AGL 22.35 Increased By ▲ 0.32 (1.45%)
AIRLINK 106.63 Increased By ▲ 1.83 (1.75%)
BOP 5.35 Increased By ▲ 0.13 (2.49%)
DCL 7.69 Decreased By ▼ -0.01 (-0.13%)
DFML 37.40 Increased By ▲ 1.00 (2.75%)
DGKC 88.25 Increased By ▲ 1.20 (1.38%)
FCCL 22.25 Increased By ▲ 0.27 (1.23%)
FFBL 42.20 Increased By ▲ 1.24 (3.03%)
FFL 8.72 Increased By ▲ 0.07 (0.81%)
HUBC 152.40 Increased By ▲ 2.15 (1.43%)
HUMNL 10.50 Increased By ▲ 0.19 (1.84%)
KEL 4.45 No Change ▼ 0.00 (0%)
KOSM 3.98 Increased By ▲ 0.19 (5.01%)
MLCF 37.00 Increased By ▲ 0.10 (0.27%)
NBP 48.40 Increased By ▲ 0.47 (0.98%)
OGDC 130.90 Increased By ▲ 1.20 (0.93%)
PAEL 27.19 Increased By ▲ 0.70 (2.64%)
PIBTL 5.91 Decreased By ▼ -0.07 (-1.17%)
PPL 115.00 Increased By ▲ 0.66 (0.58%)
PRL 23.02 Increased By ▲ 0.42 (1.86%)
PTC 12.60 Increased By ▲ 0.08 (0.64%)
SEARL 55.30 Increased By ▲ 1.10 (2.03%)
TOMCL 36.50 Increased By ▲ 0.60 (1.67%)
TPLP 8.25 Increased By ▲ 0.10 (1.23%)
TREET 15.55 Increased By ▲ 0.05 (0.32%)
TRG 54.88 Increased By ▲ 0.87 (1.61%)
UNITY 32.11 Increased By ▲ 0.11 (0.34%)
WTL 1.19 No Change ▼ 0.00 (0%)
BR100 8,382 Increased By 91.6 (1.11%)
BR30 26,347 Increased By 335.4 (1.29%)
KSE100 79,164 Increased By 625 (0.8%)
KSE30 25,428 Increased By 219.6 (0.87%)

DUBAI: Gulf markets ended higher on Wednesday, with Saudi Arabia’s main index marking a gain after five straight sessions of losses as its gross domestic product rate rose.

Saudi Arabia’s gross domestic product rose by 6.7% in the fourth quarter, while overall growth last year increased by 3.2%, official statistics showed, which were largely in line with earlier government estimates.

“Economic output for Saudi Arabia remains strong and in line with forecasts, which could help support the stock market overall,” said Farah Mourad, senior market analyst of XTB MENA. Saudi currently has “strong fundamentals” favouring the stock market’s direction, he said.

Saudi Arabia’s benchmark index rose 2%, with Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) jumping 9.9% after United Arab Emirates telecoms group e& made an offer to increase its stake in Mobily to 50% and one share.

Oil giant Saudi Aramco lifted sentiment, rising 5.5%.

Outside the Gulf, Egypt’s blue-chip index ended 2.6% higher, with real estate companies Heliopolis and Medinet Nasr advancing 9.2% and 6%, respectively.

On Tuesday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has asked the government to set a price for unsubsidized bread following recent bread price increases.

Mourad said this move to alleviate the effect of rising wheat prices could help stabilize Egypt’s stock market.

Dubai’s main index gained 2% aided by a 14% jump in Islamic Arab Insurance Co.

In Abu Dhabi, the index ended 1.2% higher, with e& putting on 1.9%.

The Qatari index rose 0.3%, boosted by heavyweights Qatar International Islamic Bank and Qatar Gas Transport.

Comments

Comments are closed.