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ADX and DFM stocks oversold now

The market has already overshot dangerous support levels mentioned in recent blog posts, as evidenced by the performance of select stocks.

It is not advisable to buy anything in such oversold conditions until some confirmation is visible on the charts of a possible extended short term or intermediate trend change.

As stocks languish below short term moving averages on the daily charts, this would be a dangerous market to buy into.

Let’s have a look at what’s going on as of today’s close:


holding above 1.49, mentioned recently as a strong FIBO line.

Is this a good omen for Dubai stocks?


2.26 did trade first according to the scenario described here recently.

And mentioned here.

Stay away from this stock and avoid buying in a falling market until some sign comes up that the trend may be changing. Expect bounces, but they are to relieve downward legs, that’s all, and suck people in.


Bad scenario. 2.20-32 should decide the fate of the stock this year.

Easy as that.


Recently, and before the Credit Suisse analysts’ report came out on this company, Union Properties, this blog said that UPP is dead.

Now people are talking about 3 fils a share (that’s 0.03)

Another way of saying “almost dead” (see end of linked post).


Still below 4.56 mentioned earlier on this blog. The more time the stocks spends below there, the more bearish it gets.

UNB is below 3.00 and that signals weakness.


A look at strength of some UAE stocks


6.53 on 15OCT2009 the highest WEEKLY close,

the highest seen in at least the past 15 months.

The stock closed two weeks above 6.19

a major 2008-9 CRASH FIBO 38.2% WEEKLY CLOSING

Watch 4.56 (also a WC CRASH FIBO) on a weekly closing basis to determine general direction of the stock.


16OCT2009 the stock touched 5.01 intraday

but has not been able to close once above the 2008-9 WC CRASH FIBO 23.6% around 4.97

2008-9 range recap

15.50 06JAN2008 close

1.77 03FEB2009 close


closed a few times above 1.40, the first WC CRASH FIBO 23.6% but failed to break out above 1.52


Failed to reach 4.24, WC CRASH FIBO 38.2%, now struggling again with 2.90-1


Struggled to stay above 4.06, the WC CRASH FIBO 38.2% for more than a month, must now try so stay above 3.00 site of the lower related FIBO


Blocked by the 50% WC CRASH FIBO at 12.58 but did well to get there

touched 1.94, the WC CRASH FIBO 61.8%

must try to hold 1.49, the 38.2% lower level


broke 2.60 WC CRASH FIBO 38.2% and stayed above it for a good quarter last year.


almost touched 19.88 WC CRASH FIBO 61.8%

in a similar situation as ARMX


touched 14.40 WC CRASH FIBO 61.8 on a few weeks, in a similar situation as ARMX and FGB


closed just one week above 2.52

a WC MAJOR FIBO of 2007-10 range





Special Mention

UPP, almost dead

ARTC & EMAAR week Jan10

For the week of Jan 10th, ARTC and EMAAR respectively have fallen 10.4% and 12.2%

The only good news today for both stocks was that they did not register fresh lows.

Above 2.85 ARTC  and 4.05 EMAAR next week the stocks may cancel the immediate downtrend but expect lower lows indicated in previous posts.

ARTC & EMAAR updates

Let’s see from a price perspective what’s been going on with ARTC and EMAAR recently.

ARTC has recorded lower lows and lower highs for the fourth consecutive day, also its third consecutive down day. Although an intraday low of 2.36 was hit, the stock managed to close at 2.43, mentioned two days ago. So now we expect 2.26 to trade before 2.81. and that’s not too far away from where we stand.

Mid-term and long-term buyers may want to wait before buying into Arabtec, and get some confirmation that the immediate downtrend is over.


Also closed today at a level mentioned here yesterday, 3.55. Will it end its fall? Maybe, if the stock price forms a daily swing low tomorrow, i.e. manages to trade above today’s high at 3.70

The stock is in an immediate downtrend and a close this week below 3.55 would suggest the lower levels may be reached, mentioned yesterday.

Unless both stocks close at limit up tomorrow, their short-term outlook is quite bearish after moving convincingly below short-term Moving Averages.

EMAAR shortterm bearish

December-January range suggests the fall from 4.26 may end around 3.55

3.17 – 3.27 is a stronger layer of support from which the price gapped up to euphoric levels in mid December.

3.69-70 offers major FIBO support for now.

Moving Averages picture suggests the stock must close above 3.80 this week to keep bullish and try to do the same at the end of the month. Otherwise expect the price to fall further.

A bad scenario may see the stock visit 2.97, a major FIBO of range from early 2009.

2.20-32 is CRITICAL to this stock and the overall market but that’s about 40% away from current levels.

End of Gulf economic boom nigh?

There’s quite a few basic facts and expert opinions that the following Bloomberg article offers on the economic situation in the Gulf. 

Nouriel Roubini is expecting a “bust” in Dubai specifically.

The major worry now for Abu Dhabi and Saudi in particular is (and should be)  the price of oil falling below USD 60 per barrel. 

(My emphasis in bold in the article. Please note that the links in the Bloomberg article are the authors’ own, not mine.)


Gulf Citizens Beg for Bailout as Stock Rout Signals End of Boom

By Glen Carey and Matthew Brown

     Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) — Abdullah Hajeri led a march on the Emir’s palace in Kuwait this week, demanding the oil-rich nation’s ruler stop stocks from plunging. Adnan Mohammed Saleh, down the Persian Gulf coast in Dubai, said he wants more government protection from the global financial crisis.

“Every day the market is crashing,” said Saleh, a 42-year- old trader, staring dumbfounded last Tuesday as company names scrolled across the Dubai Stock Exchange’s outdoor ticker in red.

The region’s rulers are under pressure from citizens to shore up investors, not just banks, as they try to fend off what may be the worst economic crisis since December 1998, when oil at $10.35 a barrel forced them to slash spending. Crude prices have fallen 50 percent from a record $147.27 in July, and stock indexes in Dubai and Saudi Arabia are down by as much this year.

Gulf economies are more susceptible to financial turmoil than in the past because of their greater dependency on international expertise, investment and tourists to diversify away from oil. While Dubai, home to the world’s tallest building and the man-made Palm Island, is considered most at risk, no part of the Persian Gulf will go untouched.

“There is no way you can say that any trouble in Dubai is going to be isolated,” Georges Makhoul, Morgan Stanley’s president for the Middle East and North Africa, said in an interview in London. “The biggest threat is going to be local confidence in the local economy, whether it’s in Dubai or Abu Dhabi or anywhere else.”

No Investors Left

There aren’t many international investors left in the region, he added.

Regional competition to attract investors and tourists from around the world led to a surge in record-breaking projects.

Dubai is racing against Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal‘s investment company to build the world’s first kilometer-tall tower. Saudi Arabia has turned a spot on its Red Sea coast into the biggest property development in the Middle East. Now little more than sand and construction cranes, the $120 billion King Abdullah Economic City is meant to create 1 million jobs and be home to 2 million residents.

Projects risk going unfinished or becoming white elephants if economies around the world go into recession, keeping international investors and tourists closer to home.

Dubai’s plans, including the Disneyland-style “Dubailand” that will be three times the size of Manhattan, are predicated on doubling the number of tourists annually to reach 15 million visitors by 2015.

“Many of the projects being marketed in the Gulf today will get shelved,” Kamel Lazaar, chairman of Riyadh-based financial advisory firm Swicorp, said Oct. 7. ``The price of land has been inflated. It will have to correct.”

`Better Suited’

Kuwait on Wednesday became the third Gulf state to prop up its banking system. It did so after losses on currency derivatives at Gulf Bank KSC, the country’s second-largest lender by assets, sparked a surge in customer withdrawals from the bank.

The United Arab Emirates said Oct. 12 it would guarantee deposits of all local lenders and large foreign banks. It also set up a $19 billion facility to help banks make loans. Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, put $2.7 billion into a government-run bank in Riyadh to provide no-fee loans to low- income citizens.

“We are going to be impacted, but we are better suited than anyone else to deal with the problems,” Hareb Al-Darmaki, executive director of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, said Oct. 28 at a London conference for companies from the United Arab Emirates’ richest member. “We have the ammunition.”

Societal Setback

The emirate has almost 8 percent of the world’s oil reserves and a sovereign wealth fund with assets between $250 billion and $875 billion, according to a range of estimates compiled by the International Monetary Fund. Even with its decline, oil still averages $110 a barrel for the year.

Residents of the region are used to government intervention. All Gulf countries are run by unelected rulers who maintain political power through tribal allegiances and marriages. Generous state welfare programs have traditionally damped demands for more political participation.

How the region’s rulers cope with the turmoil may define relations with their people in the future, as they try to wean their subjects off state handouts and encourage them to find jobs and embrace market capitalism.

“There’s no question that it sets back the move from socialist, paternalistic societies toward more modern capitalist states,” said Gabriel Stein, a director at London’s Lombard Street Research, which provides economic analysis to investors and companies. “It is a trend that we have seen all over the world. The immediate reaction is that you told us to do this, so now things are going wrong it’s up to you to help us out.”

Market `Destruction’

On Oct. 27, Hajeri, an independent equity trader, and 20 peers marched from the Kuwait Stock Exchange’s trading floor to the emir’s office to demand that the government close the exchange. Rebuffed, Hajeri said it meant “destruction to the market and the Kuwait people.”

All capital markets in the Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have declined and interest rates have increased since Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. sought bankruptcy protection on Sept. 15.

Foreign investors were net sellers of more than 5 billion dirhams ($1.4 billion) of shares on the Dubai Stock Exchange since the beginning of August, more than 1 percent of its current market value, according to bourse data.

`More Integrated’

“The U.S. financial crisis has ramifications for all countries, including the Gulf,” U.S. Deputy Secretary of Treasury Robert Kimmitt said this week during a speech in Dubai, where he met representatives of sovereign wealth funds. “Our capital markets are more integrated than ever before, allowing opportunities, but also financial difficulties, to spread rapidly across borders.”

Of the Gulf states, Dubai may be hardest hit by a global economic slowdown because it has borrowed more to finance its transformation from a Persian Gulf trading post to a financial and tourist hub, and has only 4 billion barrels of oil reserves.

Government-controlled companies owe at least $47 billion, more than Dubai’s gross domestic product, and they will continue to accumulate debt faster than the economy grows, Moody’s Investors Service estimated in an Oct. 13 report. It concluded that Dubai may need financing help from Abu Dhabi.

Dubai-based Emaar Properties PJSC has shed more than 26 percent since Sept. 15 as investors lost confidence in the ability of the Middle East’s biggest publicly traded real-estate developer to finance projects by borrowing through local and international banks.

Real Estate Bust?

Dubai property prices will likely remain unchanged through 2010 after quadrupling in the past five years, Colliers CRE Plc said Oct. 5.

“There is a liquidity and credit crunch and now oil prices have fallen from $140 to $70,” said Nouriel Roubini, a professor at New York University. “I see the risk of a real-estate bust throughout the Gulf, but specifically in Dubai, and there’s a huge amount of excess capacity being built.”

That’s not keeping investors from betting on pain across the region. The cost of protecting debt from default has jumped more than fivefold since July for Abu Dhabi and Dubai, according to trading in credit default swaps. The cost of insuring Saudi Arabian government debt has risen 51 percent since Sept. 18.

The price of oil may determine whether governments can maintain government spending and support economic growth.

“If prices drop by $15 a barrel from the $60 to $70 mark, then they will probably not break even in terms of their budgets,” said John Sfakianakis, chief economist at Saudi British Bank in Riyadh.

To contact the reporter on this story: Glen Carey in Dubai at gcarey8@bloomberg.net; Matthew Brown in London at mbrown42@bloomberg.net

Last Updated: October 30, 2008 22:09 EDT

EMAAR Quick Pay

Truth be told, EMAAR’s customer service is pretty good. Someone from their customer service department will reply to your email within a couple of working days, and it seems they don’t just pretend to care about the customer, the way most other big companies in Dubai do.

Community Service Fees were due on one of our EMAAR properties last month, and after disputing the invoice with EMAAR’s accounting department and successfully resolving the matter, the grace period to make the payment elapsed and now we have incurred late payment charges.

Around the original payment due date last month, I inquired if there was an electronic internet payment mechanism, and EMAAR’s guy said no, making it sound like it was dream never to become reality.

So today I was about to visit EMAAR’s offices and make the payment. Having procrastinated all day, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go today afternoon so close to 4 PM, when businesses usually close for business in Dubai. I decided to check EMAAR’s website and confirm what time they finish doing business, and instead was pleasantly surprised to see a frontpage button to pay service fees online.

I thought it was too good to be true, but yes, all you need is the customer property ID, your last name, a major credit card, and to accept the terms and conditions by ticking the box.

All very smooth, simple and easy.

EMAAR’s Quick Pay is easy to use and doesn’t make an unreasonable demands off the user. You don’t have to fax or email your passport and other documents to the head office, for example, as is the case with the e-services of a company like ETISALAT.

EMAAR’s dedication to customer service is a good sign.

They have a great website, by the way. Far better than most UAE buisinesses’.