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EGX opens on green zone in Wed. trading
The indexes of Egyptian Stock Exchange (EGX) opened with collective rise in Wednesday’s early trades, Youm7 reported.
The benchmark EGX30 rose by 1.28 percent, the equal-weighted index EGX50 rose by 1.14 percent while the small and mid-cap EGX70 rose by 0.15 percent.
Within the first 30 minutes of trading on Wed., the market capital achieved gains of 4.7 million EGP to reach 403,718 billion EGP.
Egypt buys 180K tons of wheat
Egypt’s state grain buyer, the General Authority for Supply Commodities (GASC), has signed contracts to import 180,000 tons of wheat from Russia and Ukraine, Youm7 reported Wednesday.
The average price of the purchased quantities including shipment fees is estimated at $173.30 per ton, they will be shipped during the period August 10-20, said GASC deputy head Mamdouh Abdel Fatah.
GASC’s previous purchasing tender was held on April 12.
Egypt’s EGAS purchases 11 LNG cargos
Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) has recently imported 11 cargos of liquefied natural gas, sources at the petroleum ministry told Youm7 Wednesday.
The cargos, estimated at 6.7 billion cubic meters, arrived to the gasification ship at Ain Sokhna Port.
EGAS announced it aims to import between 110 and 120 cargos of liquefied natural gas in 2017, to meet the growing demand for natural gas mainly used to operate power stations.
CBE keeps pound stable at weekly US dollar sale
The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) announced it had kept the pound stable at 8.78 to the U.S. dollar at its weekly sale of foreign currency on Wednesday, according to Reuters.
Speculation had mounted in recent days that the central bank was planning to devalue the currency for the second time this year, inspiring a rally on the stock market. The CBE said it sold $118.6 million at Tuesday’s regular FX auction.
Egypt put up international tender to rent third gasification vessel
Egypt’s Petroleum Ministry has put up an international tender to rent a gasification vessel with the capacity of 700 million cubic feet of gas per day, Mohamed Al Masry, Chairman of the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) was quoted by Youm7.
The vessel will be based at Egypt’s Red Sea port of Ain Sokhna and is scheduled to operate during the second half of 2017, said Masry, adding that the vessel aims to meet local market demands.
Egypt currently has two gasification vessels in Ain Sokhna with a total capacity of 1,200 cubic feet of gas per day.