The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) lost around 1.8 billion pounds at the begining of trading on Tuesday amidst selling by Egyptian investors and buying by foreign and Arab investors. Market capital dropped to 346.9 billion pounds. The EGX 30 benchmark index closed 1 percent down to reach 4,996.92 points. The broader EGX 70 index of the leading smaller and mid cap enterprises (SME) meantime went up by 0.03 percent, reaching 437.85 points. The all-embracing EGX 100 index lost around 0.03 percent, taking the index down to 437.85 points.