Kuwait index slips into red amid profit taking – KFH dips 7 fils; Zain gains

KUWAIT CITY, Sep 12: Kuwait stocks headed south on Tuesday after closing flat in the last session. The main index dipped 21.05 pts in choppy trade to 6,905.98 points as investors locked profits across the sectors. The blue chips however remained mixed.

The KSX 15 measure fell 4.54 points to 1,020.49 pts paring the month’s gains to 36 points while weighted index gave up 2 pts. The volume turnover meanwhile shrank after the three-day swell. Over 136 million shares changed hands – down 14.2 pct from the day the before.

Almost all sectors closed in red. Oil and gas dropped 1 pct, the worst performer of the day and banks followed with 0.82 pct drop. In terms of volume, banks topped with 34.32 pct market share and financials followed with 31.3 pct contribution.

Among the prominent fallers, Kuwait Finance House extended Monday’s losses with a 7 fils drop to 619 fils after trading over 12 million shares while Boubyan Bank was down 7 fils at 464 fils. KIPCO shed 9 fils and Gulf Insurance Co dived 24 fils to 875 fils.

Zain took in 2 fils with brisk trading while Ooredoo held ground at KD 1.250 following last session’s strong gains. Kuwait Telecommunications Co (VIVA) clipped 2 fils and Agility was up 5 fils at 922 fils.

National Bank of Kuwait was flat at 785 fils off early lows and Kuwait International Bank too did not budge from ite previous close. The bank has posted a 37.1% year-on-year drop in second quarter profits to KD 3.32 million from same period in 2016.

The market opened firm but headed south in early trade. The main index traded sideways briefly and slipped deeper into red to plumb the day’s lowest level of 6843.44 pts ahead of the mid-session. It rebounded thereafter to claw back some of the its losses and traded flat before closing with moderate losses.

Top gainer of the day, Marakez leapt 13.53 pct to 49.5 fils and Noor Financial Investment Co rose 3.3 pct to stand next. Al Mudon slid 7.76 pct, the steepest decliner of the day and Al Imtiaz topped the volume with over 17 million shares.

Reflecting the day’s downswing, the losers outnumbered the winners. 26 stocks advanced whereas 60 closed lower. Of the 124 counters active on Tuesday, 38 closed flat. 4,612 deals worth KD 34.73 million were transacted – a 6.9 pct drop in value from the day before.

National Industries Group, the flagship company of the Kharafi Group was unchanged at 149 fils after trading over 5 million shares and Gulf Cable dialed down 2 fils. Shuaiba Industrial climbed 10 fils to 310 fils.

Kuwait Food Co (Americana) paused at KD 2.000 after last session’s solid gains while Kuwait Foundry Co took in 2 fils. Equipment Holding eased 0.5 fil and Kuwait National Cinema Co stood pat at KD 1.350.

Jazeera Airways was unchanged at 600 fils and ALAFCO dipped 11 fils. The company’s earnings surged 49 pct to KD 5.78 million in third quarter ended 30 June, 2017 from same period last year.


NICBM paused at 198 fils and Educational Holding Group gave up 3 fils. The company has posted a 13 pct drop in profits in the quarter ended May 31, 2017. The profits totaled KD 1.14 million as against KD 1.31 million in the same period last year.

Napesco slid 17 fils to 822 fils and Humansoft Holding was down 9 fils at KD 3.894. Burgan Well Drilling Co fell 3 fils to 80 fils and Combined Group Contracting Co was up 3 fils at 548 fils. Eyas For Technical and Higher Education was flat at 800 fils.

Mezzan Holding Co stalled at 860 fils and Al Rai Media Group followed suit. Kuwait and Gulf Link Transport Co stagnated at 58.5 fils and KGL Logistics Co eased 0.5 fil.

In the banking sector, Gulf Bank and Al Ahli Bank were unchanged at 238 fils and 309 fils respectively whereas Commercial Bank ticked 1 fil higher.

Burgan Bank extended Monday’s downtick with a 2 fils drop to 371 fils and Al Mutahed followed suit to wind up at 427 fils. Warba Bank trimmed 1 fil.

National Investment Co fell 3 fils to 110 fils and International Financial Advisors paused at 38.4 fils. Kuwait Investment Co dropped 4 fils and Arzan eased 0.5 filsto 36.5 fils.

KAMCO and KFIC were unchanged at 80 fils and 48.9 fils respectively whereas Osoul Investment ticked 0.2 fil up. UNICAP dialed up 0.5 fil and Al Deera Holding inched 1 fil into green.

Sokouk Holding trimmed 1 fils and Bayan Investment Co stood pat at 50.4 fils. Amwal Investment Co was flat at 40 fils and Coast Investment Co gave up 0.9 fil. KFIC closed flat at 49.9 fils.

Kuwait Real Estate Co added 1.5 fils whereas National Real Estate Co and Mabanee Co paused at 129 fils and 815 fils respectively. United Real Estate Co ticked 0.1 fil down and Mazaya Holding took in 1 fil.

The market has been mixed so far during the week and has added 8 points in last three sessions. It has rallied 13 pts from the start of the month and is trading 20.14 pct higher year-to-date. KSE, with 188 listed companies, is the second largest bourse in the region.

In the bourse related news, Mabanee Company posted a 1.55 pct rise in profits to KD 12.55 million for the second quarter from Q2 of previous year. In the first half , profits ticked 1 pct up to KD 24.61 million from corresponding period of 2016.

Gulf Insurance Group’s earnings dived 27.6 pct year-on-year during the second quarter to KD 2.77 million . During the first six months of 2017, the profits dropped 21.6% to KD 5.59 million .

National International Holding Co recorded a 66.2 percent dip in the second quarter profit to KD 828,500 from same period last year. In the first half of 2017, the profits tumbled 56 percent to KD 1.2 million.

Kuwait Investment Co profits soared 158.3 percent to KD 2.97 million in the second quarter of 2017 from same period last year. In the January- June period, profits surged 283.6 pct year-on-year to KD 7.71 million.

Kuwait Real Estate Co’s net profits surged 51.2 pct year-on-year in the second quarter of 2017 to KD 1.49 million. In the first half , profits rose 10.5 percent to KD 3.16 million.

Imtiaz Investment Group’s second quarter profits soared by a whopping 1,041 pct to KD 19.97 million from same period in 2016. During the first six months, profits surged 626.3% to KD 32.32 million.

By John Mathews

Arab Times Staff

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