Dubai equities surge for second day; Oman climbs most this year

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Dubai equities surge for second day; Oman climbs most  this year

DUBAI — Dubai stocks rose for a second day as oil climbed above $73 a barrel and China said it remained a long-term investor in Europe, boosting appetite for riskier assets. Oman’s benchmark jumped the most since December.

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Published: Fri 28 May 2010, 11:21 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:09 PM

Emaar Properties PJSC, developer of the world’s tallest skyscraper, rose 1.8 per cent. Emirates NBD PJSC had the biggest gain since April 11. The DFM General Index advanced 0.9 per cent to 1,605.22 points, paring the drop for the week to 5.1 per cent. Oman International Development and Investment Co. led that country’s gauge higher as EFG-Hermes Holding SAE initiated coverage with a “buy” recommendation. Egypt’s EGX 30 gained 2.2 per cent.

European stocks rallied and the euro advanced as China’s foreign exchange regulator said reports it was reviewing its euro holdings are “groundless.” Asian shares rose on bets corporate profits can withstand any slowdown caused by the European debt crisis. Crude climbed as high as $73.67 a barrel.

“External factors such as the euro, oil and Asian markets are all trading higher, lending support to the Middle East North Africa region,” said Julian Bruce, director of equity sales at EFG-Hermes. “Direction is led by European equity markets.”

‘Buy’ recommendations

Emaar climbed to Dh3.41. Emirates NBD, the country’s biggest bank, gained 3.3 percent to Dh2.8.

Oman’s index rose two per cent, the most since December 14, to 6,307.21. Oman International, known as Ominvest, advanced 7.2 per cent, the most since June 7, to 0.4 rial. EFG set a share- price estimate of 0.54 rial.

Renaissance Services SAOG, Oman Cement Co. and Al-Anwar Ceramic Tiles Co. were also initiated with a “buy” recommendations at EFG, the Middle East’s largest investment bank.

Renaissance, a provider of services to the oil and gas industry, gained 2.8 per cent to 0.71 rial, Oman Cement rose 3.4 per cent to 0.662 rial and Al Anwar increased 2.4 per cent to 0.297 rial.

The Kuwait Stock Exchange Index added less than 0.1 per cent. Qatar’s QE Index dropped 0.2 per cent, Bahrain’s gauge slid 1.3 per cent and Abu Dhabi’s ADX General Index fell 0.2 per cent. Saudi Arabia’s market was closed for the weekend. —



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