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State funds support Saudi, GFH Financial boosts Dubai

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Reuters

Saudi Arabia’s stock market rose on Monday, apparently boosted by purchases of shares by state-linked funds, while a surge in GFH Financial lifted Dubai’s bourse.
Data released by the Saudi exchange showed local individual investors were net sellers of stocks by a margin of about 13 percent. That pattern appeared to continue on Monday, when the market fell as much as 0.8 percent during the day but saw a burst of heavy buying in the final hour that caused the index to close 0.4 percent higher.
Banks performed well with National Commercial Bank gaining 1.7 percent and Samba Financial Group up 1.5 percent. Both are part of the portfolio of the Public Investment Fund, which increased by almost $3 billion in value last week, Reuters calculations show. But the most heavily traded stock, real estate developer Dar Al Arkan, fell back 2.5 percent after surging 18 percent in the previous two days following strong quarterly earnings.
Petrochemical investor Alujain sank 9.7 percent in its heaviest trade this year as it resumed trading after being suspended since August because of a delay in reporting earnings. It said third-quarter net profit fell to 36.1 million riyals ($9.6 million) from 36.8 million riyals.
In Dubai, the index also rose 0.4 percent. GFH surged 6.3 percent to 1.53 dirhams after swinging between 1.35 and 1.55 dirhams in its heaviest trade since February. The company said it had exited real estate portfolios in Bahrain and the United States worth $180 million, would invest in the education sector, and planned to acquire a financial institution in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council by year-end.
Emaar Properties was up 1.5 percent after posting a
32 percent rise in third-quarter net profit to 1.51 billion dirhams ($411.2 million), beating SICO Bahrain’s forecast of 1.36 billion dirhams.

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