ECONOMY

Optimism helps stocks to advance

Optimism for a solution from Brussels to Greece?s debt crisis gave stocks a much-needed boost on Thursday.

The general index of the Athens Exchange (ATHEX) ended at 1,214.42 points, rising 2.54 percent from Wednesday?s close at 1,184.35 points. The blue chip FTSE/ATHEX 20 index added 3.79 percent to end at 534.80 points.

National Bank outperformed with a spectacular 10.61 percent rise, while Coca-Cola HBC gave up 1.60 percent.

In total, 110 stocks moved up and 29 went down.

Turnover came to 114.5 million euros.