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BUX opens up 0.78%

BSE blue-chips stood as follows at Thursday's opening bell:

OTP Bank was up 1.22% at HUF 6,453; Oil and gas company MOL was up 1.13% at HUF 24,525; Drug company Richter was up 0.26% at HUF 38,000; Magyar Telekom was down 0.16% at HUF 608.

On Wednesday, the BUX lost 0.23% to 24,111.03 on a turnover of HUF 22.68 billion.

Raiffeisen Bank analyst Zoltán Ballai commented that remarks from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Wednesday evening, Central European Time, indicating that Fed officials expect the U.S. economy to continue recovering as the employment market strengthens have improved the global market-outlook, which should boost the BUX to a gain of 350-400 points on Thursday. Ballai remarked that the emergence of further negative news regarding the political upheaval in Syria could weigh on the share value of MOL, which has business interests in that country.