Mena funds inflows hit $655m in May
Dubai, June 22, 2013
The markets in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region continue to impress with their solid performance netting $655 million worth of foreign inflows in May, said an expert.
On an aggregate basis the Mena markets posted around $2 billion of net inflows since the start of this year - also a record level - versus an outflow of $192 million during the same period in 2012, revealed Aleksandar Stojanovski, the research analyst at Deutsche Bank.
Of the $655 million for May, Saudi Arabia led the rally with $308 million of inflows followed by Qatar and Dubai with $131 million and $129 million respectively, he said.
"For Qatar this is a hat-trick of inflows, which is a major reversal of the trend seen throughout 2011-12 when some $1.3 billion of foreign funds exited the country," he noted.
"Mena markets continue to impress with their solid performance. Dubai has advanced by more than 47 per cent year to date, followed by Abu Dhabi at 39 per cent and Kuwait 35 per cent," said Stojanovski.
The recent upgrade in the Emerging Market index of the UAE and Qatar reflects the confidence of international investors and will further leverage the regions visibility to represent a potential $400-450 million of incremental funds inflows for each country."
On a year to date basis except for Egypt, which is down 14 per cent, all the other markets were up as follows: Oman by 16 per cent, Qatar 14 per cent, Bahrain 13 per cent, Saudi Arabia 11 per cent and Jordan 3 per cent.
Deutsche Bank´s MENA portfolio is up by 22.3 per cent since its last revision in January 2013, and has outperformed the regional market by 1527 bps. For the other regional markets for which Deutsche Bank track the fund flow data, Kuwait had an inflow of $47 million and Abu Dhabi registered $40 million.-TradeArabia News Service