Stockbrokers watch the latest share prices during a trading session at the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) in Karachi on February 3, 2020. — AFP/Files

KARACHI: The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) on Tuesday breached the 81,000-point mark as local and foreign investors shifted interest and aggressively bought shares. 

The benchmark KSE-100 index gained 483.98 points or 0.6% to reach at 81,050.18 points during the intraday trading. 

The picture shows KSE-100 graph. — PSX website
The picture shows KSE-100 graph. — PSX website

Analyst Ahsan Mehanti at Arif Habib Corp, while speaking to, said that the stocks reached all time high as the investors weigh deliberation on privatisation of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) after the assurance given by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to hold Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) bidding process in August.

Mehanti also attributed the gain to recovery of rupee against the dollar as well as investors’ hopes on new International Monetary Fund (IMF) deal.

“Easy SBP (State Bank of Pakistan) policy rates played a catalyst role in bullish activity at PSX,” he said.

Alpha Beta Core CEO and economic analyst Khurram Schehzad said that the “soon-to-begin IMF talks for the new larger and longer program has given investors confidence in economic reforms and more stability in the economy.”

“As a result, market stands inexpensive on multiples so investors continue to take exposures,” he added.

A day earlier, stocks recorded an increase of 353.41 points or 0.44% to close at 80,566.21 points. 

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