Banks, utilities take beatin

The Athens Stock Exchange composite share price index closed last Friday at 4,643.14 points, a drop of 34.87 points or 0.75 percent on the previous week’s close. Turnover rose to 2.27 billion, an average of 453.32 million per session, from 381.67 million the previous week. Most major indices declined: The FTSE/Athex 20 index of blue chips slumped 1.18 percent to close at 2,488.80 points, the FTSE/Athex Mid-40 gained 1.06 percent to close at 5,827.79 points, the FTSE/Athex Small-Cap 80 rose 0.54 percent to close at 891.56 points, the composite FTSE/Athex 140 index slipped 0.79 percent to close at 5,633.98 points and the FTSE/Athex International index fell 0.83 percent to close at 6,615.37 points. Nine of the 17 sectoral indices gained. The top gainers were health (up 3.59 percent), industrial goods and services (2.85 percent) and oil and gas (0.92 percent). The top losers were utilities (down 6.29 percent), travel and leisure (2.29 percent) and banks (1.04 percent). Among individual titles, the top gainers were Dromeas (higher 20.48 percent), Informer (19.63 percent), Kathimerini (15.52 percent) and Elval (13.30 percent). The top losers were Eurobrokers (less 27.34 percent), Vivere (22.93 percent), Alma-Atermon (13.79 percent) and Delta Project (13.08 percent). Marfin Popular Bank topped the list of the most heavily traded shares, with an average turnover of 83.80 million per session. It was trailed by National Bank ( 40.07 million), Piraeus Bank ( 39.76 million), OTE ( 32.77 million) and Alpha Bank ( 31.99 million).

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