Insurance sector suffers 1.2% loss

Updated 13 December 2012

Insurance sector suffers 1.2% loss

Saudi Stocks showed narrow fluctuations yesterday, as the Tadawul index with a positive change of 6.84 points remained almost flat.
The Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) dived in the south earlier yesterday, reflecting the double bottom or a W-shape movement crossed the breakeven line to close in the green at 6,769.96 points, which was roughly where it started the day.
The trading range narrowed to 21.4 points as compared to 39 points of previous day.
Only Small cap among the market cap indices moved downward slightly.
Most of the major sectors closed in the green territory, accumulating an aggregate of nearly 350 points.
Hotel & Tourism sector remained at top position for the second straight day, advancing 1.79 percent further. Real Estate Development and Transport sectors followed it, moving higher by 1.3 percent for the day.
On the negative side, six sectors showed a negative change, trimming 77.2 points collectively. Insurance sector posted the largest losses, falling 1.2 percent to 1,470.13.
SABB and Saudi Arabia Fertilizers Co. (SAFCO) came out as significant players among heavyweights, offsetting their performance by 1.4 percent positive-negative change.
Advancing stocks outnumbered decliners by a margin of 72 to 58 and the prices of 25 companies remained unchanged.
Share price of Saudi Real Estate Company rallied to a maximum growth of 10 percent, clinching the spot as top gainer amongst Saudi stocks.

Merkel seeks united front with China amid Trump trade fears

Updated 22 May 2018

Merkel seeks united front with China amid Trump trade fears

  • Merkel seeks common ground to ward off trade war
  • Plans complicated by US policy moves

Chancellor Angela Merkel visits China on Thursday, seeking to close ranks with the world’s biggest exporting nation as US President Donald Trump shakes up explosive issues from trade to Iran’s nuclear deal.

Finding a common strategy to ward off a trade war and keep markets open will be Merkel’s priority when she meets with President Xi Jinping, as Washington brandishes the threat of imposing punitive tariffs on aluminum and steel imports.

“Both countries are in agreement that open markets and rules-based world trade are necessary. That’s the main focus of this trip,” Merkel’s spokeswoman Martina Fietz said in Berlin on Friday.

But closing ranks with Beijing against Washington risks being complicated by Saturday’s deal between China and the US to hold off tit-for-tat trade measures.

China’s economic health can only benefit Germany as the Asian giant is a big buyer of Made in Germany. But a deal between the US and China effectively leaves Berlin as the main target of Trump’s campaign against foreign imports that he claims harm US national security.

The US leader had already singled Germany out for criticism, saying it had “taken advantage” of the US by spending less than Washington on NATO.

Underlining what is at stake, French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire warned the US-China deal may come “at the expense of Europe if Europe is not capable of showing a firm hand.”

Nevertheless, Merkel can look to her carefully nurtured relationship with China over her 12 years as chancellor.

No Western leader has visited Beijing as often as Merkel, who will be undertaking her eleventh trip to the country.

In China, she is viewed not only as the main point of contact for Europe, but, crucially, also as a reliable interlocutor — an antithesis of the mercurial Trump.

Devoting her weekly podcast to her visit, Merkel stressed that Beijing and Berlin “are both committed to the rules of the WTO” (World Trade Organization) and want to “strengthen multilateralism.”

But she also underlined that she will press home Germany’s longstanding quest for reciprocity in market access as well as the respect of intellectual property.

Ahead of her visit, Beijing fired off a rare salvo of criticism.

China’s envoy to Germany, Shi Mingde, pointed to a “protectionist trend in Germany,” as he complained about toughened rules protecting German companies from foreign takeovers.

Only 0.3 percent of foreign investors in Germany stem from China while German firms have put in €80 billion in the Asian giant over the last three decades, he told Stuttgarter Nachrichten.

“Economic exchange cannot work as a one-way street,” he warned.

Meanwhile, looming over the battle on the trade front is another equally thorny issue — the historic Iran nuclear deal, which risks falling apart after Trump pulled the US out.

Tehran has demanded that Europe keeps the deal going by continuing economic cooperation, but the US has warned European firms of sanctions if they fail to pull out of Iran.

Merkel “hopes that China can help save the atomic deal that the US has unilaterally ditched,” said Die Welt daily.

“Because only the giant emerging economy can buy enough raw materials from Iran to give the Mullah regime an incentive to at least officially continue to not build a nuclear weapon.”