Stocks ended sharply higher at the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday as buyers reappeared in the market after a two-day absence. The composite index ended at 1,662.62 points, up 2.70 pct, while turnover rose to 130.395 million euros.

The Big Cap index jumped 2.87 pct, the Mid Cap index ended 2.17 pct higher and the Small Cap index rose 1.72 pct. Titan (0.95 pct) and Jumbo (0.73 pct) were the only stocks to end lower among blue chip stocks, while ATEbank (10.93 pct), Hellenic Postbank (5.85 pct), MIG (6.82 pct) and Eurobank (6.13 pct) were major gainers.

Chemicals (4.79 pct), Utilities (3.75 pct) and Banks (3.48 pct) scored the biggest percentage gains of the day, while Insurance (5.51 pct) and Commerce (0.07 pct) suffered losses. Broadly, advancers led decliners by 126 to 43 with another 52 issues unchanged. ATEbank (10.39 pct), Q&R (10 pct) and Hatzioannou (10 pct) were top gainers, while PC Systems (17.65 pct), Eurobrokers (8.96 pct) and Elfico (8.33 pct) were top losers.

Sector indices ended as follows:

Insurance:

-5.51%

Industrials:

+0.90%

Commercial:

-0.07%

Construction:

+0.80%

Media:

Unchanged

Oil & Gas:

+1.05%

Personal & Household:

+0.93%

Raw Materials:

+1.09%

Travel & Leisure:

+2.58%

Technology:

+1.99%

Telecoms:

+3.27%

Banks:

+3.48%

Food & Beverages:

+2.25%

Health:

+2.69%

Utilities:

+3.75%

Chemicals:

+4.79%

Financial Services:

+3.22%

 

The stocks with the highest turnover were National Bank, OPAP, OTE and DEH.

Selected shares from the FTSE/ASE-20 index

closed in euros as follows:

Alpha Bank:

4.59

ATEbank:

1.10

Public Power Corp (PPC):

12.67

HBC Coca Cola:

20.92

Hellenic Petroleum:

7.49

National Bank of Greece:

7.48

EFG Eurobank Ergasias:

4.50

OPAP:

16.30

OTE:

7.59

Bank of Piraeus:

1.62

Titan:

15.70