Greek stocks ended slightly higher in the Athens Stock Exchange on Friday, closing in lower-than-expected returns despite indications during the session that results might go over 725 points.

The general index rose 0.36 pct to end at 723.18 points.

The Large Cap index fell by 0.07 pct, but the Mid Cap index ended 3.74 pct higher due to a surge in the Health sector. Turnover was 29.1 million euros in a volume of 37.3 million shares.

Sarantis (3.68 pct) and National Bank (2.53 pct) scored the biggest gains among blue chip stocks, while Ellaktor (3.27 pct) and Fourlis (2.20 pct) suffered the heaviest losses.

Among market sectors, Health (30.06 pct) and Technology (3.74 pct) scored the greatest gains, while Raw Materials (1.20 pct) and Telecoms (0.95 pct) suffered the greatest losses. National Bank (12.5 million) and MIG (8.2 million) were the most heavily traded securities of the day.

Broadly, advancers led decliners by 72 to 41, with another 128 issues unchanged. Hygeia (30.06 pct), Iaso (21.40 pct) and VIS (9.93 pct) were top gainers, while Leventeris (19.90 pct), Pairis (11.88 pct) and Elgeka (8.82 pct) were top losers.