KSE-100 falls over 200 points as political uncertainty rattles market


A person standing in front of a screen at the stock exchange. — AFP/File
A person standing in front of a screen at the stock exchange. — AFP/File
  • At close, benchmark KSE-100 index lost 200 points, or 0.46%, to end session at 43,653.33 points.
  • Stocks of 332 companies were traded, of which 110 gained in value, 205 declined, and 17 remained unchanged.
  • Arif Habib Ltd says market had opened in green zone and stayed volatile throughout day.

KARACHI: The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) ended the week on a negative note with benchmark KSE-100 closing in the red due to the political unrest in the country in the backdrop of the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The recovery of the rupee against the US dollar, remittances data, and decline in the international oil prices failed to attract market participants, who remained wary of the overall political situation.

At close, the benchmark KSE-100 index lost 200 points, or 0.46%, to end the session at 43,653.33 points.

Arif Habib Limited, in its post-market commentary, noted that the market had opened in the green zone and stayed volatile throughout the day. It added that the range-bound session was observed due to the “political unrest and overheated commodities cycle”.

Sectors contributing to the performance included commercial banks (-43.0pts), exploration and production (-42.0pts), cement (-40.1pts), power (-30.0pts) and oil marketing companies (-19.5pts).

Stocks of 332 companies were traded, of which 110 gained in value, 205 declined and 17 remained unchanged.

Overall trading volumes dropped to 149.29 million shares compared with Thursday’s tally of 271.90 million. The value of shares traded during the day was Rs5.26 billion.

TPL Properties was the volume leader with 12.27 million shares traded, losing Rs1.26 to close at Rs22.46. It was followed by Pak Elektron with 11.9 million shares traded, losing Rs0.67 to close at Rs1.82, and TPL Corporation with 9.39 million shares traded, gaining Rs0.03 to close at Rs10.06.



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