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Trading volumes expected to remain muted this week
Source: Matrix PR for Al Masah Capital , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Mon April 9, 2018 11:26 am

UAE. The Geopolitical tensions are rising further on the back of an increase intensifying fear of a trade war between the US and China, reflected negatively on most of the global markets which ended the week in red.

Oil prices joined the losing parade, with crude losing most of its YTD gains and ending the week at USD67.11 per barrel and the WTI losing 4.4% on a weekly basis.

On the regional front, most of the indexes ended on a negative note with Bahrain leading the pack with losses of -2.7%, followed by -2.6% in Kuwait, -0.8% and -0.2% in Dubai and Egypt, respectively.

On the winning team, Abu Dhabi index was the best performer with gains of +2.2%, adding to its YTD performance to reach +6.6%, mainly driven by the index heavyweight FAB that witnessed a decent foreign inflow on the last trading day of the week. Saudi Arabia ended the week with gains of +1.0%, followed by Oman with gains of +0.5%.

For the coming period, the global scene will have its effects on investors’ sentiments keeping them on edge, which will be reflected on trading volumes that are likely to remain muted.

Indexes

Last

WTD (%)

MTD (%)

YTD (%)

Dubai (DFMGI)

3,083.37

-0.81%

-0.81%

-8.51%

Abu Dhabi (ADSMI)

4,688.57

2.25%

2.25%

6.60%

Saudi (SASEIDX)

7,953.36

1.05%

1.05%

10.06%

Kuwait (KWSE)

4,867.87

-2.64%

-2.64%

0.60%

Egypt (EGX30)

17,410.59

-0.23%

-0.23%

15.92%

Bahrain (BHSEIDX)

1,282.90

-2.69%

-2.69%

-3.67%

Oman (MSM30)

4,798.90

0.53%

0.53%

-5.89%

TR GCC (Reuters)

192.06

0.77%

0.77%

0.52%

TR MENA

134.88

0.63%

0.63%

1.69%

 

Commodities & FX

Last

WTD (%)

MTD (%)

YTD (%)

Oil (Brent)

67.11

-4.50%

-4.50%

0.36%

Natural Gas

2.70

-1.17%

-1.17%

-8.53%

Gold

1332.89

0.67%

0.67%

2.34%

Silver

16.35

0.18%

0.18%

-3.53%

EURUSD

1.23

-0.32%

-0.32%

2.38%

GBPUSD

1.41

0.54%

0.54%

4.28%

USDJPY

106.91

0.61%

0.61%

-5.11%

USDCHF

0.96

0.59%

0.59%

-1.57%

AUDUSD

0.77

-0.04%

-0.04%

-1.62%

USDCAD

1.28

-0.85%

-0.85%

1.63%

About Al Masah Capital
Al Masah Capital is one of the fastest growing alternative asset management and advisory firms focused on the MENA and SEA regions. Established in 2010 Al Masah Capital provides tailored solutions to a broad investor base, offering private equity advisory (across Healthcare, Education, Food & Beverages, Logistics and other consumer driven sectors), asset management, corporate and real estate advisory as well as public market research services.

With operations in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Singapore, Al Masah advises qualifying investors on growth opportunities in 13 focus markets in MENA and South East Asia.

 

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