Bank shares keep Bahrain bourse buoyant-continued

February 16, 2012--The Bahrain All Share Index added 0.12% to reach 1,143.77 points. The gauge swung with today's trading session into positive territory on a year-to-date basis.
Islamic investment bank Gulf Finance House surged 9.52% while Ithmaar Bank surged 6.67%. The Bahrain Saudi Bank or BSB, which closed unchanged, reported earlier in the day a net profit for the year 2011 of BD1.9m ($5.03m), a 73.3% increase compared to the corresponding period in 2010. Earning per share increased to BD3.8 from BD2.2. BSB's statement of income reveals that the lender was successful in reducing its operating expenses slightly, while total operating income surged 14.83%.

Source: AME Info

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