KARACHI - Despite Hillary Clintons three-day visit intended to gain support in the fight against terrorism and better than expected corporate earnings, the market remained choppy as the KSE 100-index on Wednesday shed 64 points to close at 9,251 points. Subsequently due to a deadly bomb blast in Peshawar that killed 87 innocent civilians, the market sentiment turned for the worst as it plunged in negativity. PPL and POL were blown clear out of the water due to OGRAs price revision regarding gas fields. AICL was on a glory roll as it clung to the top spot for a third continuous session. Lacklustre activity during the early trading hours did invite short term selling interest by the seasoned market participants. Absence of big quantum buyers, however, kept the sellers away from any aggressive move. Corporate announcements did get market reaction, positive surprise by Engro chemicals did spark short covering, thus influencing other technically short stocks to stage a comeback, thereby restricting major decline in the bench mark. While high volatility in the investment (securities) companies kept the day traders active during the session. Prolonged hours of stagnation continued to create unrest amongst the seasoned participants thus leading to constant spells of off-loading; however stocks identified by technical indictors as short did witness trading activity, while discounts were awaited in main board stocks. Investors remained concerned over law and order situation in the country while high leverage costs, fall in global equity markets, limited foreign interest and rising global economic uncertainties played a catalyst role in negative activity at the KSE, stated market expert Ahsan Mehanti. The KSE 100-index kicked-off the day in green zone, up by 36.41 points and index turned red during early hours of the session while dropping days lowest level of 9,238.26 points on Wednesday. However, stocks ended at 9,251.84 points with a loss of 63.85 points. Moreover, parallel KSE 30-index closed at 9,754.62 points, showing a loss of 74.87 points. Trading activity at the market was slightly higher at 171 million shares as compared to last trading sessions 166 million shares. Total trading value of the exchange remained Rs 8.058 billion against Rs 8.707 billion of last session. Market capitalisation further decreased to Rs 2.680tr, witnessing a loss of Rs16 billion in just one session. Of 441 actively traded stocks at the KSE, at least 198 managed to advance, 224 declined while the worth of the shares of 19 cos remained unchanged. AHSL was crowned as the volume leader of the day with the trading of 18.281 million shares on Wednesday, followed by Pak PTA with 17.019 million shares, DGKC 14.618 million shares, JSCL 9.788 million shares, Adamjee Insurance 9.079 million shares, Lucky Cement 7.891 million shares, Southern Electric 6.818 million shares, Pace Pak 6.138 million shares, Bosicor Pak 5.373m shares, Engro Chemical 5.265m shares namely. Rafhan Maize topped the gainers list at the KSE, up by Rs40/share to close at Rs1,650 with the trading of only 1 share, Dreamworld added Rs27.42/share and its total value was improved to Rs594, Colgate Palm gained Rs16.72/share and closed at Rs351.13, Pak Engineering up by Rs14.22/share, closing at Rs304.78, Hinopak Motors gained Rs12.84/share to close at Rs269.75. Leading losers at the market include Unilever Food, down by massive Rs61.49/share to close at Rs1,168.51, Nestle Pak shed Rs55.06/share and its value was decreased to Rs1,189.94, Siemens Pak Engineering lost Rs25/share, closing at Rs1,375 with a tiny turnover of only 3 shares, Bata Pak down by Rs14.92/share and closed at Rs875.08, Wyeth Pak lost Rs13.89/share to close at Rs1,286.