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Large Cap4,023 0.80
Med Cap3,850 0.49
Small Cap4,907 0.91
Micro Cap8,519 0.62

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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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MENA in Focus

Signs of a strong recovery

Well-supported oil prices in 2010 and a number of recent developments have encouraged our optimism about the current and future path of the Saudi economy. These include strong foreign and domestic demand, stock market rally, and continued government support.

Foreign demand on the rise…

According to recent figures, non-oil exports have been trending upward in recent months, mainly since April 2009, following a severe drop in late 2008. This uptrend reflects both volume and price increases. Petrochemicals and plastics, which were 52% of gross exports in 2009, have seen strong foreign demand, especially toward the year-end. Exports of these products grew 16.2% in the fourth quarter of 2009 QoQ, and were 10% higher year-on-year (YoY).

Exports other than petrochemicals and plastics also saw strong growth in the fourth quarter of 2009, 5.3% and 6.2% (QoQ and YoY, respectively).

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