Stocks end plunge on Tuesday

Stocks came under strong pressure in the Athens Stock Exchange on Tuesday, pushing the composite index of the market below the 1,300 level again. The index ended at 1,297.05 points, losing 1.98 pct, reflecting losses in bank shares and OTE. Turnover was a low 71.879 million euros. The Big Cap index dropped 2.55 pct, the Mid Cap index ended 2.12 pct lower and the Small Cap index fell 1.37 pct.
Coca-Cola 3E (1.69 pct) and PPC (0.10 pct) were the only blue chip stocks to end higher, while OTE (6.24 pct), Eurobank (5.37 pct), Hellenic Postbank (4.56 pct), Cyprus Bank (4.44 pct) and National Bank (4.09 pct) were top losers.

The Food sector was the only one to move higher (1.58 pct), while Telecoms (6.24 pct), Health (5.76 pct) and Banks (3.68 pct) suffered the heaviest percentage losses of the day. Broadly, decliners led advancers by 90 to 34 with another 49 issues unchanged.

Koumbas Holdings (11.11 pct), Mohlos (10 pct), Boutaris (10 pct) were top gainers, while Attica Publications (18 pct), NEL (11.11 pct) and Lambrakis Press (8.70 pct) were top losers.

Sector indices ended as follows:
Insurance:  Unchanged
Industrials:  -1.93%
Commercial:  -3.00%
Construction:  -0.85%
Media:  Unchanged
Oil & Gas:  -1.75%
Personal & Household:  -1.97%
Raw Materials:  -2.39%
Travel & Leisure:  -0.70%
Technology:  -0.84%
Telecoms:  -6.24%
Banks:  -3.68%
Food & Beverages:  +1.58%
Health:  -5.76%
Utilities:  -0.31%
Chemicals:  -2.28%
Financial Services:  -0.93%

The stocks with the highest turnover were National Bank, OTE, EXAE and HBC Coca Cola.

Selected shares from the FTSE/ASE-20 index closed in euros as follows:
Alpha Bank:  3.40
ATEbank:  1.32
Public Power Corp (PPC):  9.78
HBC Coca Cola:  18.00
Hellenic Petroleum:  6.90
National Bank of Greece:  4.92
EFG Eurobank Ergasias:  3.17
OPAP:  11.96
OTE:  6.46
Bank of Piraeus:  1.06
Titan:  17.21

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