Regional markets expected to imitate their global peers in the coming week – Al Masah Capital Weekly Report

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Another record high for the US main indexes, Dow Jones ended the week higher by 1.75% followed by S&P500 which was also up by 1.5%.

Both indexes cheering the released data on Thursday marking the improvement in US economic conditions with weekly jobless claims remaining around their lowest levels in decades. Crude oil ended the week below the USD 56 handle reaching USD 55.81 on Friday, lower than its levels in the previous week by 1.57%, while WTI reached USD53.40.

Regional markets ended the week mostly in the green with Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and Qatar all up 3.7%, 2.3%, 1.6% and 1.55% respectively. On the other hand, Egypt and Dubai ended the week lower by 3.5% and 0.87% respectively.

With the wave of positive sentiments coming from the international markets, regional markets maybe expected to imitate their global peers in the coming week. However, reactions to corporate earnings and fluctuating volume levels, may hinder the current upward trend.

Indexes Last WTD (%) MTD (%) YTD (%)
Dubai (DFMGI) 3,650.76 -0.87% 0.22% 3.40%
Abu Dhabi (ADSMI) 4,643.21 1.61% 2.08% 2.13%
Saudi (SASEIDX) 7,131.27 2.32% 0.41% -1.10%
Kuwait (KWSE) 6,824.49 3.67% -0.11% 18.73%
Egypt (EGX30) 12,651.97 -3.53% -0.16% 2.49%
Qatar (DSM) 10,819.30 1.79% 2.10% 3.67%
Bahrain (BHSEIDX) 1,323.71 1.29% 1.54% 8.46%
Oman (MSM30) 5,843.11 0.41% 1.16% 1.04%
TR GCC (Reuters) 212.80 1.40% 1.58% 5.03%
DJ MENA 535.70 1.89% 1.39% 7.58%


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