Stocks fall to 15-year low

Stocks lost ground for a third straight session this week at the Athens Stock Exchange on Wednesday, dropping below the 900-point level -- a 15-year low -- from concerns over the repercussions any bond exchange will have on banks' portfolios.
The general index lost 1.99 pct to close at 892.96. Turnover was a moderately low 64.12 million euros.
The Big Cap index dropped 2.03 pct, the Mid Cap index ended 1.11 pct lower and the Small Cap index dropped 2.36 pct.

Only Trade (5.57 pct) followed by a distant Personal Goods (1.07 pct) posted the biggest percentage gains of the day, while Utilities (-5.70 pct), Telecoms (-2.50 pct) and Banks (-2.37 pct) recorded the biggest losses of the day. 

Broadly, advancers trailed decliners by 34 to 105 with another 44 issues remained unchanged.

Sector indices ended as follows:
Insurance: Unchanged
Industrials: -1.59%
Commercial: +5.57%
Construction: -1.60%
Media: Unchanged
Oil & Gas: -1.63%
Personal & Household: +1.07%
Raw Materials: -1.39%
Travel & Leisure: -1.01%
Technology: -1.36%
Telecoms: -2.50%
Banks: -2.37%
Food & Beverages: -2.36%
Health: -1.21%
Utilities: -5.70%
Chemicals: -0.92%
Financial Services: -1.44%

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

Selected shares from the FTSE/ASE-20 index closed in euros as follows:
Alpha Bank: 2.20
Public Power Corp (PPC): 5.50
HBC Coca Cola: 14.20
Hellenic Petroleum: 5.25
National Bank of Greece: 3.16
EFG Eurobank Ergasias: 1.95
OPAP: 8.40
OTE:  Piraeus: 0.60
Titan: 12.66

Foreign Exchange rates – Thursday
Reference buying rates per euro released by the European Central Bank:
U.S. dollar 1.464
Pound sterling 0.890
Danish kroner 7.561
Swedish kroner 9.260
Japanese yen 112.17
Swiss franc 1.157
Norwegian kroner 7.960
Canadian dollar 1.448
Australian dollar 1.397

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