MIDEAST STOCKS-Aldar lifts Abu Dhabi; most Gulf bourses up

Sun Mar 4, 2012 2:16pm GMT

By Nadia Saleem

DUBAI, March 4 (Reuters) - Aldar Properties led Abu Dhabi's bourse to a seven-month high on Sunday after Moody's raised its outlook on the developer to positive and Dubai's bourse extended its rally while other regional markets ended mixed.

Shares in Aldar surged 6.8 percent to their highest close since August.

Moody's changed the company's outlook to positive from negative after the government bought assets from the developer, reducing market risk.

"Fundamentals are accurately reflected right now, but any bit of positive news is an addition the rally can take into account and build on," said Amer Khan, fund manager at Shuaa Asset Management.

Rival Sorouh Real Estate climbed 6.6 percent. The emirate's benchmark ended 0.7 percent higher at 2,641 points, its highest close since August.

Dubai's index climbed 3.1 percent to its highest close since November 2010. The market is up 29.6 percent so far in 2012, significantly outperforming other Gulf market.

"Now there's a lot of retail money that missed the previous rally and is pushing the second leg up now. We passed the fundamental rally a long time ago, now it's retail-driven that can turn very sharply," Khan added.

Dubai Financial Market surged 14.4 percent, National Central Cooling (Tabreed) jumped 14.8 percent and mortgage lender Tamweel rose 15 percent.   Continued...

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