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Gulf firms in early trade but NBAD cools DUBAI: Stock markets in the Gulf were firm early on Tuesday, supported by opinion polls and bookmakers' odds suggesting the "Remain" camp might win Britain's referendum on European Union membership this week, and as oil held over $50 a barrel.In Abu Dhabi, National Bank of Abu Dhabi pulled back 1.7 percent after surging 20 percent in the previous two days on news of its merger talks with First Gulf Bank.But FGB edged up 0.4 percent, and Union National Bank added 2.1 percent after Arqaam Capital said in a note that after the proposed merger between NBAD and FGB, "we expect UNB to be next".It said Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank might offer substantial premium to UNB shareholders in a merger; ADCB shares did not change hands in early trade.Dubai's index was up 0.3 percent, buoyed by mid- and large cap stocks. Dubai Parks and Resorts climbed 1.4 percent.Saudi Arabia's index edged ...

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Abu Dhabi's M&A rally ends; monetary policy hits Egypt DUBAI: Stock markets in the Middle East were mixed on Monday as Abu Dhabi's bank-led rally ended and Egypt continued its descent, dragged down by tightening monetary policy. On Sunday Abu Dhabi's index had surged 4.7 percent as merger talks between National Bank of Abu Dhabi and First Gulf Bank ignited speculation about consolidation in the sector, boosting bank shares.But on Monday the speculation cooled and the index pulled back 1.0 percent. Shares in FGB ...

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Gulf mostly firm, NBAD continues climb DUBAI: Most Gulf stock markets were firm in early trade on Monday while National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) continued to surge in response to its merger talks with First Gulf Bank.Shares in NBAD climbed 7.6 percent after surging their 15 percent daily limit on Sunday, while FGB was down 2.7 percent after an 11.5 percent jump in the prior session. Many investors are assuming that any share swap in a merger would favour NBAD ...

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Abu Dhabi banks soar on merger talks; rate rise hits Egypt DUBAI: Shares in Abu Dhabi banks soared on Sunday after National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) and First Gulf Bank (FGB) confirmed they were in merger talks. Other Gulf stock markets were mixed while an interest rate increase dragged Egypt down. NBAD and FGB confirmed in a brief statement they were discussing a merger or combination of their businesses, in what would create one of the largest banks by assets in the Middle East and ...

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Abu Dhabi banks rocket on merger talks; Gulf mostly up DUBAI: Shares in Abu Dhabi banks soared early on Sunday on news that National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) and First Gulf Bank (FGB) were in merger talks, while most other stock markets in the Gulf were firm.NBAD and FGB confirmed in a brief statement on Sunday that they were discussing a merger or combination of their businesses, in what would create the largest bank by assets in the Middle East and Africa.Many analysts said ...

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South African markets gain as investors reassess risk of Brexit JOHANNESBURG: South African markets gained on Friday as higher gold prices lifted gold miners and the rand benefited as investors reassessed the probability of Britain voting to leave the European Union in a referendum next week. South African markets have been hit by concerns that if Britons opt to leave the EU in a June 23 vote, it would send shockwaves through global financial markets.Britain temporarily suspended referendum campaigning on Friday following the murder of ...

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Nigeria stocks post biggest weekly gain in 14 months on FX reforms LAGOS: Nigerian stocks posted their biggest weekly rally in 14 months on Friday as domestic funds snapped up shares after the central bank's currency reforms designed to attract foreign investors. The stock market, which has the second-biggest weighting after Kuwait on the MSCI frontier market index, climbed for the third straight day on Friday, to close 2.66 percent higher at 29,247 points. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...