GOSI investments in 68 companies hit SR54bn
GOSI investments in 68 companies hit SR54bn
The investments were distributed in six sectors including banking, industry, retail and real estate, telecommunications, cement, and insurance sectors, the report said.
The banking sector captured the biggest portion of the GOSI investments valued at SR19.51 billion, or 35.9 percent of the overall investments, in over 10 banks. The GOSI retains more than 840 million shares of the banks with their market capitalization reaching SR41.70 billion, the report said.
The industrial sector captured the second largest GOSI investments at SR19.09 billion, or 35.1 percent, which are distributed in 14 industrial projects with shares over 673 million shares with their market capitalization estimated at SR42.96 billion, the report said.
Meanwhile, investments of the GOSI in the cement sector were estimated at SR 3.50 billion, or 6.5 percent, in six cement plants with 91 million shares with their market capitalization estimated at SR 8.42 billion.
The telecom sector captured 12.9 percent of the GOSI domestic investments valued at SR 7.03 billion in two companies having 231.3 million shares with their market capitalization valued at SR 14.52 billion, the report said.
Retail and real estate sector took 8.7 percent of the GOSI investments valued at SR 4.75 billion while their market capitalization hit SR 6.37 billion, the report said.
On the other hand, the insurance sector captured 9 percent of the GOSI investments valued at SR493.42 million in 22 million shares with their market capitalization reaching SR 489.43 million, according to the report.
In the meantime, the market capitalization of the GOSI investments (SR 54bn) grew by 111 percent to hit SR 114.48 billion, the report said.
Oil mixed on tighter US outlook
- Traders said US markets were lifted by a tightening outlook for fuel markets in the coming months
- The Iran supply cut may also be more than compensated for by production increases outside OPEC
SINGAPORE: Oil prices were mixed on Tuesday, with US fuel markets seen to be tightening while the Sino-US trade dispute dragged on international crude contracts.
US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures for September delivery were up 27 cents, or 0.4 percent, at 0306 GMT, at $66.70 per barrel. The contract expires on Tuesday.
The more active October futures were up 7 cents, or 0.1 percent, to $65.49 a barrel.
Traders said US markets were lifted by a tightening outlook for fuel markets in the coming months.
Inventories in the United States for refined products such as diesel and heating oil for this time of year are at their lowest in four years.
This is occurring just ahead of the peak demand period for these fuels, with diesel needed for tractors to harvest crops and the arrival of colder weather during the Northern Hemisphere autumn raising consumption of heating oil.
Outside the United States, Brent crude oil futures were somewhat weaker, trading at $72.18 per barrel, down 3 cents from their last close.
This followed the United States offering on Monday 11 million barrels of crude from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) for delivery from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30.
The released oil could offset expected supply shortfalls from US sanctions against Iran, which will target its oil industry from November.
Because of the sanctions, French bank BNP Paribas said it expected oil production from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), of which Iran is a member, to fall from an average of 32.1 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2018 to 31.7 million bpd in 2019.
Still, traders said overall market sentiment was cautious because of concerns over the demand outlook amid the trade dispute between the United States and China.
A Chinese trade delegation is due in Washington this week to resolve the dispute, but US President Donald Trump told Reuters in an interview on Monday he does not expect much progress, and that resolving the trade dispute with China will “take time.”
The impact of the Iran sanctions is not yet clear.
China has indicated that it will continue to buy Iranian oil despite the US sanctions.
The Iran supply cut may also be more than compensated for by production increases outside OPEC.
BNP Paribas said non-OPEC output would likely grow by 2 million bpd in 2018 and by 1.9 million bpd next year.
“Depending on when pipeline infrastructure constraints are lifted in the US, non-OPEC supply growth by the end of 2019 may prove higher than currently assumed,” the bank said.
The search for new oil has increased globally in the last two years, with the worldwide rig count rising from 1,013 at the end of July 2016 to 1,664 in August 2018, according to energy services firm Baker Hughes.
The biggest increase was in North America, where the rig count shot up from 491 to 1,057 in the last two years.
How prices develop will also depend on demand.
“We see global oil demand growing by 1.4 million barrels per day in both 2018 and 2019,” BNP Paribas said, implying that global markets are likely to remain sufficiently supplied.