Greek stocks rose in the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday

Greek stocks rose in the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday, the last day of trading ahead of the Epiphany bank holiday on Friday, with the market rebounding after an initial profit taking trend.

The composite index of the market rose 0.42 pct to end at 660.30 points, off the day’s lows of 649.41 points, with turnover at 50.419 million euros in volume of 104,783,334 million shares. In the first week of the year, the main index gained 2.59 percent.

The Large Cap index rose a marginal 0.01 pct while the Mid Cap index ended 0.36 pct higher. Viohalco (2.99 pct), METKA (1.55 pct) and HELEX (1.24 pct) were top gainers among blue chip stocks, while National Bank (-2.67 pct), Folli Follie (-2.33 pct) and Piraeus Bank (-1.37 pct) suffered the heaviest percentage losses of the day.

The Oil (1.62 pct), Industrial Products (1.51 pct) and Financial Services (1.12 pct) sectors scored gains, while Trade (-2.33 pct), Banks (-0.49 pct) and Raw Materials (-0.32 pct) suffered heavy losses.

Broadly, advancers led decliners by 68 to 45, with another 13 issues unchanged. Foodlink (20 pct), KREKA (20 pct) and Sfakianakis (20 pct) were top gainers, while Xylemporia (-28.44 pct), Pairis (-27.03 pct) and AXON (-12.50 pct) were top losers.

ADEX closing report

The January contract on the FTSE/ASE Large Cap index was trading at a marginal discount of 0.04 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange on Thursday. The FTSE/ASE Large Cap index closed at 1,773.94 points, registering marginal gains of 0.01 pct. Volume on the Large Cap index totaled 808 contracts with 7,952 open positions in the market.

Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 27,702 contracts with investment interest focusing on National Bank’s contracts (12,681), followed by Eurobank (5,488), Alpha Bank (5,467), Piraeus Bank (5,078), MIG (2,800), OTE (308), OPAP (183), PPC (115), Mytilineos (107), GEK-TERNA (96), Viohalco (72), Ellaktor (50) Hellenic Petroleum (17), Motor Oil (13) and METKA (11).