Short week, small loss

The Athens Stock Exchange general index lost 0.30 percent last week to close at 2,218.37 points. The week was shortened by the May Day and Easter holidays and only three sessions were conducted. Total trading amounted to 251.58 million euros, an average of 83.86 million per session. Two of the Financial Times indices registered losses. The FTSE/ASE small-cap 80 lost 0.93 percent and the FTSE/ASE-20 blue chip index lost 0.06 percent. The FTSE/ASE mid-cap 40 rose 0.46 percent. Most sectoral indices ended with losses. Hardest hit were retail commerce (5.36 percent), textiles (3.91 percent), and IT equipment and solutions (2.3 percent). On the other hand, printing and publishing firms gained 1.3 percent and banks, 1.04 percent. Among a total of 370 shares traded, 225 ended with losses, 119 rose and 26 remained unchanged. Alsinco and Iaso led individual gainers, rising 20.48 percent and 19.49 percent, respectively; by contrast, Space Hellas was the hardest-hit stock, falling 18.54 percent. Underwear company Sex Form was the heaviest-traded stock, averaging just over 9 million euros per session.

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