KARACHI: The stock market declined by 54 points on Thursday amid selling pressure in various scrips. The benchmark KSE-100 index of Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) closed at 42,507 points as against 42,561 points showing a decline of 54 points.
Analysts at Arif Habib Limited said that the market traded in the range of -122 points and +345 points, closing the session at -54 points.
Cement Sector stocks performed well on the expectation of rate hike in North and meeting among Cement manufacturers, however, later during the session the expectation did not materialize which resulted in Cement stocks losing price gains made earlier.
OGDC, which rebounded from yesterday’s lower circuit, maintained the position but closed red. Decline in international crude prices caused investors to stay cautious on Oil & Gas chain and therefore OMCs and Refineries faced selling pressure.
Cement sector led the volumes with 79.3 million shares, followed by Technology (34.9 million) and Banks (21.8 million). Among scrips, MLCF realized volumes of 27.5 million, followed by WTL (16.5 million) and FCCL (13.6 million).
Sectors contributing to the performance include Chemical (+14 points), Banks (+9 points), Tobacco (-32 points), Power (-14 points), Autos (-14 points), E&P (-11 points) and O&GMCs (-11 points).
Volumes increased from 178 million shares to 230.8 million shares (+30 percent DoD). Average traded value increased by 5 percent to reach US$ 63.2 million as against US$ 60.1 million.
Stocks that contributed significantly to the volumes include MLCF, WTL, FCCL, DGKC and BOP, which formed 36 percent of total volumes.
Stocks that contributed positively include HBL (+24 points), COLG (+17 points), EFERT (+9 points), BAFL (+7 points) and SRVI (+7 points). Stocks that contributed negatively include PAKT (-32 points), LUCK (-14 points), HUBC (-13 points), OGDC (-12 points), and HMB (-11 points).