ECONOMY

Blue chips lead gains

The Athens Stock Exchange composite share price index closed last Friday at 3,718.54 points, a gain of 124.99 points or 3.48 percent on the previous week’s close. Turnover rose to 1.2 billion euros, an average of 239.27 million euros per session, from 211.62 million the previous week. All major indices gained: The FTSE/Athex 20 index of blue chips gained 3.55 percent to close at 2,028.95 points; the FTSE/Athex Mid-40 gained 2.91 percent to close at 4,007.95 points; the FTSE/Athex Small-Cap 80 gained 2.75 percent to close at 711.02 points; the composite FTSE/Athex 140 index gained 3.41 percent to close at 4,459.72 points and the FTSE/Athex International index gained 3.43 percent to close at 5,235.22 points. All sectoral indices gained. Top gainers were raw materials (6.57 percent), technology (5.14 percent), utilities (5.14 percent) and industrial goods and services (4.77 percent). Among individual titles, the top gainers were Lavipharm (20.13 percent), Paperpack-Tsoukaridis (17.24 percent) and Karamolengos (16.18 percent). Top losers were ANEK’s and Petzetakis’s preferred stock (23.50 percent and 22.05 percent respectively) and the common shares of Elbisco Holdings (13.91 percent). OPAP topped the list of the most heavily traded shares, with an average turnover of 33.53 million euros per session. It was trailed by National Bank (31.95 million), Emporiki Bank (21.49 million), OTE (15.86 million) and Alpha Bank (14.93 million).