Most Gulf markets closed higher on Thursday amid rising oil prices, with Qatar outperforming as Doha Bank jumped after releasing a five-year plan.
Oil prices held near one-month highs on Thursday supported by China's efforts to boost its economy, a drop in new coronavirus cases and supply concerns in Venezuela and Libya.
Brent crude futures were up 7 cents at $59.19 a barrel by 0939 GMT.
In Qatar, the index closed up 0.6% with Doha Bank surging 9.6%, its biggest intra-day rise since May 2009, while Qatar Islamic Bank ended up 0.8%.
Doha Bank released a supplementary release to its full year earnings saying it has created a five years strategic plan to address challenging economic conditions.
The bank shed over 17% in its last three sessions, after its 2019 net profit dropped to 754 million riyals from 830 million riyals a year earlier.
Saudi Arabia's benchmark index was up 0.5% as Al Rajhi Bank 1120.SE added 0.9% and Jabal Omar Development 4250.SE jumped 5.8%.
Oil giant Saudi Aramco ended up 0.8% at 33.65 riyals ($8.97).
Dubai’s index was up 0.4% with Emirates NBD Bank rising 1.6% and Emirates Integrated Telecommunications DU.DU gaining 1.8%.
In Abu Dhabi, the index, however, closed 0.8% down, dragged by banking shares as First Abu Dhabi BankFAB.AD lost 1.2% and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank shed 1.6%.
In Egypt, the blue-chip index edged up 0.2%. El Sewedy Electric added rose 2.2% after it reported higher revenue in 2019 and proposed a per share dividend of 0.80 Egyptian pound.
Talaat Mostafa Group Holding gained 1.8%. On Wednesday, the company said its unit will build a hotel with an investment cost of about 1.5 billion Egyptian pounds ($96.59 million) in partnership with Egyptian General Co For Tourism & Hotel.
($1 = 3.7507 riyals)
($1 = 15.5300 Egyptian pounds)
($1 = 3.6405 Qatar riyals)
(Reporting by Maqsood Alam in Bengaluru) ((Maqsood.Alam@thomsonreuters.com;))