Stocks end 1.41 pct higher

Stocks ended higher at the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday, reversing a steep two-day decline that pushed the composite index of the market 9.0 pct down. The index rose 1.41 pct to end at 928.86 points, after falling as much as 3.42 pct in intra-day trading.
Turnover, however, remained a thin 66.365 million euros.
Buying activity focused on blue chip stocks, such as Hellenic Petroleum, OTE and OPAP, while Alpha Bank and Eurobank suffered significant losses.
Hellenic Petroleum (5.73 pct), OTE (4.19 pct), OPAP (3.65 pct) and MIG (3.23 pct) were top gainers among blue chip stocks, while Alpha Bank (4.42 pct), Eurobank (4.37 pct) and Piraeus Bank (3.08 pct) were top losers.
The Big Cap index rose 1.19 pct, the Mid Cap index ended 2.43 pct higher and the Small Cap index rose 1.49 pct. The Health (16.98 pct), Insurance (7.69 pct) and Telecoms (4.19 pct) sectors scored gains, while Commerce and Chemicals suffered losses (2.26 pct and 1.07 pct, respectively).
Broadly, advancers led decliners by 92 to 53 with another 37 issues unchanged. Hygeia (29.63 pct), Hatzioannou (20 pct) and Iktinos (17.44 pct) were top gainers, while Sanyo Hellas (14.29 pct), Lambrakis Press (10 pct) and Mouzakis (9.52 pct) were top losers.

Sector indices ended as follows:
Insurance: +7.69%
Industrials: +2.08%
Commercial: -2.26%
Construction: +2.55%
Oil & Gas: +3.81%
Personal & Household: +0.55%
Raw Materials: +1.35%
Travel & Leisure: +3.88%
Technology: +1.72%
Telecoms: +4.19%
Banks: -0.32%
Food & Beverages: +0.45%
Health: +16.98%
Utilities: -0.02%
Chemicals: -1.07%
Financial Services: +2.17%

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

Selected shares from the FTSE/ASE-20 index closed in euros as follows:
Alpha Bank:  2.16
Public Power Corp (PPC): 5.99
HBC Coca Cola: 14.35
Hellenic Petroleum: 5.90
National Bank of Greece: 3.17
EFG Eurobank Ergasias: 1.53
OPAP:  8.81
OTE: 4.48
Bank of Piraeus: 0.63
Titan: 13.55

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