ECONOMY

Mid-caps lead rising index; banks decline

Stocks returned to their recent winning ways yesterday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE) following Thursday’s correction, in a volatile session marked by a preference for medium- and small-capitalization stocks. The ASE general index closed at 2,954.06 points, a gain of 12.63 points or 0.43 percent, having fluctuated between 2,921.23 and 2,961.63 points during the session. The FTSE/ASE-20 index of blue chips declined 0.02 percent to close at 1,633.54 points, while mid- and small-caps gained 1.60 percent and 1.12 percent respectively. Gaining blue chips included Hellenic Technodomiki TEV (up 3.50 percent to 4.14 euros), Hellenic Petroleum (2.05 percent to 8.94 euros), OPAP (1.62 percent to 20.76 euros), Coca-Cola HBC (1.55 percent to 18.32 euros) and PPC (1.34 percent to 22.68 euros), while decliners included Alpha Bank, EFG Eurobank and National Bank. Top mid-cap gainers included Mytilineos (up 7.60 percent), Ethniki Insurance (4.62 percent), Teletypos (4.50 percent), Aluminium of Greece (3.94 percent), METKA (3.91 percent), Ethniki Real Estate (3.57 percent), Lambrakis Press (3.14 percent) and Geniki Bank (2.70 percent). Out of 357 traded stocks, 209 gained, 98 declined and 50 ended unchanged. Turnover reached 206.66 million euros.