The last week’s positive rally got carried over in the Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE), which Sunday opened the week on a stronger note as its key index gained more than 59

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points to surpass the 10,900 levels.
The industrials and banking counters witnessed higher than average demand as the 20-stock Qatar Index rose 0.54% to 10,953.92 points.
The Arab individuals turned net buyers in the main market, which recovered from an intraday low of 10,869 points.
As much as 46% of the traded constituents extended gains to investors in the main bourse, whose year-to-date gains improved to 2.55%.
The Gulf retail investors were net bullish, albeit at lower levels, in the main market, whose capitalisation added QR3.41bn or 0.53% to QR642.75bn with small cap segments gaining the most.
The domestic institutions’ weakened net profit booking had its influence in the main bourse, which saw a total of 59,232 exchange traded funds (sponsored by Masraf Al Rayan and Doha Bank) valued at QR0.35mn changed hands across 19 deals.
The foreign 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 slower than the other indices in the main market, which saw no trading of treasury bills.
The Total Return Index gained 0.54%, All Share Index by 0.51% and Al Rayan Islamic Index (Price) by 0.48% in the main bourse, whose trade turnover and volumes were on the decline.
The industrials sector index shot up 1.46%, banks and financial services (0.55%) and consumer goods and services (0.4%); while transport declined 0.95%, realty (0.33%), telecom (0.29%) and insurance (0.16%).
Major movers in the main market included Qamco, Qatar Industrial Industries Qatar, Zad Holding, Al Meera, Masraf Al Rayan and Doha Bank. In the venture market, Al Faleh Educational Holding and Mahhar Holding saw their shares appreciate in value.
Nevertheless, Qatar Oman Investment, Inma Holding, Qatar Electricity and Water, Milaha, Lesha Bank, Qatari German Medical Devices, Mannai Corporation, Baladna, Qatar National Cement and Barwa were among the shakers in the main market.
The Arab individual investors turned net buyers to the tune of QR10.2mn compared with net sellers of QR4.25mn on July 27.
The foreign retail investors were net buyers to the extent of QR1.69mn against net sellers of QR3.02mn last Thursday.
The Gulf individuals turned net buyers to the tune of QR0.25mn compared with net sellers of QR0.93mn the previous trading day.
The domestic institutions’ net profit booking declined substantially to QR17.4mn against QR48.12mn on July 27.
The Qatari individuals’ net selling weakened noticeably to QR32.19mn compared to QR50.02mn last Thursday.
However, the foreign funds’ net buying decreased significantly to QR26.45mn against QR58.38mn the previous trading day.
The Gulf institutions’ net buying shrank drastically to QR10.99mn compared to QR48.06mn on July 27.
The Arab institutions had no major net exposure against were net sellers to the tune of QR0.08mn last Thursday.
The main market saw 19% shrinkage in trade volumes to 196.88mn shares, 37% in value to QR390.71mn and 41% in deals to 11,962.
In the venture market, trade volumes grew more than five-fold to 0.93mn equities and value by more than seven-fold to QR2.05mn on more than quadrupled transactions to 134.