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Gulf stock market rises, government reshuffle buoys Saudi market

CommoditiesMay 08, 2016 10:40AM ET
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© Reuters. An investor monitors a screen displaying stock information at the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) in Riyadh

By Andrew Torchia

DUBAI (Reuters) - Most major Gulf stock markets rose on Sunday in response to a modest recovery on Wall Street and in oil prices at the end of last week, while a sweeping reorganization of Saudi Arabia's economic policy-making apparatus boosted shares there.

The Saudi stock index (TASI) closed 0.2 percent higher after rising as much as 1.0 percent at one stage. Petrochemical blue chip Saudi Basic Industries (SE:2010) gained 0.3 percent.

The Saudi reorganization replaced the oil minister and central bank governor and restructured some major ministries, creating a super-ministry under Khalid al-Falih to manage the growth of industry and resource extraction.

Many fund managers still have questions about how a wide-ranging economic reform program unveiled on April 25 can be financed and whether it can be fully implemented, but local investors have been reacting bullishly.

State utility Saudi Electric (SE:5110) climbed 1.8 percent. Saturday's reshuffle moved the electricity portfolio to the new super-ministry; this could give fresh impetus to a restructuring of Saudi Electric, which has been discussed for years with little progress.

Insurers were also strong, with Saudi Arabian Cooperative Insurance (SE:8100) jumping its 10 percent daily limit.

Dubai's index (DFMGI) gained 0.6 percent to 3,326 points, bouncing from near technical support on the late March lows of3,248-3,253 points, though trading volume was low.

Dubai Parks & Resorts (DU:DUBA), the most heavily traded stock, rose 2.3 percent. Trading in rights to a major share issue in the company began last week and will continue through next week.

Abu Dhabi's index (ADI) gained 0.5 percent as Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (AD:ADCB) rebounded for a second day from a slump following its first-quarter earnings. The stock rose 1.3percent.

Qatar (QSI) edged down 0.2 percent although Dlala Brokerage (QA:DBIS) added 2.7 percent in unusually heavy trade.

Kuwait's Burgan Bank (KW:BURG) rose 1.5 percent after reporting an 18.5 percent fall in first-quarter net profit to14.3 million dinars ($47.66 million), largely because of lower foreign exchange income; HSBC had forecast the bank would make 12.68 million dinars. Kuwait's index (KWSE) edged down 0.1 percent.

Egypt (EGX30) rose 0.3 percent, buoyed by gains in a few blue chips such as Orascom Telecom Media (CA:OTMT), which was up 2.7 percent.

SUNDAY'S HIGHLIGHTS

SAUDI ARABIA

* The index (TASI) climbed 0.2 percent to 6,672 points.

DUBAI

* The index (DFMGI) rose 0.6 percent to 3,326 points.

ABU DHABI

* The index (ADI) gained 0.5 percent to 4,449 points.

QATAR

* The index (QSI) fell 0.2 percent to 9,730 points.

EGYPT

* The index (EGX30) rose 0.3 percent to 7,572 points.

KUWAIT

* The index (KWSE) edged down 0.1 percent to 5,371 points.

OMAN

* The index (MSI) rose 0.3 percent to 5,996 points.

BAHRAIN

* The index (BAX) edged down 0.1 percent to 1,112 points.

Gulf stock market rises, government reshuffle buoys Saudi market
 

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