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Kuwait measure sheds 23.29 pts; volume rises Agility gains 20 fils; KAMCO rallies

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 3: Kuwait stocks swung lower Monday, partly reversing the gains in the previous session. The index dropped  23.29 pts in choppy trade to settle at 7,786.72 points weighed by  speculative selling in some of the mid and low caps. Most of the frontline stocks closed mixed. The  KSX 15 benchmark climbed 5.78 pts to 1,080.59 pts and is up  28 pts from start of the year whereas weighted index edged 0.22 pts higher to 461.12 pts. The volume turnover meanwhile ticked higher after receding in the last 3 sessions. 327.94 million shares changed hands — a 7.35 pct increase from Sunday. It had soared above the 700 million mark on Jan 16 to hit a multi-month high.

The sectors closed mostly in the red. Industrials outperformed the rest with 0.32 percent upswing whereas real estate shed 0.89 pct, the biggest loser of the day. In terms of volume, industrials garnered the highest market share of 29.52 pct while financial services and real estate came in next with 27.08 percent and 27.01 pct respectively.  Among the losers, Advanced Technology dropped 20 fils to KD 0.910  and Hilal Cement followed suit to wind up at KD 0.230. Kuwait Portland Cement slid 40 fils and Salhia Real Estate Co gave up 20 fils to close at KD 0.370.

The Energy House slipped 4 fils and Al Salam Group Holding Co fell 6 fils to KD 0.116. IFA Hotels and Resorts eased 5 fils to close at KD 0.275 and Gulf Petroleum Investment Co too was down by same measure.  Market heavyweight Zain bucked the trend to gain 10 fils whereas Wataniya Telecom held steady at KD 1.840 off early lows. Zain has earned KD 216.44 million and chalked an earnings per share of 56 fils in 2013 and the Board of Directors has recommended a cash dividend of 50%. Agility climbed 20 fils to close at KD 0.680 and the stock is trading 10 fils down year-to-date.
 

Slipped
The market opened weak and slipped into red in early trade. The index moved sideways briefly before resuming the downswing as sentiment turned negative. It hit the day’s lowest level of 7,776.05 pts almost half way into the session and edged up before closing slipping again in the final minutes.
Top gainer of the day, KAMCO rallied 7.81 pct to close at KD 0.138 and National Company For Consumer Industries climbed 6.94 pct to stand next. Pearl For Real Estate Co dived 8.2 percent, the steepest decliner of the day and Mayadeen topped the volume with over 55 million shares.
Reflecting the day’s decline, the losers outled the winners. 40 stocks advanced whereas 55 closed lower. Of the 143 counters active on Monday, 48 closed flat. 6,114 deals worth KD 33.50 million were transacted — a 7.62 pct fall in value from the day before.


On the flip side, Jazeera Airways gained 10 fils recouping the drop in the day before and  Gulf Cable followed suit. Boubyan Petrochemical Co rose 10 fils to KD 0.690 whereas Mabanee Co jumped 20 fils to KD 1.180. Metal and Recycling Co ticked 2 fils higher.
Kuwait Food Co (Americana) was flat at KD 2.500 and KGL Logistics Co followed suit. The company has won the approval of Capital Markets Authority to its request to buy back or sell up to 10% of own shares over a period of 6 months commencing date of approval.
ACICO Industries Co was unchanged at KD 0.275 and Kuwait Cement Co followed suit.  The company has completed the 2nd phase of subscription in increasing its capital by 7%, which was fully covered. The company’s  capital after the increase stands at KD 73.330 million.
National Industries Group, the flagship company of Kharafi Group frittered away slight early gains to end flat at KD 0.228 and Kuwait Gulf Links too did not budge from its earlier close of KD 0.104. ALAFCO paused at KD 0.260.
 

Eased
In the banking sector, National Bank of Kuwait was unchanged at KD 0.940 after clocking a volume of over 4 million whereas Gulf Bank added 5 fils. Al-Ahli Bank of Kuwait  eased 5 fils. The bank has recorded a net profit of KD 35.42 million and earnings per share of  22 fils in the year ending Dec 31, 2013 as compared to KD 30.027 million profit and earnings per share of  19 fils in 2012. The Board of Directors has recommended a cash dividend of  13%.
Ahli United Bank  dropped 10 fils to KD 0.740 whereas Kuwait International Bank closed 5 fils higher. Burgan Bank gained 10 fils whereas Commercial Bank of Kuwait was not traded during the session.
Kuwait Finance House paused at KD 0.800 with a volume of 4.3 million whereas Boubyan Bank shed 10 fils. The bank  has registered a net profit of  KD 13.408 million and earnings per share of 7.29 fils in the year ending Dec 31, 2013 and the Board of Directors has recommended 7 pct bonus shares as dividend.
Kuwait Investment Co slipped 4 fils to KD 0.170 and International Financial Advisors clipped 3 fils. National Investment Co stagnated at KD 0.154 of early lows and KIPCO was down 10 fils at KD 0.650.
Kuwait Financial Centre took in 2 fils and KMEFIC added 3 fils. Al Mal Investment Co inched 1 fil up whereas  Bayan Investment closed flat. KAMCO gained 10 fils whereas Osoul Investment Co flunked 1 fil.


The bourse has been mixed so far during the week and has added 31 pts in the last two sessions. The price index  had rallied 205  points during whole of January after dropping 185 points in  December.  KSE, with 213 listed companies, is the second largest bourse in the region.
In the bourse related news, Mashaer Holding has posted a net profit of KD 3.64 million and earnings per share of  20 fils during 2013 as against KD 4.31 million profit and earnings per share of  25 fils in the year before. The Board of Directors has recommended cash dividend of 15%.
City Group has logged a net profit of KD 5.46 million and chalked an earnings per share of  48 fils in the year ending Dec 31, 2013, up from KD 3.57 million profit and earnings per share of  32 fils in the year before. The Board of Directors have recommended cash dividend of 35%.
Refrigeration Ind and Storage Co, has announced a net profit of KD 2.72 million and earnings per share of  30.80 fils in 2013 as against KD 2.41 million profit and  earnings per share of  27.30 fils the year before. The Board of Directors has recommended a cash dividend of 10%.
Kuwait Building Materials Mfg has recorded a net profit of KD 581,231 and earnings per share of 19.17 fils in the year ending Dec 31, 2013,  up from KD 411,453 profit and earnings per share of  13.57 fils in 2012. The Board of Directors has recommended 10 percent cash dividend.
 

By John Mathews
Arab Times Staff


By: John Mathews

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