Dubai – MENA Herald: The Dubai Financial Market General Index decreased by 16.5% to 3151 points at the end of this year compared to 3774 points at the end of 2014. At the sectoral level, indexes of six out of the nine sectors represented on DFM ended the year in the red, with the Real Estate and Construction sector decreasing the most by 25.4%, followed by the Industrial sector and Financial & Investment Services sector by 22.7%, 19.1% respectively. In contrast the Consumer Staples and Discretionary sector increasing the most by 39.8%, followed by the Services sector by 6.3% and the Telecommunication sector by 1.2%.

The market capitalization decreased at the end of this year by 4.5% amounting to AED 308.1 billion compared to AED 322.6 billion at the end of previous year. The value of shares traded during this year reached AED 151.4 billion, compared to AED 381.5 billion recorded during 2014, down by 60.3%. The number of shares traded decreased by 38.8% to reach 98.2 billion shares during this year compared to 160.5 billion shares were traded during last year. The number of transactions executed during this year down 34.9% to reach 1.6 million compared to 2.4 million deals carried out during the previous year.

As for the sectors’ contribution to trading volumes, the Real Estate and Construction sector ranked first in terms of the traded value, to reach AED 78.6 billion, or 51.9% of the total traded value in the market. The Banking sector ranked Second at AED 39.9 billion or 26.3%, followed by the Financial and Investment Services sector with AED 15.4 billion or 10.2%, the Consumer and Discretionary staples sector with AED 5.8 billion or 3.8%, the Transportation sector with AED 5.5 billion or 3.7%, the Services sector with AED 3 billion or 2%, the Insurance sector with AED 1.8 billion or 1.2%, and the Telecommunications sector with 1.3 billion or 0.9%, and finally the Industrial sector with AED 57.2 million.

The value of stocks bought by foreign investors during this year reached AED 73.5 billion comprising 48.6% of the total traded value. The value of stocks sold by foreign investors during the same period reached AED 73.4 billion comprising 48.5% of the total value traded. Accordingly, DFM net foreign investment in-flow reached AED 133.3 million.

On the other hand, the value of stocks bought by institutional investors during this year reached AED 41.5 billion comprising 27.4% of the total traded value. The value of stocks sold by institutional investors during the same period reached AED 39.9 billion which constitutes 26.4% of the total value traded. Net institutional investment in-flow amounted AED 1.5 billion.