ECONOMY

New year, same mood on bourse

The first session of the year on the Athens bourse maintained the same downbeat mood of the last days of 2009, with very limited turnover and moderate losses for the majority of stocks that moved. The Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index closed at 2,189.72 points yesterday, contracting by 0.29 percent from last Thursday’s close at 2,196.16 points. The blue chip FTSE/ATHEX 20 index declined by 0.65 percent to end at 1,118.05 points, although the mid-cap and small-cap indices posted growth of 0.98 percent and 0.25 percent respectively. Hellenic Petroleum outperformed blue chips with a rise of 4.87 percent, followed by Public Power Corporation (up 2.77 percent). The biggest losers were Piraeus Bank (down 3.58 percent) and OPAP (2.22 percent). Turnover amounted to no more than 61.7 million euros.