The volatile atmosphere in markets abroad, with rumours of a credit rating for France and a dive on Wall Street, also affected the mood on the Athens Stock Exchange on Wednesday, so that the session ended with significant losses and the bourse once again dipping below the 1,000 point psychological barrier.
The composite index of the market lost 1.80 pct to close at 982.11 points. Turnover was 70.630 million euros.
The Big Cap index fell 1.63 pct, the Mid Cap index fell 2.63 pct higher and the Small Cap index fell 3.11 pct. All blue-chips moved down, with the exception of National Bank of Greece and Cyprus Bank, whose stocks remained unchanged. MIG (-8.33 pct), T.T. (-7.97 pct), Mytilineos (-6.17  pct), and EuroBank (-4.29 pct) were top losers.
Health (4.02 pct) and Chemicals (0.03 pct) were the only sectors that scored gains, while the heaviest percentage losses of the day were in Media (-8.11 pct) and Financial Services (-6.13 pct) and Raw Materials (-5.31 pct). Broadly, decliners led advancers by 90 to 51 with another 41 issues unchanged.
Akritas (19.51 pct), Mohlos (14.29 pct) and Mihaniki (12.50 pct) were top gainers, while Logismos (-20.00 pct), Centric Multimedia (-18.52 pct) and Sciens (-10.00 pct) and Mouzakis (-9.09 pct) were top losers.

Sector indices ended as follows:
Insurance: -2.38%
Industrials: -2.64%
Commercial: -0.78%
Construction: -0.69%
Media: -8.11%
Oil & Gas: -1.90%
Personal & Household: -0.80%
Raw Materials: -5.31%
Travel & Leisure: -0.56%
Technology: -5.35%
Telecoms: -2.04%
Banks: -1.35%
Food & Beverages: -3.21%
Health: +4.02%
Utilities: -1.43%
Chemicals: +0.03%
Financial Services: -6.13%

The stocks with the highest turnover were National Bank, PPC, EFG Eurobank Ergasias and Bank of Cyprus.

Selected shares from the FTSE/ASE-20 index closed in euros as follows:
Alpha Bank: 2.60
Public Power Corp (PPC): 5.77
HBC Coca Cola: 14.50
Hellenic Petroleum: 5.76
National Bank of Greece: 4.09
EFG Eurobank Ergasias: 2.23
OPAP: 9.29
OTE: 4.32
Bank of Piraeus: 0.69
Titan: 13.40