KASE Index rose by 12% to 2,412.01 points over the reporting period.
Shares of Kazakhtelecom grew the most since the beginning of the year having increased by 65.3% or KZT13,385.00 to KZT33,890.00 per share. Stocks of Bank CenterCredit, which grew 43.0% or KZT84.8 to KZT282.0 per share ranked the second. Shares of Halyk Bank ranked third by the increment in value: their price rose by 23.6% or KZT19.5 to KZT102.1 per share.
The volume of exchange-based trading amounted to KZT64.8 trillion based on the results of the first half of 2018, which is by KZT23.8 trillion or 26.9% lower than in respective period of the last year. At the same time, several market segments showed positive trends. The securities market grew 2.3 times and foreign exchange market was up 24.2%; money market was down 31.4%.
Secondary market of stocks, corporate bonds and government securities has intensified its operations; the trading volume in the first half of 2018 grew by 13.1%, 13 times and 3 times, respectively, compared to the similar period of 2017.