ECONOMY

Bourse ends week down 3 pct

There was an almost even split between winners and losers on the last bourse session of the week yesterday, with marginally more stocks gaining ground than losing but with the main index and that of blue chips recording a slight decline. The Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index closed at 1,468.52 points yesterday, shrinking by 0.17 percent from Thursday’s close at 1,471.04 points. Week-on-week the index shrank by 3.02 percent. The blue chip FTSE/ATHEX 20 index declined by 0.46 percent from Thursday to end at 703.77 points. The biggest gains among blue chips were for the stocks of Hellenic Petroleum (up 4.52 percent), Titan cement (1.88 percent) and OPAP (1.72 percent). National Bank ended its losing streak with a 0.42 percent rise that took its price to 7.20 euros at closing. Worst off were Hellenic Postbank (down 3.41 percent), Alpha Bank (3.26 percent), ATEbank (3.23 percent) and Eurobank EFG (3.17 percent). There were 72 stocks going up, 69 heading down and 56 remaining unchanged. Mochlos led gainers with a 10 percent rise, while Klonatex had the biggest losses (down 16.67 percent). Turnover came to 122.7 million euros, down from Thursday’s 138.7 million.