UAE Stock Update

UAE Stock Update

UAE stock markets were calm on the last day of April with some shares closing slightly up. A number of brokerage companies have opted for clearing the short positions of their clients with the objective of settling their monthly financial statements before referring them to the Securities and Commodities Authority.

While a number of leaders closed in green at Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) and Dubai Financial Market (FDA), the largest portion of liquidity on Sunday went for stocks of dual-listed companies, primarily GFH Financial Group whose share rose by 5.6 percent to AED 2.44.

According to market sources, a state of calmness usually prevails on the final day of the month, with traders focusing more on shares with highly volatile margins, which explains why most of the cash went for speculative stocks on Wednesday’s session.

In the meantime, ADX General ADX rose by 0.21 percent to 4,522 points while DFM was down by 0.05 percent to 3.415 points.

With regards to heavy stocks, EMAAR Properties closed high at AED 7.28, followed by the Etihad Properties which followed suit at AED 1.02. At ADX, NBAD was up to AED 11.05 followed by Aldar which closed at AED 2.16.

A total of 4,580 transactions were conducted worth AED 470 million over 346 million stocks.

Despite the discrepancy in closing prices at the two markets, the advancing shares outnumbered the declining ones, with 25 stocks closing high, 23 down and eight at their final traded prices.

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, ADCB, reported on Sunday AED1.1 billion in net profit attributable to equity shareholders, marking an 8 per cent increase from the AED1.02 billion recorded in the same quarter of 2016.

The bank said the rise in profits was driven by healthy volumes and a strong non-interest income combined with a well-managed cost base.

Total net interest and Islamic financing income gained almost 4 percent to AED1.63 billion in the quarter versus AED1.57 billion in the same period last year. Impairment allowances fell almost 10 percent to AED386 million in the first three months of the year from AED352 million in the same period last year.

Alaa Eraiqat, board member and group chief executive officer of ADCB, said the bank saw a good start to the year, with top and bottom line growth in the first quarter.

Our stringent cost controls to drive efficiency across the bank resulted in a significant improvement in our cost-to-income ratio year-on-year. As a highly disciplined bank, we continue to take measures to address the prevailing economic conditions with a rigorous risk management and cost containment, he added.

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S. Jack Heffernan Ph.D. Funds Manager at HEFFX holds a Ph.D. in Economics and brings with him over 25 years of trading experience in Asia and hands on experience in Venture Capital, he has been involved in several start ups that have seen market capitalization over $500m and 1 that reach a peak market cap of $15b. He has managed and overseen start ups in Mining, Shipping, Technology and Financial Services.

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