Bosnian share indices close mostly higher in week ended Aug 23

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SARAJEVO (Bosnia and Herzegovina), August 23 (SeeNews) – The share indices of Bosnia's two stock exchanges, in Sarajevo and Banja Luka, mostly rose on Friday, bourse data showed.

The 10-share benchmark SASX-10 index of the Sarajevo Stock Exchange (SASE) closed at 816.43 points on Friday, a rise of 1.1% over a week.

The broader SASX-30 index, which comprises the 30 most liquid stocks on the SASE, closed at 1,257 points, up by 1.42% from the value recorded on August 16.

The SASE index tracking investment funds, the BIFX, closed at 801.64 points, up 0.96% compared with last Friday's value.

The Islamic stock index SASX-BBI, launched by SASE and Bosna Bank International (BBI), climbed by 1.55% to 11,361.93 points. The index tracks 25 companies.

Pharmaceuticals firm Bosnalijek was the most traded blue-chip, its shares closing at 17.5 marka, down 2.7% from last Friday's close, in a weekly turnover of 42,929 marka.

SASE is based in the Federation, one of two autonomous entities that make up Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Banja Luka Stock Exchange (BLSE) is based in the other entity, the Serb Republic.

The BLSE’s benchmark index, the BIRS, closed at 595.79 points on Friday, 0.02% lower than a week earlier.

Bosnia's Hidroelektrane na Drini [BANJ:HEDR-R-A] generated the largest trading turnover - of 125,000 marka - on the BLSE's official market this week. Its shares advanced by 2.04% to 0.25 marka.

BLSE’s total trading turnover soared to 39.7 million marka in five sessions this week, from 2.5 million marka in as many trading days last week. This week's turnover was generated in 223 transactions. 

Out of the total trading turnover, 36.6 million marka came from the sale of Treasury notes on August 19. 

(1 euro = 1.95583 marka)

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