ECONOMY

Hot streak halted in uneventful session

Stocks declined slightly yesterday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), putting an end to a four-session streak during which the market rose 3.69 percent. The ASE composite share price index closed at 4,168.22 points, a drop of 6.31 points or 0.15 percent. The FTSE/Athex 20 index of blue chips declined 0.32 percent to close at 2,288.45 points. Mid-caps gained 0.38 percent and small-caps declined 0.21 percent. The FTSE/Athex International index declined 0.21 percent, closing at 5,830.66 points. The biggest blue chip gainers were technology holding company Intracom (up 4.55 percent to 5.98 euros), cement maker Titan (3.81 percent to 40.90 euros), metals group Viohalco (1.39 percent to 8.76 euros), Duty Free Shops (1.27 percent to 15.90 euros) and telecommunications company OTE (1.12 percent to 18.06 euros). By contrast, losses were sustained by Emporiki Bank (down 1.74 percent to 29.28 euros), bottler Coca-Cola HBC (1.59 percent to 25.70 euros), refiner Motor Oil (1.41 percent to 22.44 euros) and Piraeus Bank (1.25 percent to 25.38 euros). Out of 321 traded shares, 133 gained, 134 declined and 55 ended unchanged. Turnover reached 270.19 million euros, including 17.21 million in prearranged trades.