April 30, 2018 / 1:23 PM / 5 months ago

MIDEAST STOCKS-Dubai lifted by Emaar Dev earnings, weak oil depresses other markets

* Saudi drops as energy stocks down

* Rabigh Refining falls 5.6 pct after strong rally this year

* Petrochem up 2 pct after strong earnings

* Egypt's Global Telecom extends recent losses

By Marwa Rashad

DUBAI, April 30 (Reuters) - Dubai shares rose on Monday, helped by strong earnings at Emaar Development and outperforming the Gulf region, where most markets weakened amid a slight correction in oil prices and selective profit-taking.

Oil dipped after a rising rig count in the United States pointed to higher production there, but markets held near their highest in more than three years.

The Dubai index added 0.6 percent, fuelled by gains in property stocks and financials. Lender Emirates NBD was up 0.9 percent.

Emaar Properties jumped 2.7 percent, while its unit Emaar Development climbed 0.9 percent after the development firm recorded a net profit of 819 million dirhams ($223 million) in the first quarter of 2018, versus 506 million a year earlier.

SICO Bahrain had forecast a net profit of 767 million dirhams and EFG Hermes' forecast was 800 million dirhams.

"The results from Emaar Development as well as Emaar Malls suggest the group is navigating the current downturn rather well," said Vrajesh Bhandari, a portfolio manager at Al Mal Capital.

Emaar Malls' net profit rose 1.7 percent to 548 million dirhams, in line with SICO Bahrain's forecast.

Emaar and other property stocks have been a drag on the Dubai stock market this year due to concerns over the outlook for property prices. The Dubai index is down 9 percent so far this year.

In Saudi Arabia, the main index was down 0.2 percent, with banks largely providing support. Energy stocks were hit by oil's correction and profit-taking after recent gains.

Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical dropped 5.6 percent as investors took profit after the stock's big rally this year. The stock is up 67 percent so far this year.

Saudi Basic Industries (SABIC) dropped 2.9 percent, a day after its earnings broadly met analysts' forecasts.

Al Rajhi Bank rose 0.3 percent and Banque Saudi Fransi added 0.9 percent.

Saudi National Petrochemical Co (Petrochem) jumped 2 percent after solid quarterly results, making a net profit of 333.9 million riyals versus 167.9 million a year earlier.

In Abu Dhabi, Etisalat lost 0.9 percent and Aldar Properties declined 0.5 percent, pulling down the main index.

Dana Gas rose 4 percent, rebounding from a sharp drop in the previous session. The stock has been volatile after an English court refused the company’s application to overturn a previous order restraining Dana Gas from distributing dividends to its shareholders for 2017.

Qatar's index lost 0.3 percent as lender Masraf al Rayan shed 0.5 percent and Barwa Real Estate fell 1.8 percent.

In Egypt, Global Telecom Holding continued its downward spiral, falling 3 percent.

The stock has been under pressure since the start of the month after majority shareholder Veon withdrew an offer to buy the rest of the company and said it would not make another.

It has lost more than a fifth of its value in the last month. The benchmark index was flat.

($1 = 3.6728 UAE dirham)

SAUDI ARABIA

* The index shed 0.2 percent to 8,209 points.

DUBAI

* The index climbed 0.6 percent to 3,066 points.

ABU DHABI

* The index dropped 0.3 percent to 4,670 points.

QATAR

* The index dropped 0.3 percent to 9,112 points.

KUWAIT

* The index was flat at 4,779 points.

BAHRAIN

* The index was down 0.4 at 1,258 points.

OMAN

* The index fell 0.1 percent to 4,729 points.

EGYPT

* The index was flat at 18,295 points.

$1 = 3.6730 UAE dirham $1 = 3.6408 Qatar riyals Additional reporting by Saeed Azhar; Editing by Dale Hudson

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