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Sahem Weekly Trading Report (05-09)-02-2017
Al-Quds Index touched, in this week, levels that has abandoned since the first quarter of 2016, to rebound upward by 2.93% than its previous closing level and close at the level of 536.45 points with the return of the listed companies’ stocks- especially the blue-chips- to price levels that have declined from. This increase followed several consecutive weekly declines. Regarding the liquidity levels, it was slow and weak with the increase in the anticipation intensity coinciding with the approaching end of the legal period granted by Palestine Stock Exchange PEX to the listed companies to disclose their preliminary financial data disclosures.
Regarding this week’s trading, the stock of the largest company by market capitalization- Palestine Telecommunications PALTEL- topped the PEX by trading value when recorded $1.94 million. However, the stock returned to trade around levels that has dropped from lately, to close at the level of JD5.00 ; up by 3.09% than its previous closing level. In the banking and financial services sector, the transactions of Palestine Islamic Bank ISBK reached $1.53 million, to close at the level of $2.19; significantly up by 11.73% after trading in a relatively wide range. Moreover, the stock of Bank of Palestine BOP- the largest bank by market capitalization- increased by 1.48%, to close at the level of $2.74, through transactions worth $0.25 million. Furthermore, an increase was witnessed in the price of the leading stock of the Arab Palestinian Investment Company APIC by 0.53%, to close at the level of $1.90 through transactions worth $0.89 million. Also, the stock of the largest investment company by market capitalization- Palestine Development and Investment Company PADICO- increased by 2.83%, to close at the level of $1.09 through transactions worth $0.46 million.
Regarding the substantial news, Palestine Electric Company PEC disclosed its annual financial data, noting posting net loss of $0.65 million for the year 2016; sharply down by 104.75% than the year 2015 after recording bad debts of $15.91 million in the year 2016. While according to the disclosure, PEC noted giving up $30 million accounts receivables by the Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources Authority to be recorded as bad debts. Accordingly, PEC records book value of $1.42 and P/BV of 0.89x. On the other hand, Palestine Telecommunications PALTEL disclosed posting net income of JD80.06 million in 2016; down by 3.62% than the year 2015. This decrease followed recording losses from investments of JD0.69 million in the year 2016. Accordingly, PALTEL records book value of JD4.21 and P/BV of 1.19x.
Regarding the dividends proposals for the year 2016, the board of directors of Global United Insurance Company GUI proposed to the general assembly, which will be holding a meeting on 10/04/2017, distributing 10% cash dividends, to record dividends yield of 6.33% based on the current market price. Moreover, the board of directors of Palestine Telecommunications Company PALTEL raised a recommendation to the general assembly that will be holding a meeting on 05/04/2017, to distribute 40% cash dividends, to record dividends yield of 8.00% based on the current market price.