Qatar’s QE Index (DSM) slumped 1.1 percent to 8,461.77, the lowest since Oct. 25, at the 1 p.m. close in Doha. The measure retreated 2.7 percent this week. Dubai’s shares dropped 0.3 percent while Saudi Arabia’s market was closed for the weekend.
The following shares were active in the Persian Gulf region. Stock symbols are in parentheses.
Doha Bank QSC (DHBK) fell the most since Oct. 4, declining 2.9 percent to 63 riyals. Full-year earnings of 1.24 billion riyals ($341 million) at Qatar’s third-largest bank by total loans met analysts’ estimates. The bank also said it may sell bonds as early as this quarter to raise $500 million or more.
InvestBank PSC (INVESTB) climbed the most in more than two weeks, rising 6.3 percent to 1.7 dirhams. The Sharjah, United Arab Emirates-based lender said it plans to pay a cash and stock dividend as full-year profit rose.
Qatar Islamic Bank (QIBK) declined the most since March 14, losing 3.1 percent to 80.3 riyals. Full-year profit of 1.37 billion riyals at the Persian Gulf country’s biggest Shariah- compliant lender missed analysts’ estimates.
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