Egyptian Shares Rise to Highest Since March as Tensions Ease

Egypt’s stocks climbed to the highest level in more than five months after a protest against the president and the Muslim Brotherhood failed to rally mass support and the constitution neared completion.

The benchmark EGX 30 Index (SASEIDX) advanced 0.5 percent to 5,242.47 at the close in Cairo, the highest since March 11. In the Persian Gulf, Abu Dhabi’s ADX General Index rose for an 11th day, the longest winning streak in almost six months, gaining 0.2 percent. Dubai’s DFM General Index decreased 0.9 percent. The Bloomberg GCC 200 Index was little changed.

Protests that were planned for over the weekend in Cairo and Alexandria against President Mohamed Mursi and his allies were largely peaceful. A draft of the constitution will be ready to be put to a referendum by late September and Egyptians will go to the polls to vote for parliament members within two months after its approval, Prime Minister Hisham Qandil said yesterday.

“It is clear now that the majority of Egyptians are willing to give Mursi the benefit of the doubt until the end of” his first 100 days in office, Wafik Dawood, director of institutional sales at Cairo-based Mega Investments Securities, said by phone. “At that point the real opposition is going to show up. Not the few thousands that showed up over the weekend.”

Loan Talks

Mursi consolidated power this month by forcing into retirement the country’s top two generals, a move that wasn’t contested by the military. The North African nation also restarted loan talks with the International Monetary Fund as it seeks to end more than 18 months of political and economic unrest.

Commercial International Bank Egypt SAE (COMI), the country’s biggest publicly traded lender, gained 0.7 percent to 29.07 Egyptian pounds, the highest in more than a month. The bank was removed from Standard and Poor’s creditwatch negative status and had its B rating affirmed.

Dubai’s DP World (DPW) lost 1.5 percent, the most in almost two weeks, to $10.20. The world’s third-largest ports operator had its contract canceled by Yemen’s Gulf of Aden Ports, according to the country’s state news agency.

Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul All Share Index was little changed. Kuwait’s SE Price Index fell 0.2 percent, while Oman’s MSM30 Index declined less than 0.1 percent. Qatar’s QE Index added 0.1 percent.

In Israel, the benchmark TA-25 Index advanced 0.3 percent. The yield on the benchmark 5.5 percent bonds maturing in January 2022 gained 1 basis point to 4.14 percent.

To contact the reporters on this story: Ahmed A. Namatalla in Cairo at anamatalla@bloomberg.net; Alaa Shahine in Dubai at asalha@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Maedler at cmaedler@bloomberg.net

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