The Syrian Pound continued last week its decline relative to most foreign currencies.

Islamic banks attracted more than half of the trading in the Damascus Securities Exchange last week.

The DWX declined in each of last week’s four sessions as trading in the stock market was dominated by two large transactions involving a commercial bank.

The Central Bank of Syria is decreasing gradually the official value of the Syrian Pound to help limit the attractiveness of the dollar in the black market.

Mohammad Haykal has joined the board of Arab Bank Syria replacing Samer Rustom.

Following months during which its value remained relatively stable compared to the dollar, the Syrian Pound has lost again some ground.

Syria’s insurance market continued to decline last year and was worth, in dollar terms, less than a quarter of its value in 2010.

The DWX fell in the last two weeks as the market witnessed two important transactions involving banks.

Banque Bemo Saudi Fransi has announced that it has bought a minority stake in one of its competitors.

Al-Baraka Bank Syria, an Islamic lender, is set to become the 24th listed company in the Damascus Securities Exchange.