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DUBAI, July 28 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's stock market opened lower on Sunday, with Saudi Basic Industries Co (SABIC) ,the world's fourth-biggest petrochemicals firm, weighing on the index after reporting its lowest quarterly profit since late 2009.
Saudi Arabia's benchmark index slipped 0.1% with SABIC and Saudi Electric falling 1.8% and 2.6% respectively.
SABIC reported second-quarter net profit slid 68% to 2.12 billion riyals ($565 million), citing lower average selling prices and a decrease in the share of contributions from associates and joint ventures.
EFG Hermes had projected a net profit of 2.67 billion riyals.
Last week, SABIC halted negotiations with Clariant to form a new high performance materials company from the combined assets of the two companies.
Financial shares were also weaker with Riyad Bank, Samba Financial Group and Banque Saudi Fransi down 0.8%, 0.9% and 0.7% respectively.
However, Al Rajhi Bank rose 0.6%.
In Abu Dhabi, the index was down 0.6%, weighed down by First Abu Dhabi Bank, the United Arab Emirates' largest lender, and telecom Etisalat, which fell 1.0% and 0.6% respectively.
Dana Gas dropped 1.1% after Reuters reported the gas producer has hired advisers to sell its assets in Egypt.
Dubai's index rose 0.1%, helped by 0.4% gains in both Emirates NBD, the emirate's biggest lender, and Dubai Islamic Bank. (Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; Editing by Susan Fenton)