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Persian Gulf Stocks: Ahli United Bank, First Gulf Bank

Dubai’s DFM General Index declined 0.4 percent to 1,547.86 at the 2 p.m. close in the emirate, taking the weekly drop to 0.6 percent. Abu Dhabi’s ADX General Index advanced 0.4 percent, while Bahrain’s gauge rose 0.1 percent. Saudi Arabia was closed for the weekend.

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

Ahli United Bank BSC (AUB BI) gained as much as 1.4 percent to 73 cents before trimming gains to close at 72.5 cents. The Bahrain-based lender said second-quarter profit rose to $84.4 million from $70.2 million a year earlier.

First Gulf Bank PJSC (FGB UH) advanced as much as 1.1 percent to 17.95 dirhams before paring gains to close at 17.8 dirhams. The United Arab Emirates lender controlled by Abu Dhabi’s ruling family said second-quarter profit rose 13 percent to 890 million dirhams ($242 million).

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