Bahraini traders are seen at Bahrain Bourse in Manama, Bahrain, November 4, 2020. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
Jan 4 (Reuters) – Major stock markets in the Gulf were mixed in early trade on Tuesday, as worries weighed that the Omicron variant could slow global economic recovery.
Saudi Arabia’s benchmark index (.TASI) gained 0.4%, led by a 1.1% rise in Saudi National Bank (1180.SE), the kingdom’s largest lender and a 1.5% increase in Sahara International Petrochemical Company (2310.SE).
Oil prices, a catalyst for the Gulf’s financial markets, rose as investors interpreted expectations that oil producers will add supply at a meeting on Tuesday as an indication fuel demand remains robust despite the spread of Omicron.
Daily coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia have climbed above 1,000 for the first time since August.
The kingdom’s non-oil private sector grew last month at the slowest pace since March, marking its 16th consecutive month of expansion, a survey showed on Tuesday. read more
In Abu Dhabi, the index (.ADI) fell 1%, with telecoms company Etisalat (ETISALAT.AD) sliding 3.6%, while Alpha Dhabi Holding (ALPHADHABI.AD) retreated 1.5% after the conglomerate said it had bought an additional 17% in developer Aldar Properties (ALDAR.AD) to take its stake to 29.8%. read more
The United Arab Emirates (UAE), a tourism and commercial hub marking its peak tourism season and hosting a world fair, on Monday recorded 2,515 new coronavirus cases.
This article was originally published by Reuters.