ECONOMY

High turnover, small losses for bourse?s main index

After climbing for four sessions in a row and remaining in positive territory during early trade on Thursday, the benchmark index of the Athens stock market ended the day lower due to the poor performance of mid-caps.

The Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index ended at 862.88 points, giving up 0.27 percent from Wednesday?s 865.22 points. The blue chip FTSE/ATHEX 20 index expanded by 0.16 percent to close at 321.26 points, but mid-caps contracted by 1.19 percent.

Bank of Cyprus led the blue chips with a rise of 4.12 percent and its third-biggest turnover ever, while Titan cement added 4 percent. Marfin Investment Group declined by 3.48 percent.

In total, 81 stocks posted gains, 60 registered losses and 29 remained unchanged.

Turnover amounted to 120.7 million euros, which was the fourth highest this year.