Boost on the back of a supportive global background and positive domestic news flow
Bourses in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar rose in early trade on Sunday on the back of a supportive global background and positive domestic news flow.
US stocks were up on Friday after strong results from Microsoft and Procter & Gamble. Brent oil prices slipped but were little changed on the week.
Dubai's index rose 1.8 percent to 4,653 points as most stocks gained. Shares in cooling company Tabreed jumped 4.8 percent after it reported a 28 percent rise in third-quarter net profit on Thursday.
The Dubai index rose above an important technical barrier at 4,593 points, its 200-day average. A close above that mark would be bullish.
Abu Dhabi's benchmark edged up 0.3 percent on the back of telecommunications firm Etisalat and developer Aldar Properties, up 0.9 and 2.8 percent respectively.
Aldar said on Sunday that it had fully leased out the 1,300 units available at its The Gate and Arc Towers development in Abu Dhabi after putting them on the market for just under a year.
Qatar's bourse added 0.7 percent in a broad rally. Shares in Qatar Gas Transport Co (Nakilat), one of the world's largest shippers of liquefied natural gas, rose 2.3 percent after it posted a 25 percent rise in nine-month profit.
The firm's third-quarter profit was 248 million riyals, according to Reuters calculations, above the estimate of QNB Financial Services, which had forecast 213.5 million riyals.