ECONOMY

Stocks rise on fresh measures

Stocks continued their rebound yesterday in anticipation of a new set of government measures to be announced this week, posting a strong rise in prices and an increase in turnover. The Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index closed at 1,969.47 points yesterday, expanding by 2.94 percent from last Friday’s close at 1,913.16 points. The blue chip FTSE/ATHEX 20 index grew by 3.27 percent to end up at 983.95 points. All blue chips registered gains, led by Viohalco (up 6.6 percent) and followed by Mytilineos (5.93 percent), EFG Eurobank (5.46 percent) and National Bank (5.11 percent). Turnover came to 198.4 million euros, up from an average of 167 million euros per day last week. More than a third of the day’s turnover concerned National Bank transactions.