Greek stocks ended lower in the Athens Stock Exchange on Wednesday

Greek stocks ended lower in the Athens Stock Exchange on Wednesday, reversing a two-day rally which pushed the composite index of the market 2.41 pct higher. Traders said investors took early profits. The composite index eased 0.66 pct to end at 575.37 points, off the day’s lows of 573.64 points. The Large Cap index ended 0.98 pct and the Mid Cap index eased 1.53 pct. Turnover was a low 23.791 million euros in volume of 40,108,210 shares.

Terna Energy (1.15 pct), Hellenic Exchanges (0.95 pct) and Aegean Airlines (0.65 pct) scored the biggest percentage gains of the day among blue chip stocks, while Piraeus Bank (2.80 pct), Folli Follie (2.11 pct) and Eurobank (2.09 pct) suffered heavy losses.

Among market sectors, Financial Services (0.77 pct), Utilities (0.59 pct) scored big gains, while Commerce (2.11 pct), Technology (1.95 pct) and Food (1.86 pct) suffered losses.

Piraeus Bank and National Bank were the most heavily traded securities of the day. Broadly, decliners led advancers by 56 to 40 with another 15 issues unchanged. Lavipharm (15.49 pct), Attica Holding (10.87 pct) and Pairis (10 pct) were top gainers, while Medicon (20 pct), Trastor (20 pct) and BIS (9.09 pct) were top losers.