Stock market ends flat in range-bound trading

Stock market ends flat in range-bound trading

KARACHI: The stock market ended flat on Wednesday in range-bound trading activities observed during the day.

The benchmark KSE-100 index of Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) closed at 47,413 points as against the previous day’s closing of 47,420 points, showing a decline of 6 points.

Analysts at Arif Habib Limited said that the first day of the month saw range-bound activity with sideboard scrips performing better than blue chips.

The index swayed +209 points and -65 points. Volumes and price-performance were witnessed in TPLP, TELE, WTL, and HUMNL out of which TPLP and TELE hit upper circuits and maintained that level till closing.

Banks, Cement, Fertilizer, Power and Refinery sectors ended the session in red, whereas Technology sector led the Index. Among scrips, WTL topped the volumes with 162.2 million shares, followed by TELE (45.1 million) and GGL (31.5 million).

Sectors contributing to the performance include Banks (-33 points), Cement (-14 points), Autos (-12 points), Technology (+40 points), Engineering (+13 points), and Fertilizer (+12 points).

Volumes increased substantially from 378.8 million shares to 536.6 million shares (+41 percent DoD). The average traded value also increased by 2 percent to reach US$ 86.1 million as against US$ 84 million.

Stocks that contributed significantly to the volumes include WTL, TELE, GGL, HUMNL, and TREET, which formed 52 percent of total volumes.

Stocks that contributed positively to the index include TRG (+29 points), LUCK (+12 points), FABL (+10 points), EPCL (+9 points), and ENGRO (+8 points). Stocks that contributed negatively include HBL (-18 points), MCB (-15 points), MEBL (-14 points), INDU (-11 points) and PSEL (-9 points).