Mid-caps shine in market rise

The Athens Stock Exchange composite share price index closed last Friday at 4,779.71 points, a gain of 91.04 points or 1.94 percent on the previous week’s close. Friday’s close was the market’s highest in over six-and-a-half years. Turnover declined to 2.04 billion, an average of 407.95 million per session, from 463.95 million the previous week. All major indices gained: The FTSE/Athex 20 index of blue chips gained 1.52 percent to close at 2,599.00 points, the FTSE/Athex Mid-40 gained 3.23 percent to close at 5,711.61 points, the FTSE/Athex Small-Cap 80 gained 0.51 percent to close at 925.93 points, the composite FTSE/Athex 140 index gained 1.69 percent to close at 5,830.53 points and the FTSE/Athex International index gained 1.72 percent to close at 6,845.45 points. Twelve of 17 sectoral indices gained ground. The top gainers were financial services (up 7.57 percent), chemicals (5.88 percent) and industrial goods and services (5.44 percent). The top losers were travel and leisure (down 1.72 percent), health (1.59 percent) and media (1.37 percent). Among individual titles, the top gainers were Tasoglou (up 33.73 percent), Images and Sound (29.41 percent), Corinth Pipeworks (23.68 percent) and Sidenor (19.05 percent). The top losers were Klonatex (less 12.24 percent), Veterin (11.93 percent), Viosol’s preferred stock (10.53 percent) and Plias (9.43 percent). National Bank topped the list of the most heavily traded shares, with an average turnover of 51.59 million per session. It was trailed by Piraeus Bank (34.48 million), OPAP (29.96 million), Marfin Popular Bank (26.31 million) and OTE (25.93 million).