Stocks move moderately up

Stocks ended moderately higher at the Athens Stock Exchange on Wednesday, reflecting improved buying interest for bank shares. The composite index rose 0.62 pct to end at 1,289.63points, with turnover at 87.645 million euros. The Big Cap index rose 1.10 pct, the Mid Cap index fell 0.15 pct and the Small Cap index rose 0.16 pct.
Ellaktor (9.13 pct), Alpha Bank (5.81 pct), Viohalco (3.33 pct) and Marfin Popular Bank (3.17 pct) were top gainers among blue chip stocks, while ATEbank (4.08 pct), PPC (2.63 pct) and OTE (1.33 pct) were top losers.
The Banks (2.03 pct) and Construction (1.46 pct) sectors scored the biggest percentage gains of the day, while Utilities (2.28 pct) and Telecommunications (1.33 pct) suffered losses. Broadly, decliners led advancers by 75 to 59 with another 51 issues unchanged. Vovos (13.86 pct), Geniki Bank (13.45 pct) and Imperio (11.76 pct) were top gainers, while Fieratex (17.65 pct), Ridenco (16.67 pct) and Alsinco (11.54 pct) were top losers.

Sector indices ended as follows:
Insurance:  +1.75%
Industrials:  +1.34%
Commercial:  -0.20%
Construction:  +1.79%
Media:  Unchanged
Oil & Gas:  Unchanged
Personal & Household:  +0.56%
Raw Materials:  +1.04%
Travel & Leisure:  +0.95%
Technology:  -0.94%
Telecoms:  -1.33%
Banks:  +2.03%
Food & Beverages:  +0.53%
Health:  +1.46%
Utilities:  -2.28%
Chemicals:  +0.80%
Financial Services:  -0.46%

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

Selected shares from the FTSE/ASE-20 index closed in euros as follows:
Alpha Bank:  3.46
ATEbank:  0.47
Public Power Corp (PPC):  9.98
HBC Coca Cola:  17.02
Hellenic Petroleum:  6.64
National Bank of Greece:  4.62
EFG Eurobank Ergasias:  3.26
OPAP:  12.65
OTE:  6.68
Bank of Piraeus:  1.02
Titan:  16.70

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