DUBAI, June 12 Qatar's stock market may
stabilise on Monday on hopes that the region's diplomatic crisis
will eventually be resolved, while other Gulf markets look set
to consolidate because of a lack of positive corporate news.
The Qatari stock index index has dropped 8.7 percent
since four Arab states cut links a week ago, and the initial
shock of the sanctions against Qatar may now ease.
Qatari finance minister Ali Sherif al-Emadi, in one of the
first detailed public responses of a Qatari economic official to
the crisis, told CNBC television that the economy was
essentially operating as normal and Doha could easily defend its
Also, many investors are still hoping for a diplomatic
solution in coming weeks. Doha is ready to listen to the
concerns of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait
said on Sunday, as it tried to mediate a solution.
Brent crude oil is trading at $48.41 a barrel,
marginally higher than the previous close but still well below
this year's average, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific
shares outside Japan is down 0.8 percent.
Two UAE stocks could continue to attract the interest of
speculators. In Abu Dhabi, Dana Gas soared 13.2
percent and was the most heavily traded stock on Sunday; it has
rocketed 46 percent this month on news that it has received a
portion of its overdue payments from Egypt and on hopes for its
legal efforts to recover money from Iraqi Kurdistan.
Meanwhile, Dubai builder Drake & Scull rose 1.2
percent to 0.422 dirham; it has risen 5.5 percent since Thursday
in unusually large volumes. Former chief executive Khaldoun
Tabari has sold his stake in the company to Tabarak Investment,
a source told Zawya, a Thomson Reuters publication.
(Reporting by Celine Aswad; Editing by Andrew Torchia)