DUBAI, June 7 Qatari shares that are members of
global emerging market benchmarks helped stabilise the bourse in
early trade on Wednesday, while Dubai's Emaar Properties jumped
on news it will launch an initial public offering of its local
real estate unit.
Qatar's stock index was roughly flat after
plummeting 8.7 percent over the last two days when Saudi Arabia,
the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut diplomatic and
transport ties, accusing Doha of backing terrorism.
"From a valuation perspective, there is now a good buying
opportunity in some companies," one regional brokerage firm told
its clients. Reflecting the political tensions, it did not want
to be publicly named.
Telecommunications firm Ooredoo, for example, rose
0.9 percent to 95.40 riyals; the mean target price of 11
analysts is 114 riyals, according to Thomson Reuters data.
"Tensions are still high and mediation efforts by fellow
Gulf Cooperation Council state Kuwait have yet to lead to a
concrete solution, so investors will likely remain on edge and
the longer it takes for a resolution, the longer it will take
for the (Qatari) market to heal," said a Dubai-based trader.
In Dubai, shares of the largest listed real estate developer
Emaar Properties surged 6.4 percent after it said it
plans to offer up to 30 percent of its United Arab Emirates real
estate development business in an initial public offer. Subject
to market conditions, funds raised through the IPO would be
distributed to shareholders of Emaar.
The company said the IPO would be Dubai's largest since its
flotation of Emaar Malls, which raised 5.8 billion
dirhams ($1.58 billion) in 2014 and was heavily oversubscribed.
The Dubai stock index was up 1.3 percent.
In Abu Dhabi, Dana Gas was up 2.2 percent after
the company said it had received $40 million from the Egyptian
government towards its outstanding receivables; its current
receivables balance in Egypt now stands at $187 million.
Most banks were also up, with First Abu Dhabi Bank
up 0.9 percent.
Saudi Arabia's index barely moved with 29 shares
rising and 28 falling in the first half-hour of trade.
(Reporting by Celine Aswad; Editing by Andrew Torchia and