Greek stocks ended lower in the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday

Greek stocks ended lower in the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday as investors preferred to take profits after a nine-day rally which pushed the general index of the market 9.59 pct higher. Bank shares were at the focus of selling activity.

The general index fell 1.26 pct to end at 799.05 points, off the day’s lows of 796.97 points. The Large Cap index ended 1.19 pct lower and the Mid Cap index fell 1.21 pct. Turnover was a low 43.947 million euros in volume of 59,561,934 shares.

Coca Cola HBC (0.48 pct), OPAP (0.47 pct) and Hellenic Exchanges (0.19 pct) scored big gains among blue chip stocks, while Eurobank (5.63 pct), Alpha Bank (4.79 pct) and Piraeus Bank (4.06 pct) suffered losses. Among market sectors, Food (0.47 pct), Real Estate (0.14 pct) and Travel (0.12 pct) scored big gains, while Health (5.47 pct) and Banks (4.02 pct) suffered losses.

National Bank and Attica Bank were the most heavily traded securities of the day. Broadly, decliners led advancers by 67 to 35 with another 41 issues unchanged. Logismos (29.41 pct), Audiovisual (29.17 pct) and AEGEK (20 pct) were top gainers, while Attica Publications (9.32 pct), Evrofarma (9.20 pct) and Kekrops (7.41 pct) were top losers.

ADEX closing report

The January contract on the FTSE/ASE Large Cap index was trading at a premium of 0.08 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange on Thursday. Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 1,184 contracts with 6,206 open positions in the market, while volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 42,819 contracts with investment interest focusing on National Bank’s contracts (21,789), followed by Alpha Bank (5,814), Piraeus Bank (3,009), Eurobank (4,294), MIG (1,565), OTE (113), PPC (140), OPAP (146), Titan (163), Viohalco (201), Mytilineos (210), Intralot (397), Attica Bank (4,323).