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Friday, 7 February 2014

The week explained: Agriculture, antitrust and a big, dry ditch - YouTube

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Iran Investment Monthly - Vol 8, No 88 - Jan 14.pdf | Courtesy Turquoise Partners (Cloud link)

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A guilty verdict and an emboldened US attorney - YouTube

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Norway's risky good life - YouTube

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UAE markets end the week in positive territory | GulfNews.com

UAE markets end the week in positive territory | GulfNews.com:



"UAE markets ended the week higher on Thursday with Dubai’s benchmark stock index surging more than four per cent compared to a one per cent rise in the capital’s measure.



The Dubai Financial Market General Index rose 1.45 per cent to 3931.44 as volumes and turnover fell to 2.67 from Wednesday’s Dh3.25 billion. Total volume traded stood at 1.27 billion shares. Much of the trading was driven by investors buying shares of Emaar Properties, the bonds of which was upgraded on Wednesday to investment grade by ratings agency S&P, with a stable outlook. The stock jumped 4.67 per cent to Dh8.30.



“After the upgrade, the fixed income reacted positively, as expected, but surprisingly the equity market also,” said Sebastien Henin, head of asset investment at Abu-Dhabi based The National Investor (TNI). “Emaar has under performed the index during the past sessions. The rating agency decision yesterday triggered a strong reaction from market participants today.”"



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Arab funds among bidders for Australia’s Queensland Motorways | GulfNews.com

Arab funds among bidders for Australia’s Queensland Motorways | GulfNews.com:



"Three investment consortia — two involving Gulf Arab government-owned funds — plan to lodge indicative bids for Australian state-owned toll road company Queensland Motorways Ltd on Friday, sources close to the transaction said.



The sale, estimated by analysts to fetch about A$5 billion (Dh16.5 billion, $4.5 billion), would further the push by Australian state governments to sell off large infrastructure assets to pay for capital works programmes.



State governments, once hesitant to give up tax revenue by selling infrastructure, appear to have had a change of heart since the state of New South Wales sold its desalination plant for $2.3 billion in 2012."



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UAE voted on Schengen visa-free list | GulfNews.com

UAE voted on Schengen visa-free list | GulfNews.com:



"The UAE was voted on the Schengen visa-free list by EU’s Security and Policy Committee, but awaits final approval by the European Parliament within weeks, a senior official said.



Sulaiman Al Mazroui, UAE Ambassador to the European Union, said the latest EU move was a fruit of the relentless efforts made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the directives of Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, WAM reported.



“The endorsement represents the last legal procedure before the final formal approval by the European Parliament, whose Committee on Civil Liberties, has already approved the visa waiver,” he said."



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Mobius Says Emerging-Market Selloff to Deepen Amid Outflows - Bloomberg

Mobius Says Emerging-Market Selloff to Deepen Amid Outflows - Bloomberg:



"The worst isn’t over for emerging markets after the benchmark stock index sank to a five-month low and the nations’ currencies tumbled, said Templeton Emerging Markets Group’s Mark Mobius.



“The negative sentiment is pretty much in place so you can expect a lot more selling,” Mobius, 77, who oversees more than $50 billion in developing nations as an executive chairman at Templeton, said in an interview from Rio de Janeiro today. “We are looking but actually not buying at this stage. Prices can come down or take time to stabilize.”



The outlook from Mobius, a consistent advocate of emerging markets who’s been investing in the countries for more than 40 years, contrasts with that of Jim O’Neill, who created the BRIC moniker for the four largest developing economies and said this week that the rout created a buying opportunity. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index has dropped 11 percent from an Oct. 22 high and is valued near its biggest discount in five years versus the MSCI World Index of advanced-country shares."



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