Stocks end higher

Stocks moved higher for the second consecutive session in the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday with investors encouraged after news of an agreement between the German government and banks over their participation in a new support program for Greece. The composite index of the market rose 1.12 pct to end at 1,279.06 points, with turnover remaining a low 70.908 million euros.
The Big Cap index rose 1.42 pct, the Mid Cap index ended 1.42 pct higher and the Small Cap index ended 0.31 pct up. ATEbank (9.68 pct), OTE (4.05 pct), OPAP (3.97 pct) and Ellaktor (3.35 pct) were top gainers among blue chip stocks, while MIG (3.12 pct) and Coca-Cola 3E (0.96 pct) were top losers.

The Telecoms (4.05 pct), Travel (3.84 pct) and Utilities (2.40 pct) scored the biggest percentage gains of the day, while Media (4.88 pct) and Chemicals (1.14 pct) suffered losses. Broadly, advancers led decliners by 69 to 58 with another 52 issues remaining unchanged.

Attica Publications (20 pct), Hellenic Sugar (11.96 pct) and Mohlos (10 pct) were top gainers, while Forthnet (9.8 pct), Nakas (9.72 pct) and Xylemporia (9.09 pct) were top losers.

Sector indices ended as follows:
Insurance:  Unchanged
Industrials:  +0.43%
Commercial:  +2.16%
Construction:  +0.46%
Media:  -4.88%
Oil & Gas:  +0.95%
Personal & Household:  +0.75%
Raw Materials:  +0.80%
Travel & Leisure:  +3.84%
Technology:  -3.25%
Telecoms:  +4.05%
Banks:  +1.31%
Food & Beverages:  -0.78%
Health:  +0.38%
Utilities:  +2.40%
Chemicals:  -1.14%
Financial Services:  -1.04%

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

Selected shares from the FTSE/ASE-20 index closed in euros as follows:
Alpha Bank:  3.47
ATEbank:  1.36
Public Power Corp (PPC):  9.88
HBC Coca Cola:  18.52
Hellenic Petroleum:  6.51
National Bank of Greece:  4.93
EFG Eurobank Ergasias:  3.23
OPAP:  10.75
OTE:  6.43
Bank of Piraeus:  1.07
Titan:  16.60

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