Investors await positive session

Investors will be hoping the gains on European markets will rub off on the Athens bourse today when it reopens after yesterday’s national holiday. On Monday, the Athens Exchange’s benchmark general index jumped 4.04 percent to 1,798.24 points, supported by bank gains of nearly 9 percent. Turnover on Monday reached 422.8 million euros versus 333 million euros in the previous session. European stock markets closed sharply higher yesterday, as investors seemed to be looking for bargains after recent heavy losses and took heart from prospects of a cut in US interest rates. The London FTSE-100 index jumped 1.92 percent to 3,926.38 points, the CAC-40 in Paris rose 1.55 percent to 3,114.92 points and the Frankfurt DAX, again powered by big gains for Volkswagen, soared 11.28 percent to 4,823.45 points.