The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) welcomed a resurgence of bullish activity as the KSE-100 Index marked a substantial gain of nearly 500 points in Tuesday’s trading session.

At 1:55 pm, the benchmark index stood at 66,496.21, reflecting a noteworthy increase of 483.89 points, or 0.73 per cent. 

The positive momentum was evident in key sectors such as cement, fertiliser, oil and gas exploration, OMCs, refineries, and power generation. However, a mixed trend characterised the automobile and commercial bank sectors.

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In contrast to the previous session, where profit-taking led to a 211-point dip in the KSE-100 Index, today’s bullish trend is attributed to favourable economic indicators. 

Investors are keenly observing the upcoming International Monetary Fund (IMF) executive board meeting on January 11, 2024.

Simultaneously, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) is convening today, with market expectations leaning towards a maintenance of the key interest rate—a rate that reached an unprecedented 22 per cent in June and has remained unchanged for the past three meetings.

Analysts note that investors have factored in the pinnacle of Pakistan’s interest rates, and optimism surrounds the anticipated successful conclusion of the IMF programme, contributing to the positive sentiment in both the stock markets and the currency.