Alwaleed's Kingdom gains most since 2014 after prince is freed

Clothing retailer Fawaz Abdulaziz Al Hokair also advanced after billionaire Fawaz Alhokair was also released from detention
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal will remain at the helm of his company Kingdom Holding
By Bloomberg
Sun 28 Jan 2018 12:23 PM

Kingdom Holding Co. surged after its chairman, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, was released from the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh, which served as a prison for billionaires and princes since the nation started its anti-corruption campaign in November.

The shares gained 10 percent, the most since November 2014 and the maximum allowed in a day. The billionaire, who also owns stakes in Citigroup and Twitter, returned home on Saturday after reaching a settlement with authorities, a senior government official said on condition of anonymity. He will remain at the helm of his company, the official said.

His departure from the hotel, along with other prominent Saudi businessmen, marks the end of the first phase of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s anti-corruption campaign.

Hundreds of suspects were arrested or summoned for questioning, including some of the country’s richest men. The government expects to reap more than $100 billion from settlements with detainees in exchange for their freedom.

The shares rose to 10.04 riyals as of 10:52 a.m. in Riyadh, but they are still more than 2 percent below the level before the prince was arrested. The Tadawul All Share Index was little changed.

Clothing retailer Fawaz Abdulaziz Al Hokair & Co also advanced after billionaire Fawaz Alhokair was also released from detention. The stock advanced as much as 8.1 percent, the most since November, before paring its gain to 6.6 percent.

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Last Updated: Sun 28 Jan 2018 11:35 AM GST

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