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Oil prices extend losses in Asia

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SINGAPORE: World oil prices extended losses in Asia Tuesday on weak economic data from top energy consumer China and realisation that a hoped for deal among producers to cut output would not happen.

Prices had been given a boost late last month by speculation that Russia and members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries would reach agreement to slash output in the oversupplied petroleum market.

But the upward momentum hit a snag after traders became increasingly sceptical about such a deal, and the latest news that manufacturing activity in China contracted at its fastest pace in more than three years in January dealt a further blow to sentiment.

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for delivery in March was down 50 cents, or 1.58 percent, at $31.12 and Brent crude for April dipped 45 cents, or 1.31 percent, to $33.79 a barrel by 0320 GMT. Both contracts settled lower on Monday.

The rise in oil prices last month “was based on shaky foundations, namely hopes that Russia and OPEC would agree to cut output,” Capital Economics said in a market commentary.

“We doubt that there will be any coordinated agreement even though the market remains oversupplied. Meanwhile, US inventories of both crude oil and gasoline have continued to build over the last month. Indeed, US crude oil stocks are now at record highs.”

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PSX: Bourse closes at 40,248 shedding 17 points!

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KARACHI: Continued political noise discouraged investors to the extent that bears forced the bourse close flattish on week’s last trading day.

Rs. 4.5b worth of 106.3m shares were traded today. Value of the shares of 162 companies plummeted, 152 augmented, while 14 remained stagnant.  

Power Generation & Distribution, Textile and Banking Sectors led the trading today with 17.8m, 10.8m and 8.7m shares respectively.

Today’s top five traders of shares were: K-Electric Ltd., 25.9m shares (+6.00pc); Azgard Nine: 9.5m shares (+3.23pc); Bank of Punjab, 5.3m shares (-0.72pc); Tri-Star Poly(R), 5.0m shares (-17.78pc); TRG Pak Ltd., 4.0m shares (-0.36pc).

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PSX: Bears enter the bourse today forcing it close at 40,266!

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KARACHI: Ongoing political noise, particularly the high-drama associated with Finance Minister’s medical leave, had allowed bears enter the bourse today coloring it red causing Benchmark KSE-100 Index shed 326 points.

Rs. 5.4b worth of 102m shares changed hands today. Value of the shares of 203 companies plummeted, 102 augmented while 11 remained stagnant.

Power Generation & Distribution, Technology and Refinery Sectors led the trading with 13.9m, 12.9m and 11.9m shares respectively.

Top five traders of shares today were: K-Electric Ltd., 9.1m shares (-3.57pc); TPL Trakker Ltd., 7.6m shares (+14.14pc); WorldCall Telecom, 7.5m shares (-0.66pc); Byco Petroleum, 7.2m shares (+3.73pc); TRG Pak Ltd., 4.9m shares (-1.89pc).

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Unconstitutional diversion of gas to other provinces incurred losses to Sindh: CM

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KARACHI: Maintaining that over 1000 mmcfd of gas out of 2,800 mmcfd produced by Sindh is diverted to other provinces, CM Murad Ali Shah said that was incurring heavy financial losses to the gas-producing province.

He was speaking at a session here today convened to prepare for CCI meeting: “If this 1,000 mmcfd gas of Sindh is not diverted to other provinces, Sindh can produce 5,000 megawatts of electricity from it at a rate of Rs8 per unit against Rs15 per unit which we are charged”, he held.

According to the CM Sindh Article 158 of the Constitution recognizes precedence of the right of utilization by the gas-producing province: “This right of our people has been denied”.  

Lamenting that thousands of villages in Sindh was deprived of gas and electricity he demanded the implementation of Article 158. He said that a resolution apropos this matter would be presented before SA.

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