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Stocks inch up in slow trade

The local stock market saw little reason to buy into Friday’s news of the country’s official return to growth, with the weak momentum abating but taking the benchmark just over 890 points while trading volume ended at the lowest level of the last seven sessions.

Azeri firm expects to close DESFA deal in 2015

Azeri state energy company SOCAR said it expected to close a deal to purchase Greek natural gas grid operator DESFA in early 2015, anticipating that it will clear an investigation by the European Commission.

SOCAR was the only bidder in a tender for DESFA last year, offering 400 million euros ($501 million) for a 66 percent stake.