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Japanese shares rose to a two-week high on Friday as the weaker yen lifted exporters, while renewed fears about the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States bolstered Ebola-related stocks such as Fujifilm Holdings Corp. The Nikkei share average ended 1.0 percent higher to 15,291.64, the best closing level since October 10. For the week, the index gained 5.2 percent.

Britain's top share index fell on Friday but posted its strongest week since August, with concerns about the global economy and the spread of Ebola taking the steam out of a recent rally. The FTSE 100 closed down 0.5 percent at 6,388.73 points. It was still up 1.2 percent for the week, extending a rebound from 15-month lows hit last week.
Shares in luxury goods group Kering and chemicals company BASF fell on Friday after business updates, while new worries about the Ebola virus weighed on European stock markets. Kering fell 4.6 percent, making it the worst-performing stock on the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index after sales fell at its Gucci brand.
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 Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has issued a warning notice to a broker of Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) telling him to ensure that his employees follow the specified code of conduct and comply with the requirements as enunciated in the regulations of the KSE Rule Book.
The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has said that the book building system has been introduced in capital market to discover the price of a particular scrip by high net worth individuals and institutions, through a transparent mechanism based on demand for that scrip.
Sri Lankan stocks gained on Friday for the second straight session as investors bought banking shares, but the turnover was moderate as the market awaited cues from 2015 budget announcement. Sri Lanka in 2015 will trim its value added tax and reduce its budget deficit to the lowest level since 1977, President Mahinda Rajapaksa told parliament on Friday while presenting the 2015 budget.


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