Greek stocks end slightly up on Thursday

Greek stocks ended slightly higher in the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday, pushing the general index of the market above the 740-point level. The index rose 0.26 pct to end at 740.20 points, off the day’s highs of 741.64 points. The index fell 1.28 pct early in the day. The Large Cap index eased 0.22 pct and the Mid Cap index ended 0.76 pct lower. Turnover was an improved 93.271 million euros, in volume of 62,404,399 shares.

Piraeus Bank (4.42 pct), Eurobank (3.03 pct), Hellenic Petroleum (2.58 pct) and Lamda Development (2.41 pct) scored big gains among blue chip stocks, while Coca Cola HBC (2.62 pct), Attica Bank (2.0 pct) and National Bank (1.89 pct) suffered losses. Among market sectors, Construction (1.57 pct), Raw Materials (1.56 pct) and Financial Services (1.54 pct) scored big gains, while Food (2.62 pct) and Technology (1.75 pct) suffered losses.

National Bank and Eurobank were the most heavily traded securities of the day. Broadly, decliners led advancers by 51 to 43 with another 21 issues unchanged. Euromedica (20 pct) Kordelou Bros (6.54 pct) and Evrofarma (6.11 pct) were top gainers, while Haidemenos (24.93 pct), Sfakianakis (20 pct) and Pasal (17.95 pct) were top losers.