DUBAI: Most Middle East markets dropped on Sunday amid thin
trading volumes, mirroring a tumble in global stocks last week and
weighed down by sliding oil prices.
Brent crude futures fell 58 cents on Friday, or 1%, to settle at
$59.34 a barrel, while Wall Street stocks tumbled after President
Donald Trump told U.S. companies to look at alternatives to China
for manufacturing, following Chinese retaliatory tariffs on
The Saudi index was the worst performer, losing 2.4%, dragged down
by banks and the petrochemical sector. The rest of the region was
also in red territory, except the Egyptian and the Bahraini
exchanges, which were little changed.
“We seem to be getting dragged down by international markets,” said
a Dubai-based trader. “It’s a quiet day, not the good kind.”
Islamic lender Alinma Bank was among the worst performers in Saudi
Arabia, shedding 4%.
The bank earlier this month posted a 12% rise in second-quarter net
In the petchem sector, Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Co was heavily
hit, losing 3.9%, while blue chip Saudi Basic Industries Corp
(SABIC) lost 2.5%. Arqaam Capital said in a research note on Sunday
it expected some weakness in the Saudi stock market this week as
global index compiler MSCI completes the second phase of its
upgrade of Saudi Arabia to emerging market status.
“We expect to see circa $6.8 billion of passive inflows into KSA
(Saudi Arabia) as part of Phase 2 of EM inclusion, bringing KSA to
its full weight,” said the Dubai firm. “However, it appears that
the KSA index trade is mostly over, as we have already recently
seen significant selling pressure, and expect to see weakness into
the trade this week.”
In the UAE, large property developers were hurt. In Dubai, where
the index lost 1.9%, Emaar Properties lost 3.9%, while in Abu
Dhabi, where the index shed 1.4%, Aldar Properties tumbled
Outside of the Gulf, the Egyptian index edged up 0.1%, as a 1.4%
drop by Orascom Investment Holding was partly offset by a 3.7%
spike in Egyptian Resorts Co, which was the best performer on
Sunday and among the stocks seeing the highest trading volume.
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Source: FS – All-News-Economy
Saudi index drops amid global weakness, Aldar tumbles in Abu Dhabi