The Athens Stock Exchange's general price index recorded a slide of 23.93 pct in August 2011, with only four out of the month's 22 sessions posting a positive closing.
The last day of the month on Wednesday was no exception, with the bourse falling 4.40 pct to close at 915.98 points, as fallout from the announcement of a major bank merger on Monday (Alpha Bank-Eurobank) failed to carry over into subsequent sessions. Turnover was a declining 73.77 million euros.

The Big Cap index posted a decrease of 5.11 pct, the Mid Cap index ended 5.09 pct lower and the Small Cap index was down 5.87 pct.

Only the Telecoms (2.38 pct) and Commerce (1.18) posted gains, while Banks (-8.86) Chemicals (-7.70 pct) and Raw Materials (-6.59) posting the biggest percentage gains of the day.

Broadly, advancers trailed decliners by 32 to 127 with another 28 issues remained unchanged. 

Sector indices ended as follows:
Insurance: -4.88%
Industrials: -4.81%
Commercial: +1.18%
Construction: -4.49%
Media: Unchanged
Oil & Gas: -3.24%
Personal & Household: -3.09%
Raw Materials: -6.59%
Travel & Leisure: -2.79%
Technology: -5.85%
Telecoms: +2.38%
Banks: -8.86%
Food & Beverages: -2.57%
Health: -5.18%
Utilities: -2.59%
Chemicals: -7.70%
Financial Services: -5.26%

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

Selected shares from the FTSE/ASE-20 index closed in euros as follows:
Alpha Bank: 2.26
Public Power Corp (PPC): 6.00
HBC Coca Cola: 14.29
Hellenic Petroleum: 5.58
National Bank of Greece: 3.09
EFG Eurobank Ergasias: 1.60
OPAP: 8.50
OTE: 4.30
Bank of Piraeus: 0.65
Titan: 13.27

Foreign Exchange rates – Thursday
Reference buying rates per euro released by the European Central Bank:
U.S. dollar 1.466
Pound sterling 0.898
Danish kroner 7.563
Swedish kroner 9.301
Japanese yen  112.21
Swiss franc 1.184
Norwegian kroner 7.855
Canadian dollar  1.435
Australian dollar  1.373