ECONOMY

Stocks barely budge in quiet ASE session

Stocks gained marginally yesterday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with investors focusing on small-capitalization listings for the second session in a row. The ASE compound share index closed at 4,130.60 points, a gain of 4.21 points or 0.10 percent. The FTSE/ASE 20 index of blue chips gained 0.01 percent to close at 2,268.01 points, while mid-caps and small-caps gained 0.43 percent and 1.07 percent respectively. The FTSE/Athex International gained 0.08 percent, closing at 5,920.70 points. Among blue chips, the biggest gainers were Emporiki Bank (up 1.44 percent to 23.88 euros), ATEbank (0.97 percent to 4.18 euros) and bottler Coca-Cola HBC (0.83 percent to 26.60 euros). Hardest hit were mobile telecommunications company Cosmote (down 1.18 percent to 18.50 euros), technology holding company Intracom (1.10 percent to 5.38 euros) and Alpha Bank (0.61 percent to 22.98 euros). Of 312 traded stocks, 150 gained, 105 declined and 57 ended unchanged. Turnover reached 294 million euros, including 76.19 million in prearranged trades. The most heavily traded stocks, by number of shares, were Unisystems (12,954,965 shares), Elbisco (5,821,239), NEL Lines (1,379,597) and Lannet (1,291,795).