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Business

January 20, 2015
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KSE 100-share Index hits record high

Business

January 20, 2015

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KARACHI: The Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) 100-share Index hits a record high on Monday, rising for the fourth straight session, led by gains in energy stocks such as Pakistan State Oil (PSO) after reports that the government would release the blocked funds of state-run oil marketing giant.
The benchmark KSE 100-share Index finished up 227.82 points, or 0.67 percent at 34,014.26 points, topping the previous all-time peak closing level of 33,786.44 points touched on January 16. The highest index of the day remained at 34,120.70 points, while the lowest level of the day was recorded at 33,786.44 points.
KSE-30 Index also rose by 220.79 points, or 1.01 percent, to 22,020.27 points from 21,799.48 points.
Analysts said institutional inflows lifted selected large-caps, while most other counters extended gains in line with regional markets on recovery in oil prices.
“PSO closed 5 percent up in hope that the government will release payment to the company in the wake of recent oil crises in the country,” Topline Securities said in a post market comments. The government has promised the petroleum crisis that has hit parts of Punjab and KPK, would be solved within a week. The crisis started this month when the cash-starved PSO and other oil importing firms slashed imports.
Analyst Ovais Ahsan at JS Research said the market opened the week on a positive note after the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf avoids announcing any immediate plans to hold protests against alleged rigging in 2013 elections.
Energy stocks, including oil and gas exportation companies stocks rallied after international crude prices recovered from hit a multi-year low.
“The oil and gas sector led gains with OGDC (Oil and Gas Development Company) up 2.3 percent on the recovery in global crude oil prices,” Ahsan said.
Turnover decreased by 39 million shares to 305.55 million shares as compared to 344.75 million shares, trading value improved to Rs15.56 billion against

Rs12.71 billion while market capital rose to Rs7.74 trillion as against Rs7.71 trillion recorded in the last session. Of a total of 397 companies active in the session, 211 closed up, 171 ended down and 15 remained unchanged.
Ahsan said investors also bet on Engro subsidiaries, registering a strong turnaround this year. Engro Corporation rose five percent.
Analyst said overall sentiment was bullish ahead of the central bank’s policy review due on January 24.
“The upcoming monetary policy was also a trigger with investors expecting that a cut of more than 100 basis points might send the index further upward.
A small reduction in policy rates may cause disappointment,” Ahsan said.
Analyst Ahsan Mehanti at Arif Habib Corp said stocks closed up all-time high, led by oil, fertiliser and cement stocks amid a short recovery in international oil prices.
Hopes for the release of funds to the ailing energy sector impacted by circular debt crises and oil shortages and strong earnings outlook in fertiliser and cement sectors triggered bullish sentiments, Mehanti added.
Finances of energy sector firms are under pressure. Utilities and state-run firms, besieged by unpaid bills and poor finances, have delayed payments to fuel suppliers, which in turn owe oil refiners. The dues – circular debt — are amounting to over Rs500 billion, which accounts for approximately 1.7 percent of country’s GDP projected at Rs29.078 trillion.
Highest increase was recorded in shares of Unilever Foods by Rs396.50 to Rs8,799.00/share followed by Colgate Palmolive, which rose by Rs89.03 to Rs2,139.03/share. Major decrease was noted in shares of Nestle Pak by Rs499.00 to Rs10,500.00/share followed by Murree Brewery, which fell by Rs36.00 to Rs1,028.67/share.
Significant turnover was recorded in stocks of Jahangir Siddiqui Co, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Byco Petroleum, K-Electric Ltd, Pak Elektron, Hum Network, Media Times Ltd, Pak Int Bulk, Pace (Pak) Ltd and Hascol Petroleum.
Jahangir Siddiqui Co remained the volume leader with 33.62 million shares with an increase of 96 paisas to Rs18.30/share. It was followed by PIA with 16.95 million shares with an increase of 39 to Rs9.62/share.
Shares’ turnover in the futures market improved to 22.32 million shares from 20.38 million shares traded in the previous session.

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