Saudi rises on banks, technical glitch hits Qatar

(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's stock market rose in early trading on Thursday, boosted by bank shares, while the Qatar stock exchange suffered a technical failure and cancelled some trades. Saudi Arabia's main index <.TASI> was up 0.6 percent after an hour. National Commercial Bank <1180.SE>, the largest Saudi lender, added 1.3

Four years to next World Cup but will it be 32 or 48 teams?

Wednesday marks exactly four years to the kickoff of the next World Cup in Qatar, which could yet be an instrument to help end regional tensions and the first 48-team tournament if FIFA president Gianni Infantino gets his way. The head of world football's governing body has been pressing in recent

Mideast stocks – Banks support Qatar recovery, Oman up sharply

(Reuters) - Qatar's bourse gained sharply and recovered some of its losses from the last two sessions, while the Oman index registered its best day in nearly two months as telecom and bank stocks gained. Other Gulf markets were mixed. Qatar's main index <.QSI> booked a 1.1 percent rise and snapped

QNB aides Qatar gains, most Gulf markets trade down

(Reuters) - Most Middle Eastern stock markets dropped in quiet trading on Thursday, with Qatar recovering a little after suffering its worst one-day drop since August in the last session. The Qatar index <.QSI>, which has been the best performing market in the Gulf this year, inched up 0.3 percent, driven