ECONOMY

Index again over 3,000

The Athens Stock Exchange general index closed last Friday at 3,019.09 points, a gain of 57.46 points or 1.94 percent on the previous week’s close. The index went once again over 3,000 points after 34 sessions. Turnover gained slightly, to 801.49 million euros, an average of 160.30 million per session, from 157.24 million the previous week. All FTSE indices gained. The FTSE/ASE-20 index of blue chips gained 2.18 percent to close at 1,693.83 points, while the FTSE/ASE Mid-40 and the FTSE/ASE Small-Cap 80 gained 2.69 percent and 1.59 percent, respectively. The composite FTSE/ASE-140 index gained 2.21 percent, closing at 3,556.20 points. Fourteen of the 18 sectoral indices followed the general index higher. The exceptions were refineries (3.78 percent), retail commerce (2.53 percent), foods and beverages (0.38 percent) and insurance (0.37 percent). Top gainers were non-metallic minerals and cement (5.88 percent), basic metals (5.19 percent) and holding companies (4.21 percent). Of 344 traded stocks, 189 gained, 117 declined and 38 ended unchanged. Individual gainers were led by Piraeus Real Estate (25 percent), followed by Allatini (23.08 percent) and Petzetakis’s preferred stock (21.74 percent). Top losers were Fanco (13.64 percent), followed by Maxim Pertsinidis (12.50 percent) and Alisida’s preferred stock (11.70 percent). OPAP was the most heavily traded stock, with an average turnover of 24.95 million euros per session, followed by Public Power Corporation (17.23 mln), National Bank (15.56 mln), OTE (12.55 mln) and Alpha Bank (7.92 mln).