* Saudi bank index regains almost half of Sunday plunge
* Qassim Cement drops after Q3 earnings
* New CEO could help Drake & Scull find investors
* Egypt pulls back after four days of strong gains
* Qalaa Holdings continues slide after quarterly loss
By Andrew Torchia
DUBAI, Oct 10 Saudi Arabia's stock market
rebounded on the back of banking shares on Monday while other
major Gulf bourses were firm, with builder Drake & Scull leaping
in Dubai after it replaced its chief executive.
The Saudi stock index, which had tumbled 2.2 percent
on Sunday as banks dropped because of concern about the
impact of government austerity policies on their balance sheets,
closed Monday 1.2 percent higher in moderate trading volume.
The banking index, which had plunged 4.5 percent on
the previous day, bounced back 1.9 percent.
Qassim Cement dropped 1.5 percent after reporting
a 29 percent year-on-year drop in third-quarter net profit,
citing lower demand for cement as well as cost increases due to
cuts in state subsidies for electricity and fuel.
But Saudi Arabia Fertilizers Co rose 1.2 percent
after it and Saudi Basic Industries said they had
hired investment banks to advise on the potential sale of a
stake in the Ibn Al-Baytar fertiliser company, a 50-50 joint
venture between them. SABIC fell 0.3 percent.
Dubai's index rose 0.3 percent as Drake & Scull,
the most heavily traded stock, surged 7.0 percent after saying
it had appointed chief operating officer Wael Allan as its new
chief executive, replacing Khaldoun Tabari, a major shareholder.
Drake & Scull's chief financial officer, Kailash Sadangi,
told Reuters in August that the company had asked advisers for
proposals to review its business and find strategic investors.
The change at the top of the company could clear the way for new
investment and fresh action to stem its losses.
Abu Dhabi's index gained 0.6 percent as First Gulf
Bank rose 2.2 percent, while strength in Industries
Qatar and telecommunications firm Ooredoo
helped Qatar's index climb 0.5 percent.
Egypt, which had risen strongly for four straight
days on signs the country is nearing the completion of its $12
billion loan deal with the International Monetary Fund, fell
back 0.9 percent.
In a sign that Saudi Arabia may be becoming less willing to
support Egypt financially as its own finances are weakened by
low oil prices, an Egyptian official told Reuters that the
Saudis had informed the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation,
Egypt's state oil company, in early October that it would halt
the supply of refined oil products to Egypt.
Investment firm Qalaa Holdings, which had plunged
8.3 percent on Sunday after reporting a sharply wider quarterly
net loss, was the most heavily traded stock on Monday and lost a
further 7.6 percent. Global Telecom pulled back 4.1
* The index climbed 1.2 percent to 5,574 points.
* The index rose 0.3 percent to 3,359 points.
* The index gained 0.6 percent to 4,387 points.
* The index climbed 0.5 percent to 10,405 points.
* The index dropped 0.9 percent to 8,364 points.
* The index fell 0.3 percent to 5,295 points.
* The index edged down 0.1 percent to 5,687 points.
* The index edged down 0.1 percent to 1,130 points.
(Editing by Hugh Lawson)