x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

UAE markets rise as investors bet on merger

Markets Update: Local stock markets increased this morning as investors bet that the upcoming proposed merger between Aldar Properties and Sorouh Real Estate will succeed.

Abu Dhabi's two biggest developers, Aldar Properties and Sorouh Real Estate, rose for a second day on Tuesday as investors bet that the upcoming proposed US$15 billion merger will succeed.

Aldar rose 4.6 per cent to Dh1.12 on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange. Shares of the developer behind Yas Island and Ferrari World rose 4.9 per cent yesterday.

Sorouh Real Estate gained 4.8 per cent to Dh1.08. Shares of the developer behind the Sun & Sky Towers rose 5.1 per cent yesterday.

Reports yesterday said that the steering committee leading the discussions between the two companies had hired Goldman Sachs and National Bank of Abu Dhabi. Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse are advising Aldar and Sorouh.

The Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange General Index was little-changed at 2469.68 points.

Tabreed, the district cooling company, rose 1.5 per cent to Dh1.30 on the Dubai Financial Market. Tamweel, the mortgage company complying with Shariah rules, rose 1.6 per cent to Dh1.20.

The Dubai Financial Market General Index rose 0.6 per cent to 1497.69 points.

Elsewhere in the region, Kuwait's measure added 0.1 per cent to 6421.48 points. Bahrain's index slipped 0.2 per cent to 1146.44 points. Oman's MSM 30 Index added 0.4 per cent to 5650.47 points. Qatar's QE Index added 0.2 per cent to 8423.30 points.

The Saudi Tadawul All-Share Index rose 0.7 per cent to 7029.35 points.

HAlSayegh@thenational.ae

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