Greek stocks ended higher in the Athens Stock Exchange on Friday, pushing the general index of the market above the 850-point level for the first time since July 20, 2017. The index rose 0.49 pct to end at 851.12 points, off the day's highs of 854.27 points. The index ended the week with a net gain of 2.58 pct, rising 6.08 pct so far this year.

The Large Cap index rose 0.60 pct and the Mid Cap index ended 1.35 pct higher. Turnover was a moderate 72.138 million euros in volume of 59,767,960 shares.

Athens Water (2.36 pct), Alpha Bank (1.53 pct) and Hellenic Exchanges (1.27 pct) scored big gains among blue chip stocks, while Viohalco (1.43 pct), Sarantis (1.04 pct) and ADMIE (0.92 pct) suffered losses. Among market sectors, Health (4.10 pct), Travel (1.20 pct) and Food (0.95 pct) scored big gains with only Industrial Products ending lower (-0.03 pct).

National Bank and Eurobank were the most heavily traded securities of the day. Broadly, advancers led decliners by 71 to 46 with another 29 issues unchanged. Medicon (17.42 pct), Sfakianakis (10.14 pct) and Mathios (8.89 pct) were top gainers, while Sato (18.52 pct), Spyrou Farm (7.05 pct) and Kiriakoulis (5.41 pct) were top losers.