Stocks came under strong selling pressure at the Athens Stock Exchange on Tuesday, as sentiment on the market was hit by turmoil in international markets, amid worries over the impact of a nuclear crisis in Japan. The composite index of the market fell below the 1,600 level, ending at 1,590.44 points, off 4.33 pct. Turnover was a moderate 159.512 million euros.

The Big Cap index plunged 4.49 pct, the Mid Cap index fell 3.92 pct and the Small Cap index ended 3.43 pct lower. All blue chip stocks ended lower with Alpha Bank (6.29 pct), Cyprus Bank (6.08 pct), Eurobank (5.64 pct), Ellaktor (5.42 pct) and Piraeus Bank (5.03 pct) suffering the heaviest percentage losses.

All sectors ended lower with the Commerce (6.34 pct), Banks (5.29 pct) and Food (4.80 pct) suffering heavily. Broadly, decliners led advancers by 143 to 38 with another 35 issues unchanged. Attica Publications (19.05 pct), Neorio (19.05 pct), Unibios (14.29 pct) and Mathios (12.86 pct) were top gainers, while Nakas (16.49 pct), Allatini Ceramics (12.9 pct) and Alpha Trust (10 pct) were top losers.

Sector indices ended as follows:

Insurance:

-2.35%

Industrials:

-3.69%

Commercial:

-6.34%

Construction:

-2.25%

Media:

-5.78%

Oil & Gas:

-3.05%

Personal & Household:

-4.24%

Raw Materials:

-4.29%

Travel & Leisure:

-4.29%

Technology:

-4.52%

Telecoms:

-2.20%

Banks:

-5.29%

Food & Beverages:

-4.80%

Health:

-4.46%

Utilities:

-3.60%

Chemicals:

-3.34%

Financial Services:

-2.87%

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

Selected shares from the FTSE/ASE-20 index

closed in euros as follows:

Alpha Bank:

4.92

ATEbank:

0.81

Public Power Corp (PPC):

12.03

HBC Coca Cola:

19.23

Hellenic Petroleum:

7.46

National Bank of Greece:

6.82

EFG Eurobank Ergasias:

4.85

OPAP:

15.47

OTE:

8.00

Bank of Piraeus:

1.51

Titan:

17.50