Saudi Arabia’s benchmark stock index snapped a two-day advance, led by petrochemicals and banks.
The Tadawul All Share Index (SASEIDX) lost less than 0.1 percent to 7,094.18 at the 3:30 p.m. close in Riyadh. Saudi Arabian Cement Co. (SACCO), Saudi Arabia’s second-biggest maker of building materials by market value, declined to the lowest level in three months, while Samba Financial Group, the second-largest lender in the kingdom, fell to the lowest since March 10. The Arab world’s biggest stock exchange has added 4.3 percent this year.
“Today we witnessed a subdued trading with a low range and a low volume in a minor decline due to ex-cash dividends of Samba and Saudi Cement,” Mohammed Al-Omran, a financial analyst and president of the Gulf Center for Financial Consultancy in Riyadh, said by e-mail.
The Saudi index is in an “up trend” and may rise above 7,100 by the end of the week due to a positive sentiment among investors toward expected first-quarter results, he said.
Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange is the only Persian Gulf bourse operating on Saturdays.
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