Market watch: KSE-100 inches up in volatile trading

The Pakistan Stock Exchange faced a mix of upside and downside pressure on Wednesday and resultantly, the KSE-100 index swung between green and red zones throughout the day, ending with marginal gains

Investor anticipation of improvement in the economy following the resumption of International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan programme propped up the index by 17 points

Bearish pressure stemmed from a persistent rise in Omicron variant cases that fuelled rumours of another lockdown in the country

This factor, in particular, dampened investor spirits as suspension of business activities would further dent the faltering economy

Earlier, trading kicked off on a volatile note and the market oscillated between positive and negative territories in the early hours

Although the market posted losses towards midday, late session buying helped it to recover and close with a slight increase

At close, the benchmark KSE-100 index recorded a rise of 17

05 points, or 0

04%, to settle at 45,407


A report of Arif Habib Limited stated that the market played in a range-bound area as investors averted risk due to rising number of cases of new Covid-19 variant Omicron in Pakistan

Profit-taking was witnessed in the first trading hour while the market saw a battle between bulls and bears throughout the day

The market continued to trade sideways, witnessing hefty volumes in third-tier stocks, the report added

JS Global analyst Neelam Naz said that the benchmark KSE-100 index managed to close in the green at 45,408, gaining 17 points day-on-day

Volume leaders of the day were WorldCall Telecom (+8

8%), Unity Foods (R) (+53

4%), Telecard (+3

8%), First National Equities (+2

1%) and TRG Pakistan (+0


Telecard announced in its material information that its wholly owned subsidiary, Supernet, was getting a major optical fibre supply project from a Pakistani mobile network provider, which kept its stock in the limelight during the session

“Going forward, any correction in the market should be viewed as an opportunity to accumulate technology, oil and gas exploration, banking and cyclical stocks,” the analyst said

Overall trading volumes rose to 432

1 million shares compared with Tuesday’s tally of 375

99 million

The value of shares traded during the day was Rs10

3 billion

Shares of 363 companies were traded

At the end of the day, 174 stocks closed higher, 167 declined and 22 remained unchanged

WorldCall Telecom was the volume leader with 75

6 million shares, gaining Rs0

19 to close at Rs2


It was followed by Unity Foods (R) with 66

8 million shares, gaining Rs0

79 to close at Rs2

27 and Telecard Limited with 23

8 million shares, gaining Rs0

65 to close at Rs17


Foreign institutional investors were net buyers of Rs1 billion worth of shares during the trading session, according to data compiled by the National Clearing Company of Pakistan

Date:06-Jan-2022 Reference:View Original Link