Most major Gulf markets rose in early trade on Monday, a day after a retreat in the region, with financial shares buoying the Saudi index, although Qatar bucked the trend to traded lower.
Saudi Arabia's benchmark index rose 0.6%, with Banque Saudi Fransi advancing 2% and Saudi Electricity gaining 2.2%.
Dubai's main share index added 0.6%, led by a 1.4% rise in its largest lender Emirates NBD Bank and a 4.8% jump in DAMAC Properties.
The Abu Dhabi index edged up 0.2%, supported by a 0.5% rise in telecoms firm Etisalat.
In Qatar, the index eased 0.4%, with petrochemical firm Industries Qatar falling 1.3% and Barwa Real Estate Company retreating 1.5%.
(Reporting by Ateeq Shariff in Bengaluru; Editing by Angus MacSwan)
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