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US wants to cooperate with Pak in energy sector: envoy

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ISLAMABAD: A senior US official has said that the United States was keen to cooperate with Pakistan in the energy sector.

William (Chip) Laitinen, Counsellor for Economic Affairs at the US Embassy here said that many US companies were interested to explore Pakistan for the export of LNG.

“The country [Pakistan] could overcome its energy shortages by developing close ties with the US,” he said while addressing the business community during his visit to the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI).

“USAID is working in Pakistan to contribute for improving its economy,” the counsellor said, adding that Pakistan has taken advantages of US’s GSP scheme as its exports to the US were improving.

Laitinen further went on to say that the US wanted continuous engagement with Pakistan for the economic benefit of both countries and added that people to people contacts were important to realise these objectives.

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PSX: Benchmark KSE-100 Index sheds 54 points on week’s 1st trading day!

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KARACHI: The looming specter of FATF meeting in Paris that could result in putting Pakistan on a watch-list enabled bear growl all over the bourse on week’s first trading day.

With a loss of 54 points, benchmark KSE-100 Index closed at 43,573. Rs. 5.1b worth of 126.9m shares were traded today. Value of the shares of 193 companies augmented, 140 plummeted, while 26 remained stagnant.

Food/Personal Care Products, Cement & Communication Sectors led the trading with 19.3m, 14.9m and 12.2m shares respectively. Top five traders of shares today were: Fauji Foods Ltd., 9.8m shares (+4.97pc); TRG Pak Ltd., 7.5m shares (-2.94pc); Matco Foods Ltd., 6.8m shares (+3.19pc); Dewan Salman, 6.6m shares (+3.53pc); Dewan Cement, 5.9m shares (-2.85pc).

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Swiss-Pak Bilateral Trade Up 7.5%; Crosses Half-a-Billion CHF Mark

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KARACHI: According to Swiss Federal Customs Administration latest statistics, bilateral trade between Pakistan and Switzerland during the year 2017 crossed half-a-billion mark; total CHF 518.5 Million due to volume increase of over 7.5%.

Main contributors:

i) Swiss pharmaceuticals and watches exports rose by 7.7% and 7.2% respectively.

ii) Pakistani textile exports were also all time high: CHF 109.86 Million; 30% more than 2016.

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PSX: Bulls shoo the bears off on week’s final trading day!

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KARACHI: Benchmark KSE-100 Index closed in the green (43,627) on the week’s last trading day with an augmentation of 685 points.

Rs.5.8b worth of 148m shares were traded today. Value of the shares of 243 companies augmented, 96 plummeted while 25 remained stagnant.

Communication, Banking & Chemical Sectors led the trade today with 23.6m, 18.3m and 13.5m shares.

Today’s top five traders of shares were: TRG Pak Ltd.,13.8m shares (+2.50pc); Azgard Nine Ltd., 11.3m shares (+4.30pc); Pak Stock Exchange, 5.7m shares (+0.37pc); Fauji Foods Ltd., 5.6m shares (+2.32pc); Hum Network, 5.6m shares (-0.32pc).

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