Shares jump over 800 points on exchange rate cap removal, IMF revival hopes – Business

Shares at the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) continued to rally on Thursday, with the benchmark index crossing the key 40,000 points mark.

The KSE-100 index jumped 848.01 points, or 2.13 per cent, to reach 40,632.91 points at 11:30am.

“Stocks showed strong recovery in the earnings season on institutional interest in scrips across the board after the government’s decision to make tough decisions to seek IMF (International Monetary Fund) programme revival,” said Arif Habib Corporation’s Ahsan Mehanti.

He added that investor speculation over likely help from the United States to revive the programme as well as financial support from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia played a catalyst role in the bullish activity.

Dalal Securities CEO Siddique Dalal said it was evident the government had begun implementing the IMF’s conditions for the revival of the loan programme. He was referring to the steep depreciation of the rupee in the interbank and open markets today after an unofficial cap of the USD-PKR exchange rate was removed.

“Taxes will be imposed [through a mini-budget] and inflation will rise … but the IMF programme revival will unlock inflows from other multilateral lenders,” Dalal said, adding that the oil and banking sectors were driving the rally.

“The KSE-100 has continued its upward momentum, pulled higher by refineries on news that the refinery policy has been finalised. Value buying is also being seen in the banking and cement sectors,” said Intermarket Securities’ Head of Equity Raza Jafri.

The KSE-100 index had shed nearly 2,000 points in the previous week on political instability after Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies were dissolved. However, bulls regained control this week on a lower-than-expected increase in the interest rate and expectations that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme would be resumed soon.

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