Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul index jumped 1 per cent above the 8,000 level, its highest level in a month, on brisk buying in blue-chips.
The index rose to a high of 8,022.83, the level last seen on April 16, before trading 1.33 per cent higher to 8,019.89. The index went on to a high of 8,345 on April 24. Most of the gains came from the materials and consumer durables index.
“The TASI index may gradually head higher towards the 8,500/9,900 target levels,” said Shiv Prakash, senior analyst with First Abu Dhabi Bank Securities in a note, which had a technical buy recommendation at 7,600 on March 12.
The TASI index has gained 10.72 per cent so far in the year, making it the top performer in the region. This compares with a 14 per cent fall on the Dubai index.
Dar Alarkan Real Estate Development Co closed 0.34 per cent higher to 11.88 Saudi riyals (Dh11.63), while Alinma Bank closed 0.88 per cent higher to 20.54 riyals.
The Dubai Financial Market General index closed 0.36 per cent higher to 2,892.05.
Drake and Scull closed 1.82 per cent higher to Dh1.12. Emaar Properties stayed below the keenly watched Dh5 mark, closing 0.40 per cent lower to Dh4.97.
“This is a harsh reminder that Middle East markets are still dominated by traders and retail players rather than long-term fundamental investors, i.e. short-term sentiment often dominates,” Al Mal Capital said in a weekly update.
Arabtec closed at 1.15 per cent higher to Dh1.76. Dubai Islamic Bank closed at Dh4.90, up 1 per cent.
The Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange general index closed 0.29 per cent lower at 4,424.99.
Dana Gas closed 3.85 per cent higher to Dh1.08 while Waha Capital closed more than 1 per cent to Dh1.18. Etisalat closed 0.93 per cent lower to Dh16. Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank closed 0.29 per cent lower to Dh6.82 while Taqa was down nearly 10 per cent to Dh1.18.