Mid-session report: EGX edges up with 7.6 bln. EGP gains
The Egyptian stock exchange - AFP/Khaled Desouki
By YASMINE SAMRA

CAIRO: The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) indexes edged up during Tuesday’s mid-session trading, amid strong purchases by Arab and foreign investors, offsetting part of the sharp losses that followed Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s announcement of his bid for presidency.

The benchmark EGX30 edged up 1.58 percent to hit 7,649 points, compared to 7,391 points Monday. The small and mid-cap index EGX70 went up 2.13 percent at 576 points, and the broader EGX100 index jumped 1.87 percent to 1,011 points.

Market capitalization gained 7.6 billion EGP, reaching 456.9 billion EGP Sunday, compared to 449.3 billion EGP on Monday.

The EXG has declined sharply, losing a total 53 billion EGP, since Sisi’s announcement, amid intensive selling pressures by national institutions.

“The market is greatly expected to end the corrective movement that lasted for two weeks in a row if the benchmark index EGX30 manages to penetrate the new resistance level at 8,850 points,” head of technical analysis at Osool ESB for Securities Brokerage Ehab el-Saeed told The Cairo Post.

Meanwhile, Saeed said that he expects the market to decline on Wednesday on profit taking following this rise. “This gives short-term investors an opportunity to carry out rapid trades to offset their losses,” Saeed added.

However, he reiterated his positive long-term outlook for the market, expecting EGX30 to rebound, penetrating 8,600 points after conducting the presidential elections scheduled for May 26 and 27.

Arabs and foreigners’ net purchases registered 181,000 EGP and 2.8 million EGP respectively, while Egyptians’ net sell-offs reached 3.02 million EGP Tuesday.

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