Gulf markets mixed as Qatar falls, Dubai gains

Feb 2 (Reuters) – Qatar’s stock market was the worst performer among mixed Gulf bourses on Thursday amid volatile energy markets, while Dubai shares ended higher on a strong banking sector performance.

The Qatari stock index (.QSI) dropped 0.9%, falling for a fourth consecutive session, with most of its constituent stocks in negative territory.

Index heavyweights Qatar International Islamic Bank (QIIB.QA) and Qatar Islamic Bank (QISB.QA) declined 1.3% and 0.9%, respectively.

Qatar’s Commercial Bank (COMB.QA) dropped 3.8% and Doha Bank (DOBK.QA) slumped 10%.

“The Qatari stock market maintained its downtrend following the negative performance in natural gas markets,” said Fadi Reyad, chief market analyst at MENA.

The benchmark index (.TASI) in Saudi Arabia dropped 0.8%, weighed down by losses in most sectors, led by banking and energy stocks.

Shares of Alinma Bank (1150.SE) declined 4.3% after the bank reported 32.8% growth in annual net profit to 3.60 billion riyals ($959.3 million) that missed analysts’ estimate of 3.72 billion riyals.

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The world’s largest Islamic bank by assets, Al Rajhi Bank (1120.SE), fell 0.7% and Dr Sulaiman Al Habib Medical (4013.SE) declined 3.3%.

Saudi oil giant Aramco (2222.SE) lost 0.9%.

Oil prices – a key contributor to Gulf economies – fell on Thursday as looming sanctions on Russian oil products added uncertainty over supply, with Brent crude down 0.51% at $82.40 a barrel by 1330 GMT.

Dubai’s benchmark index (.DFMGI) closed up 0.5%, lifted by gains in banking, utilities and industry sectors stocks.

Dubai’s biggest lender Emirates NBD (ENBD.DU) added 0.4% and Emirates Central Cooling Systems (EMPOWER.DU) rose 2%.

Commercial Bank Of Dubai (CBD.DU) jumped 8.1% after it reported a 26% jump in full-year net profit on Wednesday, helped by higher net interest income and solid operating income.

In Abu Dhabi, the index (.FTFADGI) ended up 0.1%, rising for a fourth straight session, helped by a 3% gain in National Marine Dredging (NMDC.AD) after the firm posted a 30% increase in annual net profit to 1.30 billion dirhams ($353.9 million).

The MENA region’s largest producer of nitrogen fertilisers, Fertiglobe (FERTIGLOBE.AD), rose 2.2%.

Outside the Gulf, Egypt’s blue-chip index (.EGX30) ended 0.9% lower, falling for a fourth session with almost all its constituent stocks in the red.

Fawry banking (FWRY.CA) and El Sewedy Electric (SWDY.CA) dropped 3.6% and 6% respectively.

($1 = 3.6729 UAE Dirham)

Reporting by Md Manzer Hussain Editing by Mark Potter

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.


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