Property props up Dubai stocks

In Dubai, the index climbed 1.2 percent, with Emaar Properties advancing 2.5 percent and DAMAC Properties rising 3.6 percent. (Shutterstock)
Updated 11 October 2018
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Property props up Dubai stocks

  • In Dubai, the index climbed 1.2 percent, with Emaar Properties advancing 2.5 percent to 5 dirhams and DAMAC Properties rising 3.6 percent
  • Arqaam Capital said that while there were no real signs of improvement in the Dubai property market in the third quarter, earnings might be nearing the trough of their cycle

DUBAI: Dubai’s stock market rose sharply on Wednesday, helped by real estate shares, while Qatar gained on the back of its banks, even as the rest of the Middle East was largely quiet.
In Dubai, the index climbed 1.2 percent, with Emaar Properties advancing 2.5 percent to 5 dirhams and DAMAC Properties rising 3.6 percent.
Arqaam Capital said in a report on Tuesday that while there were no real signs of improvement in the Dubai property market in the third quarter, earnings might be nearing the trough of their cycle. It recommended a “buy” rating for Emaar with a target price of 8.40 dirhams. Dubai Islamic Bank added 0.2 percent after its third-quarter profit rose 10.8 percent, in line with analysts’ estimates. Emirates NBD gained 2.5 percent.

 

The Saudi Arabian index fell 0.9 percent, weighed down by blue chips such as Al Rajhi Bank, which fell 1.9 percent, and SABIC, which dropped 1.3 percent.
But Bawan Co, which has been trading at record lows, climbed 3.5 percent after its unit signed an agreement to supply Saudi Electricity Co. with substations for SR269.8 million ($72 million). The company said the financial impact of the deal would appear in the first half of 2019.
Saudi Industrial Export jumped 10 percent after approving a capital increase through a rights offer. The rights issue will begin trading on Oct. 15.
Egypt’s blue-chip index, which has fallen 15 percent since the end of August, was up 0.2 percent as Commercial International Bank rebounded 1 percent.

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Saudi Industrial Export jumped 10 percent after approving a capital increase through a rights offer. The rights issue will begin trading on Oct. 15


More Saudi sectors opened to foreign investment

The Cabinet amended the sectors excluded from foreign investment at the meeting chair by King Salman. (SPA)
Updated 24 October 2018
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More Saudi sectors opened to foreign investment

  • The amendment allows foreigners to invest in labor services and jobs, including recruitment offices; audio and video services; road transport services; and brokerage services for real estate

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will allow foreigners to invest in audiovisual services, land transport and real-estate brokerages, the Cabinet decided on Tuesday.

The Cabinet amended what it described as types of activity that had been previously excluded from foreign investment, after concluding its weekly meeting chaired by King Salman.

The amendment allows foreigners to invest in labor services and jobs, including recruitment offices; audio and video services; road transport services; and brokerage services for real estate.

Meanwhile, about 320 foreign institutions have registered as qualified foreign investors in the Saudi stock market, the exchange’s chairwoman told the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh.

Sarah Al-Suhaimi, chairwoman of the Saudi Arabian stock exchange (Tadawul), said 200 more are expected to register.

Global index provider MSCI classified the Saudi equity market as an emerging market in June, a move expected to attract billions of dollars of passive funds.

Al-Suhaimi said she expected the number of qualified foreign investors to increase before and after the inclusion in the index, which is expected to happen in phases coinciding with index reviews in May and August 2019.