* Egypt resumes rally as retail investors back Sisi
* Dubai recovers from Monday's profit-taking
* Amlak's return to market good for Dubai's Emaar - broker
* Bahrain bank stocks extend declines
* Oman skips Tuesday's session due to glitch
By Olzhas Auyezov
DUBAI, March 25 Egypt's bourse resumed a rally
after a minor correction on Monday to lead gains across the
Middle East, while Bahraini banks weighed on Manama's bourse
after some lenders went ex-dividend or chose not to pay
dividends at all.
Egypt's market index added 1.1 percent in
widespread gains despite fresh protests against death sentences
handed down to 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters.
Local retail investors have been driving the index higher
since former president Mohamed Morsi was ousted in a military
coup last year.
These investors seem confident Egyptian Army chief Field
Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will bring stability if he is
elected president and Sisi's official bid now appears imminent.
Optimism about political transition has been one of the main
drivers of the continuing rally, said Mohamed Radwan, director
of international sales at Pharos Securities.
"It has been a very good couple of weeks," he said. "The
market has been moving on a strong momentum."
Dubai's bourse added 0.6 percent, rebounding
following Monday's mild profit-taking.
Heavyweight Emaar Properties rose 0.2 percent
after a UAE minister said the shares of indebted mortgage lender
Amlak, an Emaar affiliate, would resume trading in the
second half of this year.
"We believe this action is positive for Emaar, which has
total assets of about 938 million dirhams ($255.38 million)
invested in Amlak," brokerage Mubasher said in a note.
"...Resuming trading for Amlak could, in our view, add to
Emaar's valuation via Amlak's market value; even if this was a
Abu Dhabi's bourse climbed 0.2 percent despite Abu Dhabi
National Energy Co (TAQA) dropping by its daily limit
of 10 percent after the company reported a 2013 loss and
proposed no dividend payout.
The stock sank to 1.26 dirhams, hitting major technical
support at 1.26-27 dirhams, the lows this month and last
Bahrain's bourse fell 1.5 percent as local banks
continued to slide.
Khaleeji Commercial Bank shed another 2 percent
after posting the same decline on Monday when it said it had
cancelled plans to merge with unlisted Bank Al Khair.
Arab Banking Corp, which plunged its daily limit
of 10 percent a day earlier after going ex-dividend, lost
another 7.4 percent.
It jumped its daily limit for five straight sessions earlier
this month in anticipation of its $0.05-a-share dividend.
Ahli United Bank slid 1.2 percent after announcing
that its shares would not entitle their holders to an 18 percent
cash dividend from Wednesday.
Bahrain Islamic Bank fell 2.8 percent after its
shareholders decided to pay no dividends for 2013.
In Oman, trading was suspended shortly after the session
opened on Tuesday due to a technical issue. The bourse said
trading would resume on Wednesday.
* The index rose 1.1 percent to 8,502 points.
* The index climbed 0.6 percent to 4,345 points.
* The index edged up 0.2 percent to 4,812 points.
* The index rose 0.05 percent to 9,434 points.
* The index climbed 0.5 percent to 11,310 points.
* The index rose 0.4 percent to 7,581 points.
* The index fell 1.5 percent to 1,356 points.
($1 = 3.6730 UAE Dirhams)
(Editing by Matt Smith)