GulfBase GCC Cap Indices
IndexLevelChg%
Large Cap4,023 0.80
Med Cap3,850 0.49
Small Cap4,907 0.91
Micro Cap8,519 0.62

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Ticker Price Volume
GFH 0.46 3,578,848
QNBK 135.9 109,396
SABIC 98.06 2,513,945
DSI 0.39 45,711,538
AMLAK 1.09 12,534,009
AIRARABIA 1.12 4,055,524
EEC 18.03 354,774

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Source: NBK Capital

In Focus 1: GCC vs. Emerging Markets

In this section, we examine the historical performance of the MSCI GCC Index (MSCI GCC) and the MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MSCI EM) from June 2005 (since MSCI started calculating indexes for the region) to date, and comment on the historical correlation between the two indices. we also feel that a comparison between the historical performance of the MSCI GCC and oil prices is imperative in the context of the analysis. We further examine the relative valuation of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) markets compared to the emerging markets based on the price-to-earning ration (PE) and estimated nominal gross domestic product (GDP) growth rates.

In Focus 2: Egypt: Year-to-date Performance of the Equity Market

In this section of the MENA in Focus, we provide an overview of the year-to-date performance of the equity market in Egypt. In 1Q2009, the Egyptian market continued the downward spiral that started in 2Q2008; however the market’s rally from the bottom reached on February 5, 2009, has been rather impressive.

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