Egyptian bourse resumes Tuesday
Reopening follows month-long suspension of trade
Ahram Online, Sunday 27 Feb 2011
Egyptian stock market authorities have decided to resume trading on Tuesday.
The stock market has been closed since 30 January after the beginning of unprecedented public protests that ultimately led to President Hosni Mubarak's resignation.
The demonstrations caused a 16 per cent drop in the stock market , a loss of around LE70 billion (US$12 bn) in the last two sessions before closure.
Last week, the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA) announced that it would take measures precautionary measures to prevent panic and a possible dive in the first hours of the stock market reopening.
New measures include reducing the trading time to three hours from 10:30am to 1:30pm and cancelling the posting of the normal pre-session exploratory prices before trade opens.
Trading on stocks will be carried on within the pre-set price range, to be halted for a half hour in case of a five per cent change in value. A 10 per cent change in value will warrant a fixing of the price of that stock until the end of the session.
A new price range will be set for the EGX 100 whereby trading will halt for a half hour if there is a five per cent change, and for as long as decreed by the chairman in case of a 10 per cent change .
The minimum capital requirement for brokerage firms has been reduced from 10 per cent to five per cent. The resumption of the stock market, closed since 28 January amid the political turmoil in Egypt, was delayed many times, first because of the escalation of the revolution, and later due to large sit-ins in the banking sector.