LAHORE - Investors' buying in energy, communication and banking sectors kept the bullish trend intact at the stock market on third consecutive day of the week as market gained another 40.50 points or 0.69 per cent to close at 5,8880.13 points. Though the bourse achieved more points during intra-day business but profit-taking phenomenon eroded morning gains. Volume remained at 191.5 million shares; showing an upward trend against 177.7 million shares registered on Tuesday. According to records, this volume level is below the average 250 million shares traded on a daily basis last year. The market capitalisation improved by about Rs 110 billion to Rs 1.835 trillion. A senior trader was of the view that bourse was bullish in the morning and index crossed 5,900 level but came down after some profit-taking in leading scrips. The KSE-30 gained 58.66 points to close at 6,084.95 points while KMI-30 also secured 3.11 points and wrapped up at 7,866.65 points. Earlier, the market opened with negative note but immediately after it recovered and floated in the positive zone. However, this trend could not last long and in the midday at 12.30 pm bourse again sank. But this time when market recovered and landed in the positive zone, it remained intact in the green zone until the closure of the second and last session of the day. Almost all the sectors gave mixed performance - some posting fractional gains and some suffering fractional loses. At KSE, 132 scrips recorded gain, 124 remained decline and 13 kept unchanged out of 269 scrips traded on the day. On Wednesday, Pak PTA Ltd emerged as volume leader of the day with 27.9 million shares followed by National Bank with 123.4 million and Oil and Gas Dev Co with 8.97 million shares. At KSE, Pak PTA Ltd, National Bank and Arif Habib Sec gained their values of Re 0.57, Rs 3.12 and Rs 0.52 closed at Rs 2.70, Rs 67.24 and Rs 25.64 respectively. United Bank, Pak Strat Fund and MCB Bank Ltd also gained their values of Rs 2.05, Re 0.23 and Rs 5.19 closed at Rs 43.13, Rs 2.33 and Rs 138.33 respectively. Engro Chemical, WorldCall Telec and Faysal Bank also landed into positive zone and gained Rs 5.67, Re 0.06 and Rs 1.00 closed at Rs 119.10, Rs 2.66 and Rs 14.92 respectively. Fauji Fert Bin Qasim, Adamjee Insur and PSO also gained their values of Re 0.09, Rs 2.60 and Rs 2.04 closed at Rs 17.61, Rs 59.28 and Rs 139.05 respectively. On the other hand, Oil and Gas Dev Co, Jah Sidd Co, and PTCLA shed their values of Re 0.57, Rs 1.37 and Re 0.64 closed at Rs 53.56, Rs 32.41 and Rs 14.86 respectively. Bank Al-Falah, Netsol Technol and NIB Bank also shed their values of Re 0.25, Re 0.08 and Re 0.06 closed at Rs 13.15, Rs 21.16 and Rs 4.99 respectively. Pak Oilfields Ltd, Nishat Mills Ltd and Hub Power dipped down their values of Rs 3.06, Re 0.16 and Re 0.44 closed at Rs 121.58, Rs 26.31 and Rs 15.54 respectively.