Stocks recovered on Wednesday, after Tuesday’s sharp losses in the Athens Stock Exchange, helped by renewed buying interest for blue chip stocks. The composite index of the market rose 1.02 pct to end at 1,541.02 points, off the day’s highs of 1,556.52 points. Turnover was a low 86.264 million euros. The Big Cap index rose 1.35 pct, the Mid Cap index ended 0.07 pct up and the Small Cap index rose 1.39 pct.

Eurobank (4.19 pct), Ellaktor (4.18 pct), Hellenic Postbank (2.57 pct) and Alpha Bank (2.35 pct) were top gainers among blue chip stocks, while MIG (1.27 pct), OPAP (0.32 pct) and Viohalco (0.25 pct) were top losers.

Banks (2.15 pct) and Constructions (1.95 pct) scored the biggest percentage gains of the day, while Health (13.11 pct) and Commerce (0.86 pct) suffered losses. Broadly, advancers led decliners by 97 to 52 with another 50 issues unchanged.

Sanyo Hellas (10 pct), Mohlos (10 pct) and Imperio (9.38 pct) were top gainers, while Alapis (26.09 pct), Alter (17.81 pct) and Atlantic (15.38 pct) were top losers.

Sector indices ended as follows:

Insurance:

+1.67%

Industrials:

+0.33%

Commercial:

-0.86%

Construction:

+1.95%

Media:

unchanged

Oil & Gas:

+0.60%

Personal & Household:

+0.53%

Raw Materials:

+1.55%

Travel & Leisure:

-0.12%

Technology:

+1.54%

Telecoms:

+0.53%

Banks:

+2.15%

Food & Beverages:

+0.94%

Health:

-13.11%

Utilities:

+0.37%

Chemicals:

-0.26%

Financial Services:

+0.47%

 

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

Selected shares from the FTSE/ASE-20 index

closed in euros as follows:

Alpha Bank:

4.80

ATEbank:

0.74

Public Power Corp (PPC):

11.12

HBC Coca Cola:

19.88

Hellenic Petroleum:

7.30

National Bank of Greece:

6.25

EFG Eurobank Ergasias:

4.48

OPAP:

15.45

OTE:

7.54

Bank of Piraeus:

1.43

Titan:

17.30