The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) was mixed today. The Tel Aviv 25 Index fell 0.08% to 1,207.67 points, but the Tel Aviv 100 Index rose 0.08% to 1,070.86 points, and the BlueTech 50 Index rose 0.74% to 317.47 points. Turnover was NIS 716.3 million.
The TASE split today, despite gains on European markets and at the opening on Wall Street. The Tel Aviv 25 Index fell 1.3% this week, after rising 1.1% last week.
In the foreign currency market, options pointed to a 0.12% drop in the shekel-dollar exchange rate, compared with Friday's representative rate to NIS 3.794/$, and no change in the shekel-euro exchange rate at NIS 4.97/€.
In the bond market, both long-term Shahar unlinked shekel government bonds were unchanged and long term Galil CPI-linked government bonds fell by up to 0.3%. The corporate bond benchmark Tel-Bond 20 Index fell 0.01%.
In the stock market, EZchip Semiconductor Ltd. (Nasdaq: EZCH; TASE:EZCH) fell 1.5% for the biggest drop among Tel Aviv 25 shares, but Mellanox Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq:MLNX; TASE:MLNX) rose 2.6%.
Delek Group Ltd. (TASE: DLEKG) rose 2.8% for the biggest gain among Tel Aviv 25 shares. Israel Chemicals Ltd. (TASE: ICL) rose 0.3% on the day's biggest turnover of NIS 73 million, after signing contracts with Chinese customers for the sale of 660,000 tons of potash. Its parent company, Israel Corporation (TASE: ILCO), also rose 0.3%.
The banks continued to slide, led by a 1.1% drop by Bank Hapoalim (TASE: POLI). Bank Leumi (TASE: LUMI) fell 0.2%.
On the Tel Aviv 100 Index, insurance companies rebounded, led by a 3.5% gain by Harel Insurance Investments and Financial Services Ltd. (TASE: HARL) and 2.9% gain by Menorah Mivtachim Holdings Ltd. (TASE: MORA).
Also on the index, Babylon Ltd. (TASE:BBYL) rose 7.1% and Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd. (Nasdaq:NVMI; TASE:NVMI) rose 6.7%.
Eden Springs Ltd. (Maayanot Eden) (TASE: MEYD) rose 10.8% on reports of a possible buyer for or partner in the bottled water company.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on January 17, 2013
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