Stocks end lower

Stocks continued losing ground at the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday, in the aftermath of a Moody’s decision to downgrade Greece’s credit rating on Wednesday and hit by a negative trend in other European markets. The composite index fell 0.99 pct to end at 1,277.23 points, with turnover shrinking to 79.811 million euros. The Big Cap index fell 0.99 pct, the Mid Cap index ended 1.51 pct lower and the Small Cap index ended 1.17 pct down. MIG (8.62 pct), PPC (2.0 pct) and National Bank (1.46 pct) were top gainers among blue chip stocks, while OTE (3.90 pct), Cyprus Bank (3.69 pct), OPAP (3.03 pct) and Coca-Cola 3E (2.0 pct) were top losers.
The Media (4.26 pct), Financial Services (3.91 pct) and Insurance (2.0 pct) sectors scored gains, while Telecoms (3.9 pct), Travel (3.3 pct) and Technology (2.45 pct) suffered the heaviest percentage losses of the day. Broadly, decliners led advancers by 77 to 44 with another 46 issues unchanged. ELBE (16.33 pct), Kyriakoulis (9.3 pct) and Tzirakian (9.09 pct) were top gainers, while Altec (16.67 pct), Unibios (14.29 pct) and MIG Real Estate (9.94 pct) were top losers.

Sector indices ended as follows:
Insurance:  +2.00%
Industrials:  +0.20%
Commercial:  -0.18%
Construction:  -1.77%
Media:  +4.26
Oil & Gas:  +0.23%
Personal & Household:  -2.20%
Raw Materials:  -0.25%
Travel & Leisure:  -3.30%
Technology:  -2.45%
Telecoms:  -3.90%
Banks:  -0.32%
Food & Beverages:  -1.95%
Health:  -2.40%
Utilities:  +1.49%
Chemicals:  -1.02%
Financial Services:  +3.91%

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

Selected shares from the FTSE/ASE-20 index closed in euros as follows:
Alpha Bank:  3.11
ATEbank:  3.90
Public Power Corp (PPC):  9.69
HBC Coca Cola:  17.15
Hellenic Petroleum:  6.66
National Bank of Greece:  4.87
EFG Eurobank Ergasias:  3.07
OPAP:  11.83
OTE:  6.90
Bank of Piraeus:  1.02
Titan:  16.63

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