Mideast Stocks: Wall street and oil surge boost most Gulf markets

Saudi Arabia's benchmark index advanced 1.2%


Most major stock markets in the Gulf rose early on Tuesday, after a record-setting day on Wall Street, although Qatar bucked the trend to trade lower.

Wall Street reached all-time closing highs on Monday as the Nasdaq Composite added nearly 1% and the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained about 0.75%.

Oil prices, a key catalyst for the Gulf region's financial markets, also hit 13-month highs, helped by rising optimism about a pick up in fuel demand.

Saudi Arabia's benchmark index advanced 1.2%, on track to extend gains for a fourth consecutive session, buoyed by a 3% jump in Al Rajhi Bank.

National Commercial Bank (NCB), the country's largest lender, and Samba Financial Group climbed 1.8% and 2.6%, respectively.

Saudi Arabia's Capital Market Authority approved NCB's request to increase its capital to merge with Samba via a securities exchange offer. 

The CMA gave the nod for NCB to increase its capital to 44.78 billion riyals ($11.94 billion) from 30 billion riyals, by issuing 1.48 billion ordinary shares.

Dubai's main share index added 0.7%, with its largest lender Emirates NBD Bank rising 2.2% and blue-chip developer Emaar Properties up 2.4%.

In Dubai, where a second wave of coronavirus infections threatens to upend a tourism boom, stocks were on course to end four sessions of losses.

The Abu Dhabi the index was up 0.4%, led by a 1.1% gain in First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB).

FAB, the biggest lender in the United Arab Emirates, is planning its debut euro-denominated bond issue, a document showed on Monday, the latest Gulf issuer to raise capital amid a downturn caused by the pandemic. 

In Qatar, the index, however, eased 0.5%, hit by a 1.5% fall in Qatar National Bank and a 0.8% fall in sharia-compliant lender Masraf Al Rayan.

Elsewhere, petrochemical firm Industries Qatar lost 0.4%, after it reported a fall in full year net profit.

($1 = 3.7510 riyals)

(Reporting by Ateeq Shariff in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirsten Donovan) ((AteeqUr.Shariff@thomsonreuters.com; +918061822788;))

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