ECONOMY

Stocks trading falls to second lowest in 2013

Lacking direction, Greek stocks drifted south on Thursday. The Athens Exchange general index slid 0.63 percent to 898.08 points in thin trade. Only seven stocks exceeded a turnover of 1 million euros.

The large-caps index was down 0.55 percent while banks dropped 0.72 percent. OTE telecom gave up 0.44 percent, ending at 6.72 euros, again leading in turnover, with 4.05 million. Piraeus Bank retreated 1.98 percent to 0.99 euros, and Alpha Bank was down 3.67 percent, at 0.47 euros.

Bucking the trend were betting firm OPAP, which added 2.50 percent to close at 7.37 euros, and National Bank, which advanced 2.78 percent to 2.96 euros. Coca-Cola HBC slid 0.24 percent, closing at 20.70 euros.

Losers outnumbered winners 74 to 45, while turnover fell to 24.79 million euros – the second lowest this year.