Saudi Arabia opens stock market to foreigners in 2015

Saudi Arabia's Cabinet has approved opening the country's stock market to foreign investors next year.

Foreigners will be able to buy stocks on the $530B Tadawul index next year

Saudi Arabia will open its stock market to foreign investors next year. (Hassan AmmarAssociated Press)

Saudi Arabia's Cabinet has approved opening the country's stock market to foreign investors next year.

The Cabinet decision late Monday paves the way for foreign financial institutions to directly buy and sell stocks listed on Saudi Arabia's $530 billion Tadawul All Share Index starting sometime in the first half of 2015. That's according to a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Tadawul reached its highest level in nearly seven years Tuesday when it surged more than three per cent after the market opened following the news.

A number of powerful companies are listed on Tadawul, including one of the world's largest petrochemical groups, Saudi Basic Industries Corp.

The International Monetary Fund on Monday raised its economic growth forecast for Saudi Arabia from 4.1 to 4.6 per cent.