Saudi shares overtake Turkey as destination for US funds

The amount of money that US-based investors are pouring into Saudi Arabian equities has overtaken flows into Turkish stocks
Saudi shares overtake Turkey as destination for US funds
A Saudi investor monitors the stock exchange at the Saudi Stock Exchange, or Tadawul in Riyadh. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)
By Bloomberg
Tue 02 Apr 2019 03:06 PM

The amount of money that US-based investors are pouring into Saudi Arabian equities has overtaken flows into Turkish stocks, a sign of the contrasting recent fortunes of the two markets.

An exchange-traded fund focused on Saudi stocks has been increasing its assets under management steadily this year, surpassing a peer focused on Turkish shares for the first time since July.

Both funds are offered by BlackRock Inc and have most of their allocations in banking stocks.

Inflows have been pouring into the Saudi ETF this year ahead of the kingdom’s inclusion in major emerging-market benchmarks compiled by FTSE Russell and MSCI.

For the Turkish counterpart, outflows accelerated last month in advance of local elections, with volatility surging after a slump in the lira dragged down other Turkish assets.

The main stock gauges in Istanbul and Riyadh each fell 0.1 percent as of 11:55am in both markets.

While the former has fallen 18 percent in the past year, the latter has gained 14 percent.

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