Three-day rally comes to a halt

The Athens bourse remained in line with international markets and saw its three-day run of growth end yesterday. Negative corporate news in the USA as well as in Greece took a toll on stocks in the domestic market. The Athens Exchange (ATHEX) closed at 3,384.99 points yesterday, a drop of 1.79 percent from Monday. The blue chip FTSE/ATHEX 20 index fell by 2.20 percent to 1,853.73 points. National Bank, which had led growth over the last few days, posted the biggest drop among blue chips (down 4.98 percent), ahead of Public Power Corporation (4.42 percent), OTE telecom (3.98 percent) and Hellenic Technodomiki (3.17 percent). Rising were Viohalco (up 4.09 percent), OPAP (2.68 percent), Intralot (2.29 percent) and Motor Oil (1.79 percent). Turnover reached 190.2 million euros.