By Souhail Karam
All-share TASI index closes a volatile session 0.68% higher at 6,296 points.
Saudi shares ended higher, helped mainly by gains in telecom and banking stocks, whose year-to-date gains are weaker than the other heavyweight sector of petrochemical firms.
The all-share TASI index closed a volatile session 0.68 percent higher at 6,296 points, its highest level since Nov 8.
Most significant gains were made by banking stocks with the two- biggest listed lenders
adding 2 percent and 1.5 percent higher respectively.
Largest-listed telecom stock
ended 1.5 percent higher, while the market's biggest company by market capitalisation,
Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC)
ended unchanged at 81.5 riyals.
On a year-to-date basis, the banking and financial stocks index gained 22.7 percent and the telecoms index rose 13.2 percent. This compared with 31.1 percent for the all-share TASI index and 67.7 percent for the petrochemical index. (Reuters)