CAIRO: Egypt’s main stock index plunged 8.85 percent on Wednesday, following Gulf Arab markets lower as heavyweight Orascom Construction Industries plummeted.
The benchmark CASE 30 index last traded at 5,112.29 points, led by double-digit drops in two heavyweight firms with GDR shares traded in London.
“Heavyweights are down heavily, said Mariam Abou El-Dahab of Borak Securities, adding that the Egyptian market was tracking global markets. “Sentiment is way too bearish.
Orascom Construction, the most heavily traded share by turnover, ended 12.17 percent lower at LE 213 ($38.10). Investment bank EFG-Hermes lost 15.22 percent to LE 23.40.
Overall, the widely watched Hermes index lost 8.4 percent to 460.34 points while the broader CIBC index ended 9.1 percent lower at 266.26.
“People want to see if there is a bottom, said Mohamed Radwan of Pharos Securities, adding that there was a lack of appetite among institutional investors in Egyptian shares.
Among the top stock decliners was property developer Talaat Moustafa, which lost 19.95 percent to a fresh year-low of LE 3.41. Heavyweight Orascom Telecom dropped 10.96 percent to a year-low of LE 29.
Tourism company and landowner Egyptian Resorts, shed 12.73 percent to LE 1.92, while Commercial International Bank dipped 5.59 percent to LE 31.10.
El Sewedy Cables, which said it would delay a smelter project on the Red Sea coast citing market conditions, lost 16.77 percent to LE 68.79.