Oil prices witnessed a sharp sell-off towards the end of the week to end lower by 2.7% – Al Masha Capital weekly report

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Dubai and Abu Dhabi were down by 1.5% and 1.4%, followed by 1.0% decline in Saudi Arabia, while Egypt ended higher by 1.1% for the week

In the previous week, global equities witnessed selling pressure, but was short-lived as buyers were quick to buy into the weakness, which led to a rise in developed markets.

However, oil prices witnessed a sharp sell-off towards the end of the week to end lower by 2.7% after the disappointment of the agreement between OPEC and allied partners to extend the oil cuts, while the markets were expecting a much deeper cut to support broader prices.

Regional indexes witnessed negative performance over the week with Dubai and Abu Dhabi leading the losers, while Egypt and Bahrain ended on a positive note for second consecutive week.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi were down by 1.5% and 1.4%, followed by 1.0% decline in Saudi Arabia, while Egypt ended higher by 1.1% for the week. Given that regional markets are now operating on Ramadan trading hours, the markets are expected to remain lackluster for another three to four weeks. Moreover, the sharp drop in oil prices over the previous week is likely to have a negative impact on regional investors over the next couple of trading sessions.

Indexes Last WTD (%) MTD (%) YTD (%)
Dubai (DFMGI) 3,327.13 -1.51% -2.57% -5.77%
Abu Dhabi (ADSMI) 4,516.84 -1.41% -0.13% -0.65%
Saudi (SASEIDX) 6,871.72 -0.96% -2.02% -4.70%
Kuwait (KWSE) 6,687.53 -0.57% -2.27% 16.34%
Egypt (EGX30) 13,094.42 1.10% 5.31% 6.07%
Qatar (DSM) 10,060.52 -0.42% -0.04% -3.60%
Bahrain (BHSEIDX) 1,314.22 0.42% -1.61% 7.68%
Oman (MSM30) 5,403.14 -0.22% -2.00% -6.56%
TR GCC (Reuters) 199.73 -0.07% 0.49% -1.42%
DJ MENA 510.88 -0.46% -1.30% 2.60%


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