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Oil above $30, attractive dividends lift MSM Index (Oman Daily Observer - 31/01/2016)

Along with its peers in the region, investors on the Muscat Securities Market heaved a sigh of relief as the MSM 30 Index made substantial gains towards the end of trading in last week. “On the back of good buying support as a result of attractive

Qatar joins UN stock exchanges initiative (Trade Arabia - 31/01/2016)

Qatar Stock Exchange said it has recently joined the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative and signed the voluntary commitment to advancing sustainability performance, transparency, and governance practices in QSE market. Since its

Positive performance and bottoming patterns point to improvement (Gulfnews - 31/01/2016)

Further strengthening in oil should help keep UAE markets in an upward trajectory of the coming week. Overall, the domestic markets are bullish for the short-term.v Dubai The Dubai Financial Market General Index (DFMGI) gained 235.28 or 8.97 per cent

KSE indices gain amid upbeat earnings – Market cap rises by 4.4 pct (Arab Times - 31/01/2016)

The KSE indices all witnessed a close in positive, after a long interval of a negative closings, amid many counters reporting positive earnings throughout the week. The KSE Price Index saw a marginal increase of 1.30% to close at 5,010.39, as well the

Oil & gas sector accounts for 75% of Q3 contracts (Arab News - 31/01/2016)

The value of awarded contracts increased modestly in Saudi Arabia during the third quarter of 2015 to SR60.9 billion and maintained the same level that was recorded in the previous quarter. The value of awarded contracts in July slumped to SR3.2

Dubai index post best weekly performance in 2016 (Gulf News - 29/01/2016)

The Dubai index jumped nearly 4 per cent on Thursday, posting the best weekly performance so far in the year, taking a respite from the continued recovery in crude oil prices. “The current short-term trend could continue mainly on back of oil’s technical

QSE rebounds on oil price rise, gains 293 points (Gulf Times - 29/01/2016)

Global oil prices at above $30 a barrel has had a positive effect on the Qatar Stock Exchange, which gained for the second day by another 293 points to inch near the 9,300 mark. An across the board buying – notably in the insurance and real estate

KSA petchem stocks make solid gains; key Tadawul index up 3.2% (Reuters - 29/01/2016)

Stocks rose in the Middle East on Thursday after Brent oil climbed above $33 a barrel, and higher trading volumes suggested some investors were returning to the markets. Valuations have plunged in recent weeks, but many traders and fund managers believe

Gulf stocks end in green as oil surges (Bloomberg - 29/01/2016)

Equities in the Gulf region gained, extending their best weekly rally in five years, as the rebound in crude boosted the outlook for the world’s biggest oil- exporting region. The Bloomberg GCC 200 Index, which tracks 200 companies in the six-nation Gulf

Gulf bourses rise after Russia raises oil output issue (Reuters - 28/01/2016)

Stock markets in United Arab Emirates and Qatar rose in early trade on Thursday as oil prices held above $30 a barrel. Brent futures surged 4 percent on Wednesday after Russian officials decided they should talk to Saudi Arabia and other OPEC countries

BHB green light for Tradeline (Gulf Daily News - 28/01/2016)

Tradeline Securities will be able to carry out trades as a registered brokerage at the Bahrain Bourse (BHB) from today, it was announced yesterday. In a statement, BHB said the firm had completed the requirements to be a brokerage company. Tradeline

Abu Dhabi, Dubai stocks stabilise on oil (Gulfnews - 28/01/2016)

The Dubai index jumped more than 2 per cent on Wednesday helped by Tuesday’s bounce back in crude. “There is a bit of stability returning back to markets, whether it sustains is questionable because even at one point gains were given back,” Mohammad

Kuwait bourse treads water; volume recedes – Mabanee Co soars 40 fils; (Arab Times - 28/01/2016)

Kuwait stocks trod water on Tuesday following a losing streak amid sliding oil prices and bearish global backdrop. The bourse inched 1.7 pts lower to 4,936.51 points in lackluster trade even as investors toed caution. The KSX 15 benchmark rose 0.99 pts

Petchem gains boost Saudi stock market (Arab News - 28/01/2016)

Bourses in the Middle East advanced on Wednesday as investors nerves were quelled, for now, by Brent prices trading over $30. Many traders and fund managers believe that if Brent trades above $30 — a level investors have been eyeing as a floor — then the

Dubai index up 2% as oil bounces (Gulf News - 27/01/2016)

Dubai index jumped more than 2 per cent on Wednesday following a 4 per cent bounce back in oil. Dubai Financial Market General Index was up 1.79 per cent to be at 2,746.58, after rising as much as more than 2 per cent. However, the Abu Dhabi Securities

QFC’s broadening to attract further foreign investments (The Peninsula - 27/01/2016)

The broadening of business services and laws will enable Qatar Financial Centre (QFC)-licensed firms to be listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange, says Links Group, one of Qatar’s leading providers of commercial facilitation and advisory services. In a

Dubai Financial Market, Gulf stocks drop as oil price descends (The National - 27/01/2016)

Stock markets in the UAE and Qatar fell in early trade on Tuesday, following Asian shares lower as oil prices broke below the $30 a barrel mark. Brent fell 3.0 per cent to $29.58 a barrel in Asian trade, as fresh worries about oversupply from top

Abu Dhabi index ends lower, but buying seen in select stocks (Gulfnews - 27/01/2016)

Abu Dhabi and Dubai indexes ended a tad lower on Tuesday due to negative leads from crude, but buying in select stocks helped to keep the downside limited. The Dubai Financial Market General index ended 0.20 per cent lower at 2,698.43, after hitting a

KSE resumes slide with 36.73 pts dip – Americana falls 20 fils; Agilit (Arab Times - 27/01/2016)

Kuwait stocks swung lower on Monday as it resumed its downtrend after a modest rebound in the last session. The bourse dropped 36.73 pts in lackluster trade to 4,938.22 points as sentiment soured again amid drop in oil prices. The KSX 15 benchmark

Saudi stocks edge up; SABIC rises 1.2% (Arab News - 27/01/2016)

Bourses in Saudi Arabia and Egypt recovered earlier losses and edged higher on Tuesday as crude prices bounced back, while other major Gulf stock markets slid. Brent climbed 82 cents over $30 a barrel at 1218 GMT on Tuesday, lifted by hopes that OPEC and

Stock market at tempting valuations after crash (The Peninsula - 26/01/2016)

With stocks across the GCC region having one of their worst Januarys on records, GCC markets are at tempting valuations after the crash. The one-year forward PE ratio (price-earnings ratio) of GCC markets stands between 7.0-9.7x, lower than that of its

Qatar in talks for sovereign sukuk issue in March (Trade Arabia - 26/01/2016)

The government of Qatar is in talks with banks about a sovereign sukuk issue, sources aware of the matter said on Monday, as the Gulf nation returns to international debt markets to shore up state finances pressured by low energy prices. The world's top

UAE markets to see IPOs from retail, property, investment in 2016 (Gulfnews - 26/01/2016)

The UAE’s equity markets are expected to see some IPO (Initial Public Offering) activity this year after a relatively quiet 2015 that was marred by negative sentiment and weak liquidity. According to Obaid Al Zaabi, acting chief executive officer of

KSE index rebounds amid bargain buying NBK jumps 20 fils; KIPCO flat (Arab Times - 26/01/2016)

Kuwait headed north amid bargain buying on Sunday following sharp losses during last week. The bourse closed 28.62 pts higher at 4,974.95 after trading briefly above the 5,000 pts mark even as oil prices wound up the week with a sentiment boosting

Saudi stocks near-flat (Saudi Gazette - 26/01/2016)

Major Gulf bourses retreated on Monday, erasing some of the previous day’s gains with investors unconvinced markets can mount a sustainable rebound. Saudi stock index was near-flat, slipping 0.02 percent to 5,610 points as day traders booked quick

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