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MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf up on oil price, Egypt falls on Saudi crude product halt
October 11, 2016 / 1:41 PM / a year ago

MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf up on oil price, Egypt falls on Saudi crude product halt

* Oil near 1-year high boosts Saudi petrochemical sector

* But Riyad Bank retreats on drop in Q3 profit

* Qatar National Bank edges up after strong Q3 results

* Dubai’s Drake and Scull surges for second day on new CEO

* Abu Dhabi lags peers, banks are main drag

* Uncertainty grips Egypt over Saudi’s suspension of oil product supply

By Celine Aswad

DUBAI, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Most major bourses in the Gulf rose on Tuesday as oil prices held near one-year highs, while Egypt retreated after news that Saudi Arabia had suspended oil product supplies to the country this month.

Riyadh’s stock index gained 1.5 percent, trimming its loss over the last four weeks to 8.4 percent. All 14 listed petrochemical producers advanced after Brent oil futures surged as much as 3 percent on Monday. Saudi Basic Industries , which has not yet reported its third-quarter results, added 0.6 percent.

The positive mood spilled into other sectors with rebounds in some shares that had been beaten down over the last several weeks by the government’s spending cuts. Retailer Fawaz Alhokair jumped 3.9 percent and supermarket operator Al Othaim added 3.4 percent.

But Riyad Bank, the first Saudi bank to report third-quarter earnings, dropped 2.1 percent after it posted an 18.9 percent fall in net profit as costs rose.

It made 729 million riyals ($194.4 million) in the three months to Sept. 30, down from 899 million riyals in the same period of 2015. Analysts polled by Reuters had on average forecast 1.05 billion riyals.

In Qatar the main index closed up 0.3 percent as Qatar National Bank, the largest listed share, gained 0.5 percent after it reported a 10.2 percent increase in third-quarter net profit to 3.45 billion riyals ($947.5 million). Aalysts had forecast 3.26 billion riyals.

Dubai’s main index rose 1.0 percent as nine-tenths of traded stocks advanced. Drake & Scull, the most heavily traded stock, jumped 4.2 percent; the builder had surged 7.0 percent on Monday after appointing a new chief operating officer, Wael Allan, replacing Khaldoun Tabari, a major shareholder.

Emaar Properties climbed 0.6 percent. On Monday the developer started building what it said would be the world’s tallest tower, another record for a company that built the highest skyscraper, Burj Khalifa.

Blue chips helped lift Kuwait’s general index 1.1 percent. National Bank of Kuwait, the largest Kuwaiti lender, rose 1.7 percent and telecommunications operator Zain added 1.5 percent.

But Abu Dhabi’s index lagged, dipping 0.3 percent. Large-cap banks were the main drag with First Gulf Bank dropping 1.7 percent.


Egypt’s main index retreated 1.6 percent to 8,233 points with investment firm Qalaa Holdings tumbling 5.3 percent, taking its loss over the last three days to nearly 20 percent after it reported a sharply wider quarterly net loss.

All but three of the traded shares in the index declined. The largest lender, Commercial International Bank, fell 1.5 percent.

Saudi Aramco informed the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation, Egypt’s state oil company, in early October that it would halt the supply of refined oil products to Egypt, a government official told Reuters on Monday.

“The market reacted negatively to the news about Aramco stopping its supply of petroleum products, and this, coupled with the fact that the index failed to break the resistance barrier of 8,500 points, led to profit-taking,” said Ibrahim Nimr, head of technical analysis at Cairo-based Naeem Brokerage.

Wafik Dawood, portfolio manager at Cairo’s Compass Capital, said of Saudi Aramco’s decision: “The uncertainty about whether this is a one-off event or will be the new status quo is what is creating volatility in the market.”



* The index gained 1.5 percent to 5,656 points.


* The index rose 1.0 percent to 3,391 points.


* The index edged down 0.3 percent to 4,374 points.


* The index retreated 1.6 percent to 8,233 points.


* The index added 0.3 percent to 10,431 points.


* The index lost 0.1 percent to 1,130 points.


* The index added 1.1 percent to 5,350 points.


* The index edged up 0.3 percent to 5,704 points.

Editing by Andrew Torchia/Mark Heinrich

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