Stocks shed 47 points on inflation concerns

Stocks shed 47 points on inflation concerns

KARACHI: Pakistan stocks have declined by 47 points on Wednesday owing to inflation concerns following hike in domestic fuel prices.

The benchmark KSE-100 index of Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) ended at 45,685 points as against 45,732 points, showing a decrease of 47 points.

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Analysts at Arif Habib Limited said that the market witnessed another range-bound session today due to inflationary concern arising from higher fuel prices.

Index opened on positive note at the start of trading session but closed with negative 46 points.

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In cement sector, PIOC remained under pressure despite of financial result in line with market expectations. Main board activity remained dull.

In last trading hour, Investors opted for profit-taking which led the market to close in the red zone.

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Sectors contributing to the performance include Commercial Banks (-28.1 points), Cement (-28.1 points), OMC (-12.4 points), E&P (-6.0 points) and Sugar (-4.5 points).

Volumes decreased from 274.6 million shares to 145.3 million shares (-47.1 per cent DoD). Traded value also decreased by 38.8 per cent to reach US$ 23.5 million as against US$ 38.5 million.

Stocks that contributed significantly to the volumes include KEL, WTL, FABL, HUMNL and BOP.

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