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Most Gulf stocks track oil prices higher, with Aramco up 3.3%

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Saudi Arabia's benchmark index leapt 2.1 percent, buoyed by a 3.3 percent rise in oil behemoth Saudi Aramco and a 3.4 percent increase in the country's biggest lender Saudi National Bank
  • Oil behemoth Saudi Aramco rose 3.3%
  • Kingdom’s biggest lender Saudi National Bank was up 3.4%
  • Dubai’s main share index added 1.1%, as major banks rose

Most stock markets in the Gulf ended higher on Tuesday, tracking oil prices and global shares as China eased some quarantine requirements for international arrivals which raised hopes for stronger growth and a revival in demand for commodities.

China slashed the quarantine time for inbound travellers by half in a major easing of one of the world’s strictest COVID-19 curbs, which have deterred cross-border travel and resulted in international flights running at just 2 percent of pre-pandemic levels.

Saudi Arabia’s benchmark index leapt 2.1 percent, buoyed by a 3.3 percent rise in oil behemoth Saudi Aramco and a 3.4 percent increase in the country’s biggest lender Saudi National Bank.

Oil prices, a key factor for the Gulf’s financial markets, swung higher after China eased quarantine rules, with focus already on tight supply as G7 leaders agreed to study placing price caps on imports of Russian oil and gas.

The energy index in the kingdom advanced 3.2 percent. Dubai’s main share index added 1.1 percent, led by a 1.9 percent gain in Emirates NBD Bank and a 1.6 percent rise in sharia-compliant lender Dubai Islamic Bank.

Dubai business park operator TECOM Group said on Monday it had raised 1.7 billion dirhams ($462.87 million) from investors via its initial public offering.

Over the short term, the market remains supported by the success of Tecom’s IPO, according to Fadi Reyad, market analyst at

In Abu Dhabi, the equities finished 1.9 percent higher, with conglomerate International Holding climbing 2 percent, after its unit Alpha Dhabi Holding increased the stake in Aldar Properties and became the single-largest shareholder.

Shares of Alpha Dhabi were 2.4 percent higher, while Aldar advanced 3.7 percent.

The Qatari index closed 1.1 percent higher, driven by a 2.4 percent increase in the Gulf’s biggest lender Qatar National Bank.

Outside the Gulf, Egypt’s blue-chip index slipped 0.8 percent, reaching its lowest since April 2020.

The Egyptian bourse continued its slide as international investors’ selling trend is still active said Reyad.

“The market could see some support when new IPOs are launched, attracting liquidity.”

SAUDI ARABIA rose 2.1 percent to 11,671

ABU DHABI up 1.9 percent to 9,443

DUBAI rose 1.1 percent to 3,253

QATAR gained 1.1 percent to 12,292

EGYPT lost 0.8 percent to 9,180

BAHRAIN eased 0.3 percent to 1,806

OMAN rose 0.3 percent to 4,128

KUWAIT added 0.2 percent to 8,148