Most Mideast Stocks Retreat as Traders Eye Earnings

(Bloomberg) -- Most equity indexes in the Middle East declined as investors focus on third-quarter results.

Volatility in Saudi stocks dropped to the lowest level in two weeks as the uproar over the killing of columnist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul dissipate. Saudi Basic Industries Corp. fell even after third-quarter profit met analysts’ estimates.

Most Mideast Stocks Retreat as Traders Eye Earnings
  • MSCI Emerging Markets Index lost 3.3% last week, its fifth weekly decline, while a gauge of emerging-market currencies dropped 0.4%
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  • Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul All Share Index declines 0.4%, after climbing 2.5% last week
    • Investors are looking at third-quarter earnings statements closely, said Joice Mathew, the head of equity research at United Securities in Muscat, Oman
      • “The fear of any major diplomatic action on Saudi has faded off, so focus is largely on the domestic factors”
      • Says index could climb to as much as 7,900
        • Tadawul closes at 7,802.65
      • Expects “strong earnings momentum in banks with double-digit earnings growth supported by widening spreads, but loan growth is not enticing as much.”
      • For petrochemical companies: results are “likely to be stable/similar to 1H18 levels, as hike in product prices should get neutralized by the hike in raw material prices”
    • Sabic retreats as much as 2.2% before falling 1.9% at close; the company said higher average selling prices and an increase in volumes helped boost 3Q profit
      • Sales climbed 13% to 43.7b riyals
    • Southern Province Cement slips 0.9% after third-quarter profit missed the lowest analyst estimate
    • MORE: Saudis Reject Turkish Demand to Hand Over Khashoggi Suspects
    • READ: Investors Vexed by Khashoggi-Fate Fracas Say This Too Shall Pass
  • Dubai’s DFM General Index, Qatar’s QE Index, Egypt’s EGX 30 fall between 0.1% and 0.4%
  • Abu Dhabi’s ADX General Index rises 0.3% and Oman’s MSM 30 closes little changed
    • QuickTake: How Khashoggi Killing May Help Heal Saudi-Qatar Rift
  • Israel’s TA-35 Index gains 0.2% as of 3:13 pm in Tel Aviv
  • READ: It’s Time to Treat Israel Like Other States, Oman Says
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