KARACHI: The Pakistani rupee slightly gained against the greenback in the open market for a second consecutive day on Thursday, recovering after hitting record lows against the dollar earlier this week.
The dollar decreased by 50 paisas from Rs 153 in the open market and was being traded at Rs 152.50. In the interbank market, the greenback also went down by 50 paisas from Rs 151.95 to be currently traded at Rs 151.45.
The price of gold also dropped by Rs 400 to Rs 70,900 per tola (11.33 grams). The price of 10 grams of gold fell by Rs 343 to Rs 60,785, according to the Sind Sarafa (Jewelry) Bazaar Association. In the international market, gold gained by $1 per ounce to rise to $1,277.
The rupee has been registering record lows against the US dollar in the wake of a $6 billion bailout agreement with the International Monetary Fund.
The IMF accord, which must still be approved, foresees a ‘market-determined’ rate for the rupee. The rupee – which many analysts consider overvalued – has managed by the central bank in a de facto controlled float.
The State Bank of Pakistan, which lifted interest rates by 150 basis points on Monday to 12.25%, said it was watching the foreign exchange market closely and would act in the case of “unwarranted” volatility.
It said the recent slide “reflects the continuing resolution of accumulated imbalances of the past and some role of supply and demand factors”.
The sliding rupee has caused alarm in Pakistan, which is already facing inflation likely to average over 7% for the year and surging costs for fuel and power, which are both heavily influenced by the dollar exchange rate.
KSE-100 surges 700 points:
The stock market saw a bull-run on Thursday as the KSE-100 index surged by 700 points in anticipation of creation of a market support fund, which drove investor sentiments since yesterday.
The index managed to cross the 35,300 point mark, and the shares increased by 100.