Pakistan stocks rise, rupee weakens, o/n rates fall

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 14, 2012 19:20 hrs

KARACHI, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Pakistani stocks rose on Friday, but the market remained dull as investors waited for a monetary policy announcement.

There was trading in banking stocks amid expectations of expected payouts and activity in cement stocks as traders anticipated a cut in interest rates from the state bank of Pakistan, said dealer Nausheen Kiran at Al-Hoqain Securities.

Around 174 companies closed higher while 158 closed lower, said Samar Iqbal at Topline Securities.

The Karachi Stock Exchange's (KSE) benchmark 100-index closed at 16,845.09, up 0.23 percent or 38.51 points from the previous session.

Maple Leaf Cement rose 6.59 percent, or 0.93 rupee, to 15.05 per share while D.G. Khan Cement was up 0.29 percent, or 0.16 rupees, to 54.40 per share.

Stocks that fell included Jahangir Siddiqui, down 2.07 percent to 16.99 per share, and Engro Corp, which dropped 1.2 percent to 94.00 per share.

In the currency market, the Pakistani rupee weakened at 97.56/97.62 against the dollar, compared to Thursday's 97.34/97.97.

The rupee came under pressure due to import payments. The local currency may fall further due to strong demand for the dollar from importers, a dealer said.

Overnight rates in the money market ended at 9 percent compared to Thursday's close of 9.90 percent. (Compiled by the Karachi newsroom)

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