Dubai Shares Gain Most in Week on MSCI Optimism, Europe; Emaar Advances

Dubai shares rose the most in a week amid optimism the United Arab Emirates may be upgraded to emerging-market status by MSCI Inc. (MSCI) this week and as European leaders agreed on measures to contain the region’s debt crisis.

Emaar Properties PJSC (EMAAR), the builder of the world’s tallest skyscraper in Dubai, climbed for a third day. Drake & Scull International (DSI) PJSC rose to the highest level in a month after its Saudi Arabian unit won a contract. The benchmark DFM General Index (DFMGI) advanced 0.9 percent, the biggest gain since Dec. 4, to 1,396.97 at the 2 p.m. close in Dubai. Abu Dhabi’s ADX General Index (ADSMI) rose 0.7 percent. Israel’s TA-25 Index increased 1.5 percent, the most since Dec. 5.

U.S. stocks rose last week, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to its first back-to-back weekly gain since October, after European leaders agreed to boost a rescue fund and reports spurred optimism about the U.S. economy. The European Central Bank lowered interest rates last week and said it may do more to stimulate bank lending and fight off a recession.

“A combination of effects are pushing U.A.E. markets higher this morning: positive sentiment regarding EU talks, solid performance from Saudi Arabia yesterday and some speculative buying ahead of the MSCI decision at the end of the week,” said Julian Bruce, Dubai-based equity sales head at EFG- Hermes Holding SAE.

Saudi Arabia’s Tadwaul All Share Index declined 0.2 percent today after closing yesterday at the highest level since Aug. 3.

MSCI Upgrade

MSCI plans to announce on Dec. 14 whether it will upgrade the U.A.E. and Qatar to emerging-market status from frontier status. Essa Kazim, chief executive officer of Dubai Financial Market PJSC, the only publicly traded exchange in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, said Dec. 4 he doesn’t see any difficulties to the U.A.E. getting the upgrade.

Crude oil for January delivery rose $1.07 to settle at $99.41 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange on Dec. 9, the biggest gain since Nov. 29. The GCC, which includes the U.A.E., is home to about one-fifth of the world’s proven oil reserves.

Emaar climbed 3.3 percent to 2.86 dirhams. Drake & Scull added 1.2 percent to 84 fils. The Saudi unit’s contract has a value of 130 million riyals ($35 million).

The Bloomberg GCC 200 Index lost 0.2 percent and Bahrain’s gauge fell less than 0.1 percent. Kuwait’s benchmark declined 0.2 percent. Oman’s measure increased 0.8 percent, while Qatar’s QE Index (DSM) was little changed.

Egypt’s EGX 30 Index (EGX30) lost 0.2 percent.

Israel’s benchmark bonds declined, with the yield on the 5.5 percent notes due January 2022 advancing two basis points to 4.70 percent.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alaa Shahine in Dubai at asalha@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Maedler at cmaedler@bloomberg.net

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