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Gulf markets mixed, Qatar's Ezdan surges again DUBAI: Gulf stock markets were mixed in early trade on Sunday after mixed messages from the oil market and earnings reports, but Qatari property developer Ezdan Holding extended gains following its inclusion in MSCI's emerging markets index.Brent crude edged up on Friday, but U.S. oil fell as traders and investors debated whether oil's rally over the past month and a half should continue amid stubbornly high supplies.Dubai's stock index slipped 0.3 percent as blue chip Emaar Properties lost just as much and Gulf Finance House, the most traded stock, fell 1.3 percent.But Islamic Arab Insurance (Salama) surged 10.2 percent after it reported a first-quarter profit of 9.4 million dirhams ($2.6 million) against a loss of 21.3 million dirhams a year earlier.Abu Dhabi's bourse edged down 0.4 percent and Abu Dhabi National Energy Co (TAQA), which last week reported a 6.6 percent decline in quarterly profit due to oil's slump, fell ...

Gulf mkts rise, Egypt extends loss on MSCI weighting cut DUBAI: Middle East stock markets continued on Thursday to digest index compiler MSCI's semi-annual review, which was positive for most Gulf markets but sent Egypt's bourse to a five-month low. Another positive factor for the Gulf was news that a truce in Yemen was holding, despite some minor incidents. Saudi Arabia's main index edged up 0.6 percent as blue-chip lenders Al Rajhi Bank and National Commercial Bank rose 2.4 and 1.5 percent respectively. Petrochemicals giant ...
Qatar, UAE rise, Egypt falls on MSCI index review DUBAI: Index compiler MSCI's semi-annual review lifted stock markets in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar on Wednesday, but had little impact on Saudi Arabia and was negative for Egypt. MSCI published a standalone index for Saudi Arabia late on Tuesday which includes 19 stocks and is largely the same as the provisional Saudi index it compiled last year. One addition is Al Tayyar Travel Group, which rose 0.8 percent on Wednesday. The index was ...
South African stocks slip, SABMiller weighs on index JOHANNESBURG: South African shares slipped on Tuesday driven by index heavyweight SABMiller , which is expected to report a slight drop in full-year earnings this week.Analysts polled by Reuters expect the brewer, which has a primary listing in London, to post a 0.9 percent decline in earnings per share on Wednesday. Its shares were down 1.4 percent.Talks between debt-strapped Greece and its creditors also kept investors around the globe cautious. Greece managed a last-gasp 750 ...
South African stocks rise slightly, supported by mining firms JOHANNESBURG: South African stocks edged slightly higher on Monday led by mining companies such as Anglo American after a Chinese rate cut underpinned resource firms.Anglo American was the biggest bluechip gainer after adding more than 3.3 percent, while diversified miner BHP Billiton rose 3 percent.China cut interest rates for the third time in six months on Sunday in a bid to lower companies' borrowing costs and stoke a sputtering economy that is headed for its ...
South African stocks end higher, Harmony rises JOHANNESBURG: South African stocks rose on Friday, breaking three sessions of declines with Harmony Gold among the top gainers after the miner narrowed its quarterly loss. The bullion producer climbed 2.6 percent to 21 rand as third quarter loss halved thanks to favourable exchange rate and cost cuts. The benchmark Top-40 index was up 1.1 percent to 47,716 and the broader All-share index rose 1.04 percent to 53,790. World bond and stocks markets climbed after ...
South African stocks slide, Gold Fields books biggest drop in 7 years JOHANNESBURG: South African shares slid for a third straight day on Thursday, with Gold Fields booking its biggest one-day drop in seven years after reporting a quarterly loss.Gold Fields topped the decliners' list after Africa's biggest gold miner swung into a $13 million rand loss in the quarter ending in March.The stock plunged 13.1 percent to 44.28 rand, its biggest daily percentage decline since 2008.Michael Treherne, a fund manager at Vestact, said the rout appeared ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,654.77 2.27
Arrow Nasdaq 4,812.71 2.45
Arrow S&P 1,987.66 2.43
Arrow FTSE 6,192.03 3.56
Arrow DAX 10,315.62 3.18
Arrow CAC-40 4,658.18 3.49
Arrow Nikkei 18,574.44 1.08
Arrow H.Seng 21,838.54 3.60
Arrow Sensex 26,231.19 2.01

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyAugust 27, 2015
Reserves $18.509 bln