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Stock markets across the West exuded confidence last week. On Thursday, the S&P 500 climbed to a fresh four-month high, the Dow Jones Industrial Average sat pretty above the psychological benchmark of 13,000 and stock markets across the Euro zone were testing 12-month highs.
Crushed by the hazy global economy, the investors have been mystified lately over the precious metal which has been in a limbo. According to the latest report issued by the World Gold Council, gold demand for 2QCY12 plummeted by seven percent YoY, largely driven by a fall in jewelry demand of 15 percent YoY India and some softening in China. Also, the investment component knocked down the overall demand.
Strong growth is not really a hallmark of the government run entities in Pakistan. But it is a norm among the big banks of the country; with the exception of National Bank of Pakistan.
From gas curtailment and delays in Thar Coal project to Asad Umars resignation, the current year has been harsh to Engro Corporation. Unlike CY11 when Engro rose above the choppy times, CY12 has been distressing for the corporation so far.
A subsidiary of the Al-Futtaim group of Dubai, Al-Ghazi Tractors Limited is a manufacturer of New Holland (Fiat) tractors in technical co-operation with Case New Holland, the foremost manufacturer of agricultural tractors in the world. Being a household name amongst the farming community, AGTL has a widespread presence across Pakistan, with as many as 82 dealers and 3,000 mechanical workshops spread all over the country.
Pakistans largest cement producer, Lucky Cement, recorded its best ever financial performance in FY12, as the company reported an increase of 71 percent year-on-year, in earnings. The stellar financial performance is mainly driven by top line growth, as the revenues net of sales tax and excise duty soared by an impressive 28 percent against the corresponding period last year.
Smartphones are much in demand globally - thanks to their attractive user interface, versatile application platforms, greater demand for data services and ubiquitous mobile broadband connectivity in many markets. Unsurprisingly then, the worldwide growth in mobile handsets is being driven entirely by the Smartphones which were sold in excess of 450 million units in 2011.


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,042.90 0.17
Arrow Nasdaq 4,493.39 0.28
Arrow S&P 1,972.29 0.28
Arrow FTSE 6,622.72 0.36
Arrow DAX 9,474.30 0.55
Arrow CAC-40 4,416.24 1.33
Arrow Nikkei 16,173.52 0.84
Arrow H.Seng 22,932.98 1.28
Arrow Sensex 26,630.51 0.13

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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
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WeeklySeptember 25, 2014
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