(MENAFN - Arab Times) Kuwait stocks rebounded on Wednesday, stemming the three-day decline. The price index jumped 42.05 points to 7665.14 points helped by last minute spurt in buying. The market sentiment was markedly positive even as investors rejiged their positions ahead of the quarterly earnings. The KSX 15 benchmark eased 1.43 pts to 1062.97 points while weighted index edged 0.26 pts lower. The volume turnover meanwhile surged to cross the 700 million mark for the first time in almost 4 months. 704.67 million shares changed hands - a 73.87 percent rise from the day before. The sectors closed mostly in the positive side. Oil and gas outperformed the rest with 1.49 percent gain whereas telecommunication slid 1.68 pct, the biggest loser of the day. In terms of volume, industrials accounted for the highest market share of 31.11 percent while real estate was close behind with 31 percent. Financial services came in third with 27.70 percent contribution.
Among the notable movers, United Projects Group spiked 50 fils to KD 0.760 while Kuwait Food Co (Americana) climbed 20 fils recouping the loss in the previous session. Gulf Petroleum Investment Co added 4 fils on back of 22.37 million shares while Gulf Franchising Holding Co was up 5 fils. Kuwait Cement Co rose 5 fils and NAPESCO vaulted 30 fils to KD 0.360. The company has posted a net profit of KD 2.64 million and earnings per share of 47.50 fils in the nine-months period ending September 30, 2013. NICBM climbed 5 fils and Equipment Holding Co ticked 2 fils higher with a volume of 1.82 million shares. Telecom major Zain was unchanged at KD 0.680 off early lows whereas Wataniya Telecom gave up 20 fils to settle at KD 1.780. Agility shed 20 fils after clocking 3.71 million shares and the stock has eased 10 fils from start of the month.
The market opened flat and moved sideways in early trade. The price index drifted lower briefly to hit the day's lowest level of 7622.25 pts and clawed back again to the opening level. It continued to trade in tight range before revving up in the in final minutes to close with strong gains. Top gainer of the day, Investors Holding Group vaulted 9.43 percent to 29 fils and Iskan Holding (Housing Finance Co) climbed 7.58 pct to stand next. KAMCO slid 7.58 percent, the steepest decliner of the day while Mayadeen topped the volume with 179.87 million shares. Mirroring the day's rebound, the market spread was skewed towards the gainers. 65 stocks advanced whereas 40 closed lower. Of the 153 counters active on Wednesday, 48 closed flat. 9424 deals worth KD 49.95 million were traded - a 45.96 pct jump in value from the day before.
KGL Logistics Co was unchanged at KD 0.255 after trading over 1 million shares whereas Kuwait & Gulf Link fell 2 fils to KD 0.104. The company has incurred a net loss of KD 815,921 and loss per share of 3.09 fils in the first nine-months of 2013, narrowing from KD 5.79 million loss and 21.92 fils LPS in the year before period. On the downside, Burgan Well Drilling Co fel1 10 fils and IFA Hotels and Resorts followed suit to end at KD 0.260. PAPCO slipped 6 fils to KD 0.120 whereas ALAFCO closed flat at KD 0.270 and Safwan Trading and Contracting Co was down 25 fils at KD 0.460.
Gulf Glass Manufacturing Co dived 50 fils to KD 0.670 ACICO Industries Co shed 10 fils. Kuwait Cable Vision Co inched 1 fils lower. The company has incurred a net loss of KD 284,136 and loss per share of 9.47 fils in the January-September period of 2013. ALAFCO too held steady at KD 0.275 off early lows.
Kuwait Portland Cement closed flat and Gulf Cables followed suit. The company has earned KD 9.06 million and clocked an earnings per share of 43 fils in the first nine-months of 2013 as compared with net profit of KD 10.54 million and earnings per share of 50 fils in the same period last year.
Metal and Recycling Co fell 2 fils to KD 0.134 and United Industries Co clipped 4 fils. National Industries Group eased 2 fils to KD 0.232 . The company has posted a net profit of KD 10.49 million and earnings per share of 8.3 fils in the nine-month period ending September 30,2013 . Kuwait Foundry Co held the ground unchanged at KD 0.420 off early lows. In the banking sector, National Bank of Kuwait fell 10 fils to KD 0.880 whereas Gulf Bank rose 5 fils to KD 0.370 taking the month's losses 5 fils. Commercial Bank of Kuwait held steady at KD 0.720 and Al Ahli Bank followed suit to close at 0.435. Ahli United Bank stagnated at KD 0.710 whereas Kuwait International Bank added 5 fils to close at KD 0.295. Burgan Bank closed flat at KD 0.560 whereas Kuwait Finance House rose 10 fils on back of 6.58 million shares. Boubyan Bank paused at KD 0.550.
International Financial Advisors flunked 1 fils after clocking a volume of 12.73 million shares whereas National Investment Co eased 2 fils. The company has won the approval of Capital Markets Authority to the company's request to buy back or sell up to 10% of own shares over a period of 6 months. KIPCO gained 10 fils to settle at KD 0.640 while Securities House and KFIC rose 3 fils each. KAMCO retreated 10 fils to KD 0.122 whereas Housing Finance Co was up 5 fils at 67 fils. Mabanee Co shed 20 fils. The bourse has been mixed during the week. It closed higher in 3 of the 4 sessions in the holiday curtailed week and clipped 3 points week-on-week. The index had declined 185 points in December but has gained over 27 percent during 2013. KSE, with 213 listed companies, is the second largest bourse in the region.
In the bourse related news, Warba Bank announced has logged a net loss of KD 3.12 million in the nine-month period ending Sept 30, 2013 and chalked a loss per share of 3.12 fils as against KD 2.06 net loss and and loss per share of 2.07 fils in the same period last year. Independent Petroleum Group has posted a net profit of KD 4.35 million in the first nine months of 2013 while earnings per share came in at 30.10 fils. This compares with KD 5.07 million net profit and earnings per share of 35.10 fils in the same period last year.
Kuwait National Cinema has notched a net profit of KD 6.13 million earnings per share of 61.74 fils in the nine-month period ending September 2013, soaring from KD 4.73 million profit and earnings per share of 47.43 fils in the 9M period of 2012. Automated Systems Co has earned KD 1.45 million in the nine-month period ending Sep 30, 2013 while earnings per share stood at 36.27 fils. This compares with KD 4.01 million net profit and 100.26 fils EPS in the same period last year.