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Jun 30, 2022: The price of 24 karat per tola gold witnessed a decrease of Rs.350 per tola and was sold at Rs.141,500 on Thursday against its sale at Rs.141,850 the previous day in the local market.
The price of 10 gram 24 karat fold also decreased by Rs.300 and was sold at Rs.121,313 against its sale at Rs.121,613 whereas the prices of ten gram 22 karat gold also increased to Rs.111,204 against its sale at Rs.111,480, All Sindh Sarafa Jewellers Association reported.
The price of per tola and ten gram silver remained stagnant at Rs1550 and Rs 1,328.87 respectively.
The price of gold in international market decreased by $22 and was sold at $1804 against its sale at $1826, the association reported.
Jun 30, 2022: Major oil producers led by Saudi Arabia and Russia are expected to stick to a previously decided output boost on Thursday, despite calls for bigger increases to tame crude prices.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has exacerbated concerns about oil supplies, sending prices to record highs this year.
Hard on the heels of an EU ban on Russian oil imports over the invasion, the OPEC+ cartel agreed at their last meeting in early June to open the taps wider than expected.
But prices continue to be high, and analysts say a respite is not in sight when the 23 members of OPEC+ meet via video conference in the early afternoon.
"We should expect a rubber stamp," said Jeffrey Halley, analyst at OANDA trading platform. "Given that OPEC+ can't even meet its present targets, and hasn't for a long time, I expect no bearish surprises."
The 13 members of OPEC, chaired by Saudi Arabia, and their 10 partners, led by Russia, drastically slashed output in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting lockdowns sent demand plummeting.
Since last year, they have been gradually increasing output again. In recent months, the United States and other top oil consumers urged OPEC+ to open the tabs more widely.
The group decided at its last meeting to add 648,000 barrels per day to the market in July, up from 432,000 in previous months.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine from February 24, the international benchmark, Brent North Sea Crude, has added around 17 percent, while the US benchmark WTI has jumped more than 18 percent.
Brent was trading at $115.81 a barrel on Thursday, while WTI was priced at $109.71.
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Despite the pleas, the Vienna-based Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries -- which was set up to "ensure the stabilisation of oil markets" -- has been sticking to its strategy.
Analysts have warned that only a recession may be able to bring down prices.
"The prices will likely push higher unless the recession fears take the upper hand," said Ipek Ozkardeskaya, an analyst at Swissquote Bank.
Several OPEC+ members have been failing to meet the output quotas, while Iran and Venezuela -- and now also Russia -- are blocked by sanctions.
The United Arab Emirates said this week it was close to its oil output ceiling, ahead of a regional visit by US President Joe Biden, who is expected to lobby for increased production.
Biden will visit neighbouring Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, as part of his tour next month, but analysts doubt it will convince OPEC+ to boost output.
On Monday, at the meeting of the G7 club of industrialised nations in Germany, French President Emmanuel Macron was caught on camera telling Biden details of a conversation with UAE leader Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.
According to Macron, Sheikh Mohamed said the UAE was at its "maximum" capacity and Saudi Arabia also faced a limit for raising production.
June 30, 2022 (MLN): The capital market on Thursday remained positive most of the time as the government has been complying with all the conditions put forth by the IMF. This results in restoration of investors’ confidence which led the benchmark KSE-100 index gained 243.10 points to close the index at 41,540.83.
Meanwhile, investors also rejoiced the upward journey of the Pakistani rupee (PKR) which has gained 2.4 rupees in four consecutive sessions to settle the week’s trade at PKR 204.85 per USD.
The Index traded in a range of 339.05 points or 0.82 percent of previous close, showing an intraday high of 41,559.06 and a low of 41,220.01.
Of the 92 traded companies in the KSE100 Index 52 closed up 38 closed down, while 2 remained unchanged. Total volume traded for the index was 112.65 million shares.
Sectors propping up the index were Commercial Banks with 111 points, Oil & Gas Exploration Companies with 59 points, Power Generation & Distribution with 27 points, Technology & Communication with 25 points and Cement with 23 points.
The most points added to the index was by HUBC which contributed 35 points followed by HBL with 23 points, PPL with 22 points, SYS with 21 points and MEBL with 20 points.
Sector wise, the index was let down by Fertilizer with 10 points, Automobile Assembler with 5 points, Chemical with 4 points, Cable & Electrical Goods with 4 points and Refinery with 3 points.
The most points taken off the index was by FFC which stripped the index of 26 points followed by MTL with 8 points, EFUG with 7 points, EFERT with 5 points and FCCL with 5 points.
All Share Volume increased by 50.70 Million to 192.90 Million Shares. Market Cap increased by Rs.34.30 Billion.
Total companies traded were 337 compared to 316 from the previous session. Of the scrips traded 168 closed up, 140 closed down while 29 remained unchanged.
Total trades increased by 3,878 to 86,001.
Value Traded increased by 1.44 Billion to Rs.6.79 Billion
|Fauji Cement Company||13,104,000|
|Pakistan International Bulk Terminal||6,988,000|
|Power Generation & Distribution||23,216,106|
|Technology & Communication||19,926,885|
|Oil & Gas Exploration Companies||11,104,019|
|Cable & Electrical Goods||7,445,500|
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June 30, 2022 (MLN): Rejoicing the positive news on the IMF front which would also pave the way for fresh inflows from other friendly countries, the Pakistani rupee (PKR) has gained 2.4 rupees in four consecutive sessions to settle the week’s trade at PKR 204.85 per USD.
In today’s session, the domestic unit has appreciated by 25 paisa after being traded in a band of 1.42 rupees, showing an intraday high bid of 205.17 and an intraday low offer of 204.20. While, in the open market, PKR was traded at 202.50/204.50 per USD.
In response to the announcement of the Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies (MEFP) received from IMF for the combined 7th and 8th reviews, PKR started making gains against the US dollar in the inter-bank market.
Experts are of the view that this was the most significant step to validate that both sides have reached an agreement for the revival of $6 billion programs.
MEFP includes an increase in electricity tariffs, imposing a levy on petroleum products, ending the government’s role in determining the oil prices, and setting up an anti-corruption task force to review all the existing laws that were aimed at curbing graft in the government departments.
After implementing the conditions, the IMF would present Pakistan’s request for the approval of the loan tranche and revival of the program to its executive board – a process that may consume another month.
The government is on its toes to unlock the IMF deal as soon as possible to bring the economic stability back. As a result, the National Assembly on Wednesday passed the Finance Bill-2022 after clause-by-clause consideration and adopting certain amendments in it.
During the debate on the Finance Bill, Minister of State for Finance and Revenue Aisha Ghaus Pasha said that there had been no pressure from the fund to integrate amendments in the federal budget 2022-23 saying that the changes had been made in the larger interest of the country.
Speaking to Mettis Global, Zafar Paracha, President of Exchange Companies of Pakistan said, “Despite the expected inflows from IMF, China and Saudi, PKR will remain under pressure in the long term as the government has to repay debts in FY23.”
Earlier on Friday, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) received a $2.3 billion loan from a Chinese consortium that also improved traders' sentiments.
During FY22, the local unit plummeted by Rs47.30 or 23.09% against the USD. Similarly, the rupee fell by Rs28.33 or 13.83% in CYTD, with the month-to-date (MTD) position showing a decline of Rs6.38 or 3.12%, as per data compiled by Mettis Global.
During the last 52 weeks, PKR lost 22.93% against the greenback while reaching its lowest at 211.93 on June 22, 2022, and the highest of 157.87 on July 02, 2021.
Furthermore, the local unit has weakened by 12.64% since its high on July 02, 2021, against EUR while, it has dropped by 12.56% against GBP since its high on July 02, 2021.
The performance of the local unit remained bleak against other major currencies in FY22 as the currency weakened by 23.09%, 23.06%, 20.37%, 20.29%, 12.41%, 12.28%, and 5.21% against AED, SAR, CHF, CNY, EUR, GBP, and 5.21%, respectively.
Meanwhile, the currency gained 1.6 rupees against the Pound Sterling as the day's closing quote stood at PKR 248.48 per GBP, while the previous session closed at PKR 250.04 per GBP.
Similarly, PKR's value strengthened by 1.8 rupees against EUR which closed at PKR 213.81 at the interbank today.
On another note, within the money market, the overnight repo rate towards the close of the session was 12.75/12.80 percent, whereas the 1-week rate was 12.95/13.05 percent.
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June 30, 2022 (MLN): The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) conducted an Open Market Operation today, in which it mopped up Rs392.5 billion from the market for 4 days at 13.65%.
Summary of OMO Result
Amount (Rs in Millions)
High – Low
13.5 – 13.65
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