Greek stocks ended sharply lower in the ASE on Thursday

Greek stocks ended sharply lower in the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday, led by losses in the bank sector, as investors took profits after a profitable April in the market. The general index fel 2.18 pct to end at 839.34 points, the Large Cap index dropped 2.33 pct and the Mid Cap index eased 1.86 pct. Turnover was a low 56 million euros in volume of 44 million shares.

GEK Terna (0.57 pct) was the only blue chip stock to end higher, while Titan (4.65 pct) and Alpha Bank (4.11 pct) suffered heavy losses. All market sectors suffered losses led by Health (8.75 pct) and Telecommunications (3.45 pct).

National Bank and Eurobank were the most heavily traded securities of the day. Broadly, decliners led advancers by 88 to 30 with another 120 issues unchanged. Intertek (18.09 pct), VIS (10 pc) and Attica Publications (10 pct) were top gainers, while Fieratex (25.62 pct), CPI (12.50 pct) and Hygeia (8.75 pct) were top losers.