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Tel Aviv Stock Exchange Weekly Review 23-27 March 2014

Trading on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) during the fourth week of March ended up for most leading TASE indices.

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

TA-25
The TA-25 index increased 1.1% over the week, bringing year-to-date increase to 5.1%.

TA-100
The TA-100 index increased 0.2% over the week, bringing year-to-date increase to 6.1%.

TA-Com
The TA-Com increased 6.7% over the week, bringing year-to-date increase to 4.2%.

TA-Biomed
The TA-Biomed index decreased 4.6% over the week, bringing year-to-date increase to 11.0%.

Corporate Bonds
This week there was one bond offering by Union Bank amounting to US 73 million.
Since the beginning of the year the business sector raised US $2.6 billion through bonds, of which US $ 0.8 billion on the "TACT International" 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 $3.8 billion.

BOI Interest Rate
The Bank of Israel kept the interest rate unchanged at 0.75% for April 2014, after lowering the rate by a quarter of a percent in the previous month.

Composite State-of-the-Economy Index
The Bank of Israel released figures indicating that the Composite State-of-the-Economy index increased 0.2% in February.
The rate of increase of the index is stable, and reflects growth of the economy at a similar rate to that of the recent period.

Unemployment
The Central Bureau of Statistics released figures indicating the unemployment rate in February decreased to 5.8% and 5.9% in the previous month, as opposed to 6.3% for the average of 2013.

Economic Growth
The Bank of Israel released figures this week of the macro-economic forecast for the economy for 2014.
Data include GDP growth at a rate of 3.1% for 2014 compared with growth of 3.3% for the previous year.

Sector Indices


WEEK

2014

TA Bluetech-50

-2.9%

5.1%

TA Banks

1.6%

0.0%

TA Real Estate-15

0.3%

3.3%

 

Foreign Exchange


WEEK

2014

Dollar/NIS

0.7%

1.0%

Euro/NIS

0.5%

0.8%




Facts & Figures
The Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange features in February 2014:

  • 493 companies listing equities.
  • 546 Exchange Traded Notes.
  • 34 series of government bonds.
  • 73 Series of Institutional bonds.
  • 605 series of corporate bonds.
  • 1,271 mutual funds.
  • Market Cap. (US$ billions)
    • Equities - 214
    • Government bonds – 139
    • Corporate bonds - 89

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.

Visit the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange's Website: www.tase.co.il

SOURCE Tel Aviv Stock Exchange

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