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Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA) Punjab Chairman Javed Kayani has strongly condemned the allegations that sugar sector is involved in tax evasion. In a statement issued here on Friday, he explained that FBR for the last two years has invoked the provision of Section 40-B of the Sales Tax Act, which empowers the inland revenue officer to monitor production, sale of goods and stocks at the sugar mills.

Habib Bank Limited (HBL) announced 9M2014 consolidated profits of Rs 21.8 billion (EPS Rs 14.85) compared to Rs 16.6 billion (EPS of Rs 11.30) in 9M2013; up 31 percent. According to Topline Securities the bank also announced interim cash dividend of Rs 2.25 per share in addition to Rs 4.25 per share already announced for current financial year.
The 63rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) was held on Friday. Shareholders of the company approved financial statements together with the auditor's report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014 besides payment of final cash dividend of 75 percent on ordinary share capital. This is in addition to an interim cash dividend of 50 percent already paid to shareholders, bringing total distribution for the financial year 2013-14 to 125 percent cash dividend.
The management of Pakistan State Oil (PSO) has asked the authorities of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to clear outstanding dues worth Rs 11.4 billion or the PSO would suspend fuel supply to the national flag carrier. In a letter to the Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum, PSO has said that under the prevailing circumstances the company was unable to continue fuel supply to PIA.
The weekly Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) inflation surged by 2.89 percent during the week ended October 23, 2014, reflecting an increase in prices of some essential commodities. The provisional data, released by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, shows that the SPI for the week under review was recorded at 215.86 points against 209.79 over the same period last year.
US stocks advanced on Friday, as earnings from Microsoft and Procter & Gamble and easing concerns over the possible spread of Ebola in the United States helped put the S&P on track to snap a four-week losing skid. Microsoft was up 2 percent at $45.91, after it reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue while keeping its profit margins largely intact.
Bullish sentiments dominated on the Lahore Stock Exchange on Friday and the equities registered gains amid ascending transaction volume on account of fresh buying. The LSE-25 index gained 14.49 points and was ended at 5312.43 against 5297.94 of Thursday while trading turnover was increased to 2.688 million shares compared with day earlier volume of 1.315 shares.


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,677.90 1.32
Arrow Nasdaq 4,452.79 1.60
Arrow S&P 1,950.82 1.23
Arrow FTSE 6,419.15 0.30
Arrow DAX 9,047.31 1.20
Arrow CAC-40 4,157.68 1.28
Arrow Nikkei 15,138.96 0.37
Arrow H.Seng 23,333.18 0.30
Arrow Sensex 26,851.05 0.24

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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 23, 2014
Reserves $13.465 bln