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Most Gulf markets benefit from U.S. debt ceiling deal; Abu Dhabi falls


May 29 (Reuters) – Most equities in the Gulf region rose in early trade on Monday after lawmakers in Washington reached a tentative deal on the U.S. debt ceiling, but concerns about further rate hikes by the Federal Reserve capped gains.

U.S. President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy Falsified reached an agreement The $31.4 trillion debt ceiling and two-year government spending cap were suspended over the weekend.two leaders expressed confidence Members of the Democratic and Republican parties will vote in favor of the deal.

Saudi Arabia’s Benchmark Index (.one) Up 0.2 percent, Riyadh Bank up 1.8 percent (1010.SE) Alinma Bank rose 0.9 percent (1150.SE).

Among other winners, United Electronics (4003.SE) The company’s shares rose about 4 percent after Reuters reported, citing two sources familiar with the matter, that the company was planning an initial public offering of its Islamic consumer finance business, Tasheel Finance.

Dubai main stock index (.DFMGI) 0.5% increase with Shariah-compliant lender Dubai Islamic Bank (DISB.DU) An increase of 1.4%.

In Qatar, the index (.QSI) Up 0.2 percent, Qatar Nautical (QNNC.QA) up 1.9%.

Crude Oil Prices – Key Catalyst for Gulf Financial Markets – Rose A deal on the U.S. debt ceiling could avert a default by the world’s largest economy and oil consumer.

Prices rose after U.S. debt-ceiling talks and Saudi Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman warned short-sellers betting on lower oil prices to “watch out” for pain.

Abu Dhabi Index (.FTFADGI) Bucking the trend, it fell 0.2%.

Reporting by Ateeq Shariff in Bengaluru; Editing by Mike Harrison

Our standards: Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.


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