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Dubai's Marka may jump on listing, likely to be volatile DUBAI: Shares in start-up Dubai retailer Marka are likely to gain when it lists on Thursday, but they may be volatile as there is little institutional interest in the stock and much retail investor cash is tied up in the initial public offer of Emaar Malls Group. Marka raised 275 million dirhams ($75 million) in April through an initial public offer that was 36 times subscribed at a price of 1 dirham per share - the first IPO on the Dubai Financial Market since 2009. The huge oversubscription indicated great appetite among Dubai retail investors for fresh equity. Founded this year by prominent United Arab Emirates investors, the company plans to spend the proceeds of the share sale on opening fashion retail outlets, restaurants and cafes across the Gulf Arab region. But because Marka is a start-up which does not yet have major underlying businesses, the stock is expected mostly ...

Saudi bourse may remain under pressure ahead of Eid break DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's stock market, which slid in its last session following the announcement of a large initial public offer, may remain under pressure on Wednesday as the kingdom prepares to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. The main Saudi index fell 1.2 percent on Monday, its biggest decline in three months, as investors started to set aside cash for next month's flotation of National Commercial Bank (NCB), the kingdom's largest bank by assets. ...
UAE, Qatar may consolidate; Dubai awaits Marka listing DUBAI: Stock markets in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar may consolidate further on Tuesday, with trading volumes depressed in both countries and Dubai investors awaiting the main bourse's first flotation in five years. Dubai retailing and restaurants group Marka will list its shares on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) on Thursday.Emaar Malls Group (EMG), a subsidiary of Emaar Properties, will follow on Oct.2. Subscriptions for EMG's $1.58 billion initial public offer will close on ...
Mideast stocks mostly flat in early trade, Egypt pulls back DUBAI: Most markets in the region moved very little in early trade on Monday as bourses in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar consolidated after one-off foreign fund inflows.S&P Dow Jones has upgraded the UAE and Qatar to emerging market status from Monday and funds tracking its benchmark moved into both markets at the end of last week, causing an upswing, which was followed by a pull-back in the last session.Some stocks from the region ...
Saudi Arabia's bourse may weaken ahead of NCB IPO DUBAI: Investors in Saudi Arabia may start selling stocks on Monday and setting aside cash for the upcoming initial public offer of National Commercial Bank (NCB) after the lender said it would launch the subscription next month.NCB is Saudi Arabia's largest bank by assets and the offer, in which it plans to sell 15 percent of shares to the public and place a further 10 percent with a state fund, is expected to be one ...
South Africa stocks end lower as commodities weigh JOHANNESBURG: South African stocks ended Friday slightly lower as subdued commodity prices and concerns about Chinese growth pulled resource shares down, although other sectors were propped up by global market relief over the outcome of Scotland's referendum. Shares on the back foot included iron ore producer Kumba , which shed 1.15 percent. Bullion producers were also under pressure as the precious metal was poised for its third straight weekly drop in the face of dollar ...
UAE, Qatar up on FTSE index review; Medinet Nasr lifts Egypt DUBAI: An influx of foreign funds due to changes in some FTSE indexes boosted stock markets in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar on Thursday, while Egyptian real estate developer Medinet Nasr surged after announcing an ambitious sales target.Dubai's main index rose 2.3 percent as Emaar Properties, the emirate's largest developer, jumped 5.0 percent to 11.60 dirhams.Emaar had peaked at 12.00 dirhams this month after announcing the launch of the initial public offer of its ...

 



 
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