Most major stock markets in the Middle East closed up on Sunday, with broad-based gains pushing Egyptian shares higher as financial stocks led the pack.
The blue-chip index in Egypt, which traded after a session break, advanced 2%. Commercial International Bank gained 2.3%, while investment bank EFG Hermes closed up 4.9%.
Elsewhere, petrochemicals investor Alujain Holding 2170.SE jumped 9.9%, having reported last week that its second-quarter loss narrowed to 46.4 million riyals ($12.37 million) from a loss of 78.7 million riyals a year earlier.
The Qatari index added 0.4%, with petrochemical maker Industries Qatar rising 4.4%.
** Dubai and Abu Dhabi were closed for a public holiday.
($1 = 3.7504 riyals)
(Reporting by Ateeq Shariff in Bengaluru Editing by Mark Heinrich) ((AteeqUr.Shariff@thomsonreuters.com; +918061822788;))