Most major stock markets in the Gulf rebounded on Thursday, as oil prices touched seven-year highs on fears of disruption to energy supplies due to escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine.
Brent crude furtures were up 89 cents, or 1%, at $90.85 a barrel by 1217 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 87 cents, or 1%, at $88.22.
Crude prices are a key catalyst for the Gulf's financial markets.
Dubai's main share index gained 0.5%, helped by a 1.5% jump in Emirates NBD Bank, after the top regional lender reported a 34% rise in annual profit on Wednesday.
Shares in Dubai, however, might experience more corrections like they did earlier this month in the absence of a clear catalyst and global risk appetite souring on a hawkish U.S. Federal Reserve, said Farah Mourad, a senior market analyst at XTB MENA.
Abu Dhabi's index edged up 0.2%, after falling as much as 1.6% during the session. Heavyweight First Abu Dhabi Bank pulled back from a 4% fall to close flat.
The bank proposed a lower dividend this year, but its full-year net profit rose about 19% to 12.53 billion dirhams ($3.41 billion).
"Its proposed dividend of 0.70 dirhams per share was lower than the 0.74 dirhams paid out in 2020," an analyst said.
The Qatar index ended 0.2% higher. Qatar Islamic Bank added 1%, while Industries Qatar rose 0.7%.
Saudi Arabia's benchmark index ended flat in a volatile session. Al Rajhi Bank fell 0.7%, while Saudi National Bank gained 1.4%.
($1 = 3.6726 UAE dirham)
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