ECONOMY

Stocks jump 2.8 pct; banks gain

Greek stocks got off to a positive start this week, jumping 2.81 percent after news that the government’s five-year bond auction was met with strong demand boosted sentiment on the equity market. The Athens bourse’s benchmark general index ended at 2,090.94 points after touching on a session high of 2,103 points. The blue chip FTSE/ATHEX 20 index added 3.39 percent to 1,064.96 points, on the back of solid gains in banks. National Bank rose 3.01 percent to 17.10 euros and EFG Eurobank climbed 3.88 percent to 6.69 euros. Marfin Investment Group (MIG) outperformed, soaring 11.49 percent to 1.94 euros. Turnover reached 237.7 million euros versus 221 million in the previous session.