| DUBAI, April 11
DUBAI, April 11 Egypt's bourse hit a two-week
high on Thursday after Qatar and Libya pledged $5 billion in
funding to the cash-strapped Arab country, while most Gulf
markets also gain in earnings anticipation.
Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani said
Qatar would provide an extra $3 billion on top of some $5
billion the Gulf state has already given Cairo.
Later on Wednesday, Egypt's state news agency MENA reported
that neighbouring Libya had signed an agreement to give Cairo a
$2 billion five-year interest-free loan.
Cairo's main index climbed 1.5 percent, its highest
since March 25. The index is down 4.2 percent year-to-date,
underperforming Gulf markets.
"Resistance levels for the Index initially appear at 5,290,
followed by 5,425," Pharos Holding said in a note.
"Until the market manages to surmount the latter level,
those who are invested in the market are advised to hold, with
the view to reduce exposure close to resistance."
Foreign investors aggressively cut exposure to Egypt as the
country's finances slipped into critical territory. The remained
net buyers on Thursday, bourse data showed.
Orascom Telecom climbed 1.6 percent to 4.57
Egyptian pounds ($0.67). The stock is up 5 percent this month,
rallying after Baskindale, a Cyprus-based subsidiary of Russian
billionaire Mikhail Fridman's Altimo, made a $3.7 billion offer
for all of Orascom Telecom at $0.70 per share.
The Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority said it is
studying the tender offer submitted by Baskindale.
In the United Arab Emirates, buying momentum continued ahead
of first-quarter earnings. Dubai's measure climbed 1
percent to a fresh 40-month high.
Dubai Investment added 1 percent in heavy trade,
up for a fourth session as it catches up to other stocks'
Dubai Islamic Bank and telecom operator Du
gained 3.6 and 3.3 percent respectively.
"The international markets are extremely bullish at the
moment and some of the sentiment is spilling towards our markets
as well," said Anastasios Dalgiannakis, institutional trading
manager at Mubasher. "I am a bit sceptical about the move though
and the earnings will tell us whether there really is a
fundamental improvement on the ground or not. I wouldn't be
rushing to buy just yet."
Fresh data underscoring a recovery in China and Wall
Street's record closing overnight boosted Asian shares on
Abu Dhabi's index advance 0.3 percent to its highest
close since October 2009.
Elsewhere, Qatar's bourse fell 0.4 percent to a
five-week low as some investors cashed out ahead of a new $12
Doha Global Investment Co., backed by assets from the
sovereign wealth fund, will offer shares to the public in May.
The IPO is open only for Qatari citizens, and foreigners
will be allowed to invest after listing, which comes with a
guaranteed 5 percent dividend in the first year.
"There's a lot of anticipation on the IPO - there's no
particular reason for a decline but people are holding their
money instead of getting into something they can't sell when the
IPO happens," said Yassir Mckee, wealth manager at Al Rayan
Financial Brokerage Co.
Bets around first-quarter earnings have thinned out given
the possibility of much higher gains from Doha Global.
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