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A blistering heatwave sweeping through Europe on Wednesday brought blackouts to France and fears of heat stroke for Wimbledon tennis fans, but meant a range of interesting ice creams for the continent's zoo animals. With temperatures pushing 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), the UN warned heatwaves were growing more frequent and intense due to climate change, and called on more countries to put warning systems in place to inform people of the dangers.

The Karachi share market kicked off the new financial year Wednesday by climbing to an all-time high level of 34,843.61 points under the lead of second- and third-tier scrips. The KSE-100 index added 445 points to Tuesday's 34,398.86. Compared to the previous 347 million, the trading turnover remained healthy at 376 million shares valuing higher at Rs 12.89 billion. Of the total 361 issues traded, 345 posted gains, 99 losses and that of 17 remained unchanged.
Shares on Wednesday got more gains on the Lahore Stock Exchange as the LSE-25 index improved by 66.33 points to 6048.59 against 5982.26 of Tuesday though the transaction volume marginally squeezed to 3.720 million shares compared with the day earlier volume of 4.080 million shares.
Equities moved both ways at the Islamabad Stock Exchange (ISE) on Wednesday, where investors adopted a cautious approach under the lead of hot favourite amid increase in index. ISE Ten Index showed an improvement of 58.42 points as the ISE Ten Index moved from 3,594.79 to 3,653.21 points. The overall turnover amounted to 128,000 shares as compared to previous volume of 72,200 shares. Total 145 companies participated in buying and selling activity.
On Wednesday, BRIndex30 opened at 21,128.76 points and remained positive throughout the trading session. It touched an intraday high of 21,521.87 points and an intraday low of 21,335.02 points and closed at 21,482.51 points which was 353.75 points or 1.67 percent higher than previous close. Total volume was 198,025,400, which was 52.62 percent of KSE All share volume and 118.43 percent of KSE 100 volume. The KSE All Share volume was 376,300,610 and KSE 100 volume was 167,208,560.
Gold and silver rates in rupees per 10 grams prevailing in major cities on Wednesday (July 01, 2015).

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said his government's priority was completion of mega development projects and an end to chronic loadshedding problem by 2017. Addressing the ground-breaking of the 24-km signal free corridor of Islamabad Expressway, the Prime Minister said besides development of infrastructure, the government was equally concentrating on energy-related projects.


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,757.91 0.79
Arrow Nasdaq 5,013.13 0.53
Arrow S&P 2,077.42 0.69
Arrow FTSE 6,608.59 1.34
Arrow DAX 11,180.50 2.15
Arrow CAC-40 4,883.19 1.94
Arrow Nikkei 20,329.32 0.46
Arrow H.Seng 26,250.03 1.09
Arrow Sensex 28,020.87 0.86

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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 $-1.894 bln
Exports $1.953 bln
Imports $3.847 bln
WeeklyJuly 01, 2015
Reserves $18.5 bln