* Saudi telecoms buoyed by hopes for regulatory change
* Advanced Petrochemical climbs after Q3 earnings
* But Saudi trading volume shrinks
* Dubai sluggish after bearish technical move
* EFG Hermes continues surge in Egypt
By Andrew Torchia
DUBAI, Oct 4 Strong telecommunications shares
helped Saudi Arabia's stock market rebound on Tuesday after
steep losses due to the kingdom's austerity policies, while most
other Gulf markets moved little.
The Saudi stock index, which had dropped 3.7 percent
in the previous two days, climbed 2.0 percent, although trading
volume fell, suggesting many investors were not eager to buy
into the rally.
The main boost came from unusually heavy trade in the
telecommunications sector, after the government said at the
weekend that it would provide operators with "unified licences"
allowing them to offer full range of services.
It did not give details, but analysts think this will open
the industry to more competition, potentially reducing the
dominance of market leader Saudi Telecom.
Zain Saudi Arabia surged to its 10 percent daily
limit, Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) climbed 5.4 percent
and Atheeb Telecommunication was up 6.9 percent, as
all three stocks resumed trading after being suspended for two
days. The regulator had asked them to make statements on the
expected impact on the new telecoms licensing regime.
Saudi Telecom, which had tumbled 4.9 percent on
Monday, rebounded 1.9 percent.
Some other stocks beaten down by worries about the weakening
domestic economy in recent days saw cautious buying-back, with
Al Rajhi Bank up 4.0 percent after falling 1.5 percent
The petrochemical sector, which is exposed mainly to foreign
rather than domestic demand and outperformed earlier this week,
was mostly sluggish.
But Advanced Petrochemical climbed 1.8 percent to
38.80 riyals after estimating third-quarter net profit shrank 20
percent, a slower rate of decline than in the second quarter,
and announcing a 0.65 riyal quarterly dividend. NCB Capital
stayed overweight on the stock with a target of 45.10 riyals,
citing its operating efficiency and dividend yield.
Elsewhere in the Gulf, Dubai's index edged down 0.1
percent to 3,406 points. It turned technically bearish on Monday
when it closed 1.9 percent down at 3,408 points, breaking
technical support on the August and September lows of
3,430-3,442 points, which became immediate resistance.
Abu Dhabi's index rose 0.3 percent as Dana Gas
, the most heavily traded stock, surged 3.7 percent.
Qatar gained 0.8 percent in a broad rally, with nine of
the 10 most heavily traded stocks rising and Industries Qatar
adding 1.1 percent.
The Egyptian stock index, which had climbed 3.2
percent on Monday on hopes that an international financing
package would be finalised soon after this week's annual
meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, rose
a further 0.8 percent.
Investment bank EFG Hermes continued to lead the
market up, gaining 3.6 percent.
* The index rose 2.0 percent to 5,526 points.
* The index edged down 0.1 percent to 3,406 points.
* The index rose 0.3 percent to 4,409 points.
* The index climbed 0.8 percent to 8,199 points.
* The index gained 0.8 percent to 10,388 points.
* The index edged down 0.1 percent to 5,352 points.
* The index fell 1.1 percent to 5,613 points.
* The index edged down 0.1 percent to 1,144 points.
(Editing by Jon Boyle)