Pakistan stocks end flat after hovering above 75,000 points

Pakistan stocks end flat after hovering above 75,000 points

Analyst says market reacting positively due to optimism regarding new IMF programme

Digital monitor showing the share prices at the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) in Karachi. — INP/File

KARACHI: Stocks on Wednesday whizzed past 75,000 points mark after the MSCI’s boosted the local market’s status by adding a new company to its mainstream Frontier Market Index, but ended the day with modest gains owing to late selling, traders said.

The benchmark KSE-100 index gained 132 points or 0.18% to close at 74,663.98 after shooting up to 75,115.32 during the intraday trading at 10:11am. A day earlier the KSE-100 Index had closed at 74,531.19 points.

The CEO of Topline Securities, Muhammad Sohail, in a note, said that the market reached a record high of 75,000 points as a result of increased foreign fund investments.

Additionally, MSCI has added the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) to its Frontier Market Index during its semi-annual review.

This decision is expected to raise Pakistan’s weight in the index and attract more passive foreign investment at PSX.

Foreign investors are showing more interest and confidence as Pakistan approaches the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a new loan programme to ensure the continuation of repaying maturing foreign debt and to create financial space to support the growth of the economy.

Samiullah Tariq, the head of research at Pak-Kuwait Investment Company, told that the market reacted positively due to the optimism regarding the new IMF programme.

Tariq added that the expectations of an interest rate cut in the next monetary policy due to declining inflation is also pushing the market.

A day earlier, stocks soared to a fresh all-time high as investors bet on a successful outcome from talks with the IMF on a new loan programme and hopes of Saudi investment.

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