Middle East Stocks Gain With Oil Prices on OPEC Deal


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MidEast shares advanced on the back of a deal from OPEC to cut production in an effort to lift oil prices . Higher oil prices could bring more money back into MidEast countries and lead to easier government austerity measures.

The agreement included bigger production cuts than many analysts had expected, giving oil a big boost on Wednesday. Brent crude hit a six-week high.

Saudi stocks hit their highest level this year in heavy trade. United Arab Emirates markets closed Thursday for a public holiday.

Egypt continued to benefit from foreign buying. Foreigners have been net buyers since the central bank there floated its currency on Nov 3.

Saudi Arabia's main index jumped 1.3% to 7,094 points, Egypt added 0.8% to 11,548 points, Qatar gained 1.2% to 9,914 points, Kuwait firmed 0.3% to 5,569 points, Oman rallied 1.9% to 5,590 points and Bahrain rose 0.3% to 1,178 points.

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