ECONOMY

Foreign players hold stocks in February

Positions held by foreign investors in the Athens bourse were mostly unchanged in February despite the country?s deteriorating macroeconomic health, according to figures released on Wednesday.

Hellenic Exchanges, the group that operates the Athens bourse, said that foreign players held 51.2 percent of shares traded on the Greek stock market at the end of February, versus 51.6 percent in January and 50.4 percent in December.

?In February, foreign investors showed a marginal outflow of funds to the order of 3.1 million euros. Greek investors were buyers, showing an inflow of 8.5 million euros,? it said in a statement.

In the month of February, the bourse’s total market capitalization rose 2.5 percent from the previous month to 60.9 billion euros. It stood at 73.5 billion euros a year earlier.

Shares traded on the Athens bourse last month were worth 2.96 billion euros, 32 percent higher than in January, the statement added.