Persian Gulf Stocks: Bank Sohar and Bank Albilad Advanced

Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul All Share Index (SASEIDX) rose 0.2 percent to 6,467.61, the highest since Aug. 1, at the 3:30 p.m. close in Riyadh. Oman’s Muscat Securities Market Index (MSM30) rose 0.1 percent.

The following shares were active in the Persian Gulf region. Stock symbols are in parentheses.

Bank Albilad (ALBI) surged to the highest level since July 2010, rising 2.5 percent to 20.5 riyals. Saudi Arabia’s second-smallest bank said fourth-quarter profit surged to 107 million riyals ($29 million) from 4.5 million riyals a year earlier.

Bank Sohar (BKSB) , an Omani lender, increased 0.6 percent to 0.159 rial, the highest since Dec. 15. Net income in 2011 jumped 42 percent to 14.5 million rials ($38 million) from the year earlier.

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