Egypt Bourse Benchmark Rises 0.4% In Week
Published 2013-05-18 09:24:19| Amwal Al Ghad English
In a week, Egypt bourse has managed to gain EGP 630 million as the capital market reached EGP 364.841 billion on Thursday, compared to EGP 364.210 billion a week earlier. Egyptian Exchange’s benchmark EGX 30 index rose by 0.44% this week, representing an increase of 24.04 points, ending Thursday’s transactions at 5427.97 points compared to 5404 points at the end of last week. The EGX30 hit its highest point on Wednesday closing at 5455.74 points, where its lowest point recorded on Monday at 5400.76 points. Meanwhile, the mid- and small-cap index, the EGX70 fell by 0.93% closing at 451.75 points during Thursday’s session, compared to 456 points at the end of a week earlier. The price index, EGX100 dropped by 0.29% concluding by 760.72 points during Thursday’s session, compared to 763 points at the end of a week earlier. Also in a week, the EGX has recorded a volume of trades hit 366 million securities, compared to 210 million securities a week earlier; while the traded value reached EGP 1.59 billion, opposed to EGP 913.5 million a week earlier.
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U.S. stocks advanced, putting the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index on track for its fourth straight week of gains, as gauges for leading indicators and consumer sentiment advanced more than estimated. Northrop Grumman Corp. climbed 3.5 percent after increasing its share-buyback program by $4 billion. Boeing Co. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. added more than 1.9 percent to pace gains in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. (INDU) J.C. Penney Co. slid 2.5 percent after its first-quarter loss widened.The S&P 500 (SPX) rose 0.5 percent to 1,658.15 at 1:11 p.m. in New York. The equity benchmark is heading for a 1.5 percent weekly gain. The Dow advanced 52.95 points, or 0.4 percent, to 15,286.17. “You’ve got the leading indicators helping the market today,” Thomas Nyheim, a Wilmington, Delaware-based fund manager for Christiana Trust, which oversees about $16 billion, said in a phone interview. “We’re seeing good signs for the economy, you’re getting this grinding, slow growth that just keeps coming out.” The index of U.S. leading indicators climbed in April, a rebound from March that suggests the world’s largest economy may be poised for further expansion. The Conference Board’s gauge of the outlook for the next three to six months climbed 0.6 percent last month after falling a revised 0.2 percent in March that was steeper than previously reported, the New York-based group said today.Consumer Sentiment Consumer confidence rose in May to the highest level in almost six years as an advancing stock market and cheaper gas prices helped lift Americans’ outlook on the economy. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary index of consumer sentiment rose to 83.7 in May from 76.4 the prior month, a report today showed. The U.S. bull market has entered its fifth year. The S&P 500 has surged 145 percent from a 12-year low in 2009, driven by better-than-estimated corporate earnings and three rounds of bond purchases from the Federal Reserve. The rally pushed 193 stocks in the S&P 500, or 39 percent of the gauge, to their highest levels in at least 52 weeks on May 15, the most in Bloomberg data going back to 1993. About 90 percent of stocks in the benchmark index traded above their average prices from the past 50 days as of yesterday, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, approaching the two-year high of 93 percent reached January. Options contracts on stocks, exchange-traded funds and indexes expire today, leading investors to adjust their holdings of some securities. Trading of S&P 500 stocks was in line with than the 30-day average at this time of day.
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