Greek stocks ended significantly higher in the Athens Stock Exchange on Wednesday, extending their gains for the second day in a row during which the general index was up 3.54 pct. Traders said buying interest focused on bank shares such as Piraeus Bank and Eurobank.
The index rose 1.73 pct to end at 640.75 points, with the Large Cap index rising 1.20 pct and the Mid Cap index ending 2.85 pct higher. Turnover was 34.398 million euros in volume of 18,755,674 shares.
Piraeus Bank (9.54 pct), Eurobank (7.75 pct) and Viohalco (4.53 pct) scored big gains among blue chip stocks, while Coca Cola HBC (1.94 pct), GEK Terna (1.75 pct) suffered losses. Among market sectors, Banks (4.71 pct), Health (3.09 pct) and Financial Services (3.03 pct) scored big gains, while Food (1.90 pct) and Real Estate (0.22 pct) suffered losses. Eurobank and Alpha Bank were the most heavily traded securities of the day.
Broadly, advancers led decliners by 69 to 21. with another 37 issues unchanged. Pasal (19.77 pct), Progressive (18.28 pct) and Piraeus Bank (9.54 pct) scored gains, while Epilektos (18.60 pct), Haidemenos (11.67 pct) and Athens Medical (2.50 pct) were top losers.