Egypt's benchmark index leapt 6 percent in early trade on Thursday, a day after demonstrations across the country to mark the first anniversary of the uprising that unseated Hosni Mubarak passed off peacefully.

The index's increase was the biggest since trading resumed on the bourse in March following the 18-day uprising. Investors had been concerned the demonstrations might have turned violent.

The index was trading at 4,384 points by 11:25 SA time. - Reuters