Weekly Review: 5 - 9 August 2012 Trading on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) during the first week of August ended higher for all leading indices, keeping with global share price movements.

• The TA-25 index increased 1.0% over the week, bringing year-to-date increase to 2.0%.                       
• The TA-100 index gained 1.2% over the week, up 1.8% since the beginning of the year.

• The TA BlueTeach-50, TA Real Estaste-15 and TA Banks indices increased 0.5%-0.6% over the week. Since the beginning of the year the BlueTech-50 increased 25%, while the TA Banks and the TA Real Estate-15 decreased 11% and 6% respectively.

• Since the beginning of this month two banks has issued bonds at the total of US $ 210 million. Year-to-date, banks companies has raised US $ 2.4 billion, which is about 33% from the amount that business sector raised by bonds.  

• The government of Israel floated US $ 500 million bonds on the local market in this past week, bringing the year-to-date total of government bond issues to US $ 13.6 billion, as opposed to US $ 18 billion in the 2011 calendar year.

• The NIS/dollar exchange rate on August 9 came to 3.987 NIS, a weekly decrease of 0.5% against the shekel. Since the beginning of the year, the dollar has appreciated 4.3% against the shekel.

• The NIS/Euro exchange rate on August 9 came to 4.9062 NIS, a weekly increase of 0.2% against the shekel. Since the beginning of the year, the Euro has appreciated 0.2% against the NIS, which brings the year-to-date depreciation of the Euro to 0.6% against the shekel.