Stocks resume downward trend

Stocks resumed their downward trend at the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday, unable to follow a strong rebound in other European markets, provoked by an ECB decision to resume market liquidity programmes in cooperation the largest central banks of the world.
The composite index fell 1.02 pct to end at 848.40 points, after rising as much as 2.15 pct during the day. Turnover jumped to 112.973 million euros.
The Big Cap index fell 0.82 pct, the Mid Cap index ended 2.37 pct lower and the Small Cap index rose 0.77 pct. Eurobank (3.48 pct), Cyprus Bank (3.23 pct), OPAP (2.60 pct) and PPC (2.08 pct) were top gainers among blue chip stocks, while Ellaktor (5.66 pct), Piraeus Bank (5.08 pct), Hellenic Postbank (4.59 pct) and OTE (3.76 pct) were top losers.
The Health (15.07 pct), Travel (2.48 pct) and Insurance (2.27 pct) sectors scored gains, while Personal Products (6.38 pct), Telecoms (3.76 pct) and Commerce (3.09 pct) were top losers. Broadly, decliners led advancers by 73 to 61 with another 45 issues unchanged. Health (28.13 pct), AXON Holdings (14.29 pct) and Euromedica (8.82 pct) were top gainers, while Lamda Development (14.63 pct), Fourlis (14.15 pct) and ATEbank (12.5 pct) were top losers.

Sector indices ended as follows:
Insurance:  +2.27%
Industrials:  -1.37%
Commercial:  -3.09%
Construction:  -1.17%
Oil & Gas:  -2.67%
Personal & Household:  -6.38%
Raw Materials:  -0.74%
Travel & Leisure:  +2.48%
Technology:  +2.10%
Telecoms:  -3.76%
Banks:  -0.61%
Food & Beverages:  -0.55%
Health:  +15.07%
Utilities:  +1.36%
Chemicals:  +0.84%
Financial Services:  -2.55%

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

Selected shares from the FTSE/ASE-20 index closed in euros as follows:
Alpha Bank:  1.61
Public Power Corp (PPC):  6.37
HBC Coca Cola:  12.80
Hellenic Petroleum:  5.68
National Bank of Greece:  3.10
EFG Eurobank Ergasias:  1.19
OPAP:  7.50
OTE:  3.84
Bank of Piraeus:  0.56
Titan:  12.15

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