* Qatar recovers almost a third of losses due to diplomatic
* Valuations relatively low, some hope for mediation efforts
* Saudi's Atheeb rises after obtaining new frequencies
* Dubai's Emaar Properties halts surge on unit's IPO plan
* Drake & Scull continues rebound in heavy trade
By Andrew Torchia
DUBAI, June 8 Qatar's stock market rebounded on
Thursday from a steep slide caused by its diplomatic rift with
neighbouring states, while a plunge in oil prices weighed on
Saudi Arabia's bourse.
The Qatari stock index, which had lost 9.7 percent
over three days since Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
cut diplomatic and trade relations, bounced 3.0 percent.
The mood in Doha remained nervous; Standard & Poor's
downgraded Qatar's credit rating on Wednesday night, and the
economic damage to Qatar from the rift could become serious if
foreign banks pull out funds.
Nevertheless, fund managers noted that many Qatari blue
chips had fallen to relatively attractive valuations. Investors
are also hoping that mediation efforts over the weekend will
help bring a resolution for the dispute.
Some of the stocks most heavily beaten down early this week
on fears that Qatar's foreign trade would suffer rebounded most
strongly, with Gulf Warehousing shooting up 9.1
Qatari Investors Group jumped 10 percent after
saying it had won two lawsuits filed against it by Sanad Al Doha
Real Estate Investment Co and Ezdan Holding. The suits
had sought to oust the group's board of directors, it said.
Saudi Arabia's index fell back 1.2 percent after the
Brent oil price tumbled 4 percent overnight. Among major losers,
travel firm Al Tayyar sank 3.9 percent.
Atheeb Telecommunications rose 3.9 percent after
saying it had obtained new frequencies for its operations at a
cost of 2.07 billion riyals ($552 million).
Dubai's index fell 0.2 percent as Emaar Properties
, which had surged 8.6 percent on Wednesday after
saying it planned an initial public offering of up to 30 percent
of its United Arab Emirates real estate development business,
slipped back 0.3 percent.
Ubhar Capital estimated Emaar shareholders would receive a
dividend of 0.92 dirham per share as a result of the IPO,
assuming the full IPO proceeds were paid out. That compares with
a 2016 dividend from Emaar Properties of 0.15 dirham.
Builder Drake & Scull, which has been rebounding
for a couple of weeks from a 15-month low, climbed 4.3 percent
in its heaviest trade since mid-February.
In Abu Dhabi, the index rose 0.5 percent as Dana Gas
continue to outperform, adding 3.9 percent. It leaped
10.9 percent on Wednesday after saying it had received $40
million from the Egyptian government towards its outstanding
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(Editing by Catherine Evans)