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Record revenues, record profits and record market capitalisation, Pakistan State Oil has everything going right for itself. Even the rising inter-corporate circular debt did not take away the shine from the largest OMCs the financial performance in FY14. A 73 percent jump in the firms earnings along with Rs8 per share cash dividend and 10 percent bonus dividend in FY14 was a treat for the shareholders.
Pakistan’s democratic process has been chaotic and interruption-prone, often in need of a circuit-breaker. In the current political impasse, one wonders whether there is a constitutional way out-–one that is agreeable to both sides-–that can prevent the still-fragile democratic system from tripping and stumbling its way to self-combustion.
With Saif Power’s offer for sale, September 2014 would end with two offerings, and that too in the much needed power sector. Scheduled for September 30, 2013, the offer of Saif Power Limited (SPL) will consist of 48.3 million ordinary shares, which is equivalent to 12.5 percent of the total paid up capital of the firm.
Top line: the rally in Pakistani stocks is over. Bottom line: investors should steer clear of Pakistani stocks. So reads a recent country report on Pakistan’s investment strategy by the renowned Canada-based advisory firm BCA Research.
Islamic finance is gaining popularity. Be it banks, insurance companies, asset management companies, or leasing companies; everyone is jumping on the Islamic bandwagon. Case in point is Orix Leasing’s recent consideration to invest in Standard Chartered Leasing, Standard Chartered Services, and Standard Chartered Modaraba.
Last week, an MoU was signed between the Federal Board of Revenue and the UKs Her Majestys Revenue and Customs office for exchange of information and cooperation on improvement in taxation and revenue collection.
Regional developments during the last few weeks are sowing the seeds of new ties. The world's second and third largest economies, which are also political arch rivals, are strengthening their presence in South Asia. Japanese PM along with two dozen businessmen was on his maiden visit to Bangladesh followed by a short visit to Sri Lanka.

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyAugust
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 23, 2014
Reserves $13.465 bln