Stocks ended up for the fourth consecutive session this week in the Athens Stock Exchange, reflecting renewed hope over economic developments in the country following the approval by the Parliament of a Mid-term Fiscal Strategy Programe, which paves the way for the release of the fifth tranche of a loan agreement signed with the troika.
The composite index of the market jumped 2.30 pct to end at 1,308.48 points, for a net gain of 6.16 pct in the week, although the index was down 7.46 pct so far this year. The Big Cap index rose 3.18 pct, the Mid Cap index ended 0.29 pct higher and the Small Cap index rose 2.12 pct. ATEbank (11.03 pct), Eurobank (7.43 pct), National Bank (5.48 pct), Alpha Bank (5.19 pct) and Piraeus Bank (4.67 pct) were top gainers among blue chip stocks, while Jumbo (1.15 pct), Hellenic Telecoms (0.47 pct) and Titan (0.30 pct) were top losers. Strong buying interest emerged for PPC shares which ended 4.66 pct higher.

Sector indices ended as follows:
Insurance:  Unchanged
Industrials:  -1.12%
Commercial:  -0.25%
Construction:  +0.27%
Media:  Unchanged
Oil & Gas:  +1.74%
Personal & Household:  -0.65%
Raw Materials:  +3.21%
Travel & Leisure:  +2.22%
Technology:  +2.32%
Telecoms:  -0.47%
Banks:  +5.27%
Food & Beverages:  +0.17%
Health:  +4.26%
Utilities:  +4.54%
Chemicals:  +0.67%
Financial Services:  +3.64%
The stocks with the highest turnover were National Bank, OPAP, DEH and Alpha Bank.

Selected shares from the FTSE/ASE-20 index closed in euros as follows:
Alpha Bank:  5.19
ATEbank:  1.51
Public Power Corp (PPC):  10.34
HBC Coca Cola:  18.55
Hellenic Petroleum:  6.60
National Bank of Greece:  5.20
EFG Eurobank Ergasias:  3.47
OPAP:  11.00
OTE:  6.40
Bank of Piraeus:  1.12
Titan:  16.55