Saudi Arabia’s benchmark Tadawul All Share Index (TASI) surged 2%, or 164 points, to 8,290 points in the first hour of trading on Thursday on the back of easing regional tensions.
The advance-decline ratio stood at 195:0.
Blue chip SABIC gained 1.3% to SAR 91.60, while banking heavyweight Al Rajhi went up 2% to SAR 65.50.
Oil giant Saudi Aramco rose 0.6% to SAR 34.35, with 4.9 million shares being traded.
Riyad Bank surged over 4%, STC was up 1.5% and Jabal Omar gained 2.2%.
Sharqiyah Development was the top gainer, rising 7.4% to SAR 53.
Elsewhere, Dubai's main share index soared 1.4%, while Abu Dhabi index rose 1% in early trading. Kuwait stocks also surged 1.4%.
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