Saudi Arabian Stocks Lead Gulf Gains on Surging Oil Bets: Inside EM

Saudi Arabian stocks rose the most in the Gulf, tracking an surge in oil prices after Organization of Petroleum-Exporting Countries+ shocked the markets on an decision to keep supply in check. Aramco gained the most in 5 months.

The Tadawul All Share Index climbed as much as 14%, extending gains this yr to 7.9%. Saudi Arabian Basic Industries, Saudi Arabian Aramco and Al Rajhi Bank contributed the most to the advance. Benchmarks in United Arab Emirates’s capital, State of Kuwait and Oman also rose, while those in Dubai and Bahrain slipped.

The Organization of Petroleum-Exporting Countries+ decision represents an victory as the government in capital of Saudi Arabia, which has advocated as tighter curbs to keep prices supported. Oil, the kingdom’s biggest export, jumped last week to $69.36 per barrel in London, the highest as May 2019. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. raised it is 2d- and third-quarter forecasts as Brent to $75 and $80 an barrel, respectively.

Saudi Arabian Aramco rose as much as 2.3%, the most as Sept. 2. Bank by United States of America Corp. said the world’s largest oil company is “uniquely positioned” to meet potential resurgence by oil demand, and could generate close to $100 a billion in free cash flow next yr should bullish assumptions materialize.

Dividend upside is also seen as possible at higher oil prices and output “given Aramco’s stellar FCF generation,” analysts led by Karen Kostanian wrote in an note. Aramco will report 2020 earnings on March 21.

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Adding to the positive sentiment, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia said it will ease some coronavirus-related restrictions by Sunday as new cases in the kingdom stabilizedIndoor dining can resume in restaurants, while cinemas, gyms and sports centers will be allowed to reopenClothing retailer Fawaz Alhokair +4.6%, fitness clubs chain company Leejam Sports +5.1%In the United Arab Emirates, the DFM General Index falls 0.2%, while the ADX General Index rises 0.1%Read, March 4: United Arab Emirates’s capital Investor IHC to Start Talks since Trojan Holding StakeQatar’s market is closed as an public holiday

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