ECONOMY

Buyers turn to mid-cap shares

Greek stocks ended higher yesterday, as gains of more than 2 percent in mid-cap shares helped to offset soft banks. The Athens bourse’s benchmark general index advanced 0.72 percent to 2,550.13 points, bringing gains in the last month to just over 10 percent. The blue chip FTSE/ATHEX 20 index inched ahead 0.37 percent to 1,337.63 points. Cement-maker Titan jumped 3.49 percent to 22.85 euros and metals group Mytilineos Holdings advanced 4.21 percent to 5.94 euros. Banks slipped 0.34 percent. Lenders National and Alpha retreated 0.89 percent and 0.59 percent respectively to 22.16 euros and 11.71 euros. The FTSE/ATHEX 40 index outperformed, rising 2.20 percent. Turnover reached 265.8 million euros versus 236 million in the previous session.