ECONOMY

Index ends just shy of 2,000 pts

Stocks soared on the Greek market yesterday, outperforming most markets in Europe. The main index reached a new year-high, edging ever closer to the 2,000-point psychological barrier. The Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index expanded to 1,990.51 points yesterday, growing by 4.36 percent from Tuesday’s close. Since the start of the year, the index has gained 11.42 percent. The blue chip FTSE/ATHEX 20 index grew by 4.76 percent to close at 1,006.25 points. All blue chips posted gains yesterday, led by Bank of Cyprus (up 9.51 percent), Mytilineos (8.60 percent), ATEbank (8.55 percent), Marfin Investment Group (8.22 percent) and National Bank (6.09 percent). Turnover reached 220.2 million euros. The market will be closed tomorrow due to the May Day holiday.