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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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“Ready to work with Pakistan’s new government,” the IMF said.

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In response to the former premier’s request, IMF Director of Communications Julie Kozak stated, “I’m not going to comment on ongoing political developments,” during a news conference.

She continued by saying that they “look forward to working on policies to ensure macroeconomic stability and prosperity for all of Pakistan’s citizens with the new government.”

In addition to stating that the plan is “supporting the authority’s efforts to stabilise the economy and to, of course, with a strong focus on protecting the most vulnerable,” Kozack said the lender increased the total disbursements under the Standby Arrangement (SBA) to $1.9 billion.

This has been accomplished by closely adhering to budgetary constraints and safeguarding the social safety net. In order to keep foreign exchange reserves growing and rein in inflation, a strict monetary policy stance has been maintained, the speaker stated.

The PTI founding chairman decided to write a letter to the international lender, asking it to demand an audit of the election held on February 8 before it proceeds with discussions with Islamabad for a new loan programme. This move prompted the IMF to release its statement.

In response to the former premier’s request, IMF Director of Communications Julie Kozak stated, “I’m not going to comment on ongoing political developments,” during a news conference.

She continued by saying that they “look forward to working on policies to ensure macroeconomic stability and prosperity for all of Pakistan’s citizens with the new government.”

In addition to stating that the plan is “supporting the authority’s efforts to stabilise the economy and to, of course, with a strong focus on protecting the most vulnerable,” Kozack said the lender increased the total disbursements under the Standby Arrangement (SBA) to $1.9 billion.

This has been accomplished by closely adhering to budgetary constraints and safeguarding the social safety net. In order to keep foreign exchange reserves growing and rein in inflation, a strict monetary policy stance has been maintained, the speaker stated.

The PTI founding chairman decided to write a letter to the international lender, asking it to demand an audit of the election held on February 8 before it proceeds with discussions with Islamabad for a new loan programme. This move prompted the IMF to release its statement.

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In a new IMF agreement, Pakistan would “raise” the FBR tax-to-GDP ratio to 15%.

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The state bank reserves will be maintained at a level equivalent to three months’ worth of import bills, according to sources in the Finance Ministry.

According to sources, the ministry has also set a goal to maintain the primary balance surplus and reduce the current account deficit.

The ministry insisted that once the existing agreement expires, a new one would be negotiated with the IMF, and that the IMF will also be guaranteed that the requirements will be implemented prior to the agreement being finalised.

The founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) demanded that an audit of the election results be conducted before the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved any additional loans for Islamabad. However, the IMF showed earlier today that it was eager to cooperate with the new administration in Pakistan by disregarding the demand.

According to Bloomberg News yesterday, Pakistan is to apply for a fresh $6 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund to assist the next government in paying off billions of dollars in debt that comes due this year.

According to the article, the nation would attempt to negotiate an Extended Fund Facility with the IMF, and it was anticipated that discussions with the international lender would begin in March or April.

Thanks to a short-term IMF bailout, Pakistan avoided defaulting last summer. However, the plan expires next month, and the next administration will need to negotiate a long-term deal to keep the $350 billion economy steady.

The IMF forced the South Asian country to enact a number of reforms prior to the rescue, including raising its benchmark interest rate, changing its budget, and raising the cost of natural gas and electricity.

According to a fund spokeswoman, the IMF staff is still in communication with authorities on the necessary longer-term reform initiatives. The fund is also prepared to assist the post-election government in addressing Pakistan’s ongoing issues by means of a new arrangement, should that request be made.

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39% increase in IT exports in January: Dr. Umar Saif

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According to Dr. Umar Saif, the acting minister for information technology and telecommunication, IT exports increased by 39.4% to $265 million in January of this year from $190 million in the same month the previous fiscal year.

The IT sector in Pakistan is expanding and breaking records. The minister wrote on X that “IT exports in January are up by 39.4% to $265 million, compared to $190 million in the same month in 2023.”

The minister also revealed that IT exports to the United States over the first seven months of the current fiscal year (July–January) were $1.7 billion, up 13 percent from $1.5 billion in the same time previous year.

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