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Saudi Aramco Shares Sinks Amid Iran-US tensions
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Saudi Aramco Shares Sinks Amid Iran-US tensions

Saudi Aramco shares hit the lowest level since their market debut on Sunday, as Gulf bourses were hit by a panicky sell-off amid Iranian vows of retaliation over the US killing of a top general. All seven bourses in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states closed in the red, on the first trading day since the death of powerful military commander Qasem Soleimani. All six member states Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates are US allies and lie on the opposite side of the narrow Gulf, making them easy targets for the Islamic republic. Some of the GCC members, notably Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, are home to major US military bases while Washington maintains hundreds of troops in Saudi Arabia. Kuwait's Boursa led the slide, shedding 3.7 percent a...
Saudi Aramco Launched World’s biggest IPO
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Saudi Aramco Launched World’s biggest IPO

Saudi Oil company Aramco launched its initial public offering (IPO), which will be the biggest in history. Aramco priced its IPO at 32 riyals ($8.53) per share, raising $25.6 billion and beating Alibaba’s record of $25 billion NYSE listing in 2014. However, the IPO valuation is still significantly short of $2 trillion valuations sought by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Aramco has declined to comment on the IPO pricing until the article is going live. Aramco market valuation of $1.7 trillion overtaking Apple as the world’s most valuable listed firm. As per the news, Saudi Arabia relied on domestic and regional investors to sell its 1.5% stake because of climate change concerns, political risk and a lack of corporate transparency put foreign investors off the offeri...
Aramco declares USD 1.71 trillion valuation of its IPO, Will Sell 1.5 Percent Stake
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Aramco declares USD 1.71 trillion valuation of its IPO, Will Sell 1.5 Percent Stake

Saudi Arabia put a value of up to USD 1.71 trillion on energy giant Aramco in what could be the world's biggest IPO, but missed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's initial target of USD 2 trillion. Aramco said it would sell 1.5 percent of the company in a blockbuster initial public offering worth USD 24-25.6 billion, scaling down Saudi Arabia's initial plan to sell up to five percent of the firm. "The base offer size will be 1.5 percent of the company's outstanding shares," the state-owned energy giant said as it began taking bids from investors in a price range of 30-32 Saudi riyals per share (USD 8-8.5). The much-delayed offering, a cornerstone of Prince Mohammed's ambitious plan to diversify the oil-reliant economy, rivals the world's biggest listing -- the USD 25 billion float...
The reason behind the Drone attack on Aramco? Saudi Family!
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The reason behind the Drone attack on Aramco? Saudi Family!

The weekend drone attack on one of the world's largest crude oil processing plants that dramatically cut into global oil supplies is the most visible sign yet of how Aramco's stability and security are directly linked to that of its owner the Saudi government and its ruling family. The strikes, which US Secretary blamed on Iran despite staunch denials by Tehran, led to the suspension of more than 5 percent of the world's daily crude oil production, bringing into focus just how vulnerable the company is to Saudi Arabia's conflicts outside the country's borders, particularly with regional rival Iran. That matters greatly because Aramco produces and exports Saudi Arabia's more than 9.5 million barrels of oil per day to consumers around the world, primarily in Asia. It also comes as ...
Challenges For Saudi Arabia’s New Prince Mohammed Bin Salman
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Challenges For Saudi Arabia’s New Prince Mohammed Bin Salman

Since the times, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz has ascended the oil kingdom's throne, Saudi Arabia has been undergoing major political and economic changes which have brought the possibility to question if the new prince is here to stay for long? He is the first grandchild of the founder King, Abdulaziz Al Saud. Saudi Arabian Government has come forward with some prominent changes at the political front all with a motive to focus power and its various resources all in the hands of Crown Prince. Talking of political dimension, Mohammed Bin Salman was appointed the new defense minister right after his father was crowned Kingdom's Emperor. Prince Mutaib bin Abdulaziz too was knocked down from the post of National Guard leader handling the power to Mohammed Bin Salman. While, it is not po...
Sovereign Wealth Funds Pull $3.7B From Global Stock, Bond Markets In Q3
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Sovereign Wealth Funds Pull $3.7B From Global Stock, Bond Markets In Q3

Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) withdrew more money from global stock and bond markets in the third quarter of 2017, albeit at a slower pace with net outflows of $3.7 billion, data from research firm eVestment showed on Thursday. This was down from the second quarter’s $7.7 billion of redemptions and the first quarter’s whopping $22.7 billion, but it still marked the 13th straight quarter of withdrawals. Oil-backed sovereign funds have been under pressure since oil prices tumbled from their mid-2014 highs of $115 a barrel to below $30 a barrel in January 2016, forcing governments to dig into their coffers to fill budget gaps. Oil prices have since stabilized and currently trade around $60 a barrel. Some of the worst-hit governments have also tapped global bond markets for cash, reli...
India Plans Home Delivery of Petroleum Products
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India Plans Home Delivery of Petroleum Products

India is considering a plan for home delivery of petroleum products to consumers if they make a pre-booking to cut long queues at fuel stations, the oil ministry tweeted on Friday. About 350 million people come to fuel stations every day, it said. Annually 25 billion rupees (USD 387.00 million) worth of transactions takes place at fuel stations. India, the world's third biggest oil consumer, will be introducing daily price revision of petrol and diesel in five cities from May 1, ahead of a nation-wide roll out of the plan. “Options being explored where petro products may be door delivered to consumers on pre booking” @dpradhanbjp (1/2) — Petroleum Ministry (@PetroleumMin) April 21, 2017 “This would help consumers avoid spending excessive time and long queues at fuel stations...
Oil India Limited (OIL) Setup Rs 50 Crore Startup Fund For New ideas in Oil & Gas Sector
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Oil India Limited (OIL) Setup Rs 50 Crore Startup Fund For New ideas in Oil & Gas Sector

GUWAHATI: Oil India Limited (OIL) has set up an OIL Startup fund of Rs 50 crore to encourage new "out of the box" ideas related to the oil and gas sector, particularly in the Northeast. The oil exploration major's chairman-cum-managing director Utpal Bora today said in a press conference that the initiative was in line with the Centre's 'Start-up India' initiative. "The OIL Start-Up fund is to encourage students, young entrepreneurs and institutions to come out with out of the box ideas for the benefit of the oil and gas sector that is contributing enormously to the growth of the economy," Bora said. The initiative was to create an ecosystem that was conducive for growth of start-ups in the oil and gas sector, which has a huge scope for application of technology-enabled ideas, he ...