ECONOMY

In Brief

Athens Stock Exchange likely to be open today The Athens Stock Exchange (ASE) will almost certainly open today, as will other European exchanges, top ASE officials told Kathimerini. We believe that there is no reason for panic of any kind on the part of investors, and that this will be a normal session, one of them said. US markets will stay closed until Monday, after yesterday’s terrorist attacks that demolished both World Trade Center buildings in New York City and damaged part of the Pentagon. Turkish markets mixed. Turkish shares rose yesterday on hopes of banking sector consolidation, but the lira and bonds were sluggish ahead of a Treasury debt auction which could be overshadowed by fears over prolonged economic weakness, traders said. The main Istanbul ISE-100 share index ended up 0.66 percent at 9,580.36 points. (Reuters) Joining index. Hellenic Exchanges, the holding company that owns the Athens bourse and the Athens futures and options exchange (ADEX), announced yesterday it had been included in the FTSE/Mondo Visione Exchanges index. (Reuters) -In the Med., Cssa for 80,000 tons of cargo, loading Sept. 21, discharging UKC/Med., has fixed M/T Iran Amol at W/S 127.5 while Agip for same cargo quantity, loading Sept. 17 Egypt, discharging Italy. has fixed M/T Sea Loyalty at W/S 125.