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Hong Kong stocks stormed to seven-year highs under a new policy that allows Chinese investors easy access to the city's bourse, but while analysts say the rally has some way to go they warn it will be tempered by cooling measures from a nervous Beijing. Buoyed by hopes of China stimulus to support a slowing economy, mainlanders have been making the most of easier restrictions on a cross-border exchange link-up to flood into the southern city after a year-long rally in Shanghai that has doubled its value.

Canadian stocks will make slim gains through to the end of 2015, with cheap crude oil expected to continue squeezing the energy sector in the coming months, a Reuters poll found. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index will crawl to 14,960, by the middle of this year, little changed from Monday's close of 14,908.39, according to the poll.
Most major Gulf stock markets, led by Dubai, rose on Sunday after the Brent oil price hit a 4-1/2-month high, while the bourse of energy importer Egypt closed in the red. Brent crude climbed to $65.80 a barrel on Friday because of continued fighting in Yemen and, although US crude fell on concerns about another upcoming stock build, both benchmarks posted weekly gains.
For market indices, round numbers have little more than symbolic meaning. Even so, the Nikkei 225 index's first close above 20,000 in 15 years is a significant benchmark for Japanese stocks. The last time the gauge scaled that peak in April 2000, it dropped by a third in the subsequent eight months. There are at least three reasons to expect a more cheery outcome this time around.
Futures spreads remained descended into the red zone last week to 10.55 percent, depicting a decline of seven basis points compared to 10.62 percent of the preceding week. The week under review saw the average trading volume growing by 61.9 percent to 66.35 million shares from 40.98 million of the previous week. The traded value averaged on Rs 5.453 billion, up 55.1 percent from Rs 3.515 billion, Week-on-Week.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said that all political parties would be taken into confidence over China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on the return of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from his visit abroad Speaking at a news conference along with Secretary Finance Dr Waqar Masood and Chairman Employs Old-Age Benefit Institution (EOBI) here on Saturday, the Finance Minister said that all the heads of political parties would be given a briefing by Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms on the return of the Prime Minister from his visit abroad.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar Saturday issued instructions for completing all preparations for Budget 2015-16, which is likely to be presented in the National Assembly in the first week of June 2015. The minister was given a detailed briefing on budget preparations including a comparative analysis of the revenue and expenditure position as under budget 2014-15 and the projected numbers as under budget 2015-16, by the secretary finance at a meeting here.


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,080.14 0.12
Arrow Nasdaq 5,092.09 0.71
Arrow S&P 2,117.69 0.23
Arrow FTSE 7,070.70 0.24
Arrow DAX 11,810.85 0.74
Arrow CAC-40 5,201.45 0.44
Arrow Nikkei 20,020.04 0.83
Arrow H.Seng 28,060.98 0.84
Arrow Sensex 27,437.94 1.07

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln