KSE-100 plummets as economic uncertainty rattles market

From Zeeshan Mirza

KARACHI: In line with the trend in the preceding week, the stock market continued its descent on Monday and fell nearly 650 points owing to weak economic cues.
In the backdrop of an unsatisfactory economic scenario, coupled with geopolitical uncertainty, the index fell below the 44,000-point mark.
Moreover, the weak expectation of corporate results and uncertainty over the ongoing staff-level talks between Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over the $6 billion loan programme also kept the market under pressure.The benchmark KSE-100 index opened in the green; however, the bourse could not hold on to higher levels and gave way to selling pressure.
Throughout the trading session, the index could not break out of the red zone. At close, the benchmark KSE-100 index recorded a decrease of 647.89 or 1.46% to settle at 43,829.35.
A report from Arif Habib Limited noted that the market tumbled again on concerns over high energy and commodity prices as well as prospects of further electricity tariff hikes that can lead to erosion of purchasing power and an economic contraction.
“Foreigners continued selling stocks unabated that brought the index down by 759 points during the session and closed the session in the red,” it said.
The report added that an increase in international oil prices failed to have a material impact on the stock prices of exploration and production stocks.