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Gulf Stock Markets Slump Over Coronavirus, Oil Fears

File photograph: Merchants work on the ground of the New York Inventory Change (NYSE) on January 27, 2020 in New York Metropolis. U.S. shares fell sharply in morning buying and selling as fears over the spreading coronavirus proceed to unsettle world markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Common fell over 400 factors after the Opening Bell. Spencer Platt/Getty Photos/AFP

 

Inventory markets in energy-rich Gulf states tumbled Thursday with Saudi shares down greater than four.zero % following worldwide losses amid fears over the coronavirus pandemic and an oil value warfare.

Dubai Monetary Market dived greater than 7.zero % on the open on the final buying and selling day of the week. Abu Dhabi shares dropped 6.zero %.

Shares in gas-rich Qatar dropped 5.2 %, whereas bourses in Bahrain and Oman had been down three.5 % and a pair of.2 %, respectively.

The inventory market in Kuwait was closed as authorities introduced a shutdown of presidency workplaces for 2 weeks and cancelled worldwide flights in a bid to forestall the unfold of the coronavirus.

Oil costs, the mainstay of Gulf economies, fell sharply on Thursday with Brent buying and selling beneath $34 a barrel and WTI simply above $31 a barrel.

Gulf inventory markets have sustained heavy losses this week after OPEC and its allies, led by Russia, failed to succeed in an settlement on addition oil manufacturing cuts to help costs.

That triggered a value warfare reminiscent to 2015 as Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest exporter, and the UAE, OPEC’s fourth-largest producer, pledged to flood the market with crude.

The 2 Gulf nations mentioned they are going to collectively enhance provides by at the very least three.5 million barrels per day (bpd), to 16.three million bpd, from April.

Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, who like different Gulf states rely closely on oil revenues, additionally unveiled plans to boost their manufacturing capacities by a million bpd every.

AFP

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