Stocks ended moderately lower at the Athens Stock Exchange, finding support in renewed buying interest for shares of Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation (OTE) and OPAP.

The composite index of the market fell 0.40 pct to end at 1,576.86 points, after losing as much as 2.5 pct during the session. Turnover in the market totaled 137.487 million euros. The Big Cap index fell 0.93 pct, the Mid Cap index eased 0.68 pct and the Small Cap index dropped 2.21 pct. The Telecoms (3.33 pct), Travel (2.22 pct) and Food (1.84 pct) sectors scored gains, while Media (5.40 pct), Health (4.41 pct) and Technology (3.25 pct) suffered the heaviest percentage losses of the day.

Cyprus Bank (8.5 pct), OTE (3.33 pct), OPAP (2.58 pct) and Coca-Cola 3E (1.96 pct) were top gainers among blue chip stocks, while MIG (4.35 pct), Hellenic Postbank (4.23 pct) and Marfin Popular Bank (3.81 pct).

Broadly, decliners led advancers by 118 to 40 with another 43 issues unchanged. Elbisco (10 pct), Druckfarben (8.70 pct), Technical Publications (7.89 pct) were top gainers, while Euroholdings (16.67 pct), Paperpack (14.81 pct) and Envitec (10 pct) were top losers.

Sector indices ended as follows:

Insurance:

-1.05%

Industrials:

-0.78%

Commercial:

-0.41%

Construction:

-0.79%

Media:

-5.40%

Oil & Gas:

-0.89%

Personal & Household:

-0.06%

Raw Materials:

-2.89%

Travel & Leisure:

+2.22%

Technology:

-3.25%

Telecoms:

+3.33%

Banks:

-2.55%

Food & Beverages:

+1.84%

Health:

-4.41%

Utilities:

-1.63%

Chemicals:

-0.40%

Financial Services:

-1.34%

The stocks with the highest turnover were National Bank, Bank of Cyprus, OTE and Alpha Bank.

Selected shares from the FTSE/ASE-20 index

closed in euros as follows:

Alpha Bank:

4.80

ATEbank:

0.77

Public Power Corp (PPC):

11.21

HBC Coca Cola:

19.74

Hellenic Petroleum:

7.41

National Bank of Greece:

6.78

EFG Eurobank Ergasias:

4.64

OPAP:

15.13

OTE:

7.45

Bank of Piraeus:

1.65

Titan:

16.25