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Market to bet on budget stimulus, fundamentals

By Javed Mirza
May 30, 2021

Stocks put up a spectacular show in the rollover week cheering some promising tidings and are likely to stay the course betting on budgetary incentives and growth-spurring measures, dealers said.

The KSE-100 shares index gained 2.63 percent or 1,211.31 points to close the week at 47,126.29 points.

“The positive sentiment in the market may have been backed by expectations built around a growth-oriented FY22 federal budget which is scheduled to be announced on June 11, 2021,” Ali Zaidi at JS Global Capital said.

KSE-30 shares index gained 3.1 percent or 582.33 points to close at 19,299.48 points.

Daily traded volume touched an all-time high of 1,563 million shares on Wednesday, only to shatter that record again the very next day with a volume of 2,220 million shares.

Worldcall Telecom’s contribution to total volumes contributed substantially on both days. As a result, average daily traded volume reported a massive increase of 103 percent to 1.237 billion shares a day, while daily value of traded securities averaged $178 million, up 30 percent.

An analyst at Arif Habib Limited said the outgoing week’s trading commenced on a positive note with the index increasing by 182 points on Monday.

The uptrend was driven by National Accounts Committee’s provisional data on GDP growth, which is projected at 3.94 percent in FY21, the analyst said.

Optimism at the bourse was further fueled by current account posting a surplus of $773 million in 10MFY21; whle government’s cancelling its divestment plan for Pakistan Petroleum Limited and Oil and Gas Development Company as well as higher oil prices also resulted in heavy buying in these scrips.

Technology sector gained traction amid re-rating of sector multiple along with expectation of relief in the upcoming budget resulted in massive activity in the sector.

Foreign buying was witnessed this week arriving at $2.1 million against a net sell of $49.3 million last week.

Buying was witnessed in cement ($23.9 million) and technology and communication ($9.2 million).

On the domestic front, major selling was reported by individuals ($10.2 million) and mutual funds ($7.4 million).

An analyst at Pearl Securities said during the week, the market remained bullish on the back of government expectations of 3.94 percent GDP growth for FY21, Moody’s statement that the credit profile of Pakistan reflected the country’s economic strength, which was supported by the long-term GDP growth potential and government's projection of even better economic numbers for 4QFY21.

Moreover, SBP has announced to keep the interest rate unchanged at 7.0 percent for the next two months.

“We expect the market to remain positive in line with the upcoming budget incentives and strengthening fundamentals,” the Pearl Securities analyst said.

Going forward, most of the researchers expect the market to remain bullish in the upcoming week amid hopes of relief in the upcoming budget, reduction in duties on imported raw material for construction sector and export-oriented sector to spur growth which might keep these sectors in limelight.

On the other hand, exploration and production sector is expected to continue performing well due to higher international oil prices and government shelving divestment plan of some key stocks.