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Even though the State Bank of Pakistan has cut the discount rate by 400 bps since May 2011, to reach 10 percent, it appears that the financial markets expect more loosening in the central bank’s monetary stance in coming weeks.
FY12 turned out robust for the exploration and production sector. Riding on excessive cash balances and healthy dividend declaration during FY12 coupled with the announcement of Petroleum Policy 2012, the upstream sector seemed all geared up for another strong year.
Engro Food’s corporate results for the outgoing quarter are in and the sight is prettier than ever. Posting a bottom line of Rs1.6 billion at the end of the first nine months of the current year, the food manufacturing giant has raked up a monumental year-on-year growth on the back of accelerated sales and improving margins.
Flow of foreign direct investment from developed world to emerging economies has not faltered amidst all the swings the global investment has experienced since the deadly 2008. Even the slowdown in China, the largest emerging economy, might not change the positive outlook for FDI inflows into emerging economies, offset by heavy inflows in Latin America.
Letting go is never easy, especially when the company in question is a former state-run entity and those being let go are the legions of workers admitted over the years preceding to the takeover by the new, private-sector management.
The country’s fourth largest commercial bank in terms of asset size, MCB Bank announced its 9MCY12 financial results on Wednesday, showing modest growth. The bottom line grew by 7.5 percent year-on-year, largely owing to a massive decline in provisioning charges during the period.
Attock Group announced the results for it OMC yesterday. Unlike the healthy revenue growth of Attock Petroleum Limited during FY12 highlighted by favourable price and volume mix, the top line of the company during 1QFY13 remained significantly flat owing to weaker volumes.


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,380.41 1.63
Arrow Nasdaq 4,258.44 0.97
Arrow S&P 1,886.76 1.29
Arrow FTSE 6,310.29 1.85
Arrow DAX 8,850.27 3.12
Arrow CAC-40 4,033.18 2.92
Arrow Nikkei 14,532.51 1.40
Arrow H.Seng 23,023.21 0.53
Arrow Sensex 26,108.53 0.42

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 10, 2014
Reserves $13.401 bln