68 percent lower sum of $9,248,824 compared to $29,354,951 previously.
Trading averaged 79,279 shares at $192,684 against 279,652 units at $698,927 on Wednesday with the month to date, averaging 167,073 units at $431,251 compared to 180,494 stock units at $467,720 on the previous day. December closed with an average of 333,420 units at $925,533.
JFP Ltd led trading with 1.10 million shares for 28.8 percent of total volume followed by ONE on ONE Educational with 669,061 units for 17.6 percent of the day’s trade and Tropical Battery with 350,520 units for 9.2 percent market share.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.9. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for the financial year ending that fall between November 2022 and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows five stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial rose 76 cents to end at $24.95 with an exchange of 15 shares, Blue Power popped 46 cents in closing at $2.98 with investors transferring 48 units, Caribbean Assurance Brokers gained 14 cents to end at $2.15 in trading 18,774 stock units. Caribbean Cream shed 59 cents ending at $4.01 after an exchange of 5,274 stocks, Caribbean Flavours popped 12 cents to close at $1.82 with a transfer of 3,835 stock units, Dolphin Cove fell 10 cents to $14.79 with the swapping of 6,506 units. EduFocal declined 24 cents to $2.25 after a transfer of 7,347 stocks, Express Catering lost 25 cents in closing at $5 as investors exchanged 11,771 shares, Fosrich shed 23 cents in ending at $3.68 after trading 328,617 stocks. General Accident rallied 46 cents to close at $5.07 after 307 shares passed through the market, Honey Bun rose 40 cents to $7.60 with the swapping of 1,125 units, Indies Pharma dipped 14 cents to $2.66 in exchanging 17,868 stock units. Iron Rock Insurance gained 22 cents in closing at $2.62 after investors transferred 170 shares, ISP Finance advanced $4.48 to $29.50 in switching ownership of 5,070 stock units, Knutsford Express rose 35 cents to close at $9.80 after clearing the market with 47,534 units, ahead of the release of half year results to November, reflecting a continued recovery in profit. Lasco Financial lost 15 cents to end at $2.70 in an exchange of 19,101 stocks, MFS Capital Partners dipped 17 cents to $2.83 in swapping 57,142 stock units, Stationery and Office Supplies declined $1.78 to end at $14.21 trading 4,914 units and tTech gained 26 cents to close at $2.92 in exchanging 4,563 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Losses for Junior Market stocks

The market Index dropped 46.69 points to 3,913.28 at the close of trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Wednesday after declining stocks beat out those rising by a solid margin, following a 44 percent jump in the volume of stocks traded after the value climbed 31 percent over Tuesday following trading activity took place in 42 securities versus 46 on Tuesday and ended with prices of 15 rising, 23 declining and four unchanged.
A total of 11,745,381 shares were traded for $29,354,951 compared to 8,136,775 units at $22,350,006 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 279,652 shares at $698,927 compared with 176,886 units at $485,870 on Tuesday, with a month to date average of 180,494 units at $467,720 versus 165,183 stock units at $432,019 on the previous day. December closed with an average of 333,420 units at $925,533.
Consolidated Bakeries led trading with 2.88 million shares for 24.5 percent of total volume followed by MFS Capital Partners with 1.23 million units for 10.5 percent of the day’s trade, JFP Ltd ended with 1.19 million stocks for 10.1 percent of trading, Fosrich with 1.04 million units for 8.8 percent of the market and Lasco Distributors with 1.01 million units for 8.6 percent market share.
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 the financial year ending that fall between November 2022 and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial advanced $2.18 to $24.19 with a transfer of 2,063 shares, AMG Packaging lost 10 cents in closing at $3.20 in exchanging 45,510 units, Blue Power shed 47 cents to end at $2.52 with 2,696 stock units crossing the exchange. Cargo Handlers rallied $2.25 to $13.80 trading 15,225 stocks, Caribbean Assurance Brokers gained 11 cents to close at $2.01 after transferring 21,525 shares, Derrimon Trading popped 11 cents in closing at $2.21 with an exchange of 83,388 units. Dolphin Cove advanced $1.40 to close at $14.89 in switching ownership of 27,468 stock units, EduFocal rose 26 cents to finish at $2.49 as investors swapped 505,110 stocks, Fontana lost 10 cents to end at $8.90 trading 78,999 shares. Honey Bun dipped 57 cents to $7.20 with 6,881 stock units changing hands, iCreate lost 13 cents to close at $1.71 with investors transferring 195,374 units, Indies Pharma shed 19 cents to $2.80 in switching ownership of 39,084 stocks. Lasco Distributors dipped 17 cents to end at $2.63, with 1,005,283 stocks crossing the market, Lasco Manufacturing shed 30 cents in ending at $4 after 86,092 stock units were exchanged, Main Event popped 70 cents in closing at $9.30 after a transfer of 49,183 shares. MFS Capital Partners lost 14 cents to end at $3 after an exchange of 1,233,975 units, Paramount Trading gained 28 cents in ending at $1.98 after a mere one stock unit changed hands, Stationery and Office Supplies advanced 84 cents to $15.99 with 114 stock units clearing the market and tTech rallied 35 cents to close at $2.66 with the swapping of 187 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market trading slips Monday

Junior Market trading closed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Monday with a slight dip in the volume of stocks traded after a 17 percent fall in the value compared with Friday from 47 the trading of securities up from 43 on Friday and ending with prices of 18 rising, 19 declining and 10 closing unchanged.
A total of 5,698,340 shares were traded for $13,425,978 versus 5,955,194 units at $16,230,602 on Friday.
Trading averaged 121,241 shares at $285,659 versus 138,493 units at $377,456 on Friday with the month to date averaging 162,801 units at $421,058 compared to 173,713 stock units at $456,610. Trading in December ended with an average of 333,420 units at $925,533.
JFP Ltd led trading with 1.35 million shares for 23.7 percent of total volume followed by ONE on ONE Educational with 759,824 units for 13.3 percent of the day’s trade and Tropical Battery with 668,478 units for 11.7 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index advanced a mere 3.07 points to 3,903.85.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.6. The PE ratios of the Junior Market incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for the financial year ending between November 2022 and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial dipped $3 to $22 in exchange of 74 shares, AMG Packaging lost 17 cents after ending at $2.88 with a transfer of 1,266 stocks, Cargo Handlers shed $1.04 in closing at $11.55 after the trading of 503 units. Consolidated Bakeries gained 24 cents to end at $2.24 with the swapping of 17,597 stock units, Derrimon Trading lost 22 cents to close at $2.12 with 183,574 stock units changing hands, Dolphin Cove declined 57 cents to finish at $13.53 in switching ownership of 12,796 shares. EduFocal lost 10 cents to end at $2.10 in transferring 1,172 stocks, Fosrich gained 9 cents to close at $3.90 with the swapping of 255,068 units,General Accident fell 31 cents to $4.60 with investors switching ownership of 34,050 stock units. Honey Bun declined 31 cents to $7.20 after 9,398 shares passed through the market, iCreate dipped 18 cents to $1.70 with 228,400 units crossing the market, Indies Pharma shed 20 cents in closing at $3 after trading 18,144 stocks. ISP Finance gained 51 cents in ending at $18 after an exchange of 2,570 units, Knutsford Express rallied 49 cents to finish at $9.44 with 8,373 shares changing hands, Lasco Distributors rose 17 cents to close at $2.80 as investors exchanged 55,844 stock units. Lasco Manufacturing popped 32 cents to $4.29 with the transfer of 567 stocks, Main Event fell 55 cents to $8.45 trading 12,425 shares, Medical Disposables dropped 64 cents to end at $4.64 after exchanging 61 units. MFS Capital Partners gained 9 cents to close at $2.89 with the swapping of 241,252 stocks, ONE on ONE Educational popped 9 cents to $1.34 in an exchange of 759,824 stock units, Paramount Trading gained 27 cents in closing at $1.80 with a transfer of 8,021 shares. Spur Tree Spices dipped 7 cents to $3.02 in transferring 60,697 units, Stationery and Office Supplies dropped 85 cents to end at $15.15 with 2,672 stocks changing hands and tTech lost 45 cents to close at $2.30 after an exchange of 160 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

First daily gain for Junior Market in 2023

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Thursday with the Market Index gaining 19.61 points to end at 3,920.85 after trading levels fell with the volume of stocks traded declining 35 percent with a 32 percent drop in the value compared with that on Wednesday following trading in 45 securities up slightly from 44 on Wednesday and ended with 23 rising, 15 declining and seven closing unchanged.
A total of 7,085,346 shares were traded for $18,259,575 compared with 10,975,198 units at $26,988,194 on Wednesday.
Trading averaged 157,452 shares at $405,768 down from 249,436 units at $613,368 on Wednesday, with the month to date averaging 184,849 units at $481,636 compared with 198,397 stock units at $519,153 on the previous day. December closed with an average of 333,420 units at $925,533.
Dolla Financial led trading with 1.26 million shares for 17.8 percent of total volume followed by Tropical Battery with 1.01 million units for 14.3 percent of the day’s trade and ONE on ONE Educational with 943,103 units for 13.3 percent market share.
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 the financial year that fall 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 one stock with a lower offer.
At the close, AMG Packaging gained 19 cents to close at $3.01 in an exchange of 52 shares, CAC 2000 climbed $1.73 to $8.48 after a mere 13 stock units crossed the exchange, Caribbean Flavours advanced 10 cents in closing at $1.82 in an exchange of 31 units. Dolla Financial popped 19 cents to $3.06 with the swapping of 1,264,717 stocks, Dolphin Cove rose 10 cents to end at $14.10, with 17,316 units crossing the market, EduFocal fell 12 cents to $2.08 with a transfer of 178,521 stocks. Express Catering dipped 10 cents to $5.20 after an exchange of 20,181 shares, Future Energy Source lost 19 cents in ending at $4.92 as investors exchanged 326,338 stock units, General Accident dipped 17 cents to close at $4.90 in switching ownership of 100 stocks. Honey Bun rallied 10 cents to end at $7.30 after exchanging 11,486 units, iCreate gained 27 cents to $1.77 with an exchange of 466,481 stock units, Indies Pharma climbed 50 cents in closing at $3.25 as 12,306 shares passed through the market. KLE Group declined 28 cents to end at $1.71, with 641 units clearing the market, Knutsford Express increased 75 cents to $8.95, with 6,090 stocks crossing the market, Lasco Manufacturing shed 30 cents to close at $4 after a transfer of 53,088 shares. Limners and Bards popped 24 cents in closing at $2.67, with 35,572 stock units changing hands, Lumber Depot gained 10 cents to end at $2.40 with investors transferring 33,816 stocks, Main Event rose $1.59 to close at $8.59 trading 44,554 stock units. MFS Capital Partners advanced 13 cents to $2.94 after trading 154,025 shares, Paramount Trading dipped 17 cents to $1.63 in exchanging 9,322 units and Spur Tree Spices rallied 13 cents to $3.13 in trading 151,160 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market down for a second day

Trading closed on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Wednesday with a 55 percent rise in the volume of stocks traded with 33 percent more funds passing through the market than on Tuesday with trading in 44 securities versus 47 on Tuesday and ended with 13 rising, 21 declining and 10 closing unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index declined 47.01 points to finish at 3,901.24.
A total of 10,975,198 shares were exchanged for $26,988,194 up from 7,078,901 units at $20,254,759 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 249,436 shares at $613,368 versus 150,615 units at $430,952 on Tuesday with the month to date, averaging 198,397 units at $519,153. December closed with an average of 333,420 units at $925,533.
iCreate led trading with 3.23 million shares for 29.5 percent of total volume followed by ONE on ONE Educational with 1.56 million units for 14.2 percent of the day’s trade and Regency Petroleum with 1.03 million units for 9.4 percent market share.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.4. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for the financial year that fall between November this year and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial gained $2.50 in closing at $24.50 in trading a mere 58 shares, but supply seems to be declining and buying interest is low. AMG Packaging popped 16 cents to end at $2.82 with the swapping of 14,008 stocks, Caribbean Assurance Brokers increased 26 cents to $2.14 after a transfer of 16,900 stock units. Caribbean Cream rose 12 cents to close at $3.98 and closed with just 160 units trading, Caribbean Flavours lost 10 cents in ending at $1.72 after trading 50 shares, Consolidated Bakeries climbed 15 cents in closing at $1.85 with an exchange of 3,187 stock units. Dolphin Cove dropped 88 cents to end at $14 in switching ownership of 148,681 stocks, Express Catering declined 10 cents to $5.30 after an exchange of 500 units, Fosrich shed 24 cents to close at $3.99 after investors finished trading 511,652 units. iCreate dipped 43 cents to $1.50 in an exchange of 3,234,540 stocks, Indies Pharma fell 25 cents to $2.75, with 12,528 stock units passing through the market, Iron Rock Insurance declined 37 cents ending at $1.98 after 4,000 shares crossed the market. Jamaican Teas fell 10 cents to close at $2.50, with 437,300 shares crossing the market, Knutsford Express advanced 20 cents to end at $8.20 while exchanging 1,815 units, Lasco Manufacturing rallied 36 cents in closing at $4.30, with 14,263 stocks crossing the exchange. Limners and Bards dropped 33 cents to close at $2.43 as investors exchanged 30,090 stock units,  Lumber Depot shed 39 cents in closing at $2.30, with 323,510 stock units changing hands, Main Event dipped $1.99 to end at $7 after an exchange of 216,945 units. Paramount Trading fell 10 cents to $1.80 with a transfer of 14,333 shares and tTech popped 33 cents to end at $2.53 with investors transferring 33,000 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market declines into 2023

Stocks slipped to open up the new year on a losing note when the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed trading on Tuesday, with investors displaying restraint in chasing or exchanging stocks as the volume of stocks traded declined 68 percent with 70 percent less value than on Friday after all, but one security traded amounting to 47 up from 43 on Friday and ended with 14 rising, 26 declining and seven closing unchanged.
A total of 7,078,901 shares were traded for $20,254,759 down from 22,282,537 units at $68,002,755 on Friday.
Trading averaged 150,615 shares at $430,952 compared to 518,199 units at $1,581,459 on Friday. December closed with an average of 333,420  units at $925,533.
Regency Petroleum led trading with 1.64 million shares for 23.1 percent of total volume followed by Fosrich with 824,214 units for 11.6 percent of the day’s trade and ONE on ONE Educational with 682,021 units for 9.6 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index lost 38.19 points to settle at 3,948.25.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.6. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate ICInsider.com projected earnings for the financial year ending that fall 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 three with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial dropped $4 to $22, with 661 shares changing hands, AMG Packaging fell 39 cents to close at $2.66, with 4,897 stock units crossing the market, CAC 2000 shed $1.73 in ending at $6.75 in an exchange of 8 units. Caribbean Assurance Brokers dropped 28 cents to $1.88 after a transfer of 228,886 stocks, Caribbean Cream lost 14 cents to end at $3.86 trading 1,023 stocks, Consolidated Bakeries dipped 10 cents to $1.70 with an exchange of 1,176 stock units. Derrimon Trading fell 14 cents to $2.11 with the swapping of 254,671 units, Dolphin Cove popped $1.88 to close at $14.88 in trading 16,694 shares, Express Catering climbed 20 cents in closing at $5.40 after 22,124 stock units passed through the market. Future Energy Source dipped 30 cents to end at $5.20 with an exchange of458,046 shares, General Accident gained 66 cents to end at $5.07 as investors exchanged 110,279 stocks, Honey Bun declined 79 cents to close at $7.20 after exchanging 7,733 units. iCreate advanced 26 cents to $1.93 in switching ownership of 103,986 shares, Indies Pharma dropped 52 cents to $3, with 7,327 stock units crossing the market, JFP Ltd lost 10 cents in closing at $1.67 while exchanging 204,535 stocks. Knutsford Express shed 70 cents to close at $8, with 5,886 units clearing the market, Lasco Distributors rallied 10 cents in closing at $2.60 after exchanging 186,868 units, Medical Disposables rose 48 cents to end at $5.28 with investors transferring 385 shares. Spur Tree Spices shed 46 cents to $3.04 with an exchange of 57,994 stocks,

Stationery and Office Supplies dropped 65 cents to end at $16.50 after finishing trading of 129,446 stock units, Tropical Battery increased 15 cents to close at $2.45 with a transfer of 607,278 stocks and tTech declined 30 cents in closing at a 52 weeks’ low of $2.20 after exchanging 31,563 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.