TEL AVIV, Israel, May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Trading on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) during the last two weeks ended up for all leading TASE indices.
The TA-25 index increased 1.0% over the last two weeks, bringing year-to-date increase to 2.5%.
The TA-100 index increased 1.4% over the last two weeks, bringing year-to-date increase to 4.0%.
This last two weeks the Ministry of Finance (MoF) floated US $0.8 billion government bonds in offerings on the local market. From the beginning of 2013 the MoF raised US $7.5 billion in public bond offerings.
Seven companies raised US $0.4 billion in public bond offerings this last two weeks. Since the beginning of the year the business sector raised US $4.1 billion through bond offerings. Real Estate companies stood out, raising 38% of the total.
Five companies raised US $80 million in share offerings this last two weeks. Since the beginning of the year the business sector raised US $0.6 billion through share offerings.
BOI Interest Rate
The Bank of Israel lowered the interest rate, for the first time this year, by one quarter of a percent, to 1.5%, starting 17 May 2013.
Figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics indicate that in April 2013 the Consumer Price Index increased 0.4%, bringing the total for the first trimester to 0.4%, after an increase of only 1.6% for the entire 2012 year.
Figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics indicate that economic growth came to 2.8% (annualized) in the first quarter of 2013, compared to 2.6% in the previous quarter and 2.8% in the third quarter of 2012.
2 WEEK Period YTD 2013 TA Bluetech-50 -2.9% -1.6% TA Banks -0.3% 1.2% TA Real Estate-15 2.2% 13.9%
2 WEEK YTD Period 2013 Dollar/NIS 4.0% -0.8% Euro/NIS 2.8% -3.1%
Facts & Figures
The Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange features in April 2013:
- 525 companies listing equities (Ex. ETNs).
- 448 index-tracking products.
- 34 series of government bonds.
- 84 Series of Institutional bonds.
- 645 series of corporate bonds.
- 1,285 mutual funds.
- Market Cap. (US$ billions)
- Equities - 174
- Government bonds - 130
- Corporate bonds - 104
Established in September 1935, the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange is Israel's sole securities exchange, offering an increasingly sophisticated range of products to investors, including equity, corporate bonds, treasury bills and notes, index products and derivatives.
In recent years, TASE has enhanced its international presence, signing Memoranda of Understanding with the London Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, NYSE-Euronext the Shanghai Stock Exchange, and Toronto Stock Exchange.
For more information please contact:
Idit Yaaron or Orna Goren, TASE, +972(3)5677-405/6
Visit the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange's Website: http://www.tase.co.il
SOURCE Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE)