Dubai’s DFM General Index advanced 0.9 percent, the most since July 13, to 1,541.15 at the 2 p.m. close in the emirate. The measure gained 2.3 percent this week. Abu Dhabi’s ADX General Index climbed 0.8 percent. Saudi Arabia’s market was closed for the weekend.
The following stocks rose or fell in the Persian Gulf region. Symbols are in parentheses.
Air Arabia PJSC (AIRARABI UH) climbed the most in more than three weeks, gaining 0.8 percent to 67.6 fils. The Middle East’s largest low-cost airline said second-quarter profit advanced 2 percent to 49.6 million dirhams ($13.5 million) as it lured more passengers with cheaper tickets.
National Bank of Abu Dhabi PJSC (NBAD UH) jumped the most since June 15, adding 2.2 percent to 11.6 dirhams. The United Arab Emirates’ second-biggest lender by assets had its price estimate raised 9 percent to 16.17 dirhams at Goldman Sachs Group Inc.