Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) Weekly Analysis 2 June, 2019


Top gainers of last week were:  UBL, BAHL, LUCK, and PSO.

Top losers of last week were: FFC, MCB, HBL, NML, and FFBL, .

Top Volume Leaders of last week:  Commercial Banks, Oil and Gas Marketing Companies, Automobile Assemblers, Oil and Gas Exploration Companies, and Tobacco.

The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) market index managed to pare some losses during the outgoing week on belated approval of state-backed funds to buttress the bourse. The benchmark KSE-100 Index successfully closed in green and cumulatively gained 270 (0.8% up) in a week to settle at 35,974 levels.

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

  • The week commenced on a negative note because of profit-booking and a lack of clarity on creation of a market support fund, which remained in the limelight in the past two weeks
  • The resignation of Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) Managing Director and CEO Richard Morin also added to negative sentiments in the bourse
  • At end of the week, Bulls took over after the Economic Coordination Committee approved the market support fund worth Rs20 billion to buy selected shares to support the index
  • Budget developments would set direction in the next shortened week and ahead
  • The capital market remained under extreme volatility owing to economic targets set for the next fiscal year, but an approval of the stock market funds and rupee gains helped the index close on positive note during the outgoing week
  • Anticipation of market support funds attracted positive sentiments alongside the better volumes
  • The rupee gained some strength against the greenback, which further kept the sentiment positive and helped the bourse bounce from the lows 
  • Positive sector-wise contributions came from commercial banks (174 points), oil and gas marketing companies (120 points), automobile assemblers (53 points), oil and gas exploration companies (41 points) and tobacco (34 points). Sectors that contributed negatively included fertilisers (93 points) and textile composite (61 points)
  • Scrip-wise positive contributions came from UBL (67 points), BAHL (60 points), LUCK (58 points) and PSO (44 points). Negative scrip-wise contributions came from FFC (66 points), HBL (65 points), and NML (44 points)
  • Foreign selling clocked in at $2.95 million compared to a net buying of $0.02 million last week. Average volumes settled at 165 million shares, down eight percent from the preceding week while value traded clocked in at $48 million, up 22 percent from the preceding week
  • Sentiments got cemented after the approval of Saudi oil deferred payment facility of $3 billion/year, giving a cushion to the country’s foreign exchange reserves
  • Other major news that impacted the market included increase in taxes on cigarettes, reduction unaccounted for gas losses, electricity tariffs hike and oil price increase
  • Government borrowing from the central bank jumped 2.6 times in 11 months of the current fiscal year, as Islamabad continued to rely on the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to finance the budget deficit
  • The government approved utilization of savings of pensioners and bank depositors for injection into the stock market aimed at giving a boost to wealthy brokers and ending volatility in the bourse
  • State-owned mutual fund National Investment Trust (NIT) will manage the fund and inject it probably into state-owned listed companies including Oil and Gas Development Company, Pakistan Petroleum Limited, Pakistan State Oil and many more
  • Investor participation shrank as average daily volumes in the outgoing week went down 8% to 165 million shares while the average daily traded value surged 22% to $48 million
  • Drug Regulatory Authority cutting prices of 78 medicines
  • Chinese vice president visiting Pakistan
  • ECC deciding to import 200 mmcfd of LNG at 20% lower cost from Qatar
  • Shifting of China’s $2-billion SAFE deposits to loan category
  • Unity Foods announcing to acquire Sunridge Foods

Following are few BUY recommendations:

Attock Cement Ltd. (ACPL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 85.61
Target Price: PKR 142.6

Askari Bank (AKBL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 22.49
Target Price: PKR 28.4

Attock Petroleum (APL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 305.57
Target Price: PKR 479.57

Amreli Steels Limited (ASTL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 24.17
Target Price: PKR 58.0

Bank Al-Habib (BAHL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 84.70
Target Price: PKR  97.64

Bank Al-Falah (BAFL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 47.35
Target Price: PKR  60.1

Bank of Punjab (BOP) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 11.17
Target Price: PKR 18.3

Cherat Cement Co Limited (CHCC) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 33.49
Target Price: PKR 71.00

D.G. Khan Cement Co. (DGKC) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 60.24
Target Price: PKR 105

Engro Fertilizer (EFERT) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 68.95
Target Price: PKR 91.0

Engro Foods (EFOODS) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 50.85
Target Price: PKR 80.87

Engro Corporations (ENGRO) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 283.80
Target Price: PKR 359.6

Engro Polymer & Chemical (EPCL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 28.25
Target Price: PKR 46.3

Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim (FFBL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 18.93
Target Price: PKR 35.73

Fauji Cement Company (FCCL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 16.88
Target Price: PKR 25.3

Gharibwal Cement Ltd (GWLC) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 11.50
Target Price: PKR 25

Hascol Petroleum (HASCOL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 79.85
Target Price: PKR 234.57

Habib Bank Limited (HBL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 123.51
Target Price: PKR 143.25

HUB Power Co. (HUBCO) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 79.55
Target Price: PKR 101.05

Indus Motors (INDU) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 1,144
Target Price: PKR 1,426.6

Kot Addu Power Co. (KAPCO) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 39.01
Target Price: PKR 61.4

Kohat Cement Company (KOHC) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 54.89
Target Price: PKR 111

Lotte Chemical Pak Ltd. (LOTCHEM) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 15.69
Target Price: PKR 25.3

Lucky Cement (LUCK) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 423.81
Target Price: PKR 605.8

Mari Petroleum Ltd. (MARI) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR   1143.70
Target Price: PKR 1,983.6

Muslim Commercial Bank (MCB) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR   176.90
Target Price: PKR 224

Meezan Bank Limited (MEBL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 91.71
Target Price: PKR 115.80

Maple Leaf Cement (MLCF) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 23.94
Target Price: PKR 56.6

Millat Tractors Limited (MTL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 862.41
Target Price: PKR 1,017

National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 42.37
Target Price: PKR 66.51

Nishat Chunian Limited (NCL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 38.09
Target Price: PKR 55.00

Nishat Chunian Power Limited (NCPL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 19.79
Target Price: PKR 27.8

Nishat Mills (NML) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 106.75
Target Price: PKR 158.00

Nishat Power Limited (NPL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 24.50
Target Price: PKR 32.5

Oil & Gas Development Co. (OGDC) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 136.74
Target Price: PKR 190

Pak Elecktron Ltd (PAEL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 22.16
Target Price: PKR 28.20

Pioneer Cement Limited (PIOC) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 23.76
Target Price: PKR 46.0

Pakistan Oilfields (POL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 444.85
Target Price: PKR 593.0

Pakistan Petroleum (PPL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 164.28
Target Price: PKR 208

Pakistan State Oil (PSO) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 201.06
Target Price: PKR 298.00

Sui Northern Gas Pipeline (SNGP) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 75.65
Target Price: PKR 96.2

United Bank Limited (UBL) – BUY 
Current Price: PKR 158.82
Target Price: PKR 154.60

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Written by: Rana Khuram

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