ATHEX: Stock traders come back down to earth


Tuesday’s gains posted by bank stocks and the local bourse benchmark were wiped out on Wednesday on the realization that the second bailout review is nowhere near completion. The warning for Wednesday’s drop for bank stocks had come at the end of trade on Tuesday, by which time their index had sunk to the day’s low.

The Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index closed at 647.14 points, shedding 1.23 percent from Tuesday’s 655.20 points. The large-cap FTSE 25 index contracted 1.37 percent to end at 1,737.89 points. Mid-caps expanded 0.55 percent and small-caps grew 1.52 percent.

Alpha Bank dropped 4.40 percent as the banks index slumped 3.84 percent. Piraeus gave up 3.70 percent and National fell 3.67 percent.

Public Power Corporation conceded 3.56 percent and Ellaktor decreased 2.65 percent. Bucking the trend were Hellenic Petroleum (up 5.15 percent), Lamda Development (1.12 percent) and Folli Follie (1.09 percent).

In total 48 stocks reported gains, 62 sustained losses and 27 closed unchanged.

Turnover amounted to 40.7 million euros, down from Tuesday’s 66.6 million.

In Nicosia the general index of the Cyprus Stock Exchange declined 0.15 percent to close at 67.01 points.