Three-session slide ends amid very thin trade

Shares rose slightly yesterday, after three declining sessions. Investors appeared to stay on the sidelines, as they did in Europe, mostly due to the fact that US markets will close today, marking the state funeral of former US President Ronald Reagan. The Athens Stock Exchange general index ended up 0.18 percent, at 2,410.75 points, having fluctuated between 2,401.49 and 2,415.22 points during the session. It had lost 1.47 percent during the previous three sessions. Blue chips rose 0.13 percent, while mid-caps declined 0.10 percent and small-caps barely moved, closing 0.01 percent lower. Sectoral indices also showed little movement. The highest gains were recorded by basic metals (1.13 percent) and the biggest losses by insurance (1.23 percent). These were the only two indices that moved more than 1 percent either way. Among individual stocks, what little interest existed focused on blue chips. Among these, the biggest gains were recorded by state gaming company OPAP (2.61 percent), Emporiki Bank (2.16 percent), Piraeus Bank (1.73 percent) and Duty Free Shops (1.69 percent). On the other hand, OTE Telecom and National Bank lost 1.31 percent and 1.05 percent, respectively. Turnover was a paltry 106.6 million euros. Decliners led advancers 173 to 109.