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Following a series of marathon meeting between Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad stock exchanges late last month, the three bourses have recently announced their intention to integrate and form one stock exchange called Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSE). A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of PSE was signed by the representatives of the three exchanges last week in the presence of finance Minister Ishaq Dar. What exactly is this integration all about and what it means for the country's stock market and its investors. This brief recording attempts to answer that question.

Atlas Battery Limited is a leading battery manufacturer in Pakistan. It manufactures a wide range of products under the popular brand name - AGS. The company is part of the Atlas Group, created in 1962 by Yusuf H. Shirazi. The conglomerate has a number of renowned companies under its belt, dealing in Engineering, Power and Financial domains. Atlas Honda and Atlas Battery were the first two ventures for the group. Its portfolio also includes Atlas Insurance (incorporated in 1980) and Honda Atlas Cars (incorporated in 1992). The most recent venture for the group is Atlas Metals, which commenced operations in 2012.
Magdi Batato is the outgoing Managing Director and CEO Nestlé Pakistan. He has been the Market Head. He is a Swiss national with a PhD in mathematics and physics from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and an MBA from INSEAD.
As part of our continuing coverage of NBFIs; BR Research presents an overview of the domestic modaraba industry. Today's brief recording comprises of information gathered by the NBFI and Modaraba Association of Pakistan; as well as excerpts from a recent interview with Muhammad Shoaib Ibrahim. He is the managing director and chief executive officer at First Habib Modaraba; as well as serving as the chairman of the NBFI and Modaraba Association of Pakistan.
The non-banking financial institutions (NBFIs) in Pakistan, play a vital role in broadening access to financial services and support the expansion of the financial base; complementary to the banking system. In a two-part series, BR Research presents an overview of the NBFI sector; its evolution and current state in the country. Today's Brief Recordings are the first of this two-part series; and focuses on the leasing segment among NBFIs.
Over 90 percent of global trade travels by ship. However, the shipping industry has been facing a multitude of issues post 2008 financial crisis like volatile cost of shipping goods, and the near term improvement is only moderate with tonnage addition to the global fleet slowing down.
Since its inception as a single spinning unit in 1990, Nishat Chunian Ltd (NCL) has expanded and diversified into a fully vertically integrated conglomerate comprising six spinning units, one weaving unit, one dyeing and printing unit, and one stitching unit. With a market capitalisation of over Rs 9 billion, the company stands as one of the largest textile units on the KSE.


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyAugust 27, 2015
Reserves $18.509 bln