As of yesterday, Thursday, most Gulf markets closed down due to rising inflation and recession fears, as well as a drop in oil prices following speculation that Saudi Arabia might increase output.
Saudi Arabia’s benchmark index was down 1.3 percent, weighed down by a 2.1 percent drop in Saudi Aramco and a 1.2 percent drop in Al Rajhi Bank, the country’s largest Islamic lender.
Crude, a key catalyst for the Gulf’s financial markets, fell as much as 3% ahead of an OPEC+ meeting later in the day.
The energy index in Saudi Arabia retreated by more than 2%.
In Abu Dhabi, equities slipped 0.5% with the United Arab Emirates’ largest lender First Abu Dhabi Bank losing 1.3%.
Egypt’s blue-chip index fell 0.8%, with Commercial International Bank Egypt slipping 2.4%.
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