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Dubai Shares Jump on IPO Cheer; most other Markets Subdued

March 29 (Reuters) - Most Gulf markets fell on Tuesday, as fears of a drop in demand for crude capped oil prices, while investors continued to steer money toward Dubai cheering bumper response to a recent initial public offering (IPO).

Oil prices extended losses for a second session on fears of a drop in fuel demand in China after the financial hub of Shanghai shut down to curb a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Ukraine and Russia are set to meet in Istanbul later in the day for their first peace talks in over two weeks. However, air raid sirens sounded across Ukraine before dawn, while Kyiv seeks ceasefire without compromising on territory or sovereignty.

Dubai's main financial index rose for the fifth consecutive session with its gain of 1.4%.

State utility Dubai Electricity and Water Authority's (DEWA) IPO to raise as much as 8.06 billion dirhams ($2.19 billion) has boosted sentiment in the region after subscription kicked off last week.

The IPO is the largest such deal in the emirate since DP World in 2007. 

Shares of Waha Capiral rose 1.2% after the company approved dividend distribution on Monday.

Saudi Arabia's benchmark index traded flat, with gains in financial stocks offset by losses in the energy sector.

State-run Saudi Aramco dropped 0.6%.

Shares of Al Masane Al Kobra Mining Co jumped 10% in their debut on the exchange, rising as much as 69.3 riyals from their IPO price of 63 riyals.

The region has also seen a boost in IPOs since it listed Saudi Aramco in a record $29.4 billion listing in 2019.

The Abu Dhabi index inched up, while the Qatari index fell for a second straight session, slipping 0.3%.

Reporting by Tanvi Mehta in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich

Source: Reuters

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