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KSE-100 closes 490 points higher as late-session profit taking trims early gains

  • Benchmark index hit intra-day high of 63,732.50 (gain of over 900 points) on some political clarity and anticipation of corporate results
Published February 26, 2024

The Pakistan Stock Exchange’s (PSX) benchmark KSE-100 Index closed Monday’s session 490 points higher as some late-session profit taking trimmed early gains the index had made in the first half on political clarity and anticipation of corporate results.

The KSE-100 witnessed a strong buying spree at the start and hit an intra-day high of 63,732.50.

However, late-session selling cut the gains and the benchmark index closed at 63,305.93, up by 490.11 points or 0.78%.

Buying was witnessed in several sectors with auto, cement, oil & gas sectors stealing the limelight. Index-heavy stocks including OGDC, PPL and SNGPL were in the green during the early part.

Experts said the buying run came on the back of political clarity after provincial assemblies in Sindh and Punjab also began taking shape, which improved investor sentiment and helped the market bounce back.

Moreover, anticipation of strong corporate performance and developments on the economic front also supported the market’s bullish momentum.

On Monday, PPL and Engro were among notable companies to announce corporate results.

Internationally, Asian shares stalled near seven-month highs on Monday as investors awaited inflation data from the United States, Japan and Europe that will help refine expectations for future rate moves.

The Federal Reserve’s favoured measure of inflation - the core personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index - is due on Thursday and forecasts are for a rise of 0.4%.

It was not long ago investors were hoping for just a 0.2% increase but high readings on consumer and producer prices suggest the risk is for a result as high as 0.5%.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dipped 0.3%, having climbed 1.7% last week to seven-month highs

During the previous week, the PSX witnessed a bullish trend and recorded healthy gains due to reviving investor interest following the agreement among major political parties to proceed with the formation of a coalition government.

The benchmark KSE-100 index surged by 2,942.86 points on week-on-week basis and closed at 62,815.82 points.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani rupee marginally increased against the US dollar, appreciating 0.06% in the inter-bank market on Monday. At close, the local unit settled at 279.2, a gain of Re0.16 against the greenback, as per the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).

Volume on the all-share index increased to 452.86 million from 377.97 million a session ago.

The value of shares increased to Rs16.49 billion from Rs16.01 billion in the previous session.

K-Electric Ltd was the volume leader with 54.06 million shares, followed by Kohinoor Spining with 53.37 million shares, and WorldCall Telecom with 22.97 million shares.

Shares of 345 companies were traded on Monday, of which 207 registered an increase, 114 recorded a fall, while 24 remained unchanged.

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