Saudi stocks continue to rise, Qatar down after fighter jet report

Saudi stocks continue to rise, Qatar down after fighter jet report
Saudi Arabian stocks continued rising, while Qatar’s bourse fell steeply after the United Arab Emirates said Qatari fighter jets intercepted an Emirati civilian aircraft. (AFP)
Updated 15 January 2018

Saudi stocks continue to rise, Qatar down after fighter jet report

Saudi stocks continue to rise, Qatar down after fighter jet report

DUBAI: Saudi Arabian stocks continued rising on Monday, while Qatar’s bourse fell steeply after the United Arab Emirates said Qatari fighter jets intercepted an Emirati civilian aircraft.
The Saudi index rose 0.6 percent, outperforming the rest of the region, after surging 1.4 percent on the previous day.
Shares in Kingdom Holding rose 2.7 percent on Monday after jumping 7.0 percent on Sunday.
Petrochemical blue chip Saudi Basic Industries climbed 2.6 percent, buoyed by high oil prices. PetroRabigh , which has been aided by the start-up of its Phase II petrochemical complex, soared 9.1 percent to its highest level since August 2015 in its heaviest trade since last May.
But Bank Albilad fell 2.4 percent after proposing a 0.4 riyal dividend for the second half of 2017, up from 0.3 riyal for the first half; the stock had risen sharply in recent weeks in anticipation of such news.
Qatar’s index tumbled 2.5 percent on heavy selling in the final half-hour of trade, ending a seven-day rising streak. It had soared 19 percent from its November low as investors chased dividends.
Stocks dropped after the UAE said Qatari fighter jets had intercepted an Emirati civilian aircraft during a routine flight to Bahrain. Qatar denied this, but the accusation appeared to add to regional tensions.
Among major losers, Islamic bank Masraf Al Rayan plunged 4.9 percent and Gulf Warehousing tumbled 6.1 percent after saying its annual net profit rose to ‍​215.4 million riyals ($58.7 million) from 205.0 million, and proposing a dividend of 1.70 riyals for 2017 after 1.60 riyals for 2016.
Dubai’s index fell 0.5 percent as blue chip Emaar Properties dropped 1.4 percent. But smaller real estate developer Deyaar was the most heavily traded stock and added 1.2 percent.
Despite strength in emerging markets globally, Egypt’s index dropped 0.8 percent as the biggest bank, Commercial International Bank, retreated 1.8 percent.