KARACHI - Intense buying continued at the Karachi Stock Exchange on Wednesday as crude oil prices crossed $72/barrel, while the KSE-100 index added another 86 points to close at 9,223 points. Agreement for settlement of circular debt on issue of Rs 85b TFCs by the government, continuing foreign institutional interest, bullish global equity markets and subsidies announcement in fertilizer sector played their role in positive activity at KSE. The local equity market kicked-off with green numbers, gaining 18.09 points and like Wednesday, index maintained the upward movement till the end of the day. Benchmark 100-index closed at 9,223.39 points with a gain of 86.33 points. Meanwhile, junior KSE 30-index closed at 9,936.06 points, adding 174.99 points on Thursday. Market ran in a fast and furious manner gaining around 184 points but eventually closed adding only 86 points. MCB and NBP, banking semi twins dictated the market and kept running upwards, while E&P stocks kept watching the splendid run. Only POL joined hands with the banking giants. Engro and FFBL supported the bullish cause as well. Tomorrow is the last working day before Eid, the investors carrying short term position gently off load their investment in the market. So keep your fingers cross and wait for long term investment, stated analyst Bilal Asif. Trading activity was again on track as the ready market turnover edged up to 224.441 million shares as compared to last trading sessions 141.979 million shares. Total trading value of the exchange increased to Rs 15.307b from Rs 8.959b of last session. Market capitalisation kept its increasing trend and stood over Rs 2.682tr, showing an increase of Rs 26b in just one session. Out of 378 active symbols at the Karachi stock market, 233 advanced, 125 declined and 19 remained unchanged. Surprisingly, NBP was crowned as the volume leader of the day with the trading of 14.806 million shares, followed by JSCL with 13.241m shares, ANL 13.189m shares, AHSL 13.118m shares, DGKC 12.538m shares, Pak Oilfields 11.787m shares, ODGC (SPOT) 9.376m shares, FFBL 8.180m shares, Pak PTA 6.392m shares namely. Leading gainers at the KSE include Unilever Pak (SPOT), up by Rs24/share and closed at Rs2,250.01, Bata Pak added Rs19.82/share, closing at Rs991.59 with a small turnover of just 1,039 shares, PSO gained Rs15/share to close at Rs315.16, Millat Tractors up by Rs14.14/share and its total value was improved to Rs331.52, MCB Bank added Rs10.31/share to close at Rs217.16. Conversely, Unilever Foods lost massive Rs67/share to close at Rs1,340, Rafhan Maize down by Rs50.25/share and its value was decreased to Rs1,450, Wyeth Pak lost Rs37.50/share, closing at Rs1,231.50 with the trading of only 13 shares, Attock Petroleum lost Rs14.34/share and closed at Rs348.33, Pak Services down by Rs11.70/share to close at Rs222.30.