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Tel Aviv Stock Exchange Weekly Review 23-27 February 2014

Trading on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) during the last week of February was marked by price gains for most leading TASE indices; Companies continue to raise capital through debt offerings

TEL AVIV, Israel, February 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

TA-25

The TA-25 index increased 2.0% over the week, bringing year-to-date increase to 1.6%.

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TA-100

The TA-100 index increased 2.5% over the week, bringing year-to-date increase to 4.0%.

TA-Insurance

The TA-Insurance index increased 4.7% over the week, bringing year-to-date decrease to 1.5%.

TA-Com

The TA-Com index decreased 1.6% over the week, bringing year-to-date decrease to 3.5%.

Corporate Bonds

This week two companies made bond offerings amounting to US 180 million.

Since the beginning of the year the business sector raised US $2.3 billion through bonds, of which US $0.8 billion on the "TACT Institutional" system.

Government Bonds

This week the Ministry of Finance (MoF) made a public bond offering listed on the TASE amounting to US $0.3 billion.

Since the beginning of the year the MoF raised US $2.7 billion.

ETN Offerings

5 new ETNs were issued this week on foreign share indices, of which 4 were currency-neutral certificates.

BOI Interest Rate

The Bank of Israel lowered the interest rate by a quarter of a percent to 0.75% for March 2014. This decrease in the interest rate is after five months during which interest remained unchanged.

Unemployment

The Central Bureau of Statistics released figures indicating that the unemployment rate in January remained unchanged at the level of 5.9% for the previous month, and lower than the average for 2013 of 6.3%.

Sector Indices

                     WEEK  2014
    TA Bluetech-50   3.7%  8.4%
    TA Banks         2.2% -4.2%
    TA Real
    Estate-15        3.2%  1.4%


Foreign Exchange

               WEEK   2014
    Dollar/NIS 0.2%   1.3%
    Euro/NIS  -0.2%   0.4%



Facts & Figures

The Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange features in January 2014:

  • 495 companies listing equities.
  • 537 Exchange Traded Notes.
  • 34 series of government bonds.
  • 71 Series of Institutional bonds.
  • 606 series of corporate bonds.
  • 1,271 mutual funds.
  • Market Cap. (US$ billions)
    • Equities - 204
    • Government bonds - 137
    • Corporate bonds - 88

About TASE

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.

International

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 Ltd

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