Greek stocks, buoyed by news of the major deal between Marfin Investment Group and Vivartia, along with particularly positive sentiment on other European bourses, broke through another barrier to a new seven-year high. Blue chips, especially banks led the rally for a second straight day. The Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index closed at 5,104.23 points, posting a rise of 1.66 percent. The FTSE/ATHEX 20 blue chip index gained 1.72 percent to close at 2,722.15 points. The FTSE/ATHEX Mid-40 was up 1.88 percent and the FTSE/ATHEX 80 small-cap index climbed 0.22 percent. The FTSE/ATHEX International index added 1.70 percent. Intralot outperformed among blue chips, surging 4.30 percent, Bank of Cyprus ascended 3.65 percent, Coca-Cola HBC climbed 3.31 percent, Cosmote added 3.20 percent, Viohalco advanced 2.50 percent, Public Power Corporation rose 2.06 percent, Eurobank gained 1.95 percent, and National Bank rose to a new historic high of -45.14, adding 1.90 percent. Only three of the 20 blue chips nudged south, banks ATE, Postal Savings and Emporiki. The Marfin-Vivartia deal especially favored other food companies, such as Kri-Kri and Evrofarma. Turnover totaled -556.36 million, of which -43.44 million corresponded to block trades. National Bank accounted for -125.65 million of turnover.