Mod­er­ate rise for blue chips

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

Unim­pressed by the In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund’s state­ment on Greece, in­vestors in Greek stocks shifted away from the usu­ally dom­i­nant bank sec­tor yes­ter­day to fo­cus on other blue chips and se­cure mod­est gains for the bench­mark on im­proved turnover.

The Athens Ex­change (ATHEX) gen­eral in­dex closed at 623.37 points, adding 0.42 per­cent to Mon­day’s 620.75 points. The large­cap FTSE 25 in­dex ex­panded 0.32 per­cent to end at 1,660.97 points.

The banks in­dex slipped 1.36 per­cent as Al­pha dropped 2.29 per­cent, Eurobank lost 1.60 per­cent and Na­tional gave up 0.45 per­cent. Pi­raeus was a non-mover.

Vio­halco out­per­formed with its 6.76 per­cent jump, fol­lowed by METKA (up 3.55 per­cent), Pi­raeus Port Author­ity (3.17 per­cent) and Hel­lenic Ex­changes (3.02 per­cent).

In to­tal 47 stocks recorded gains, 31 sus­tained losses and 33 closed un­changed.

Turnover amounted to 41.5 mil­lion eu­ros, up from Mon­day’s 27.3 mil­lion.

In Ni­cosia the gen­eral in­dex of the Cyprus Stock Ex­change de­clined 0.86 per­cent to close at 67.74 points.

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