Index close to 4,000 pts

The Athens Stock Exchange composite share price index closed last Friday at 3,994.06 points, a gain of 104.74 points or 2.69 percent on the previous week’s close, reaching levels last seen in September 2000. Turnover declined somewhat, to 2.03 billion euros, an average of 405.63 million euros per session, from 458.31 million the previous week. All main indices ended with gains. The FTSE/Athex 20 index of blue chips gained 2.84 percent to close at 2,196.65 points, the FTSE/Athex Mid-40 went up 3.51 percent to close at 3,809.60 points and the FTSE/Athex Small-Cap 80 gained 0.93 percent. The composite FTSE/Athex 140 index gained 2.85 percent to close at 4,721.82 points, while the new FTSE/Athex International index gained 3.14 percent to close at 5,472.83 points. All but three sectoral indices ended with gains. The exceptions were travel & leisure (2.08 percent), media (1.91 percent) and chemicals (0.14 percent). Top gainers were health (12.26 percent), basic resources (12.08 percent), financial services (4.67 percent) and banks (4.18 percent). Among individual titles, the top gainers were Euromedica (60 percent), Varvaressos (30.43 percent) and Fanco (29.22 percent). Top losers were Promota Hellas (31.43 percent), Imperio (14.14 percent) and Euroholdings (12.28 percent). OPAP topped the list of the most heavily traded shares, with an average turnover of 38.74 million euros per session. It was trailed by Alpha Bank (36.60 million), National Bank (28.23 million), EFG Eurobank (26.29 million) and OTE (21.32 million).

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