x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Big names in property take a bearish beating on Dubai bourse

Market Wrap: Global economic concerns over inflation, tightening monetary policy and Europe's debt overshadowed regional news and weighed on investor sentiment

How the ADX closed on May 25, 2011.
How the ADX closed on May 25, 2011.

Dubai's property heavyweights were the biggest losers in the emirate as bearish investors sold their positions and extended a losing run on the index.

Emaar Properties, the developer of the world's tallest tower in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa, shed 1.6 per cent of its value to Dh3.02. It is at its lowest price for two months as almost 11 million shares changed hands.

Deyaar Development slipped 1.6 per cent to 30 fils and Arabtec retreated 1.5 per cent to Dh1.27.

Shares in Gulf General Investment Company were among the only two stocks that gained on the market, as it rose 2.6 per cent to 31.8 fils, reversing losses it made earlier in the week after it said it defaulted on almost Dh500 million of repayments on bank loans.

Elsewhere, Dubai Islamic Bank slumped 1.9 per cent to Dh2.04, on trading of almost 3 million shares.

The benchmark Dubai Financial Market General Index fell 1.2 per cent to 1,526.39 points, its lowest point since 23 March. Losses on international markets and a sliding oil price has dictated the movement of regional markets in recent weeks, prompting investors to sit on their positions.

The market has lost almost 10 per cent in a month.

Brokers and fund managers have also begun a sell-off in stocks as the summer hiatus approaches.

Technical analysts said that once the DFM falls below the 1,550-point level, the market is likely to keep selling off until the next target point of 1,500 points.

"There is not any sign of rebound right now, and even if it rebounds the market is still going in a downtrend channel," said Amjad Bakir, the trading manager at Menacorp Alternative Investment in Abu Dhabi.

"The bullish strength is really weak," he said.

The Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange General Index fell slightly and was down 0.6 per cent to 2,600.28 points.