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Goldman Sachs to test Saudi rules to limit stock swings post IPO

Arabian Centres is set to debut amid a bout of volatility in the Gulf as geopolitical tensions spill over into equity markets

Goldman Sachs to test Saudi rules to limit stock swings post IPO

Goldman Sachs Group will test Saudi Arabia’s new market rules that aim to limit price swings after share sales.

The US bank is acting as stabilisation agent for mall owner Arabian Centres, which is expected to start trading this week after completing the kingdom’s biggest initial public offering since 2015.

Arabian Centres raised about 2.47 billion riyals ($659 million) after pricing shares at the bottom end of the range.

Goldman Sachs may sell additional shares or take other actions to support the Arabian Centres shares once they list. The mall owner allocated an extra 12.8 million shares, or 13.5 percent of the offering, to the bank, according to a statement from the Capital Market Authority.

Saudi Arabia’s market regulator approved the stabilization rules last year and Arabian Centres is one of the first companies to use them.

Arabian Centres is set to debut amid a bout of volatility in the Gulf as geopolitical tensions spill over into equity markets. A metric for short-term swings on the main Saudi index jumped last week to the highest level since October.

Finablr Plc slumped 10 percent in its London trading debut last week after the United Arab Emirates-based financial-services firm slashed its IPO price on low investor demand. The shares are 2.3 percent lower than their trading debut.