October 15 (SeeNews) - Bulgarian stock indices ended higher on Thursday and turnover was lifted by trade in bonds, bourse data showed.
The SOFIX index, which comprises the 20 most liquid shares trading on the Bulgarian Stock Exchange (BSE), added 0.54% to 481.88 points and the broader BG40 index, which tracks the 40 most traded shares on the bourse, rose 1.13% to 130.18 points.
Turnover, excluding block and other pre-agreed deals, rose to 1.7 million levs ($1.3 million/869,000 euro) from 817,000 levs on Wednesday. Trade in bonds totalled 727,000 levs.
On Thursday, gainers outnumbered losers 51 to 22 and 14 stocks closed unchanged.
Among the blue chips, car battery maker MonBat was the most liquid stock. It closed 2.7% lower at 7.18 levs in a volume of 16,052 shares.
All blue chips traded on Thursday as three lost ground, another three closed flat and all the rest advanced.
Infrastructure company Trace Group Hold gained the most, rising 2.7% to 76 levs as 861 shares changed hands. The company announced the previous day it was assigned a 9.9 million euro deal for a water project in the capital Sofia.
The BG-REIT index, which tracks the performance of real estate investment trusts (REITs), picked up 1.37% to 50.39 points. The BG TotalReturn30 index, in which companies with a free float of at least 10% have equal weight, gained 0.86% to 365.24 points.
The Dnevnik 20 index, calculated by local business daily Dnevnik from the share prices of the 20 leading companies in terms of liquidity and market capitalisation, advanced 1.01% to 70.33 points.
(1 euro = 1.95583 Bulgarian levs)