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Bulls toss KSE-100 index over 45,000-point mark

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  • KSE-100 gains 223.28 points to settle at 45,152.11.
  • Shares of 364 were traded during the session.
  • Overall trading volumes dropped to 389.11 million shares.

KARACHI: The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) extended its bull-run on the last day of the trading week and jumped over 200 points as the market participants cherry-picked stocks, which had dropped to attractive valuations.

Investors’ took fresh positions despite the ongoing political crisis in the wake of a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan and rising inflation in the country.

During the session, the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) released the data on inflation based on the consumer price index (CPI) which rose to 12.7%. Meanwhile, the rupee breached the 184-mark, fell to an all-time low of Rs184.09 against the US dollar in the interbank market.

The market players, however, ignored all negative cues and posted nominal gains in anticipation of encouraging financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 and a decline in international oil prices.

At the close, the KSE-100 index gained 223.28 points, or 0.5%, to settle at 45,152.11 points.

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

Shares of 364 were traded during the session. At the close of trading, 183 scrips closed in the green, 149 in the red, and 32 remained unchanged.

Overall trading volumes dropped to 389.11 million shares compared with Thursday’s tally of 415.63 million. The value of shares traded during the day was Rs11.1 billion.

Telecard Limited was the volume leader with 35.43 million shares traded, gaining Rs0.26 to close at Rs14.43. It was followed by TPL Properties with 26.36 million shares traded, gaining Rs0.62 to close at Rs20.82, and Treet Corporation with 24.86 million shares traded, gaining Rs0.47 to close at Rs34.40.

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In a first for history, PSX crosses the 77,000 milestone.

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At 77,213.31, the benchmark KSE-100 hit an all-time high, up 1,005.15, or 1.32%, from the previous close of 76,208.16.

The government’s readiness to seal an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) following the budget was cited by analysts as the reason for the upward trend.

Experts anticipate that in an attempt to bolster its position for a fresh bailout agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the budget for the fiscal year ending in June 2025 would set aggressive fiscal goals.

Budget for Pakistan, 2024–2025
Pakistan’s budget for the fiscal year 2024–25, with a total expenditure of Rs18.877 trillion, was presented on Wednesday by Minister of Finance and Revenue Muhammad Aurangzeb.

The Finance Minister, Muhammad Aurangzeb, outlined the budget highlights. He stated that the GDP growth target for the fiscal year 2024–25 is set at 3.6 percent, while the inflation rate is anticipated to stay at 12 percent.

He stated that while the primary surplus is anticipated to be 1.0 percent of GDP during the review period, the budget deficit to GDP is forecast to be 6.9 percent over the period under review.

According to the minister, tax income collection increased by 38% in the current fiscal year, and the province will receive Rs7,438 billion. The Federal Board of income expects to earn Rs12,970 billion in revenue for the upcoming fiscal year.

In contrast to the federal government’s projected net income of Rs9,119 billion, he stated that the federation’s non-tax revenue projections are set at Rs3,587 billion.

The federal government’s total outlays are projected to be Rs18,877 billion, with interest payments accounting for the remaining Rs9,775 billion.

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Pakistan currently has $14.38 billion in foreign exchange reserves.

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Pakistan’s commercial banks’ reserves, which stood at $5.28 billion at the conclusion of the week ending on June 7, rose by US$174 million, according to a central bank statement.

Reserving US$6.2 million less, the SBP now has US$9.10 billion in reserves. The causes for the decline in the reserves it had were not disclosed by the central bank.

The SBP released a statement that stated, “SBP reserves decreased by US$ 6 million to US$ 9,103.3 million during the week ended on 07-June-2024.”

The State Bank of Pakistan’s (SBP) foreign exchange reserves were reduced by US$ 63 million as a result of repaying external debt, with the reserves standing at US$ 9.093 billion as of earlier on June 6.

The central bank spokesperson said in a statement that as of the week that concluded on May 31, the nation’s total liquid foreign reserves were $14.31 billion.

In terms of net foreign reserves, commercial banks have US$ 5.22 billion of the overall foreign reserves, according to the SBP.

SBP reserves dropped by US$ 63 million to US$ 9,093.7 million during the week that ended on May 24, 2024, according to the announcement.

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In the local market, the price of gold plummets to Rs240,700/tola.

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Gold with a 24-karat purity level has dropped by Rs1200/tola on the local market.

Each tola of 24-karat gold is now selling for Rs240,700, with a further drop of Rs1029 bringing the price of 10 kilos of gold to Rs206,361. These figures are courtesy of the All Sarafa and Jewelers Association.

Meanwhile, after a $2 decline on the global market, one ounce of gold will be valued $2315.

A tola of gold was worth Rs 600 more on Wednesday.

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