* Investors hope MSCI will start reviewing Saudi on June 20
* Dar Al Arkan surges after appointing new CEO
* Al Baha Investment soars as four-year suspension lifted
* Beaten-down Ezdan Holding leaps in Qatar
* Egypt rises further from record high
By Andrew Torchia
DUBAI, June 4 Saudi Arabia's stock market rose
on Sunday on hopes that MSCI would soon begin steps towards
adding Riyadh to its emerging market index. Other regional
bourses moved little though major property firm Ezdan Holding
rebounded sharply in Qatar.
MSCI is to announce on June 20 whether it will launch a
review of whether to add Saudi Arabia to its index. Inclusion
would probably not take place before mid-2019, but it could
ultimately bring tens of billions of dollars of fresh foreign
money to Riyadh.
In the last few days, investors have gradually increased
their bets on a positive decision on June 20 by adding to their
holdings of stocks which foreign investors are expected to
A few of these gained on Sunday; Saudi Basic Industries
, the top petrochemical maker, rose 0.9 percent,
helping the stock index climb 0.9 percent.
Dar Al Arkan, the most heavily traded stock,
gained 2.5 percent after saying it had appointed Ziad Elchaar,
previously managing director of Dubai's DAMAC Properties
, as chief executive.
Al Baha Investment jumped 10 percent as the
stock resumed trading after a four-year suspension because its
accumulated losses exceeded regulatory standards. The suspension
was lifted after Al Baha took action to reduce those losses.
Qatar's stock index edged down 0.2 percent but Ezdan
, which had tumbled as much as 29 percent since late
last month, when shareholders approved the delisting of the
company, jumped its 10 percent daily limit to 12.58 riyals in
It has begun recovering in the past two trading days. The
board has said it will prepare a statement of the company's fair
value per share, to be presented to shareholders at a subsequent
meeting, and some traders may be speculating on a buyout price
above current market levels.
Dubai's index fell 0.3 percent although some of the
beaten-down stocks of the last few months continued recovering
gradually; amusement park operator DXB Entertainments
edged up 0.3 percent.
In late trade on Sunday, GFH Financial issued a
statement saying it was pulling out of talks to take over Shuaa
Capital. But the stocks had not moved on the news by
the time the market closed, and GFH later issued another
statement withdrawing its first statement. It did not explain
the error or say why it had prepared the initial statement.
In Egypt the index, which had risen to a record
closing high on Thursday, gained a further 0.2 percent to 13,495
points, although turnover shrank. Property firms Porto Group
and Amer Group were the most heavily traded
* The index rose 0.9 percent to 6,928 points.
* The index fell 0.3 percent to 3,342 points.
* The index edged up 0.1 percent to 4,483 points.
* The index dropped 0.2 percent to 9,924 points.
* The index gained 0.2 percent to 13,495 points.
* The index rose 0.3 percent to 6,830 points.
* The index climbed 0.6 percent to 1,333 points.
* The index edged down 0.1 percent to 5,428 points.