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Private healthcare in the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) region, estimated at US$ 62 billion in 2016, is forecasted to expand 8.7% annually, to reach US$ 94 billion in 2021, according to MENA Research Partners (MRP), a leading research company in the region. KSA and UAE together represent more than two third of the market, where the latter is witnessing the fastest growth in the region.

Currencies

Pair near strong weekly resistance

EUR/USD pair has been rallying extensively over the past few weeks, and even the aggressive comeback by US dollar didn’t seem to reflect much in this pair as it did in other currency pairs. However, that seems to be in corrected in the week ahead, as the pair is in close ranges to a 2008 trend line resistance. On the US front, the US economy added 200K jobs in January and more importantly, saw wages rise by 2.9% y/y, in what seems like a more sustainable acceleration in pay. This sent the dollar higher after a week that saw it struggling to recover. On the week ahead, we have US ISM Manufacturing PMI, which stood at the levels of 55.9 in December. A rise to 56.5 is expected, which if reached will indicate string economy and growth, which could burden EUR/USD.

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