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Dubai leads most Gulf markets higher; Qatar falls

Finance Dubai 05 Jul 23
Dubai leads most Gulf markets higher; Qatar falls
Most stock markets in the Gulf, including Dubai ended higher on Monday amid rising oil prices.
Event Location
Dubai, Dubai
Start Time
05 July 2023, 12:00 AM
End Time
31 August 2023, 12:00 AM

Most stock markets in the Gulf ended higher on Monday amid rising oil prices, with the Dubai index outperforming the region, while the Qatari index bucked the trend to close lower.

Dubai's main share index (.DFMGI) — which traded after a four-session break — advanced 2.3%, buoyed by a 3.6% jump in blue-chip developer Emaar Properties (EMAR.DU) and a 3% rise in top lender Emirates NBD (ENBD.DU).

The Dubai stock market restarted trading with a strong performance as traders return with a positive sentiment, said George Pavel, general manager at Capex.com Middle East.

"The main index extended its uptrend after a short period of stagnation supported by the rise of multiple sectors thanks to the solid local economy."

Prices of oil, a key catalyst for the Gulf's financial markets, rose after top exporters Saudi Arabia and Russia announced supply cuts for August, overshadowing concerns over a global economic slowdown and the potential for further U.S. interest rate hikes.

Saudi Arabia, the de-facto leader of OPEC, had pledged earlier this month to make a deep cut to its output in July, on top of the broader OPEC+ deal to limit supply into 2024 as the group sought to boost flagging oil prices.

The Qatari index (.QSI) fell 0.2%, hit by a 1.5% fall in Qatar Islamic Bank (QISB.QA).

The Qatari bourse was under pressure after a small rebound, said Pavel. Natural gas prices, which are still near multi-month lows, could continue to weigh on the market.

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