Dubai’s DFM General Index advanced 0.4 percent to 1,578.45 at the 2 p.m. close in the emirate. Qatar’s QE Index was little changed and Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul All Share Index jumped 1.3 percent.
The following stocks rose or fell in the Persian Gulf region. Symbols are in parentheses.
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC (ADCB UH) retreated the most since March 2, dropping 4.1 percent to 3.07 dirhams. The United Arab Emirates’ third-largest bank by assets was lowered to “neutral” from “buy” at EFG-Hermes Holding SAE with a share-price estimate of 3.3 dirhams.
Qassim Cement Co. (QACCO AB) surged to the highest level in almost a year, rising 1.5 percent to 70 riyals. The Saudi cement and clinker maker recommended a first-half dividend of 2.25 riyals.
Qatar Cinema and Film Distribution Co. (QCFS QD) advanced the most since May 19, jumping 3.8 percent to 41.5 riyals. The film importer and movie theater manager reached an agreement on a deal valued at almost 2 billion riyals ($549 million) in which Qatar Media would own 60 percent of Qatar Cinema’s share capital.