ECONOMY

Index back at February level

The Greek bourse continued its rebound yesterday, with banks garnering most investor interest on a day with a favorable climate across the world’s markets. After 17 sessions the Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index exceeded the 1,600-point mark to reach 1,622.88, growing by 2.80 percent from Wednesday’s close. The blue chip FTSE/ATHEX 20 index rose by a significant 3.63 percent to close at 806.57 points. Only two blue chips declined: Marfin Investment Group (down 2.54 percent) and Hellenic Petroleum (0.78). Moving northward were the blue chips of Piraeus Bank (up 8.85 percent), Alpha Bank (8.08 percent), Bank of Cyprus (7.89 percent), Titan cement (6.54 percent) and National Bank (6.23 percent). Turnover rose to 148.9 million euros from 93.9 million on Wednesday.