12/09/2017 06:01 AST

The Saudi stock benchmark Tadawul All Share Index gained 0.5 percent to 7,411 points at close of trade on Monday, while Qatar’s stock market sank to a 19-month low and other regional bourses were mixed in mostly quiet trade.

Saudi British Bank surged on Tadawul at close of trade. The Saudi index gained 0.5 percent in rising trading volume as Nama Chemicals, which had surged 9.5 percent in unusually heavy trade on Sunday, added a further 2.1 percent to 21.90 riyals, though it pulled back from near technical resistance at its May peak of 23.22 riyals.

Saudi British Bank climbed 2.6 percent to 28.15 riyals after Morgan Stanley raised the stock to “overweight” from “equal-weight” and lifted its target price to 32.50 riyals from 31 riyals.

However, the Qatari stock index dropped 1.6 percent to 8,532 points, its lowest finish since January 2016, in a broad sell-off that saw declining stocks outnumber gainers by 27 to nine.

Qatar National Bank, the biggest lender, slid 2.0 percent and Qatar Gas Transport dropped 4.4 percent. The market has been depressed by the diplomatic dispute between Qatar and its neighbors that erupted in early June.

Although wealthy Qatar is believed to have the financial resources to cope with its isolation, banks face higher funding costs as other Gulf states withdraw deposits.

The withdrawals have been pushing down the Qatari central bank’s foreign reserves, which shrank $10.4 billion in June to $24.4 billion. The central bank usually releases each month’s reserves data late in the following month but has not yet published July data; it has not given a reason for the delay.

Elsewhere, the Dubai index edged up 0.2 percent. Union Properties, the most heavily traded stock, added 0.9 percent and Deyaar gained 0.8 percent.

Direct sales of United Arab Emirates properties are being allowed at this year’s annual Cityscape exhibition in Dubai for the first time in a decade. Deyaar said in a stock exchange statement on Monday that it was launching a new 1 billion dirham ($272 million) residential and hotel project at Cityscape.

In Abu Dhabi, the index slipped 0.2 percent but Abu Dhabi National Insurance Co (ADNIC) climbed 4.1 percent in thin trade. On Sunday, Reuters quoted sources as saying Abu Dhabi Investment Council was weighing a sale of its nearly 24 percent stake in ADNIC, with Allianz among groups showing initial interest in buying it.

In Egypt, the index climbed 0.6 percent in active trade after news that annual urban consumer price inflation dipped to 31.9 percent year-on-year in August from 33.0 percent in July. If inflation continues to drop, it could permit the central bank to ease policy late this year.

Saudi Gazette

Ticker Price Volume
QNBK 123.30 103,897
MMG 0.00 0
SABIC 100.87 2,504,855
STC 71.32 119,991
CHEMANOL 7.11 932,192
RIBL 11.97 465,866
TRADEUNION 20.69 200,872

TASI 7,326.32 6.48 (0.09%)

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SABIC 100.87 0.11 (0.10%)
STC 71.32 -0.26 (-0.37%)
RJHI 67.88 0.29 (0.42%)
NCB 51.47 -0.96 (-1.84%)
SECO 23.65 0.12 (0.50%)
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