Shares of Carnival Corporation shot up over 20% on Monday, April 6, after it was revealed that the public investment fund of Saudi Arabia has taken ~8% stake in the world's largest cruise shipowner.
A stock filing issued by Carnival Corp showed The Public Investment Fund purchased a total of 43,508,895 shares of CCL (common stock) representing 8.2% (as of March 25). The Public Investment Fund is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund.
On Monday, Carnival’s stock closed up a little more than 20% at USD 10.21 following the announcement.
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