Performance of Boursa Kuwait – October 2019

October’s performance was mixed compared with September’s performance. Traded value, i.e. Boursa’s liquidity decreased but with a positive performance regarding all indices. The Premier Market index increased by 0.6%, Main Market index increased by 0.9%, and the All Share Market index (the outcome of the two markets’ performance) by 0.7%. Also, AlShall index also rose by 0.4%. 

Boursa liquidity during October achieved a lower level than that of September’s liquidity. The traded value was KD 503.8 million, declining from KD 749.9 million in September. The average daily trading value of October scored KD 21.9 million versus KD 34.1 million in September, reflecting a -35.7% decrease below September’s average. Traded value in the first ten months of 2019 (207 working days) scored KD 6.569 billion, with an average daily trading value of KD 31.7 million. This represents a 100.01% rise comparedwith the same average of the same period of 2018 at KD 15.9 million. It also rose by 88.3% when compared with the same average of the entire previous year at KD 16.8 million.Liquidity directions since the beginning of the year indicate that half of the listed companies obtained only 0.9% of that liquidity including 50 companies which captured only 0.1% of that liquidity, and 3 listed companies without any trades. As for small liquid companies, 12 companies whose market capitalization equals 4.8% out   of   all  listed companies’ capitalization obtained nearly 7.3% of the Boursa liquidity. This means that major liquidity activity still deprives almost half of the listed companies from liquidity. On the contrary, it favors companies with smaller value. Liquidity distribution among the three markets during October 2019 was as follows:

The Premier Market (19 Companies)

It scored KD 362.1 million or 71.9% of Boursa liquidity, and 50% of its companies (9 companies) captured 84.5% of its liquidity and 60.7% of the entire Boursa liquidity. The other half of its companies (10 companies) captured what is left or 15.5% of its liquidity. Its liquidity concentration was high as 7 of its companies obtained 76% of its liquidity.

The Main Market (144 Companies)

It achieved KD 141.7 million or 28.1% of Boursa liquidity, and 20% of its companies obtained 86.2% of its liquidity while 80% of its companies obtained only 13.8% of its liquidity. It is good to recall that its companies’ weak liquidity was the primary factor for their classification within the Main Market which is open for evolution with the rise of liquidity of any of its companies.

Auctions Market (12 Companies)

It captured KD 15.9 thousand only, about 0.003% of the Boursa liquidity which is within anticipation. The main goal is to give those companies a liquidity regulating outlet even if they are left without any trading except at remote intervals. We may witness a single surge in their trading value every now and then.