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Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – The Bangladesh Business News prepared Thursday’s midday business round up compiling reports, published by different local and international newspapers and news portals.

Linde BD recommends 140pc final cash dividend
The board of directors of Linde Bangladesh has recommended 140 percent cash dividend for the year ended on December 31, 2017, said an official disclosure on Thursday.

Bangladesh’s stocks stay positive at midday Thursday
Bangladesh’s stocks stayed positive at midday on Thursday amid slow movement as investors went on buying spree on sectors-wise stocks.

SC freezes Robi’s bank accounts for 3 days
The Supreme Court today stayed for three days, the High Court order that cleared the way for Robi-Axiata, the second largest mobile operator, to operate its bank accounts.

Four Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers killed in Mali explosion
Four UN peacekeepers were killed and four others seriously wounded, all of them Bangladeshis, on Wednesday when the vehicle they were in hit a mine in central Mali.

Sensex down 78 points; power, IT stocks trip
The Sensex was trading down by nearly 80 points on selling pressure in power, IT, banking and TECk stocks amid weak global cues.

Indian rupee drops to 65.25 on dollar demand, FII outflows
The Indian rupee depreciated 8 paisa to 65.25 against the US dollar in early trade at the interbank forex market today on increased demand for the US currency from importers and firm foreign fund outflows even as the country’s economy grew to 7.2 per cent in the October-December quarter.

Markets in Asia slip, but China markets buck the trend to edge higher
Asian stocks traded mixed on the first trading day of the month after finishing February with losses. Declines in Japan and Australia came after sharp losses were recorded stateside in the previous session, while China markets rose.

Gold dips on firm dollar, market awaits Powell’s second testimony
Gold prices fell for third day on Thursday, weighed down by a stronger dollar while investors awaited the second session of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s testimony before the Senate Banking Committee later in the global day.

Oil steady as investors avoid risk assets on equities decline, stronger dollar weighs
Oil prices were little changed on Thursday after falling in the previous two sessions as investors shied away from riskier assets amid volatile equity markets and the U.S. dollar gained, limiting overall interest in commodities.