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
BKSB 0.14 275,822
DSI 0.39 45,711,538
ALINMA 16.41 24,441,807
DAMAC 3.84 686,475
ALKHODARI 9.95 301,307
DANA 0.6 9,001,191

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Source: Rasmala Investment Co. (RASMALA)

Time to revisit the Mena region?

We take a closer look at stock markets in the Mena region against the current backdrop of political unrest and conclude there are still attractive investment opportunities, especially in the GCC-4 countries, from both a top-down and bottom-up perspective. We highlight our preferred stocks.

We see attractive investment opportunities across the region
Against a backdrop of political unrest across the region, the GCC-4 countries (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE) seem relatively stable and in fact benefiting from higher oil prices and a boost in public spending (at least in Saudi Arabia). This, combined with continued strong economic growth in Qatar (GDP +15.7% in 2011, IMF), reasonable growth in other countries in the region (Saudi Arabia +4.5% with upside potential from increased public spending) and a gradual recovery in the UAE, makes stock markets in these countries attractive, in our view, especially following two years of underperformance and given current valuations.

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