Stocks continued moving lower at the Athens Stock Exchange on Monday, pushing the composite index of the market below the 1,500 level. Bank shares were at the focus of selling activity.

The composite index dropped 2.57 pct to end at 1,491.83 points, with turnover shrinking to a low 74.049 million euros. The Big Cap index plunged 3.14 pct, the Mid Cap index ended 1.36 pct down and the Small Cap index dropped 3.22 pct.

The Industrial Products (0.35 pct), Commerce (0.34 pct) and Travel (0.13 pct) sectors scored gains, while Media (7.05 pct), Banks (4.37 pct) and Health (4.48 pct) suffered the heaviest percentage losses of the day. Viohalco (0.96 pct), OPAP (0.27 pct) and Jumbo (0.20 pct) were top gainers among blue chip stocks, while ATEbank (6.78 pct), Eurobank (6.12 pct), Hellenic Postbank (5.41 pct) and Piraeus Bank (5.04 pct) were top losers. Broadly, decliners led advancers by 126 to 36 with another 42 issues unchanged. Hatzioannou (14.29 pct), CPI (14.29 pct) and Hatzikranioti (9.33 pct) were top gainers, while Edrasi (20 pct), Mihaniki (18.52 pct) and Spider (12.5 pct) were top losers.

Sector indices ended as follows:

Insurance:

-1.64%

Industrials:

+0.35%

Commercial:

+0.34%

Construction:

-2.89%

Media:

-7.05%

Oil & Gas:

-1.76%

Personal & Household:

-0.49%

Raw Materials:

-2.59%

Travel & Leisure:

+0.13%

Technology:

-2.00%

Telecoms:

-3.23%

Banks:

-4.37%

Food & Beverages:

-2.66%

Health:

-4.48%

Utilities:

-2.52%

Chemicals:

-0.83%

Financial Services:

-3.60%

The stocks with the highest turnover were National Bank, Coca Cola3E, OPAP and OTE.

Selected shares from the FTSE/ASE-20 index

closed in euros as follows:

Alpha Bank:

4.43

ATEbank:

0.55

Public Power Corp (PPC):

11.72

HBC Coca Cola:

19.00

Hellenic Petroleum:

7.19

National Bank of Greece:

6.04

EFG Eurobank Ergasias:

4.14

OPAP:

14.79

OTE:

7.50

Bank of Piraeus:

1.32

Titan:

17.10