Bench­mark, banks post healthy gains

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

The signs­dur­ing the se­cond day of Au­gust trad­ing at the Greek bourse were very en­cour­ag­ing, de­spite the drop in turnover, as the re­duced num­ber of in­vestors still search­ing for some mid­sum­mer prof­its at Athi­non Av­enue ap­pear con­vinced things are look­ing up in the mar­ket af­ter a pe­riod of de­cline in pre­vi­ous weeks.

The Athens Ex­change (ATHEX) gen­eral in­dex ended at 826.02 points, adding 1.01 per­cent to Tues­day’s 817.74 points. The large-cap FTSE-26 in­dex ex­panded 0.93 per­cent to 2,153.08 points.

The banks in­dex im­proved 1.44 per­cent, as Eurobank as­cended 1.99 per­cent, Al­pha rose 1.93 per­cent and Na­tional grabbed 1.39 per­cent. Pi­raeus Bank shares re­sume trad­ing to­day.

Ti­tan Ce­ment out­per­formed with a 4.65 per­cent jump, fol­lowed by Jumbo, which was up 3.08 per­cent. Worst off were the blue chips of At­tica Bank (down 1.87 per­cent) and Coca-Cola HBC (down 1.44 per­cent).

In to­tal 72 stocks re­ported gains, 30 took losses and 21 re­mained un­changed.

Trad­ing vol­ume amounted to 45.5 mil­lion eu­ros, down from Tues­day’s 57.4 mil­lion.

In Ni­cosia the gen­eral in­dex of the Cyprus Stock Ex­change ad­vanced 0.19 per­cent to close at 77.12 points.

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