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Most Gulf markets retreat on interest rate cut worries

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Most stock markets in the Gulf ended lower on Wednesday.

The Fed has left the policy rate in the current range of 5.25% to 5.5% since July © Mena Today 

Most stock markets in the Gulf ended lower on Wednesday, in line with global shares, as investors struggled with the possibility that the U.S. Federal Reserve may not cut interest rates as soon as previously expected.

Fed Governor Christopher Waller said the U.S. is "within striking distance" of the central bank's 2% inflation goal, but it should not rush toward cuts in its benchmark interest rate until it is clear that lower inflation will sustain.

The Fed has left the policy rate in the current range of 5.25% to 5.5% since July.

Most Gulf currencies are pegged to the dollar and any monetary policy change in the United States is usually mimicked by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

Outside the Gulf, Egypt's blue-chip index (.EGX30) fell 0.7%, retreating from record highs it hit in the previous session, with Commercial International Bank (COMI.CA) losing 1.8%.

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