Greek stocks ended lower in the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday

Greek stocks ended lower in the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday after a four-day rally in the market which pushed the composite index 2.09 pct higher. Traders said a negative climate prevailing in other European market dampened sentiment in the Greek market with investors taking profits. The composite index fell 1.65 pct to end at 576.58 points. The Large Cap index fell 2.31 pct and the Mid Cap index fell 0.95 pct. Turnover was a low 35.149 million euros in volume of 46,503,394 shares.

PPC (0.71 pct), Piraeus Port (0.56 pct) and Jumbo (0.42 pct) scored the biggest percentage gains of the day, while Alpha Bank (5.39 pct), Piraeus Bank (4.11 pct) and National Bank (4.06 pct) suffered heavy losses. Among market sectors, Chemicals (1.80 pct), Utilities (0.26 pct) and Technology (0.04 pct) scored big gains, while Banks (3.84 pct), Travel (3.48 pct) and Telecoms (3.09 pct) suffered losses. National Bank and Piraeus Bank were the most heavily traded securities. Broadly, decliners led advancers by 55 to 38 with another 18 issues unchanged. Frigoglass (20 pct), Forthnet (18.48 pct) and Nakas (10 pct) were top gainers, while Sato (19.83 pct), Hatzikraniotis (18.92 pct) and Lavipharm (15.84 pct) were top losers.