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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

Little likely to spur Arabian Gulf stocks today

Probable absence of fresh news or positive cues from global markets

Arabian Gulf stock exchanges including SAudi Arabia's Tadawul are probably not going to see a great deal of change today. Simon Dawson / Bloomberg
Arabian Gulf stock exchanges including SAudi Arabia's Tadawul are probably not going to see a great deal of change today. Simon Dawson / Bloomberg

Arabian Gulf stock markets may stay sluggish on Tuesday in the absence of fresh news or positive cues from global markets, while Egypt's bourse may outperform for a third day, buoyed by news of Saudi Arabian investment plans.

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal will invest about US$800 million to expand the Four Seasons resort in Sharm El Sheikh, in partnership with Talaat Moustafa, Egypt's Investment Minister Sahar Nasr said on Monday. The news could buoy one of the Egyptian market's most active stocks.

The global environment is neutral, however, with Asian equities and oil prices little changed.

Moody's Investors Service changed the outlook on Qatar's banking system to negative from stable, citing weakening operating conditions and continued funding pressures, but this came as no surprise given Qatar's diplomatic crisis, and Moody's noted that Qatari banks' capitalisation would remain strong.

In Saudi Arabia, Al Tayyar reported that second-quarter net profit fell to 212 million Saudi riyals (Dh207.5m) from 297m riyals a year ago, missing forecasts of 229m riyals and 237.5m riyals by NCB Capital and Aljazira Capital.

Najran Cement also reported weak earnings, losing 4.2m riyals versus a year-earlier profit of 33.9m riyals.

In Dubai, however, the budget carrier Air Arabia reported a 19.2 per cent rise in second-quarter net profit to Dh150.7m, beating estimates by EFG Hermes and Sico Bahrain, which had forecast Dh95.9m and Dh96.3m.

* Reuters