KSE-100 index loses 774.05 points

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Published: 03:19 PM, 15 Jun, 2020
KSE-100 index loses 774.05 points
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The Pakistan Stock Exchange has witnessed carnage on Monday trading as KSE-100 shares hammered record 774.05 points with negative change of 2.24 per cent a day after the federal budget was presented 

PSX index stood at 33,837 at 3:04 pm at the time of filing this report.

Earlier on Friday, Pakistan Stock Exchange was witnessed semi-carnage in early trading as the KSE-100 had shed 448.78 points. The index closed at 34,611.23 after starting the session from 3,128.58.

Earlier on Thursday, the KSE-100 Index made a modest gain of 43.50 points. At one point, the index was down to 34,503.94 at 10:20am, representing a loss of 624.64 after a volatile start, but since then the market was making some recovery by reducing the sudden losses.

On Thursday, the US stocks tanked as cautious commentary from the Federal Reserve and rising coronavirus infection rates prompted investor concern with DOW down by 1,862.

World stock markets slip on fears of second virus wave

Equities tumbled Monday, extending last week's losses on fears of a second wave of virus infections around the world that could put the brakes on the easing of lockdowns and a budding economic recovery.

While European nations press ahead with their reopening after months of strict shutdowns, there are signs that the deadly disease is coming back in China and seeing a resurgence in the United States too. The worrying figures will provide a test for stock markets, which have soared up to 50 percent from their March troughs thanks to the lifting of stay-at-home orders and trillions of dollars of stimulus and central bank backstopping.

Beijing has carried out mass testing and locked down several neighbourhoods after 79 cases were linked to a single wholesale food market in the capital. City official Li Junjie said Monday that cases had also been found at another market.

The city has raced to quash the new outbreak, closing the affected markets, deploying paramilitary police and putting nearby housing estates under lockdown. That came as more than a dozen US states, including populous Texas and Florida, reported their highest-ever daily case totals, while Rome and Tokyo have also seen fresh spikes.

"It means the virus hasn't lost its infectiousness, it isn't weakening... we shouldn't let down our guard," World Health Organization deputy director Ranieri Guerra told Italian journalists.

AxiCorp's Stephen Innes said in a note: "Falling infection rates have provided investors the confidence that the lockdown approach was working, allowing equity investors to look forward to 2021 as impressive monetary and fiscal policy provide a post-pandemic bridge."

"However, rising new daily COVID-19 cases in two of the three most populous states in the US will test that resolve."

Reopening borders

Tokyo tumbled 3.5 percent and Seoul sank 4.8 percent, while Hong Kong, Sydney, Singapore, Mumbai and Bangkok were all down more than two percent. Shanghai was off one percent as data showed Chinese industrial output continued to improve slowly in May but crucial retail sales slipped on-year again, suggesting consumers were still nervous about going to the shops.

Manila also lost 4.8 percent and Taipei and Jakarta each slipped 1.1 percent, with Wellington off 0.4 percent. London, Paris and Frankfurt all lost more than two percent at the start of trade.

Still, there is hope for the recovery in Europe, with Germany, Belgium, France and Greece opening their borders to EU countries from Monday. Austria will follow on Tuesday, while Spain said it will do so on June 21.

Meanwhile, France from Monday will allow cafes and restaurants to open in full, instead of just their terraces. "As economies reopen, an increase in infection rates is to be expected, the question is whether detecting measures will be efficient enough to allow for localised containment measures without having to shut the whole economy again. China could be the template to watch here," said Rodrigo Catril of National Australia Bank.

Oil prices extended last week's losses on fears that a second wave could lead to new lockdowns and hit demand for the commodity again. Traders are also keeping tabs on a technical meeting of key producers led by Russia and Saudi Arabia, with a panel discussing output cuts.

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