Jittery day at ASE, index 0.14 percent up

Greek stocks edged higher yesterday, after being ruffled throughout the session by jitters ahead of the announcement of first-half results by the National Bank of Greece, the country’s largest. The Athens Stock Exchange (ASE) general index advanced 2.88 points, or 0.14 percent, from Wednesday’s session to close at 2,079.57. The blue chip FTSE/ASE-20 index rose 0.05 percent to 1,047.12 points, while the mid-cap FTSE/ASE-40 index lost 0.17 percent to end at 223.22 points. The small-cap FTSE/ASE-80 edged up 0.08 percent to 638.72 points. The construction sectoral index outperformed, rising 1.86 percent to 963.11 points, and textiles advanced 1.16 percent to 487.37 points. Banks gained 0.10 percent to 3,652.66 and telecoms lost 0.44 percent to 839.28. Of the 365 shares traded, 144 gained, 167 lost and 54 remained stable. The total value of shares traded reached 167.3 million euros.