The capital markets continued their upward trend in 2006. After a good start to the year, this trend was slowed from mid-May by the uncertain outlook for the economy – notably in the US – and by fears of interest rate rises. Sentiment then recovered in the second half-year thanks to the sustained strength of the world economy and positive impetus from the labor market. Once again, Germany’s DAX index topped the 6,500 mark and gained 22% over the year, comfortably beating the 15% rise in the EURO STOXX 50.
Our stock tracked the positive market trend for the first few weeks but came under pressure after publication of the annual results on February 15. The stock price briefly peaked again in the run-up to the Annual General Meeting on May 10 before easing back – in line with the market – to its August 15 low point for the year of €18.55. After that, however, the Deutsche Post stock price rose steadily and closed December at €22.84. This represents an 11.52% gain in value on the beginning of the year.
The average trading volume on the German Xetra trading system was 5,287,529 shares – an increase of 40.7% on the prior year. A total return calculator is available on our website, allowing you to determine how much profit your shares have actually made including dividend payments.