Hand­ful of blue chips take bourse lower

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

The losses sus­tained heavy blue chips such as Coca-Cola HBC, OPAP, Hel­lenic Ex­changes and Eurobank off­set the rise recorded by the ma­jor­ity of stocks, in­clud­ing most banks yesterday, leav­ing the bench­mark of the Greek bourse in the red on slightly im­proved trad­ing vol­ume. In any case, in­vestors are un­likely to make any ma­jor moves be­fore the com­ple­tion of the banks’ stress tests.

The Athens Ex­change (ATHEX) gen­eral in­dex closed at 678.30 points, shed­ding 0.36 per­cent from Mon­day’s 680.75 points. The large­cap FTSE 25 in­dex con­tracted 0.73 per­cent to end at 201.04 points.

Na­tional Bank grew 7.09 per­cent thanks to a late rally dur­ing the clos­ing auc­tions, while Pi­raeus Bank added 6.94 per­cent, with both of them tak­ing the bank in­dex 4.26 per­cent higher. Eurobank de­clined 4.17 per­cent, Coca-Cola HBC fell 3.35 per­cent, OPAP gave up 2.67 per­cent, Myti­li­neos de­creased 2.42 per­cent and Hel­lenic Ex­changes lost 1.96 per­cent. OTE tele­com was a non-mover af­ter seven con­sec­u­tive ses­sions of growth.

In to­tal 43 stocks reg­is­tered gains, 38 re­ported losses and 14 re­mained un­changed.

Turnover amounted to 34.1 mil­lion eu­ros, up from Mon­day’s 25.3 mil­lion.

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