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Bulls dominated the proceedings at the Islamabad Stock Exchange (ISE) on Thursday, where equities continued to move in upward direction with positive trend at the ISE amid increase in index. ISE Ten Index showed an improvement of 42.45 points as the ISE Ten Index moved from 3,727.57 to 3,770.02 points.

On Thurs-day, BRIndex30 opened at 16,878.84 points and remained positive throughout the trading session. It touched an intraday high of 17,156.20 points and an intraday low of 16,878.84 points and closed at 16,973.93 points which was 95.09 points or 0.56 percent higher than previous close. Total volume was 101,153,000, which was 51.82 percent of KSE All Share volume and 79.78 percent of KSE 100 volume. The KSE All Share volume was 195,190,130 and KSE 100 volume was 126,783,920.
The S&P 500 scored its best day since October 2013 on Wednesday as the Federal Reserve gave an upbeat assessment of the US economy and said it would take a patient approach toward raising interest rates. The rally, which followed a three-day losing streak, was also driven by a 4.2 percent gain in the S&P energy index. Following a two-day meeting, the US central bank gave a strong signal that it was on track to raise interest rates sometime next year.
Tokyo stocks jumped 2.32 percent on Thursday, boosted by a rally on Wall Street and a weaker yen after the US Federal Reserve indicated it would hike interest rates by mid-2015. The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange ended up 390.32 points at 17,210.05, while the Topix index of all first-section shares climbed 1.80 percent, or 24.31 points, to 1,376.32.
Britain's main equity index rose on Thursday, as the US Federal Reserve's pledge for a "patient approach" to any interest rate increase lifted stock markets around the world. Drinks group SAB Miller and British Airways owner International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) were among the best performers on the blue-chip FTSE 100 index.
European stocks surged on Thursday, with the market supported by a rise in Greek shares after the leader of the main opposition party said he was committed to keeping Greece in the euro should his leftist party take power next year. A rebound in oil, a dovish statement from the Federal Reserve and relative calm in Russian markets helped spur European shares towards their strongest daily gain in three years.
Indian shares rose 1.6 percent on Thursday to snap a five-session losing streak as bluechips including ICICI Bank surged as a rally in global markets and the cabinet's nod to a nation-wide sales tax bill led to unwinding of short positions. Asian share markets rose on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve indicated it would wait until at least two meetings before raising rates.


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,778.15 2.43
Arrow Nasdaq 4,748.40 2.24
Arrow S&P 2,061.23 2.40
Arrow FTSE 6,466.00 2.04
Arrow DAX 9,811.06 2.79
Arrow CAC-40 4,249.49 3.35
Arrow Nikkei 17,210.05 2.32
Arrow H.Seng 22,832.21 1.09
Arrow Sensex 27,126.57 1.56

ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
Reserves $14.04 bln