Stocks end moderately higher

Stocks ended moderately higher in the Athens Stock Exchange on Wednesday as investors took early profits after the Greek Parliament approved a mid-term fiscal strategy program. The composite index of the market rose 0.48 pct to end at 1,264.85 points, after rising as much as 3.27 pct during the day. Turnover improved to 126.736 million euros. The Big Cap index eased 0.01 pct, the Mid Cap index rose 1.9 pct and the Small Cap index ended 1.21 pct higher. PPC (3.33 pct), OTE (1.64 pct), Mytilineos (1.5 pct) and Alpha Bank (1.17 pct) were top gainers among blue chip stocks, while National Bank (1.84 pct), ATEbank (1.59 pct) and Marfin Popular Bank (1.59 pct) were top losers.
The Commerce (4.12 pct), Technology (3.06 pct) and Utilities (2.93 pct) sectors scored the biggest percentage gains of the day, while Media (8.89 pct) and Chemicals (2.52 pct) suffered losses. Broadly, advancers led decliners by 94 to 43 with another 44 issues unchanged. ELGEKA (17.78 pct), G.E. Dimitriou (12.5 pct) and AEGEK (10.53 pct) were top gainers, while Dromeas (10.71 pct), Livanis (8.89 pct) and Evrofarma (7.84 pct) were top losers.

Sector indices ended as follows:
Insurance:  Unchanged
Industrials:  +1.88%
Commercial:  +4.12%
Construction:  -0.62%
Media:  -8.89%
Oil & Gas:  -0.27%
Personal & Household:  +0.58%
Raw Materials:  +1.08%
Travel & Leisure:  +1.23%
Technology:  +3.06%
Telecoms:  +1.64
Banks:  -0.97%
Food & Beverages:  +1.09%
Health:  +2.58%
Utilities:  +2.93%
Chemicals:  -2.52%
Financial Services:  +0.04%

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

Selected shares from the FTSE/ASE-20 index closed in euros as follows:
Alpha Bank:  3.46
ATEbank:  1.24
Public Power Corp (PPC):  9.61
HBC Coca Cola:  18.70
Hellenic Petroleum:  6.44
National Bank of Greece:  4.81
EFG Eurobank Ergasias:  3.21
OPAP:  10.34
OTE:  6.18
Bank of Piraeus:  1.07
Titan:  16.70

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