Persian Gulf Stocks: Qatar National Bank and Zain in Kuwait

Dubai’s benchmark DFM General Index (DFMGI) rose 1 percent to 1,504.70 at the close in the emirate, bringing the gain for the week to 3.6 percent. Qatar’s QE Index (DSM) increased 0.2 percent. Saudi Arabia’s market was closed for the weekend.

The following shares were active in the Persian Gulf region. Stock symbols are in parentheses.

Qatar National Bank SAQ (QNBK) rose to the highest since May, gaining 0.9 percent to 133.8 riyals. The country’s largest lender posted a 17 percent increase in second-quarter profit, matching analysts’ estimates.

Mobile Telecommunications Co. (NMTC) dropped the most since May, retreating 2.8 percent to 700 fils. Iraq’s telecommunications regulator fined the Iraqi unit of Kuwait’s largest mobile phone operator for violating license terms.

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