Gulf equities rally fizzles

Gulf equities rally fizzles
Dubai's index fell 1.9 per cent to 2,704 points, 82 points away from Thursday's 28-month low.

Dubai - Petrochemical companies were the worst performers, while banking and food sectors were the best.



By Reuters

Published: Mon 25 Jan 2016, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Tue 26 Jan 2016, 8:03 AM

Major Gulf bourses retreated on Monday, erasing some of the previous day's gains with investors unconvinced markets can mount a sustainable rebound.
Riyadh's index was near-flat, slipping 0.02 per cent to 5,610 points as day traders booked quick profits to take its 2016 losses to 18.8 per cent. It had gained 2.7 per cent on Sunday after oil prices rallied late last week, but crude's renewed weakness has again sapped Saudi market confidence.
The petrochemical sector dropped 0.2 per cent. Al Rajhi Bank fell 0.8 per cent after surging 5.9 per cent on Sunday. The Islamic lender made a fourth-quarter net profit of 1.95 billion riyals ($519.6 million). Samba Financial Group slid 1.3 per cent.
Saudi Arabia's fourth-quarter earnings season has ended. The combined profits of the kingdom's listed companies shrunk 16.1 per cent from the same period last year, according to Riyadh's NCB Capital. The firm said results were also 29 per cent below analysts' average forecasts.
Petrochemical companies were the worst performers, while banking and food sectors were the best.
Dubai's index fell 1.9 per cent to 2,704 points, 82 points away from Thursday's 28-month low.
"On the daily chart, Dubai's benchmark traded below both the critical neckline resistance of 2,800 points and the important moving averages," said Shiv Prakash, senior research analyst at Abu Dhabi's NBAD Securities. "Any near-term bounce will be considered a dead cat bounce." Arabtec fell five per cent, erasing some of the previous day's 10 per cent rise. Emaar Properties, which surged eight per cent on Sunday, fell 2.8 per cent.
Abu Dhabi's index also failed to hold onto gains, dropping 0.6 per cent. It also hit a 28-month low on Thursday. Dana Gas, the most traded stock, fell 2.4 per cent.
Qatar's benchmark gave back early session gains to end 1.5 per cent lower. - Reuters


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