Stocks ended higher at the Athens Stock Exchange, as a "technical rebound" halted a three-day decline on the market. The composite index rose 0.19 pct to end at 1,579.85 points, after rising as much as 2.03 pct during the session. Turnover was a moderate 132.27 million euros.

The Big Cap index eased 0.40 pct, the Mid Cap index rose 0.39 pct and the Small Cap index fell 0.81 pct. Utilities (3.55 pct) and Industrial Products (1.47 pct) were top gainers, while Financial Services (5.51 pct) and Telecommunications (2.01 pct) suffered losses. Alpha Bank (4.58 pct0, Titan (4.0 pct), PPC (3.93 pct) and Mytilineos (1.73 pct) were top gainers, while MIG (7.95 pct), Marfin Popular Bank (4.95 pct) and Piraeus Bank (4.24 pct) were top losers.

Broadly, decliners led advancers by 90 to 79 with another 41 issues unchanged. Ridenco (14.29 pct), Avenir (13.33 pct) and Hellenic Fish Farms (12.5 pct) were top gainers and Intrakat (15.08 pct), Trastor (13.10 pct) and Hatzioannou (10 pct) were top losers.

Sector indices ended as follows:

Insurance:

+0.56%

Industrials:

+1.47%

Commercial:

+1.30%

Construction:

+1.42%

Media:

+1.21%

Oil & Gas:

+0.10%

Personal & Household:

+0.69%

Raw Materials:

+1.24%

Travel & Leisure:

+1.01%

Technology:

-1.22%

Telecoms:

-2.01%

Banks:

-1.21%

Food & Beverages:

+1.21%

Health:

+0.81%

Utilities:

+3.55%

Chemicals:

-0.13%

Financial Services:

-5.51%

The stocks with the highest turnover were National Bank, Alpha Bank, OTE and Marfin Popular Bank.

Selected shares from the FTSE/ASE-20 index

closed in euros as follows:

Alpha Bank:

5.02

ATEbank:

0.78

Public Power Corp (PPC):

11.65

HBC Coca Cola:

20.00

Hellenic Petroleum:

7.43

National Bank of Greece:

6.70

EFG Eurobank Ergasias:

4.59

OPAP:

15.30

OTE:

7.30

Bank of Piraeus:

1.58

Titan:

16.90