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Bull-run enters third day at PSX

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  • KSE-100 index edges up 262.30 points to close at 46,407.26.
  • Index oscillates between red and green zones as investors await corporate results.
  • Shares of 359 companies were traded during the session.

KARACHI: The bulls held on to their positions for the third consecutive session at the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) on Tuesday and helped keep the benchmark KSE-100 index in the positive zone.

Political stability that emerged after newly elected Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif took charge coupled appreciation of Pakistani rupee against the US dollar aided the rise of the bourse.

The KSE-100 index oscillated between red and green zones as investors awaited corporate results for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 in certain sectors.

Today, the benchmark KSE-100 index edged up 262.30 points, or 0.57%, to close at 46,407.26 points.

Benchmark KSE-100 index intra-day trading. — PSX data portal
Benchmark KSE-100 index intra-day trading. — PSX data portal

A report from Arif Habib Limited in its post-market commentary noted that another positive session witnessed today due to political stability and appreciation of Pakistan rupee against the US dollar.

Across the board rally was witnessed regardless of foreign selling spree; meanwhile main board activity remained healthy.

Moreover, market even witnessed hefty volumes in the third-tier stocks.

Sectors contributing to the performance included technology (+96.7 points), cement (+55.7 points), banks (+52.2 points), engineering (+24.9 points) and refinery (+20 points).

Shares of 359 companies were traded during the session. At the close of trading, 172 scrips closed in the green, 172 in the red, and 15 remained unchanged.

Overall trading volumes dropped to 493.59 million shares compared with Monday’s tally of 557.67 million. The value of shares traded during the day was Rs13.85 billion.

WorldCall Telecom Limited was the volume leader with 62.03 million shares traded, losing Rs0.06 to close at Rs2.07. It was followed by Telecard Limited with 32.65 million shares traded, gaining Rs0.73 to close at Rs16.96 and Flying Cement with 30.85 million shares traded, losing Rs0.83 to close at Rs8.80.

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An increase in tax was made on restaurant card payments.

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After 15 years, the SRB reduced the service tax that 58 hotels and restaurants in Karachi could have charged on debit and credit card purchases to 15%. This action is a part of the Sindh budget, which was designed to make eating out less expensive for customers.

Prior to this, Sindh’s tax on credit and debit card purchases was lowered from 15% to 8%.

Officials from the SRB have further stated that the service was made available for input adjustment of restaurant tax payments. With this step, businesses will be able to efficiently handle their tax responsibilities and the tax process would be made simpler.

Only a few eateries have been given authority to remove the lower tax rate, even though this tax facility has been reversed.

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The KSE-100 Index rises following a sharp decline in the previous session.

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The government is considering filing a treason case under Article 6 against PTI founder Imran Khan, former president Arif Alvi, and former deputy speaker Qasim Suri. On Tuesday, the KSE-100 Index was up more than 1.3% during early trading, following a day of roughly a 2 percent loss due to growing political unrest and the potential banning of the party.

However, the benchmark index of the Pakistan Stock Exchange was trading at 79,074.63 by 11:49 a.m., having gained 535.45 points, or 0.68 percent, after reaching an intraday high of 79,578.04.

Market analysts said that political tensions were the primary cause of the KSE-100’s earlier Monday decline of 1578.71 points, or 1.97 percent.

They did point out, though, that a correction was a reasonable reaction to the protracted upswing that allowed the benchmark mark index to reach 81,839.86 on July 18.

As a result of interest rate cuts and the possibility of another IMF program, the Pakistan Stock Exchange has gained 22.97 percent so far this year. The cycle began on June 10 with a 1.5 percent decrease in borrowing costs.

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In interbank trade, the US dollar crushes the Pakistani rupee.

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During interbank trade on Tuesday, the US dollar’s value increased by 15 paisas, reaching Rs 278.45.

It is important to remember that Fitch Business Monitor International expressed concern about the possibility that Pakistan’s economic stability may be jeopardized by the ongoing political unrest.

The fragile situation of Pakistan’s economic recovery was emphasized by Fitch in its most recent Pakistan Country Risk Report, which also noted that economic activity has been impeded by urban protests.

(PTI),In spite of multiple successful judicial appeals, the founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) is expected to stay behind bars, the article notes, underscoring the fragile political environment.

With no urgent plans for new elections, this scenario suggests that the coalition administration will remain in office for the next 18 months.

Fitch also described an eventuality in which the government could change and be replaced by a technocratic administration. This suggests that the government of Pakistan would carry out the reforms demanded by the IMF, contributing to the 3.2% GDP growth expected in 2024–2025.

The policy rate has stabilized above projections, while the research predicted it may reach 16 percent this fiscal year and 14 percent the following year.

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