ECONOMY

Stocks lose steam during session

Despite the positive start to yesterday’s session, stocks ended the day with losses as the positive climate of Tuesday gave way to fresh worries imported from abroad. The Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index dropped to 1,538.17 points, sliding 0.85 percent from Tuesday’s closure. During the day it had even posted gains of 2.18 percent. The blue chip FTSE/ATHEX 20 index fell by 1.05 percent to close at 759.05 points. Outperforming among blue chips were Hellenic Petroleum (up 2.27 percent), Titan cement (1.94 percent) and Coca-Cola Hellenic (1.46 percent). The biggest losses were for the stocks of Mytilineos (down 4.19 percent), Public Power Corp (3.64 percent), OPAP (3 percent) and National Bank (2.91 percent). Turnover reached a respectable 155.8 million euros yesterday.