Major Gulf markets gain; ex-dividend stocks drag down Qatar

(Reuters) - Most Gulf stockmarkets ended higher on Tuesday, led by gains in financial and property stocks, but the Qatari index was pressured by a slew of blue-chips trading ex-dividend.

FILE PHOTO: An investor monitors a screen displaying stock information at the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange June 25, 2014

Saudi Arabia’s benchmark index climbed 1.2%, outperforming the region, boosted by a 2.5% rise in Al Rajhi Bank and a 3.3% jump in National Commercial Bank, the kingdom’s largest lender.

However, oil behemoth Saudi Aramco eased 0.1%.

In Qatar, the benchmark slid 1.4%, dragged down by a 4.7% fall in petrochemical firm Industries Qatar and a 4.8% decline in lender Masraf Al Rayan as the duo traded ex-dividend.

The shares of both companies saw their biggest intraday falls since March 9, 2020 when the region witnessed panic trading following a more than 20% plunge in oil futures after Saudi Arabia slashed prices as an OPEC deal collapsed.

Dubai’s main share index gained 0.7%, with blue-chip developer Emaar Properties rising 1.7%, while sharia-compliant lender Dubai Islamic Bank finished 0.8% higher.

Elsewhere, Amanat Holding was up 0.7%, extending gains from the previous session.

On Monday, the Dubai-listed healthcare company said it had bought long-term care specialist Cambridge Medical and Rehabilitation Center for an enterprise value of $232 million from private equity firm TVM Capital Healthcare.

In Abu Dhabi, the index added 0.8%, buoyed by a 1.8% gain in the country’s largest lender First Abu Dhabi Bank.

Outside the Gulf, Egypt’s blue-chip index fell 0.4%, hit by a 0.6% fall in top lender Commercial International Bank Egypt.

SAUDI ARABIA up 1.2% to 9,248

ABU DHABI gained 0.8% to 5,710

DUBAI added 0.7% to 2,569

QATAR slid 1.4% to 10,063

EGYPT eased 0.4% to 11,471

BAHRAIN fell 0.1% to 1,470

OMAN was flat at 3,623

KUWAIT eased 0.1% to 6,193

Reporting by Ateeq Shariff in Bengaluru; Editing by Susan Fenton