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New evidence of sheep welfare violations in Qatar

Saturday, 14 April 2018

The Australian Federal Agriculture Department has decided to suspend shipments of sheep to an abattoir in Qatar over new allegations of animal welfare violations, according to ABC. Last week the Nine Network broadcast video of 2,400 sheep that had died of heat stress on board an export ship bound for the Middle East. On Saturday the Department said it had received new information and vision from advocacy group Animals Australia, raising serious concerns about the abattoir's operations, the ...

Saudi Finance Minister: Aramco IPO in 2018 or 2019 depending on market

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The hotly-awaited stock market debut of Saudi energy giant Aramco will be launched in 2018 if market conditions permit, otherwise in 2019, Saudi Arabia’s finance minister told AFP on Tuesday.“If the market is ready in 2018, we will go in 2018. If not, we will wait until 2019,” Mohammed al-Jadaan told AFP in an interview at a French-Saudi forum in Paris, referring to the planned initial public offering (IPO) of Aramco, tipped to be the world's biggest.“We are not desperate ...

Gulf mixed early on, Emaar Properties pulls up Dubai

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Gulf stock markets were mixed in early trade on Wednesday but a rebound by real estate blue chip Emaar Properties lifted Dubai.The Dubai index gained 0.6 percent as Emaar, which had been trading near 14-month lows because of a slumping Dubai real estate market, surged 2.8 percent to 6.20 dirhams.The stock had reached a trailing price-earnings ratio of about 7.6 times, according to Thomson Reuters data - cheap by emerging market standards. Of 12 analysts rating it, 10 have a “buy” or ...

Oil prices, technical outlook likely to support Gulf markets

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Most Gulf markets may keep a firm tone on Thursday after oil prices shot up and the three main Wall Street stock indexes hit record closes overnight.Brent crude oil futures hit $68.16 a barrel on Thursday morning, their highest level since May 2015. That is good news for the margins of many Saudi petrochemical companies and for Gulf governments which intend to use increased oil revenues to boost spending this year.ALSO READ: Oil dips away from mid-2015 highs as higher output looms ...

Telecom Egypt says internet services to be restored in days

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Telecom Egypt, Egypt’s largest internet provider, said on Tuesday it expected its internet services to be restored “gradually” after several days of disruptions. The company said on its Facebook page its services had experienced a problem but did not give more details. Reuters was unable to immediately reach the company for comment. Users have complained that the disruption of the service lasted anywhere between four days to two weeks. Telecom Egypt is the largest fixed-line ...

Israel regulator seeks to ban bitcoin firms from stock exchange

Monday, 25 December 2017

Israel’s markets regulator will propose regulation to ban companies based on bitcoin and other digital currencies from trading on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, he said on Monday.Shmuel Hauser, the chairman of the Israel Securities Authority (ISA), told the Calcalist business conference he will bring the proposal to the ISA board next week. If approved, it would be subject to a public hearing and then the stock exchange bylaws would need to be amended.“If we have a company that their ...

Bitcoin suffers dramatic price plunge amid hacking scare

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Bitcoin prices plunged about 15 percent in Asian trade Wednesday before recouping some of the losses as investors apparently took fright at news that a South Korean exchange had been hacked.The unit, which hit a record $19,500 at the start of the week, took a hit as it emerged that South Korean exchange Youbit had been hacked, leading the firm to say it will close and start bankruptcy proceedings, according to Bloomberg News.Separately, US authorities on Tuesday suspended trading in a popular ...

Bitcoin makes muted stock exchange debut at $15,000

Monday, 11 December 2017

Cryptocurrency Bitcoin made its debut on a major bourse Sunday, opening at $15,000 per unit at the Chicago board options exchange.Around 23:20 GMT, the price of the currency had risen to $15,940 dollars on a futures contract scheduled for settlement on January 17 according to data provided by the Chicago board options exchange (Cboe).A futures contract is a financial product that allows investors to bet on whether the currency’s price will rise or fall.It is the first opportunity for ...

Major markets rise, led by Saudi Arabia and Egypt

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Major Gulf stock markets rose on Sunday in line with strength in global bourses at the end of last week, with Saudi Arabia and Egypt leading.The Saudi index rose 0.8 percent points to 7,145, bouncing for a second straight day from technical support around 7,000 points in very heavy trade.After initially pulling out of the market in the wake of Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on corruption, announced early last month, retail investors have been coming back in after it became clear that damage to ...

Saudi Arabia reopens October domestic sukuk issue with $1.78 bln riyal sale

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Saudi Arabia has issued 6.68 billion riyals ($1.78 billion) of Islamic bonds by reopening a domestic sukuk issue that it originally made in October, the finance ministry said on Tuesday. The bond tap brings the October sukuk issue to a total of 16.68 billion riyals. The tap, split into three tranches, attracted 19.8 billion riyals of demand, the ministry said. The first tranche, amounting to 1.05 billion riyals, matures in 2022. The second tranche, due in 2024, is 3.53 ...

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