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MIDEAST STOCKS-Egypt continues winning streak, banks boost Saudi

Ateeq Shariff

* Egypt's CIB jumps on Q4 results

* Global Telecom rises on buy-out offer from Veon

* Saudi's Al Rajhi rises on capital increase approval

* ADIB at its highest in more than 33 months

Feb 5 (Reuters) - Egypt's blue-chip share index rose sharply on Tuesday boosted by major lender Commercial International Bank after its strong fourth-quarter earnings, while banks also lifted Saudi Arabia's stock market. Egypt's blue-chip index gained for a ninth straight session, climbing 2.6 percent with 27 of its 30 stocks rising. The country's biggest lender Commercial International Bank jumped 3.9 percent after it reported fourth-quarter net profit after interest of 2.56 billion Egyptian pounds ($146 million) compared to 1.87 billion pounds a year ago. Global Telecom Holding climbed 3.3 percent to its highest since July after major shareholder VEON Ltd said that it offered to buy out the firm. VEON said it intends to offer 5.30 Egyptian pounds per share for the 42.3 percent of the firm it does not already own. The offer represents a 20 percent premium to Global Telecom's closing price on Monday and is worth $600 million.

Saudi Arabia's index gained 1.2 percent with National Commercial Bank adding 3.9 percent. Ratings agency Moody's said the bank's brand and diversified assets make it resilient to slower economic growth in Saudi. Al Rajhi Bank was up 1.4 percent after the Capital Market Authority approved an increase in capital. The bank, which is currently capitalised at 16.25 billion riyals ($4.3 billion), proposed increasing its capital to up to 25 billion riyals. Saudi Arabia's impending entry into emerging market indexes should mean a $15 billion inflow of "passive" benchmark-linked funds, which will attract billions more of active funds, regardless of low oil prices or geopolitical tensions. Saudi's Almarai climbed 1.7 percent after the firm said it would acquire Premier Foods for an enterprise value of 108 million riyals. In Dubai, the index added 0.5 percent with Emirates NBD, its largest bank, gaining 2.1 percent. The company called a shareholders' meeting on Feb. 20 to discuss the issue of non-convertible securities. Commercial Bank of Dubai rose 0.8 percent after its board proposed a full-year cash dividend of 20.7 percent of its share capital. The Abu Dhabi index rose 0.2 percent, with Emirates Telecommunications gaining 0.6 percent. Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank increased 1.6 percent to its highest since April 2016, its third straight session of gains. The lender has gained since reporting a 23 percent increase in its fourth-quarter net profit. Qatar's index edged down 0.1 percent with Commercial Bank declining 0.8 percent despite reporting a higher full-year net profit and proposing a cash dividend of 1.5 riyal per share for the same period.

SAUDI ARABIA The index gained 1.2 pct to 8,624


DUBAI The index added 0.5 pct to 2,543


QATAR The index edged down 0.1 pct to 10,715


ABU DHABI The index rose 0.2 pct to 5,137 pointsEGYPT The index rose 2.6 pct to 14,733


KUWAIT The index gained 0.5 pct to 5,452 pointsOMAN The index was up 0.1 pct at 4,169 pointsBAHRAIN The index increased 0.4 pct at 1,404


($1 = 3.7502 riyals)

($1 = 17.5500 Egyptian pounds)

(Reporting by Ateeq Shariff in Bengaluru Editing by Susan Fenton)