Stocks end sharply up

Stocks ended sharply higher at the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday as investors reacted positively to early news over the outcome of a Eurozone Summit. The composite index of the market surpassed the 1,200 level to end at 1,214.42 points, up 2.54 pct, with bank shares at the focus on buying activity. Turnover also improved at 115.738 million euros. The Big Cap index rose 3.79 pct, the Mid Cap index ended 2.54 pct higher and the Small Cap index ended 2.93 pct higher. National Bank (10.61 pct), Eurobank (6.82 pct) and Ellaktor (6.75 pct) were top gainers, while Coca-Cola 3E (1.6 pct), OTE (1.06 pct) and Folli Follie (0.22 pct) were top losers among blue chip stocks.
Banks (7.68 pct), Technology (6.03 pct) and Financial Services (4.54 pct) scored the biggest percentage gains of the day, while Food (1.58 pct) and Commerce (0.05 pct) suffered losses. Broadly, advancers led decliners by 111 to 29 with another 35 issues unchanged. AXON Holdings (20 pct), Koumbas (14.29 pct) and ELBE Clothing (14 pct) were top gainers, while Vioter (12.5 pct), Hatzioannou (11.11 pct) and General Commerce (9.09 pct) were top losers.

Sector indices ended as follows:
Insurance: +4.35%
Industrials: +0.61%
Commercial: -0.05%
Construction: +2.40%
Media: +4.26%
Oil & Gas: +1.95%
Personal & Household: +0.91%
Raw Materials: +6.85%
Travel & Leisure: +1.21%
Technology: +6.03%
Telecoms: -1.06%
Banks: +7.68%
Food & Beverages: -1.58%
Health: +3.20%
Utilities: +1.78%
Chemicals: +3.49%
Financial Services: +4.54%

The stocks with the highest turnover were National Bank, Coca Cola 3E, Alpha Bank and EFG Eurobank Ergasias.

Selected shares from the FTSE/ASE-20 index closed in euros as follows:

Alpha Bank: 3.03
Public Power Corp (PPC): 8.90
HBC Coca Cola: 18.50
Hellenic Petroleum: 6.33
National Bank of Greece: 4.90
EFG Eurobank Ergasias: 2.82
OPAP: 11.12
OTE: 5.59
Bank of Piraeus: 0.91
Titan: 15.10

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