* Previous high was Sept. 5, 2000 amid internet bubble
* Technology, Asian-focused shares have led gains
* ASML, Adyen, Prosus now alongside Philips, Shell, ING
AMSTERDAM, March 31(Reuters) - Amsterdam’s blue chip AEX index hit an all-time high of 703.29 on Wednesday, its first peak in two decades, as technology and Asia-oriented shares gained after a long retreat of bank and insurer valuations.
The index, which is derived from the largest 25 companies on Euronext Amsterdam by market capitalization and float size, last hit a record, at 703.18, on Sept. 5, 2000, amid the telecommunications and internet bubble. (Reporting by Toby Sterling, Editing by Andrew Heavens)