KARACHI - The stock market started the new week on a positive note and closed at a 19-month high as investors shrugged off militant violence in Peshawar, thanks to strong foreign interest. The Karachi Stock Exchanges benchmark 100-share index, which opened in the green zone with a gain of 26.72 points, ended 0.30 percent, or 31.33 points, higher at 10,447.84. It was the highest close for the KSE-100 since Aug. 20, 2008, when it ended at 10,525.99. The index touched an intraday high of 10,491.82 points. Volume rose to 221.95 million shares from 205.11 million traded on Friday. The KSE 30-index closed at 10707.31 with a gain of 26.33 points. The KMI 30-index closed at 15867.50 with a gain of 6.97 points. All shares index closed at 7352.69 with a gain of 17.21 points. Trading activity was better as compared to the last trading session as the ready market volume stood at 222.521m as compared to last trading sessions 205.629m. Future market volume, however, stands at 7.410m shares as compared to 9.847m shares of last trading session. Market capitalization stood over Rs2.956tr, as total trades increased to 103,306 as compared to last trading sessions 102,409, while 179 companies advanced, 244 declined and 21 remained unchanged. Highest volumes were witnessed in LOTPTA at 65.794m closed at Rs12.17 with a gain of Rs1.00 followed by ANL at 13.383m closed at Rs12.86 with a loss of Rs0.80, TRG at 12.698m closed at Rs4.21 with no change. The bullish trend was in anticipation of LOTPTAs parent companys possible investment in Pakistan in the near future, as news flow suggests. Lotte Shopping Co., South Koreas biggest department-store chain said that it plans to increase its overseas outlets to about 32 from two presently, in order to cash in on greater growth potential abroad. Ahsan Mehanti at Shehzad Chamdia Securities said, Rising international oil prices, higher banking sector spreads, expectation of early release of 5th MF tranche of $1.2bn, continuing foreign interest in oil & gas, banking and fertilizer scrips played a catalyst role in positive activity despite intra-day correction on Peshawar blast. Some news that affected the trading activities at the market were: bank deposits up 2.3pc in 1QCY10; Foreign cos urged to invest in energy; and the rupee all round downtrend.