Rise con­tin­ues on ATHEX, but at slower pace

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

The bench­mark of the Greek bourse headed north yes­ter­day, hav­ing spent the en­tire ses­sion in pos­i­tive ter­ri­tory, al­though stocks were split down the mid­dle be­tween win­ners and losers. Al­though buy­ers were in the ma­jor­ity, many in­vestors chose to cash in gains recorded over the three pre­vi­ous ses­sions after the first hour of trad­ing.

The Athens Ex­change (ATHEX) gen­eral in­dex closed at 615.83 points, adding 0.64 per­cent to Fri­day’s 611.93 points, while as the bench­mark has now con­sol­i­dated it­self above the 600-point mark. The large-cap FTSE 25 in­dex ex­panded 1.01 per­cent to 1,662.28 points.

Banks re­ported 2.15 per­cent growth, with Pi­raeus grab­bing 4.42 per­cent and Al­pha up 3.45 per­cent. Hel­lenic Ex­changes jumped 5.01 per­cent and OPAP im­proved 3.66 per­cent, while Folli Fol­lie de­clined 2.75 per­cent and Jumbo gave up 2.67 per­cent.

In to­tal 48 stocks reg­is­tered gains, 48 recorded losses and 17 re­mained un­changed.

Turnover amounted to 70.3 mil­lion eu­ros, down from last Fri­day’s 82 mil­lion.

ATHEX an­nounced that as of next Mon­day lead­ing con­sumer prod­ucts group Saran­tis will re­place Athens Wa­ter Com­pany (EYDAP) in the FTSE 25 in­dex.

In Ni­cosia the gen­eral in­dex of the Cyprus Stock Ex­change dropped 1.22 per­cent to close at 66.24 points.

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