ECONOMY

Limited stock moves ahead of the holiday

The Greek bourse had a rather idle last session of the week ahead of the Easter holidays. The mood was reserved and investing activity will probably pick up again when the market reopens on Tuesday. The Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index closed at 4,061.24 points yesterday from 4,055.08 points on Wednesday, a rise of 0.15 percent. The blue chip FTSE/ATHEX 20 index grew by 0.38 percent, reaching 2,122.10 points. The mid-cap FTSE/ATHEX 40 index declined by 0.85 percent, while the small-cap FTSE/ATHEX 80 index moved up by 0.51 percent. The FTSE/ATHEX International gained 0.22 percent to 5,627.10 points. The blue chip with the highest gains was OPAP (up 3.25 percent), ahead of Piraeus Bank (1.57 percent), Mytilineos (1.42 percent) and Titan cement (1.31 percent). The biggest losses were for the stocks of Motor Oil (down 2.97 percent), OTE (2.09 percent) and Hellenic Petroleum (1.27). OTE declined on reports suggesting the deal with Deutsche Telekom could fall apart. Sectoral indices had a mixed picture, led by travel and entertainment (up 2.37 percent). Turnover amounted to 297.7 million euros, of which 103 million euros concerned block trades. The Cypriot General Market Index rose by 1.44 percent, reaching 3,112.98 points.