ASE leaps over 4,800 to a new year-high

Stocks gained yesterday on the Athens Exchange, with the main index leaping over the 4,800-point level to a new year-high. The Athex composite share index closed at 4,808.46 points, a gain of 47.38 points or 1 percent. The previous year’s high of 4,802.53 points was reached on February 5. On a weekly basis, it gained 2.45 percent, boosting gains this year to 9.43 percent. The FTSE/Athex 20 index of blue chips gained 1.06 percent to close at 2,573.45 points, while mid- and small-caps gained 0.85 percent and 0.86 percent respectively. The FTSE/Athex International gained 0.96 percent, closing at 6,846.38 points. Thirteen out of 17 sectoral indices gained. The exceptions were health (1.20 percent), commerce (1.19 percent), media (1.15 percent) and personal and household goods (0.57 percent). The top gainers were oil and gas (1.88 percent), telecommunications (1.88 percent) and foods and beverages (1.61 percent). Among blue chips, the top gainers were Intralot (4.35 percent to -24.00), refiner Hellenic Petroleum (2.91 percent to -11.32) and bottler Coca-Cola HBC (2.26 percent to -31.70). The biggest losers were jewelry and accessories maker and retailer Folli-Follie (2.36 percent to -29.00 and Emporiki Bank (2.14 percent to -21.06). Turnover reached -408.12 million, including -59.88 million in prearranged trades.

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