ECONOMY

Stocks slide nearly 2 percent

Greek stocks fell nearly 2 percent yesterday, as mixed messages as to whether the European Union will help the country get through the debt crisis weighed on buying interest. The Athens bourse’s benchmark general index fell 1.91 percent to 2,010.22 points, underperforming major European peers. The blue chip FTSE/ATHEX 20 index gave up 2.16 percent to end at 990.94 points. Eurobank slid 2.38 percent to 6.30 euros and cement company Titan tumbled 5.25 percent to 15.16 euros. Hellenic Exchanges also recorded steep losses, ending 3.89 percent lower at 6.28 euros while Marfin Investment Group dipped 3.45 percent to 1.68 euros. Turnover eased to 130 million euros versus 222 million in the previous session.