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Gulf markets join global rally on Fed rate cut hopes; Qatar leads

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Stock markets in the Gulf tracked global peers higher on Thursday, led by the Qatar index, as the optimism around potential U.S. interest rate cuts raised investors' risk appetite.

Saudi Arabia's benchmark stock index rose for the fourth straight session, up 0.7%, with most of its constituents posting gains © Mena Today 

Stock markets in the Gulf tracked global peers higher on Thursday, led by the Qatar index, as the optimism around potential U.S. interest rate cuts raised investors' risk appetite.

Data on Wednesday showed lower growth in the U.S. services industry and bolstered optimism over the potential easing of monetary policy. Sentiment was aided by a reaffirmation from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell that U.S. rates were still on course to be cut this year, though the timing was data-dependent.

Outside the Gulf, Egypt's blue-chip index gained 2%, with almost all stocks in the green.

By Md Manzer Hussain 

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