Stocks on the Athens Exchange lost 0.75 percent yesterday, as weak performances on major European bourses prompted profit-taking among investors in bank shares. The Athens Exchange’s benchmark general index ended at 1,741.41 points. Banks, which have experienced gains in the order of just over 40 percent in the last month, retreated 1.79 percent. National Bank dropped 1.47 percent to 12.70 euros and peer Alpha gave up 3.79 percent to 5.58 euros. Bank of Cyprus slipped 2.42 percent to 2.42 euros. Hellenic Exchanges, the company that operates the Athens stock and derivatives markets, outperformed, gaining 0.51 percent to 5.91 euros. Turnover eased to 156.5 million euros from 204 million in the previous session.