LAHORE - The equity market was marginally up with dull trading as the Karachi Stock Exchange management continued the trading restrictions. The police were surrounding the bourse to foil violence by investors, who continuously have been demanding a halt in trade. The benchmark KSE 100 index added 2.89 points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 9,184.24 at the close of trading, with 98 of its components unchanged. Of the remaining two, Pakistan Services Ltd up by 5 per cent, while Kot Addu Power Co suffered loss of 5.5 per cent. Analysts said that the market witnessed modest trading activity where total turnover touched 1.09m shares and the index marginally appreciated by 2.9 points. Much awaited talks between SECP and KSE on Saturday remained inconclusive on a set of proposals put forward by the KSE to stabilize the jittery market. Investors concerned about the global credit crisis is getting out of control as the global markets continued to falter. KSE-30 and KMI-30 remained unchanged during the session. The investors were demanding a trading halt as price curbs preventing stocks from falling below their Aug 27 closing prices locked up their funds. The KSE management first imposed the restrictions Aug 28 to limit declines in a market that lost a third of its value this year and extended the curbs on Sept 25. Govt moved to safeguard the exchange in to avoid a repeat of violence on July 16, when hundreds of investors stoned the bourse and shouted anti- government slogans. Hanain Asgharali of Aziz Fida Husein said visit of the advisor to the PM on finance has already started bearing fruit ($1.6 billion committed to be dispatched during the year) as the positive signals have started coming. It can further be supported by reduction in domestic interest rates thereby giving some relaxation on the input cost in order to ensure competitive production for exports. He said that for encouraging investment in the companies listed at the local bourses a mandatory regulation should be passed to ensure distribution of at least 40% of the earnings in form of dividend. Since international players are now adopting locally cooked recipes it is therefore suggested to welcome positive and impartial suggestions from the experienced to pull the nation on macro level and local bourses on micro level, out from the "hot waters". Pakistan Services, which operates hotels, gained 5 per cent to 509.25 rupees. Kot Addu Power, Pakistan's biggest non-state electricity producer, lost 5.5 per cent to 37.80 rupees. It is to be noted market capitalization registered a decline of more than Rs7 billion during the outgoing week at Karachi Stock Exchange. According to a KSE released data, the market capitalization stood at Rs2.842 trillion as compared to Rs2.849 trillion this week. Therefore, the total market capitalization eroded by 0.2 per cent. Dealers said that major stock markets across the globe have collapsed last week despite financial bailout packages.