Greek stocks ended significantly lower on the Athens Stock Exchange on Monday, as sellers gained the upper hand later in the session, ignoring a positive climate prevailing in other European markets. Traders said the market focused more on capital increase plans by Greek banks following a Greek bond swap program. The composite index of the market fell 1.78 pct to end at 1,182.76 points, after rising as much as 1.72 pct during the day. Turnover remained a disappointing low 51.805 million euros.
The Big Cap index fell 2.08 pct, the Mid Cap index ended 1.09 pct lower and the Small Cap index ended 1.62 pct down. Viohalco (0.72 pct), Titan (0.49 pct) and Hellenic Petroleum (0.31 pct) were top gainers among blue chip stocks, while OTE (6.36 pct), Marfin Popular Bank (5.77 pct) and Hellenic Postbank (3.97 pct) were top losers. The Insurance (6.25 pct), Media (2.27 pct) and Financial Services (0.67 pct) sectors scored gains, while Telecoms (6.36 pct), Health (3.92 pct) and Banks (2.31 pct) suffered the heaviest percentage losses of the day.
Broadly, decliners led advancers by 80 to 50 with another 60 issues unchanged. Koumbas Holdings (12.5 pct), Kepenous Mills (9.76 pct) and Alumil (8.33 pct) were top gainers, while Proton Bank (17.54 pct), Eurobrokers (16.67 pct) and Alapis (11.11 pct) were top losers.

Sector indices ended as follows:

Insurance: +6.25%
Industrials: -0.85%
Commercial: -0.05%
Construction: -0.17%
Media: +2.27%
Oil & Gas: -0.25%
Personal & Household: -0.74%
Raw Materials: -0.86%
Travel & Leisure: -1.31%
Technology: -0.98%
Telecoms: -6.36%
Banks: -2.31%
Food & Beverages: -1.88%
Health: -3.92%
Utilities: -1.89%
Chemicals: Unchanged
Financial Services: .+0.67%

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

Selected shares from the FTSE/ASE-20 index closed in euros as follows:
Alpha Bank: 3.04
Public Power Corp (PPC): 8.40
HBC Coca Cola: 17.70
Hellenic Petroleum: 6.44
National Bank of Greece: 4.60
EFG Eurobank Ergasias: 2.64
OPAP: 11.40
OTE: 5.45
Bank of Piraeus: 0.89
Titan: 14.40