Stocks end slightly lower

Stocks edged lower in the Athens Stock Exchange on Wednesday with investors cautious ahead of a crucial EU Summit on Thursday. The composite index of the market ended 0.29 pct lower at 1,184.35 points, ignoring a recovery in other European markets. Turnover was a low 51.643 million euros. The Big Cap index fell 0.03 pct, the Mid Cap index rose 0.60 pct and the Small Cap index eased 0.29 pct. Cyprus Bank (1.85 pct), National Bank (1.61 pct) and Piraeus Bank (1.18 pct) were top gainers among blue chip stocks, while Titan (2.79 pct), Coca-Cola 3E (2.03 pct0 and MIG (1.96 pct) were top losers.
The Health (4.68 pct) and Travel (1.09 pct) sectors scored gains, while Insurance (4.17 pct) and Food (1.98 pct) suffered the heaviest percentage losses of the day. Broadly, advancers narrowly led decliners by 62 to 61 with another 54 issues unchanged. Unibios (20 pct), Haidemenos (15.48 pct) and NEL (11.76 pct) were top gainers, while Koumbas Holdings (12.5 pct), Sarandopoulos Mills (10 pct) and Hatzikranioti (8.14 pct) were top losers.

Sector indices ended as follows:
Insurance:  -4.17%
Industrials:  -0.06%
Commercial:  -0.02%
Construction:  -1.97%
Media:  Unchanged
Oil & Gas:  -0.86%
Personal & Household:  +0.13%
Raw Materials:  -0.16%
Travel & Leisure:  +1.09%
Technology:  -0.74%
Telecoms: +0.53%
Banks: +0.71%
Food & Beverages: -1.98%
Health: +4.68%
Utilities: -1.38%
Chemicals: -0.89%
Financial Services: -0.28%

The stocks with the highest turnover were National Bank, Alpha Bank, OPAP  and Coca Cola 3E.

Selected shares from the FTSE/ASE-20 index closed in euros as follows:
Alpha Bank: 2.92
Public Power Corp (PPC): 8.75
HBC Coca Cola: 18.80
Hellenic Petroleum: 6.17
National Bank of Greece: 4.43
EFG Eurobank Ergasias: 2.64
OPAP: 11.00
OTE: 5.65
Bank of Piraeus: 0.86
Titan: 14.97

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