"Panic Selling" Saudi Stocks Crash Into Bear Market Following OPEC Decision

It's not just Shale oil stocks in the US that are hurting. Following the OPEC decision to not cut production and squeeze US producers, Saudi Arabia's major stock market index has tumbled into a bear market, giving up all the year's gains. As one analyst noted, "investors are afraid if oil stays where it is, it will negatively impact the government revenues, thus creating potential headwinds on government spending." Dubai stocks - our long-time favorite bubble index - has also been hammered, down over 7% intraday at its worst...

 

 

As Bloomberg reports,

Saudi Arabian stocks plunged into a bear market after OPEC took no action to stem a slump in oil, triggering a rout in Middle Eastern equities.

 

The Tadawul All Share Index (SASEIDX) retreated as much as 6.3 percent, the most since March 2011, before settling 4.8 percent lower at the close in Riyadh.

 

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“Investors don’t like the potential macro backdrop if oil continues to slide, which is being reflected in the markets,” Ali Khan, chief executive officer of London-based BGR Asset Management LLP, said by e-mail. “Investors are afraid if oil stays where it is, it will negatively impact the government revenues, thus creating potential headwinds on government spending.”

 

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“It’s mostly panic selling today,” Tariq Qaqish, head of asset management at Dubai-based Al Mal Capital PSC, said by phone. “Investors are worried about a possible slowdown in government spending, which would affect corporate earnings going forward.”

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But apart from that, low oil prices are unequivocally good...right?

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