ECONOMY

Stocks end week lower

Bucking the trend set by most European markets, the Greek bourse posted losses on the last day of the week, with the main benchmark index closing at the session?s lowest point.

The Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index ended the day at 1,593.78 points, dropping by 1.65 percent from Thursday?s close at 1,620.47 points. The blue chip FTSE/ATHEX 20 index also contracted by 1.65 percent, ending 745.32 points lower.

All but two blue chips headed south on Friday, led by Titan Cement (down 6.28 percent), Hellenic Petroleum (5.47 percent), Ellaktor (4.60 percent), Marfin Investment Group (3.41 percent) and National Bank (2.29 percent). Mytilineos (up 1.07 percent) and Alpha Bank (0.38 percent) were the only ones to post gains.

In total, 58 stocks moved up, 95 went down and 46 remained unchanged. Altec led the gainers with growth of 16.67 percent, while Kiriacoulis posted the biggest loss, amounting to 18.75 percent.

Turnover came to 139.6 million euros.