A higher than average demand for telecom, industrials, banking and insurance equities Tuesday led the Qatar Stock Exchange gain about 39 points and its key index surpassed

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10,500 levels.
The Arab retail investors were seen net buyers as the 20-stock Qatar Index gained 0.37% to 10,535.95 points.
More than 67% of the traded constituents extended gains to investors in the main market, which had hit an intraday high of 10,603 points.
The domestic funds’ weakened net selling had its influence in the main bourse, whose year-to-date losses reduced further to 1.36%.
The local retail investors’ lower net profit booking had its say in the main market, whose capitalisation added QR1.99bn or 0.32% to QR620.72n with small cap segments gaining the most.
The foreign individuals’ net selling was seen weakening in the main bourse, which saw a total of 0.1mn exchange traded funds (sponsored by Masraf Al Rayan and Doha Bank) valued at QR0.19mn changed hands across nine deals.
The Gulf institutions continued to be net buyers but with lesser intensity in the main market, which saw no trading of sovereign bonds.
The Islamic index was seen gaining faster than the other indices in the main market, which saw no trading of treasury bills.
The Total Return Index rose 0.37%, All Share Index by 0.34% and Al Rayan Islamic Index (Price) by 0.39% in the main bourse, whose trade turnover and volumes were on the decline.
The telecom sector index expanded 0.77%, industrials (0.56%), banks and financial services (0.46%), insurance (0.45%) and real estate (0.02%); while consumer goods and services declined 0.54% and transport (0.3%).
Major movers in the main market included Doha Bank, Dlala, Qatar Oman Investment, Alijarah Holding, Qatar National Cement, QIIB, Qatar Islamic Bank and Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding. In the venture market, Mahhar Holding saw its stocks appreciate in value.
Nevertheless, Widam Food, Inma Holding, Woqod, Ahlibank Qatar, Qatari Investors Group and Nakilat were among the losers in the main market.
The Arab individuals turned net buyers to the tune of QR6.93mn compared with net sellers of QR2.16mn on July 24.
The domestic institutions’ net selling declined considerably to QR3.83mn against QR11.08mn the previous day.
The local retail investors’ net profit booking fell noticeably to QR2.62mn compared to QR8.27mn on Monday.
The foreign individual investors’ net selling shrank perceptibly to QR0.71mn against QR2.73mn on July 24.
However, the foreign funds’ net selling expanded substantially to QR21.85mn compared to QR10.89mn the previous day.
The Gulf individuals turned net sellers to the extent of QR0.38mn against net buyers of QR0.39mn on Monday.
The Gulf institutions’ net buying weakened significantly to QR22.45mn compared to QR34.74mn on July 24.
The Arab funds continued to have no major net exposure for the second straight session.
The main market saw an 8% contraction in trade volumes to 211.88mn shares, 2% in value to QR516.54mn and 2% in deals to 17,124.
In the venture market, trade volumes plummeted 71% to 0.21mn equities, value by 71% to QR0.47mn and transactions by 74% to 31.
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