PSX slides amid lacklustre trading

Benchmark index dips 369.04 points to settle at 31,734.23

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ISLAMABAD
The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) ended the first trading session of the week on a negative note, as the indices bled for the most part of the day amidst low market turnover and lack of triggers. The earnings season also failed to induce any excitement in the investors who preferred to stay on the sidelines on Monday.
The benchmark index opened downwards and despite a brief advance the momentum could not be sustained. Investors remained on the sidelines as confidence stood weak, which resulted in a continued slide in the index. Overall, trading volumes decreased to 45.8 million shares compared with Friday’s tally of 86.6 million. The value of shares traded during the day was Rs1.5 billion. Shares of 326 companies were traded. At the end of the day, 72 stocks closed higher, 240 declined and 14 remained unchanged.
K-Electric was the volume leader with 6.3 million shares, losing Rs0.15 to close at Rs3.32. It was followed by Maple Leaf Cement with 3.7 million shares, losing Rs0.95 to close at Rs17.02 and TRG Pakistan with 3.5 million shares, losing Rs0.28 to close at Rs11.85. Foreign institutional investors were net sellers of Rs107.2 million worth of shares during the trading session, according to data compiled by the National Clearing Company of Pakistan. At the end of trading, the benchmark KSE 100-share Index recorded a decrease of 369.04 points, or 1.15%, to settle at 31,734.23.
Adding 18.82 points, the KSE-100 Index marked its intraday high of 32,122.09.
However, it soon fell below the 32,000 mark, touching its intraday low of 31,717.76 after depleting by 385.51 points. The index finally closed lower by 369.04 points at 31,734.23. The KMI-30 Index declined by 624.67 points to end at 49,792.58, while the KSE All Share Index depreciated by 214.64 points, settling at 23,194.83. Out of the total traded shares, 62 advanced, 214 declined while the value of 15 remained unchanged.
Market volumes remained thin and were recorded at 45.79 million. K-Electric Limited (KEL -4.32pc), Maple Leaf Cement Factory Limited (MLCF -5.29pc) and TRG Pakistan Limited (TRG -2.31pc) led the volume chart. The scripts had exchanged 6.26 million shares, 3.68 million shares and 3.55 million shares respectively.
On the market front, Pakistan Oilfields Limited (POL +0.31pc) declared its financial performance for the year ending 30th June 2019. The company declared a final cash dividend of Rs30 in addition to Rs20 already paid. Sales increased by 35pc YoY, while earnings per share appreciated from Rs40.10 in FY18 to Rs59.44 in FY19.
Attock Cement (Pakistan) Limited (ACPL -2.07pc) also released its financial results for the year ending 30th June 2019, along with final cash dividend of Rs4. The company’s revenue rose by 26pc YoY, whereas earnings per share declined from Rs32.02 in the same period last year to Rs15.09.
Lucky Cement Limited (LUCK -1.37pc) posted its financials for FY19, along with a final cash dividend of Rs6.50. Sales increased by 1pc YoY, whereas EPS deteriorated from Rs37.72 in the same period last year to Rs32.44. The company’s cost of sales went up by 11pc which resulted in a decline of 17.5pc in gross profit.
Sanghar Sugar Mills Limited (SANSM 0.00pc) recorded an EPS of Rs-0.26 (3QFY19), Fauji Fertilizer Company Limited (FFC -0.48pc) Rs 4.09 along with Rs2.85 cash dividend (2QFY19), National Refinery Limited (NRL -4.99pc) Rs-108.70 (FY19) and Al-Abbas Sugar Mills Limited (AABS +1.11pc) Rs16.89 with Rs12.50 cash dividend for 3QFY19.

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