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Pak Fin. Ministry rejects World Bank’s muddled report!

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan criticized the World Bank (WB)’s latest report on the country’s gross external financing needs terming it as a shocking claim. 

Pakistan’s gross external financing needs are 9% of GDP that makes a sum of $31 billion for the existing fiscal year 2017-18. According to the analysis of WB, Pakistan needs $18 billion to float which is 41% less than actual stats.

Spokesman for the Ministry of Finance held that WB estimates were misinterpretation of the standard definition of gross external financing needs.

“Pakistan’s external account has shown a strong performance in the first two months of the current fiscal year and misinterpretation of data (by the WB) to deliberately paint a negative picture is uncalled for”, maintained the Ministry. 

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PSX: Bulls were seen in the bourse on the week’s last trading day!

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KARACHI: Benchmark KSE-100 Index closed in the green at 44,179 after gaining 598 points on the week’s last trading day.

Rs. 10.75b worth of 209.5m shares changed hands. Value of the shares of 264 shares augmented, 103 plummeted while 15 remained stagnant.

Today’s top traders were: WorldCall Telecom, 13.0m shares (+2.50pc); Sui Southern Gas Co. Ltd.,  12.2m shares (+3.53pc); Dewan Cement, 11.4m shares (-4.43pc); Fauji Cement, 8.0m shares (+3.33pc); TRG Pak Ltd., 8.0m shares (+2.79pc).

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PSX: Bourse remains in the green on week’s 5th trading day!

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KARACHI: Benchmark KSE-100 Index closed today at 43581 with an augmentation of 222 points. Rs. 13.7b worth of 269m shares changed hands on week’s fourth trading day.

While value of the shares of 217 shares augmented, 148 plummeted and 9 remained stagnant, Technology/Communication, Cement and Chemicals led the trade with 31.7m, 30.0m and 26m shares respectively.   

Top five traders of the shares today were: TRG Pak Ltd., 17.6m shares (-0.93pc); Lotte Chemical, 15.4m shares (+5.90pc); Azgard Nine, 13.2m shares (-0.53pc); Dewan Cement, 11.6m shares (+0.04pc); Sui Southern Gas Company Ltd., 11.3m shares (-0.68pc).

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PSX: Despite political noise Benchmark KSE-100 Index gains 419 points!

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KARACHI: Not treating the PAT-led commotion in the walled city gravely the bulls reigned the bourse on the week’s 3rd day of trading enabling it to close in the green at 43359.

Rs. 6.65b worth of 151m shares changed hands. Value of the shares of 238 companies augmented, 114 declined and 23 remained stagnant.

Commercial Banking, Textile and Cement Sectors led the trade today with 17.79m, 16m and 14.9m shares respectively.

Top five traders were: Pace (Pak) Ltd., 10.9m shares (-4.21pc); Azgard Nine, 10.4m shares (+5.19pc); Lotte Chemical, 6.8m shares (+4.23pc); K-Electric Ltd., 6.5m shares (-0.95pc); Faysal Bank, 6.2m shares (+0.12).

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