Mi­nor growth for main in­dex

Kathimerini English - - Focus - STATHIS KOUSOUNIS

The bench­mark of the Greek bourse con­tin­ued its as­cent for a fifth con­sec­u­tive day yes­ter­day in what proved to be a ses­sion of mixed for­tunes as blue chips edged higher while the ma­jor­ity of stocks ended in the red. On the positive side, the daily turnover, hav­ing dipped re­cently to a record low, is also on the rise and ap­proached the 50-mil­lion-euro mark yes­ter­day.

The Athens Ex­change (ATHEX) gen­eral in­dex closed at 657.54 points, adding 0.14 per­cent to Tues­day’s 656.61 points. The large-cap FTSE 25 in­dex ex­panded 0.23 per­cent to close at 1,773.84 points. Mid-caps fell 0.36 per­cent and small-caps 4.18 per­cent.

Bank stocks were not in fa­vor yes­ter­day, as their in­dex dropped 0.93 per­cent. Eurobank lost 2.79 per­cent, Na­tional de­clined 2.60 per­cent and Pi­raeus slumped 2.23 per­cent, although Al­pha ad­vanced 1.54 per­cent. Gri­valia Prop­er­ties out­per­formed, ris­ing 4.68 per­cent, and GEK Terna grew 2.17 per­cent. Pub­lic Power Cor­po­ra­tion con­tracted 1.67 per­cent and Vio­halco de­creased 1.47 per­cent.

In to­tal 44 stocks posted gains, 53 sus­tained losses and 27 re­mained un­changed.

Turnover amounted to 46.1 mil­lion eu­ros, up from Tues­day’s 42.1 mil­lion.

In Ni­cosia the gen­eral in­dex of the Cyprus Stock Ex­change rose 0.06 per­cent to close at 66.57 points.

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