Dubai Shares Rise to Highest This Month as IMF Lifts Outlook

Dubai shares increased to the highest level this month, leading gains in Gulf markets, as the International Monetary Fund raised its global growth forecast, oil gained and Drake & Scull International won a contract.

Dubai’s DFM General Index climbed 1.2 percent to 1,499.81, the highest since June 28, bringing the gain for the week to 2 percent. Drake & Scull increased a fourth time this week. Emaar Properties PJSC, developer of the world’s tallest tower, jumped 3.2 percent, pushing Dubai’s real-estate index to the highest this month. The Bloomberg GCC 200 Index added 0.3 percent.

An improved global outlook helped boost investor sentiment, said Saud Masud, a Dubai-based analyst at UBS AG. “Local markets are still searching for a catalyst.”

The IMF raised its global economic growth forecast for this year, reflecting a stronger-than-expected first half. The world economy will expand 4.6 percent in 2010, the biggest gain since 2007, compared with an April projection of 4.2 percent, the Washington-based fund said late yesterday. The MSCI World Index of developed nations climbed 0.8 percent at 4:43 p.m. in Dubai.

The IMF also warned that financial-market turmoil has increased the risks to the recovery. “Investors should sell into any strength till the dust clears up a bit both globally and locally,” Masud said.

Crude for August delivery advanced to the highest in a week, gaining as much as 1.4 percent to $75.10 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The six nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council supply about a fifth of the world’s oil.

Drake & Scull

Drake & Scull increased 1.8 percent to 81.4 fils, the highest since June 22. The company won a 460-million dirham ($125 million) contract for works on the Information Technology and Communications Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Emaar climbed to 3.22 dirhams, the highest since June 27. The DFM Real Estate Index gained 2.6 percent.

Oman’s MSM30 Index and Abu Dhabi’s benchmark index rose 0.2 percent. The QE Index advanced 0.4 percent, Bahrain’s gauge climbed 0.3 percent, while the Kuwait Stock Exchange Index fell 0.3 percent. Saudi Arabia’s market was closed for the weekend.

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