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  Al-Quds Index ends 0.49% lower
Sep , 03 , 2012  
  The 'Al-Quds Index' closed at (429.17) points, a (-2.11) points (-0.49%) decrease compared to the last trading session.A Total of 2,554,040 shares were traded with a value of (1,872,275.05) USD, executed during (151) transactions.Shares of (16) companies were traded, share price increased in (2) companies whereas decreased in (8) companies. Top gainers: WASSEL by (2.35%), JPH by (0.25%). Top five decliners: ABRAJ by (-2.91%), AMB by (-2.41%), PADICO by (-2.22%), PIIC by (-1.64%), NIC by (-1.56%).
 

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  Al-Quds Index ends 0.30% Higher
Sep , 02 , 2012  
  The 'Al-Quds Index' closed at (431.28) points, a (-1.14) points (-0.26%) decrease compared to the last trading session .A Total of 106,492 shares were traded with a value of (206,045.95) USD, executed during (130) transactions.Shares of (16) companies were traded, share price increased in (2) companies whereas decreased in (7) companies. Top gainers: AMB by (1.22%), BOP by (0.78%). Top five decliners: JCC by (-4.5%), AIB by (-2.6%), ISBK by (-2.41%), WATANIYA by (-1.75%), PIIC by (-0.81%).
 

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  Al-Quds Index ends -0.26% Lower
Sep , 02 , 2012  
  The 'Al-Quds Index' closed at (431.28) points, a (-1.14) points (-0.26%) decrease compared to the last trading session.A Total of 106,492 shares were traded with a value of (206,045) USD, executed during (130) transactions.
 

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  Value Added Tax up 1%
Sep , 02 , 2012  
  Palestine National Authority decided to raise the Value Added Tax by 1%, from 14.5% to 15.5%. This decision will be applied starting from September 1st, 2012.
 

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  Al-Quds Index ends -0.03% Lower
Aug , 30 , 2012  
  The 'Al-Quds Index' closed at (432.42) points, a (-0.12) points (-0.03%) decrease compared to the last trading session.A Total of 779,059 shares were traded with a value of (870,445.34) USD, executed during (146) transactions.Top five gainers: GUI by (5%), GMC by (2.78%), AMB by (2.5%), PIBC by (2.33%), AHC by (1.61%). Top decliners: UCI by (-1.49%), BOP by (-0.77%).
 

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  Wataniya says Qtel offer fair
Aug , 30 , 2012  
  National Mobile Telecommunications Company K.S.C. (“WataniyaTelecom”) (Ticker: NMTC) says that the Board of Directors of Wataniya Telecom has decided that the offer made by Qatar Telecom (Qtel) Q.S.C’s (“Qtel”) for the acquisition of all Wataniya Telecom shares not currently owned by Qtel, at KD 2.600 per share is appropriate to shareholders that are interested in accepting the offer and selling their Wataniya Telecom shares; based on the report of the independent Investment Advisor (Protiviti — member of Protiviti Inc, a global consulting firm. Wataniya Management has endorsed the findings of the report and agreed that the offer is fair. Qtel received approval of its Offer Document from the Kuwait Capital Markets Authority on Aug 15, 2012. The Offer Document and other related documents are available for review on the websites of Wataniya Telecom at www.wataniya.com and Qtel at www.qtel.qa until the end of the offer period, which will start on Sept 4, 2012 and conclude on Oct 4, 2012. A copy of the independent report is available for the review of Wataniya Telecom’s shareholders at Wataniya Telecom’s head office. As Qatar Telecom (Qtel) dangles a $2.2 billion bait to persuade minority shareholders in its Kuwaiti unit Wataniya to sell out, it knows one major investor is positioned to frustrate its goal of 100 percent control. Step forward the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), the sovereign wealth fund whose 23.5 percent stake in Wataniya makes it the second biggest shareholder and puts it in prime position to decide the fate of Qtel’s offer for the 47.5 percent it does not already own. Qtel bought its controlling stake in 2007 but has now decided to seek full control, capitalising on Wataniya’s weak share price and completing the takeover of a company with attractive growth prospects in emerging markets such as Algeria and Tunisia. Qtel’s 2.6 dinars per share offer isn’t contingent on the KIA’s acceptance, but its decision may weigh heavily on other minority shareholders. Equally the KIA must figure out if it’s happy being left with a holding in a company with an increasingly dominant major shareholder or would be better off bailing out. Its decision may have further ramifications, offering insight into its strategy for a telecoms portfolio which also includes part of two other Kuwaiti telecom firms, Zain and unlisted Viva. “The KIA is not desperate to earn a slight premium and cash out. They are long-term investors and this is a national asset. It will be interesting to see what stand they take,” a banker to the telecoms sector said, declining to be named as he is not authorised to talk to media. The $300 billion wealth fund, one of the largest in the world, has yet to decide to tender its Wataniya stake to the offer, a source familiar with the matter said earlier this month. The offer is valid until Oct 4. There is already at least one past example of its thinking. In 2010, when United Arab Emirates telecom company Etisalat bid around $12 billion to take control of Zain, the fund was not willing to sell its holding, a second banking source said. Etisalat eventually pulled its bid. Whether or not the KIA stands against the Wataniya offer remains to be seen. “At the end of the day, the KIA is a financial investor looking to generate maximum returns on its investment. The fact that they were not sellers during the Etisalat bid does not mean they won’t be sellers now,” the source said. For Qtel, which paid $3.2 billion in 2007 for 51 percent of Wataniya, the logic for a full takeover seems obvious. Wataniya shares had fallen well below their peak around 3 dinars set in mid 2007 and were well below the targets of some analysts, who argue that investors were failing to take account of its revenue growth prospects, high cash flow and low debt. The shares have caught up with the 2.6 dinar offer price, rising nearly 18 percent in the last two weeks and more than 30 percent year-to-date. But the offer price is below some valuations. Morgan Stanley values the stock at 2.75 dinars, EFG Hermes at 3.07 dinars and Bahrain-based Securities & Investment Co (SICO) at 3.06 dinars. The disconnect is due at least in part to a wider malaise in Kuwait’s stock market, which has been hurt by opaque trading practices and political tensions that have scuppered a 30 billion dinar ($107 billion) state development plan and scared off foreign investors. Yet the undervaluation has given Qtel the chance to become the first Gulf company to gain full ownership of a listed telecoms operator in the region, at a possibly knockdown price. “This type of transaction removes one of the main risks in an acquisition: it’s something you control so you’re ideally positioned to evaluate it,” said a Dubai-based banker who spoke on condition of anonymity. “Buying out minority stakeholders is something the big European operators did a few years ago. These deals are simpler and much more likely to create value.” Wataniya had long-term debt of just 98 mln dinars at the end of 2011 and its net operating cash had grown to 292 mln dinars from 196 million a year before. Its revenue will likely grow by between 8 and 9 percent annually through the next three years, according to Nishit Lakhotia, telecoms analyst at SICO. A Wataniya deal would complete a busy few months for Qtel, which completed a $1.9 billion rights issue in May and agreed in June to double its stake in Iraq’s No. 2 telecoms operator, Asiacell, to 60 percent for $1.47 billion. There could be further scope for deals. With subscriber growth stagnating in Gulf telecoms and margins — and often profits — in retreat due to stiffening competition and surging use of internet-based phone calls, industry experts have long called for consolidation in the sector. They argue smaller firms should merge with multi-country operators such as Qtel, Saudi Telecom and Etisalat of the United Arab Emirates. Eight of the 12 listed Gulf operators are ultimately government-run, and these owners prioritise control over profit — but Qtel’s move could conceivably spark a rethink, as well as enacting Qatar’s investment priorities. “Qtel is after all only embarking on the strategy of its state, which is to make targeted opportunistic acquisitions at attractive valuations and expand its regional and global presence,” the banking source said. “As a target, Wataniya fits in perfectly with that strategy.”
 

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  'Al-Quds Index closes 0.29% up
Aug , 29 , 2012  
  The 'Al-Quds Index' closed at (432.54) points , a (1.27) points (0.29%) increase compared to the last trading session .A Total of 193,207 shares were traded with a value of (321,646.10) USD, executed during (142) transactions.Shares of (16) companies were traded, share price increased in (7) companies whereas decreased in (3) companies. Top five gainers: AIG by (4.76%), AQARIYA by (3.95%), WATANIYA by (2.7%), AMB by (2.56%), JCC by (1.83%). Top decliners: AHC by (-4.62%), PIIC by (-3.91%), PADICO by (-1.1%).
 

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  Al-Quds Index ends -0.07% Lower
Aug , 28 , 2012  
  The 'Al-Quds Index' closed at (431.27) points , a (-0.29) points (-0.07%) decrease compared to the last trading session.A Total of 189,169 shares were traded with a value of (704,541.87) USD , executed during (148) transactions.Shares of (16) companies were traded, share price increased in (4) companies whereas decreased in (7) companies. Top gainers : AQARIYA by (4.11%), ARE by (2.27%), PADICO by (1.11%), PEC by (0.77%). Top five decliners : NIC by (-4.76%), ABRAJ by (-4.63%), AIG by (-4.55%), AMB by (-2.5%), JCC by (-1.8%).
 

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  Al-Quds Index ends -0.23% Lower
Aug , 27 , 2012  
  The 'Al-Quds Index' closed at (431.56) points , a (-0.99) points (-0.23%) decrease compared to the last trading session , A Total of 89,574 shares were traded with a value of (110,235.49) USD , executed during (83) transactions , Shares of (15) companies were traded, share price increased in (1) companies whereas decreased in (7) companies . Top five gainers : PRICO by (1.49%), Top five decliners : AIG by (-4.35%), AMB by (-3.61%), BPC by (-1.52%), UCI by (-1.49%), ISBK by (-1.2%)
 

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  Al-Quds Index ends 0.16% lower
Aug , 26 , 2012  
  The 'Al-Quds Index' closed at (432.55) points, a (-0.69) points (-0.16%) decrease compared to the last trading session. A Total of 182,480 shares were traded with a value of (275,570.03) USD, executed during (104) transactions. Shares of (14) companies were traded, share price increased in (2) companies whereas decreased in (3) companies. Top gainers: AMB by (3.75%), BPC by (1.54%). Top decliners: GMC by (-4%), AIB by (-2.5%), PALTEL by (-0.43%).
 

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