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Eurozone consumer prices fell by a record 0.6 percent in January, EU data showed Friday, confirming deflation could be taking hold and putting pressure on a historic bond-buying plan by the ECB to deliver. The drop from minus 0.2 percent in December appears to back the European Central Bank's decision last week to launch a bond-buying spree to drive up prices.

Privatisation Commission (PC) will finalise next week a schedule for road shows to carry out secondary public offering (SPO) of Habib Bank Limited (HBL). An official of PC said that a delegation would leave for New York, London and Hong Kong on February 20. However, a final decision would be taken in the upcoming PC Board's meeting, he added.
The weekly Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) inflation increased by 0.25 percent during the week ended January 29, 2015. The provisional data, released by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), shows that the SPI for the week under review was recorded at 208.49 points against 207.98 over the same period of last year. The SPI inflation decreased by 0.42 percent this week as compared to the previous week, coming down from 209.37 points to 208.49 points.
India's government raised over $4 billion Friday by selling 10 percent of its stake in mining giant Coal India as it looks to raise funds through asset sales to keep its fiscal deficit in check, an official said. Investors bid for 675.24 million Coal India shares against more than 631 million shares on offer that were priced at a minimum of 358 rupees each, preliminary data from the Bombay Stock Exchange showed.
The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has directed the Collectors of Customs to continue collecting definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of Secondary Quality Tinplate (SQTP) into Pakistan from Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands and USA. In this regard, the FBR has issued instructions to all Model Customs Collectorates (MCCs) here on Friday.
US stocks fell on Friday, pressured by concern over euro zone stability and its potential impact on US corporate results and by domestic economic growth data. US economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter as weak business spending and a wider trade deficit offset the fastest pace of consumer spending since 2006. "The equity market is trying to deal with all the uncertainty around the world; today Greece is on everyone's mind," said Paul Zemsky, chief investment officer of Multi-Asset Strategies and Solutions at Voya Investment Management in New York.
Equities on Friday staged recovery on the Lahore Stock Exchange and registered gains amid bullish sentiments following buyers' interest in select scrips. The LSE-25 index gained 24.72 points and was ended at 6282.11 against 6257.39 of Thursday while transaction volume was squeezed to 1.236 million shares compared with day earlier volume of 1.338 million shares.

 



 
Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,164.95 1.45
Arrow Nasdaq 4,635.24 1.03
Arrow S&P 1,994.99 1.30
Arrow FTSE 6,749.40 0.90
Arrow DAX 10,694.32 0.41
Arrow CAC-40 4,604.25 0.59
Arrow Nikkei 17,674.39 0.39
Arrow H.Seng 24,507.05 0.36
Arrow Sensex 29,182.95 1.68






ICT 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyNovember
Trade Balance $-1.664 bln
Exports $1.966 bln
Imports $3.630 bln
WeeklyJanuary 25, 2015
Reserves $15.019 bln