The official value of the shekel rose an average of .614 percent, Thursday, against most of the other currencies on the Bank of Israel's foreign-exchange list. The exception was the Norwegian krone, which was fixed at NIS .6576, up .061 percent.
The United States dollar declined .754 percent to 3.686 shekels, while the Euro was set at NIS 5.0865, down .196 percent,5 and the pound sterling fell .549 percent to 5.8316 shekels. The biggest loser was the South African rand, which checked in at NIS .498, down 1.425 percent, followed by the Lebanese pound, which declined .81 percent, 10 pounds fetching .0245 shekels. Following the Swiss National Bank's announcement that it will buy foreign currencies to keep the frank at 1.2 Euros, the frank fell .397 percent to NIS 4.2191.