Thursday, August 28, 2008

A Vision of the Future

Think this can't happen here some day, possibly soon?

Pakistan Sets Floor on Stock Prices to Stop Plunge
By Farhan Sharif and Chua Kong Ho, Bloomberg
Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Pakistan set a floor for stock prices on the benchmark exchange, moving to halt a plunge that has wiped out $36.9 billion of market value since April.

Securities can trade within their daily limit of 5 percent ``but not below the floor-price level'' of yesterday's close, the exchange said on its Web site, without giving details. The Karachi Stock Exchange 100 index capped a six-day, 16 percent slump to 9,144.93. Trading starts at 9:45 a.m. local time.

The exchange is working to restore confidence after President Pervez Musharraf quit on Aug. 18 to avoid impeachment, and ruling alliance members nominated rivals for the presidency. Investors stoned the exchange last month after it removed a 1 percent daily limit on price declines. Today's decision follows a collapse in the index to the lowest in 26 months.

Hat tip to Calculated Risk.

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