US markets had a positive close for last week, with Dow, Nasdaq and S&P500 reaching their all-time highs, ignoring a recent job report that came below expectations.
Oil on the other hand, ended the week on a negative note, again below the USD 50 mark on the back of the same story of US Shale which will continue to distort the supply/demand picture despite OPEC extending cuts.
On the regional front, with Ramadan in its second week, markets had a mixed performance with Egypt being the star. The Egyptian market managed to end the week up by 2.8% reaching a recent high of 13,467 points after the president ratified the new investment law.
Kuwait came in second in the win column, up by 1.9% over the week, maintaining its YTD returns of 18.5%. Bahrain, Dubai and Oman followed with small gains ending the week up 0.8%, 0.7% and 0.6% respectively.
On the losing side, Qatar came in first, losing 1.2% over the week, followed by Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia each by 0.8% and 0.1% respectively. With oil struggling to reach the USD 50 and Ramadan in full swing, markets are expected to stay in a tight trading range unless positive economic or specific company news occurs and changes the current scenario.
|Indexes||Last||WTD (%)||MTD (%)||YTD (%)|
|Abu Dhabi (ADSMI)||4,478.81||-0.84%||1.16%||-1.49%|
|TR GCC (Reuters)||200.21||0.24%||0.61%||-1.18%|
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