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Albena leads Bulgarian blue-chip gainers, SOFIX rises

Albena leads Bulgarian blue-chip gainers, SOFIX rises hxdbzxy/

SOFIA (Bulgaria), August 3 (SeeNews) - Resort operator Albena [BUL:6AB] rose the most among blue chips on the Bulgarian Stock Exchange on Friday, bourse data shows.

Albena shares ended the trading session 4.55% higher at 57.5 levs as 573 shares changed hands.

Total regulated market turnover fell to 352,728 levs on Friday from some 1.5 million levs on Thursday. Drug maker Sopharma [BUL:3JR] was the most traded company, as 27,853 shares changed hands in an average price of 4.0585 levs.

Earlier on Friday, Sopharma said its sales revenue fell by an annual 6% in the first seven months of 2018. In July, alone Sopharma's sales added 10% year-on-year as exports grew 14%, while domestic sales increased by 3%.

The blue-chip SOFIX index gained 0.14% to 640.21 points.

Bulgarian diversified group Holding Varna [BUL:5V2] fell the most among blue chips, closing 4.32% lower at 35.4 levs.

The wider BGBX40 index, which tracks the 40 most traded shares on the Sofia bourse, ended the session 0.40% higher at 124.07 points.

The BG-REIT index, which tracks the performance of real estate investment trusts (REITs), added 0.10% to 116.08 points.

The BG TotalReturn30 index, in which companies with a free float of at least 10% have equal weight, rose 0.57% to 531.74 points.

(1 euro = 1.95583 levs)