Dubai Stocks Cross Resistance Level Held For a Year

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Dubai’s main stock index ended Sunday’s session above a resistance level that it had held for over a year, boosted by continued gains for the biggest listed real-estate developer.

The DFM General Index advanced for an eighth straight session, extending its longest winning streak in over a year. It has crossed above its 100-day moving average for the first time since Jan. 18, 2018.

The stock contributing the most to the gauge’s increase was Emaar Properties PJSC, a bellwether for the local real-estate market, which entered a bull market last week after delivering earnings that surprised analysts on the positive side. Emaar advanced for the seventh session, stretching its longest winning streak since July 2017.

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Equity indexes in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain also increased, while those in Saudi Arabia and Egypt fell. Gauges in Oman and Qatar were little changed

Emerging markets stocks rose 2.7% last week, after five consecutive days climbing EM Review

MIDDLE EASTERN MARKETS:

Dubai’s main index climbs 1.3% at close, top gainer among Middle Eastern equities markets

In January 2018, the gauge finished above the 100-day average but was not able to hold above that level for long. The time before that was in July 2017, which was more decisive, when the index gained almost 7% in about three weeks Emaar Properties rises 3.2%, extending the increase in the past seven sessions to 25%, the best seven-day performance since Dec. 2014

Dubai’s Real Estate Bellwether Stock Rallies Into Bull Market Also in Dubai, Damac Properties advances 8.4%, the biggest jump since July 2017

Qatar International Islamic Bank climbs 3.3% in Doha, the most among 20 members of the local main index, which finished little changed

NOTE: QIIB shareholders will vote next month on a recommendation by the board to increase the foreign ownership limit to 49% from 25%, according to an agenda for a general assembly published last week. If the cap increase is approved and implemented, the stock should receive $25m in inflows from investors tracking FTSE Russell indexes in June, according to Mohamad Al Hajj, equities strategist at EFG-Hermes Holding

Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul All Share Index fell 0.4%, with Al Rajhi Bank falling 1%, pressuring the index the most on a weighted basis

Egypt’s EGX 30 Index retreated 1.3%, trimming gains this month to 5.9%. Out of 30 index members 26 drop, 2 are unchanged and 2 climb.

Kuwait’s stock exchange will be closed between Feb. 24 and Feb. 26 due to a local holiday. Trading resumes on Feb. 27

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