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Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) -- The High Court of Justice will hear appeals against the release of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the return of abducted soldier Gilad Shalit.
Local markets will close at 2:45 p.m. today and tomorrow and will be shut Oct. 19 and Oct. 20 for a holiday.
WHAT TO WATCH: * The Bank of Israel may release a report on recent economic developments.
EQUITY MOVERS: * The controlling shareholder of Partner Communications Co. (PTNR IT) is seeking to sell a 15 percent stake in the country’s second-largest mobile-phone operator, Globes reported, without saying where it got the information. Partner advanced 3.5 percent to 41.98 shekels. * Shufersal Ltd. (SAE IT) employees called a work dispute through the Histadrut labor federation following the announcement of an agreement to sell a controlling stake in the country’s largest supermarket chain. Shufersal rose 4.2 percent to 17.10 shekels. * Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.’s (TEVA IT) New Drug Application for its tablets that treat Parkison’s disease is scheduled to be discussed by a U.S. Food and Drug Administration committee. Teva gained 3.4 percent to 145 shekels.
MARKETS: * The TA-25 Index rose 4.3 percent to 1,131.34. * The yield on the Mimshal Shiklit government bond due January 2022 was at 4.68 percent. * The shekel strengthened 0.2 percent to 3.6471 per dollar at 8:37 a.m. in Tel Aviv. * Corn for December delivery was unchanged at $6.40 a bushel. * Crude oil for November delivery added 0.8 percent $87.46 a barrel. * Gold for immediate delivery slipped 0.1 percent to $1,678.89 an ounce.
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