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Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange Weekly Review 17-21 March 2013

TEL AVIV, Israel, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

TA-25

The TA-25 index decreased 0.1% over the week, bringing year-to-date increase to 4.5% .

TA-100

The TA-100 index did not change over the week, bringing year-to-date increase to 5.3%.

TA-Com

The TA-Com index of communications companies stood out and increased, 4.6% over the week and bringing returns since the beginning of 2013 to 6.4%.

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Government Bonds

This week the Ministry of Finance (MoF) floated US $0.5 billion government bonds in an offering on the local market. In the first quarter of 2013 the MoF raised US $4.7 billion in public bond offerings.

Corporate Bonds

Five real estate companies raised US $315 million in public bond offerings.

Since the beginning of the year the business sector raised US $2.8 billion through bond offerings. Real estate companies stood out, raising 43% of the total.

Consumer Price Index

Figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics indicate that the CPI index for February 2013 remained unchanged, following a 0.2% decline in the previous month and a total increase of only 1.6% for the entire 2012 year.

Composite State-of-the-Economy Index

Figures released by the Bank of Israel indicate an increase of 0.2% in Composite State-of-the-Economy Index in February 2013. The pace of economic expansion in 2013, as reflected by this index, is higher than that for the fourth quarter of 2012, but lower than that for the corresponding period last year.

Sector Indices

                      WEEK   YTD 2013
    TA Bluetech-50   -2.4%      -1.0%
    TA Banks         -1.2%       1.1%
    TA Real
    Estate-15         1.9%       8.4%

Foreign Exchange


                 WEEK   YTD 2013
    Dollar/NIS  -0.1%      -1.5%
    Euro/NIS    -1.1%      -3.4%

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