Dubai’s shares surged the most in almost a year on investor confidence debt-burdened companies in the emirate will meet payment obligations without government support and as quarterly earnings beat estimates.
Emaar Properties PJSC (EMAAR), developer of the world’s tallest skyscraper whose fourth-quarter profit topped expectations last week, advanced the most in almost a month.
Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC (DIB), the United Arab Emirates’ biggest lender complying with Shariah rules, rallied 3.3 percent. Dubai’s DFM General Index (DFMGI) advanced 3.6 percent, the most since March 13, to 1,571.09 at the 2 p.m. close in the emirate. The Bloomberg GCC 200 (BGCC200) Index rose 0.8 percent.
There has been “increasing positive sentiment with Dubai entities saying debt will be repaid without government assistance,” said Julian Bruce, director of institutional sales trading at EFG-Hermes Holding SAE in Dubai. With “full-year earnings looking much more healthy and some companies recommencing dividend payments,” trading volume has also improved, he said.
Saudi investors keen to promote UK trade ties
British trade envoy Lord Thomas King of Bridgwater CH introduced a number of joint investment opportunities for Saudi businessmen to promote trade between Britain and Saudi Arabia during his recent m
Strong response for NCB IPO
The initial public offering (IPO) of the National Commercial Bank (NCB) was 210 percent covered by the end of the 12th day, according to the financial advisers and lead managers GIB Capital and HSBC
Key safety milestone for Alba
Alba, a champion of workplace safety and health, yesterday announced that its Cast House has achieved 2,000,000 work hours without Loss Time Injury (LTI).