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  Weekly Review: February 27- March 3, 2011
Trading on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) over the last week was marked by high volatility, with most of the leading indices closing down.
  • The TA-25 index didn't change over the week, is lower by 4.1% from its beginning of the year level, following a 16% return in 2010.
  • The TA-100 index which lost 0.5% over the week is some 4.3% lower than at the beginning of the year, following a 15% return in 2010.
  • The Tel-Tech 15 index decreased 3.7% over the week, while the TA-Banks and the Real Estate-15 indices dropped 1.5%.
  • The Israeli government issued US $350 million bonds on TASE this week, bringing total government bond issues since the beginning of the year to US $3.1 billion.
  • The Israeli company Cimatron (NASDAQ: CIMT), a leading provider of integrated CAD/CAM solutions for the tool making and manufacturing industries, whose shares are traded on NASDAQ, began trading this week on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange as well. Currently, 55 companies are dually-listed on the TASE.
  • Figures released by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistic indicate that unemployment rate in 2010 dropped to 6.6%, compared to 7.5% in 2009.
  • The NIS/US dollar exchange rate on March 3 was 3.611, a weekly decrease of 1.2%. From the beginning of the year the US dollar rose by about 1.7% against the NIS, following a 6% appreciation of the NIS in 2010.
    The NIS/Euro exchange rate on March 3 was 5.0039, a weekly decrease of 0.8%. From the beginning of the year the Euro rose by about 5.6% against the NIS, following a 12.9% appreciation of the NIS in 2010.
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