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Tadawul Falls as Oil Declines on China Demand Concern; Sabic Retreats (Bloomberg - 31/12/2011)

Shares in Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, fell the most in more than two weeks as crude declined on concern over demand from China and as tension simmered on Iran’s naval exercises in the Strait of Hormuz. The Tadawul All Share Index

Muscat bourse plummets 15.7% in 2011; it is fourth best in Gulf (Times of Oman - 31/12/2011)

The Muscat Securities Market (MSM) witnessed a continuous bumpy ride, with the general index plummeting 15.7 per cent to end trading in 2011 at 5695.12 from 6755.20 in the previous year. The sentiment on the bourse, which closed last year’s trading on

Kingdom may set bourse opening rules by Jan. 15 (Reuters - 31/12/2011)

Saudi Arabia is pressing ahead with a long-awaited plan to open up its stock market to foreigners and is now hoping to formalise its rules by January 15, a source with knowledge of the matter said. “The dialogue is clearly intensifying, and they are

Year-end lift for bourses (The National - 30/12/2011)

Gulf markets mostly rose yesterday as investors bought stocks to improve the performance of funds at year-end - a practice known as "window dressing". The Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange General Index jumped 1.5 per cent to 2,402.28 points, while the Dubai

Saudi to set bourse opening rules by Jan. 15 (Reuters - 30/12/2011)

Saudi Arabia is pressing ahead with a long-awaited plan to open up its stock market to foreigners and is now hoping to formalize its rules by January 15, a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. "The dialogue is clearly intensifying, and they

UAE bourses shelter from storm (The National - 30/12/2011)

The UAE has outperformed emerging-market stocks this year as the country's exclusion from the MSCI Emerging Markets Index has shielded it from a heavy sell-off fuelled by the euro-zone crisis. But a strong resurgence expected in emerging markets means

Regional markets lose $50bn of value (The National - 30/12/2011)

Middle Eastern stock markets have shed more than US$50 billion (Dh183.65bn) this year as foreign investors fled the region after uprisings toppled leaders in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Europe's debt crisis worsened the situation for markets that had seen

Gulf market closures on Jan. 1, 2012 (Reuters - 30/12/2011)

Markets in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain will be closed on Sunday to mark the New Year holiday. Trading in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain will resume on Monday, Jan. 2, according to respective bourse statements.

KSE end year in green (Agencies - 30/12/2011)

Main indexes of Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) closed in green on Thursday, with the price index at the level of 5,814.2 points, losing 27.4 points. Following steps, the weighted index rose 3.22 points, reaching the level of 405.62 points. Meanwhile, number

Saudi to set bourse opening rules by January 15 (Gulf Times - 30/12/2011)

Saudi Arabia is pressing ahead with a long-awaited plan to open up its stock market to foreigners and is now hoping to formalise its rules by January 15, a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. “The dialogue is clearly intensifying, and they

Performance of bourse is reviewed (Gulf Daily News - 30/12/2011)

The performance of the Bahrain Bourse (BHB) was reviewed at a key meeting. The BHB board held its fifth meeting, chaired by Yusuf Abdulla Humood, at its premises in the Bahrain Financial Harbour. It discussed the latest developments at BHB and reviewed

Qatar bourse stands out as Gulf markets sink on Europe fears (Reuters - 30/12/2011)

Most Gulf markets ended the year in deep losses yesterday, with the exception of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, after grappling with shaken local confidence and concerns over the unresolved eurozone debt crisis. Faring the best among its peers, Qatar’s index

Abu Dhabi shares gain on Aldar support (Bloomberg - 30/12/2011)

Aldar Properties surged the most in more than two years, helping to push up Abu Dhabi’s benchmark index, after the emirate’s government agreed to buy assets valued at $4.57 billion to support the company. Aldar jumped 9.5 per cent, the most since

Saudi bourse revamp in January (Reuters - 30/12/2011)

Saudi Arabia is pressing ahead with a long-awaited plan to open up its stock market to foreigners and is now hoping to formalise its rules by January 15, a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. “The dialogue is clearly intensifying, and they

Most Gulf markets end 2011 in losses (Reuters - 30/12/2011)

Most Gulf markets ended the year in deep losses on Thursday, with the exception of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, after grappling with shaken local confidence and concerns over the unresolved euro zone debt crisis. The Arab spring revolts hit Gulf bourses early

KSE index closes on positive note at 5,814 pts - Al-Markaz (KUNA - 29/12/2011)

The Kuwait Market Price Index closed on a positive note at 5,814 points, a gain of 0.47%, a specialized economic report revealed here on Thursday. The Weighted Index closed at 405.62, a gain of 0.8%. 51 stocks advanced while 35 declined, a report by

KSE indexes green by closing (KUNA - 29/12/2011)

Main indexes of Kuwait Stock Exchange closed in green on Thursday, with the price index at the level of 5,814.2 points, losing 27.4 points. Following steps, the weighted index rose 3.22 points, reaching the level of 405.62 points. Meanwhile, number of

Qatar Exchange Plans 'Trading of Bonds in 2012' (QNA - 29/12/2011)

Riding on the optimism of anticipated individual and institutional investor support to debt market securities like the Treasury Bills launched Thursday, Qatar Exchange (QE) plans trading of bonds or fixed-income securities in 2012 as part of expanding

Qatar Bourse Index Drops 0.02% This Week (QNA - 29/12/2011)

The Qatar Exchange index dropped 1.45 points (0.02%) this week, closing at 8,779.03 points when trading adjourned Thursday for the New Year break. The market capitalization rose by 0.06% to reach QR 457,351,564,262.52 as compared to QR 457,080,146,705.10

Dubai bourse finishes 2011 with a small day-profit (AME Info - 29/12/2011)

The DFM General Index added half a percent Thursday, closing at 1,353.39 points. News from Abu Dhabi that the emirate's government bailed out real estate giant Aldar Properties with an Dhs16.8bn asset purchase raised the sentiment. Emaar advanced 0.80%

Aldar Properties jumps 9.52% on second government rescue move (AME Info - 29/12/2011)

Aldar Properties was the share of the day at the Abu Dhabi Exchange ADX. Aldar soared 9.52% to reach Dhs0.92, lifting the ADX General Index to 2,402.28 points. Yesterday evening, the government of Abu Dhabi announced to buy Aldar assets worth Dhs16.8bn

KSE closes in red with 5,787 points (Agencies - 29/12/2011)

Main indexes of Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) closed in red on Wednesday, with the price index at the level of 5,786.8 points, losing 3.9 points. Following steps, the weighted index rose 0.1 points, reaching the level of 402.4 points. Meanwhile, number of

KSE in red close to midday (KUNA - 29/12/2011)

The indices of the Kuwait Stock Exchange were in red at 11:01 a.m. Thursday, the price index was at 5,782.8 points, a drop of 4 points, while the weighted index was at 401.92 points, a loss of 0.48 points. Trades came to 1,058 spot transactions, worth KD

KSE index starts trade in green (KUNA - 29/12/2011)

The action at Kuwait Stock Exchange was in green at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, with the price index up with 3.5 points, reading 5,790. 3 points, the weighted index was also up 0.17 points, reading 402.57 points. Trades came to 402 transactions worth KD 6.8

Bank and property stocks soar (The National - 29/12/2011)

Stocks in Dubai rose the most since October yesterday as shares in the emirate's biggest banks reversed recent losses. The Dubai Financial Market General Index soared 2 per cent to 1,346.47, led by banks and property companies. Shares in Mashreq, which

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