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Commodities remained exposed to broad-based selling this past week. For a third consecutive week, the sector struggled to put up a defence against the challenging combination of rising US interest rates, a strong dollar and the global equity rout, which has now spread to the US market.

The trading activity in the UAE markets ended on a negative note, as both Dubai and Abu Dhabi closed lower by 0.4% and 0.5%, respectively for the day. Investors are awaiting earnings announcement from leading corporates to gauge the economic environment and accordingly position themselves in both the indexes. On a YTD basis, Dubai stands as the worst performing index in the region with losses of 19.4%, while Abu Dhabi is the second-best performing index with gains of 10.8%.

Bahrain’s headline real growth rate increased sharply in the second quarter of 2018 to an annual rate of 2.4%. The data published in the Bahrain Economic Quarterly Report (BEQ), produced by the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), shows a significant acceleration of growth from the previous quarter. This rebound was underpinned by both the normalisation of oil production and markedly faster non-oil growth.

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