ADQ launches Q Market Makers to enhance ADX liquidity

New market maker commences trading on Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange

H.E. Mohamed Hassan Alsuwaidi, Chief Executive Officer, ADQ.

H.E. Mohamed Hassan Alsuwaidi, Chief Executive Officer, ADQ.

ABU DHABI: ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies with a broad portfolio of major enterprises spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi’s economy, announced today the launch of Q Market Makers LLC (QMM). The new market maker began trading today on Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX).

Market makers are key market participants that provide a highly effective means of facilitating trading activity and ensuring liquidity in a strong securities exchange. A highly liquid exchange instils greater interest and confidence in the capital markets attracting order flow and listings. Prices become more efficient, volumes increase as the average spread narrows and overall transaction costs are reduced. This in turn provides a credible platform for companies to raise capital and expand and diversify their shareholder base.

On this occasion, H.E. Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX), said, “Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange is working to encourage participation in the securities markets in order to increase liquidity while promoting capital formation and economic growth. Capital markets with more liquidity and efficiency are essential for any country to achieve economic diversification, and help create a business system that is more competitive, transparent, and engaging with the global economy through expertise and adoption of best global practices.”
H.E. Al Shorafa added, “Market making is a key pillar of the financial markets’ development and significantly advances financial trading. The launch of Q Market Makers is a significant milestone for Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, paving the way for increasing market activities at all levels."

H.E. Mohamed Hassan Alsuwaidi, CEO of ADQ, commented: “The establishment of QMM brings together a combination of highly specialized expertise, innovative technology and capital deployment for the benefit of listed companies and their shareholders alike. As an additional market maker for ADX, QMM will help to boost liquidity and improve market quality of Abu Dhabi’s state-of-the-art exchange. This goes to the heart of ADQ’s aim to generate economic activity underpinned by a leading capital market that helps to drive Abu Dhabi’s growth and development.”

To facilitate and support its activities as an independently managed market maker, QMM will be able to access funding allocated for market making earlier this year as part of the Abu Dhabi Economic Stimulus Package. This funding was set up by the Abu Dhabi Government under Ghadan 21 to enhance liquidity of the capital markets.

About ADQ  

With headquarters in Abu Dhabi, ADQ was established in 2018 as a public joint stock company (PJSC). It holds a diverse portfolio of major enterprises spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi’s economy, including utilities, tourism and hospitality, aviation, transportation, logistics, industrial, real estate, media, healthcare, food and agriculture, and financial services. 

As a strategic partner of the Government of Abu Dhabi, ADQ is committed to supporting the development of Abu Dhabi as a modern, competitive, prosperous and sustainable economy. ADQ stimulates value creation by developing prominent sector ecosystems and instilling a performance culture across its portfolio of companies.   ADQ is also an asset owner and investor in target sectors, both locally and internationally, which align with Abu Dhabi’s leadership vision.

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About Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange

Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) is part of ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies with a broad portfolio of major enterprises spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi’s diversified economy.

ADX is a market for trading securities; including shares issued by public joint stock companies, bonds issued by governments or corporations, exchange traded funds, and any other financial instruments approved by the UAE Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA). It is the second largest market in the Arab region and its strategy of providing stable financial performance with diversified sources of incomes is aligned with the guiding principles of the UAE’s “Towards the next 50” agenda. The national plan charts out the UAE’s strategic development scheme which aims to build a sustainable, diversified and high value-added economy that positively contributes to transition to a new global sustainable development paradigm.

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