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Stock Exchange soars to 60,000 points for the first time ever

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KARACHI: The benchmark index of the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) continued its record-shattering bullish run on Monday and closed in on the milestone of 60,000 points.

According to the PSX website, the KSE-100 index had recorded marginal gains until noon. However, at 1:11 pm, it witnessed a sudden surge of 563.58 points, or 0.95 percent, from the previous close of 59,086.35.

In the previous session on Friday, the benchmark KSE-100 index had touched a new record of 59,100 points, thanks to excellent corporate profits, reduced economic volatility, the successful conclusion of a staff-level deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), expectations of a post-poll ‘stable’ government and optimism about the early reversal of monetary tightening, share prices have jumped rapidly in the last three months.

Commenting on today’s rally, Raza Jafri, head of equity at brokerage company Intermarket Securities, said, “The banking sector is leading the rally with the sector’s outlook improving in tandem with the economy.”

He highlighted that banks offer a blend of high dividend yield and attractive valuations, and have consistently been a favorite for foreign investors.

Shahbaz Ashraf, chief investment officer at FRIM Ventures, a Karachi-based investment company, attributed the rally to “cheap valuations and flush of liquidity”.

“Lately, foreigners have been active in the market too,” he added, noting that the major participation had been in the banking and fertilizer sectors.

Capital market expert, Mohammad Saad Ali, attributed the surge to improving sentiments reinforced by the positive IMF review, in addition to foreign buying.