(MENAFN - Aswat Al-Iraq) The Iraqi Stock Exchange (ISX) index on Tuesday went down by 0.05 percent to close at 128.6 points as shares of 16 firms out of total 46 decreased.
Traded shares today hit 1.435 billion shares worth 2.887 billion dinars (2.4 million) through 500 deals.
Shares of 46 companies were traded in today's session, of which 15 shares jumped, 15 slumped, and 15 others maintained their previous levels.
The banking sector grabbed the lion's share of today's trading with 69% through 183 deals worth 2 billion dinars over 14 firms, followed by the industrial sector with 19% through 181 deals worth 564 million dinars over 13 firms, the service sector came third with 10% of the overall trading through 85 deals worth 268 million dinars over 4 firms.
The ISX witnessed its first E-trading session on April 19, 2009 over five registered companies, three banks and two hotels.
The banks were: Ashur International Bank (AIB), Al-Mansour Bank and the Iraqi Credit Bank while the hotels were: Ashtar Hotel and Al-Mansour Hotel.
On June 7, the Iraqi Middle East Investment Bank and the Warka Bank joined the electronic trading sessions.
The ISX now holds five sessions from Sunday to Thursday.