ASE continues downward slide, shedding 0.74 pct

Stocks on the Athens bourse continued their downward slide on Friday, with the Athens Stock Exchange composite index shedding another 0.74 pct during a second consecutive day of losses, to end at 1,232.60 points. Turnover was a low 59.059 million euro. Though an EU deal for a second bailout package for Greece was met positively at first, with stocks rising rapidly and regaining ground lost the previous day, enthusiasm flagged later in the session due to concerns about whether the Medium Term Fiscal Strategy will clear the hurdle of the Greek Parliament and on rumours that the Italian banking sector is troubled.

The Big Cap index for blue-chip and heavily-traded stock fell 0.87 percent, the Mid Cap index closed 1.16 percent lower and the Small Cap index posted marginal gains of 0.23 percent.
Top gainers among blue-chip stocks were Atebank (2.54 pct), Hellenic Petroleum (1.43 pct) and Alpha Bank (1.26 pct). Top losers were OPAP (-4.08 pct), Mytilineos (-3.72 pct), Marfin Popular Bank (-1.64 pct), TT Hellenic Postbank (-1.49 pct) and OTE (-1.48 pct).

Individual sector indices were mostly moving downward, with the biggest gains for Technology (1.79 pct) and Oil (0.62 pct). The biggest losses were in Travel (-3.94 pct), Raw Materials (-2.47 pct) and Chemicals (-2.24 pct).
Of the stocks moved, advancers led decliners by 72 to 67, with 32 issues unchanged.

Sector indices ended as follows:
Insurance: -1.96%
Industrials: -1.01%
Commercial: -1.87%
Construction: +0.08%
Oil & Gas: +0.62%
Personal & Household: -0.23%
Raw Materials: -2.47%
Travel & Leisure: -3.94%
Technology: +1.79%
Telecoms: -1.48%
Banks: -0.39%
Food & Beverages: -0.49%
Health: -1.11%
Utilities: -0.36%
Chemicals: -2.24%
Financial Services: -1.38%

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

Selected shares from the FTSE/ASE-20 index closed in euros as follows:
Alpha Bank: 3.21
ATEbank: 1.21
Public Power Corp (PPC): 9.37
HBC Coca Cola: 18.50
Hellenic Petroleum: 6.38
National Bank of Greece: 4.57
EFG Eurobank Ergasias: 3.04
OPAP: 10.35
OTE: 6.01
Bank of Piraeus: 1.03
Titan: 16.41

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