Market watch: KSE-100 breaches 45,000-point mark

Benchmark index gains 445.12 points to close at 45,186.48


Our Correspondent April 09, 2021

KARACHI:

The stock market continued its recovery on Friday with the benchmark KSE-100 index recouping another 445 points on last trading day of the week as positive macros once again helped the index surpass the 45,000-point mark.

A surge in foreign exchange reserves, which rose above $16 billion on Thursday with the receipt of $2.5 billion via Eurobond issue, played the role of a catalyst in the bullish close at the Pakistan Stock Exchange.

Last week, Pakistan entered the international capital market after a gap of over three years by successfully raising $2.5 billion through a multi-tranche transaction of 5-, 10- and 30-year Eurobonds.

Moreover, optimism about financial results and easing political uncertainty further fuelled the uptrend.

Earlier, trading began with a spike and the market remained on the uptrend throughout the day. Extensive buying inflated the gains after trading resumed in the second half and helped the market stay in the green territory.

At close, the benchmark KSE-100 index recorded an increase of 445.12 points, or 0.99%, to settle at 45,186.48 points.

Arif Habib Limited, in its report, stated that the market rose further from the recent slump, adding a total of about 1,500 points to the table.

Technology, refinery, cement, steel, exploration and production and oil and gas marketing companies contributed to the market’s positivity.

The report added that expectations about corporate results were helping cement and steel stocks go up while other sectors generated interest due to improvement in investor sentiment.

Refinery sector stocks performed well on expectations of policy approval by the Petroleum Division, it said.

Sectors contributing to the performance included technology (+139 points), exploration and production (+84 points), cement (+51 points), banks (+46 points) and textile (+44 points).

Individually, stocks that contributed positively to the index were TRG Pakistan (+120 points), HBL (+29 points), Pakistan Oilfields (+28 points), National Refinery (+24 points) and Pakistan Petroleum (+22 points).

Stocks that contributed negatively were Engro Corporation (-69 points), Dawood Hercules (-28 points), Bank AL Habib (-7 points), Indus Motor Company (-4 points) and National Foods (-4 points).

Overall trading volumes jumped to 688 million shares compared with Thursday’s tally of 383.1 million. The value of shares traded during the day was Rs25.3 billion.

Shares of 404 companies were traded. At the end of the day, 286 stocks closed higher, 107 declined and 11 remained unchanged.

WorldCall Telecom was the volume leader with 124.5 million shares, gaining Rs0.24 to close at Rs1.43. It was followed by Telecard Limited with 60.2 million shares, gaining Rs0.75 to close at Rs8.45 and Byco Petroleum with 50.2 million shares, gaining Rs0.55 to close at Rs10.32.

Foreign institutional investors were net buyers of Rs441.1 million worth of shares during the trading session, according to data compiled by the National Clearing Company of Pakistan.

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