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Egyptian Stocks: Amer, CIB Egypt, EFIC, Egytrans, Palm Hills

April 20 (Bloomberg) -- Egypt’s benchmark EGX 30 Index declined for the fourth time in five days, losing 1.9 percent to 4,986.46 at the 2:30 p.m. close in Cairo.

The following stocks rose or fell in Egypt. Symbols are in parentheses.

Amer Group Holding (AMER EY) advanced 1.7 percent to 1.21 Egyptian pounds, the highest level in almost a week. The Egyptian resorts developer said it’s canceling the third phase of its Golf Porto Marina project on the Mediterranean Sea coast because of the country’s economic downturn. The Cairo-based company will ask the Matrouh Governorate to take the land back and reimburse it.

Commercial International Bank Egypt SAE (COMI EY) dropped 4.4 percent to 27.37 pounds, the lowest level since December 2009. Moody’s Investors Service revised the outlook for Egyptian banks in the next 12 to 18 months to “negative” from “stable,” reflecting “elevated political uncertainty.” National Societe Generale Bank SAE (NSGB EY), the country’s second-largest publicly traded lender, slid 5.8 percent, the most since March 24, to 35.09 pounds.

Egyptian Financial & Industrial Co. (EFIC EY) declined 7.4 percent to 12.95 pounds, the lowest level since December 2006. Egypt’s biggest publicly traded phosphate-based fertilizer producer said it had a net loss of 8.1 million pounds ($1.4 million) in 2010 after a profit of 25.6 million pounds the previous year.

Egyptian Transport and Commercial Services SAE (ETRS EY) dropped 2.6 percent to 9.61 pounds, the lowest since March 27. The Cairo-based freight services company also known as Egytrans was cut to “hold” from “buy” and had its share-price estimate reduced by 40 percent to 10.9 pounds at CI Capital because of the country’s economic downturn.

Palm Hills Developments SAE (PHDC EY) retreated for the fourth time in five days, losing 4 percent to 1.94 pounds. The Egyptian luxury property developer was lowered to “hold” from “strong buy” and had its share-price estimate reduced to 2.3 pounds from 7.6 pounds at CI Capital Holdings, which cited expected lower demand for real-estate and an increase in cancellations for reserved units.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ahmed A Namatalla in Cairo at anamatalla@bloomberg.net

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

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