KUWAIT CITY, May 29: Kuwait stocks headed north on Monday stemming the four-day decline. The price index rose 13.23 pts in volatile trade to 6,662.89 points even as the overall sentiment remained sluggish amid anemic trading.
The KSX 15 measure inched 0.19 pt up to 913.16 points while weighted index nudged 0.16 pt higher to 401.16 points. The volume turnover meanwhile shrank further following Sunday’s drop. 46.5 million shares changed hands — down 35.8 pct from the day before.
The sectors’ closings diverged. Oil and gas outpaced the rest with 2.6 pct gain whereas healthcare shed 1.80 percent, the biggest loser of the day. In terms of volume, financial services accounted for the highest market share of 36.33 pct while real estate followed wih 32.9 percent contribution.
In the individual shares, Ahli United Bank rose 5 fils to 435 fils and Commercial Bank was down 7 fils at 338 fils. Investment major KIPCO shed 9 fils and Kuwait Food Co (Americana) climbed 10 fils to KD 2.670.
Zain eased 1 fil to 427 fils whereas Ooredoo stood pat at KD 1.220 with thin volume. Agility extended Sunday’s solid gains with a 10 fils rise to 706 fils and Kuwait Telecommunications (VIVA) was up 5 fils at 845 fils.
National Bank of Kuwait was flat at 680 fils and Gulf Bank followed suit. The bank has posted a 6.7 pct increase in first quarter profit to KD 9.36 million from KD 8.77 million in Q1 of 2016.
The market opened on a low note and rose sharply in early trade. The main index scaled the day’s highest level of 6,683.21 points and pulled back as sentiment turned dull. It drifted further lower in the second half before ticking up in the final minutes to close with modest gains.
Top gainer of the day Madar Finance vaulted 20 pct to 15 fils while Energy Holding Co soared 18.33 pct to stand next. Gulf Finance Co tanked 15 pct, the steepest decliner of the day and Al Imtiaz topped the volume with over 8 million shares.
Despite the day’s upswing, the losers outnumbered the winners. 34 stocks advanced whereas 49 closed lower. Of the 104 counters active on Monday, 49 closed flat. 1,682 deals worth KD 7.72 million were transacted — a 42.84 pct drop in value from the day before.
National Industries Group fell 2 fils to 113 fils and Gulf Cable was unchanged at 430 fils. Heavy Engineering Industries and Shipbuilding Co held ground at 224 fils while Contracting and Marine Services Co took in 1 fil.
Kuwait Foundry Co eased 1 fil to 294 fils and Humansoft Holding tumbled 55 fils extending the heavy losses in the previous session. ACICO gained 15 fils and Automated Systems Co stood pat at 280 fils. Al Qurain Petrochemical Co dropped 12 fils to 332 fils and Boubyan Petrochemical Co climbed 9 fils to 560 fils. Eyas soared 41 fils to 501 fils and AWJ Holding Co gave up 7 fils before closing at 70 fils.
Jazeera Airways was unchanged at 474 fils and Alafco slipped 7 fils. The company has posted a 83.3 percent surge in profits to KD 5.59 million for the quarter ending 31 March 2017 from year before period.
Combined Group Contracting Co climbed 15 fils and Napesco jumped 56 fils. The company’s first quarter profit surged 62.7 percent year-on-year to KD 2.31 million as to compared to KD 1.42 million in same period last year.
Educational Holding Co rallied 40 fils to 340 fils and Equipment Holding Co inched 0.5 fil into red. Yiaco shed 25 fils and Al Rai Media Group gave up 5 fils to wind up at 122 fils. ACICO Industries gained 15 fils.
Kuwait and Gulf Link Transport Co took in 2 fils and KGL Logistics Co edged 1.6 fils into red. Zimah Holding fell 4.4 fils to 48.6 fils and Mezzan Holding stagnated at 990 fils. In the banking sector, Kuwait Finance House was flat at 488 fils off slight early lows and Kuwait International Bank fell 4 fils to 242 fils. Al Ahli Bank was not traded during the session.
Burgan Bank inched 1 fil lower to 328 fils and Boubyan Bank clipped 2 fils to close at 404 fils. Warba Bank took in 1 fil to close at 247 after slipping into red in the last session.
National Investment Co added 3 fils amd Kuwait Investment Co paused at 94 fils. International Financial Advisors ticked 1 fil up while Coast Investment Co inched 0.8 fil into green.
Bayan Investment Co dialed up 1 fil on back of over 5 million shares and Kuwait Financial Centre (Markaz) gave up 3 fils. Tamdeen Investment Co was unchanged at 310 fils and Noor Financial Investment Co eased 0.1 fil.
Al Madina Finance and Investment Co fell 2 fils to 44 fils while Al Imtiaz clipped 2 fils. Securities House and Securities Group Co were flat at 44 fils and 97 fils respectively.
Mabanee Co was flat at 782 fils and National Real Estate Co was up 3 fils at 107 fils with a volume of over 3 million. Kuwait Real Estate Co dialed up 0.4 fil on back of 1.8 million shares and United Real Estate gained 6 fils. Mazaya Holding paused at 110 fils.
The market has been mixed so far during the week and has shed 25 pts in last two sessions. It has slid 181 points from start of the month and is trading 15.9 pct higher year-to-date. KSE, with 208 listed companies, is the second largest bourse in the region.
In the bourse related news, Kuwait Finance and Investment (KFIC) rebounded to post a net profit of KD 146,350 in the first three months of 2017, from KD 255,510 loss in first quarter of 2016. Operating income grew 76 percent year-on-year to reach KD 1.65 million.
Aayan Real Estate has recorded a 164.7 percent jump in its profits to KD 536,890 for the first quarter of 2017 from same period in the year before. During 2016, the profit saw a 1.5 percent uptick to KD 2.75 million in 2016 from the previous year.
Ooredoo Kuwait has posted 26.6 pct jump in profits during the first quarter of 2017 to KD 12.93 million from KD 10.21 million in same period last year. It had recorded a growth of 75 percent in profits to KD 46.67 million during 2016.
Mowasat Healthcare has registered a 40.2 percent increase in net profits in the first quarter of 2017, to reach KD 1.92 million as compared to KD 1.37 million in the year before period.
Al Ahleia Insurance’s first quarter net profit dropped by 14.5 percent in the first to KD 2.88 million from KD 3.37 million in Q1 of 2016. Operational income dipped 39.6 pct to KD 1.58 million.
National Ranges Company’s (Mayadeen) losses shrank by 18.2 pct in the first quarter of 2017 to KD 642,620 from about KD 785,610 in same period of 2016.
By John Mathews
Arab Times Staff