(Bloomberg) -- Egypt’s main stocks index dropped the most since January 2017, leading declines among Middle Eastern markets on Sunday.

The selloff followed the detention of executives from EFG-Hermes Holding and Citadel Capital SAE in a case linked to stock market manipulation. In Dubai, the equities gauge fell to the lowest level since January 2016 after breaching a resistance level.

The stock manipulation case created “a bad sentiment in the market,” said Tarek Abaza, chief executive officer of Naeem Brokerage in Cairo. “Investors are in a selling mood and the volumes are low -- any negative news is merely an excuse for a fall.”


  • EGX 30 declines 3.6% to the lowest since February
    • Extends its loss in the past five sessions to 6.6%
    • 26 index members fall, four are unchanged, none climb
  • EFG-Hermes drops 8.6%, the most since November 2012, after the investment bank’s vice chairman Yasser El Mallawany was detained over the weekend in the case related to stock market manipulation. The company said in a statement it isn’t a party to the case and its operations are not impacted
  • Citadel, also known as Qalaa Holdings, falls 6% after the company said its investor relations head Amr Al Kadi was arrested in connection with the same case
    • “Investors are concerned about the re-opening of the bourse manipulation case and it’s impacting the sentiment in the market,” says Seif Attia, head of local sales at Pharos Securities Brokerage
  • NOTE: Egypt public prosecutor had referred in 2012 two sons of former President Hosni Mubarak and two executives from EFG-Hermes to trial on charges of illicit gains related to the sale of a bank
  • Global Telecom Holding falls 4.5% after saying a deal with Pakistan’s Tanzanite was terminated
  • Other stocks down: CIB -2.1%; Eastern Tobacco -6.1%; Abou Kir Fertilizers -5%


  • Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul All Share Index falls 1.6%, extending its losing streak in the past five sessions to 3.4%
    • 14-day RSI drops to 20.1, the most oversold level in over a month
    • Saudi Kayan falls 8.4%, the most since September 2016
    • Banks also decline: Al Rajhi Bank -2.3%; NCB -2.9%; Samba Financial Group -3.3%; Saudi British Bank -2.6%, Alinma Bank -1.5%
    • Wafa Insurance climbs 1.6% after proposing a capital increase via 220m riyals rights issue
  • Dubai’s DFM General Index retreats 1.3% to 2,774.09
    • The gauge breached the 2,800 level, which was a “keenly-watched“ technical support by analysts, FAB Securities analyst Shiv Prakash writes in a note
      • Says index headed toward 2,668 level
    • Emaar Properties drops 3.2% to 4.79 dirhams
      • Emaar “barriers will now be at AED4.90/5.00 and only a close over shall form a reversal pattern:” Prakash
      • Other stocks down: Emirates NBD -2.3%; Dubai Islamic Bank -0.6%; Dubai Investments -1%
    • Emaar Development climbs 0.2% after proposing an interim dividend of 26 fils per share, which is part of the total dividend that will be announced at the end of the financial year
  • Qatar’s QE Index drops 0.8%, after climbing 2% last week
    • Doha Bank -6%; Qatar National Bank -0.8%; CBQ -2.4%, Industries Qatar -0.8%
    • NOTE: Index closed last week above the 10,000 level for the first time since May 2017
  • Israel’s TA-35 climbs 1.4%, rising the most in the Middle East
    • Teva, up as much as 9%, contributes the most to the gauge after winning a U.S. regulatory approval to sell a key new drug for migraines treatment, seen as a key
    • The shares are still about 25% below the level it traded at the end of July 2017 when it cut forecast and dividends and said it could breach some debt covenants
  • Gauges in Oman and Abu Dhabi advance between 0.1% and 0.6%, while that in Bahrain falls 0.3%. Kuwait’s was little changed


  • MSCI Emerging Markets Index of stocks rose 0.5% last week, trimming its loss this year to 11%
    • An MSCI index tracking currencies from developing economies gained 0.2% for the week, after two weeks of declines
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To contact the reporters on this story: Filipe Pacheco in Dubai at fpacheco4@bloomberg.net;Tamim Elyan in Cairo at telyan@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Celeste Perri at cperri@bloomberg.net, Shaji Mathew, Steve Geimann

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