ASE follows European bourses in positive close

Stocks gained yesterday on the Athens Stock Exchange, following the positive mood in other European bourses. The ASE compound share index closed at 3,953.41 points, a gain of 0.68 percent. The FTSE/Athex 20 index of blue chips gained 0.77 percent to close at 2,162.13 points, while mid- and small-caps gained 0.85 percent and 0.12 percent, respectively. The FTSE/Athex International gained 0.79 percent, closing at 5,587.37 points. The greatest gains were made fy Financial Services, Oil and Gas and Personal and Household Products. Telecommunications and Technology sustained the heaviest losses. Top gainers among blue chips were refiner Hellenic Petroleum (3.66 percent to 10.20 euros) jewelry and accessories maker and retailer Folli-Follie (3.06 percent to 22.20 euros), National Bank (2.92 percent to 34.50 euros) and Piraeus Bank (1.18 percent to 20.54 euros). Turnover reached 419.92 million euros, including 132.96 million in prearranged trades; among the latter, the most important was the transfer of 5,366,000 Piraeus Bank shares sold by Marfin at 20.50 euros per share. Piraeus Bank (119.48 million euros) and National Bank (97.32 million) accounted for more than half of yesterday’s turnover.