PSX closes flat after bumpy start – Business


Shares on the Pakistan Stock Exchange closed Thursday after the KSE-100 index lost 589 points during the first three trading hours before regaining its closing loss of 35.29 points, or 0.08 percent.

The market opened with 42,863.15 points and reached a low day, with 589.99 points or 1.38pc, about 12:17 pm. However, the afternoon session saw the market recoup all its losses and close slightly green.

Describing the recovery, Ahsan Mehanti, director of the Arif Habib Group, said the purchase of a cement facility and stock oil at refineries in the last hour helped strengthen the index.

Yesterday, PSX saw a collapse in which the KSE-100 lost 1,100 points in intraday trading, two days after seeing a drop of more than 1,400 points.

As early as Thursday, when stock prices plummeted, stock broker Zafar Moti said a number of factors had triggered the investor’s opinion, which is why PSX is seeing a steady decline.

“There are reports that interest rates will increase by two per cent, forcing investors to sell shares,” he said, adding that “the level of support in the market” is also declining and rising savings rates are rising. affecting the confidence of investors.

Meanwhile, Alpha Beta Core Chief Executive Officer Khurram Schehzad said market pressure on the market would continue until the government concluded an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Explaining the downturn in the world market, he said the State Bank of Pakistan’s next monetary policy would determine the future of the market.

“If the interest rate hits, the market could fall into new lows,” he said. “But that is a Saudi agreement [is finalised] and the IMF is expanding [the size of] The loan system, the pressure on the market can be reduced, ”he added.

It was morningAn editorial on Wednesday noted that the most important factor in the erosion of investors’ minds has been the failure of the new coalition government to come up with a credible strategy to take tough political decisions to reform the economy. For example, it remains indecisive with regard to the conversion of unstable energy subsidies, a ‘preliminary step’ that the IMF requires it to take before it can agree to restart funding.

In a recent meeting with the new finance minister, the IMF linked the continuation of its borrowing program with the transformation of petroleum subsidies, introduced by the previous government. However, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has now twice rejected the summary of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority to raise fuel prices.

PTI announced a four-month suspension of petrol and electricity tariffs (until June 30) on 28 February as part of a series of measures to bring relief to the community.

The PML-N coalition government has strongly criticized the Imran Khan government for “suspending” the IMF program with petroleum subsidies but even though he has been in office for a month, he has not withdrawn funding. The finance minister has always said that these grants are impossible and cost R120 billion a month.

Ismail said petrol should have been priced at R245 a liter according to a previous agreement with the IMF. However, the PML-N government was still selling it for R145 a liter and will do its utmost to maintain that value, he added – a sign that the new government is finding it difficult to make a decision that may be unpopular with its voters. .

Furthermore, the editor pointed out that there were differences in the PML-N over how to deal with the Fund, with former finance minister Ishaq Dar, who opposed the IMF ‘dictation’, seeking a new ‘simplified’ loan. “If the finance minister’s reins are drawn in London, then Finance Minister Miftah Ismail will have his hands tied.”

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