Back to gains, with business still slow

Stocks regained some ground yesterday on the Athens Stock Exchange following two negative sessions. The ASE compound share index closed at 3,903.96 points, a gain of 22.83 points or 0.57 percent. On a weekly basis, it has dropped 0.36 percent, limiting the year’s gains, so far, to 6.55 percent. The FTSE/Athex 20 index of blue chips gained 0.57 percent to close at 2,121.24 points, while mid-caps and small-caps gained 1.11 percent and 1.51 percent, respectively. The FTSE/Athex International gained 0.70 percent, closing at 5,497.51 points. The top gainers among blue chips were Alpha Bank (1.77 percent to 20.72 euros), bottler Coca-Cola HBC (1.19 percent to 25.60 euros), jewelry and accessories maker and retailer Folli Follie (1.05 percent to 21.12 euros) and ATEbank (0.99 percent to 4.10 euros). By contrast, losses were sustained by refiner Hellenic Petroleum (1.55 percent to 10.14 euros), mobile telecommunications service provider Cosmote (1.16 percent to 18.70 euros) and Emporiki Bank (0.51 percent to 23.36 euros). Of the 309 traded stocks, 206 gained, 55 declined and 48 ended unchanged. Turnover reached 182.70 million euros, including 21.72 million in prearranged trades.