ECONOMY

National Bank and OTE lead moderate gains

Stocks gained yesterday on the Athens Stock Exchange, with National Bank and OTE leading the market’s rise. The ASE compound share index closed at 3,968.66 points, a gain of 32.56 points or 0.83 percent. During the session, it went as high as 3,978.53 points, a gain of 1.08 percent. The FTSE/Athex 20 index of blue chips gained 0.97 percent to close at 2,172.2. Mid-caps gained 0.60 percent and small-caps declined 0.07 percent. The FTSE/Athex International gained 0.86 percent, closing at 5,625.51 points. Among blue chips, the biggest gainers were technology holding company Intracom (3.24 percent to 5.10 euros), National Bank (2.20 percent to 34.40 euros), OTE (2.15 percent to 19.94 euros), Alpha Bank (1.52 percent to 21.34 euros), bottler Coca-Cola HBC (1.52 percent to 26.70 euros) and mobile telecommunications service provider Cosmote (1.08 percent to 19 euros). Out of 310 traded stocks, 123 gained, 120 declined and 67 ended unchanged. Turnover reached 395.54 million euros, including 146.44 million in prearranged trades. The most heavily traded firms, by turnover, were Piraeus Bank (93.44 million euros), National Bank (50.17 million), betting firm OPAP (32.65 million) and OTE (32.23 million).