Thursday 31 July 2014

Ending Gaza bloodshed rests on a face-saving truce

A possible truce to halt bloodshed in Gaza during the Muslim Eid Al-Fitr holiday next week hinges on complex negotiations that have to give Hamas, Israel and regional powers a chance to claim political and military victories. Egypt is trying to broker a temporary humanitarian tru


Saudi market 'could see $35bn foreign inflow'

Saudi capital market, the largest in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region, could draw up to $35 billion once it is opened to direct foreign investments, an analyst has said. The long-awaited move, approved by the cabinet recently, will finally come to pass once the Capi


Supply, demand shift ‘largest risk to farm sector’

The fundamentals of supply and demand are causing concern, with increased consumption in emerging market, climate change and natural disasters affecting supply, while urbanisation in emerging markets lead to a decline in agricultural workforce, according to a su


Saudi 'will become 7th largest emerging capital market'

Emerging capital markets will double their global index share by 2030, with Saudi Arabia expected to emerge as the seventh largest emerging capital market by 2030, says a report. Saudi Arabia will account for the second largest share of emerging ECM deal fees ($5.5 billion) over


Mideast firms face $91bn refinancing needs

Middle East investment grade companies are facing refinancing needs of about $91 billion from bank and bond debt due to mature over the next four years, according to a recent report.   The Moody’s Investors Service poi


Saudi opening will put Mideast on global investor map

The opening of Saudi Arabia's $530 billion stock market to foreigners will finally put the Middle East on the investor map. Foreigners will be allowed direct access to the stock market from next year under reforms announced on July 22. This gives investors good reason to pay


Oil prices 'may go up on tighter supplies'

Opec and non-Opec oil supply growth will reduce over the next 18 months, a report said, with the average Brent prices for 2014 and 2015 ranging from $106 to $109 and from $103 to $108/bbl, respectively. In a new forecast, the BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research said it is now revi


Cash-flush Gulf banks grab top spots in loan market

Cash-rich Gulf banks are grabbing a growing share of the region's loan market as they cut fees and ease terms, elbowing aside some of the foreign banks which used to dominate lending.   The shift reflects the weakened st


Reforming Egypt's black market - high hurdles, big rewards

The economist behind a plan to unlock at least $380 billion worth of assets from Egypt's black market says President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi must first restore another asset that has depreciated over the years: the trust of a wary public. &n


Consumers upbeat on global job prospects

More than half of consumers globally expect job prospects to be good to excellent in the year ahead, a survey showed on Tuesday.   That helped push global consumer confidence up in the second quarter to its highest since the

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