Saudi equity market cap falls to SR1.50 trillion in first half

Updated 05 July 2016
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Saudi equity market cap falls to SR1.50 trillion in first half

JEDDAH: The Saudi stock market fell in the first half of this year.

According to Tadawul Statistical Report, at the end of the first half of 2016, the Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) closed at 6,499.88 points, down 2,587.01 points or 28.47 percent over the close of the same period of the previous year.
On an YTD basis TASI registered a negative decrease of 5.96 percent (411.88 points).
The report said highest close level for the index during the period was 6,952.22 point as on Jan. 3, 2016.
Total equity market capitalization at the end of the first half 2016 reached SR1.50 trillion ($401.16 billion), declined by 25.29 percent over the end of the 1st half of the previous year.
The total value of shares traded for the 1st half 2016 reached SR688.19 billion ($183.52 billion), dropped by 34.07 percent over the same period of the previous year.
The total number of traded shares reached 38.74 billion during the 1st half compared to 39.03 billion shares traded during the 1st half of the previous year, decreased by 0.74 percent.
The Tadawul report said total number of transactions executed during the 1st half 2016 reached 16.04 million compared to 17.85 million trades during the 1st half of the previous year, decreased by (10.14 percent.
Meanwhile, the total value of shares traded for the week ending June 30, 2016 amounted to SR21.71 billion, increasing by 40.60 percent over the previous week; while total stock market capitalization reached SR1.504 trillion at the end of this period, decreasing by 0.59 percent over the previous week.
The total value of shares purchased by Saudi investors during this period amounted to SR20.74 billion representing 95.52 percent of total buying activity, and sales of SR20.86 billion representing 96.08 percent of total selling activity. Total ownership of Saudi investors” stood at 93.24 percent of total market capitalization as of June 30, 2016, representing an increase of 0.01 percent from the previous week.
The total value of shares purchased by GCC investors during this period amounted to SR0.306 billion, representing 1.41 percent of total buying activity, and sales of SR0.260 billion, representing 1.20 percent of total selling activity. Total ownership of GCC investors stood at 2.56 percent of total market capitalization as of June 30, 2016, representing an increase of 0.0003 percent from the previous week.
The total value of shares purchased by foreign investors during this period amounted to SR0.666 billion representing 3.07 percent of total buying activity, and sales of SR0.592 billion representing 2.73 percent of total selling activity. Total ownership of foreign investors stood at 4.21 percent of total market capitalization as of June 30, 2016, representing a decrease of 0.01 percent from the previous week.


OPEC chief: Group must stay together as US sanctions Iran

Updated 26 min 52 sec ago
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OPEC chief: Group must stay together as US sanctions Iran

  • Production cut agreement now a "permanent feature"
  • Brent already near $80 per barrel

FUJAIRAH: OPEC must stick together for the good of the global economy as founding member Iran faces renewed US sanctions, the head of the group said Tuesday — though he did not address how an already-tight market will make up for the loss of Iranian supply.
Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo also said an agreement between OPEC and non-members that cut production and helped bring prices back up from lows of $30 a barrel in January 2016 was now “a permanent feature.”
Cementing that arrangement would be one of the topics of discussion as OPEC meets this Sunday in Algeria, he added.
Still, OPEC will face rising anger from Iran, which feels increasingly under pressure after President Donald Trump pulled out of the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers in May.
Crushing US oil sanctions on Iran will resume in early November and already, American allies in Asia are cutting back on their purchases of Iranian crude.
The US moves have gotten furious reactions from Iran, especially amid talk of American officials asking Russia and Saudi Arabia to make up the difference.
“Mr. Trump’s attempt to prevent Iran from appearing on the global crude oil markets has allowed Russia and Saudi Arabia, which would not favor low prices, to pursue hostage-taking policies in the market,” Iranian OPEC governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebili said on Saturday.
Barkindo said: “Iran is not only a founding member of OPEC, it’s a very important member of this organization. We have no choice but continue to work with all parties.”
Benchmark Brent crude already is nearing $80 a barrel and analysts believe it may go even higher as production remains low. A loss of Iranian supply likely will further drive up prices.
Trump, facing midterm elections in the US, already has called for more oil production from Saudi Arabia and OPEC to bring down prices with limited effect. A gallon of regular gasoline costs on average $2.85 in the US, up from $2.62 a year ago, according to AAA.
Barkindo praised the agreement between OPEC and non-members that cut production and said the cartel would work to make it permanent.
“The declaration of cooperation has come to stay,” he said.