Persian Gulf Stocks: DFM, Qatar Insurance and Agthia Group

Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Dubai shares rallied the most since Oct. 30, soaring 2.4 percent to 1,396.04 at the 2 p.m. close in the emirate. Qatar’s QE Index rose 0.4 percent.

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

Agthia Group PJSC (AGTHIA UH) slumped the most since Sept. 29, dropping 4.4 percent to 1.72 dirhams. The United Arab Emirates-based food producer said full-year profit dropped 25 percent to 86.3 million dirhams ($24 million).

Dubai Financial Market PJSC (DFM UH), the only publicly traded Gulf Arab stock market, surged the most since March 2010, rallying 8.5 percent to 79.5 fils. Trading volumes on the benchmark DFM General Index more than doubled to 230 million shares from a 12-month daily average.

Qatar Insurance Co. (QATI QD) gained the most since March 8, rising 3.6 percent to 81.3 riyals. The company that offers non-life insurance and reinsurance plans to pay a 4 riyals dividend and one bonus share for every five held.

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