ECONOMY

Mid-caps hold up in slight fall

The Athens Stock Exchange (ASE) composite share price index closed last Friday at 3,593.55 points, a decline of 25.42 points or 0.70 percent on the previous week’s close. Turnover dropped to 1.06 billion euros, an average of 211.62 million euros per session, from 223.93 million the previous week. Almost all major indices declined: The exception was the FTSE/Athex Mid-40, which edged up 0.80 percent, closing at 3,894.74 points. The FTSE/Athex 20 index of blue chips declined 0.88 percent to close at 1,959.33 points, the FTSE/Athex Small-Cap 80 slipped 0.14 percent to 691.97 points, the composite FTSE/Athex 140 index fell 0.59 percent to 4,312.70 points and the FTSE/Athex International index dropped 0.61 percent to close at 5,061.69 points. Thirteen of the 17 sectoral indices gained. The exceptions were telecoms (up 2.54 percent), chemicals (1.23 percent), trade (0.47 percent) and personal and household products (0.40 percent). The top losers were financial services (down 3.21 percent), technology (3.01 percent) and utilities (2.74 percent). Among individual titles, the top gainers were Nikas (up 25 percent), SATO (22.25 percent) and Mouzakis (20.79 percent). The top losers were ANEK’s preferred (PR 90) shares (20 percent), Elviemek (19.64 percent) and Vis’s preferred stock (16.32 percent). National Bank topped the list of the most heavily traded shares, with an average turnover of 44.23 million euros per session. It was trailed by OPAP (17.12 million), OTE (14.63 million), Bank of Piraeus (13.99 million) and Emporiki Bank (12.78 million).