ECONOMY

Mid-caps and Coca-Cola steal show in blue chips

Greek shares kept climbing to a new 80-month high yesterday, assisted by a positive mood in foreign markets and with a notable performance by mid-caps. The Athens Stock Exchange (ASE) general index ended 0.93 percent higher at 4,754.06 points. The blue chip FTSE/ASE 20 was up 0.79 percent, the FTSE/ASE Mid-40 advanced 1.50 percent and the FTSE/ASE Small-Cap 80 gained 0.43 percent. Fourteen of the 17 sectoral indices ended in positive territory, led by financial services (up 2.32 percent) and industrial products and services (2.05 percent). Banks were up 0.64 percent. Utilities ended down 1.24 percent. Coca-Cola HBC outperformed among blue chips, climbing 4.23 percent. Intralot surged 3.80 percent and Viohalco continued its ascent, adding 2.29 percent. OTE telecom advanced 2.20 percent. Titan, Hellenic Technodomiki, and banks Alpha, Cyprus, Postal Savings, Piraeus, Eurobank, Emporiki and National all gained. By contrast, Public Power Corporation, Folli-Follie, ATEbank, Hellenic Petroleum, Cosmote and gaming firm OPAP headed south. Turnover continued rising, totaling -494.27 million, of which -155.3 million was accounted for by National Bank, OPAP and OTE.