| DUBAI, July 14
DUBAI, July 14 Dubai's shares rose to a 57-month
high on Sunday as optimism on second-quarter earnings boosted
buying, while foreign investors returned to lift Egypt's market.
Shares of property firms, the main sector to benefit from a
recovery in economic fundamentals, led gains in Dubai.
"There will be selective accumulation on stocks that beat
earning once the numbers are out," said Mohammed Ali Yasin,
managing director of Abu Dhabi Financial Services. Banking
sector is expected to post strong growth, which would justify
higher profits for the year, he added.
Shares in builder Arabtec rose 4.2 percent,
extending 2013 gains to 21 percent.
Five analysts polled by Reuters expect the firm to post a
net profit average of 51.4 million dirhams ($13.99 million) for
second quarter, swinging from a loss in the same period last
The firm had a nearly 30 percent over subscription for its
$650 million rights issue earlier this month, after it extended
the subscription period.
Emaar Properties and Dubai Investments Co.
climbed 1.9 and 7.1 percent.
Dubai index rose 2 percent to its highest since
November 2008. Trading volumes climbed to one-month high.
Neighbouring Abu Dhabi's measure also rose, up 0.9
percent to hit a fresh 57-month high.
UAE companies are expected to post second-quarter earning
results later in July.
In Cairo, the benchmark gained 0.6 percent on
upbeat sentiment as an interim government sets out plans for a
The market fell in three of the previous five sessions since
hitting a one-month high upon the ousting of Islamist President
Mohamed Mursi by the military.
"The roadmap is clear on the political front and
economically," said Amr Reda, assistant vice-president, foreign
sales desk at Pharos Securities. "Things are looking promising
after Gulf countries provided Egypt with decent financial aid."
UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have promised $12 billion in
aid packages to Egypt, which could help with fuel and grain
shortages and a lack of foreign exchange reserves in the short
Many concerns remain, however, and the market will face
renewed selling pressure should unrest escalate or if there are
delays in forming a cabinet, analysts say.
A senior leader of Mursi's party called for mass rallies
across Egypt on Monday, demanding their ousted president be
Foreigners were net buyers, according to bourse data - this
is a change in trend since the market's slide in June, when the
market dropped on rising political tensions that culminated to
In Saudi Arabia, the index climbed 0.7 percent to
its highest since April 2012.
Petrochemical shares boosted the index with Saudi Basic
Industries Corp (SABIC) climbing 1.3 percent.
The chemicals giant is expected to post a 20 percent growth
in quarterly earnings, according to an average forecast of 10
analysts polled by Reuters.
Upbeat global markets also helped sentiment in the
Stocks on major bourses posted their best weekly gains since
November on Friday, helped by corporate earnings reports and
remarks by Federal Reserve officials calming investor fears
about U.S. monetary policy.
* The index climbed 0.7 percent to 7,744 points.
* The index slipped 0.2 percent to 9,398 points.
* The index gained 0.6 percent to 5,309 points.
* The index rose 2 percent to 2,440 points.
* The index climbed 0.9 percent to 3,738 points.
* The index edged up 0.01 percent to 7,883 points.
* The index gained 0.4 percent to 6,518 points.
* The index slipped 0.4 percent to 1,185 points.