SABIC Deal Pushes Saudi Shares to Record Level

SABIC Deal Pushes Saudi Shares to Record Level
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SABIC Deal Pushes Saudi Shares to Record Level

SABIC Deal Pushes Saudi Shares to Record Level

Saudi Aramco's 70 percent purchase of Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) raised the weekly monetary value in the Saudi Stock Exchange to reach a historic level in which monetary liquidity recorded around SAR291.89 billion (USD77.83) on a weekly basis.

This coincided with the market index edging up for the fifth week in a row.

The Saudi Shares Exchange attained the longest series of weekly rises since the beginning of the year, in which the index made remarkable gains for five consecutive weeks. This occurred amid a positive performance of most trading firms and the start of the second tranche of the fifth phase of Saudi Arabia's inclusion of foreign funds affiliated to the FTSE Russell Emerging Market Index.

Saudi Shares Exchange’s trading saw a historic event last week which is Aramco’s acquisition of a 70 percent share of SABIC for SAR259.125 billion (USD69.1 billion). This deal reinforces Aramco’s strategy in diversifying its operations and income sources, and the fact that it isn’t an oil and gas firm only but also one of the biggest petrochemical companies worldwide.

Last week’s trading value recorded a sharp rise of SAR291.89 billion (USD77.83 billion) after sealing four SABIC deals for SAR259.1 billion (USD69.1 billion) compared to around SAR25.89 billion (USD96.90 billion) in the past week.

Saudi Aramco's weight in the FTSE Russell Secondary Emerging Markets index will increase from 0.51 percent to 0.77 percent on including the additional 450 million shares, which were allocated by Saudi Aramco to investors as bonus shares during the book-building process, FTSE Russell said in a statement.

In a related context, listed firms continued to declare fiscal results for Q1 of this year, in which 26 companies disclosed their quarterly outcomes last week bringing the total to 154 companies. A tally of 19 firms didn’t announce their results yet but will do by June 22 as a deadline.



Euro 2024 Tourism to Bring 1$ Billion to Germany, Study Shows 

The words "Welcome to Berlin" can be read shortly before sunrise on a display in the fan zone (Platz der Republik) against the backdrop of the Reichstag and the TV tower in Berlin on Friday, June 14, 2024. (dpa/AP)
The words "Welcome to Berlin" can be read shortly before sunrise on a display in the fan zone (Platz der Republik) against the backdrop of the Reichstag and the TV tower in Berlin on Friday, June 14, 2024. (dpa/AP)
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Euro 2024 Tourism to Bring 1$ Billion to Germany, Study Shows 

The words "Welcome to Berlin" can be read shortly before sunrise on a display in the fan zone (Platz der Republik) against the backdrop of the Reichstag and the TV tower in Berlin on Friday, June 14, 2024. (dpa/AP)
The words "Welcome to Berlin" can be read shortly before sunrise on a display in the fan zone (Platz der Republik) against the backdrop of the Reichstag and the TV tower in Berlin on Friday, June 14, 2024. (dpa/AP)

Germany, the host of Euro 2024, can expect a 1 billion euro ($1.07 billion) boost to its economy thanks to foreign tourists traveling to the country for the soccer games, the ifo institute forecasts.

This corresponds to about 0.1% of economic output in the second quarter of the year, with Germany´s hospitality and food retail sectors set to benefit the most from the games, the country's top economic research institute said.

"However, the effect is only short-lived, so that exports of services due to returning tourists are likely to fall again after the end of the European Championship in the third quarter and remain the same on balance," ifo researcher Gerome Wolf said.

More than an additional 600,000 foreign tourists and 1.5 million additional overnight stays are expected during the Championship, according to the institute's calculations based on the numbers from the FIFA World Cup hosted by Germany in 2006.

The German Economy Ministry also expects a temporary upturn in consumer-facing sectors after very subdued retail sales this year, but not to the same extent as during the 2006 World Cup.

Experts agree that the overall effect of the Euro 2024 on Europe’s largest economy also depends on how the German national team performs in the tournament.

Their match against Scotland will kick off the tournament on Friday evening.