Weekly Review: Index tumbles 1.6pc as political uncertainty looms


Observer Report


The KSE-100 Index endured yet another volatile ride, ending 782 points down week-on-week with only a minor recovery on Friday. The index lost 1.6 per cent to end at 48,409.35.
Clouds of negative sentiment and scepticism loomed over the bourse as investors set their eyes on the outcome of the Panama case with falling crude oil prices proving to be another mood dampener.
Major drags on the index were Pakistan Petrol Limited (-7 per cent week-on-week), Oil and Gas Development Company (-4.8 per cent), United Bank Limited (-3.3 per cent), MCB Bank (-4.9 per cent) and Fauji Fertilizer Company Limited (-2.6 per cent), with combined negative contribution of 370 points.
Oil stocks declined as crude oil price touched a low of $47.09/bbl, while banks declined due to concerns over inflation outlook and flattish profitability.
On the sector front, capitalisation of exploration and production’s declined 4.7 per cent week-on-week, while banks and fertiliser declined 2.4-2.1 per cent.
Some positive support was provided by Colgate-Palmolive Limited (+14 points), Cherat Cement Company Limited (+13 points), Meezan Bank Limited (+12 points), DG Khan Cement (+11 points) and Fatima Fertilizer Company Limited (+11 points), however, their impact was marginal, with a contribution of just 63 points to the index.
Habib Bank Limited’s traded volume witnessed a 10-year high of 15.6 million shares on the last trading session of the week, on the back of addition to the Global Equity Index Series Asia Pacific of FTSE.
Average trading volumes declined from 238 million shares to 186 million shares (-22 per cent week-on-week). Activity was focused in retail favourite stocks, which included K-Electric (100 million), Bank of Punjab (63 million), TRG Pakistan (43 million), Aisha Steel Limited (38 million) and Sui Northern Gas Pipeline (36 million).
Foreign Institutions ($11.08 million), individuals ($4.49 million), banks ($3.9 million) and mutual funds ($2.35 million) were net sellers during the week, while companies ($16.86 million) and non-banking financial company (NBFC ($0.32 million) were net buyers.
Foreigners were net sellers of $11.1 million during the week as against buying of $15.4 million during the previous week.
Pak Int Container Terminal: Pakistan International Container Terminal operates a container shipping facility in Karachi, Pakistan.
Colgate-Palmolive: Colgate-Palmolive Pakistan Limited manufactures and sells detergents, personal hygiene and a variety of other products.
Meezan Bank: Meezan Bank Limited is a commercial bank dedicated to Islamic banking. The bank provides a range of deposit products, loans and other products through offices located throughout Pakistan.
Habib Metro Bank: Habib Metropolitan Bank Limited is a fully accredited commercial bank. The bank provides banking services to individual and corporate customers including personal loans, education loans, mobile banking, cash management services, short & long-term financing, international trade and savings accounts.
Faysal Bank: Faysal Bank Limited provides commercial, consumer and investment banking services.
Ghani Glass: Ghani Glass Limited manufactures and sells glass containers. The company manufactures international glass containers for pharma, food and beverage. Ghani Glass also manufactures float glass variations for commercial, domestic and industrial use.