Pakistan stocks close higher, rupee firm, o/n rates fall

Last Updated: Wed, Apr 24, 2013 12:20 hrs

KARACHI, April 24 (Reuters) - Pakistani stocks closed higher on Wednesday, as equity values inched up by 0.7 percent led by small cap stocks.

Engro Corporation remained in the limelight, with investors expecting the company to post positive results after improved performance by its fertiliser business, dealers said.

Fauji Cement also remained in the limelight due to speculation of exceptional results.

The Karachi Stock Exchange's (KSE) benchmark 100-share index ended 0.71 percent, or 132.37 points, higher at 18,779.66 points.

Engro Corporation Ltd rose 2.76 percent to 138.85 rupees and Fauji Cement Company Ltd was up 4.41 percent to 8.76 rupees.

In the currency market, the rupee ended almost steady at 98.38/98.43 against the dollar compared to Tuesday's close of 98.36/98.42.

Overnight rates in the money market fell to 9.40 percent from Tuesday's close of 9.50 percent. (Compiled by the Karach newsroom)

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