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European equities gained on Wednesday after a volatile start to the week, drawing support from brokerage measures in China to invigorate the country's battered markets and from hopes for policy easing by major central banks. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index ended 0.2 percent higher at 1,395.70 points after falling to a low of 1,383.54 earlier in the day. Benchmarks in London, Paris and Frankfurt were up 0.3 to 0.4 percent.

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) will make it mandatory for power generation companies to maintain cost accounting records to calculate cost of generation and sales of each of the generation facility licensed by National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) during a financial year. According to the draft of Electric Power Generation Industry (Cost Accounting Records) Order, 2015 issued by the SECP here on Wednesday, the order shall apply to every company engaged wholly or partially in generation of electric power energy in Pakistan under the licenses granted by the NEPRA.
Indian stocks ended nearly 1 percent lower on Wednesday, recording their lowest close in over a year on global risk aversion stoked by weak manufacturing data from China, the United States and Europe. The benchmark BSE index lost 0.95 percent to close at 25,453.56 points, its lowest close since August 8, 2014. The broader NSE index ended 0.88 percent lower at 7,717 points, its lowest close since August 11, 2014.
Sri Lankan shares closed at a one-week low on Wednesday, falling for a third straight session on profit-taking, as investors waited for cues on short-term interest rates from a weekly auction of government securities, stock brokers said. The main stock index ended 0.8 percent lower, or down 58.36 points, at 7,240.39, its lowest close since August 26.
Chinese stocks managed to bounce off from steep losses and ended Wednesday almost flat as fresh supportive measures from brokerages eased investor fears that Beijing may be intensifying a crackdown on illegal margin financing. The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.1 percent, to 3,365.83, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.2 percent, to 3,160.17 points.
China has announced tougher rules on trading stock index futures and foreign exchange derivatives as it seeks to steady jittery markets whose weakness has raised concern over the health of the world's second-largest economy. Facing slowing economic growth and sharp currency and share losses, Beijing has prioritised near-term stability over longer term market liberalisation.
Hong Kong's benchmark stock index fell 1.2 percent on Wednesday to close at its lowest level in two years as China's markets continued to wobble. The Hang Seng index fell 250 points to 20,934.94, its lowest close since July, 2013. The China Enterprises Index lost 1.6 percent, to 9,301.32 points. All sectors fell except for banking shares, which benefited from bargain hunting after recent heavy losses. Air China jumped as much as 7 percent before giving up much of its gains on profit-taking, after Australian regulator approved its alliance with Air New Zealand. Chinese shares fell over 4 percent in early trade before ending almost flat. Mainland markets have plunged 40 percent since mid-June.


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,351.38 1.82
Arrow Nasdaq 4,749.98 2.46
Arrow S&P 1,948.86 1.83
Arrow FTSE 6,083.31 0.41
Arrow DAX 10,048.05 0.32
Arrow CAC-40 4,554.92 0.30
Arrow Nikkei 18,095.40 0.39
Arrow H.Seng 20,934.94 1.18
Arrow Sensex 25,453.56 0.95

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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