ATHEX: Growth across the board at local bourse

March got off to a positive start on the Greek stock market, as the reserved optimism that the bailout review will eventually be concluded successfully was buoyed by Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos's statement about a staff-level agreement by March 20. Trading volume also posted a notable increase.

The Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index closed at 656.17 points, adding 1.59 percent to Tuesday's 645.88 points. The large-cap FTSE 25 index expanded 1.36 percent to 1,751 points and mid-caps outperformed, rising 3.37 percent.

The banks index advanced 3.89 percent, with National leading the pack with its 5 percent ascent. It was followed by Alpha (up 4.09 percent), Piraeus (3.28 percent) and Eurobank (2.70 percent).

PPC increased 3.64 percent and Viohalco improved 2.22 percent, while Hellenic Petroleum gave up 0.85 percent and Coca-Cola HBC fell 0.79 percent.

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