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Saudi Aramco shares hit lowest since IPO, down 1.7%

FILE PHOTO: An employee in a branded helmet is pictured at Saudi Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq

DUBAI (Reuters) - Shares of Saudi Aramco <2222.SE> were down 1.7% in late afternoon trade on Sunday, hitting 34.55 riyals ($9.21) per share, its lowest level since it started trading last month after a record initial public offering (IPO).

The shares reacted to across-the-board selling in Gulf markets after Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani was killed on Friday in a U.S. drone strike on his convoy at Baghdad airport. [nL8N29A01K]

Aramco was trading above its IPO price of 32 riyals per share, but was down 10.7% since hitting an intraday high of 38.70 riyals on Dec 31.

($1 = 3.7507 riyals)

(Reporting by Saeed Azhar; editing by Jason Neely)