Largely thanks to the two heaviest blue chips, OTE Telecom and National Bank, the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE) general index yesterday just managed to hold its own, closing with a gain of 0.08 percent at 2,257.54 points. However, turnover fell below 70 million euros, showing a strong lack of interest. Traders appear consumed by daily trading, evidently anxious to tap short-term gains. Blue chips ended 0.20 percent higher. OTE Telecom gained 1.45 percent to 9.89 euros. Investment bank CSFB forecast the utility’s first-half profit will shrink by 49 percent but set a target price of 12 euros. CSFB also set a target price of 24.2 euros for the Public Power Corporation, compared to yesterday’s closing at 19.06. National Bank surged 2.13 percent, construction firm Hellenic Technodomiki 2 percent and Coca-Cola HBC 1.99 percent. Hellenic Petroleum and CosmOTE were among the decliners, shedding 2.62 percent and 1.79 percent respectively. Mid-caps gained just 0.04 percent while small-caps fell 0.04 percent. Most sectoral indices stayed afloat; banks were up 0.13 percent. Turnover fell to 69.05 million euros. Advancers outnumbered decliners 144 to 123, with 84 unchanged on 351 traded.