Finance & Banking

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Posted: 11-08-2011
UAE. Dubai state companies are securing bank financing as the latest tumult in global markets fails to derail the emirate's recovery from the 2009 debt crisis. Dubai Holding LLC, one of the three main state-owned holding companies, reached an accord with lenders to extend a US$1.16 billion loan to December 2016, according to a company official. Port & Free Zone World FZE, an intermediate holding company for port operator DP World Ltd. (DPW), is raising US$850 million to refinance debt, three bankers familiar with the plan said. Investment Corporation of Dubai said on August 8 it will rep
Posted: September 1, 2014
UAE. The Middle East's top brands have grown by an average of 38%, according to The Brand Finance Middle East 50; This brings the total value of the top 50 above US$50 billion for the first time; Emirates holds the top spot and remains far ahead of the rest.
Posted: September 1, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Consumer spending also remained robust; Non-oil exports rebound owing to greater production of petrochemicals and plastics.
Posted: September 1, 2014
JORDAN. The market recorded an increase in profit after tax to JOD 13.7 million in 2013, stemming from improved returns on underwriting and investment activities. Partially assisting this recovery has been the bullish performance of the Amman stock exchange.
Posted: September 1, 2014
UAE. Research note sees key role for Sukuks over next decade in securing funds for major projects in Dubai.
Posted: August 31, 2014
UAE. Emaar to offer at least 15% of Emaar Malls Group; One of Middle East's largest equity sales since 2008; Shares to be listed in Dubai in October; Payout totalling US$2.45 billion to shareholders.
Posted: August 30, 2014
QATAR. Price increases may suggest a potential overheating of the real estate sector. Closer analysis, however, indicates that the increase is still within the fundamentals of Qatar's fast growing economy and rapid population growth.
Posted: August 29, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The latest twist downwards, against a background of worryingly sluggish eurozone growth, was driven by falls in the prices of food and energy, Eurostat said.
Posted: August 29, 2014
KUEAIT. There is plenty of potential in the Kuwaiti market, should investor interest remain and the government carries out its proposed spending plans. The government's 2014/15 budget is expansionary, with expenditure growth of 3.2% to US$77.3 billion.
Posted: August 28, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The Saudi Arabian index is the region's most diverse capital market due to its size and maturity; Jadwa Investment views the opening up of the Tadawul as an overall positive but believes a cautious and considered path to reform is the best way forward, much like the Chinese example.
Posted: August 28, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "With business operations in both the UK and the GCC, BLME has made significant progress in the first half of the year"; The Group increased its Operating Profit before Impairment charges by 177%.
Posted: August 28, 2014
LEBANON. The results of the Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index show a marginal improvement in January and February, picking up pace in March and April, and regressing in May and June 2014.
Posted: August 28, 2014
UAE. The Saudi equity market index hits a 6 year high; Fed Chief Yellen's commentary at Jackson Hole summit seen as constructive; India in a sweet spot for emerging market debt investors.
Posted: August 28, 2014
UAE. Dubai World, the state-owned company at the center of the emirate's 2009 financial crisis, reached a deal with its main creditors to extend the repayment of US$10.3 billion of debt, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Posted: August 27, 2014
UAE. Hasan Ismaik and Aabar, a government-linked investment company that wants to increase its stake in Arabtec, are still in talks about the sale; The offer may involve as much as half of Ismaik's holding.
Posted: August 27, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Christine Lagarde has been placed under formal investigation by French magistrates for negligence in a political fraud affair dating from 2008 when she was finance minister.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: September 2, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. strategic conception must evolve away from seeing these conflicts as distinct theaters into seeing them as different aspects of the same theater: the Black Sea.
date:Posted: September 1, 2014
UAE. The Middle East's top brands have grown by an average of 38%, according to The Brand Finance Middle East 50; This brings the total value of the top 50 above US$50 billion for the first time; Emirates holds the top spot and remains far ahead of the rest.
date:Posted: September 1, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Consumer spending also remained robust; Non-oil exports rebound owing to greater production of petrochemicals and plastics.
INTERNATIONAL. I think one of the big fallacies in people's thinking about the Iraqi oil sector has been the focus on who's making money producing the oil. The bigger impact is on consumers.
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