Mixed day for stocks in Athens

The lack of investor interest in banks saw turnover remain at low levels yesterday in a mainly balanced session on the Greek bourse. The Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index closed at 1,509.85 points, expanding 0.84 percent from last Friday’s close at 1,497.20 points. The blue chip FTSE/ATHEX 20 index grew by 0.27 percent to end at 717.31 points, while the small-cap FTSE/ATHEX 80 index dropped by 0.77 percent. Coca-Cola HBC led the blue chips with a 5.52 percent rise, Ellaktor followed with gains of 4.68 percent, while lottery operator OPAP rose 3.90 percent. Viohalco was the worst off among blue chips, posting losses of 2.67 percent. Piraeus Bank fell 2.48 percent and Hellenic Postbank shrank by 2.26 percent. A total of 56 stocks headed north, 84 went down and 53 ended the session unchanged. Avenir Leisure & Entertainment Informatics led the gainers with 9.52 percent growth, while PC Systems suffered the biggest losses (down 12.50 percent). Turnover came to just 68.9 million euros, down from Friday’s 77 million.