ECONOMY

Rise to a record high

The Athens Stock Exchange general index closed last Friday at a year-high 3,509.20 points, a gain of 86.84 points or 2.54 percent on the previous week’s close. Turnover rose to 1.26 billion euros, an average of 251.54 million euros per session, from 186.97 million the previous week. All Financial Times indices gained on the week: the FTSE/ASE-20 index of blue chips rose 3.02 percent to close at 1,969.69 points, while the FTSE/ASE Mid-40 went up 1.55 percent to close at 2,993.61 points and the FTSE/ASE Small-Cap 80 gained 1.24 percent. The composite FTSE/ASE-140 index gained 2.76 percent to close at 4,144.06 points. Fourteen of the 18 sectoral indices ended with losses last week. The exceptions were publishing and printing (down 1.97 percent), retail commerce (0.81 percent), telecommunications (0.76 percent) and foods and beverages (0.35 percent). Top gainers were banks (up 4.79 percent), insurance (4.03 percent) and wholesale commerce (3.36 percent). Among individual titles, the top gainers were Byte Computer (up 16.43 percent), Delta Ice Cream (13.24 percent), Allatini (12 percent) and the preferred shares of Alisida and Xylemboria (11.82 percent and 11.39 percent, respectively). Main losers were Alsinco (down 50.20 percent), Informatics (39.62 percent) and Maxim Pertsinidis (20 percent). OPAP topped the list of the most heavily traded shares, with an average turnover of 27.27 million euros per session. It was trailed by Piraeus Bank (25.90 million), J&P Avax (25.60 million), National Bank (24.64 million) and OTE (20.21 million).