October 8 (SeeNews) - Bulgarian share indices ended mostly higher and turnover almost tripled on Thursday, bourse data showed.
The SOFIX index, which comprises the 20 most liquid shares trading on the Bulgarian Stock Exchange (BSE), gained 0.96% to 474.62 points after falling 0.51% on Wednesday. The broader BG40 index, which tracks the 40 most traded shares on the bourse, edged 0.33% up to 129.08 points after a drop of 0.44% on Wednesday.
Turnover, excluding block and other pre-agreed deals, almost trippled 2.7 million levs ($2.0 million/1.4 million euro) from 894,000 levs on Wednesday.
Thirty-three shares gained, 30 lost ground and 12 ended unchanged on Thursday.
Eighteen of the BSE's 20 blue chips were traded on Thursday. Five lost ground and the rest gained. The top advancer was mineral extracting and processing company Kaolin which rose 3.41% to 6.0 levs.
Industrial group Industrial Holding Bulgaria was the most liquid SOFIX member. A total 152,210 of its stocks were traded ending 1.02% lower at 2.13 levs.
The BG-REIT index, which tracks the performance of real estate investment trusts, was the only index that closed lower on Thursday, 0.7% down to 48.14 points. It was the only index to close higher on Wednesday, rising by 0.87%.
The BG TotalReturn30 index, in which companies with a free float of at least 10% have equal weight, added 0.41% to 358.76 points after ending 0.23% lower a day earlier.
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, lost 0.17% to 69.25 points. It rose 0.61% the previous day.
(1 euro = 1.95583 Bulgarian levs)