Muscat: The MSM 30 Index closed at 7179.95 points, marginally up by 0.09 per cent. MSM Shariah Index also gained 0.11 per cent at 1134.65 points.
Gulf Investment Services was the most active in terms of volume as well as turnover. DBIH was the top gainer and closed up by 3.57 per cent, while Dhofar Cattlefeed, which was the top loser, declined by 9.60 per cent.
Altogether 1,084 trades were executed in yesterday's session generating a turnover of OMR7.49 million with over 24.64 million shares traded. Out of 61 traded stocks, 17 advanced, 14 declined and 30 were unchanged. Foreign investors were net buyers to the tune of OMR770,000 worth shares followed by GCC & Arab investors at OMR320,000. Omani investors sold shares amounting to OMR1.09 million.
Financial Sector Index was marginally down by 0.08 per cent at 8523.90 points. DBIH, National Finance, Gulf Investment Services, Financial Services and Oman Takaful increased by 3.57 per cent,1.88 per cent, 1.31 per cent, 1.18 per cent and 0.94 per cent respectively.
Global Financial Investment, National Securities, Al Anwar Holding, Oman United Insurance and Al Madina Investment declined by 1.11 per cent, 1.04 per cent, 1.04 per cent, 0.88 per cent and 0.75 per cent respectively.
The Industrial Sector Index was down by 0.19 per cent at 11052.94 points. Oman Fisheries, Oman Cables and Gulf International Chemicals increased by 2.80 per cent, 1.25 per cent and 0.41 per cent respectively. Dhofar Cattlefeed, Al Hassan Engineering, Sweets of Oman, Oman Flour Mills and Galfar Engineering declined by 9.60 per cent, 3.18 per cent, 3.10 per cent, 0.66 per cent and 0.36 per cent respectively.
Services Sector Index was up by 0.08% and closed at 3807.68 points. Al Jazeera Services, Oman Telecom, ACWA Power Barka and Oman Oil Marketing increased by 1.38 per cent, 0.64 per cent, 0.56 per cent and 0.46 per cent respectively.
OIFC and National Gas declined by 3.21 per cent and 1.41 per cent, respectively.
Dubai shares rise
Dubai shares climbed the most in two weeks, led by property developer Deyaar Development, after gains in emerging markets and better-than-expected corporate earnings boosted sentiment. Saudi Arabia's gauge also rose.
The DFM General Index jumped as much as 3.2 per cent, the most since January 28, to 4,227.62 before trimming its advance to 2.2 per cent at the close in Dubai. Deyaar surged 8.1 per cent, the most in a month, after the company's board recommended foreigners be allowed to own its shares. Saudi Arabia's Tadawul All Share Index added 0.5 per cent in Riyadh.
Emerging-market stocks posted their biggest weekly gain in five months on February 14 after data showed US consumer confidence in February was stronger-than-projected and the euro-area economy expanded more than forecast in the final quarter last year. Deyaar's 2013 profit quadrupled and earnings at Union Properties jumped nine-fold as real estate prices soar on the back of Dubai's accelerating economic growth.