Saudi Aramco debt orders grow to $75B
13 April 2019 | 1:53 pm
Saudi Aramco has received orders worth $75 billion for its debut bond sale. The deal is one of the most anticipated events of the year, showing investor hunger for high-quality credit after major investors briefly shunned the kingdom after the killing of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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