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Friday, June 5, 2009

DFM makes gains to break 2,000 barrier

Dubai Financial Market broke through the "psychologically important" 2,000-point barrier yesterday, sustaining a bull-run for the eighth consecutive session.

In what experts termed a great relief for anxious investors and financial institutions, the DFM general index closed at 2,025.55 points and showed a net gain of 1.82 per cent, or 36.17 points, compared to its previous close of 1,989.39 points.

"The DFM index broke the important psychological mark of 2,000 points yesterday. Going by the encouraging and positive trading, a 2,200-level is possible soon. We will see some profit taking also," said Sherif Abdul Khalek, trading manager at Beltone Financial Institution.

The DFM general index opened lower at 1,960.56 points and immediately eased to 1,955.91 points before rising towards the key 2,000 mark at 11am.

The buying support in Deyaar, DSI, Arabtec, DIB, Gulf Navigation, Mazaya, Takaful-Emarat, Dar Takaful and Emaar stocks took the index to its higher levels. The closing level of 2,025.55 remained the day's highest and this indicates the positive buying support throughout the session.

Trading value remained on the higher side, with a turnover of Dh1.7 billion and more than 1,235 billion shares traded in 16,696 transactions. The main volume pushers were Emaar, DFM, Deyaar, DSI and Arabtec.The list of losers includes Ekttitab, Shuaa, Al Salaam-Sudan and ACICO.

In the capital, the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, after witnessing significant gains on Wednesday, closed flat yesterday on the back of profit taking. Showing a mixed trend, the ADX index eased 6.90 points, or 0.25 per cent, at 2,803.16 points. The turnover was recorded at Dh711m with 417 million shares changing hands in 6,086 transactions. Sixteen stocks closed higher with an equal number moving down, while eight scrips remained unchanged in value. The shares of Aldar, Sorouh, Dana Gas, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa), RAK Bank, Emirates Driving and Asmak fell.


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