UPDATE 5: Index mades largest one-day gain since Nov 4, while gold price hits record high.
Dubai's index made its largest one-day gain since November 4 as a positive start to European trading spurred a late surge on the emirate's bourse.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index of top shares was up 1.5 percent at 1003 GMT, snapping a four-day losing streak as rising commodity prices buoy equities.
Analysts said that among Gulf markets, Dubai's index is most correlated to international stocks. It climbed 1.8 percent to 2,112 points, clawing back most of the previous day's losses.
Gold hit a record high on Monday and the US dollar's slump was seen as the main catalyst for the precious metal's rise.
The dollar index was down 0.8 percent at 1007 GMT, with a declining US currency usually beneficial for dollar-denominated assets such as gold and oil, plus Gulf equities thanks to the respective currencies' dollar pegs.
climbed 2.7 percent and
added 4.4 percent.
rose 1.3 percent, a day after its chief executive said the lender had exposure of up to $350m to two Saudi conglomerates now restructuring their debt.
Abu Dhabi's index also advanced, climbing 1.5 percent to 2,908 points.
climbed the maximum 10 percent after winning a $408m canal contract in the UAE capital.
Saudi Arabia's index ended higher for a second day, with heavyweight
Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC)
the main support as oil prices rallied.
climbed 0.9 percent, tracking a 1.3 percent rise in crude prices to $78.48 a barrel at 1240 GMT.
The benchmark edged 0.1 percent higher to 6,291 points. Less than 84 million shares change hands, the second-lowest total of the past 11 weeks.
was the most active stock, accounting for more than a third of all shares changing hands. It rose 0.6 percent. On Sunday, the developer said it would put 319 villas up for sale in the fourth quarter.
plunged to a 28-week low as most Kuwait blue chips resumed their decline following a brief rally, with analysts blaming political paralysis,
's US court indictment and
's takeover saga for Monday's slump.
fell 2.6 percent to 0.85 dinars, its lowest close since May 10, while
dropped 1 percent and heavyweight banks
Kuwait Finance House
lost 1.9 and 3.6 percent respectively.
The index fell 0.4 percent to 6,796 points, but Kuwait's government could stop the rot if it took action to support its dominant financial sector, said Keith Edwards, head of asset management at Doha-based investment company The First Investor.
"Kuwait could be a surprise because the government has been in paralysis for most of the year, so little has been done to support the financial system and one has to wonder how long this can go on for," he says.
"The situation could change overnight and if Kuwait does take action, it could spark a rally."
Qatar's index ended higher for the fifth session in six, with
adding 1.5 percent and
Commercial Bank of Qatar
rising 1.9 percent.
The index climbed 1.2 percent to 7,256 points.
Bahrain's measure slipped 0.2 percent to 1,447 points to be within a few points of last week's two-year low.
Rising volumes helped Oman's index end higher for the first session in three, although there was pressure from foreign funds dumping blue chip names.
was the main support, rising 1.3 percent.
dropped 2.2 percent and 0.5 percent respectively.
was the most active stock, accounting for a quarter of all shares changing hands, and it slipped 0.3 percent.
The index climbed 0.2 percent to 6,396 points. (Reuters)