ECONOMY

Slight gains; high turnover

The Athens Stock Exchange composite share price index closed last Friday at 4,722.78 points, a gain of 34.24 points or 0.73 percent on the previous week’s close. Turnover rose to -2.5 billion, an average of -499.63 million per session, from -440.28 million the previous week. Most major indices gained: The FTSE/Athex 20 index of blue chips rose 0.74 percent to close at 2,564.56 points, the FTSE/Athex Mid-40 increased 0.89 percent to close at 5,693.10 points, the FTSE/Athex Small-Cap 80 declined 0.44 percent to close at 911.38 points, the composite FTSE/Athex 140 index gained 0.72 percent to close at 5,760.30 points and the FTSE/Athex International index went up 0.75 percent to close at 6,763.73 points. Ten out of 17 sectoral indices went up. The top gainers were raw materials (up 3.39 percent), insurance (2.70 percent) and personal and household goods (2.27 percent). The top losers were technology (down 2.13 percent), travel and leisure (1.67 percent) and health (1.51 percent). Among individual titles, the top gainers were the preferred shares of Emborikos Desmos (higher 29.17 percent) and the common stock of Kreka (25 percent), Allatini Ceramics (21.11 percent) and Balkan Export (16.22 percent). The top losers were Newsphone Hellas (less 13.40 percent), S. Tasoglou (11.46 percent), Varvaressos (10.42 percent) and Kego (9.48 percent). National Bank again topped the list of the most heavily traded shares, with an average turnover of -75.44 million per session. It was trailed by Marfin Popular Bank (-40.74 million), Piraeus Bank (-38.85 million), OTE (-36.84 million) and Neochimiki (-29.60 million).