• Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) benchmark NSE-20 Share Index -which tracks the market's performance- rose by 28.95 per cent to close at 4,133.02 points at the end of 2012. These numbers places the bourse as the second highest gainer among the stock exchanges in Africa and Middle East, after Egyptian Stock Exchange, and eighth globally. Growth in investor confidence has been a key reason in the positive results and is yet to see if it continues before the presidential and parliamentary elections set to be held on March 4.