With further clarification on the long-awaited tax reforms, US markets reached another record high albeit with a modest increase relative to the previous week. Dow Jones ended the week up 0.98% while S&P500 ended it +0.85%. Crude ended the week slightly below the USD56 mark per barrel, sparing its highly correlated regional markets any aggressive downward movements.
Regional markets had a mixed performance during the week due to lack of catalysts and profit booking among investors. Egypt came in as the worst performer among its peers going down by 3.3%, with interest hovering around the USD/EGP which is currently in the 15.5-16 area after reaching highs of 19 following the devaluation. Saudi Arabia came in second among the losing team with 1.2% decline over the week with negative headlines on the much anticipated Aramco IPO valuation. UAE markets witnessed volatility in the penny/retail space while blue chips took a back seat, Dubai ending the week lower by 0.46% while Abu Dhabi was up by 0.22%. Qatar had a modest upward tick of 0.98% over the week, backed by investors’ anticipation for a FTSE upgrade.
3 trading days left this coming week for February to close its books. Right now only Abu Dhabi and Qatar are comfortably in the green to ensure a positive month. Dubai, Kuwait and Saudi are straddling the breakeven mark so could easily be negative or positive at the close of the month. Egypt being down 3.6% on the month seems like negative territory is where it might end up unless we get a new wave of buying for the next 3 days.
|Indexes||Last||WTD (%)||MTD (%)||YTD (%)|
|Abu Dhabi (ADSMI)||4,653.39||0.22%||2.30%||2.35%|
|TR GCC (Reuters)||213.20||0.19%||1.77%||5.23%|
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