INVESTORS turned some attention away from blue-chip stocks yesterday as the market became quiet before the long weekend. Small and medium-sized firms took up 30.2 per cent of turnover of $1.71 billion while H shares accounted for 4.2 per cent. Paul Y-ITC Construction, which is tipped to win a $2.5 billion contract to build the runway, aprons and taxiways at the new airport, rose two cents, or 1.6 per cent, to $1.24. Fellow construction company Wing Fai added eight cents, or 14.2 per cent, to 64 cents on the back of 22 per cent growth in interim earnings to $41.9 million. Another gainer was property and hotel operator Century City. It put on 12.5 cents, or 6.1 per cent, to close at $2.15, in the wake of news of a 20 per cent rise in profits to $1.08 billion. Small telecommunication-related companies have had a hard time recently. Champion Technology took a beating after the release of disappointing interim results on March 21. Yesterday, it was flat at 60 cents after a day of heavy trading. Volume remained high, with 18.6 million shares changing hands. The stock hit a record closing low of 55 cents last Thursday. Once regarded as a rising star, Champion has underperformed the Hang Seng Index by 48.8 per cent over the longer term. It is underperforming the benchmark index by 64 per cent for the year to date. Another telecommunication company, Star Paging, was one of the worst performers. It lost 15 cents, or 8.6 per cent, to end at $1.58 - its lowest since March 1993. Over the longer term, the company's performance is in line with the market, but it has underperformed the benchmark Hang Seng Index by 34.4 per cent so far this year. ABC Communications rose five cents to $2. It reached a month low on Tuesday to close at $1.95 - the lowest since February 1993. Trading in the counter has been relatively active since March 24. At that time, the share price dropped from $2.225 on March 23 to $2, and it has been trading in the range between $1.95 and $2.025 since then.