The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Stocks Close Year On High Note

Benchmark Kenyan shares rose to end the year up 29 per cent, lifted by the banking, telecoms and manufacturing sectors as investors returned in force after the market suffered a torrid 2011.

Analysts said they expected subdued activity on a cautious bourse in the first part of 2013 ahead of the first presidential election since a disputed 2007 poll unleashed deadly ethnic violence.

"Given what happened in 2008 after the elections, there is still a cloud hanging around which might cause some speculative investors to take a back seat," Ronald Lugalia, a research analyst at Africa Investment Bank, said.

The benchmark NSE-20 Share Index finished the day up 0.3 percent at 4,133.02 points, some 40 points off its 2012 high hit on November 11.

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