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Still Neutral On Levant Equities

We retain our neutral outlook on the Levant's equity markets, with neither Jordan's Amman Stock Exchange (ASE) nor Lebanon's BLOM Index showing any promise of breaking out of their sideways channels.

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Succession Risks Allayed For Now

The binding appointment of 70-year Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz as second in line to Saudi Arabia's throne resolves the critical issue of succession for the time being. The stage is now set for a...

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Regional Fixed Income Strategy

We believe that the majority of recent gains in fixed income markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are now behind us, and we reaffirm our neutral-bearish outlook on debt markets...

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Returning To Growth In 2014

We forecast Iran's economy to expand by 2.8% and 3.4% in real terms in 2014 and 2015, respectively, from our estimate of a 3.5% contraction in 2013. Iran and the 5+1 powers (the United States, Russia...

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