Persian Gulf Stocks: Southern Province Cement and Maaden

Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul All Share Index slumped 1.8 percent, the most since Aug. 20, to 7,717.72 at the 3:30 p.m. close in Riyadh. The DFM General Index fell 1.1 percent.

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

Southern Province Cement Co. (SOCCO AB) climbed to the highest since March 14, rising 1 percent to 98 riyals. Saudi Arabia’s second-largest cement producer by market value posted a 24 percent increase in first-quarter profit to 279.8 million riyals ($75 million) on higher demand and production from the second line at its Tahama plant.

Saudi Arabian Mining Co. (MAADEN AB) decreased 1.6 percent, the biggest drop since Dec. 13, to 36.6 riyals. Shareholders at the state-controlled company known as Maaden authorized the board to sell sukuk or other debt instruments.

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