Money managers from Mark Mobius to John Burbank are bullish on Saudi Arabia, where stocks are producing the world’s best risk-adjusted gains in 2012 with lower volatility than longer-term U.S. Treasuries.
The BLOOMBERG RISKLESS RETURN RANKING shows the Tadawul All Share Index climbed 2.5 percent this year through yesterday after adjusting for price swings, the biggest advance among equity gauges in 73 nations, as oil rallied and speculation grew that the world’s biggest crude exporter will remove restrictions on foreign investors. Volatility in Saudi Arabia is the third- lowest among the world’s 25 biggest markets and dropped below that of the Bloomberg/EFFAS U.S. Government 10+ Year Index of long-term bonds for the first time since 1996.
Gold hits 3-1/2 week high
Gold hit a 3-1/2 week high on Thursday and silver rose nearly 3 percent as escalating tensions in the Middle East knocked stocks and the dollar and drove investors into assets viewed as lower risk, s
$67m compensation for Almarai
Saudi Arabia's Almarai, the Gulf's largest dairy company, received 250 million riyals ($66.7m) from an insurer in compensation for a fire at one of its bakeries, it said yesterday.
$205m raised from sukuk by HSBC unit
The Malaysian Islamic banking arm of HSBC Holdings has raised 750 million ringgit ($205m) from the sale of five-year Islamic bonds (sukuk) at a yield of 4.24 per cent, IFR reported yesterday.