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Saudi Arabia equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Media & Publishing, Agriculture & Food and Multi Investment sectors propelled shares lower.
At the close, the stock benchmark Tadawul All Share Index fell 0.32%.
The biggest gainers of the session on the Tadawul All Share were Amana Cooperative Insurance Co, which rose 9.93% or 2.04 points to trade at 22.58 at the close. Saudi Indian Company Insurance added 9.72% or 2.26 points to end at 25.50 and Anb Insurance was up 7.50% or 1.52 points to 21.78 in late trade.
Biggest losers included The Mediterranean&Gulf Insurance Co, which lost 9.90% or 1.36 points to trade at 12.38 in late trade. Saudi Research and Marketing Group declined 4.31% or 3.30 points to end at 73.20 and Middle East Healthcare Co shed 4.06% or 2.80 points to 66.20.
Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 88 to 65 and 27 ended unchanged on the Saudi Arabia Stock Exchange.
In commodities trading, crude oil for September delivery was down 0.41% or 0.20 to $48.62 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in October fell 0.50% or 0.26 to hit $51.84 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.38% or 4.95 to trade at $1289.05 a troy ounce.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.27% at 93.24.
Elsewhere, global stock markets clawed back losses Monday as spiraling tensions over North Korea showed tentative signs of easing, in turn reducing appetite for haven assets.
Fears of a catastrophic confrontation between Washington and Pyongyang were calmed when CIA director Mike Pompeo said Sunday there was "nothing imminent" in the escalating stand-off.
London's benchmark FTSE 100 index climbed 0.6 percent, while in the eurozone Paris and Frankfurt rose one percent or more.
"European equity markets appear to have left the fears of late last week behind, with investors coming out of their defensive positions to move back into riskier assets," said Joshua Mahony, market analyst at traders IG.
In New York, the Dow index was up 0.6 shortly after the opening bell.
Earlier in Asia, Hong Kong was back in positive territory Monday after slumping two percent Friday, while Shanghai ended the day higher despite data showing Chinese industrial production slowed sharply in July as government efforts to rein in debt weighed on demand.
However, Tokyo closed one percent down as traders returned from a three-day holiday weekend to play catch-up after Asian and European shares had dropped Friday, with the Nikkei finishing at its lowest level in more than three months.
Investors largely shrugged off official data showing Japan's economy grew by a faster-than-expected one percent in the three months to June, as the accelerating world number three economy marked its longest economic expansion in more than a decade.
"What we are seeing today is relief at the (geopolitical) situation not deteriorating over the weekend, something traders were clearly wary of towards the end of last week," said Oanda analyst Craig Erlam.
As stock markets started recovering, the dollar rose against the Japanese currency and the euro, while gold halted its advance after jumping 2.4 percent last week.
"We're seeing a small unwinding of ... risk aversion trades, with gold trading slightly lower and the yen and Swiss franc off against the dollar, pound and euro," Erlam added.
Last week's losses worldwide were triggered by President Donald Trump threatening to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea, and Pyongyang countered by announcing plans to test-launch missiles toward Guam.
"There is a still a 'buy the dips' mentality running through financial markets," said Chris Weston, chief market strategist at IG Markets.
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