November 12 (SeeNews) - Bulgarian stock indices extended their gains on Thursday, bourse data showed.
Trading in bonds of Greek-owned Eurobank EFG Bulgaria, the former Postbank, generated nearly half of Thursday's turnover.
The SOFIX index, which comprises the 20 most liquid shares trading on the Bulgarian Stock Exchange (BSE), edged 0.62% higher to 454.07 points after picking up 0.89% a day earlier.
The broader BG40 index, which tracks the 40 most traded shares on the bourse, rose 2.02% to 125.01 points after adding 0.36% on Wednesday.
Total turnover, excluding block and other pre-agreed deals, increased to 1.1 million levs ($840,000/562,000 euro) from 653,000 levs on Wednesday. Trading in bonds of Eurobank EFG Bulgaria contributed 505,000 levs of Thursday's turnover.
A total of 40 stocks rose, 18 declined and 10 closed unchanged.
All of BSE's blue chips were traded on Thursday. Seven ended lower, two were unchanged and the rest closed higher. The top advancer was fertilizer producer Neochim which surged 5.28% to 31.9 levs in small volume.
The most liquid blue chip was industrial group Chimimport. Its ordinary stocks traded in a volume of 49,340 shares, climbing 3.69% to 2.64 levs. Its preferred shares, of which 24,211 changed hands, gained 2.55% to 2.62 levs.
The BG-REIT, which tracks the performance of real estate investment trusts, gained 0.84% to 49.17 points after climbing 2.18% on Wednesday. The BG TotalReturn30 index, in which companies with a free float of at least 10% have equal weight, rose 0.71% to 345.73 points after a daily increase of 0.78% on Wednesday.
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, added 0.45% to 65.32 points. It edged up 0.17% a day earlier.
(1 euro = 1.95583 Bulgarian levs)