Greek stocks ended slightly higher in the Athens Stock Exchange on Tuesday, recovering after a six-day decline during which the general index of the market lost 6.04 pct. The index ended 0.38 pct higher at 720.18 points, off the day’s highs of 726.35 points. Traders said buying activity focused on selected blue chip stocks such as PPC, OPAP and Alpha Bank.

The Large Cap index rose 0.23 pct and the Mid Cap index ended 0.19 pct higher. Turnover was a low 45.008 million euros in volume of 33,264,673 shares. PPC (2.58 pct), Sarantis (2.51 pct), OPAP (2.21 pct) and Alpha Bank (2.08 pct) scored big gains among blue chip stocks, while Eurobank (2.06 pct), Ellaktor (1.95 pct) and Aegean Airlines (1.75 pct) suffered heavy losses.

Among market sectors, Utilities (1.79 pct), Travel (1.66 pct) and Raw Materials (1.65 pct) scored big gains while Food (1.15 pct) and Oil (0.47 pct) suffered losses. National Bank and Alpha Bank were the most heavily traded securities of the day.

Broadly, advancers led decliners by 54 to 42 with another 28 issues unchanged. Douros (19.75 pct), CPI (17.84 pct) and Lanakam (13.15 pct) were top gainers, while Chatzikraniotis (15.71 pct), Ilyda (15.22 pct) and GEKE (14.86 pct) were top losers.