KSE-100 gains 202 points on activities in oil companies

KSE-100 gains 202 points on activities in oil companies

The benchmark KSE-100 index of the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) concluded on a positive note, ending the trading day with a substantial gain of 202 points.

This impressive performance reflects the resilience and vibrancy of the Pakistani stock market.

Sectors that played a pivotal role in today’s market upswing included Exploration & Production (E&P) and Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs). These sectors enjoyed favorable conditions due to rising international crude oil prices, as well as the optimistic expectation of discovering significant hydrocarbon reserves in the Indus offshore region. Such discoveries are a positive indicator for both Oil and Gas Development Company (OGDC) and Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL).

The KSE-100 index closed at 39,615 points, marking a notable increase from the previous day’s closing level of 39,413 points, ultimately registering a gain of 202 points. This upswing is a testament to the robust performance of the stock market and investor sentiment.

Analysts at Arif Habib Limited reported that the market displayed strength today, with an initial gain of approximately 300 points and predominantly trading in positive territory. Particularly noteworthy was the upper circuit hit by PPL in the closing half-hour of trading. Additionally, the banking sector displayed a commendable performance during the trading session.

However, the cement sector experienced some selling pressure, attributed to the anticipation of an increase in duties in the upcoming mini-budget.

Key sectors contributing to the market’s performance included Exploration & Production (+158 points), Fertilizer (+98 points), Banks (+26 points), Chemical (-21 points), Pharma (-20 points), Cement (-17 points), and Food (-12 points). These sectors collectively contributed to the overall dynamics of the market.

Market data showed an increase in trading volumes from 115 million shares to 121.5 million shares, reflecting a 5 percent Day-on-Day (DoD) growth. Furthermore, the average traded value also surged by 26 percent, reaching $49.7 million compared to the previous day’s figure of $39.5 million.

Notably, specific stocks played a significant role in boosting trading volumes, with PAEL, BOP, LOTCHEM, KEL, and TRG accounting for 43 percent of the total volumes.

The PSX’s positive performance and resilience in the face of varying market conditions underscore the confidence and enthusiasm of investors in the Pakistani stock market. As the market continues to exhibit these favorable traits, it remains an attractive avenue for investment and financial growth. Market participants will continue to monitor developments and trends in various sectors for investment opportunities and decision-making.