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Saudi Shares Advance to 21-Month High on Greece Bailout Deal

February 12, 2012

Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Saudi Arabian shares erased earlier losses, sending the benchmark index to its highest close in 21 months, following approval by Greece’s Cabinet for deeper budget cuts required for a second aid package.

Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development Co. reached its highest price since May, while Jabal Omar Development Co. jumped the most this month.

The Tadawul All Share Index rose 0.1 percent to 6,804.03 at the 3:30 p.m. close in Riyadh, its highest level since May 2010. The 151-member measure erased earlier losses of as much as 0.3 percent, extending gains in the past three days to 1 percent.

“Investors are watching headlines out of Greece on securing bailout funds,” said Asim Bukhtiar, head of research at Riyad Capital. “We may continue to see some see-saw on the Tadawul until a concrete announcement.”

Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos obtained approval from his Cabinet for deeper budget cuts needed to secure a second package of international aid, clearing the latest hurdle in his race to prevent financial collapse.

Dar Al Arkan gained 4.6 percent to 9.05 riyals. Jabal Omar advanced 3.3 percent, the biggest increase since Jan. 31, to 14.05 riyals.

Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Co. strengthened 0.3 percent to 16.25 riyals, its highest closing since Feb. 5. The unit of Saudi Basic Industries Corp. said output has resumed gradually at plants producing olefins and high-density polyethylene after the completion of unscheduled maintenance due to a power failure.

Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange is the only Gulf Arab bourse that opens on Saturdays.

--Editors: Dan Liefgreen, Jonas Bergman

To contact the reporter on this story: Mourad Haroutunian in Riyadh at mharoutunian@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Shaji Mathew at shajimathew@bloomberg.net


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