ECONOMY

Athens Exchange sees second day of gains

Greek stocks rose for a second day on Thursday after Parliament passed a bill to implement more belt-tightening measures, set by the country?s international creditors as a condition for unlocking crucial bailout funds.

The Athens bourse?s benchmark general index rose 1.12 percent to 1,279.06 points. The blue chip FTSE/ATHEX 20 index added 1.42 percent to 575.08 points. Banks moved ahead 1.20 percent.

Among the winners were National Bank, which added 2.49 percent to 4.93 euros, and OTE telecom, after jumping 4.05 percent to 6.43 euros.

Turnover reached 71 million euros, down from 126.7 million euros in the previous session.