Regional markets witnessed mixed sentiments due to new US administration and earnings announcements

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Regional markets witnessed mixed sentiments during the week mainly due to the uncertainty ahead of the new US administration and further dominated by earnings announcements.

Kuwait continuing its dream run to appreciate by 5.4% during the week, adding to the gains of 4.7% recorded in the previous week, while Egypt witnessed a sharp selloff on the last trading session to end lower by 3.2%. In Egypt, the news about the government considering reintroducing stamp duty on stock market transactions after tax was frozen in 2014 led to a sharp selloff to push the index in negative territory for the week. Kuwait, on the other, recorded strong back to back gains for the week as investors have turned optimistic about market reforms and an increase in government spending on the back of stable oil prices.

After taking a breather, investors once again bought into the Qatari market on the back of earnings and a positive economic outlook. Saudi Arabia remained under pressure, however the losses have narrowed but investors continue to realize profits. UAE markets witnessed a quieter week as investors are awaiting the earnings from prominent companies coupled with global uncertainties.

The week ahead might be important to test the buying momentum in Kuwait, while Egypt might continue to remain under pressure due to the expected stamp duty on market transactions.

Indexes Last WTD (%) MTD (%) YTD (%)
Dubai (DFMGI) 3,690.39 -0.81% 4.52% 4.52%
Abu Dhabi (ADSMI) 4,704.70 0.50% 3.48% 3.48%
Saudi (SASEIDX) 6,875.87 -0.66% -4.64% -4.64%
Kuwait (KWSE) 6,435.75 5.37% 11.96% 11.96%
Egypt (EGX30) 12,806.77 -3.15% 3.74% 3.74%
Qatar (DSM) 10,941.43 2.17% 4.84% 4.84%
Bahrain (BHSEIDX) 1,239.74 2.31% 1.58% 1.58%
Oman (MSM30) 5,734.14 -0.49% -0.84% -0.84%
TR GCC (Reuters) 211.97 1.46% 4.62% 4.62%
DJ MENA 521.31 0.23% 4.45% 4.69%


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