Bahrain stocks rake in profits

Bahrain stocks rake in profits
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Published August 17th, 2012 - 01:04 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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The Bahrain All-Share Index yesterday closed 0.3 per cent higher to 1,080 points.

Elsewhere, Dubai contractor Drake & Scull International slumped to a one-week low yesterday after it posted disappointing second-quarter numbers that missed forecasts, but trading on most regional markets were muted ahead of the Eid holidays.

Drake shares dropped 1.9pc to its lowest since Aug 7. The stock, which has gained 24pc year-to-date, accounted for nearly half the shares traded on the emirate's bourse .

The contractor blamed high acquisition funding costs and contract provisioning for the drop in earnings.

Developer Deyaar also slipped 0.6pc, after it reported a marginal increase in profits aided by a sharp drop in expenses.

However, Dubai's top real estate firm Emaar Properties reversed losses in early trade and climbed 0.3pc, partly offseting declines on other property-related stocks.

Emaar said on Tuesday that revenue from apartment sales more than doubled in the second quarter offseting a drop in sales of commercial units and villas.

Property stocks in Dubai have rallied recently following positive second-quarter earnings and hope that the near four-year real estate market slump is ending.

Telecoms firm Du also gained 1.1pc.

Dubai's index edged up ending 0.09pc higher.

Trade was also muted on Abu Dhabi's bourse, which ended 0.1pc up.

Gulf Arab markets are seeing a slowdown in trading as the region heads into the long Eid holiday starting this weekend.

Saudi Arabia's bourse broke through the psychologically-important 7,000-point mark on the final trading session before the Eid break, led by food stocks.

Some declines were expected today as it's the last day of trading. However, the market is around the bottom and there's not much profit-taking, said Hesham Tuffaha, head of asset management at Bakheet Investment Group.

The agricultural and food index advanced 3.2pc, led by dairy and food producer Almarai Co, which jumped 10pc in its largest one-day gain in more than two years. The dairy firm closes at its highest level since June 18.

Saudi Fisheries Co gained 1 percent, with Halwani Brothers Co rising 1.9pc.

Banks also performed well, with Bank Al Bilad climbing 3.3pc to its highest finish since April 22. SABB and Banque Saudi Fransi gained 1.5 and 0.9pc respectively.

However, Bank Al Jazira dropped 0.7pc, trimming its August rise to 13.4pc.

The index closed 0.5pc higher at 7,004 points.

Egypt's index continued its advance for a fourth consecutive session, adding 0.2pc. The North African country will discuss the possibility of a bigger-than-expected $4.8 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund when a delegation from the Washington-based body visits Cairo this month, its finance minister said.

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