Geo-political tensions and trade tariffs were the main focus of last week with investors being cautious due to news flow of the White House looking to impose tariffs on the Chinese imports. Oil responded positively to the news with crude oil ending the week at USD 66.21 per barrel, up +1.0% on a weekly basis, while WTI ended the week at USD62.34 per barrel.
Most of the regional indices ended the week on a positive note with Egypt leading the pack among its peers with gains of 3.2% adding to its YTD performance to reach 13.2%, followed by Saudi Arabia with gains of 2.4% adding to its YTD performance to be 7.2% mostly driven by the expectation of a possible inclusion into the emerging market index. UAE markets ended the week positively with DFM rising by +1.3% and ADSM gaining +0.3% over the week. On the losing team, Bahrain was the worst performer with losses of -1.1%, followed by Oman -0.7% and Kuwait -0.3%.
Moving forward, the regional markets will be driven by domestic developments coupled with sentiments seen within the global markets.
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