ECONOMY

Rise across the board for ASE

The Athens Stock Exchange (ASE) composite share price index closed last Friday at 4,147.35 points, a gain of 59.90 points or 1.47 percent on the previous week’s close. Turnover declined to 1.04 billion euros, an average of 208.22 million euros per session, from 301.32 million the previous week. All major indices declined: The FTSE/Athex 20 index of blue chips gained 1.52 percent to close at 2,282.10 points, the FTSE/Athex Mid-40 gained 3.02 percent to close at 4,737.40 points, the FTSE/Athex Small-Cap 80 gained 1.83 percent to close at 823.70 points, the composite FTSE/Athex 140 index gained 1.74 percent to close at 5,073.84 points and the FTSE/Athex International index gained 1.75 percent to close at 5,953.16 points. Twelve of the 17 sectoral indices gained ground. Top gainers were insurance (up 6.07 percent), raw materials (4.55 percent) and chemicals (4.13 percent). Top losers were health (down 1.76 percent), foods and beverages (1.24 percent) and media (1.10 percent). Among individual titles, the top gainers were Revoil (up 36.12 percent), Balkan Export (18.11 percent) and Vivere (17.36 percent). Top losers were Tria Alfa’s preferred stock (down 16.67 percent) and the common shares of Phoenix-Metrolife (16.51 percent) and Alma-Atermon (11.25 percent). National Bank topped the list of the most heavily traded shares, with an average turnover of 33.30 million euros per session. It was trailed by telecoms firm OTE (19.65 million), Piraeus Bank (18.77 million), betting monopoly OPAP (16.32 million) and EFG Eurobank (15.23 million).