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KSE-100 extends gains with 79-point rise

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  • Index gains despite sluggish activity throughout the day.
  • KSE-100 index closes at 39,972.64 points.
  • Shares of 321 companies were traded today.

KARACHI: The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) extended gains on Wednesday despite sluggish activity throughout the day as the benchmark KSE-100 index gained nearly 80 points.

Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Miftah Ismail assured that there is no risk of Pakistan defaulting anymore, which sparked positive momentum at the PSX.

Earlier, trading kicked off with a spike with the index surpassing the 40,000-point mark in the first hour of the session.

However, the gloomy scenario on the back of the depreciating Pakistan rupee and political uncertainty in the wake of the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Punjab CM election shook investor confidence. The index dived by the end of the session.

At close, the benchmark KSE-100 index closed at 39,972.64 points with an increase of 78.59 points or 0.20%.

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

A report from Arif Habib Limited stated that PSX continued to remain under pressure throughout the day due to concerns regarding uncertain economic situations.

The benchmark KSE-100 index witnessed a volatile session as investors opted to remain sideways as the Pakistani rupee continued its freefall against the US dollar.

Mainboard volumes remained dry whereas decent volumes were observed in the third-tier stocks.

Sectors contributing to the performance included banks (+76.9 points), chemicals (+54.2 points), technology (+27.5 points), engineering (+14.4 points), and cement (+10.1 points).

Shares of 321 companies were traded during the session. At the close of trading, 153 scrips closed in the green, 141 in the red, and 27 remained unchanged.

Overall trading volumes dropped to 121.57 million shares compared with Tuesday’s tally of 131.86 million. The value of shares traded during the day was Rs4.19 billion.

Lotte Chemical was the volume leader with 10.21 million shares traded, gaining Rs1.50 to close at Rs28.50. It was followed by WorldCall Telecom with 9.26 million shares traded, losing Rs0.02 to close at Rs1.18 and TPL Properties with 9.01 million shares traded, losing Rs0.05 to close at Rs17.27.

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Significant surge in the price of gold in Pakistan

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On Friday, the price of gold in Pakistan continued to increase.

According to the All-Pakistan Gems and Jewellers Sarafa Association, the price of 24-karat gold per tola has risen by Rs2,200, reaching Rs249,000.

The price of 10-gram 24-karat gold increased by Rs1,886, reaching a total of Rs213,477. On Thursday, the cost of 10 grammes of 22-karat gold was Rs195,687.

The global gold market likewise had a rising trajectory. As per APGJSA, the worldwide rate was $2,404 per ounce, showing a decline of $24 during the course of the trading day.

The local market witnessed constant silver prices at Rs2,900 per tola.

Market observers attribute the increase in gold prices to other variables, such as volatility in the global market, currency exchange rates, and economic conditions. The ongoing surge in gold prices is likely to impact investment choices and consumer behaviour in the near future.

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Gold prices in Pakistan have risen by Rs 1,200 per tola.

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The price of one tola of 24 carat gold rose by Rs1,200 and reached Rs246,800 on Thursday, compared to its previous sale price of Rs245,600 on the last trading day.

According to the All Sindh Sarafa Jewellers Association, the cost of 10 grammes of 24 karat gold rose by Rs1,029 to reach Rs211,591, compared to the previous price of Rs210,562. Similarly, the price of 10 grammes of 22 carat gold jumped from Rs193,016 to Rs193,959.

The price of silver remained unchanged at Rs2,900 per tola and Rs2,486.28 per ten grammes.

According to the association, the international market price of gold rose by $10, reaching $2,382 from $2,372.

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The federal government has declared wage and pension increments for its employees.

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The Ministry of Finance has formally declared a rise in the remuneration and retirement benefits of personnel working for the federal government, offering substantial economic alleviation.

According to the notification, personnel in grades 1 to 16 will experience a 25% increment in their salaries, while officials in grades 17 to 22 will be granted a 20% rise. The implementation of this modification will commence on July 1, 2024, and will be applicable to the employees’ fundamental remuneration.

In addition, retired federal government employees would receive a 15% rise in their pension payments. This increase is applicable to retirees from both the civilian and military sectors. It is important to mention that employees who retire on or after July 1, 2024, will also qualify for this pension rise.

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The 15% increase in pension will be computed based on the amount of pension received by retired employees after deductions. Nevertheless, the letter specifies that ad hoc aid will not be factored into the calculations for pension and gratuity.

Moreover, this increment will have no effect on the calculation of housing rent allowances for employees.

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