Stocks end sharply lower

Stocks ended sharply lower in the Athens Stock Exchange on Friday, hit by market disappointment after a fruitless political leaders’ meeting. The index dropped 1.71 pct to end at 1,264.92 points, after rising as much as 2.84 pct during the day. The index recorded a net loss of 2.5 pct in the week. Turnover was an improved 117.970 million euros. The Big Cap index fell 2.05 pct, the Mid Cap index ended 1.0 pct down and the Small Cap index fell 1.67 pct. Hellenic Petroleum (0.15 pct) was the only blue chip stock to end higher, while ATEbank (9.30 pct), MIG (7.14 pct), Cyprus Bank (5.19 pct) and Hellenic Postbank (4.51 pc) were major losers.
The Commerce (1.69 pct) and Oil (0.05 pct) sectors scored gains, while Insurance (3.44 pct), Technology (3.35 pct) and Health (3.73 pct) suffered the heaviest percentage losses of the day. Broadly, decliners led advancers by 92 to 43 with another 54 issues unchanged. Lambrakis Press (9.09 pct), Akritas (8.89 pct) and Maillis (8.33 pct) were top gainers, while Ideal (10 pct), Athens Electronic (10 pct) and ATEbank (9.3 pct) were top losers.

Sector indices ended as follows:
Insurance: -3.44%
Industrials: -1.22%
Commercial: +1.69%
Construction: -1.64%
Oil & Gas: +0.05%
Personal & Household: -2.14%
Raw Materials: -2.08%
Travel & Leisure: -3.25%
Technology: -3.35%
Telecoms: -1.43%
Banks: -2.27%
Food & Beverages: -1.12%
Health: -3.73%
Utilities: -2.31%
Financial Services: -2.16%

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

Selected shares from the FTSE/ASE-20 index closed in euros as follows:
Alpha Bank: 3.20
ATEbank: 0.39
Public Power Corp (PPC): 9.60
HBC Coca Cola: 16.86
Hellenic Petroleum: 6.68
National Bank of Greece: 4.51
EFG Eurobank Ergasias: 3.06
OPAP: 12.50
OTE: 6.90
Bank of Piraeus: 1.00
Titan: 16.55

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