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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi's Alawwal, SABB surge on initial merger talks, Egypt joins EM higher | Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi's Alawwal, SABB surge on initial merger talks, Egypt joins EM higher | Reuters:

"Two Saudi banks soared on Wednesday after saying they were in initial stages of a merger, helping lift the mood in other lenders while first quarter financial results buoyed the shares of two blue chips in other Gulf countries. On Wednesday Saudi's Alawwal Bank agreed to start talks with Saudi British Bank (SABB) about a tie-up that could create the kingdom's third biggest bank with assets of nearly $80 billion. Shares in Alawwal soared by 8.6 percent in their heaviest daily traded volume since May 2012 while SABB jumped 6.8 percent in the largest single day volume since November last year."



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