Persian Gulf Stocks: Air Arabia and Almarai in Saudi Arabia

The DFM General Index advanced 1.3 percent, the most since April 3, to 1,678.40 at the 2 p.m. close in the emirate. Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul All Share Index lost 1.9 percent in Riyadh.

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

Air Arabia PJSC (AIRARABI UH) rose 1.8 percent, the biggest increase since March 28, to 71.8 fils. Shareholders at the Middle East’s biggest discount airline approved a payout of 6 fils a share. The board in February proposed a dividend of 4.5 fils.

Almarai Co. (ALMARAI AB) tumbled to the lowest in a week, dropping 2.6 percent to 65 riyals. Saudi Arabia’s largest food producer by market value was cut to neutral from overweight at HSBC Holdings Plc and assigned a price estimate of 70.70 riyals a share.

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