Saudi stocks rise as Aramco bounces back after recent drops

Saudi Arabia’s stock market rose in early trade on Monday, partly driven by gains in Saudi Aramco on bargain-hunting after four straight sessions of losses.

Recent falls raised investors’ appetite to buy more shares to average down the cost of investment after having bought at higher prices, an investor told Reuters.

Aramco shares were last up 0.6 percent at 35.5 riyals.

Saudi Arabia’s key stock index was up 0.4 percent, heading for a seventh consecutive session of gain.

Saudi Industrial Investment Group climbed 3.5 percent after the company board recommended a 0.75 riyal per share dividend for the second half of the year.

Saudi Airlines Catering Company increased 4.2 percent after it renewed in-flight catering agreement with Saudi Arabian Airlines for 10 years in a deal whose provisional value is 12 billion riyals ($3.20 billion).

Abu Dhabi’s index was up 0.2 percent, with market heavy-weight First Abu Dhabi Bank gaining 0.7 percent while National Bank Of Ras Al Khaimah rose 2.4 percent.

Dubai’s index inched up 0.2 percent, with Dubai Islamic Bank and Emirates NBD advancing 0.7 percent and 0.4 percent, respectively.

In Qatar, the index traded down 0.6 percent, with the Gulf’s largest lender Qatar National Bank shedding 1.3 percent while Industries Qatar slipped 0.8 percent.

The market rose in the previous two sessions after Qatar last week presented its biggest budget in five years.

The Gulf state said it would spend 1.9 percent more in 2020 than this year, outlining a 210.5 billion Qatari riyal ($57.81 billion) budget to complete infrastructure projects, including facilities for the 2022 soccer World Cup.

Source: Reuters

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