MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf mixed as Saudi rebounds from DIP

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Shares in Saudi dairy producer Almarai slipped 0.5 percent after its third-quarter net profit fell marginally short of analysts’ estimates.

Saudi retailer Jarir Marketing , on the other hand, climbed 0.8 percent after reporting results that were slightly better than estimates.

In Dubai, the main index fell 0.3 percent to 2,815 points after after 14-day momentum posted a negative divergence – a classic technical sign of a pause in an uptrend.

The index has immediate chart support around 2,750 points, where it peaked in August.

The government’s plans to boost the Islamic finance sector, announced on Saturday, had a mixed effect on stocks in the sector. Dubai said it would focus on developing its Islamic re-insurance sector, which it believes has lagged the growth of Islamic insurance.

Dubai Islamic Bank gained 0.8 percent and Dubai Islamic Insurance and Reinsurance Co was up 1.0 percent.

But Dar Al Takaful fell 1.2 percent and Takaful Emarat was down 2.8 percent.

Shares in Gulf Finance House jumped after it announced the departure of chairman Essam Janahi and named Ahmed al-Mutawa named as his replacement.

The Bahrain-listed shares rose 7.7 percent, the Kuwait listing was up 6.5 percent and in Dubai , the stock surged 10.6 percent.

The Egyptian market was closed for a public holiday on Sunday.


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