Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) Weekly Analysis 24 March, 2019


Top gainers of last week were:  PPL, MCB, HBL, POL, and OGDC.

Top losers of last week were: HUBC, SEARL, MARI, PSMC, and NESTLE.

Top Volume Leaders of last week:  BOP, PAEL, KEL, PKGP, and TRG.

The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) market index rebounded by 225 points WoW after going down for six consecutive weeks. KSE-100 index closed on 38,531.87 by gaining 225 points or 0.6%.

According to experts of, following news have played vital role in Karachi Stock Market index movement:

  • Market started on a positive note this week due to improved Current Account Deficit (CAD) numbers & some clarity on IMF bailout which led KSE-100 index to increase by ~545 points on Monday. Despite this positive news flow, political noise and lack of triggers kept the index under pressure for the next 3 trading sessions (index closed negative in 3 following sessions)
  • During the last trading session of this week, OGDC & PPL increased in range of 3-4% post statement by Prime Minister Imran Khan regarding expected Oil discovery in Kekra region
  • Pakistan has completed all procedural requirements with China for getting RMB 15 billion equivalent to $2.1 billion deposits for State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) in order to jack up foreign currency reserves at the effective rate of over 5 percent 
  • The total foreign exchange reserves of the country increased $743 million to $15.709 billion by the week ended March 15, 2019 from $14.966 billion a week ago
  • Commercial banks and E&Ps were the best performing sectors during the week, adding 278 points and 194 points to the index, respectively
  • Foreigners were net buyers of US$3.14mn vs. net selling of US$15.6mn in the last week. On the local investors’ side, Insurance Companies were net sellers of US$4.9mn
  • Pakgen Power Limited (PKGP) declared its annual result for 2018 posting an EPS of 1.51 vs. 0.84 in the same period last year, up by 80% YoY. Growth in profitability was achieved mainly due to significant increase in gross profit (GP) margin by 17ppts. PKGP has also announced a divided of Rs1.5/share for 4Q2018 
  • The Chinese government has finally offered Pakistan market access for three commodities — rice, sugar and yarn worth US$1bn for the current calendar year, as per official in the Commerce Division
  • Reserves held by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) jumped by US$715mn to US$8.8bn during the week ended on Mar 15, on account of US$1bn received from the UAE. Holdings of commercial banks also increased to US$6.87bn, hitting an all-time high
  • China will release US$2.1bn in commercial loan next week, as per top official of Ministry of Finance; An injection that will again push the gross official foreign currency reserves to double-digits after almost a year. Unlike past these loans are linked with Shanghai Interbank offered Rates instead of Libor making it an expensive transaction
  • China’s investment of over US$60bn in Pakistan’s infrastructure and power projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is expected to increase Pakistan’s economic growth by around 3.5 percentage points
  • US Dollar closed at an all time high level of Rs140.24. Dollar at inter bank raised by 75 paisa which in result adds more pressure on debt payment by Rs95bn
  • Malaysia and Pakistan signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) for five "big projects", Finance Minister Asad Umar revealed during an informal discussion with journalists
  • An Islamabad accountability court summoned former president and co-chairperson of Pakistan People's Party Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur, Hussain Lawai, Anwar Majeed and others, to appear in court on April 8 in the fake accounts case

Following are few BUY recommendations:

Attock Cement Ltd. (ACPL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 89.99
Target Price: PKR 140.6

Askari Bank (AKBL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 20.36
Target Price: PKR 28.4

Attock Petroleum (APL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 393.96
Target Price: PKR 479.57

Amreli Steels Limited (ASTL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 40.40
Target Price: PKR 80.0

Bank Al-Falah (BAFL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 47.59
Target Price: PKR  60.1

Bank of Punjab (BOP) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 13.08
Target Price: PKR 18.3

D.G. Khan Cement Co. (DGKC) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 85.36
Target Price: PKR 105.00

Engro Fertilizer (EFERT) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 72.03
Target Price: PKR 91.0

Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim (FFBL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 35.53
Target Price: PKR 43.5

Gharibwal Cement Ltd (GWLC) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 13.55
Target Price: PKR 25

Hascol Petroleum (HASCOL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 125.24
Target Price: PKR 234.57

Habib Bank Limited (HBL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 136.58
Target Price: PKR 155.2

HUB Power Co. (HUBCO) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 76.06
Target Price: PKR 136.9

Indus Motors (INDU) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 1,301.06
Target Price: PKR 1,426.6

Kot Addu Power Co. (KAPCO) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 44.27
Target Price: PKR 61.4

Kohat Cement Company (KOHC) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 86.74
Target Price: PKR 111

Lotte Chemical Pak Ltd. (LOTCHEM) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 13.74
Target Price: PKR 25.3

Lucky Cement (LUCK) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 429.82
Target Price: PKR 605.8

Mari Petroleum Ltd. (MARI) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR   1 ,243.37
Target Price: PKR 1,983.6

Muslim Commercial Bank (MCB) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR   196.98
Target Price: PKR 230

Maple Leaf Cement (MLCF) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 38.74
Target Price: PKR 56.6

Millat Tractors Limited (MTL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 831.04
Target Price: PKR 1,017

National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 40.78
Target Price: PKR 66.51

Nishat Chunian Limited (NCL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 51.66
Target Price: PKR 67.7

Nishat Chunian Power Limited (NCPL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 22.92
Target Price: PKR 27.8

Nishat Mills (NML) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 133.20
Target Price: PKR 166

Nishat Power Limited (NPL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 24.07
Target Price: PKR 32.5

Oil & Gas Development Co. (OGDC) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 145.94
Target Price: PKR 190

Pakistan Oilfields (POL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 453.26
Target Price: PKR 593.0

Pakistan Petroleum (PPL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 185.74
Target Price: PKR 208

Pakistan State Oil (PSO) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 212.60
Target Price: PKR 298.00

Sui Northern Gas Pipeline (SNGP) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 68.79
Target Price: PKR 96.2

United Bank Limited (UBL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 137.27
Target Price: PKR 170.8

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Written by: Rana Khuram


  1. It is true and fact that nowadays the market of Pakistan stock exchange is not stable. Really appreciate you for this article. Keep it up.
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