ECONOMY

Stocks end week 0.84 pct higher

Greek stocks ended higher yesterday but trailed gains on European bourses as index heavyweight National Bank ended in negative territory. The Athens bourse’s benchmark general index firmed 0.82 percent to 1,514.26 points, trimming losses for the week to 0.65 percent. After a weak start, major European bourses advanced between 1 and 1.8 percent, with buyers encouraged by upbeat US durable goods data. The blue chip FTSE/ATHEX 20 index added 0.80 percent to 737.22 points. National Bank dipped 0.62 percent to 8 euros. Eurobank EFG jumped 3.49 percent to 4.45 euros and Alpha climbed 3.28 percent to 4.72 euros. Hellenic Postbank gained 3.75 percent to end at 4.43 euros. PPC headed lower, dropping 0.79 percent to 11.31 euros. Other stocks that outperformed included Terna Energy, which jumped 9.29 percent to 3.06 euros, and Thessaloniki Port Authority (OLTH), which ended at 11.80 euros, up 4.70 percent. Hellenic Exchanges, the operator of the Athens bourse, added 3.25 percent to end at 5.40 euros. Turnover reached 79.1 million euros versus 69.5 million in the previous session.