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Qatar bourse ends flat at 6,951.89 points

22 July 2010

The Qatari stock market ended flat after a lackluster trading day. Investors booked profits at banks in particular, with Doha Bank (the number three in Qatar) eased 1.13% to QR44.40. But Credit Suisse maintained its outperform rating on Doha Bank and target price of QR64 per share after the bank reported on Tuesday a second quarter net income of QR300m, down 5.4% on a year on year basis and 4.9% quarter on quarter. EFG Hermes Chief Economist Dr. Monica Malik told Bloomberg that "Qatar continues to see the strongest credit environment of the GCC countries, driven by loan growth to the public sector. Total credit grew by 26.7% year on year in June, with public sector growing by just over 100.0%." Dr. Malik concluded that "The latest credit data supports our view of a strengthening domestic demand outlook in 2010."

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