Gulf States Equity Markets Plunge After Iranian Sanctions Lifted

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by Stephen Lendman
Rogue Gulf States Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE are implacable Iranian enemies – notorious for horrific human rights abuses, along with supporting ISIS and other takfiri terrorist groups.
On Sunday, their equity markets plunged following international sanctions on Iran lifted, as well as oil prices continuing to fall.
Iran able to sell more oil contributes to over-supply in the face of weakening demand. Global economic conditions are precarious at best.
Oil contributes over 80% to Saudi and other Gulf states’ revenues. Prices plunged from their all-time high over $147 a barrel to below $30 today. 
Indications are they’re heading lower. Higher Iranian production adds to global over-supply. Panic selling sent Gulf States indices to multi-year lows – all seven bourses affected following 2015 declines.
The Saudi Tadawul All-Shares Index (TASI), the largest Arab market, plunged 5.44% Sunday, recovering slightly from an interday 7.2% free-fall. 
It closed near a five-year low – down 20.1% since January 1 following 2015 losses. Investment strategist Mark Burgess said low prices pressured Riyadh to “hemmorrhag(e)” cash, depleting “its reserves quite quickly.”
The Qatar Exchange plunged 7.2%, hitting its lowest level since April 2013. Equity prices are down 18% this year on top of a 15% decline last year.
Opening Dubai Financial Market prices gapped down 6%, closing 4.64% lower, a three-year low. Its equity market is down 15% this year.
Kuwait dropped 3.2%. Oman’s market is small. It dropped 3.2%. Tiny Bahrain equities fell a slight 0.4%. Egypt and other regional markets closed lower. 
Since January 1, seven Gulf bourses shed over $130 billion of market capitalization. It’s currently at $800 heading south.
In contrast, Iran’s Bourse index soared a record 1,400 points on Sunday, signaling improved economic growth prospects.
Institutional equities strategist Nayal Khan said increased Iranian oil “will come to the market as early as” Sunday or Monday, pressuring prices.
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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.