ECONOMY

ATHEX index under 2,000 pts

A new round of scaremongering has begun in Europe, focusing this time on Spain and Portugal but directly affecting the Greek market as well, driving the local bourse’s main index to below the 2,000-point level. The Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index closed at 1,951.70 points yesterday, contracting by 1.92 percent from Wednesday’s close at 2,018.98 points. The blue chip FTSE/ATHEX 20 index dropped by 3.89 percent to end at 977.48 points. The Public Power Corporation, National Bank and Eurobank EFG each had losses exceeding 7 percent, with those of Piraeus Bank and Intralot at over 6 percent. Only Coca-Cola HBC (up 2.1 percent) and Titan cement (0.5 percent) registered gains among blue chips. Turnover came to 215.7 million euros.