Muscat: The Omani stock market experienced a slight uptick for the second consecutive week, posting a 0.22 percent gain as it tested breaking the resistance level at 4,800 points level, according to an analyst.

“This week, Oman stood out as an exception in the region, where other markets closed negatively due to external pressures including geopolitical developments and hawkish Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes, compounded by declining oil prices,” said Joseph Dahrieh, Managing Principal at Tickmill.

Sectoral performance in Oman was mixed this week. The financial sector saw notable gains, increasing by 1.5 percent where the banking stocks led the trading volume this week in the general market. Sohar International Bank rose by 2.21 percent, and Bank Nizwa surged by 5.88 percent, both being among the most actively traded stocks leading the sector performance. Additionally, Oman Arab Bank achieved significant gains, up by 11.54 percent.

Conversely, the Industrial sector declined by 0.09 percent. Galfar Engineering & Contracting contributed to this downturn with a decrease of 1.21 percent, while Jazeera Steel Products dropped by 3.39 percent.

The Services sector saw the largest losses, recording a 1 percent fall. Sembcorp Salalah and Dhofar Generating weighed on the sector with declines amounting to 2.91 percent and 3.75 percent, respectively.

“On the economic development front, Oman's trade surplus reached OMR1.69 billion by the end of February 2024, highlighting healthy economic performance driven by strong oil and non-oil exports,” said Joseph Dahrieh. “This surplus not only supports GDP growth but also provides essential funds for economic diversification initiatives under Oman's Vision 2040,” he added.

Furthermore, the planned inauguration of six new airports by 2028-2029, aiming to handle 50 million passengers by 2040, could significantly boost the tourism sector and enhance global connectivity. “These developments are likely to attract foreign investment and bolster the growth of the logistics and tourism sectors, positively impacting the Omani financial market’s growth,” said Joseph Dahrieh.

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