Gulf may gain as oil, Asian bourses start 2017 strong

January 3, 2017 11:21 am

An investor looks up at screens displaying stock information at the Dubai Financial Market. (Image: Alamy)

* In the Gulf region, the petrochemical sector in Saudi Arabia may get a boost from the rise in oil prices

* Brent crude oil is at $57.16 a barrel, close to last year’s high of $57.89

* Both crude oil prices and Asian bourses started their first trading day of 2017 with a firm tone

 

 

Stock markets in the Gulf may rise on Tuesday as both crude oil prices and Asian bourses start their first trading day of 2017 with a firm tone.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan is up 0.4 per cent as most regional markets reopen after New Year holidays. Brent crude oil is at $57.16 a barrel, close to last year’s high of $57.89, hit on December 12.

 

(OPEC deal: Producers agree to oil output cut, first since 2008)

 

Slow start

Most activity in Dubai, where the index rose 0.2 per cent on Monday, was by short-term speculative investors as many institutional and foreign funds were away for the holidays. They may start returning on Tuesday, bidding up prices of large-cap shares.

The petrochemical sector in Saudi Arabia, which lagged slightly on Monday, may get a boost from the rise in oil prices. Many analysts expect the sector’s fourth-quarter earnings to show improvement from the prior-year period.

 

(ADNOC to almost triple petrochemical output by 2025)

 

Aljazira Capital said in a note that it expects sales in the final quarter of 2016 to have increased on a quarter-on-quarter basis, though margins may have contracted because of higher feedstock prices.

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