Greek stocks ended significantly lower in the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday, pushing the general index down to the 780-point support level. The index fell 1.30 pct to end at 780.50 points, off the day’s lows of 779.96 points. The index was up 0.66 pct early in the session. The index fell 0.66 pct in the week (the market will be closed on Friday and Monday in observation of the Catholic Church Easter holidays). It is down 6.60 pct in March losing 2.73 pct so far this year.
The Large Cap index fell 1.0 pct and the Mid Cap index ended 0.20 pct lower. Turnover was an improved 76.791 million euros in volume of 78,011,892 shares. Athens Water (2.23 pct), Eurobank (1.59 pct) and Coca Cola HBC (1.32 pct) scored big gains among blue chip stocks, while Piraeus Bank (6.88 pct), Terna Energy (3.49 pct) and Jumbo (3.33 pct) suffered heavy losses. Among market sectors, Health (4.45 pct) and Food (1.33 pct) scored big gains, while Raw Materials (3.35 pct) and Travel (3.05 pct) suffered losses. National Bank and Alpha Bank were the most heavily traded securities of the day. Broadly, decliners led advancers by 70 to 48 with another 27 issues unchanged. Kiriakoulis (23.91 pct), Boutaris (20 pct) and Dionic (20 pct) were top gainers, hwile Sato (20 pct), Tzirakian (10.67 pct) and J&P Avax (10.65 pct) were top losers.